ANSWERS TO YOUR COVID QUESTIONS
We are continuing to monitor all infection control procedures consistent with CDC and CMS guidelines. In addition, we have Rapid Testing available on-site. New admissions are admitted to either our observation unit for 14-days if they have not had COVID-19 or to our COVID-19 unit for continued treatment.
Staff are screened prior to each shift for signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Residents are screened twice a day for any signs and symptoms consistent with the virus.
Yes. Early in the pandemic, we established a COVID-19 unit separate from the other residents in the facility.
Nursing homes tend to provide more medical services, particularly skilled nursing, than assisted living facilities. If more specialized care may be needed away from the facility, patients are transferred to the appropriate hospital for care and treatment.
Nursing homes, which are federally regulated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), are required to alert residents and their families or representatives of a positive COVID-19 case by 5 p.m. the next day following the occurrence.
We do. We have iPads dedicated for the use of virtual visits for our residents to use for communication with their loved ones. Residents may contact our Activities Department to schedule a time to visit with their family members.
We have a variety of different communication methods that we utilize for communication with our residents and/or family members.
We realize the importance of therapy to a resident’s well-being and recovery. We contine to offer therapy services to all of our residents based on their current condition and following their physician’s orders.
Early on, we were advised from CMS to discontinue community activities. Due to this guidance, we developed activity boxes for each unit that is filled with a variety of games, puzzles, crafts and other age-appropriate activities. Our Activities Director routinely checks in with residents to keep them active and engaged and when weather permits, allows some outside activities. We all know how good it feels just to get some fresh air and sunshine so we utilize our courtyard Gazebo area when possible.
We continue to accept drop-offs for our residents. We feel that it is important to have that kind of family contact at a time when they have not been allowed to see their loved-ones. Residents love receiving home-cooked goodies, special treats or surprise packages from family and friends.
Salli Pung, the long-term care ombudsman for the state of Michigan, urges people to think through practicalities such as how a home is set up, whether someone could maneuver with a wheelchair or rolling walker, and if the bathroom is large enough, safe and accessible. There are lots of details to consider, she says, and some things can fall through the cracks during a transition home, such as prescriptions that could run out, or trouble getting placed back in a nursing home at a later date or if you change your mind.
Our Activities Director is assisting all of our residents that wish to vote utilizing an absentee ballot.
Stay up to date with this important message from our Administrator, David Hunt, about COVID-19 measures at Limestone Health Facility.