Written by Labinot Avdiu, PharmD, F.A.C.A, Chief Executive Officer, Medication Management Partners
Shared Passion for Positive Impacts
The common thread that I have observed among successful providers in senior living is their passion for making a positive impact on the lives of residents. From the start of our partnership with Jaybird Senior Living (JSL) and having gotten to know the leadership starting with Kevin Russell, Chairman, it was evident that our mutual organizations shared this same passion. It is a delicate balance that we, as providers of senior living services, are striving to achieve between promoting and extending the independence of each resident and having the necessary services available to meet their needs, as the natural progression of aging over time limits their abilities to be fully independent. There are many factors that make senior living very exciting to be a part of. These factors include the ongoing evolution of the meaning of aging and aging-in-place, the evolving consumer demands, a better scientific understanding of the aging process itself, and the continued innovation in therapies, treatments, and technology. JSL and Medication Management Partners (MMP) share a commitment to innovation and continuously improving the experience for seniors. Our mission at MMP is to improve quality of life for and simplify pharmacy for seniors and their caregivers. To
that end, while COVID-19 has created many unanticipated challenges and uncertainties in every aspect of daily life, our team rallied from day one, and has been steadfast through the first two waves of this pandemic, the social unrest during the summer, and now in the third wave that we are all experiencing now. We immediately implemented steps recommended by the CDC to isolate and mitigate the spread of the virus. Our Partner Success Team, which provides on-site support to the JSL communities, immediately implemented virtual capabilities to support the residents and caregivers remotely. This dedicated team is in regular communication with JSL’s leadership and on-site staff to make necessary adjustments to accommodate their internal policies to limit the exposure of COVID-19 to residents and caregivers. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure we have adequate inventories on hand to prevent any critical shortages, and we work closely with physicians and insurance companies to obtain all necessary approvals and authorizations to prevent therapy interruptions for JSL residents. Through our suppliers and vendors, we have access to PPE and testing supplies that JSL communities can rely on.
MMP conducted influenza vaccination clinics to reduce the risk of flu, and we are prepared and working with our suppliers, and the community staff, to support the COVID-19 vaccination efforts as the vaccines become available to be distributed during Phase 1 and beyond. For example, staff and family education will be critical to achieve the necessary adoption rate of 70%+, which is necessary to achieve herd immunity, so we are providing educational webinars and material to residents and caregivers of JSL communities. I would like to acknowledge and thank all the caregivers, nurses, hospice providers, rehab providers, home care providers, physicians, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians who have answered the call during this difficult and uncertain time to care for our seniors living at Jaybird Senior Living communities, as well as in other settings. The challenges continue to be monumental, and I am confident that united we will continue making a positive impact in the lives of residents, family members, and local communities.
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