I’m going to just say it, it has been a very frustrating week. We still do not have a date for our vaccine clinics and I have contacted our local and state Department Of Health, Senator Haywood, state representative Dwight Evans, CVS local and corporate, the Mayor’s office, Jefferson Health, LeadingAge, and the Philadelphia Health Department. The Philadelphia Health Department has been helpful and they are investigating to determine if they can provide the vaccine for us. As soon as I know anything for certain, you will hear from me.
As Mohammed Sekouty said, “On your journey to success equip yourself with will, hope and patience” . We will be successful in getting our vaccine and we will find our way out of this. Stay tuned.
Testing this week revealed two new positive Residents and one new positive Employee. We currently have three Residents in our red-zone quarantine area.
Ken Beiler Executive Director Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
I am thrilled to write this letter sharing lots of good news.
As you know our residents residing in Skilled Nursing and our Doylestown staff had the opportunity to be vaccinated on December 30, 2020. A total of 42 residents and 96 staff were vaccinated. They will receive their booster on Wednesday January 20, 2021 between 10am and 4pm. There were no serious side effects and only a handful of minor side effects such a headache, nausea/vomiting and fatigue. I am hopeful additional people can be vaccinated that day but I do not have confirmation at this time.
I am happy to share that we have confirmed dates for our vaccination clinic for our Personal Care residents which are Saturday January 30th and Sunday January 31st from 11am to 5pm. We will need consent forms signed and the most updated insurance cards to be available. I know that the Personal Care team has already been working with the residents and families and has this process very organized.
Governor Wolf’s plan (found on his website) identifies that we are currently in Phase 1a which includes vaccination of residents in skilled nursing, personal care and healthcare employees. We are hopeful to have information for our residents in Independent Living in the very near future. Residents can turn in consent forms to the front desk and are asked to have their most up to date insurance card on hand in the event we are able to offer vaccination with little notice.
Our residents residing in Personal Care are now out of quarantine, which began back on November 18th. This was a long time for them to be in their apartments. We acknowledge and appreciate the residents and their families for their patience and understanding as we followed the guidance of the Department of Human Services, the Department of Health and the CDC related to COVID 19 outbreaks. Each time a new case was identified in Personal Care we needed to reset the quarantine clock for another 14 days. There are no cases in Personal Care currently and since November 18th we had a total of 7 cases in this area. We identified no transfer of cases from resident to staff or from staff to resident. Many kudos to Martine Minninger and the Personal Care team for their careful use of PPE and for their thorough and compassionate care of the residents. It was great to see our Personal Care residents in the dining room again last night! Lots of smiling faces!
We are sad to share that Martine is leaving WEL Doylestown after 7 years of dedicated service as she transitions to become an Executive Director of another community closer to her home. We wish Martine well in her new endeavor and we know she will be very successful!
Residents were happy to receive their first dose of the COVID 19 vaccine. Some residents were seen on the news and some were in the newspaper. It was an exciting day. We continue to have no COVID cases in this area. Residents are enjoying lunch and dinner in the dining room and small group activities daily. If you would like to schedule a face time visit, please reach out to our receptionist at 215-345-4300.
The Enhanced Living Team and the Dining Team is working hard to slowly return our campus to “normal”. The Bistro opens for lunch Monday thru Friday on Monday January 18th. We will have a plan for the Heritage Dining Room soon. The Enhanced Living Team announced this week that the gym is now open 24/7 but we are asking for no more than 3 residents at a time with infection control protocols in place. The pool is also available by appointment. Small group activities are happening, as is Thursday night entertainment. Please refer to your calendar for specifics.
The Bucks County positivity rate is 14.4%, so it is moving in the right direction. We continue with no visitors on campus but you can schedule the conference room for a visit through the receptionist at 215-345-4300. A 14 day quarantine is still in effect for residents choosing to gather socially with family or friends or for residents who return from in-patient hospitalization. For residents returning from the ER we are asking that if you have symptoms of COVID-19 that you notify the front desk and begin a self-quarantine for 10 days from the start of symptoms. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, or has been exposed to COVID-19 and was in close contact, is asked to stay in their apartment, notify their family physician and notify our front desk. We have a process for quarantine in place and we will help you through it!
