COVID-19 Chart: September 28th

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 18, 2020

Dear Westminster Village Residents and Families:

We want to continue to keep you updated on our efforts to attempt to keep everyone safe during this pandemic.  For the last five months we have received and followed the guidance from ISDH, CDC, CMS and DCHD.

During the month of August and into September, all long-term care healthcare workers will be re-tested again. Per ISDH, we have been scheduled for our on-site COVID testing on Monday, September 7th (Labor Day) and Tuesday, September 8th.  Staff are highly encouraged to go to an Optum Site (National Guard Armory) as soon as possible to complete this testing prior to the September 7th date.

Currently we have had only three positive staff cases and no resident cases.  The ISDH has made available to everyone a Long-term Care Dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm. According to information from this dashboard, at least 77% of the COVID-19 deaths in Delaware County have occurred in long-term care facilities.

We realize that things have opened up more than what they were back in April through June.  However, please be aware that there is still a pandemic going on in the world.  We are still at risk and need to continue to observe precautions to minimize infections.  Everyone needs to follow the infection control guidelines at all times that include:

  • Washing your hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand rub;
  • Wearing your mask properly whenever you are outside your apartment or room or when near others;
  • Distancing yourself at least six feet apart from others;
  • Outside trips are permitted, however limited based upon individual circumstances. Take into consideration the safety and wellbeing of yourself, and/or your loved one.
  • If you are sick or have been in a COVID-19 Hot Spot, please protect everyone by staying home. It may be best to call, FaceTime, Zoom or send a card.

Since July 17th – the date inside visitations began – we have seen a substantial increase in the number of visitors and others entering our building.  Please be aware that all visitors must follow our current visitation policy that includes:

  • Limiting the number of visitors to a maximum of three;
  • Visitors must be screened and not have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Observe the two hour visiting times of 9 am – 11 am and 6 pm – 8 pm. Please exit the building when visiting hours are over;
  • Travel directly to and from the apartment/room of the resident who you are visiting;
  • Individual meals may be provided, but food should not be shared between Residents and Visitors;
  • Follow the recommended infection control guidelines as stated above.

Visitors that do not follow these criteria may have the privilege of visitation revoked.

Outside visits and window visits are strongly encouraged when weather permits.

We continue to update our website and digital signs each weekday with new information as it becomes available.

Again, our goal is to protect the residents and staff from this virus.  We request your thoughts, prayers and encouragement in whatever way you express your care for our staff and mission.

Stay safe, informed and well.

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

COVID-19 Update: July 14th, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

First and foremost we want to thank you for everyone’s kindness, support and cooperation during these uncharted times. We are blessed to have an amazing staff that have provided care and services for your very special loved ones.  We are also thankful that we remain COVID-19 free at the present time.  Please remember to keep Westminster in your thoughts, your meditations, and your prayers as we continue on this journey in safety for all.

As a reminder, these are the current processes in place, adhering to state guidelines:

  • Beauty Salons –The Skilled Health Center Beauty Shop began seeing residents on Tuesday July 7th, 2020. The Residential Beauty Shop began seeing residents on Friday July 10th, 2020. 
  • Outdoor Visitations – Outdoor visitation continues, and is encouraged. Again, we do ask that all abide by the visitation guidelines.  Please check wvmuncie.com, Facebook or refer to state guidelines for visitation procedures.

***Window visits are still allowed and encouraged by guidelines***

  • Essential Family Caregivers- This process began on Wednesday July 8th, 2020.  If you were contacted by the facility, and completed the requirements, then you may begin your caregiver functions.  Again, we ask that you abide by the guidelines.
  • Outdoor Excursions – are permitted, however limited based upon individual circumstances.  We ask that you take into consideration the safety and wellbeing of yourself, and/or your loved one.

Beginning July 17th, 2020, Indoor Visitation will begin under Indiana State Department of Health guidelines.  Westminster Village has set forth the following guidelines:

  • Visitation will be: 9:00 am – 11:00am and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    7 days a week.  We ask that you abide by these set times.
  • 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 must properly wear a mask at all times during their visit. We do ask that you 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.
  • We encourage no more than 2 visitors at a time, but a MAXIUM of 3.
  • All visits must be in the prospective resident’s apartment or room.
  • 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.

Please note that the facility may cease visitation if a new facility-onset COVID-19 resident or staff case is confirmed, or if there has been potential exposure.

Again, we must adhere to strict regulations set forth by the state, and we ask for your understanding as we continue to venture into these adaptations within our Westminster family. 

It is our goal to serve and protect the residents and staff.  We are thankful that we have remained COVID free; and that we are a 5 Star facility.

