Heritage Lakeside Coronavirus Precautions
Updated as of August 7, 2020 at 11:27 a.m. CDT
Dear Residents, Families, Staff, and Friends of Heritage Lakeside,
We appreciate your ongoing support and empathy as we navigate the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Heritage Lakeside, our residents and staff, and the broader community.
As you may know, we have implemented changes in our regular operations as part of our response plan, including enhanced infection control and prevention measures, monitoring residents and staff for symptoms, and restricting visitors except in end-of-life situations on a case-by-case basis.
We are thankful that as of today we have zero cases of COVID-19 among our residents and staff in the Heritage Lakeside family. We are continuing to closely monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as state and local health officials.
Should we have a positive COVID-19 case in our care community, we are committed to respectful, open, and transparent communication. We will first notify the affected resident, their family, and our staff, and will follow all privacy requirements. Our medical director and other providers as well as local and state health departments will guide our efforts, as well as our own preparedness plans. We will provide updates to all residents, families, and staff as we learn more, ensuring we respect and follow all health and employment privacy requirements.
We will continue to work around-the-clock to protect our community and the broader community. Key components of the action plan are:
- Quarantining residents and implementing enhanced infection control measures. This includes establishing a designated area in the building should there be a resident with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and quarantining the resident in their room. We will have designated staff to support and care for them, and continue to follow all infection control protocols as outlined by the CDC, CMS, and local and state health officials. The resident would remain in quarantine until well and cleared by medical professionals to return to normal activity.
- Advising affected staff to take all appropriate measures. For their health and well-being, should there be a staff member with a COVID-19 diagnosis, the staff member will be asked to quarantine at home, and contact their medical provider to guide their care. We will follow all CDC guidance on the return to work criteria for health care professionals with confirmed COVID-19.
- Continuing to monitor and screen residents for symptoms. We continue to actively screen residents for fever and respiratory symptoms. We are all key partners in keeping ourselves and others healthy. Please wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Residents know to notify the staff immediately if they feel ill.
- Continuing to screen staff prior to beginning work. Staff are not allowed in the building if they are ill. Screening includes taking temperature upon arriving at the building as well as completing a detailed health screening. Any staff who exhibit symptoms are instructed to put on a mask, isolate at home, call their medical provider, and notify their supervisor.
- Continuing to implement environmental safety precautions. Housekeeping staff continue to take extra measures to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building. This includes counter tops and tables, faucet handles, toilet flush handles, door knobs, crash bars, door handles, bathroom and kitchen areas, elevator call buttons, and hand rails.
- Continuing to restrict visitors in our building for everyone’s safety. We encourage loved ones to communicate with residents by phone, letters, video chat, and/or social media, and are happy to facilitate this communication. We understand that it is hard to not have visitors, especially family. Visitors who need to enter the building for end-of-life care situations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to assure safety for all.
- Continuing to restrict congregate dining and have canceled any group activities that don’t allow for social distancing. We are following all guidance from CMS, CDC, and state and local officials.
- Utilizing personal protective equipment (PPE) when interacting with residents, as directed by CMS guidelines.
We will continue to be in close communications with local and state health officials, and are monitoring new information from the CDC and CMS to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps.
We want to take this opportunity to share our ongoing gratitude to our dedicated staff, for their commitment to the care of and service to our residents. Their courage is nothing short of inspiring—they are our heroes!
It is moments like these that we remember our true calling and what brought us to senior health care. We care deeply about our residents and staff and consider them to be members of our own extended families.
We are all in this together and again, thank you for support and understanding.
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