McMinnville, OR-based senior living provider The Springs Living already has spent approximately $300,000 to date on efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within its communities, and company executives have high hopes that these aggressive strategies will soften the virus’ blow long-term. 

Spring Living founder and CEO Fee Stubblefield told McKnight’s Friday that the company began implementing a host of preventive efforts at all of its 17 senior living communities in Oregon and Montana beginning at the end of February to help keep staff and residents healthy. The company’s efforts, which have included industrial sanitation of facilities, a hefty ramp-up in personal protective equipment stock and extra paid time off for sick workers, have allowed the company to keep incidents of positive cases to three at this point, including two staff members. 

Stubblefied added that the operator also has implemented on-site grocery stores at each of its communities and is providing free meals for staff on-shift and to take home to their families, to prevent staff members from having to shop and order meals externally.

The company has budgeted an additional 2% in added costs due to the virus, he reported, adding that the cost of these preventive measures likely will be a fraction of what a full-blown outbreak might entail.

“The best way to keep our residents safe and healthy is to keep our employees safe and healthy,” he said.