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Affinity Living Group Creating ‘Havens of Wellness’ for Thousands of Senior Residents to Protect Against COVID-19

HICKORY, NC–The Southeast’s largest senior housing provider has taken extra steps to keep its more than 7,000 residents safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak. Affinity Living Group (ALG) has closed its more than 160 communities to all visitors and vendors, and is offering its staff a place to stay if they feel at risk of contracting the virus.

“Our residents and their families have entrusted us to ensure good care and an optimal quality of life,” said Rick Grimes, Executive Vice President for ALG. “Creating a safe living environment — a haven of wellness — in these uncertain times is part of keeping that trust. To this end, Affinity Living Group is enforcing strict limitations on who can enter our communities during this time of heightened concern. In addition, all ALG staff will undergo a health screening upon arrival at work and be assessed prior to interacting with residents.”

ALG has placed signage at each of its communities explaining the temporary visitation restrictions and is contacting all resident families, vendors, and health care partners about these new restrictions. Exceptions will be made only in emergency cases at the discretion of the community’s executive director.

No cases of COVID-19 have been identified at ALG communities, and the measures in place are precautionary steps to prevent the spread of the virus from outside sources. These extra precautions will not impede the high standard of care ALG communities provide, and each community will make optimal use of technology to bring needed health care services to the residents.

“We love having visitors in our communities, but right now our priority is to protect our residents and staff from this virus,” said Neal Lail, Chief Operating Officer for ALG. “As COVID-19 continues to spread, we want to mitigate the risk of exposure for the seniors in our communities as best as we possibly can. We appreciate their families and our community partners for understanding and working with us on this policy.”

ALG leaders began preparations for the potential impact of COVID-19 in early February, working to ensure that plans were in place should the concerns and risks continue to