Update from Administrator – May 8, 2020

As some states begin to ease restrictions on businesses and the general public, please note that our center will NOT be included in any category. The visitor restriction placed on us by the state in early March is still in effect for the foreseeable future; we will advise you when this changes.  We continue to offer FaceTime & video calls and window visits for you and your loved ones.

From the beginning of this crisis, we have implemented extensive infection control measures to protect residents. As you know, this virus has impacted nursing homes at a disproportionately high rate. In Massachusetts, patients and staff have tested positive in more than 300 centers. That is more than 80% of all nursing homes (a 10% increase from last week). We know that we are under attack and we appreciate the support many of our families have privately relayed to us.

Worcester Rehabilitation’s Specific COVID Metrics as of 5/8/2020:

Residents 32, Staff: 27

COVID GRADUATES (medically cleared after testing positive)
Residents 16 Staff 22

We may be turning the corner on our center’s battle with COVID-19. As of today, we have seen 16 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 also continue to do all we can to protect our other residents and remain committed to ensuring the personal protective equipment (PPE) our staff needs and are in compliance with CDC and state guidelines regarding the appropriate use of PPE. We continue to follow every lead to secure PPE from existing and new vendors and request equipment from the state. We are satisfied with our supply but are always monitoring it and working to build it up for the long road ahead.

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.

Please continue to use our special email address to request virtual visits or ask questions.

Our commitment is to be as transparent as possible and work to address any issues that arise.

This is an incredibly challenging time and we will continue to do all we can to get through this, together.

Thank you,

Rob Taber

May 8, 2020