Adult foster care home receives COVID vaccines

Employees at Sunset Senior Living Center, along with residents at the Depoe Bay facility, received COVID vaccines this week. Pictured are Mike Palmer, left, Dena Everett, Catherine Hingson and Dee Lukkes.

The first of three vaccination clinics at Sunset Senior Living Center in Depoe Bay distributed the COVID vaccine to seniors and people who assist them this week. New incoming residents will be able to get the vaccine if they are accepted to one of three openings at this long-term care facility. 

The federal government made the vaccine available to hospitals, frontline workers and long-term care facilities. Catherine Hingson, owner/operator of Sunset Senior Living Center, said, “I’m glad that I pursued the opportunity when it came. There was a lot of paperwork on the computer, and in the end, partnering with Walgreens turned out to be a very positive choice. The pharmacist/nurse from Walgreens came out to my location because I have residents that have mobility difficulties. There were not any long lines waiting outside in the winter weather, and we are all grateful to be able to get vaccinated. The inoculation process only took a few minutes.”

Sunset Senior Living Center is licensed for four residents and is a class 3 home, which means that people can stay there until the end of their life. “Our nurse practitioner, physical therapist and counselor all come to the home to serve the residents,” Hingson said, adding that home-based, smaller operations typically employ fewer people so there is less likelihood of infection, and by having medical support come to the home, there is reduced risk, and it is easier on the residents.

Sunset Senior Living Center is a licensed adult foster care home for residential placement, where people can continue to live safely and as independently as possible. Often a combination of long-term care insurance and private pay are utilized to pay for this niche care.

For more information about the center, contact Hingson at 503-545-9339 or [email protected]

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