COVID-19 Chart: March 5, 2021

March 3, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees:

Beginning Thursday, March 4th, Indoor Visitation hours will be increased under Indiana State Department of Health guidelines.  Westminster Village has set forth the following guidelines:

  • Visitation will be: 8:00 am to 11:00 am, 1:00 pm to 3 pm and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm seven days a week. We ask that you abide by these set times.
  • No more than 2 visitors per visitation time per Resident.
  • Visits are allowed in the Green Zone areas only. No visits in the Red or Yellow Zone or CooperVista will be permitted.
  • All visitors must enter through the Main entrance and be screened. We ask that you not visit if you have any signs or symptoms of illness, or have had contact with anyone that is ill.  Visitation may be declined if it is observed that the visitation could pose an infection control threat to the community.
  • All visitors over the age of two and the Resident must properly wear a mask at all times during the visit. We do ask that visitors bring your own mask.
  • All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet during the visit.
  • All visitors must hand wash or utilize alcohol-based hand rub upon visit.
  • All visits must be in the resident’s apartment or room only. No common areas.
  • Traveling throughout the building must be directly from the main entrance to the resident’s apartment or room. We ask that you maintain to the right of the hallways when entering and exiting the building.
  • All visitors must utilize the main elevators during visitation times. We ask that residents and staff, if able, use alternate elevators during visitation times.
  • Residents, if they choose to do so, may visit with one another if all parties agree-during visitation times. We ask that you follow infection control guidelines.
  • Window visits and outdoor visitations are still available and recommended.
  • Limited Bus Transportation is now available by appointment for resident excursions. Essential medical appointments will take precedence over non-medical appointments.
  • Excursions of less than 24 hours are permitted without quarantining. If you stay overnight or travel overnight you must quarantine for 14 days upon return.

Please note that we may cease visitation if a new facility-onset COVID-19 Resident or Staff positive case is confirmed, if there has been potential exposure or if the county positivity rate exceeds 10%.

As we move to re-opening, it is expected that COVID-19 infection prevention guidelines remain in place as the virus is still present and we are still in a pandemic.  Even if the Resident, or the visitor or staff member has been vaccinated, we all must still adhere to wearing a mask, socially distancing and washing our hands.

It is our continued goal to serve and protect the residents and staff.  Visit www.wvmuncie.com for further updates as needed.

Wishing you a very safe and blessed rest of your week.

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

 

COVID-19 Update: December 28th

December 28, 2020

Dear Residents, Family and Staff:

We hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and we wish that the upcoming new year will bring everyone health, wealth and happiness!

As of noon today we have had one (1) new positive COVID-19 Staff case to report. We had three (3) new positive COVID-19 Residents to report—all from Devon Court that are currently in the Red Zone on CooperVista. All Staff and all Skilled Nursing Residents were tested today and will be re-tested on Thursday per guidelines.

We continue to be hands on daily in communicating with the Indiana State Department of Health, our ISDH Area Supervisor, the ISDH Infection Control Preventionist and the Delaware County Health Department. We continue to follow the proper protocol per our Infection Control guidelines.

Please continue to send positive thoughts and prayers as they are greatly appreciated. Jennifer Peterson, Director of Nursing, is still in the hospital in stable condition and will hopefully get to go home in the next few days.

We are anxiously awaiting our scheduled date for the COVID vaccine to be administered to all Staff and all Residents. We will keep you updated as soon as we know any more information. Copies of health insurance and Medicare cards will be needed to attach to consents for the vaccine. More information coming soon.

Please check our website at www.wvmuncie.com for any further updates.

In the spirit of the season, we are wishing you a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

 

COVID 19 Update: November 20, 2020

COVID 19 Update: November 13, 2020

Dear Residents, Family and Staff:

As of noon today, Westminster Village has NO COVID-19 positive Residents—all have recovered!!!  We are thankful and grateful for this blessing and the amazing Staff who provide compassionate care that all Residents are receiving.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health guidelines, if the CMS positivity rate for Delaware County is 10% or greater, that indoor and outdoor visitations are not permitted.

As of today, the CMS positivity rate for Delaware County is at 11%.  Therefore we must follow the ISDH guidelines along with recommendations from the Delaware County Health Officer and our Medical Director of no indoor or outdoor visitations at the present time.  However, window visits are encouraged and essential caregivers are permitted with a current COVID negative test on file.

Due to the high positivity rate in the State and Counties, it is strongly recommended to attend medically necessary appointments only—the risk is too high.

We encourage our families and friends to continue connecting with our Residents and your loved ones through phone calls, social media, FaceTime and window visits.

Next week we will be providing an update with guidelines regarding holiday family gatherings.

Once again, Staff, Thank You for the amazing job you are doing and Residents for your cooperation in this journey.

Please remember to wash your hands frequently, social distance appropriately and wear your masks properly—over your nose and your mouth.

Be thankful, have hope and know our actions are the best gift we can give one another.  We are in this together!  Please check our website at www.wvmuncie.com.

Sincerely,

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

COVID-19 Chart: October 16th

COVID-19 Update: October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

Dear Residents, Family and Staff:

Westminster Village has been diligent in following all of the CMS and ISDH guidelines regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please know that maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our Residents and Staff is our number one priority.

Effective immediately, Westminster Village Muncie will restrict all visitation to our community as recommended by the Indiana State Department of Health due to two (2) Residents and one (1) Staff testing positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

For the health and safety of all Residents and Staff, at this time NO individual, regardless of reason, will be allowed to enter our community for indoor or outdoor visitations except under certain and very specific circumstances, such as end-of-life situations. We understand that communication with your loved ones is incredibly important and encourage you to communicate with them in other ways, including window visits.

