NEW ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING ON-SITE VISITATIONS AT OUR CENTER EFFECTIVE 09/02/20
The State of Florida has determined that the public response to COVID-19 has progressed to the point where many long-term care centers can now be reopened to visitors, under carefully controlled guidelines. However, the state has issued requirements to determine when individual nursing homes may reopen, and our Center is not yet able to open its doors to outside guests.
We are disappointed that we must ask you to wait a bit longer before you can have an in-person visit with your loved one in our care. One of the requirements set by the state is that a nursing home has experienced no new COVID-19 cases that originated there within the past 14 days, and our center experienced a new case more recently than this requirement permits.
We understand how much you and your loved ones look forward to visiting in person, and we very much wish that for all of you – but only when it can be done in a way that keeps everyone safe and well. We will continue to perform all our rigorous steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our center, and we will meet the state’s requirements as soon as possible. Until then, we encourage you to continue using Zoom, the remote technology to keep in touch with your loved ones, and we will let you know when it is safe for us to reopen and welcome you in.
NEW ANNOUNCEMENT RELATED TO VISITATION AT OUR CENTER
Today’s announcement on September 2, 2020 by the governor is a significant step forward in achieving our shared goal of reuniting our residents with their loved ones. We know you are looking forward to being reconnected with your loved one in person and like you, we look forward to returning some sense of normalcy to our center so our residents can once again experience it as the place they know as their home. We are in the process of putting the policies in place to reopen safely to visitors based on the state’s guidance and will communicate those procedures very soon.
In the meantime, please know that our focus will remain on keeping our residents and staff safe from the virus, which has been our number one priority since this pandemic began. If you have questions, please contact our center directly. Thank you and stay well.
As we face the unprecedented threat of COVID-19, we want you to know that the health and safety of our residents and staff remains the center’s top priority.
We are doing everything possible to limit COVID-19’s impact at our center. Our professional staff are doing heroic work throughout this crisis, and we are adhering to recommended protocols and guidelines from local, state, and federal public health agencies and medical experts. The staff continues to follow CDC guidelines, including adhering to protocols for pre-screening residents prior to any admission or re-admission. The center has ongoing monitoring of all residents to include designated units for residents under observation as well as a designated unit specific for COVID-19 positive residents. The center continues with daily screening of staff. The center is also conducting COVID-19 testing of residents and staff as necessary and or required and focus on the continual compliance with infection control techniques and personal protective equipment recommendations.
The center will be in normal operation; however, it will continue with restricted access, limited activities within the center to comply with social distancing, which include therapy services along with meals. We still encourage you to set up virtual meetings with your family member via, Zoom. The center has telemedicine available for all non-essential visitation and those providers, which are deemed necessary to visit the center, must provide confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test result. We have also implemented an additional form of public notification weekly by placing the current count of positive cases, as well as other pertinent information, on our website.
We urge our residents, their families, and the community to remain safe and well throughout this ongoing situation.
We want to convey our sincere concern for those who have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts are with them and their loved ones at this challenging time. This pandemic is unprecedented and our deepest condolences go out to everyone who has lost a loved one during this crisis. In the interest of transparency, we are providing the most current information about the status of COVID-19 at our center. We urge our residents, their families, and the community to remain safe and well throughout this ongoing situation.
We want to convey our sincere concern for those who have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts are with them and their loved ones at this challenging time, and our deepest condolences go out to everyone who has lost a loved one during this crisis.
Additional information on mitigating steps the center is taking to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, as well as cumulative information on COVID-19 cases at the center, can be found below.