Toledo assisted living facility reacts to new CDC mask guidance

“It’s much more important for us to expand our protection for our residents because we don’t want to run the risk of losing our residents,” said Jodi Kimball.

TOLEDO, Ohio – The CDC’s updated guidelines do not include assisted living and nursing homes.

According to new recommendations, fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks or social distance indoors or outdoors in most locations.

CDC director Rachelle Walensky said the declining number of new coronavirus cases and effective vaccines were taken into account in the decision.

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“When you are vaccinated you are safe and protected from COVID-19,” she said. “And you really have very little transmission to other people.”

There are still some places where the CDC recommends that you still wear a mask and social distancing, such as on an airplane, in a hospital, or in a prison. Also in assisted residential and nursing homes.

Jodi Kimball, the activity leader for Glendale Assisted Living, said they were excited to see things forward. However, you still want to sit back and watch things play out first.

“It’s much more important for us to expand our protection for our residents because we don’t want to run the risk of losing our residents,” said Kimball.

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According to Kimball, residents are happy to see the restrictions lifted. This is mainly because they can have a free visit to their family, although they still have to wear a mask, which Kimball says is frustrating for many.

“I know some of them are really frustrated with the masks, especially those of us who have dementia, Alzheimer’s, something like that,” she said. “It’s very confusing to her – it was all along.”

Kimball said roughly 94 percent of its residents and staff are vaccinated. She hopes that by the end of summer things will become clear again for assisted living and nursing homes.

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