We are truly blessed to be part of something so special!

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

 

COVID-19 Update: July 6th, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

We want to provide you with an update regarding the guidance that was released last week related to:  Beauty Salons; Outdoor Visitation; and Essential Family Caregivers.

  1. Beauty Salons – the Skilled Health Center Beauty Shop will begin seeing residents tomorrow, Tuesday July 7th, 2020. The Residential Beauty Shop will begin seeing residents on Friday July 10th, 2020.  We will abide by previous schedules, with accommodations made as time and space allows.  Again, we must adhere to strict regulations set forth by the state, and we ask for your patience’s as we venture into these adaptations.
  2. Outdoor Visitations – Outdoor visitation is currently allowed at Westminster Village.  We do ask that all abide by the visitation guidelines….Please check the Westminster Village website; Facebook or refer to the July 3rd guidelines for visitation procedures.
  3. Essential Family Caregivers – If you have been contacted by a facility representative, and have completed the requirements set forth by the state and the facility, then you may begin your caregiver functions on Wednesday July 8th, 2020.  Again, we ask that you abide by the guidelines.
  4.  Outdoor Excursions – will be permitted, however limited based upon individual circumstances.

As always, our goal is to protect the residents and staff from this virus.  These guidelines are in place to protect each resident entrusted to our care.  We anticipate and appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation.

Additional information and guidance will be presented in our Groupcast and on our Website wvmuncie.com on Friday July 10th, 2020.

We wish you blessings beyond measure.  Be safe, be kind and be informed….

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

COVID-19 Update: July 2, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has released new guidance regarding Beauty Salons, Outdoor Family Visitations and Essential Family Caregivers.    

  1. Beauty Salons – the Westminster Village Beauty Salons will be opening the

     week of July 6th.  This will be a gradual re-opening so safety precautions can be observed.

  1. Outdoor Visitations – ISDH is now permitting scheduled visitation under the following conditions:
    • Visitors outdoors must bring their own mask and wear properly at all times during the visit.
    • Resident and Visitors MUST maintain appropriate social distance of at least 6 feet apart at all times during the visit.
    • Visitors must not have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Visitors may provide food and beverages to the resident consistent with dietary considerations, but food should not be shared between residents and visitors. Individual meals are permitted, but sharing a pizza would not be permitted.
    • All visits are subject to weather conditions. If a weather warning should occur that would put either visitors or residents at risk, the visit would be immediately canceled.
    • No admittance into the building will be permitted, therefore, no restroom facilities will be available during your visit.
    • Smoking is not permitted during outdoor visitations.
    • Window visits with at least six feet of social distancing are still permitted and may be a better choice for some residents.
  1. Essential Family Caregivers- each facility approved caregiver has been contacted this week and may begin the week of July 6th with evidence of a COVID-19 negative result test. There will be more guidance to follow next week.
  2. Outdoor Excursions – will be permitted, however limited based upon individual circumstances.

As always, our goal is to protect the residents and staff from this virus.  These guidelines are in place to protect each resident entrusted to our care.  We anticipate everyone’s patience, cooperation and respect as we begin our Back on Track Indiana guidance.  Additional information and guidance will be presented in our Groupcast and on our Website wvmuncie.com on Monday, July 6, 2020.

We wish you a sparkling 4th of July filled with pride and honor.  Please stay safe and “Mask Up Hoosiers”.

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

COVID-19 Update: June 26th, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

Based upon this week’s recent guidelines, there have been 37,000 health care workers COVID-19 tested in the state of Indiana in the month of June. This has been a monumental task for the Indiana State Department of Health and long term care facilities.

Regarding Westminster Village individually, all employees have been tested in an appropriate and timely fashion. Out of the 226 employee tests, we have received 222 results. Please visit wvmuncie.com for the new chart recently posted. Each employee has been very responsive to being tested and in compliance with the state mandate. Our employees have done an outstanding job in accomplishing this Indiana State Department of Health required testing.

Upon receiving all final results, we will then be in the process of re-opening our Beauty Salons, initiating the Essential Family Caregiver Program, in addition to establishing an Outdoor Visitation Policy.

During this period of time, we are very thankful to announce we have been through an Indiana State Department of Health Infection Control review, as well as an Infection Control Survey and have had no issues and we are in full compliance with the regulations.

Westminster Village continues to remain COVID-19 free in our Resident population. We are truly thankful and grateful for those who have diligently worked with us, for us and beside us to maintain a safe and secure environment. We appreciate your thoughts, your understanding and your prayers as we journey through this territory of uncertainty. Hopefully you find comfort with regard to our transparency of information and our commitment and dedication to the elders we serve.

Many blessings,

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team