Assisted Living Communities Take Pledge to Protect Residents

Team members at Haywood House in Canton, N.C., hold up signed copies of “A Hero’s Pledge,” as the written oath is recited.

“A Hero’s Pledge” is an initiative created to encourage employees across Affinity Living Group’s roughly 160 assisted living communities in the Southeast to maintain infection-control practices inside and outside of the workplace as states begin to reopen.

“Our concern is the moral obligation we have, and the oath we’ve taken, to do the very best we can to provide care for the folks that we serve,” said Dr. Kevin O’Neil, Chief Medical Officer for ALG. “When our associates go out into the broader community, I want them preaching this message to their family and friends and even people that they meet, because that’s the way that will change the culture.”

Hear Dr. O’Neil Speak on the Hero’s Pledge

Executive Directors, front line care staff, housekeeping teams and dietary teams have all signed the pledge as a testament to their commitment to keeping residents safe.

“A Hero’s Pledge” reads:

I understand that Covid-19 is a serious threat to the lives of my family, my friends, and the staff and residents of this assisted living community. I know that it is my personal responsibility to take all the steps necessary to protect myself from exposure to Covid-19 at home, in public, and within the community 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  

Thus, I pledge to protect my colleagues and residents I care for by vigilantly upholding infection control measures at ALL times in ALL places and will freely counsel my family, friends, and colleagues to do the same.

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