Senior centers, nursing homes making changes due to concerns of COVID-19 spread

Posted at 8:27 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 21:27:10-04

Several senior centers in Acadiana are making changes to visitor policies or activity schedules amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to a release from LCG Spokesperson Jamie Angelle, Mayor-President Josh Guillory has ordered the suspension of all activities at LCG's three senior centers until further notice.

The closure of the three centers are due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 as well as a "very active" flu season.

The centers will wrap up programming on Thursday, March 12, and effective Friday, March 13, the Greenhouse, the Rosehouse, and the Art Studio will not offer programming.

"We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of all citizens of the Parish and City of Lafayette, and we will continue to take all appropriate actions to minimize the effects of this virus on our community," Mayor-President Josh Guillory explained.

City and Parish officials will continue to remain in contact with public health partners at the state Department of Health, Governor's Office of Homeland Security, and the Centers for Disease Control.

Area nursing homes are changing their visitors policy as an extra precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

Maison Teche Nursing Home in Jeanerette announced on Wednesday that, effective immediately, no visitors will be allowed into the facility.

Officials say anyone who needs to visit or talk to their loved one can contact them to make arrangements.

The Kaplan Healthcare Center is also restricting visitors by changing their visitors hours to Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

They are also asking visitors to limit their access to the front entrance.

Nursing homes are at high risk of being affected by COVID-19, due to their congregate nature and the fact that residents often have lower immune systems and medical conditions.

Ill visitors are one of the most likely sources of introduction of the virus into a facility, according to the CDC.