Assisted Living Centers Preparing for Outbreak

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

With the swine flu expected to continue spreading, assisted living centers say they're concerned for their residents, whose frail conditions put them at risk for infection. One local center says it's stepping up efforts to prepare should the virus come to the Grand Valley.

Officials with Hilltop say signs have posted at all assisted living centers it operates, warning people who may be sick to stay away, and telling residents what they can do to protect themselves.

In addition, they've placed bottles of hand sanitizer at all entryways, and have stockpiled supplies like gloves and face masks, as well as food and water.

The staff says it's all about being proactive and taking steps to inform everyone at their facilities.

"There is a little bit of concern from the residents, they wanna know that things are in order and that we are prepared," said Marlys Harman, corporate nurse for Hilltop. "So we do reassure them we are prepared."

Hilltop says it has also trained all employees to identify symptoms of the swine flu. Officials say they are telling employees to stay home if they come down with any type of illness.

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