Holiday Visit Alert: Families urged to celebrate a virtual Thanksgiving with senior living residents

We understand that families want to spend time with loved ones during the holidays. This year has been difficult for everyone, with COVID-19 separating family and friends in the name of safety. At United Church Homes, we’ve followed state and federal guidelines to reduce the risks of exposure to your loved one.

With cases surging across Ohio and the U.S., we must remain vigilant in our efforts to protect residents by limiting their potential exposure and adhering to strict principles of infection control.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an alert urging holiday precautions and recommending families do not take loved ones out of their senior living communities over the Thanksgiving holiday. While we respect that residents have a right to leave the community, doing so increases the risk that they, or family members, could be infected with COVID-19. This also places other residents at an increased risk too. Therefore, any resident who chooses to leave the community over the Thanksgiving holiday will be placed in a 14-day quarantine upon their return.

We want you to know, we will make this holiday the best it can be despite separation from family. Our dining team has planned a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with all the traditional favorites for residents and staff to enjoy. Our community life teams are providing engaging and creative activities, and scheduling virtual visits throughout the holiday week to connect you with your loved one.

We all look forward to the day when families can once again gather safely. We are grateful for the faith and trust you’ve placed in us to care for your loved ones as we strive to keep everyone safe and healthy.