Immediate Notice for all Providence Place Senior Living communities:

A message & update from our President and Chief Operating Officer…

11/25/20 Update

Pennsylvania is continuing to see an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases with over 6,000 new cases a day – 52 of our 54 counties are at all-time highs. We know this is an extremely difficult time, but we see a light at the end of a tunnel with various vaccines looking promising for early in the new year. In addition, we have received rapid tests and are able to perform these efficiently and get results in about 15 minutes. We are thankful that the vast majority of our team members, residents & family members are supportive of the precautions taken to keep everyone as safe as possible. An updated infographic is attached for your reference.

Below is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Red: Campus-wide testing was completed and is being repeated to continue to isolate any positive cases. We remain in Red phase until we have gone 14 days without additional positive results.
  • Pottsville – Red: No new positive cases this week. We are continuing monitoring & testing from previous positive results. We remain in Red phase until we have gone 14 days without additional positive results.
  • Pine Grove – Red: We identified one positive test result for a resident a few days ago. Campus-wide testing was completed and returned one additional positive result for a team member. Continued monitoring and testing will take place and we will remain in Red phase until we have gone 14 days without additional positive results.
  • Chambersburg – Red: Campus-wide testing was completed and is being repeated to continue to isolate any positive cases. We remain in Red phase until we have gone 14 days without additional positive results.
  • Dover – Red: Campus-wide testing was completed after a team member tested positive in our surveillance testing. We identified many resident cases and a few team member cases and are working on quarantines and additional testing. We will continue to update Dover contacts with details.
  • Collegeville – Yellow: No new cases this week. We shifted to Yellow phase and are offering closed-window visits for families & residents.

Due to the severity of the COVID-19 spread currently, we ask that residents and team members refrain from holiday gatherings outside of the building as this is the recommendation for the general public as well.  We will be happy to connect families virtually and are planning to make the day special for the residents as best we can. The following updates to procedures are implemented:

  • Residents who do leave for outings/events will need to complete a 14-day quarantine and subsequent test before having access to internal activities or dining(Yellow or Green phases)
  • Team members will continue to be monitored and tested using rapid tests
  • Indoor visitations are suspended for the time being (including in Green phase)
  • Medical appointments will require the transport by our team (family members may meet residents at the appointments)

We are continuously grateful to each and every resident, team member and family member for your words of encouragement, support and care for others in each community. We have much to be thankful for despite the current situation. Please be sure to follow what’s going on in our communities on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/provplace

We anticipate that the vaccine may be available for our residents & caregivers by early February – we will continue to update you on the status of this and we are working with our pharmacy to iron out logistics for providing easy access to the vaccine as soon as it is available.

We hope you can find a creative way to enjoy Thanksgiving this year and perhaps create some new traditions.

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 

 


11/19/20 Update

Pennsylvania is continuing to see an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases with nearly 6,000 new cases a day – this is triple the numbers we saw in the spring. As a result, many communities are seeing positive cases internally and many neighboring communities, schools and businesses are being forced to close. We are updating our phase procedures to best protect our residents & team members in this environment and are working hard to create fun happenings internally for the upcoming holidays.  We know this is an extremely difficult time and we are all sad about how the holidays may look this year, but we see a light at the end of a tunnel with two vaccines looking promising for early in the new year.

Below is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Red: We received a positive result for a co-worker last week. Campus-wide testing was completed and 5 additional cases were identified (total of 2 residents, 4 co-workers). A second round of testing is being completed this week to prevent any spread and we will remain in red phase procedures.
  • Pottsville – Red: We are continuing monitoring & testing from previous positive results. Two positive cases were identified this week with testing (1 resident & 1 co-worker). We remain in Red phase until we have gone 14 days without additional positive results.
  • Pine Grove – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Red: We received a positive result for a co-worker last week. Campus-wide testing was completed and 10 additional cases were identified (3 residents and 7 co-workers). We remain in Red phase with all precautions. A second round of campus-wide testing will be done throughout this week.
  • Dover – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Red:  Additional surveillance testing returned all negative results so far. Previous team members who tested positive are out of the building until a negative test is received. Red Phase precautions are still in place.

