Guidelines to fight the pandemic continue to change day by day. We have been committed to staying on top of these changes as they are released and taking appropriate action to incorporate changes into our daily practices and policies. So, many months ago, we formed a COVID-19 Response Team. One of their primary purposes has been to follow and implement changes as they occur.
Currently the instruction of the CDC, CMS, state and federal authorities, asks that few continue to restrict in-person family visits with exception of end-of-life situations. We also have been called to adjust activities, meals and gatherings to accommodate social distancing; and, our staffing practices have changed in accordance to state and federal guidelines. We have encouraged our staff to maintain social distancing and wear masks both at work and in the community. Each one is screened before and after their shift. Strict care protocols are in place to protect both our residents and staff.
Infection control and prevention remain a vital part of our response to COVID-19. Our employees, residents, visitors and vendors are provided with ongoing education regarding proper hygiene practices. This includes the importance of hand-washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, mask usage, and the frequent sanitizing of all surfaces.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic as we work to keep your loved ones and our employees safe. We understand how challenging this time is and how eager you are to visit your loved one in-house. We’ve tried our best to provide various alternative options allowing you to stay as connected as possible with your loved one through Zoom calls, Skype, How’s Mom app, visitation booths and on-going updates. Hopefully, this has helped make the waiting a little easier.
Hope is around the corner as the FDA has approved several new vaccines in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. Nursing homes residents and staff are among the first to be offered this vaccine. Contact your local administrator for more information about the vaccine and when it will be available for your loved-one.