Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown Executive Director update – 8/27/2021

WEL is Best Place to Work

Because I’m proud of our work teams and enjoy working with and relating to our coworkers, I’ve always enjoyed coming to work.  Another confirmation of Doylestown WEL’s reputation is confirmation from FORTUNE® Magazine’s designation of WEL as among the “Best Workplaces for Aging Services 2021.”  We’ve enjoyed this designation for several years, ranking this year as 4th in the nation and the only Pennsylvania based provider to make the Fortune list.   CEO, Jeff Petty, made this announcement recently and notice will be provided to all employees and residents. 

Influenza Vaccine

With the fixation on everything pandemic it might be easy to forget that Influenza has been a significant threat to health for many years.  It has been our practice to sponsor Flu Vaccine clinics for residents and employees.   The Wellness Department has once again arranged a clinic for residents on September 28 which will be conducted by Rite Aid.   As a reminder, Flu Vax is mandatory for all employees.  This has been the case for a number of years.  Date parameters for employees have not yet been set.  Stay tuned.

Beauty Shop / Salon9

There has been some confusion about masking and the Beauty Shop.  The announcement for requiring masks for Salon 9 and 2nd floor Shop, is in response to the urgent requests by the Salon Senior Services, the company that provides our operators.  They indicate that their operators feel much more comfortable if clients from Wesley Doylestown wear a mask for hair care visits.    

Vaccination for Covid19

Bucks County positivity infection rate is 6.8%  [as of 8/26].   The rate has again increased over the last two weeks reminding us that we are not out of the woods.

I’m pleased to report that our mandatory employee vaccination program has been all but a total success so that as of  Wednesday this coming our employee base will be 100% vaccinated.  Resident vaccination record is very nearly 100% as well.  Those who are not vaccinated must wear masks.  I find this to be a good example of community consciousness.  Those who are not vaccinated, have the opportunity to respect the larger population by wearing a mask.  AND those who are vaccinated, should show respect for those who have declined for reasons that are typically personal and profound.    

Some have asked about whether a BOOSTER will be required and available.  It’s too soon to say what our policy and plan will be, but it appears that the norm will be to add a Covid Booster to the regimen.   Given the developments we’ve seen with CDC recommendations and approvals, the efficacy and safety of the booster makes it likely for wide distribution.

Steven T. Cherry, nha   

Interim Executive Director

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