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Updated Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated 6/5/2020

As Pennsylvania enters the “yellow” phase of reopening in June, Wesley Enhanced Living is also putting new protocols in place to modify restrictions for residential living (independent living) residents, while carefully considering the health, safety and well-being of our residents and employees.

  • Throughout the month of June all WEL communities will be implementing varying plans to modify restrictions in the following areas: excursions off the campus, visitation, transportation, communal dining, group activities, religious services and housekeeping.  Specific details will vary by community, and will be communicated by the Executive Director in separate communications. Some modifications to restrictions in personal care will also be phased in, but will also vary by community.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is following the CDC recommendations to adhere to all restrictions for Skilled Nursing Facilities that were put in place at the onset of the pandemic. Per these guidelines, there is still a no-visitation policy in effect in all WEL Skilled Nursing Facilities. These restrictions will likely remain in effect until 28 days following a “green” phase in the counties within which we operate.
  • Social distancing and masks remain a requirement for all residents and employees in common areas of the building.  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 will also be 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 have implemented a 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 “yellow” and into “green” phases of re-opening.

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

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Updated Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated 4/9/2020

We continue to take all possible measures to protect our residents and employees from exposure to and spread of COVID-19. We applaud our employees dedicated service to our residents. We thank our residents and family members for their kind words and understanding during these difficult times. We also would like everyone to know that we collectively send prayers to anyone who has been affected by this public health crisis.

The following policies and actions have been put in place to date, to support our efforts to mitigate the risks for spread of the virus within our communities, and are now effective until further notice. We will continually re-assess and adjust our protocols below as circumstances warrant further action:

• Visitors: All communities, and community grounds remain closed to visitors at this time.
• Screening: outside individuals who are required to enter a community, are required to go through a 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. All employees are screened via the same process when they enter the community and at the end of their shift. All deliveries are being processed at the front entrance as per the specific community’s direction. 
Residents
Screening and Surveillance:
In addition to our daily surveillance protocols already in place for residents who show signs of illness, we have implemented a combination of detailed isolation and quarantining protocols for any of our residents returning from the hospital. Any asymptomatic residents admitting directly from the home for any level of care, will be placed on quarantine as appropriate.

Activities, Outings, Trips and Dining:
• All resident activities, worship services, and outside trips are cancelled until further notice. All dining rooms are closed and meals are being delivered to residents in their apartments. Outings to physician offices will only take place for urgent medically necessary treatments and conditions.
• Arrangements have been made for the delivery and availability of supplies and basic food items for residents, within their WEL community.
• Arrangements were made for holiday dinner deliveries: for Passover, and upcoming Easter dinners.
• In following with Governor Wolf’s mandate to stay at home, we implore our residents to not leave campus except for life sustaining trips, and are strongly suggesting they remain in their apartments. Measures are in place for those who do not follow the guidelines outlined by WEL, including termination of their residency agreement if necessary.
• Residents are asked to follow CDC guidelines which have proven effective in stopping the spread of illness, including 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.

Employees
Screening and Surveillance:
Daily screenings are in place twice a day for all employees. This includes questions and monitoring of current health status/symptoms and temperature taking. We have implemented a 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.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
Effective 4/1/2020 and until further notice, all WEL community staff will be required to wear a surgical face mask at all times when interacting with residents. Additional PPE protocols are in place in our skilled nursing centers to comply with standard infection control policies. Over the past few weeks we have secured several new orders for supplies and equipment to meet our immediate needs, and these supplies are starting to arrive. As more vendors continue to be identified, we are confident will we be able to meet our ongoing needs for replenishment. These procurement efforts will remain a priority focus.
• All Employees are required to follow CDC guidelines to help stop the spread of illness, including 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. Employees continue to be encouraged to practice social distancing and follow the government mandate to stay at home, while not at work.

We will continue to send updated communications as needed if situations change. Thank you again for your cooperation and support.