Please know that the news about the Delaware County spread of this particular virus is concerning for all of us. At this time due to the increasing Delaware County spread of the virus and persons over 60 years old are of greatest risk to this deadly virus, we strongly discourage all residents from leaving the building other than for medically necessary appointments only.

Again, thank you for your anticipated cooperation. These guidelines are set to protect the overall wellbeing of your loved ones’ health and that of the staff. This is a priority very close to our hearts. Please check our website at www.wvmuncie.com.

Sincerely,

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

COVID-19 Update: September 17, 2020

Dear Westminster Village Residents and Families,

Based upon new guidance, Westminster Village is in the process of scheduling CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) mandated COVID testing for Skilled Nursing Residents (Abbey, Bristol, CooperVista and Devon). The initial testing will begin on Friday, September 18th with the Skilled Nursing residents only. We have no immediate positive cases or concerns currently—we are following the guidelines.

All Westminster Village Employees will also be required to have a COVID test per the mandate. The testing frequency can vary from monthly, once weekly or twice weekly based upon the Delaware County Positivity Rate posted on the CMS website. We have received our own equipment and a limited amount of supplies to test in house. The results of the tests can be processed within 15 minutes.

We appreciate your cooperation and will keep everyone informed as of the set dates and times of additional testing as we continue to follow all of the guidelines set by CMS and the Indiana State Department of Health.

Once again, we are blessed and grateful that we currently have no positive resident or employee cases and ask that everyone please continue to be mindful regarding the importance of masking up, social distancing and washing your hands

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team

COVID-19 Update: August 5th

Dear Westminster Residents, Families and Staff:

As a clarification of information we are issuing an update regarding our employees.

Previously we have had one (1) employee case that had tested positive which is now resolved and negative and had not worked prior to being exposed. We now also have one (1) current additional positive employee. The employee was not exposed to COVID in our Westminster Village community. Due to HIPAA Guidelines we have contacted all employees who potentially may have worked in the same area. We have reported it to the Indiana State Department of Health and all other required agencies.

Per conversations with the Indiana State Department of Health, Westminster Village is following proper procedures and have no known Residents with signs and symptoms on the healthcare unit where the employee had worked.

We are taking all necessary precautions to minimize any exposure. We currently remain open to indoor visitation as per set hours and set number of visitors, outdoor visitations and admissions. We continue to encourage washing your hands, masking up and safe social distancing.

This month is a state mandate for all Indiana long term care healthcare workers to once again be re-tested as a precautionary measure. We will be keeping the staff informed of specific upcoming dates and times. However, at any time employees may go to the Optum testing site (National Guard Armory) or their own physician before August 21, 2020.

We continue to post any changes Monday through Friday on our website and encourage you to view all information at wvmuncie.com.

Once again, we maintain a safe and secure environment as is humanly possible. We continue to request your thoughts, positive support, encouragement and prayers in whatever way you express your care for our mission.

Be Safe, Be Informed, Be Well and always, always show Kindness to others!

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team

COVID-19 Update: August 4th

Dear Westminster Residents, Families and Staff:

We continue to appreciate your cooperation through our unchartered territory of COVID-19.

As we enter into a new month, we have been keeping up with the ever-changing guidelines of the Indiana State Department of Health, CDC, CMS and our local health department, which can change on a daily basis.

This month is a state mandate for all long term care healthcare workers to once again be re-tested as a precautionary measure. The number involves approximately 37,000 healthcare workers statewide. We will be keeping the staff informed of specific dates and times upcoming.

At the present time, we have had one (1) employee case that has tested positive. We have reported it to the Indiana State Department of Health. The employee was not exposed to COVID in our Westminster Village community.

We are taking all necessary precautions to minimize any exposure. We remain currently open to indoor visitation as per set hours, outdoor visitations, admissions, etc. We continue to encourage washing your hands, masking up and safe social distancing.

We continue to post any changes Monday through Friday on our website and encourage you to view all information.

Once again, we maintain as safe and secure environment as humanly possible. We continue to request your thoughts, positive support, encouragement and prayers in whatever way you express your care for our mission.

Be Safe, Be Informed, Be Well and always, always show Kindness to others!

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team

COVID-19: Update July 31st

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

We are very grateful and thankful for the overall cooperation we have experienced during this journey of uncertainty related to COVID-19.

We remain cautiously optimistic that we have no COVID cases to report.  We continue to request your thoughts, positive support, encouragement and prayers in whatever way you express your continued care for our mission.

To simply re-cap the month of July:

  • Outdoor Visitations began on July 4th and continues.
  • Open Transportation to all resident appointments began on July 6th.
  • Westminster Village Beauty Salons re-opened on July 8th.
  • July 8th we opened our facility to approved Essential Caregivers of whom were required to have a COVID test on file.
  • July 17th we opened to indoor visitation in apartments or resident rooms from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. which we continue to follow.
  • We accepted outside admissions to our residential area as of July 17th also with the additional requirement of COVID testing.
  • On July 27th, the Governor of Indiana mandated a “Mask Up Indiana” order of which we have remained in full compliance for several months.
  • We have also continued to focus on numerous other items.

As you can see, July has been a month of major changes following guidance yet making effort to reunite families and residents.

We are wishing everyone a Safe and Blessed weekend as we enter August 2020.

Be Safe, Be Informed, Be Well and always, always show Kindness to others!

Dale E. Lindley, HFA, President
Mary Jo Crutcher, HFA, Vice President
Jennifer Peterson, RN, DON