Effective immediately, we have implemented visitor policies as directed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health for all our nursing facilities.
The health, safety, and well-being of our residents, staff, and families remain our highest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognized early on the heightened health and safety measures needed in response to the virus and were early adopters of heightened health and safety measures to protect our communities and colleagues. We have been following the recommendations of the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and other federal, state, and local authorities to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading.
Every person who enters our building is screened before they can access resident areas. This includes taking temperatures, as well as looking for signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.
We know that this is a confusing and difficult time for everyone. In addition to following federal and state guidance for screening and other prevention precautions, we are mindful of the added stress this situation has created for families and friends who may be separated from their loved ones. Accurate and timely information is essential to keeping family and friends updated on residents and the Center. In addition to the regular communication in place, a COVID-19 message is sent to notify residents loved ones of any Covid-19 related updates. The message will be delivered via phone weekly or more frequently, when there is something to report.
To view the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Interim Guidance on Visitation in Nursing Facilities During COVID-19, click here.
To view CMS’ recommendations for nursing homes, click here.
To view the CDC’s Interim Additional Guidance for Infection Prevention and Control for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Nursing Homes, click here.