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To Drive or Not to Drive

Considerations for Senior Drivers

Dreaming of getting your first car and setting out on the open road is a frequent goal of many teenagers. You remember your first car, don't you? Take a trip down memory lane, and soon you will think about taking your friends out for burgers and milkshakes after the movies. You might also picture driving home from the hospital with your newborn and being nervous about becoming a parent. Driving means freedom to many of us. Deciding to put the keys down permanently may be one of the most challenging choices you will have to make as a senior.

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Executive Director: Weekly COVID-19 Update September 17, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Employees:

We will begin the flu vaccinations for residents and staff the week of September 21 and continue into the week of September 28.  It is mandatory for all staff to receive the flu vaccine to protect residents of our community.  It has proven to be effective the past two flu seasons when we had no flu outbreaks in the community. 

Normally at the beginning of fall we ramp up disinfecting frequency and incorporate the use of an additional disinfecting product that is recommended for flu, SARS, and some other items.  We have been following our “flu” disinfecting processes since early March, 2020 and will continue to maintain that practice.  This process takes a considerable amount of the housekeeping staff’s time each day.  I want to spotlight all of our housekeepers for their hard work and commitment to keeping us clean and safe. 

Visits with health center and personal care residents will begin the week of September 21.  Just a reminder, face masks must be worn covering the nose and mouth, there can be no eating or drinking during visits, no hugs or hand holding.  We will follow the same procedure as we did in August.  The outcome was positive – no COVID-19 after two weeks of visiting.

As I shared in an earlier update, we will be requiring proof of flu vaccination for all visitors beginning October 1.  Regarding of your purpose for a visit, you are coming for compassionate visit or you are visiting during the scheduled visiting period, you will need a certificate of flu vaccination.  We are not mandating that you get a flu vaccine – we cannot mandate that.  We are stating that without the certificate you may not enter the community to visit. 

CMS has issued new guidance on testing of health center employees based on the positivity rate in our area.  We will begin that test soon, and you will be made aware of those results. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns.  You can send me an email directly at the address herein.  

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How to Reduce Your Risk of Falling – Tips for Seniors

Growing older has its ups and downs. When you are feeling good, you may think you can conquer the world, just like in your younger years. You may even take risks that you shouldn’t be taking anymore. It’s true, you can stay young at heart and mind, but it’s important to recognize the body’s limitations as you age. Whether it’s during a celebration or a routine task like taking a shower, you must take care not to slip and fall. Not only will you preserve your independence by doing so, but you will also avoid the extra stress on your family and caregivers. 

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Updated Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 9/10/2020

Pennsylvania is currently in the “green” phase of reopening and Wesley Enhanced Living continues to carefully follow protocols to modify restrictions for independent living, personal care and skilled nursing residents, while carefully considering the health, safety and well-being of our residents and employees.

We are happy to report that at the present time, residents at all levels of care in all Wesley Enhanced Living communities, as well as employees, are COVID-free and have been for some time.

  • Carefully thought out visitation plans have been put in place across all communities and care levels, under specific guidelines, which vary by community. We will continue to allow restricted visitation while no new cases are identified. 
  • Socially distanced activities, religious and salon services, and dining, as well as transportation and housekeeping, have been introduced back into the communities, and vary based on community location.  Executive Directors continue to send out regular updates with information regarding changes in processes and procedures.  
  • Social distancing and masks remain a requirement for all residents and employees in common areas of all buildings.  All employees, residents, and outside individuals who are necessary to enter and re-enter a community, are required to go through the multi-step screening process before gaining access to any of our communities and will be given only limited access to necessary areas of the buildings. These measures include a temperature check and detailed questionnaire.  
  • Rigorous sanitizing protocols remain in place, including but not limited to utilization of fogger disinfectant equipment and repeated cleaning of high touch surfaces with FDA approved, hospital grade antimicrobial products. Residential living residents were provided a “clean key,” which can be used to help avoid contact with high touch surfaces.
  • All employees will continue to be required to follow CDC guidelines to help stop the spread of illness, including these vital additional measures: frequent handwashing, using hand sanitizer, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, staying home if you are sick, and avoiding contact with others who are sick. We continue to use the WEL Employee COVID Exposure Guideline Tool that directs employees as to actions they must take based on asymptomatic, symptomatic, and exposure outcomes. This includes direction when not to come to work, return to work criteria, and added precautions to follow when they return to work.

We will continue to share updated information as we progress through changing restrictions for reopening.

Thank you for all your support, cooperation and understanding as we navigate through this transition.

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Executive Director: Weekly COVID-19 Update September 10, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Employees:

I am very pleased to share with you that we remain COVID-19 free.  The city of Philadelphia is reporting that 3.5% of testing is positive, and those statistics are reported including the increase of cases at the Temple campus.  This puts Philadelphia county just behind Bucks, better than Montgomery. 

We continue to work through the plans to re-open the Fireside Dining Room.  As I shared last week, the table layout with sneeze guards on every table is completed.  We continue to work on the seating arrangements.  You may notice that some tables have been stored away so we can assure social distancing between tables and seating will be limited to four (4) to a table.  Another change will be a smaller menu, at least initially.  There are several reasons behind this change, including the fact that we want our servers to have the opportunity to become familiar with the serving process (again) – it’s been quite a long time.  We also need to be sensitive to timing between the two seating times so we can properly sanitize the dining room between each seating. 

Most of the September visits have been set-up with family members.  Just a reminder, these visits will be happening as long as there are no new cases of COVID-19. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns.  You can send me an email directly at the address herein.  

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