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Update From Administrator – November 04, 2020

November 4, 2020

Dear Families and Friends,

As always, our team and I hope this email finds you safe and healthy.

As I made you aware in my last update, the one employee who tested positive for Covid is off the schedule and is still quarantining at home. We also have one resident who is Covid positive. That resident is currently in the hospital and is within their 14-day quarantine period. No other staff or residents have tested positive and we continue to test everyone on a weekly basis. Indoor visits are suspended for the time being but patio visits are allowed only if the resident is not being quarantined. Virtual visits will continue as usual.

As you may have seen in the news lately, Connecticut, as well as other states across the country is experiencing an uptick in positive COVID cases throughout many communities. With that in mind, CT DPH has ordered weekly testing of all staff to further safeguard against Covid entering our center. We are reminding our staff to not only practice safeguards against Covid in our center, but to be vigilant outside of our center and share these practices with their friends and loved ones.

“Covid Fatigue” is the new thing we hear about on the news: people are tired of wearing their mask and being vigilant in their hand washing and social distancing. This is leading to an uptick in Covid cases. These are simple things we must continue to do, not just in our centers, but in our personal lives to keep Covid out!

PLEASE wear your mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.

Some updates

  • FLU VACCINE: We STRONGLY encourage that all staff and residents receive an annual Influenza Vaccine. We have received our shipment of vaccine; please consider completing a consent form to ensure your loved one receives their vaccine if you have not done so already. Our goal is 100% participation of staff and residents.
  • The Department of Public Health (DPH) also announced that are resuming routine surveys. As always, we will continue to communicate to you when a state or federal agency has conducted a survey here.
  • Families may drop off food or arrange for take out to be delivered for their loved one’s enjoyment.
  • Each nursing unit has tablets assigned for resident use such as virtual visits, games, etc. and many of our residents are enjoying learning how to use this technology and having the world at their fingertips.
  • Every weekday, I and my administrative team round a different nursing unit and meet with our residents to let them know we’re here for them and give them an opportunity to voice any questions or concerns they may have directly to us. We also use this time during rounds to assess our residents, our environment, and ask our residents specific questions such as satisfaction with meals, preferences, activities being provided, interaction and response from staff, proper operation of all equipment in room and more!

As always, thank you for your patience and please stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,

Michael Chiappinelli

November 4, 2020