Coronavirus Update – March 11, 2020

Coronavirus Update – March 11, 2020

March 11, 2020

The news about the potential spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the risks it poses for those who become infected, is concerning to us all. Please know that maintaining the health, wellness, and safety of you or your loved one is our number one priority. We are taking steps to prevent this illness and be positioned to respond quickly and effectively should it impact someone in our setting.

Glenmeadow serves individuals who are at a greater risk if they were to contract an illness. We want you to be aware of some additional safeguards we are taking:

  • Lifestyle Pass membership privileges will be suspended for the rest of March. We will reevaluate this status before April 1st.
  • Resident programs/trips: At the discretion of management, we are cancelling or postponing some events and activities both inside and outside of Glenmeadow. The goal is to have less people enter the facility, as well as having less exposure outside of the community. Decisions will be made on a week to week basis as to which group outings and programs will be cancelled or postponed. Registered participants will be notified as decisions are made.
  • Resident visitors: Even as we try to reduce exposure, we understand family and friends want to stay in contact with their loved ones. Phones calls, Skype or Facetime are all excellent ways to stay connected. We will help to facilitate video calls.
  • All: If you do enter the facility, please follow the guidance posted for the prevention of flu and other viruses. If you are sick, or on an imposed or voluntary quarantine, please visit us another day when you are feeling better.
  • Training: As a healthcare community, our staff are trained in universal precautions and safety measures. We will continue to monitor all staff for any signs of sickness. All Glenmeadow staff accrue paid sick time and are encouraged to use it if they are sick. Additional universal precaution signage has been put up around the building and increased universal precaution discussions are being held with both staff and residents. Additionally, we have increased staffing hours for the cleaning of common spaces including railings, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Updates: The situation continues to evolve. We will continue to be in communication with Longmeadow’s Emergency Management personnel who provide us regular advice and guidance, as well as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MPH), and LeadingAge, our national association of nonprofit providers. As new information becomes available, we will share updated information with you, and compile it in a binder at the Concierge desk if you wish to review.

While no cases of coronavirus have occurred at Glenmeadow, it is cold and flu season, so we ask that everyone follow standard infection control procedures, which are proven to reduce the spread of disease:

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, using a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water frequently, and use hand sanitizer when you are not near a sink.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you have a fever or feel symptoms of being sick.
  • Get the flu vaccine – it is not too late!

We appreciate your assistance in keeping our community safe.  As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Anne Miller Westcott, VP of Operations at (413) 355=5903 or awestscott@glenmeadow.org or Emily Perkins, VP of Health and Wellness at (413) 355-5938.

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