IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR September 23, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees: 

I am happy to share with you that we will be allowing children, of all ages, to visit with the residents.  Independent and Personal Care residents must continue to visit in the apartment or out in the courtyard.  Please do not visit in common areas.  Masks must be worn when in common areas.

For Health Center residents, children may visit as well.  Visits will begin in residents’ rooms, effective Monday, September 27.  Visits must be in the room and may not be in common areas such as lounges, dining rooms, etc.  We will also be adding Sunday visits back to our schedule.  Effective Sunday, October 2 visitors may visit Health Center residents in their rooms.   Visitors must wear masks throughout the visit, regardless of vaccination status. 

Health Center visitors may not visit anyone except their own family member, this includes the roommate – please do not enter the roommates portion of the room.  Visits will remain limited to 45 minutes and no more than two visitors at a time.  Children will count as a visitor. 

The COVID transmission rate in Philadelphia remains high, but we are pleased to share that we have no new cases identified.  We have no updates regarding booster shots, and will provide information as soon as it is available.

The tentative dates to administer the flu vaccine to employees will be October 19 thru 21, with Health Center residents following on October 26 and 27.  Personal Care residents will receive their flu vaccines through their primary care physician.  Independent Living residents are strongly encouraged to obtain a flu vaccine and should make arrangements with their primary care physician or a flu clinic at CVS, Walgreens, etc. 

The P Building entry new lock system is expected to be completed on Friday, September 24.  The vendor is scheduled to complete the installation of the hardware, and deliver “lock cards” to us at that time.  We will then need to program those lock cards for residents to enter the community through the P Building entrance, and distribute those lock cards for use.  Based on what the locksmith has shared with us, we do not believe we will receive all of the lock cards we ordered when they are here tomorrow, and for that reason we will not be distributing all cards at this time.  We will be providing more detailed information related to the distribution of the lock cards, next week, after we program and test the cards to ensure they are working correctly.

The order will be as follows for programming and distributing the cards:

  1. P Building residents with cars will be issued lock cards first.
  2. Lock cards will be added to the keys for the drivers so they can drop residents off at P Building, unlock the door and assist with packages, as needed, for all P Building residents.
  3. M Building residents with cards will be issued lock cards, if desired, at the same time as P Building drivers.  This is being offered as an option to M Building drivers.
  4. All non-driving P Building residents, at a date to be determined. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at the email address slachman@wel.org or by phone at 267.348.3340. 

Stay well,

Suzanne H. Lachman, LNHA

Executive Director

267.348.3340

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