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Executive Director: Weekly COVID-19 Update February 15, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees: 

I am very pleased to share with you that I have been able to secure two dates for an additional COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.  The dates will be March 6 (first vaccination) and March 27 (second vaccination).  Times to be determined for those dates.  At the present time there is not a third date available, but I am continuing to work with CVS for a possible third date.

These two confirmed dates will include all Personal Care Residents, Independent Living residents and staff who declined in the first round of vaccinations, and Health Center residents who are in need of the vaccination. 

I want to remind everyone that for those vaccinated, the effectiveness of the vaccination begins to take place in 10-12 days.  After the first vaccination, Pfizer indicates you are approximately 54% protected from contracting the COVID virus. 

We will provide more information regarding the process, as the date draws closer. 

We have consent forms for both personal and health care residents, or will obtain them, if required.

All independent residents who would like to participate will need to complete a consent form, no later than February 25 and provide us with copies of the front and back of your insurance cards (health and pharmacy) as well as your Medicare card.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to participate in the vaccination program.  It is only effective in our community if 75-80% of every one of us participate!

Over these weeks and months many of you have reached out to thank and compliment the staff for all of their efforts.  Your kind words are much appreciated and I would like to thank you on behalf of our entire wonderful staff. 

We value your kind thoughts and compliments, and I would ask you to take a moment to post your thoughts on our review page, if you are so inclined.  In general, most people who are looking for a place for their loved ones or themselves do search for online information and if they find some positive information, it does put them at ease.  We still need to do the work to sell them on our community, which is a joint effort with our marketing staff and our residents since this is first and foremost a community, but some positive comments do help alleviate some of the concerns that everyone has with such a large lifestyle change.  I do want you all to know that I appreciate all of your comments and would be very thankful if you would help us grow this community with your reviews.  The website for reviews is as follows:

https://www.wel.org/pennypack-park/reviews/

Thank you all again for your supportive words and be assured we will continue to do all we can to push to some semblance of normalcy in the lives of our residents. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have by phone or directly to my email. 

Stay safe,

Suzanne H. Lachman, LNHA

Executive Director

267.348.334   

slachman@wel.org

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Executive Director COVID-19 update 2/15/2021

I am very pleased to share with you that I have been able to secure two dates for an additional COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. The dates will be March 6 (first vaccination) and March 27 (second vaccination). Times to be determined for those dates. At the present time there is not a third date available, but I am continuing to work with CVS for a possible third date.

These two confirmed dates will include all Personal Care Residents, Independent Living residents and staff who declined in the first round of vaccinations, and Health Center residents who are in need of the vaccination.

I want to remind everyone that for those vaccinated, the effectiveness of the vaccination begins to take place in 10-12 days. After the first vaccination, Pfizer indicates you are approximately 54% protected from contracting the COVID virus.

We will provide more information regarding the process, as the date draws closer.

We have consent forms for both personal and health care residents, or will obtain them, if required.

All independent residents who would like to participate will need to complete a consent form, no later than February 25 and provide us with copies of the front and back of your insurance cards (health and pharmacy) as well as your Medicare card.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to participate in the vaccination program. It is only effective in our community if 75-80% of every one of us participate!


Over these weeks and months many of you have reached out to thank and compliment the staff for all of their efforts. Your kind words are much appreciated and I would like to thank you on behalf of our entire wonderful staff.


We value your kind thoughts and compliments, and I would ask you to take a moment to post your thoughts on our review page, if you are so inclined. In general, most people who are looking for a place for their loved ones or themselves do search for online information and if they find some positive information, it does put them at ease. We still need to do the work to sell them on our community, which is a joint effort with our marketing staff and our residents since this is first and foremost a community, but some positive comments do help alleviate some of the concerns that everyone has with such a large lifestyle change. I do want you all to know that I appreciate all of your comments and would be very thankful if you would help us grow this community with your reviews. Click here for the review website.

