Aegis Living recently unveiled a series of company-wide commitments for advancing resident care and safety and wellness during the COVID-19 era. The commitments span all aspects of the organization from leadership to operations, research, resident care, and more.

“Families are facing unprecedented challenges as they work to care for their loved ones during this uncertain time,” Aegis Living President Kris Engskov said in a news release. “Our No. 1 priority is to apply our 23 years of experience and deep clinical expertise to continue to innovate well ahead of this virus to ensure we are the safest place for our seniors and also a place where they can thrive — physically, mentally, and emotionally — now and well into the future.”

Some of Aegis Living’s commitments include appointing a dedicated Infection Control & Safety Officer, launching a research partnership with Fred Hutch to study the virus, identifying transmission insights and containment best practices, and dramatically increasing nursing care capacity to support its 32 communities and 2,500 residents.

Aegis Living also has committed to creating new spaces — Aegis Chat Suites — for residents to connect virtually with their families and medical providers; it also is continuing to explore new opportunities for safe in-person visits and engagement with programs like the recently announced Outdoor Living Room initiative.

Aegis Living’s commitments were driven by insights and experience gleaned over the past four months navigating the pandemic, coupled with medical expertise and direct feedback from residents, families, and staff.

Aegis recently appointed Tom Laborde to Infection Control & Safety Officer. Laborde has a 22-year tenure at Aegis, most recently as Chief Operating Officer. In his new position, Laborde will work closely with Aegis’ senior management team to assess, develop, and implement new infection control technologies and measures across all of Aegis’ properties.

“We hire people who have excelled in their careers, often in outside industries, who bring incredible insights and fresh thinking to senior living,” Dwayne J. Clark, Aegis Living founder and CEO, said in a news release. “I call it the weaving of the quilt — we’re building a phenomenal team to take Aegis to the next level.”

For more information on how Aegis Living is responding to COVID-19, visit aegisliving.com/communications.