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Updates Regarding COVID Testing and Visitations

I first and foremost would like to extend my appreciation to all residents and families.  I thank all of you for your patience during this time of isolation.  I know how difficult absence from loved ones can be and I also must say that it is evident that you are prioritizing your loved ones safety over all else.

Universal Testing:

On Thursday July 9th, CVS/Omnicare Health conducted baseline universal testing on all PC residents and staff.  It was so well attended that the day went longer than expected.  However, we were able to accomplish our mission of testing all who were required to.  The CVS representatives even commented on how well things went and that all the residents did a great job!  So Kudos to all of you!

We received our results last week and I can confirm that we had all negative results. This is wonderful news as we can now move into the next phase of reopening!  This is as long as we remain COVID free.  In an effort to monitor the COVID free status, we will continue to require any new Residents or Staff to be tested for COVID prior to move in or hire.  Many of the agencies that we work with also require staff to be tested on a weekly basis.  In Personal Care, we continue to screen employees coming on and going off shift, and all residents are having temperature and oxygen saturation level checks every day.

Since testing has been completed and continued monitoring is in place, PC activities have started up once again.  The residents have been thrilled to get out and socialize!  They are still required to wear a mask when out of the apartment and social distancing is also in place during activities.

Visitation Guidelines:

We receive many calls and emails every day asking about visitation so I am excited to give good news!  Effective Monday, July 27th we will be opening up visitations for the families of Personal Care residents in keeping with guidance of the Department of Human Services.  Visitations must be conducted in a “neutral zone”, and with specified visiting hours.  During this phase of reopening, we will hold visitations outside of the Personal Care/Skilled Nursing Entrance, which will need to be scheduled.  There will be tables and chairs set up with social distancing in mind.  We will require that visitors check in at the SNF entrance and get screened by WEL staff.  Please keep the number of visitors to 2 per visit.

If you would like to reserve a visitation time slot, please visit the WEL website under the community updates page here: https://www.wel.org/community-updates/ and enter DTWesley as the password.  There you will find a link for the Personal Care visitor sign up page.  If you have any questions or need help with the sign up, please email Molly Sahner at msahner@wel.org or me at mminninger@wel.org

We look forward to seeing all of you again!

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Updated Announcement: Executive Director changes at WEL Doylestown, Upper Moreland and Burholme

Dear WEL Residents, Family, POA’s, and Employees:

WEL Doylestown

Back in March, we shared with you that Steve Cherry, our Executive Director at WEL Doylestown, would be retiring, effective July 10, 2020.  As soon as the pandemic came upon us, Steve had graciously agreed to remain at his post and extend his stay at WEL to provide continuity in oversight to the community.  We are grateful to Steve’s leadership and dedication to WEL Doylestown during these past several months.  Steve’s last day at WEL will now be September 4th.

Steve began his career with WEL in 1991 at Pennypack Park (formerly Evangelical Manor before transferring to Burholme (formerly Pilgrim Gardens) community, and then finally to Doylestown (formerly Heritage Towers) community in 2000.  Steve has proudly served WEL and has made lasting contributions to our organization.   It is difficult if not impossible to sum up his achievements over 29 years of dedicated service. We will miss him, but wish him well as he embarks on his well-deserved retirement.

Maureen Casey, who has been in the role of interim Executive Director at our Upper Moreland and Burholme communities, will now step into the Doylestown Executive Director position, effective September 4th. Maureen joined WEL in 2018, having first served in the role of interim Executive Director at our Main Line campus. She has been a key contributor to the renovation project at Main Line, and has been a significant help to the recent projects at Upper Moreland and Burholme

Maureen brings to WEL over 25 years of experience in senior communities, long term care, and acute care.  Before joining WEL, she has held positions as Chief Operating Officer and Administrator of the Einstein Institute for Heart and Vascular Health. Maureen holds a Master’s Degree in Gerontology, from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.

WEL Upper Moreland and Burholme

I am pleased to announce that Daniel Frost will be joining WEL to fill the interim Executive Director role(s) at our Upper Moreland and Burholme, communities effective July 27th.  Dan has over 30 years of experience as Executive Director, Administrator, and in operational leadership roles in various senior living communities throughout Pennsylvania.  He most recently hails from The Village at LifeQuest, Brookdale Senior Living, and Heather Glen Senior Living. Dan’s vast accomplishments include new community start-up, census growth, and the development of resident engagement and employee mentoring programs.  Dan holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, an MBA in Management, Marketing and Human Resources from Kutztown University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management from the State University of New York Institute of Technology. 

Please join me once again in thanking Steve for his service to WEL, and please give a warm welcome to Maureen soon to be our Doylestown Executive Director, and to Dan, soon to take the helm at our Upper Moreland and Burholme communities.

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Ron Greco

We recently put dad in long term care at Wesley PennyPack Park after much debate with the Pandemic .. After seeing no cases we made the move. It’s only been three weeks but we must say they have been more than accommodating and patient with dad . He said everyone is friendly and nice to him. We get updates from the doctor, nurse and social worker. It’s been an adjustment for him but they go out of their way to make him happy. We feel he is being taken care of very well and look forward to when we can sit with him in the beautiful courtyard. I would definitely recommend Wesley to anyone. The administrator has been a huge help and the head nurses are always trying to accommodate our requests. Thanks to everyone there! Linda and Ron

Ron Greco
Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack Park
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Next Steps Update for all WEL Main Line Residents-7/22/2020

We have completed our required baseline testing in the Meadows and are now prepared for the next step in Meadows, which includes in person visits.  I have attached the policy to this memo which will guide you in the logistics of visiting loved ones in the Meadows.  We will be setting up visit times starting Monday the 27th of July.  We are very excited to provide for this next step, but I would caution that this step, as with all other steps, is contingent on maintaining our lack of positive tests.  The virus is very serious and is even more so in our congregant units.  We have learned quite a bit since March and we have a clearer vision for maintaining safety and also allowing for some increased quality of life for our residents.  These are not mutually exclusive, but they are somewhat codependent.  Please take the time to read the policy and reach out to Kim, Eleanor or myself with any questions.      

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Reopening Plan for the Public: 07-16-2020

IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR REOPENING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH’S INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES DURING COVID-19 AND UTILIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

CURRENT PHASE:  Modified Green Per Philadelphia County;                                                               OPENING DATE:  TBD

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