Due to the severity of the COVID-19 spread currently, we ask that residents and team members refrain from holiday gatherings outside of the building.  The following updates to procedures will be implemented:

  • Residents who do leave for outings/events will need to complete a 14-day quarantine and subsequent test before having access to internal activities or dining (Yellow or Green phases)
  • Team members will continue to be monitored and surveillance tested
  • Indoor visitations are suspended for the time being (including in Green phase)
  • Medical appointments will require the transport by our team (family members may meet residents at the appointments)

We anticipate that the vaccine may be available for our residents & caregivers by early February – this is great news to protect those most vulnerable to ensure that visitation and external happenings can resume in the new year. We will continue to update you on the status of this and we are working with our pharmacy to iron out logistics for providing easy access to the vaccine as soon as it is available.

If you have specific questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out to Home Office or your community directly. We will provide an updated infographic as soon as possible.

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 

 


11/12/20 Update

Pennsylvania is continuing to see an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases on a daily basis with more than 4,000 new cases reported for the past three days. We are working hard to modify our internal activities to reduce the risk with increased testing, screening and revised activity plans.  Please consider increasing your own precautions to protect yourselves and your loved ones, especially during any scheduled visits if your community is in Green phase.  We are aware that it is likely all communities will see shifts to greater precautions as flu season progresses.

Below is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Red: We received a positive result for a co-worker on Tuesday evening. Campus-wide testing and precautions are taking place and Drums contacts have received outreach.
  • Pottsville – Red: We are continuing monitoring & testing from previous positive results. We remain in Red phase until we have gone 14 days without additional positive results and we will continue to update Pottsville contacts.
  • Pine Grove – Yellow: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free. We will shift to Green phase tomorrow, Friday November 13th, assuming no new positive cases are identified.
  • Chambersburg – Red: We received a positive result for a co-worker on Tuesday evening. Campus-wide testing and precautions are taking place and Chambersburg contacts have received outreach.
  • Dover – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Red:  Campus-wide testing was completed and a total of three co-workers tested positive.  All are out of the building on quarantine until a negative test is received. Red Phase precautions are in place and Collegeville contacts have received updated outreach.

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

We know the COVID environment is not improving at this time, but we do feel we have procedures in place that are protecting our residents & team members. We will continue to be diligent with precautions while also keeping the residents engaged. We are working on plans for the upcoming holidays in all scenarios and we will provide details for your community as we approach the Thanksgiving season.

If you have specific questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out to Home Office or your community directly.

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 

 


 

11/5/20 Update

Pennsylvania is continuing to see an increase in COVID-19 cases on a daily basis with more than 2,700 new cases reported for the past three days. We are keeping a close eye on the communities around us and modifying our activities and interactions with outsiders to manage the increasing risk.  Please consider increasing your own precautions to protect yourselves and your loved ones, especially during any scheduled visits.

Below is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Red: Additional surveillance tests identified one positive co-worker last Friday. All additional testing has returned negative. We will remain in Red phase until at least next Friday.
  • Pine Grove – Yellow: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Dover – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Red: A positive co-worker was identified on 11/4. Campus-wide testing and precautions are taking place and Collegeville contacts have received outreach.

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

We know the COVID environment is not improving at this time, but we do feel we have procedures in place that are protecting our residents & team members. We will continue to be diligent with precautions, testing and monitoring while also keeping the residents engaged. We are working on plans for the upcoming holidays in all scenarios and we will provide details for your community as we approach the Thanksgiving season.

Please call your campus to schedule any visitation when you are in Green or Green extended phase. Should you have specific questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out anytime! A copy of the phase procedures is at the following link for reference: https://www.providence-place.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/COVID_reopening_infographic_rev5.jpg.

 


10/29/20 Update

Pennsylvania is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases on a daily basis with more than 2,300 new cases reported in the past 24 hours. We are keeping a close eye on the communities around us and modifying our activities and interactions with outsiders to manage the increasing risk.  Please consider increasing your own precautions to protect yourselves and your loved ones, especially during any scheduled visits.

