What has the Academy Villas residence done to avoid any resident to date contracting the Covid-19 Virus? The Villas staff started early in March to retrain staff in hand hygiene and general cleaning. They also began purchasing extra supplies. When the Pandemic approached Tucson, they put in place practices recommended by Pima County Dept. of Health Services, and the CDC and continue to do so. This includes checking staff’s temperature and asking a series of questions when they come to work; and closing the building to all visitors. Fortunately the Villas staff has paid time-off in the event of illness.
At the time, masks were not available for anyone—even hospital workers. Fortunately, several Academy Village residents began to quickly sew masks for the Villas staff, and their neighbors. Staff member received two masks each from the villagers.
This pandemic is placing heartbreaking limits on the social aspects of our lives. The Villas staff purchased three iPads with stands that can be used by residents to communicate with their family and friends. On Mother’s Day, the staff went a step forward with a special opportunity for the residents to see members of their family, one-on-one. One family member at a time could meet his/her loved ones in the Villas garden while maintaining social distancing rules.
We are all fortunate to have the quick thinking and actions taken by the Academy Villas staff.
Academy Villas Receives a Perfect Score in State Review
When the Arizona Department of Health Services announced a perfect score for the Academy Villas on a recent review, the staff members were thrilled. A perfect score indicates that the State Regulatory agency, in an on-site review, found no deficiencies in the operations of the Villas. This is the second time in a row that the Villas received this score. Therefore, the next review will take place in two years rather than one.
Arizona State Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities
Reviews of Assisted Living facilities in Arizona are not announced ahead of time. Thus, the staff is completely surprised when the State reviewers walk in the front door. Considerable time is taken to conduct a review since the checklist is long. Examples of the many items that are examined by the reviewers are:
Matching Medication Administration Records to orders received by physicians to ensure that every medication given has an order
Examining all medication boxes to ensure that they are locked and contain no expired medications
Looking at all employee files to check for references and are compliant with CPR & first aid certification in the State of Arizona
Checking TB results on residents and employees that have to be repeated yearly
Testing water temperatures and the review disaster plan manual.
Any issue in the items examined by the reviewers is listed as a deficiency.
The Academy Villas Staff
The staff work that goes into maintaining a healthy and nourishing environment for the Villas residents is extensive and often unnoticed. This involves maintaining many records, vigilance concerning individual residents’ medications and other needs, and maintaining a safe and clean environment both within and outside the Villas. Our Villas staff work together to ensure that all of these steps are followed, and that the residents feel safe and enjoy their life in the Villas. It is reassuring to the staff that their vigilance pays off in a highly successful review by the State. Congratulations to the staff.
William Archibald, an Academy Villas resident, sings in the local Vail Chorale. Recently, at one of their concerts, he was a soloist. Songs from the 1940’s was the theme of the concert. The Arizona Senior Academy hosted the concert, and not a chair was empty. Following his solo, Mr. Archibald rejoined the rest of the group to sing, in harmony, a set of popular war and other songs during and after World War II.
The Vail Chorale
The Vail Chorale was founded seven years ago. At that time, the founding director was a resident of the Academy Village. Further, a number of residents from Academy Village and the Villas are members. The chorale belongs to the Vail area community and is open to anyone who is interested in singing. Presently, a wide variety of members range in age, gender and backgrounds. During the year, the chorale rehearses once a week, and presents a number of concerts.
Music in the Villas
Music is an integral element in life in the Academy Villas. For example, residents can attend the weekly music presentations at the Arizona Senior Academy. Or, they can watch these concerts in the Villas on the TV. In addition, local musicians travel to the Villas and engage the residents in singing old and familiar songs.