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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR April 16, 2021

ANNUAL SATISFACTION SURVEY:

We will be conducting the annual satisfaction survey for residents and staff and access to participate will be available Monday, April 19.  Due to the pandemic, we did not conduct the survey last year, but your opinion matters.  We want to know what your thoughts are and are encouraging you to participate in this year’s survey.  Please use the following link to participate in the survey:

https://forms.gle/W9TvAJSgoLLMtWTb8

For residents who would like to participate, but not on the computer, Megan Boran, Director, Enhanced Living, will have paper versions of the survey available. 

Please remember, only one response per resident.  Families and residents may not both respond to the survey.  For health center residents, the Enhanced Living team will assist residents who are able to respond independently.  For residents who are not capable of answering the questions, we strong encourage family members to respond. 

COVID:

I am disappointed to share that two of our employees have tested positive this past week.  They received a rapid test while at work and the positive results were confirmed by a lab test.  Both employees are out of work at this time.  The Philadelphia positivity rate for COVID went up again this week and is currently at 9.7% - we are on the brink of testing staff twice weekly. 

VISITS:

At this time, there will be no changes to visits.  I want to remind everyone to use Sign Up Genius to schedule your appointment to visit, using the appropriate link for the level of care.

We hope you are enjoying your visits.  It is great to have visitors back in the community. 

Stay well,

Suzanne H. Lachman, LNHA

Executive Director

slachman@wel.org

267.348.3340

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Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown Update 4/12/2021

RESIDENT COUNCIL

I was reacquainted with Resident Council members this past week.  I regard this group as one of the best conduits for communication flow in two directions:  from resident community to administration and the reverse.  As a representative group, it surfaces ideas from all corners of the campus.  By the way Agnes Hebling, president of the Council, has asked that all residents be reminded that the election for Council representatives is upcoming and all are encouraged to be involved and participate in this and other expressions of community.   

Council members spoke freely about their appreciation for the dedication, presence and availability of staff.  They observe that we enjoy a good team of coworkers and their leaders: ‘the best ever.’   Social interaction among residents also is increasing in keeping with increased openness for the community. 

Not news to anyone, the difficulty of finding workers to hire filling vacancies dominates and guides our efforts.  We believe that the problem will right itself in time as we regroup in post-2020

SATISFACTION SURVEY

Beginning April 16, Wesley Enhanced Living will conduct a Satisfaction Survey targeting residents and employees.  This process has been an annual practice, EXCEPT for last year – we were busy with other things.  All will be provided an electronic way to participate or hard copy if desired.  Results will be tabulated and reports will be provided to you at a later time.    The process is meant to give us indicators for improving practice and program.  Thanks, in advance.

COVID-19     

We use the Bucks County based “Positivity Rate” as a gage to guide our infection precautions.  Announced on Friday, April 9, 2021, the rate is 10.7% which is slightly less and ends a four-week increasing trend.  It is still high and therefore the current restrictions on in-person visitation of Skilled Nursing residents in the building and of Personal Care residents in their apartments, remain. Visitation can take place outside or in pre-designated locations and sign up is required. 

We understand that 1/3rd of the US population is now at least partially vaccinated.  Of concern nationally, is the number of persons who elect NOT to receive a covid vaccination when available.  We’ve waited long for the vaccine and we know it to be efficacious.  It does affect who can visit residents.  So, we encourage being vaccinated as soon as possible. Particularly for residents who have not yet been vaccinated, we have sites in view and can assist with transportation.  Please sign up with Karen Doler or one of the wellness nurses in their office on floor 9.    Vaccinations are making a big difference.

BUILDING

What’s the status of OUTDOOR IMPROVEMENTS?

  1. Standard patio furniture for the bistro area has been placed and some new pieces for sitting areas have been added to the Atrium [behind the main dining room] and the 9th floor patio.  There is a third set that will be appropriately placed in the next two weeks. 
  2. The patio sitting area adjacent to main entrance is to be refurbished and we are reviewing the plan for the area.  The work will be done by our landscaping contractor who is establishing a work date for us. 
  3. New trees to replace those removed are not planned and there is no requirement by the Conservation District to replace.  But, but we’ve requested recommendations and pricing from our landscape contractor in order to consider adding trees. No decisions have been made.
  4. Sharps landscaping [our landscaper] explains that they’re overloaded with springtime requests.  So, we are monitoring closely the work needed for scheduling. 