We continue to review our policies and protocols and will update them accordingly for the county positivity rate and our campus experience. Since November, we have had 9 residents in Independent Living diagnosed with COVID-19 and 15 staff. We currently have no new active COVID-19 cases on our campus for residents nor staff since.
Some of our leaders, managers and staff have accepted new roles and challenges and have left WEL Doylestown. We have welcomed new team members including those listed on page 3.
We are also recruiting for an Administrator of Personal Care and Home Care along with other positions such as dining servers, nurse aides and nurses. We are proud of our WEL Doylestown Campus and we know we will attract stellar team members to uphold our high standards and values.
Wishing you continued health and happiness in the New Year,
This morning I received great news and confirmed with our vaccination partner, CVS-Omnicare that our first vaccination date will be Friday January 22, 2021. This first vaccination clinic will be for all of our staff and our personal care residents.
At this time the initial vaccination clinic will only be for the personal care residents and staff. We are awaiting receipt of the consent forms within the next day or two. We will be gathering consent forms and copies of insurance cards to be ready for the clinic. Personal Care families will be notified and consulted about the consent forms. We will have consent forms available for the IL residents to complete in case there is opportunity for additional residents to be vaccinated.
At Wesley Enhanced Living Upper Moreland we continue to: “Resist the Urge and Help Fight the Surge!” Montgomery County has experienced an increase in the positivity rate from 11.4% a week ago to 11.6% this past reporting week.
I am encouraging continued limited visitation with the increased potential for contact with COVID-19 and the Flu.
I will send further updates as information becomes available.
Sadly, I must report a second death in the Meadows. Please hold the family and the loved on in your thoughts and prayers.
We have just been notified by the hospital that one of our IL residents who was admitted has tested positive for Covid today. We will work through our contact tracing for this resident so if you do not hear from wellness, you did not have close contact.
We continue to have no positives in the Pines.
We did have a few staff members who did show some minor symptoms from the vaccine, but the payoff is well worth a day of feeling a bit crappy. We are working every angle to try and speed the process of getting all residents the vaccine. There are some county based ventures out there, one is specifically with local Rite Aids, but we do not have any connection with these and they would be available to those who would reach out individually for an appointment at one of their vaccine sites. This is certainly a choice for any residents who want to give that a try, but I am not certain it would be any faster than waiting for the powers that be to set up an onsite clinic here. If anyone hears of anything else, let me know and I will dig around. We are ahead of the game a bit, but I want to have the game done and behind us as soon as possible. The fight continues.
We have had no new positives in the Meadows today. We had one new staff member who tested positive with a rapid test. They work in the kitchen.
We have one Independent Living resident who will be returning to Meadows to continue their recovery, but no other positives in the apartments.
We continue to have no positives in the Pines.
Now onto the exciting news! We just completed our vaccine clinic today and it was an unfounded success! We decided to request that the CVS clinic team provide a first dose to our Pines residents as well as our Meadows and they agreed! We quickly got the consents completed and we were able to get a first dose in both our Meadows and Pines residents who had consented to get the vaccine. We are one step closer to getting our entire community vaccinated. I wanted to thank Tamara and Kim for their clinical leadership during this first step clinic.
The staff vaccination clinic was even more exciting, with more than 100 doses provided to staff across all departments! We used every dose they brought onsite. We were told by the CVS staff that we were the most organized community they have been to so far and that they have had sites that did not use all of their allotted doses with their clinics. That was NOT going to happen here! You will see that staff will have their Covid stickers on their name badges and we will post the pictures of staff that got the vaccine around Vicki’s office walls. We should all be very proud of this staff and these residents who started the ball rolling.
In total, we received 166 doses and used all 166. The hope now is that the state Department of Health will continue to drive this process to include all residents in this community. We will do all that we can to advocate for more doses for more residents. I am very happy we were able to ‘jump the line’ for the Pines. Keep your fingers crossed we can do more with our next clinic.