March 16, 2020
Dear residents and families-
Thank you to all of you for your understanding during this ever evolving Coronavirus situation. We wanted to update you on a few things that have occurred over the last few days.
- Visitation is now restricted to only end-of-life visits per Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule. This rule change applies to all nursing homes in the United States. We are no longer able to accommodate visitors for any other reason. We have also restricted visits from any non-essential professional personnel. For those that are essential providers, we are actively screening all employees, vendors, physicians and healthcare professionals who enter our building. They are screened for signs of respiratory illness, and temperatures are being taken and documented every time the individual enters our facility. This is all in an effort to keep our residents as safe as possible.
- We are actively working on setting up the ability for all residents to participate in Skype Video calls using facility devices. We hope to have this functional within the next 24-48 hours. While we are working on this on our end, we encourage families to download this app on your own devices so you are ready too. The Skype app is available for Apple and android devices. Data charges may apply- please contact your cell phone carrier for more details. We hope that this availability helps our residents stay connected to their families in a meaningful way.
- We have changed our community dining and activities policies to comply with the latest CMS guidance regarding social distancing in a care facility. For those residents requiring staff assistance to set up/eat meals, assistance will be provided either individually or in small groups that are spaced appropriately in the dining room. Residents who eat independently will receive meal service in their rooms.
Thank you to all of you for your kind words of encouragement to our staff and understanding during this time. Please know that we will continue to do everything in our power to keep our residents safe.