Dear Family Members,
Developments continue to occur rapidly regarding COVID-19. Since I wrote to you last here are some updates for you:
- On Thursday March 12, 2020 and Friday March 13, 2020, I met with residents and tenants at all four of our locations informing them of our intent to restrict all visitors to our homes. The residents were very understanding and had some excellent comments and questions. Our team reached out to family members of our residents to update them.
- By Friday March 13, 2020 all of our buildings were closed to visitors.
- On Saturday March 14, 2020 we received guidance to eliminate communal dining and activities. We immediately began strategizing how to safely implement this guidance.
- On Sunday March 15, 2020 I met with our teams to continue to strategize ways to implement CDC and CMS recommendations.
Research by the CDC indicates the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is limit outside visitors to our facilities. Also, within the building Social Distancing should help limit the spread of the virus, thus the guidance to discontinue communal dining and activities. We understand the negative impact Social Distancing can have on our residents and are providing activities to all
We have been diligent in screening our team of caregivers for signs and symptoms of the virus. Before each shift, staff members are required to take their temperature and document if they have any symptoms of the virus. If the staff member has fever or symptoms, they are not allowed to work.
Also, we are monitoring all of our residents on a daily basis to determine if they have a fever or symptoms of the virus. As always, we will keep you up to date on a regular basis regarding your loved one.
Our teams have reviewed our infection control practices and we are providing additional deep cleaning of our facilities.
We do not yet know how long we will need to live and work under these challenging circumstances but I am extremely proud of the way our team of caregivers have pulled together to continue to assure we Give Great Care to our residents. I am hopeful these measures will help shorten the impact of this virus.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments.
Steve Kuranz, Executive Director