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Wesley Enhanced Living Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 3/31/2020

We continue to take all possible measures to protect our residents and employees from exposure to and spread of COVID-19. We applaud our employees dedicated service to our residents. We thank our residents and family members for their kind words and understanding during these difficult times. We also would like everyone to know that we collectively send prayers to anyone who has been affected by this public health crisis.

The following policies and actions have been put in place to date, to support our efforts to mitigate the risks for spread of the virus within our communities, and are now effective until further notice. We will continually re-assess and adjust our protocols below as circumstances warrant further action:

• Visitors:
All communities remain closed to visitors at this time.
• Screening: outside individuals who are required to enter a community, are required to go through a 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. All employees are screened via the same process when they enter the community and at the end of their shift. All deliveries are being processed at the front entrance as per the specific community’s direction. 
Residents
Screening and Surveillance:
In addition to our daily surveillance protocols already in place for residents who show signs of illness, we have implemented a combination of detailed isolation and quarantining protocols for any of our residents returning from the hospital. Any asymptomatic residents admitting directly from the home for any level of care, will be placed on a 14 day isolation order.

Activities, Outings, Trips and Dining:
• All resident activities, worship services, and outside trips are cancelled until further notice. All dining rooms are closed and meals are being delivered to residents in their apartments. Outings to physician offices will only take place for urgent medically necessary treatments and conditions.
• Arrangements have been made for the delivery and availability of supplies and basic food items for residents, within their WEL community.
• In following with Governor Wolf’s mandate to stay at home, we implore our residents to not leave campus except for life sustaining trips, and are strongly suggesting they remain in their apartments. Measures are in place for those who do not follow the guidelines outlined by WEL, including termination of their residency agreement if necessary.
• Residents are asked to follow CDC guidelines which have proven effective in stopping the spread of illness, including 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.

Employees
Screening and Surveillance:
Daily screenings are in place twice a day for all employees. This includes questions and monitoring of current health status/symptoms and temperature taking. We have implemented a 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.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
Effective 4/1/2020 and until further notice, all WEL community staff will be required to wear a surgical face mask at when interacting with residents. Additional PPE protocols are in place in our skilled nursing centers to comply with standard infection control policies. We are carefully monitoring all needed protective supplies and continue to shore up our resources, sourcing and securing available supply.
• All Employees are required to follow CDC guidelines to help stop the spread of illness, including 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. Employees continue to be encouraged to practice social distancing and follow the government mandate to stay at home, while not at work.

We will continue to send updated communications as needed if situations change. Thank you again for your cooperation and support.

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Wesley Enhanced Living Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 3/22/2020

Wesley Enhanced Living senior living communities fall into the category of “life-sustaining” businesses and remain fully operational, caring for our residents, throughout this time. Our food and other suppliers will continue to make deliveries to all our communities, to assure our residents basic needs are met.

Protocols that have been put in place are working well, to include meal delivery and other practices designed to keep our residents and employees safe and healthy.

We appreciate the cooperation of all residents and family members in adhering to our “No Visitor Policy” for family and social distancing protocols for residents and staff. We also want to thank them, as their expressions of gratitude have greatly helped our employees in coping with our temporary ‘new normal.’

Updates will be posted as needed if situations change.

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Wesley Enhanced Living Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 3/22/2020

Wesley Enhanced Living senior living communities fall into the category of “life-sustaining” businesses and remain fully operational, caring for our residents, throughout this time. Our food and other suppliers will continue to make deliveries to all our communities, to assure our residents basic needs are met.

Protocols that have been put in place are working well, to include meal delivery and other practices designed to keep our residents and employees safe and healthy.

We appreciate the cooperation of all residents and family members in adhering to our “No Visitor Policy” for family and social distancing protocols for residents and staff. We also want to thank them, as their expressions of gratitude have greatly helped our employees in coping with our temporary ‘new normal.’

Updates will be posted as needed if situations change.

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