COVID-19 Follow Up

FACILITY-WIDE TESTING

As a follow up to the recent notification of a GSH employee testing positive for COVID-19, we would like to assure everyone that the health and safety of our staff and residents are our highest priority. We will continue to screen all staff members and other essential persons entering our facility for symptoms related to COVID-19. We will also continue to screen our residents several times a day with vital signs and temperature checks.

Within an hour of Tuesday evening’s notification, several staff members worked into the late hours to facilitate a deep cleaning of the entire facility including resident rooms and common areas. Disinfecting all of these areas will continue multiple times on a daily basis. All staff members will continue to wear masks and practice good hand hygiene. We are continuing to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Adams County Health Department (ACHD).

As an extra precaution, we will be performing a facility-wide testing this week of all of our staff and residents to determine if there has been transmission within the facility. We are coordinating our efforts with the ACHD throughout this process. We will be communicating new information with families, residents, and staff as it becomes available to us. 

Important COVID-19 Update

EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

We have just been informed this evening that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, the facility has entered into a full quarantine with residents quarantined to their individual rooms. Outdoor visitations have been postponed and will be re-visited at a later time. All non-urgent appointments have been cancelled for the near future.

Window visits are still allowed at this time. However, the window must remain closed at all times and under no circumstance should the window be opened.

More details are to come as we receive further guidance from the Adams County Health Department. The health and safety of our residents remains our top priority as we continue to follow proper COVID-19 guidelines and procedures regarding both residents and staff.

For any questions or concerns, please contact your loved one’s designated social service aide. We will continue to keep you updated on both our website and Facebook.

Outdoor Visitation Policy

OUTDOOR VISIT GUIDELINES

Our residents are at great risk of serious illness from COVID-19, and they require our protection to prevent COVID-19 from entering our facility. This must be balanced with our residents’ need for quality of life and their need for social interaction to mitigate social isolation and loneliness.

Good Samaritan Home will be offering outdoor visitation for our residents and their loved ones while strictly adhering to the following guidelines that were recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health. We will continue our commitment in ensuring a safe environment for our residents, families, and staff throughout this process.

Outdoor Visitation Guidelines

  1. McReynolds Center is considered a transitional quarantine unit for our facility. Therefore, Good Samaritan will not be allowing outdoor visits for residents located on McReynolds Center. Once the resident is moved from McReynolds Center, they will be permitted outdoor visits.
  2. Each visit is by appointment only. Each resident will be permitted 2 thirty-minute visits per week with a limit of 1 visit in a given day. Visitors must arrive at the appointed time to guarantee their visit time. 
  3. All visitors must schedule their appointments in advance. Same day appointments will not be permitted. A maximum of 2 appointments can be made per phone call. Appointments will only be made for the next 2 upcoming weeks. Every Monday will open up a new available week for appointments. Appointments will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis each week.
  4. Each visit is limited to a maximum of 2 visitors. Each visitor will receive a pre-screening by phone the day prior to their appointment. Any visitor unable to be reached for the pre-screening after reasonable attempts to contact will result in the appointment being cancelled. Each visitor and resident will also receive a screening upon arrival to their appointment that includes a temperature check. Visits will not occur if the visitor or resident is feeling unwell or does not pass the screening. Visits will not occur if the resident is currently in transmission-based precautions/isolation.
  5. Good Samaritan Home has the capacity to allow up to 70 outdoor visitors in a single day. 
  6. All visitors and residents must wear a mask or face covering during the entire visit. Masks will be provided for the resident only. MASKS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED FOR VISITORS. ALL VISITORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPPLYING THEIR OWN MASKS. ANY VISITOR THAT DOES NOT HAVE A MASK UPON ARRIVAL WILL BE TURNED AWAY AND THEIR APPOINTMENT WILL BE CANCELLED.
  7. All visitors and residents must adhere to social distancing. If the resident does not social distance, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days in their room to protect our other residents and staff, and the visitor will lose outdoor visitation privileges.
  8. Visitors must enter and exit where posted.
  9. Visits are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Visits will not be held in the rain. Visits are also subject to cancellation by administration at any time for various reasons.
  10. Foose Center residents may receive visits on Wednesdays and Sundays between 10AM and 2PM. All other resident visits will be scheduled between 10 AM and 2PM every day with the exception of holidays. No visits will be scheduled on facility observed holidays.
  11. Food, drinks, and gifts are not permitted during the visit. If visitors would like to bring in items for the residents, they can be taken by the visitor to the front desk through the front entrance to be given to the resident to enjoy after the visit.
  12. Noncompliance with the above guidelines may result in the loss of outdoor visitation privileges for the resident and/or visitor. 

To arrange an outdoor visit with your loved one:

  1. Contact the facility by phone anytime beginning July 1, 2020 at 217-223-8717 Extension 4720 with any questions or to schedule your visit. Please leave a message on the extension’s voicemail to include your name, resident name, contact number, and reason for your call and someone will return your call in the order it was received. Appointments for visits will begin July 6, 2020.
  2. Further instructions will be given to you over the phone during the pre-screening process. 

Thank you for your continued patience and support during this time.

