Update from Administrator – May 26, 2020
As always, our team and I hope this email finds you safe and healthy. As we just celebrated Memorial Day Weekend, I would like to first take this opportunity to show respect and honor to all those Veterans who have lost their life serving our country. My sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families
Another “thank you” for all the staff’s hard work, dedication, and compassion for all of our residents here. We remain incredibly grateful for our entire dedicated team and ask you to join me in ensuring that they are included as “Health Care Heroes” battling COVID-19. They are doing everything they possibly can to care for those suffering and support them as they battle this disease.
I would like to begin with an update to you on the facility wide testing that’s continuing through this weekend. We have tested over 90% of staff and residents. This was mandated by Governor Baker and MA DPH with a minimum testing result of 90%.
We may be turning the corner on our center’s battle with COVID-19. As of today, we have seen 46 of our residents convert to negative and are now symptom-free of COVID-19.
We are very excited for these residents, their families, and our staff. We anticipate this number to continue to rise and we will begin holding “graduation” or recovery ceremonies, to celebrate their success.
We had our infection control survey with MA DPH this past week and were told by the surveyor that our PPE inventory was substantial, and our staff was well versed in infection control policy and procedures. Over the last week we have continued to appropriately cohort our residents according to the CDC guidance.
We continue to schedule consistent staffing on all our units. We continue to follow all CDC and state guidelines and receive regular updates on new guidelines that are offered. This information is shared with our staff and additional training is continually taking place.
We currently have 14 positive residents in house but will discuss our numbers in more detail during our weekly call. We continue to follow all CDC and state guidelines and receive regular updates on new guidelines that are offered.
Check our Facebook page to see updated pictures and video of parades and “graduation” ceremonies. It is truly uplifting for our staff and residents.
Now that the weather is looking good – you will receive another email soon with information about scheduling window visits with your loved ones, in addition to FaceTime. Please remember that the window visits must be pre-scheduled to ensure safe and healthy visits for you, the residents, and our staff. We are also very excited to be working on outside visits with your loved one in the near future; provided masks are worn by everyone involved and social distancing takes place. More to come on that soon.
A “Town Hall” meeting is scheduled for this Thursday May 28 at 3:30 PM. I will introduce myself as the new administrator and I’ll be joined by the Director of Nursing, Sonja Cooley-Johnson and the Social Services Director, Sherylin Fontaine. The Zoom information will be sent on Monday.
We hope Town Hall will allow for more information to be exchanged.
Thank you and please stay safe and healthy!