Dear Residents, Families and Staff:
We wanted to update you on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) activity and share with you what we are doing to keep our Westminster Family (Residents, Families and Staff) safe.
We continue to gather and review information about COVID-19 from trusted sources such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Delaware County Health Department & Emergency Management, our Health Care Coalition (District 6) and our trade association, Leading Age.
As Governor Eric Holcomb stated last week in his daily update, “Take steps seriously and do your part – we are all in this together. Don’t gamble with your own lives or with the lives of others – do everything you can – if not for yourself, do it for others.” Therefore, we need to remind you of the following and ask that everyone follow the directives listed below.
- The MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT of COVID-19 is to implement known Infection Control Practices including:
- Practice Proper Hand Hygiene – Washing your hands with lathering soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay Home – in your apartment or room.
- Maintain social distances of at least six (6) feet from other people.
- Practice Respiratory Etiquette – Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue; and throw used tissues away in the trash. Again wash your hands.
- Do not touch your face, eyes, nose and mouth – This is the easiest way for germs to enter your body.
- Clean high-touch surfaces each day – Doorknobs, tabletops, phones, toilets, computers, countertops and bedside tables.
- Notify a Nurse and/or Medical Doctor if you show signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection such as: FEVER, COUGH or SHORTNESS OF BREATH.
- You may have noticed that the employees of Westminster Village have been wearing a mask. Masks cannot prevent the virus, however, it can assist with preventing your own droplets from going out into the environment and potentially infecting others. CDC guidance now states that “every resident who must regularly leave the facility for care should wear facemasks when outside of their rooms.” CDC guidance also states that “when possible all residents, whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or not, should cover their noses and mouths when staff are in their rooms. Residents can use a tissue or cloth mask when available.” Even though we only have a limited supply of masks, at this time to meet some resident’s request, we will provide a mask (one) to residents who wish to utilize it. The mask may be picked up from the front desk. It is not a requirement that a mask be worn nor is it a guarantee of protection. Again, please understand that our supply of masks is limited, however, we are making this offer for those who want to wear a mask. Please understand the most effective way to minimize the impact is to practice proper hand hygiene and maintain social distancing as stated above.
- CDC guidance now also states that “every resident should be assessed for symptoms and have their temperature checked every day.” In order to accomplish this, effective immediately, we will:
- Health Center and Assisted Living Residents – the staff in your area will assist in taking your temperature on a daily basis.
- Independent Living Residents – the staff will take your temperature when you arrive at Legacy Commons to pick up your carryout meal either at lunch or dinner.
- Please also abide by our visitation policy of NO VISITORS. This includes resident visitations to the health center as well as visitations from friends and family. The entryway near the front desk may only be used for pick up and drop off of necessary items. The entrance area is not set up to be a visitation area with anyone from the outside, therefore, please limit conversations to a minimum. Remember that social distancing only works if we all do this.
- As the weather warms up you may wish to get outside for a walk. When doing so, please continue to abide by the social distancing recommendations and maintain at least six (6) feet from others and avoid physical contact including handshaking or hugging.
Stay informed! At times like these it’s important that you utilize trusted sources of information. We will continue to monitor and keep you informed as the situation progresses. We thank you for your anticipated cooperation during this period.
The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff