Our Precautions
Against COVID-19

Sunset is following recommendations from CDC and state health department officials and implementing a variety of steps aimed at reducing the potential for the novel coronavirus to enter our buildings. Here are ways you can help protect yourself and our residents.

A message from our president:

We know many people are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) and how it might impact residents and staff in senior living facilities. At Sunset Communities, ensuring that our staff and residents are in a safe and healthy environment is our priority.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended a variety of steps, which we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our buildings.

Sunset is following CDC recommendations—as we always do—and using known contact precautions, including wearing face masks, gowns, and gloves when interacting with residents who present symptoms. Also, we have canceled all group activities.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has placed restrictions on visitation. Currently, only family members of those residents facing imminent end-of-life situations (as determined by a qualified medical professional) may visit indoors.

The State of Ohio is permitting outdoor visitation at properly prepared Assisted Living and Nursing Home facilities, and Sunset Communities has established protocols to protect the safety of our residents and their guests. Please see our guidelines for outdoor visitation for each building.

While we understand the need to keep residents connected with their loved ones, these steps are necessary to protect the health and safety of all residents. Please continue sending cards and letters to your loved ones, and communicating with them through Skype, FaceTime, and video calling applications.

Please know that we are taking the coronavirus threat to our residents and staff seriously. We are keeping up to date with CDC and ODH recommendations as they may continue to change and are following their guidance. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Vicky Bartlett, BSN, LNHA

President, Chief Executive Officer

Visitor Access Information

As advised from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and required by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Sunset Communities has instituted a NO VISITORS restriction to our facilities—Sunset House, Sunset Village, and The Woodlands—to protect the well-being of our residents and staff. All group activities have been cancelled. Updates on our visitor policy will be made as soon as they become available.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve been carefully monitoring COVID-19 developments reported by healthcare officials and implementing recommended precautions. Here are responses to some questions our residents and staff are asking us.

What is meant by the term novel coronavirus?

As the word implies, a “novel” coronavirus is a form of the disease identified in humans for the first time. Scientists began discovering human coronaviruses in the 1960s. The current coronavirus, called COVID-19, is the seventh form known to infect people.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 experience various symptoms that can range from mild to severe, including cough, difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell senses. NOTE: Not an all-inclusive list. Please consult your medical provider for a complete list of possible symptoms.

Symptoms may take 2-14 days from exposure to appear.

What is the difference between COVID-19 and influenza?

Both COVID-19 and influenza are infectious respiratory diseases. While COVID-19 and the flu have many of the same symptoms, they are products of different viruses.

Shared symptoms include fever, cough, body aches, fatigue, and—in some cases—vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and, in rare cases, can lead to pneumonia or death.

Because COVID-19 is still a new disease, scientists have much to learn about how it compares to other respiratory illnesses.

How does the coronavirus spread?

Doctors linked initial COVID-19 infections to a live animal market in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The virus now appears to be spreading between humans. Because of large outbreaks in some countries, it also seems that COVID-19 is highly contagious.

Are older adults at higher risk of complications?

While not necessarily at a higher risk of getting COVID-19, older adults who have severe underlying medical conditions—such as heart or lung disease or diabetes—appear to be more likely to develop life-threatening complications from the illness. Eight out of 10 U.S. COVID-19-related fatalities have involved individuals age 65 and older.

How can I avoid getting the virus?

Scientists could be months or years away from developing a vaccine against COVID-19. For now, authorities recommend following these standard precautions that help prevent the spread of any respiratory disease:

  • Avoid close contact with people who might be sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more
  • In between hand washings, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick to avoid infecting others

Should I wear a face mask?

With new information emerging about how COVID-19 spreads, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth whenever you are in community settings. Covering your face will not protect you from becoming infected. However, it may prevent you from spreading the virus to those around you if you are infected but not exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms.

Do not place cloth face coverings on children younger than two years of age, someone having trouble breathing, or anyone unable to remove the cover without assistance.

Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for social distancing (staying at least six feet away from other people), frequent hand washing, or any other everyday preventive actions.

Why a cloth face covering, rather than an N95 mask?

Surgical masks and N95 respirators remain in short supply nationwide. The CDC recommends reserving those protections for healthcare workers or other first responders.

Should I get tested for COVID-19?

You should always consult a physician when you experience any respiratory disease symptoms, such as fever, coughing, or difficulty breathing. You should also let your doctor know if you’ve been around someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you’ve recently traveled to or from a region where the disease is prevalent.

Your doctor will work with public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine whether you should seeking testing for COVID-19.

Senior woman feeling ill

NOTE: If you experience any flu-like symptoms, don’t wait to seek professional medical attention. Consult a physician immediately.

Visit the CDC Website
Senior woman feeling ill

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve been carefully monitoring COVID-19 developments reported by healthcare officials and implementing recommended precautions. Here are responses to some questions our residents and staff are asking us.

What is meant by the term novel coronavirus?

As the word implies, a “novel” coronavirus is a form of the disease identified in humans for the first time. Scientists began discovering human coronaviruses in the 1960s. The current coronavirus, called COVID-19, is the seventh form known to infect people.

Why is it called COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an abbreviation for coronavirus disease 2019 (CO = corona, VI = virus, and D = disease).

What is the difference between COVID-19 and influenza?

Both COVID-19 and influenza are infectious respiratory diseases. While COVID-19 and the flu have many of the same symptoms, they are products of different viruses.

Shared symptoms include fever, cough, body aches, fatigue, and—in some cases—vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and, in rare cases, can lead to pneumonia or death.

Because COVID-19 is still a new disease, scientists have much to learn about how it compares to other respiratory illnesses.

How does the coronavirus spread?

Doctors linked initial COVID-19 infections to a live animal market in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The virus now appears to be spreading between humans. Because of large outbreaks in some countries, it also seems that COVID-19 is highly contagious.

How can I avoid getting the virus?

Scientists could be months or years away from developing a vaccine against COVID-19. For now, authorities recommend following these standard precautions that help prevent the spread of any respiratory disease:

  • Avoid close contact with people who might be sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more
  • In between hand washings, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick to avoid infecting others

Do facemasks help?

Experts generally advise that healthy individuals avoid wearing facemasks to protect against COVID-19—or any other respiratory disease—unless they are in close contact with someone showing symptoms. On the other hand, those exhibiting symptoms of the disease should wear facemasks to prevent spreading the virus.

Should I get tested for COVID-19?

You should always consult a physician when you experience any respiratory disease symptoms, such as fever, coughing, or difficulty breathing. You should also let your doctor know if you’ve been around someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you’ve recently traveled to or from a region where the disease is prevalent.

Your doctor will work with public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine whether you should seeking testing for COVID-19.

Can my pet get the coronavirus?

While there have been no reports of humans passing COVID-19 to animals, those diagnosed with the disease should limit contact with pets until officials know more about how the virus spreads.

NOTE: If you experience any flu-like symptoms, don’t wait to seek professional medical attention. Consult a physician immediately.

Visit the CDC Website

Other questions? Contact us.

Sunset House

419-536-4645

Sunset Village

419-724-1200

The Woodlands

419-724-1220

Instructions to our staff members

Sick employees should stay home. At this time, we request that you stay home if you have any symptoms of respiratory illness. Those symptoms include: cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath.

Practice proper hand washing hygiene. All employees should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95 percent alcohol upon entering the building and before and after interaction with residents. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

Perform routine environmental cleaning. Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label. No special cleaning is necessary for COVID-19.

Notify us if you develop respiratory symptoms while at work. These include: cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath.