Coronavirus Update – March 26, 2020

Coronavirus Update – March 26, 2020

March 26, 2020

Today’s resident briefing from Glenmeadow President and CEO Anne Thomas:

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  • Supplies are needed:
    • If family and friends want to help, please have them bring supplies to the check in table at the front entrance. We are in need of:
      • Toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, Depends, Poise pads, Lysol spray and wipes.
      • Lightweight fusible interfacing and elastic (3/8” or smaller) for the staff fabric masks being sewn by volunteers.
    • Fire alarms: Smoke from something overheating on the stove caused the fire alarm yesterday afternoon, as sometimes happens here.
      • The Longmeadow Fire Department said residents may remain in their apartment while an alarm is sounding during the COVID outbreak. If there is a true emergency, fire personnel will work with us to notify every resident in an affected area if they need to be evacuated.
    • Pendant checks:
      • Pendant checks normally held at the Concierge desk will be replaced with door-to-door monitoring – a staff person will come to your apartment.
    • Pedi-Care:
      • The foot care nurse scheduled in April will be postponed. If you’re interested in being on the list for a future date, call Meghan Reynolds at 355-5904. She will notify you when the date is confirmed.
    • Communications:
      • Don’t forget that copies of all the previous briefings are in the binder at the Concierge if you think you missed something.
      • As of today, we have not had a Glenmeadow resident test positive for the COVID-19 virus. Please be aware that as testing for the virus becomes more available, medical experts believe that the number of people testing positive will increase and you will hear reports on the news of more people testing positive, including in Longmeadow. If a Glenmeadow resident tests positive, we will notify everyone, including residents, family members, staff, and the public.
    • If you are experiencing any health-related symptoms, please call the nurse at 413-567-7800 – the Concierge will connect you.
    • We need to continue to stress the importance of the 6-foot rule, reducing exposure, and handwashing. These are the most effective forms of prevention.
      • The 6-foot rule is one of the most effective ways to prevent exposure. Six feet is larger than most people realize – we continue to look for new ways we can educate, remind, and make it easier for people.
      • Handwashing is most effective when you wash for at least 20 seconds, creating a lather with soap and warm water, and scrubbing the front, back, and between fingers. Wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry. Two rounds of Happy Birthday or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star will cover the time.
      • Residents are encouraged to only have two people in an elevator at a time – signage has been added to remind them.
      • Please know that we would like to hear from you – let us know how you are doing. We will also do our best to reach out to you. If you want to suggest someone who would benefit from a phone call, please contact Meghan Reynolds at 413-355-5904.
      • If you are moving offsite to live with a family member, please let the Concierge know. As a reminder, we cannot guarantee the timing of when you will be able to return.

As always, please continue to reach out to me and the rest of the management staff if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at 413-355-5950.

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