Executive Director: Weekly COVID-19 Update April 30, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Employees:

As April closes and we welcome May, we are hopeful that we will also be welcoming the opportunity to begin re-opening our community to activities, visitors and some return to normalcy.  All experiences proceeding with great caution and limited in scope.  We are not to that point just yet, but we are planning and preparing what that will look like.   We would like to share with you that we know that we will not allow everyone in to visit immediately, it will be a controlled “process” and most likely will begin with limited days each week, require appointments for 60 minute visits, and limited visitors during each hour.  Because of those types of limitations, families will not be able to visit daily, or each day visitors can come in – this is in an effort to allow everyone the opportunity to visit.  This is a work in progress, and we are still awaiting Department of Health directives, of which there have been none.  We recognize you are all anxious to visit your loved one, and we are anxious for you to return. We are sure you understand the need to proceed cautiously and thank you for your understanding.  There will be more to come, but we wanted you to have an idea of what we are envisioning. 

During this past week, we had one new positive case and we have one pending result.  We continue to have one positive case of COVID-19 in our community and this resident showing signs of improving.  The impact on our staff remains very low, albeit one person affected is one too many.  We continue to be aggressive with the assessment of residents and staff, and immediate implementation of isolation for both residents and staff if we detect even one symptom.  It is anticipated that we will continue to be aggressive with assessment of staff and residents, but will add visitors to the assessment process as we re-open, utilizing the same parameters as we do for the staff. 

Following-up on the WEL Pennypack Pack grocery delivery service that we offered beginning this past Monday, April 27, we can share with you that the first “orders” will be delivered this evening.  Approximately 20 residents have placed an order.  We are surprised at the high number and thrilled that this will be helpful for our residents. 

The staff continues their labor of love and caring for all of the residents in the community.  We are so thankful for your support, your generosity of snacks and goodies for our staff, and mostly for your prayers. 

Be well, and as always, do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns.

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