Updated: May 26, 2020
This post has been updated to reflect several changes as we adapt to new information from the CDC and others. We will continue to update as we learn more.
With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus in the United States, Abbington Senior Living has been working hard to ensure that our communities are well prepared. The health and safety of our residents, their loved ones, and our team members is our number one priority. We have been monitoring the virus closely and have taken strict precautions to better protect those who enter our communities.
At this time, we do not have any active cases of Coronavirus in our communities. We know friends in other settings where this is not the case and our hearts go out to all affected. Our nation of healthcare professionals is fighting an unprecedented battle against an invisible enemy. We are hoping for prayer and grace from both the community at large and our families and friends as we continue to protect our residents and team members.
Restrictions and screening
As you have probably seen in the news, some cities, counties and states are beginning to loosen COVID-19 restrictions as it relates to re-opening the economy. We continue to work to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, associates and family members while also being responsible members of our community. While some of the restrictions placed on the population at large begin to loosen, this may be a time of even greater concern and susceptibility to our residents residing in our senior living communities. The guidelines and recommendations put into place by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local health departments have not changed at this time for senior living communities. To safeguard our residents and staff we will continue to operate with the restrictions that are currently in place. These safeguards and restrictions include:
- • Only employees, essential health care personnel, and end of life visitors are granted access to the community.
- • Trained team members are screening people prior to entering the community.
- • Anyone who appears to be symptomatic or fails the screening will not be granted access to the community.
- • To facilitate contact with residents, we recommend frequent telephone calls, FaceTime, video calls and other available means of communication.
- • Pursuant to recent guidance, we have started symptom screening for residents who live in our communities. All new residents moving in, as well as existing residents that may have been away from our community for any reason, including hospitalization, rehabilitation and/or away from the community for any other type of extended leave of absence, must be tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative result prior to move-in or return to our community. COVID-19 testing should be administered no more than four days prior to move-in or return to our community. Following testing, the new resident will be advised to self-isolate (as part of testing procedure) prior to move-in. After move-in or return to our community, resident will be placed on a 72-hour quarantine and will be monitored closely for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If there are any concerns, continued isolation and/or retesting may occur. The resident will then be assessed at the end of the 72-hour quarantine to verify that the quarantine can be lifted.
Canceling communal dining and activity programs
- • Following social distancing guidelines and recommendations, we have suspended communal activity programs and dining.
- • We are offering free room service and are still having individualized activities
Employee communication and prevention measures
- • When in the community, team members must wear a cloth covering or a face mask.
- • As guidance changes, a bulletin is sent to team members to further disseminate information and updates.
- • Additional training on exposure control, personal protective equipment, national and state trending, and general disease prevention is routinely provided.
If COVID-19 presents in an Abbington community
- • While working closely with the Department of Public Health, Abbington team members are trained on mitigation processes should a resident or employee test positive for COVID-19.
We appreciate all who are helping to make our communities safer. If anyone needs help with obtaining more information on an Abbington community, if you would like to coordinate visitation with a current resident, or if you have general questions, please contact the Executive Director. To find a team member or additional resources, visit our website “Locations” pages.
For additional information regarding the disease, please refer to the Center for Disease Control’s website here.
For an updating map of coronavirus in the United States from USA Today, click here.
Credit USA Today