Test Results and Outdoor Visitation

ALL STAFF AND RESIDENTS TEST NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19

GSH is continuing our best efforts to keep your loved ones safe.

We have received word from the health department that all residents and staff have tested negative for the COVID-19 test that was done on 6/11/20. A reminder to those who received the COVID-19 testing consent form, please sign and return these as soon as possible. You would have only received this consent form if your family member was unable to consent themselves.

Currently, administration is working on writing a new policy and organizing outdoor visitation for residents and families. Once this policy is finalized, we will inform you of the policy/procedure for the outside visits. We are not accepting appointments for outside visitation at this time.

We are happy to announce that there are some changes to the policy/procedures effective 06/24/2020: including lifted resident neighborhood quarantines, general store access, group chapel and activity services, and resumed private pool therapy sessions for internal residents only.

Inside visitor restrictions are still in place for our facility, but window visits may be scheduled with our Activities Department. If you have any questions regarding our current procedures, please feel free to contact your loved one’s designated social service aide.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this time.

Facility-Wide Test Results

RESIDENTS AND STAFF TEST NEGATIVE

GSH is continuing our best efforts to keep your loved ones safe.

We have received word from the health department that all residents have tested negative for COVID-19. With the exceptions of  waiting on a few employees’ test results, the staff test results that we have received are also negative. We will keep you updated as we know more. At this time there are no new updates to our policy/procedures as it relates to COVID-19.

If you have any questions regarding our current procedures please feel free to contact your loved one’s designated social service aide.

Facility Wide Testing

COVID-19 BASELINE TESTING

GSH is continuing our best efforts to keep your loved ones safe.

At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents. Facility wide COVID-19 baseline testing for residents and staff will be held on June 11th. Also, we currently do not have an estimated date for lifting visitor restrictions. We will keep you updated as we know more. 

We would also like to remind everyone to please call ahead to schedule any window visits with your loved ones.  It is important that you call at least a few hours in advance so that the staff can ensure your loved one is ready to go.  You can do this by contacting your loved one’s social service aide to arrange a time.

If you have any questions regarding our current procedures please feel free to contact your loved one’s designated social service aide. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this time.

June Update

BEAUTY SHOP OPENING

GSH is continuing our best efforts to keep your loved ones safe.

At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents.

We have some exciting changes we would like to share with you.  Beginning today, 6/2/20, we will be re-opening our Beauty Shop using the following guidelines: 

•  The beauty shop will begin making appointments for in-house residents that are not in isolation precautions. Appointments will not be made for cottagers at this time.

•  Only one resident per stylist will be permitted at a time. Social distancing between residents will be applied. Once the resident’s appointment has been completed, they will be returned to their neighborhood and the next appointment will be brought to the beauty shop. Residents are not allowed to be waiting in or outside the beauty shop for their appointment.

•  Residents and stylists are required to wear masks that are covering their nose and mouth at all times.

•  Proper disinfection/sanitizing of equipment and resident area must be performed in between each appointment.

•  Stylists are required to use proper hand hygiene in between each appointment and whenever necessary.

• Residents must bring any reading material with them to the appointment for their own personal use. No reading material will be provided or shared amongst residents.

We would like to remind everyone to please call ahead to schedule any window visits with your loved ones.  It is important that you call at least a few hours in advance so that the staff can ensure your loved one is ready to go.  You can do this by contacting your loved one’s social service aide to arrange a time.

If you have any questions regarding our current procedures, please feel free to contact your loved one’s designated social service aide.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Community Channel 3

INTRODUCING NEW CHANNEL LAUNCH

GSH is continuing our best efforts to keep your loved ones safe. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents. There are currently no changes to the procedures that are in place to protect the residents.

We are excited to announce that GSH now has a community TV channel- channel 3! Some of the content that will be included on this channel are highlights of events and activities, COVID-19 updates, and facility videos.

Also, a reminder when visiting your loved one through a window, the window must remain shut. We ask that while visiting through a window that you communicate with a telephone if you are having trouble hearing one another. 

If you have any questions regarding our current procedures please feel free to contact your loved ones designated social service aide.

COVID-19 Update – Clothing

PLEASE TAG ALL CLOTHING

GSH is continuing our best efforts to keep your loved one safe.

At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents. There are currently no changes to the procedures that are in place to protect the residents. As a reminder, we are asking that if you bring in new clothing items for your loved ones that you write their name on the tag of the clothing item and the bag that you bring the clothes in. All clothing brought into the home goes directly to laundry to be washed and this helps staff keep track of who the clothing belongs to. 

If you have any questions regarding our current procedures please feel free to contact your loved one’s designated social service aide.

COVID-19 Quarantine Update

RESIDENT QUARANTINE UPDATES

At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents. There are a few changes that we are making to the precautions that have been put into place to protect residents. Starting on 5/11, the resident room quarantine is lifted. Residents are allowed to leave their rooms, but will still be quarantined to their unit. All residents must wear a mask when they are not in their room, but can now eat meals in their neighborhood dining room. Activities and devotionals will be held on each neighborhood for residents to attend, while social distancing.

If you have any questions regarding these changes please feel free to contact your loved ones designated social service aide.