COVID-19 Update: April 24th

We are thankful to partner with the Indiana State Department of Health to continue our focus regarding our COVID-19 protocol and practices. As a continued follow-up, the Indiana State Department of Health did complete a review and assessment of our process on Friday, April 24th 2020. We are pleased with the communication and transparency that occurs on a regular basis. As a reminder, any data regarding the facility will be updated in the afternoon, on a regular weekday; and may be accessed on our website. Thank you for your continued trust and support as we journey through this process together. Be safe, be smart, be informed, and always, always be kind. Remember, we are all in this together!

COVID-19 Update: April 23

We wanted to let you know that we are now posting information on our website providing a regular update on Westminster Village COVID-19 Resident and Employee testing and test results.  Please be assured that any employee who has exhibited signs and symptoms of a respiratory illness has not been permitted to work while ill.  If any resident would exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19, as is our preplanned protocol, the resident would be restricted to their room and the nursing staff would provide care with the proper Personal Protective Equipment.  ISDH and the Delaware County Health Department would be notified of any concerns.

We plan to provide updated information in the afternoon each weekday.  Please check out our website for the most current information.

We also wanted to let you know that Chaplain Ron Naylor plans to be available to residents and employees by phone beginning Monday, April 27.  More information will be provided next week through the Activity Department regarding ways to connect with Chaplain Ron as well as other area pastors.

Again, please watch our website for updates and other happenings around Westminster Village Muncie.

Thank you from the Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff.

COVID-19 Update: April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

As you know, in compliance with CDC and CMS guidelines, we have been actively screening all residents and employees for symptoms of upper respiratory illnesses.  In addition to following all CDC and CMS guidelines for infection control and preventions, during the last six weeks we have included enhanced sanitization of community spaces, modification of activities and dining to promote social distancing, and providing personal protective equipment for staff and masks for residents.

On April 8th we notified you through our Group Cast messaging system that one employee had tested positive for COVID-19.  This employee’s last date to work was prior to the known exposure to the virus.  Therefore, the Indiana State Department of Health determined that the employee did not pose an exposure risk to residents or staff at Westminster Village.  As required, public health officials were properly notified.

As an update, this employee was hospitalized, but now has returned home.

We want to make residents, their families and our dedicated staff aware of this and reassure everyone that we remain focused and proactive.  To date, we are not aware of any additional positive COVID-19 cases regarding the employees or residents of Westminster Village.

We thank you for your cooperation and compliance with basic preventative measures we can all practice, such as good hand hygiene, social distancing and staying home when sick.  We are all in this together.  Together we can help everyone we care for stay healthy and well.  Thank you also to all our staff members for your dedication, hard work, and commitment today and every day.

If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

COVID-19 Update: April 13, 2020

April 13, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

We wanted to provide you with an update on what we are doing to continue keeping everyone safe at Westminster Village.  The Residents are like family to us so we are committed to follow all federal, state and local public health guidelines for limiting the spread of this virus.  We are in frequent communication with the Indiana State Department of Health and Dr. Jeffrey Hiltz, our Medical Director, as well as others for their guidance on steps we can take to keep our Westminster Village family safe and healthy.

As you know we have already taken, and will continue to take, the following precautions:

  • No Visitors are allowed in the building.
  • Only one entrance is utilized for entry into the building.
  • All group dining and group activities have been canceled.
  • Meals are delivered to resident rooms/apartments in the Health Center and Assisted Living.
  • Meals for independent living residents are distributed on a carryout basis only – to be taken back to their apartment.
  • Social distancing from others by at least six (6) feet on a regular basis.
  • Residents have been asked to stay in the building or on the grounds at all times – only go out to medical appointments when absolutely necessary or essential.
  • Extra cleaning of high touch surfaces is performed each day.
  • Shopping for necessary items is being provided by the Activity Department staff.
  • Fitness sessions, movies and church services are available on our in-house TV Channel 5.
  • Practice proper hand hygiene – washing your hands often with soap and water.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette – cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • All residents and staff have their temperatures taken and symptoms checked daily.
  • Wellness checks are available 24/7 for all residents from their respective nurse’s station.
  • Masks are worn by all employees and essential vendors while in the building.
  • Masks have been supplied to every resident.

At this time ALL RESIDENTS MUST WEAR THEIR MASK whenever a staff member is in their apartment/room AND at all times when they are out in common areas such as hallways, lounges, and when picking up their meals from Legacy Commons.  Included with this letter is guidance on how to properly put on, use and take off a mask.

We are making every effort to be proactive in preparing a seven bed unit on Featherstone in the event we would need to support and care for any positive COVID-19 patients that are within our own resident population.  Our plan at this time is to NOT admit patients from outside our own Westminster Village community.

It should also be noted that Delaware County Health Department has released a communication on April 9, 2020 effective immediately – RE: Nursing Home Codes/Cardiopulmonary Arrests.  Please see the attachment from the Delaware County Health Department.  This notification reinforces the importance that everyone have advanced directives in place regarding their wishes prior to need.

We are all in this together.  Do everything you can to stay safe and healthy, not only for yourself, but also for your neighbors and those around you.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Thank you.

