Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team at The Commons has addressed it head-on with one goal: to provide for our residents’ health and safety while continuing to provide the care and service that our residents and their families expect.
We have continued to operate with the highest level of integrity and transparency to provide you peace of mind. In that spirit, here, you can learn about everything we have done at The Commons and throughout the Benchmark Senior Living organization to help keep our community safe. These actions have included:
Benchmark Senior Living worked with CVS Health to provide vaccination clinics in all of our communities, as we believe the vaccine is the best opportunity for everyone to protect themselves, their families and each other from the virus.
Though it has been a challenging time for all, the future is looking bright at New Pond Village, as 100% of our residents and associates have been vaccinated and boosted. All associates, residents, families and visitors are required to receive an FDA-authorized and/or -approved COVID-19 vaccine. This requirement will apply to new hires, as well.
We have adapted our approach to activities, dining and visitation to provide for the safety of residents as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
It is important that our residents have the ability to socialize with friends and family safely and comfortably. We have put measures in place to continue to protect new and current residents as well as families and associates. Safe socialization includes masks, social distancing and internal protocols.
Do not get swept up in misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines. Read some common FAQs and myths about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Anaphylactic reactions have been reported in a small number of people who have taken the Pfizer vaccine. We are still learning more about what is causing these rare-but-serious reactions. Once vaccinated, you will be monitored for 15 to 30 minutes to ensure you do not experience this reaction.
If you have a history of anaphylactic allergic reactions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before receiving the vaccine. Seasonal allergies, pet allergies, etc. that do not cause anaphylaxis are not associated with allergies to this vaccine.
You should continue to take all necessary precautions after getting the vaccine, including wearing PPE and conducting regular testing. This will continue to keep residents and staff safe.
Some people will experience symptoms that mimic COVID-19, but most are minimal and last only one or two days. This shows the vaccine is working and your body is building protection.
You may experience:
Most symptoms can be managed with acetaminophen or ibuprofen (Tylenol or Advil). If you experience more severe side effects, please contact your physician.
Fact: A video shared thousands of times on Facebook makes false claims about the products of syringe maker Apiject Systems of America, which has a contract with the government to provide medical-grade injection devices for vaccines. The company has an optional version of its product that contains a microchip within the syringe label that helps providers confirm a vaccine dose’s origin. The chip itself is not injected into the person getting the vaccine.
Fact: Regardless of your risk, you can still contract the infection and spread it to others, so it is important to get vaccinated. Once the vaccine is widely available, it is recommended that as many eligible adults as possible get the vaccine. It is not only to protect you, but your family and community, as well.
Fact: The vaccine is proven safe and effective. Although it was developed in record time, it has gone through the same rigorous Food and Drug Administration process as every other vaccine, meeting all safety standards. No steps were skipped. Instead, we can thank the unprecedented worldwide collaboration and investment for the shorter timeframe on the development of the vaccine itself. The clinical trials and safety reviews actually took about the same amount of time as other vaccines.