May 14, 2020
Residents and Families,
We appreciate your cooperation and support during these unprecedented times. Social distancing and other virus-related restrictions have been difficult for all of us during this pandemic. As some states begin to “reopen,” our family members and residents understandably want to know when community restrictions (e.g., visitation, communal activities, leaving the community) may be lifted.
Senior living facilities are some of the most COVID-vulnerable places that exist, and will likely be among the last to “reopen”. As a result:
- Current visitation restrictions will continue;
- Social distancing practices within the facility like no communal dining, no large gatherings of residents, no external trips/activities, etc., will continue; and
- Any residents leave the Rose Court Campus for treatment at an external healthcare provider or for any other reason will still be required to be quarantined upon his/her return.
As we have expressed in all of our updates to you, we will follow the lead of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state/local health department guidelines.
In President Trump’s “Opening Up America Again” plan—which is similar to most state plans—senior care facilities are in the last group of businesses to reopen (Phase III), after sporting venues, movie theaters, etc. States reach Phase III only when they have a downward trajectory of cases and symptoms, along with a robust testing program, and after they have maintained those standards in Phases I and II for at least 14 days each.
Here at Rose Court, we have seen some successes resulting from the preventative measures put in place. Today marks the 30th day that all of our residents in the facility have been COVID-19 symptom free. Out of the 12 COVID positive cases amongst residents, we still have one resident remaining who is out of the facility for treatment of non COVID symptoms. Thankfully, this resident is showing signs of recovery and is expected to return to our Community when it is deemed safe. Of the four employees that tested positive for COVID, none experienced any serious symptoms and have all returned to work after their recovery and necessary quarantine period.
We can expect that restrictions on senior care facilities will be removed only when life is settled into the new normal. In addition, even if the restrictions are mostly lifted, should there be any resident or employee that again tests positive for COVID-19, you should expect that these restrictions will continue until several days after the last symptoms of infection has cleared in the facility.
Aspects of screening, quarantining and social distancing will likely be required in all facilities going forward, even after visitation and communal activities resume. Visitation may continue to have certain limitations or requirements until the threat to our residents has been lessened or eliminated. We will continue to monitor the situation and look for ways to safely allow families to see their loved ones and for our residents to enjoy many of the privileges we all enjoyed prior to coronavirus. Just as we diligently planned for implementing restrictions, we are diligently planning on how to safely ease them. Please be assured we are taking these measures to keep our community safe.
Please keep all of our residents and staff in your thoughts and prayers.
As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.