Watermark’s COVID-19 Response

Watermark Retirement Communities responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020 with the creation of a Task Force of health care and senior living experts. The Task Force initiated a comprehensive plan with safety and security protocols including best practices from federal and state authorities as well as Watermark’s decades of operating experience.

As the situation progresses with COVID-19, Watermark is committed to keeping residents, families and associates safe. Watermark’s robust tools for training, communication and risk management are being specially utilized in this situation.

Transparent and accurate communication is a core value at Watermark. We are committed to remaining well-informed and responsive at the leading edge of this fluid situation. We are equally committed to keeping clear and transparent lines of communication open with our residents and their families.

Stay Safe, Be well

Karen Mlawsky, Chief Operating Officer.

FAQs About the COVID-19 Vaccine

How do residents prepare to receive the vaccine?

It is required that every resident present their medical insurance card and/or provide a copy of the front and back. It’s imperative that you produce this information quickly. Omnicare/CVS has made both paper and electronic consent forms, and we will forward the details for completing them before our clinic date.

Who pays for the vaccine?

All insurance is paying 100% for the vaccines, however those without insurance will receive the vaccines for free.

When will Independent Living residents receive the vaccine?

Per the Federal Government’s recommendation, Independent Living residents will be vaccinated during Phase 2, during the first quarter of 2021, although exacts dates have not yet been determined.

Are associates receiving the vaccination at the same time?

Residents, associates and community care providers will attend the vaccine clinics on the same day.

Is the vaccine mandatory for residents and associates?

No, the vaccine is not mandatory but consider the protection we will have the more people that consent to this vaccine. We will be championing educational meetings with our team members to encourage participation. We already have a great response from the team, and the majority are very excited about this clinic.

Getting the Vaccine

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About Watermark

Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, Watermark currently manages 64 communities in 21 states, including CCRCs, standalone independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities in addition to Medicare-certified rehabilitation and skilled nursing neighborhoods.

Watermark creates extraordinary communities where people thrive. We believe aging is about renewal rather than retirement. Watermark communities are known for highly trained and caring associates, a lifestyle built on choice, fine amenities, integrative wellness and innovative programs including the award-winning Watermark University featuring a wide variety of engaging classes for residents and area seniors. Watermark has been named in the top 25 Best Workplaces for Aging Services in a national program conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute and published on Fortune.com. A privately held company with a reputation for over 30 years for service, innovation, integrity and financial stability, Watermark manages more than 60 retirement communities coast to coast. Based in Tucson AZ, Watermark is ranked as the nation’s 11th-leading senior housing operator by the American Seniors Housing Association.

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