Below is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Red: Additional surveillance testing has returned negative – any previous positive cases will be on quarantine until a negative test result is received. We will shift to Yellow phase tomorrow, October 30th.
  • Pine Grove – Red: Additional surveillance testing has returned negative. We will shift to Yellow phase tomorrow, October 30th.
  • Chambersburg – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Dover – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

For all Green & Green Extended community visitations (outdoor or indoor), the following precautions must be followed:

  • Visits must be scheduled and occur in designated public spaces
  • Participants are limited to two (2) visitors at a time
  • All participants will be screened for symptoms and exposure
  • All participants must wear masks at all times
  • Social distancing is required and posted in designated areas

Please call your campus to schedule any visitation. Should you have specific questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out anytime! A copy of the phase procedures is at the following link for reference: https://www.providence-place.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/COVID_reopening_infographic_rev5.jpg.

 


10/22/20 Update

As you may have heard, Pennsylvania is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks with more than 1,300 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.  This surge in cases probably reflects the cooler weather and the increase in indoor gatherings.  We are keeping a close eye on the communities around us and modifying our activities and interactions with outsiders to manage the risk.  Please consider increasing your precautions to protect yourselves and your loved ones.

Below is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Red: Campus-wide testing and surveillance testing remains negative.  Assuming no new positive results are identified, we will be able to shift to Yellow phase next Friday, October 30th.
  • Pine Grove – Red: We identified one positive result last Friday and completed campus-wide testing. No additional positive results were identified. The community is in red phase procedures and will continue monitoring and testing through the 14 day period before shifting back to Yellow phase.
  • Chambersburg – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Dover – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

For all Green & Green Extended community visitations (outdoor or indoor), the following precautions must be followed:

  • Visits must be scheduled and occur in designated outdoor or indoor public spaces
  • Participants are limited to two (2) visitors at a time
  • All participants will be screened for symptoms and exposure
  • All participants must wear masks at all times
  • Social distancing is required

Please call your campus to schedule any visitation. Should you have specific questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out anytime!

 


10/15/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Red: We identified positive COVID cases over the weekend and completed campus-wide testing of all residents and all team members. Four residents have returned positive results – all additional residents and all team members have returned negative results.  Red phase procedures are in place and details have been provided to Pottsville families.  
  • Pine Grove – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Dover – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

For all Green & Green Extended community visitations (outdoor or indoor), the following precautions must be followed:

  • Visits must be scheduled and occur in designated outdoor or indoor public spaces
  • Participants are limited to two (2) visitors at a time
  • All participants will be screened for symptoms and exposure
  • All participants must wear masks at all times
  • Social distancing is required

Please call your campus to schedule any visitation. Should you have specific questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out anytime!

 


10/8/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our six campuses. As a reminder, outdoor and indoor visitation (with precautions) is available at communities in Green & Green Extended phases:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week.  
  • Pine Grove – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Green: No new positive cases this week. We have shifted to Green phase as of today, October 8th.
  • Dover – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

For all community visitations (outdoor or indoor), the following precautions must be followed:

  • Visits must be scheduled and occur in designated outdoor or indoor public spaces
  • Participants are limited to two (2) visitors at a time
  • All participants will be screened for symptoms and exposure
  • All participants must wear masks at all times
  • Social distancing is required

Please call your campus to schedule any visitation. Should you have specific questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out anytime!


10/1/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our six campuses. Please refer to the attached updated infographic for Reopening procedures – as a reminder, effective today (10/1), we have added Green Extended phase and created opportunities for indoor visitation at communities in Green & Green Extended:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.  
  • Pine Grove – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Yellow: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free. Assuming no new positive cases are identified, we are scheduled to shift to Green phase next Thursday, October 8th.
  • Dover – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Green Extended: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

For all community visitations (outdoor or indoor), the following precautions must be followed:

  • Visits must be scheduled and occur in designated outdoor or indoor public spaces
  • Participants are limited to two (2) visitors at a time
  • All participants will be screened for symptoms and exposure
  • All participants must wear masks at all times
  • Social distancing is required

Please call your campus to schedule any visitation. Should you have specific questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out anytime!

