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.