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Update from Administrator – June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020

Dear families,

June 18 began National C N A Week. There are not enough words to describe what these individuals do for our residents by keeping them safe, healthy, and happy. There are many jobs that these individuals could choose from, but they have chosen this profession due to their compassion and loyalty to healthcare. So, during this week and beyond, remember to thank a C N A whenever you have the opportunity. Most of their work and caring go unnoticed but their pride is in their residents. To all C N A’s out there keep up the good work and we thank you for your efforts.

In addition to ongoing virtual and window visits, we have been offering outdoor visits for our residents and their families.  These visits require appropriate PPE (masks) to be worn at all times and a social distance of 6 feet between you and your loved ones for the entirety of the visit. The specific guidelines and details regarding perimeter visits can be found on our website and Facebook page.

 

Please remember that the perimeter visits must be pre-scheduled to ensure safe and healthy visits for you, the residents, and our staff. You can schedule a visit by calling the recreation department at 203-438-8226. Ext. 7047.

 

As you know from our communications, managing this pandemic has been very challenging but we continue to focus on our residents and their well-being.  We are happy to report that we are COVID free. It is truly uplifting for our staff and residents.

Last week, the state DPH and members of the National Guard visited our center for a monitoring visit and found us to be in compliance. We continue to follow all CDC and state guidelines and receive regular updates on new guidelines that are offered.

 

Staff Testing

On Monday June 1st, Governor Lamont ordered nursing home workers to be regularly tested for the coronavirus disease. We have been able to secure a contract with a vendor through the state and our testing will begin as soon as July 9th and will take place regularly.  I will continue to keep you updated as the plan unfolds and test results become available.

 

Resident Testing

The second round of resident testing is scheduled for June 30, 2020.  As always we will inform you when we receive the test results.

Weekly Call

As a reminder, our next “Town Hall” meeting is scheduled for Thursday June 25, 2020 at 3:00pm.  we will discuss more detailed information during this time. We encourage any residents and family members to contact me with any questions you have about the care we are offering. Our commitment is to be as transparent as possible and work to address any issues that arise. This is an incredibly challenging time and we will continue to do all we can to get through this, together. A reminder that resident-specific questions cannot be answered during these calls or on our Facebook page so please reach out to us directly if needed.

Thank you and please stay safe and healthy! Although the weather outside is becoming warmer and sunnier each day, it is important to remember that it is still necessary to be cautious and aware that the risks of COVID-19 are still present.

 

Sincerely,

Sobha Lamontagne

Administrator

June 26, 2020 Athena News
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