Bethesda Senior Living Communities has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation and will continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites, Local Health Departments and State agencies for updated information related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We will continue to adjust our emergency response plan as new information becomes available from the above-mentioned agencies. We will continue to provide updates through this web page as things change.
During these uncertain times, our focus remains on caring for the health of our residents, body, mind, and spirit. To that end, we have extended community-wide visitor restrictions at all Bethesda Senior Living Communities, in line with the shelter—in—place guidelines issued by the federal government and the various states in which we operate.
Our infection control protocols and practices across all communities continue to meet or exceed the latest guidelines from both the CDC and local health officials. These include regular screening of every staff member, and anyone else, entering our community, the use of PPE as outlined in various guidelines issued by multiple agencies, the temporary elimination of communal dining in several communities and social distancing dining in others. Residents not being served in the dining room are currently being served meals in their rooms and we are maintaining social distancing with all activities. Residents are being closely monitored for any changes in their health status.
Our staff teams continue to find new and creative ways to bring fun to each day. We would also welcome any ideas you may have, just contact the community Executive Director or Activities Director. We are able to successfully focus on keeping our residents healthy and happy because of the dedicated staff that continue to come to work each day, despite the realities around them. They are our heroes and we have been working hard to take care of them as they take care of others. This would include our staff chaplains, who are there to provide comfort and support for the residents and our staff.
We understand the stress these difficult times is putting on everyone. As stated earlier, our primary focus is the safety and wellbeing of your loved ones, our residents, and our staff.
We appreciate the cooperation and understanding we have received from the majority of family members. Many have expressed appreciation for the steps we have taken for the safety of the residents. On behalf of our wonderful, dedicated staff members, I say thank you.
Until this is all behind us, we ask for your continued understanding, but most of all we ask for your prayers.
With deepest regards,
As you may be aware, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) updated their recommendations for nursing homes and communal living environments last week. The new restrictions are as follows:
- Restrict all visitation except for end of life situations.
- Restrict all volunteers and non-essential healthcare personnel (HCP), including non-essential healthcare personnel (e.g., barbers)
- Implement active screening of residents and HCP for fever and respiratory symptoms.
As with all other CDC recommendations, we adopted these guidelines immediately and are taking every precaution to keep our residents, family members and staff safe.
While we aren’t allowing non-essential personnel into our communities at this time, we are encouraging phone calls, Face Time/video conversations and hand written notes and cards. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but safety is our utmost concern.
Posted on Mon, March 16, 2020
by Bethesda Senior Living