Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Resident, Families and Partners:
As we enter into this holiday season in the midst of a COVID surge throughout our country, we wanted send out a letter discussing how we are approaching the holidays in our Community.
While we know all of you would like to spend the holidays visiting with your family and loved ones, I am sure you have heard many medical professionals and some government officials asking everyone to celebrate in a different way this year.
We have some promising news about some successful vaccinations, but even though elders will have priority once they become available, it does not appear that these vaccinations will be distributed until the end of the year at the earliest. Given this and the continuing risks the virus poses to our vulnerable elders, we are asking that elders not leave the facility to go the homes of family or loved ones. If elders do choose to leave, on their return:
- They will be tested upon their return to Community and have follow-up testing;
- They may be placed on isolation precautions for 10 days (even if initial tests as negative as it takes time before an individual may test positive for the virus after initial exposure); and
- We may charge the resident for the heighted levels of personal protective equipment (PPE) (N95 masks and gowns) required to care for the resident while on isolation. The estimate cost for this additional PPE is $500.00/month
We understand the desire to be with your loved ones during the holiday, but unfortunately, this year we are faced with unique circumstances posed by COVID. The vulnerability and risk posed to our elder residents is something we have to consider. While you or your resident loved one may be willing to take the risk, we cannot let another individual’s choice impact other residents who do not wish to take that risk, especially in light of the current surge in COVID cases.
We are fully prepared to assist you in finding other ways to celebrate with your loved one. Including:
- Facilitating Zoom/FaceTime calls;
- If weather permits (and current local health regulations permit), outdoor visitation and window visitation;
- If current local health regulations permit, facilitate indoor visitation (with certain restrictions); Our new indoor visitation booth guidelines are below.
- Delivering care packages or plates/food delivered by family.
We will be providing holiday activities within the facility that comply with all social distancing guidelines or within the resident’s room if he/she is required to be quarantined or isolated due to their own COVID positive status or necessary monitoring/observation after exposure.
*** Our new visitation booth will be available starting Monday, December 7th!!
- The booth is located in the living room on the north end of the building.
- Visitation will be done in 20 minute intervals between 9a-4pm daily and must be scheduled in advance.
- We ask that you stick to a 20 minute visit a day to help share the space. You will enter the front door on the north end but will not be allowed into the building until your scheduled time. This will allow for the necessary sanitation process in between visitors.
- We will have a first come, first serve sign-up sheet via phone call to help accommodate. The visitation booth can have a max of 2 visitors per resident.
- We ask that when you arrive for your scheduled visit, you call the building and staff will meet you at the door.
- All visitors entering the building must wear a mask for the duration of the visit, will have your temperature taken and must complete the proper screening before entering.
- Please refrain from visiting if you have a temperature, feeling ill or have possibly been exposed to a positive COVID individual.
We thank you for your support during this holiday season. This has been a difficult year, and we are very hopeful with that the progress on the vaccines will mean that we may soon move back into normal operations. Until then, we want to keep everyone as safe as possible.
If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact us.