Thank you all again for your supportive words and be assured we will continue to do all we can to push to some semblance of normalcy in the lives of our residents.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have by phone or directly to my email.

Stay safe,

Suzanne H. Lachman, LNHA
Executive Director
267.348.334
slachman@wel.org

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Cheryl R. Cooper

Safest Place for My Mom. I moved my mom to WEL Stapeley 5 years ago. She is in Personal Care. The staff have been the best! I have been kept well informed of my mother's care and any recommendations from her doctor. She is comfortable and well cared for. Over the 5 years her physical health and cognitive skills have declined but the staff have been able to provide for her. I am at peace knowing my mom is happy and well. Even during the COVID restrictions, I have been kept informed about the numbers of facility staff and residents effected by the virus and the precautions taken. Although we could not visit in person, the staff made sure I could FaceTime or Zoom with my mom weekly.

Cheryl R. Cooper
Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line
Senior Advisor

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Anonymous

So far so good! We do a weekly zoom call with our loved one and the staff members that help her set that up is wonderful. We also have noticed that when our loved one falls whether it is minor or major they call us right away every single time. They also send out weekly emails to the families regarding all updates with COVID whether that covers outbreaks in the community, if it was a resident or staff members. They also are keeping us informed with the first round of vaccine schedules.

Anonymous
Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
Senior Advisor

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Executive Director COVID-19 update 2/11/2021

WEL Upper Moreland IL Restrictions and Guidelines Update 2/11/2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees:
In order to be completely transparent regarding COVID activity in the community, we are sharing information regarding positive cases for both Independent Living and Personal Care. To keep you informed of COVID-19 activity within the community, please be advised of the following:
Independent Living:
October 29. 2020 – December 3, 2020 - 2 Residents confirmed positive, 1 related Death
January 27, 2021 – February 10, 2021 - 9 Residents confirmed positive, 2 related Deaths
Personal Care:
January 14, 2021 – January 19, 2021 - 2 Residents confirmed positive, 1 related Death
I am happy to announce that for Personal Care, we have completed 4 weeks of testing with no new cases for the past three weeks.

Groceries & Shopping:

We advise you to reach out to family and friends to drop off groceries/ food orders which we will deliver directly to your apartment. Assistance is available for contactless ordering and delivery of groceries and other shopping needs. Please call the Resident Services staff at (215) 302-3749 for assistance with placing online orders.

Mail Room:
I am rescinding the times that were posted in the previous Update.

The mail room is Open with a maximum of 1 resident per side at any time.

Health and Wellness:

All Residents: If you experience ANY symptoms of a fever, new or persistent cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, chills, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, congestion, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or sudden onset of fatigue You Must inform the Wellness Center and contact your personal physician. For staff members if you experience any of the symptoms please contact your supervisor.

Residents, If you are ill and/or in the process of being tested for COVID-19 you are to inform the Wellness Center and remain confined to your apartment. Once you receive results from testing please notify the Wellness Center.

If you have had a visit or visited anyone in the past 14 days who have tested positive or who have COVID-19 symptoms please notify our Resident Services Manager, Craig Vinciguerra, at 215-302-3750 to enable contact tracing. This is imperative that we are aware of any possible resident exposures.

IL Vaccine Clinic:

The Independent Living vaccine clinic scheduled for Tuesday February 16th is moving forward with about 100 residents registered. We have 160 vaccine doses reserved. Residents who have not registered may still register by completing a consent form. Forms are available in the front lobby. When you come to complete the consent form you need to bring your Medicare and insurance cards.

With this vaccination clinic we will have approximately 130 IL residents vaccinated. If you have been vaccinated or are scheduled to be vaccinated at another location please contact Beth Cataldi at (215) 302-3741 for us to register your vaccination information.

Please help us: “Resist the Urge and Help Fight the Surge!” There is to be no gathering within apartments or common areas.

Thank you for your ongoing patience, partnership and understanding during this unprecedented time.

Daniel Frost
Executive Director

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