Community During COVID: Why a Group Setting Could Be the Safer Choice for Seniors
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Community During COVID: Why a Group Setting Could Be the Safer Choice for Seniors

If you’re a senior, or a loved one of a senior, you may have noticed that a lot of senior living communities these days are announcing “We’re open for tours!” or “We’re accepting residents!” or “Contact us today to become part of our community!” You may be thinking: heck no, no way, that sounds like COVID just waiting to happen. Right?


It may sound counter-intuitive, but living in a senior community during a crisis like COVID can actually help keep seniors safer. Here’s why:

You don’t have to go anywhere. This is the biggie right here. Even when you’re trying to social distance, it’s necessary to get out of your home in order to run errands like grocery shopping, picking up supplies, filling the car up with gas, et cetera. Even if you usually hire services to come to you, many businesses are closed now, leaving seniors high and dry. That’s not the case at a senior living community, though. Our maintenance-free living and all-inclusive services really shine at a time like this. We’re even delivering meals right to your door – no need to brave large public spaces like the grocery store.

There’s always a helping hand close by. When you’re trying to stay away from other people, you end up getting cut off from people you would otherwise see on a regular basis. So, what happens if there’s an emergency at home and there’s no one around? (A problem for seniors even before the pandemic.) This is part of the reason that many seniors end up moving into senior living communities – they (or their loved ones) want the peace of mind that comes from knowing there’s staff available 24/7 if needed.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Let’s face it – social distancing can be lonely, boring and downright detrimental to mental health. Luckily for our residents at Melrose, social distancing doesn’t mean anti-social. Sure, we’re all wearing masks and we stay the recommended six feet apart, but guess what? We’re still gathering. We’re holding activities and other social opportunities so that everybody can get the human connection we all need. That’s another big reason why people move to a senior living community – to make friends and build community.

Tired of being isolated? Our residents and their families are grateful that they chose to move to Melrose now more than ever. They know we’re following the strictest precautions to keep everyone – residents, staff and visitors – safe and healthy. We’d love for you to see for yourself.

Contact us today for a chat or to schedule a tour – virtual or in-person.


As of this date, Melrose Meadows remains 100% healthy and COVID-free, while being open to families and visitors.

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Melrose Meadows Retirement Community
senior apartments in Iowa City

Phone: (319) 341-7893

Fax: (319) 248-1183

350 Dublin Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246, USA

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