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

How to Properly Put On, Use, Take Off and Dispose of a Mask

Dear Westminster Village Residents,

We are implementing some preventative measures in an attempt to protect our residents and employees from the potential spread of respiratory droplets as related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Beginning April 6, 2020, each Resident will be issued one mask to wear.

How to properly Put On, Use, Take Off and Dispose of a Mask:

  1. Masks must be worn in the presence of staff and other residents. Please continue to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  2. Before putting on a mask, wash your hands.
  3. Cover your mouth and your nose with the mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  4. Avoid touching the mask while using it, but if you do, clean your hands.
  5. The proper way to remove your mask is from behind your head (do not touch the front of the mask). Do not throw away—place in a clean area for future use.  Clean your hands immediately after removing.
  6. If you go outside and take a walk, you can take off your mask. However, it is recommended to be placed back on if someone comes near you.
  7. If you are in your apartment by yourself, you can take off your mask. However, if staff come in, it should be placed back on.

Be Supportive, Be Safe, Be Smart and Informed and Be Kind as we all travel this unprecedented journey together.

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

FROM THE WESTMINSTER VILLAGE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

April 7, 2020

Dear Westminster Village Administration and All Staff,

On behalf of the Westminster Village Residents’ Association, we want to thank all of you for your care for us during this Covid-19 Pandemic.  We have never experienced this type of crisis before and you have responded in a remarkable way.

We are aware that Administration has had frequent meetings to monitor and determine how to implement guidelines from all the appropriate Local, State, and National Governmental Agencies.  There have been several training sessions with staff to prepare them for changes in procedures to protect us and them.

Each week has brought new guidelines and you have kept us informed and staff has adjusted beautifully to each change.  Now that we are wearing masks, we are more appreciative of all of you wearing masks all day long.  Each Department has continued to provide their usual excellent service while adjusting to all the changes.

We truly appreciate all you are doing.  You are our Heroes!

Sincerely yours,

Pat Bennett, President

Norm Beck, Vice-President

Judith Roepke, Secretary-Treasurer

COVID-19 Update: April 6th, 2020

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

COVID-19 Update: March 27th, 2020

Dear Westminster Village Staff,

We are implementing some preventative measures in an attempt to protect our residents and employees from the potential spread of respiratory droplets as related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Effective, March 27, 2020, at 6 p.m. each employee will be required to wear a

mask while on the clock.

  1. You will be given one (1) mask per shift when you arrive to be screened and have your temperature taken daily.
  2. You must wear it properly at all times, especially during resident care or if you are near residents or other employees.
  3. The proper way to wear the mask is to cover your nose and mouth at all times with no gaps between your face and the mask. Clean your hands before putting the mask on.
  4. Avoid touching the mask while it is on, but if you do, clean your hands.
  5. Masks may be adjusted while on breaks but be mindful of social distancing when on break.
  6. If you work in an office or area contained by yourself, you can take off your mask. However, it must be placed back on if someone comes to your office or you are in the hallways or common areas.
  7. When you have completed your shift for the day, the proper way to remove your mask is from behind your head and immediately discard. Clean your hands immediately after removing.
  8. Due to the limited supply nationwide, we are only issuing masks to employees while working.

Be Supportive, Be Safe, Be Smart and Informed and Be Kind as we all travel this unprecedented journey together.

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

Wear a Mask

March 27, 2020

Dear Westminster Residents and Families,

Westminster staff is making every attempt to protect our residents and keep them safe from the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We have recommended to all Residents in accordance with Governor Holcomb’s Stay-At-Home Order on March 24, 2020, NOT to leave Westminster’s premises unless it is for any medically necessary appointments.  As weather permits, residents are allowed to enjoy the spring beauty of our landscaping outside on our “Mike Dobbs Nature Trail” while practicing social distancing.

Effective today at 6 p.m. we will be requiring all staff, approved vendors and end of life visitors to wear a mask while in our building.  This is a preventative measure in an attempt to protect our precious Residents and our loyal Employees from the potential spread of respiratory droplets as related to the Coronavirus.

Be Supportive, Be Safe, Be Smart and Informed and Be Kind as we all travel this unprecedented journey together.

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

Indiana Stay-At-Home Order FAQ

Governor Eric Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety.  The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  The Stay-At-Home Order applies to the entire state of Indiana.

Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.  This order is mandatory for all Hoosiers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  If this order is not followed, the Indiana State Police and local law enforcement will enforce this order.

Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.  Again, we strongly recommend that no one leave the building.  Please have a family member or friend deliver necessary supplies to the front desk for your pickup.  If you have no one who can help you with getting your necessary supplies, please contact the Activities Department for assistance as we have grocery pick-up services available every Tuesday.

Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth cleaning should be postponed.  When possible, health care visits should be done remotely.  Contact your health care provider to see what telehealth services they provide.

You are allowed to walk outside on our Mike Dobbs Nature Trail around the building.  Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least six feet from other people.

You may do your laundry in the launderettes on second floor.

You may pick up your meals on a take-out basis to be eaten in your apartment.  Again, we stress the importance of social distancing of at least six feet.

Due to the increased amount of trash, Westminster Village Housekeeping will provide you with extra trash bags during this time.  Please continue to follow the proper trash disposal procedures with your sealed (tied up) trash.