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Executive Director COVID-19 update 4/8/2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees: 

We have another week with zero Residents or Employees testing positive here at Stapeley!  Visitation is going well with expanded options in both Personal Care (PC) and our Health Care Center (HCC).  Visits in private apartments in PC can occur after screening and the garden area outside of HCC is open and functioning. Bridge’s visits occur off the neighborhood. Please continue to arrange your visits through our receptionists. 

Another barometer that needs monitoring is the positivity rate in the community around us.  This past week it has gone up from 5.9% to 8.5% currently.  If the rate were to go above 10%, we would need to cease visits, even if we do not have any positives within our community.  It is wonderful to see Residents and Families re-connect and  let’s hope that the positivity rate starts to drop again and the tests continue to be negative.

CDC requires that I remind you that visiting is not without risk and you still need to take every precaution possible including wearing a mask, handwashing, and six-feet social distancing. 

Stay safe,

Ken Beiler

Executive Director, Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley

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Wesley Enhanced Living certified as a Great Place to Work® for the fourth year in a row!

CONTACT:            Zach Raczka

                              AKCG – Public Relations Counselors

                              856-242-9201

                              zach@akcg.com  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wesley Enhanced Living certified as a Great Place to Work® for the fourth year in a row!

Warminster, PA – Great Place to Work Institute has honored Wesley Enhanced Living with certification as a Great Place to Work. The certification process considered just under 1,000 completed employee surveys from across Wesley Enhanced Living’s locations. Great Place to Work, an independent research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do. 

“I am very grateful for the hard work and dedication of our amazing team, especially during a year like no other,” said Jeff Petty, president and chief executive officer of Wesley Enhanced Living. “This recognition once again demonstrates our team members’ commitment to each other and to our mission to enhance the lives of our residents.”

“We applaud Wesley Enhanced Living for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Kung, of Great Place to Work’s senior care affiliate Activated Insights. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace for high performance.”

About Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL)

The non-profit Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) continuing care communities have a dedicated mission to deliver a purpose-filled life to residents. Serving over 1,200 residents with more than 1,100 employees throughout Pennsylvania, the Wesley Enhanced Living communities located in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties provide various combinations of independent living, personal care services, memory care, and rehabilitation and skilled nursing services.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For®" and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small & Medium Companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

Learn more at Greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown Visitation update 4/5/2021

Easter and springtime greetings to all!  You’re aware of what they say about riding a bike. You never forget, so even after a sedentary period, to climb back on is to find that one still knows how to ride.  Returning as Executive Director and Administrator is a little like this.  In case anyone wants to know, I enjoy retirement very much and have many items now waiting for enthusiastic attention.  But for now, I’m pleased to be back to assist during this transition period.   We plan on keeping you informed as to progress on the search process for a permanent Executive Director. 

Having come through the worst of a once-in-a-lifetime (for most) experience of pandemic means that all, from just about every life setting, are exhausted.  Though I believe that we will never ‘return to normal’ in ways that will let us forget the experience let alone fully put it behind us, we journey together to continue to evolve safe practices to both address current threats and to find those smart practices that need to be permanent in our lives together.

That said, our intent is to keep you as residents, employees and family members – the community – informed of the developments and practices on which we’re focused.  Increasingly, we want to utilize our website for specific and timely information, as well as procedures we want you to follow.  To be clear, access this way:

https://www.WELorg    > under news and community updates  > click community updates  > click  Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown LOGIN   >  enter password:  DTWesley.  
From here you may read community updates and see other dated information. You may also click on Independent living community¸ Personal Care Community, or  Skilled Nursing Community for visitation scheduling via Sign Up Genius and other specific information.   

Furthermore, you may always phone the community to speak with a department leader or me, by calling our main number,  215-345-4300.   Leave a message if we can’t pick up and we’ll return your call as soon as possible.

COVID  19      

Cases in Bucks county have been on a steep rise and the announced positivity rate is 11.0% (4/4/2021) which is the 4th straight week for increase.  Because of this, we are suspending visits to Skilled Nursing Center IMMEDIATELY.  There have been no changes in other precautionary policies or visitation practices. But all is under review.

BUILDING.

We’re in the process of switching over our major HVAC systems from heat to air conditioning the week of April 5 and expect to be fully functioning by the end of the week.

The new emergency call system for apartments is in process of being installed.  Instruction for residents on use of new individual call buttons (that will replace the wall mounted pull cords) begins this week and we expect that the system will be activated the following. 

I continue to be pleased and impressed by the dedication and tenacity of the various work teams in the building.  These are still the heroes of the pandemic months.  But so too are residents for how you patiently endured and support one another as you are able.  Best to all.

Steven T. Cherry, nha

Interim Executive Director

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How to Talk to Your Elderly Parent about Moving to a CCRC

Many seniors want to stay in their home for as long as possible. For some, aging in place is a feasible choice if they are socially engaged, active, and enjoy good health. For some others, things may be a little different. While they might still be able to live alone, their overall health and wellness might limit their activities and social interaction. If your parent is a senior with increasingly limited physical and social abilities, or you feel anxious about them being on their own, it may be time to consider a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). But, how will you have that conversation? It can be a tough one, and you want to handle it with care and sensitivity. 

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR March 26, 2021

It is most unfortunate that we have had an employee test positive with the rapid test on March 25.  We are awaiting the results of their lab test to confirm the PCR test.  This employee has been fully vaccinated. 

The last of the COVID vaccination clinic will occur Saturday, March 27.  This clinic will complete the second vaccination for personal care residents and some independent and health center residents, as well as staff members.  We are working on future clinics for smaller groups of new residents and new hire employees.  As those details come into focus, we will share the information with you.

Unfortunately, the COVID positivity rate in Philadelphia has gone up for the third week in a row.  For the period of March 18 – 25 the rate reported is 7.2%.    We do not anticipate that this will affect our visiting schedules or the opening of the Fireside Dining Room.

Activities is adding the Dollar Store back to the calendar in April and watch for information on the Phillies Opening Day activities.  We anticipate re-opening the gym in April as well. 

Just a reminder to sign up for visiting appointments using Sign Up Genius.  Please refer to the March 19 memo and read all pages.  There is an individual page for each level of care with directions as to how access the link for setting your appointment.  The calendars are set up for a brief period and new calendars will be available for mid-May through mid-June in a few weeks.  Please, schedule only one visit at this time.

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