Maintaining safety and independence.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Meadow Ridge team has addressed the pandemic head-on with one goal: to provide for our residents’ health and safety while continuing to provide the world-class care and service that our residents and their families expect.

We have continued to operate with the highest level of integrity and transparency to provide you peace of mind. In that spirit, here, you can learn about everything we are doing at Meadow Ridge and throughout the Benchmark Senior Living organization.

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Vaccine Update

Benchmark Senior Living worked with CVS Health to provide vaccination clinics in all of our communities, as we believe the vaccine is the best opportunity for everyone to protect themselves, their families and each other from the virus.

Though it has been a challenging time for all, the future is looking bright at Meadow Ridge, as the majority of residents and associates have received the COVID-19 vaccine. As part of our continued effort to maintain a safe community for all associates, residents, families and visitors, we notified our associates on May 13 that they will be required to receive an FDA-authorized and/or -approved COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. This requirement will apply to new hires, as well.

Same experiences, just with resident safety in mind.

We have adapted our approach to activities, dining and visitation to provide for the safety of our residents and follow COVID-19 protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Activities Update

Driven by our people-first philosophy, we adapted some of our daily programs to be offered virtually and enhanced our programming on our in-house TV channel.

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Adapted Dining

Meadow Ridge residents are afforded the convenience and option of having meals delivered or to dine-in with proper precautions. These precautions include modified capacity and the addition of plexiglass partitions so residents have peace of mind that their safety is our top priority.

Visitation Policy

We strive to ensure residents can socialize with friends and family safely and comfortably. Visits with family and friends are welcome with proper precautions, such as masks and internal protocols, subject to change based on regulatory requirements. We are also helping to coordinate virtual visits!

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Know the facts about your COVID-19 vaccination.

Do not get swept up in misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccination. Read some common FAQs and myths about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Do these vaccines cause allergic reactions?

    Anaphylactic reactions have been reported in a small number of people who have taken the Pfizer vaccine. We are still learning more about what is causing these rare-but-serious reactions. Once vaccinated, you will be monitored for 15 to 30 minutes to ensure you do not experience this reaction.

    If you have a history of anaphylactic allergic reactions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before receiving the vaccine. Seasonal allergies, pet allergies, etc. that do not cause anaphylaxis are not associated with allergies to this vaccine.

  • Do I still have to wear PPE after getting the vaccine?

    You should continue to take all necessary precautions after getting the vaccine, including wearing personal protective equipment and conducting regular testing. This will continue to keep residents and staff safe.

  • Are there side effects?

    Some people will experience symptoms that mimic COVID-19, but most are minimal and last only one or two days. This shows the vaccine is working and your body is building protection.

    You may experience:

    • Pain, swelling or redness at the injection site.
    • General symptoms up to two days after injection, such as fever, chills, fatigue, muscle or joint pain or headaches.

    Most symptoms can be managed with acetaminophen or ibuprofen (Tylenol or Advil). If you experience more severe side effects, please contact your physician.

  • After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?

    No. Neither the recently authorized or recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

    If your body develops an immune response—the goal of vaccination—there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

  • Fact: The coronavirus is changing. But vaccines are designed to help the body recognize it based on multiple parts of the virus.

    Myth and fears: New mutations in the coronavirus have been reported, which may change the exact nature of the proteins on its surface. This has led to fears that the vaccines developed so far might not work against these new “mutants” because vaccines are based on teaching the body to recognize those proteins and attack them in the future.

    The bottom line: So far, COVID-19 vaccine makers say that the new mutations seen in the novel coronavirus have not “outsmarted” the vaccines.

  • Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine includes a tracking device.

    Fact: A video shared thousands of times on Facebook makes false claims about the products of syringe maker Apiject Systems of America, which has a contract with the government to provide medical-grade injection devices for vaccines. The company has an optional version of its product that contains a microchip within the syringe label that helps providers confirm a vaccine dose’s origin. The chip itself is not injected into the person getting the vaccine.

  • Myth: I’m not at risk for severe complications of COVID-19, so I don’t need the vaccine.

    Fact: Regardless of your risk, you can still contract the infection and spread it to others, so it's important to get vaccinated. Once the vaccine is widely available, it’s recommended that as many eligible adults as possible get the vaccine. It’s not only to protect you, but your family and community, as well.

  • Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe because it was developed so quickly.

    Fact: The vaccine is proven safe and effective. Although it was developed in record time, it has gone through the same rigorous Food and Drug Administration process as every other vaccine, meeting all safety standards. No steps were skipped. Instead, we can thank the unprecedented worldwide collaboration and investment for the shorter timeframe on the development of the vaccine itself. The clinical trails and safety reviews actually took about the same amount of time as other vaccines.

Visit the Benchmark COVID-19 response page.