Asbury Gardens Corona Virus Update 8/3/2021

Aug 3, 2021

Hello Residents, Families, Staff, and our Ombudsman and welcome to our Corona Virus 19 Notification Page Update for 8/3/2021

Asbury Gardens has 1 Resident with any newly confirmed positive test and 0 Employees with newly confirmed positive tests today. Cumulatively we have had 82 Resident(s) with a confirmed positive test and 48 Employee(s) with a confirmed positive test to date.

At this time due to the current positive Resident we will pause all Communal dining and activities, Beauty shop visits, Indoor and Outdoor Visiting accept in Compassionate Care situations as set forth by Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers of Disease Control. We will plan to resume once it is safe after we complete facility wide testing and evaluate the needs at that time.

We continue to follow all of the guidance for long term care facilities set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health, The Centers of Disease Control, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. There continue to be recommendations and guidance daily to help us with this pandemic. We take these recommendations and guidance update our policies and keep our staff educated on any new interventions that may affect them.

Per these guidelines we continue to routinely follow the: Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention

  • Screening of all who enter the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., temperature checks, questions about and observations of signs or symptoms), and denial of entry of those with signs or symptoms or those who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection in the prior 14 days (regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status).
  • Hand hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred to soap and water).
  • Face covering or mask (covering mouth and nose).
  • Social distancing at least 6 feet between persons.
  • Instructional signage throughout the facility and visitor education on COVID-19 signs and symptoms, infection control precautions, other applicable facility practices (e.g., use of cloth face mask or face covering, specified entries, exits and routes to designated areas, hand hygiene).
  • Cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces in the facility often, and designated visitation areas after each visit.
  • Appropriate staff use of PPE.
  • Effective cohorting of residents (e.g., separate areas dedicated to COVID-19 care).
  • Resident and staff testing as required.

We continue to utilize these additional precautionary interventions as well:

  • Team member training on how the virus spreads and on all new interventions that are implemented
  • Daily Resident assessment
  • Telemedicine visits with physicians as possible
  • Standard and transmission based precautions as appropriate
  • We are requesting that all residents wear a mask any time a staff member enters their room/apartment or at any time a resident may be out of their room/apartment for any reason. Please support us in these measures by discussing with your loved ones and encouraging them to do this for their safety.
  • We are maintaining our supplies of personal protective supplies so please don’t worry about this
  • We remain very busy so we ask you to limit calls to the facility to check in. If your loved one has any acute change of condition or the facility develops any Corona Virus positive persons we will notify the person we have listed as the emergency contact as soon as possible by email or text message notification please ensure we have your most current contact information.
  • If you would like to schedule a skype or facetime session with your loved one and need our assistance please call the facility and make this request to reception please be patient and give our staff a couple days to respond to get this scheduled for you.

Compassionate Care Visits

While end-of-life situations have been used as examples of compassionate care situations, the term “compassionate care situations” does not exclusively refer to end-of-life situations. Examples of other types of compassionate care situations include, but are not limited to:

A resident who was living with their family before recently being admitted to a nursing home is struggling with the change in environment and lack of physical family support.

A resident who is grieving after a friend or family member recently passed away.

A resident who needs cueing and encouragement with eating or drinking, previously provided by family and/or caregiver(s), is experiencing weight loss or dehydration.

A resident who used to talk and interact with others is experiencing emotional distress, seldom speaking, or crying more frequently (when the resident had a resident who used to talk and interact with others is experiencing emotional distress, seldom speaking, or crying more frequently (when the resident had rarely cried in the past).

Allowing a visit in these situations would be consistent with the intent of “compassionate care situations.” Also, in addition to family members, compassionate care visits can be conducted by any individual who can meet the resident’s needs, such as clergy or lay persons offering religious and spiritual support. Furthermore, the above list is not an exhaustive list as there may be other compassionate care situations not included.

Compassionate care visits, and visits required under federal disability rights law, should be allowed at all times, regardless of a resident’s vaccination status, the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate, or an outbreak.