New EMERGENCY CALL PENDANTS.   

Thanks to all residents for participating in training for the use of new emergency call buttons and to staff who organized the distribution and training process.  The new nurse call bell system is now being used and any pendant that is activated will be responded to accordingly.  

Steven T. Cherry, nha

Interim Executive Director

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Executive Director COVID-19 Update 4/12/2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees: 

Visits seem to be going well, thank you for your cooperation.  As a reminder, here are some basic guidelines for everyone to following when visiting. 

  • All visitors must enter through one of the two main entrances and register through Accushield
  • Required: 
    • Hand hygiene
    • Face covering or mask (nose & mouth)
    • Social distancing at least six feet between persons
  • Outdoor visitation is preferred, even when the resident and visitor are fully vaccinated
  • Indoor visits permitted but not in resident rooms in the Health Center
  • Indoor visits in apartments only, no common areas, are permitted in Personal Care and Independent Living
  • Indoor visits will be limited under the following circumstances:
    • Unvaccinated residents and the Philadelphia County positivity rate is >10% and <70% of residents are fully vaccinated*
    • Resident with confirmed COVID-19 infection, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, until they have met the criteria to discontinue quarantine
    • Residents in quarantine, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, until they have met criteria for release from quarantine
  • Indoor visits will be suspended if there is a COVID-19 outbreak and testing reveal additional cases in other areas of the health center
  • Visitors will be limited to two visitors per resident visit
  • Visits will be limited to 45 minutes (except Independent Living)
  • Visitors may not walk around different areas of the community
  • Visitors must physically distance from other residents and staff
  • IF the resident is fully vaccinated, they may choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor, and
    • Wear a well-fitting face mask
    • Perform hand hygiene before and after touch

*Refers to a person who is >2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or >2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine

Positivity rates continue to rise, and Philadelphia is currently at 9.1%.  We will continue to monitor the positivity rate closely and keep you informed if we are forced to make any changes to what is happening in our community. 

Friendship Pharmacy, the pharmacy that partners with WEL Stapeley is approved to provide COVID vaccinations. The vaccination they will be administering will be the one-dose, Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  We will coordinate a time and a place for receiving the vaccine from Friendship when we reach 20 interested participants, combining Residents and Employees.  

If you want to participate, please follow the link below to register.

https://www.friendshippharmltc.com/covid-19-vaccinations

Stay safe,

Ken Beiler

Executive Director, Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley

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Lorraine

The community answers any questions via email very quickly. They are also quick to address any issue that there may be in person. The staff is friendly and very nice. I would recommend this community to others.

Lorraine
Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack Park
Senior Advisor

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Update for all WEL Main Line Residents and Staff– 4/9/2021

Due to the fact that we have had no new positives for 2 weeks and the positivity rate continues below 10% (it is 8.1% this week), we will return to testing asymptomatic residents monthly.

We had no new positives in the staff this past week.  We will continue to rapid test staff twice a week, out of an abundance of caution.

We continue to have no positives in the Pines. 

We have no positives in Independent Living.

Visitation continues for all levels indoor.  The Meadows visits were well received by the residents, and I am sure it was a welcome event for our visitors as well!

We have secured a local pharmacy to provide us with an ongoing supply of vaccine onsite and our first clinic will be April 21st.  In the meantime, we have also engaged in the county sites for appointments off site.  Delaware County has clinics at Aston Community Center and Delaware County Wellness Center for the Moderna vaccine, Penn Medicine at Radnor for the Pfizer vaccine, and Delaware County Community College for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, for those who are still in need of an appointment.  This is not an exhaustive list, just the county sites.  Pennsylvania is now at 1B phase and will start 1C this coming Monday, followed closely with 2(which is everyone) April 19th.

Thank you all for your ongoing support!  Spring days ahead!

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