Rowley Masonic Community Coronavirus Precautions
Updated as of April 3, 2020 at 3:05 p.m. CDT
Dear Residents, Families, Staff, and Friends of Rowley Masonic Community,
We have appreciated your support and compassion as we navigate life during the Coronavirus pandemic on Rowley Masonic Community, our residents and staff, and the broader community.
As you know, we have implemented changes in our regular operations as part of our response plan, including enhanced infection control and prevention measures, monitoring residents and staff for symptoms, and restricting visitors except in end-of-life situations on a case-by-case basis.
We are thankful to share that as of today we have zero cases of COVID-19 among our residents and staff in the Rowley Masonic Community family. We are continuing to closely monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as state and local health officials.
Should we have a positive COVID-19 case in our care community, we are committed to respectful, open, and transparent communication. We will first notify the affected resident, their family, and our staff, and will follow all privacy requirements. The local and state health departments will guide our efforts, as well as our own preparedness plans. Affected residents will be isolated in the care community and cared for by a dedicated and compassionate team of staff, working closely with their medical provider. We will provide updates to all residents and families as we learn more, again ensuring we respect and follow health privacy requirements.
We continue to follow all recommended guidance from CDC and CMS, including:
- Isolating residents and implementing enhanced infection control measures. This includes establishing a designated area in the building should there be a resident with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and isolating the resident in their room. We will have designated staff to support and care for them, and continue to follow all infection control protocols as outlined by the CDC, CMS, and local and state health officials. The resident(s) will remain in isolation until well and cleared by medical professionals to return to normal activity.
- Continuing to monitor and screen residents for symptoms. We continue to actively screen residents for fever and respiratory symptoms. Residents: we appreciate your partnership in keeping yourself and others healthy. Please wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Please notify the staff immediately if you feel sick.
- Continuing to screen staff prior to beginning work. Staff are not allowed in the building if they are ill. Screening includes taking temperature upon arriving at the building as well as completing a detailed health screening. Any staff who exhibit symptoms are instructed to isolate at home, call their medical provider, and notify their supervisor.
- Continuing to implement environmental safety precautions. Housekeeping staff continue to take extra measures to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building. This includes countertops and tables, faucet handles, toilet flush handles, door knobs, crash bars, door handles, bathroom and kitchen areas, elevator call buttons, and hand rails.
- Continuing to restrict visitors in our building for everyone’s safety. We encourage loved ones to communicate with you by phone, letters, video chat, and/or social media. We understand that it is hard to not have visitors, especially family. Visitors who need to enter the building for end-of-life care situations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to assure safety for all.
- Continuing to restrict congregate dining and cancel any group activities that don’t allow for social distancing. This occurred following social distancing guidance from the CDC and CMS, and state and local health officials.
- Utilizing personal protective equipment (PPE) when interacting with residents, as directed by CMS guidelines.
We will continue to be in close communications with local and state health officials and are monitoring new information from the CDC and CMS to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps.
We want to take this opportunity to share our ongoing gratitude to our dedicated staff and their commitment to the care of and service to our residents. Their courage is nothing short of inspiring. We know you appreciate their efforts as much as we do.
It is moments like these that we remember our true calling and what brought us to senior health care. We care deeply about our residents and staff and consider them to be members of our own extended families.
We are all in this together and again, thank you for support and understanding.
MEDIA STATEMENT AS OF APRIL 3, 2020
At Rowley Masonic Community, we care deeply for the health, safety, and well-being of our residents and staff, and our commitment to providing the best possible care is our highest priority. We have been actively updating and implementing infection prevention and control policies and procedures, as this is key to preparing for and preventing Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our staff continues to practice proper hand hygiene and other infection control protocols, and we have a trained infection preventionist who is taking the lead on facility risk assessment for this and other infections. Upon arriving, staff are completing a detailed health screening, including checking for fever or respiratory symptoms, and are asked to stay home if they are sick.
We are taking preventative measures with our residents, including ongoing monitoring for any change in health condition or symptoms that have been associated with COVID-19. Residents have been asked to notify staff immediately if they feel sick. Per recent guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and state and local health officials, we have restricted all visitors to Rowley Masonic Community except for compassionate care situations on a case-by-case basis. Family members are encouraged to contact their loved ones by phone, email, video chat or social media. We have implemented other recommended precautionary guidelines as well, such as restricting congregate dining and cancelling all group activities that don’t allow for social distancing. We are continuing to follow all guidance from CDC, CMS, and local and state health officials as new information becomes available to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps. We are grateful to our families, the Perry community, as well as our dedicated staff for their ongoing compassion and support!
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