The Danforth is pleased to be able to update its visitations guidelines per the recently released Department of Health advisory.
Visiting hours will now be 9:30 am to 7:30 pm daily and do not require scheduling. There will be no limit to the number of visitors or the length of their visit. However, physical distancing should be maintained and, to the extent possible, large gatherings should be avoided.
If a resident’s roommate is unvaccinated or immunocompromised, visits will not be permitted in the resident’s room. If the resident or roommate is unable to leave the room, we will enable in-room visitation while adhering to the core principles of infection prevention. All residents and visitors should wear face coverings or masks and physically distance, particularly if either is at increased risk for severe disease or are unvaccinated. Visitors should wear face masks when around other residents or staff members, regardless of vaccination status.
While not recommended, residents who are on transmission-based precautions or quarantine can receive visitors. Such visits will occur in the resident’s room and the resident must wear a well-fitting facemask (if tolerated). Visitors will be made aware of the potential risks and the precautions necessary to visit the resident and must adhere to infection prevention protocol. The Danforth will offer facemasks and other forms of personal protective equipment to visitors, if available. If an unvaccinated resident chooses to have physical touch, we will advise the resident and their visitor of the risks of such contact prior to the visit. The Danforth may ask a visitor about their vaccination status however, visitors are not required to be tested or show proof of vaccination as a condition of visitation. Visitors who decline to disclose vaccination status should always wear a face mask.
We do ask that you refrain from visiting if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. Please self-screen prior to visiting, and upon entering the building use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer located throughout the facility.
While this is welcome news, our main priority is the health of our residents and staff, and we ask that you continue to adhere to the core principles of infection prevention. As always, if you have non-emergent questions, please send an email to your loved one's case manager. Jill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, Danielle at email@example.com, and Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support while we go through this challenging time.
Heather Merrills, Administrator
We have received results that one of our employee’s has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was symptomatic and therefore was tested. Contact tracing has been completed within the facility. If your loved one has been in contact with the employee, you would have already been notified by the case worker.
We will begin COVID testing on any resident that may have had extended contact with the COVID positive employee. All communal dining and group activities will be suspended per direction of the County Department of Health for a minimum of 10 days. Each resident will receive personal care, meals, and independent activities within their room. Each resident will continue to have symptom and temperature monitoring daily. Staff will continue to have daily screening prior to starting their shift. We will continue with our diligent infection control procedures.
We have been advised by the Department of Health to stop visitations while waiting for test results. We will resume visits on Saturday, January 1, 2022. We will be changing our visiting hours while we are under quarantine from January 1 through January 6, 2022, as we will be utilizing staff to assist with meals, activities and disinfecting during this time.
Visits will be Saturday, January 1, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Wednesday, January 5, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and Thursday, January 6, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. We will be limiting visits to either the chapel or activity room, so we are able to sanitize properly after each visit and to limit the traffic within the facility during these 10 days.
As always, the residents and employee’s health are our focus. Thank you for your understanding and continued support during this difficult time. If you have any questions you can reach out to one of the Case Managers either Jill at email@example.com Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support The Danforth Family
To our Residents, Families, Friends, and Staff:
Our priority remains the health and safety of the residents and staff at The Danforth. It is essential that we maintain awareness about Covid 19, its signs and symptoms, where cases and outbreaks are occurring and infection control procedures. While continuing to monitor staff and residents daily and maintaining current infection control procedures, we strive to be COVID free. We understand that this pandemic continues to take a toll on residents, loved ones and staff when visitors are limited. However, the current surge in COVID cases requires continued diligence.
Given the recent influx of visitors, we have set up a dedicated email to schedule visits. The new email address is email@example.com. While we understand there are times when you may need to call to schedule a visit, it is preferred that visitation requests be emailed to help eliminate errors. Telephone visitation requests can only be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Due to the influx of requests, visits will need to be scheduled 48 hours in advance, so we have time to perform the necessary screening and disinfecting. We are unable to schedule last minute visits unless there is an immediate need due to an increase in our resident count and visits.
We would like to remind you that visits are limited to 20 minutes. If we have minimal visits or openings after your scheduled visit, we will continue to allow for additional time. However, please be aware that there are times when we will have to strictly enforce the time limit for indoor visits. Please remember that you are required to always wear a mask while in the building, including while in resident rooms. Thank you for your continued support during this time. We believe that we have put in place a plan that will continue to put the residents and staff member's safety first.
If you would like to know more about how The Danforth has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic, please click here.
The Danforth Adult Care Center Administration