Local assisted living facility gets creative to help seniors cope with COVID-19 isolation

An assisted living facility in Northern Virginia is getting creative, in an effort to help its elderly residents cope and connect during the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff at Spring Hills Mount Vernon Assisted Living and Memory Care says it’s about making sure seniors in isolation don’t feel cut off from their loved ones.

“It’s critical,” said Tom Clarke, the Executive Director at Spring Hills Mount Vernon. “We’re serving a population where the average age is about 87 years old. And the primary reason people decide to move into our building is because of loneliness. The isolation can really get to people, to the point where they’re not taking their medicine, there’s depression, there’s health issues that kick in. But then they come here and there’s a sense of vibrancy and being part of our family.”