Update: April 24, 2020
Dear Vicinia Families,
Currently there are no cases of COVID-19 in any of our facilities.
What an amazing team we have made up of residents, employees, family members, and community supporters. We are doing everything that we can at Vicinia to keep the resident’s body and mind healthy and safe.
With that being said, we are taking extra precautions making sure that each staff member is screened for possible systems or exposure before entering the building for their shift. If a staff member is feeling sick, we ask that they remain home and get healthy. We are closely monitoring the emergent visitors. We are encouraging all staff to wash hands for 20 seconds, wear masks and gloves, and practice 6 foot social distancing unless giving personal care. Twice daily, we are having each resident’s temperature monitored to ensure early detection and their safety as well.
In order to keep our residents and staff safe, we have stopped social gatherings, and communal dining. Our activity department is making sure our residents are engaged and enjoying life! Although we have not been able to participate in these activities, we have created other ways to keep our residents smiling and happy. We can continue our outside walking group as we practice social distancing, individual room arts and crafts, hallway exercise and doorway sing along is still able to continue! Most importantly, one on one walks with our residence that need assistance. The only thing we are not able to replace is your voice, face and smiles. Please remember we have Skype and FaceTime sessions available on our iPads, and iPhones. Appointments can be set up with Gabby at firstname.lastname@example.org. We continue daily to receive updated information from the CDC as well as our State and federal government! We are doing everything in our power to keep residents safe and healthy.
Many of you are asking what you can do to help and we appreciate your kindness. If you know of anyone who could make and donate masks, feel free to have them contact us. If you know any college students pursuing a career in the medical field, we have a variety of positions available. They can apply at our website, but only if they have been following the stay home stay safe order. Another great idea could be to do some paintings on the resident’s windows from the outside to provide a beautiful visual! Anyone can help us out doing this if you can’t personally. Public shoutouts can be given to buildings or individual staff members by going to email@example.com. We will post these to our Facebook page!
Finally, please say prayers that we can continue to stay healthy, supportive, positive, and united as a family during this challenging time.
Kelly Steffey RN, BS, CDCM, CALD