David & Rick


9/24/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.  
  • Pine Grove – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Yellow: All of our campus-wide testing has returned negative and we are now shifted into Yellow phase. Small group activities, window visits and dining rooms will resume/reopen tomorrow, Friday, Sept 25th.
  • Dover – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

As we transition into fall, we are finalizing procedures for the next phase offering in-person visits within communities that are in Green phase/Step 3. This means that a community has been in Green phase for at least 14 days without any new case onsets.  We will provide details for these procedures at each campus next week to go into effect October 1st and we will provide the updated infographic.

Thank you for everyone’s diligence and patience as we provide safe & engaging care in all of our Providence Place communities.

David & Rick


9/17/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.  
  • Pine Grove – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Red: We identified one positive case for a resident last Wednesday – our resident is on quarantine and we have conducted extensive testing and have received no additional positive results so far. We will provide an additional update this weekend.
  • Dover – Yellow (Green on Saturday, Sept. 19th): No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

As we transition into fall, we are working on the next phase for in-person visits within communities that are in Green phase/Step 3. This means that a community has been in Green phase for at least 14 days without any new case onsets.  We will provide details for these procedures this month and send an updated infographic as we continue to move forward.

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 

David & Rick


9/10/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.  
  • Pine Grove – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Red: We identified a positive case for a resident yesterday evening through surveillance testing — we have shifted back to Red phase to conduct contact-tracing and complete additional testing. When additional testing results are available, we will follow up with community contacts for next steps.
  • Dover – Yellow: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Yellow: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free. Assuming no new positive cases are identified, we can shift to Green phase next Wednesday, September 16th.

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

As we transition into fall, we will be evaluating the option for in-person visits within communities that are in Green phase/Step 3. This means that a community has been in Green phase for at least 14 days without any new case onsets.  We will provide details for these procedures in the coming weeks and send an updated infographic as we continue to move forward.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we truly appreciate our entire Providence Place family.

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 

David & Rick


9/3/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.  
  • Pine Grove – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Dover – Red (Yellow on Saturday, 9/5): No new positive cases this week. We will be able to shift to Yellow phase this Saturday, September 5th.
  • Collegeville – Yellow: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

Thank you to our entire Providence Place family for supporting your loved ones and our team throughout this entire pandemic. If you have any questions, please contact us or your community anytime.

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 

David & Rick


8/27/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.  
  • Pine Grove – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Yellow (Green on Friday, August 28th): No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Dover – Red: We identified one positive case with a co-worker last week. Contact-tracing and testing has been completed and no additional cases were identified.  We will remain in red phase through next week as a precaution. Assuming no new positive cases are identified, we will shift to Yellow next Saturday, September 5th.
  • Collegeville – Red: We identified one positive case with a co-worker last week. All additional campus-wide tests have returned and are negative. Assuming no new positive cases are identified, we will shift into Yellow phase next Wednesday, September 2nd.    

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

Thank you to our entire Providence Place family for supporting your loved ones and our team throughout this entire pandemic. If you have any questions, please contact us or your community anytime.

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 


8/20/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free. We will be opening our dining room for breakfast starting on Sunday, August 23rd with open, socially-distanced seating from 7:00 – 10:00 am.
  • Pottsville – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.  
  • Pine Grove – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Yellow: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Dover – Yellow: No new positive cases this week.
  • Collegeville – Red: We identified one new positive case with a co-worker today. We have started campus-wide testing and the team member is home for quarantine. We will send a detailed update to community contacts to outline next steps when testing is returned.   

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

When your community is in Green phase, you can schedule outdoor visits with Reception. As a reminder, the following guidelines are in place for outdoor visits:

  • Two visitors are allowed at a time
  • All visitors must check-in and complete our symptom-check form
  • Visits must occur in outdoor setting designated by the campus
  • All participants must wear masks for the entire visit
  • Participants must keep a social distance of at least 6 feet

Thank you to our entire Providence Place family for supporting your loved ones and our team throughout this entire pandemic.

Best,

David & Rick


8/13/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses. Please also refer to the attached updated Phase Infographic:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.  
  • Pine Grove – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Red (Yellow as of 8/14): No new positive cases this week, we will be shifting to Yellow phase procedures starting tomorrow – Friday, August 14th. Our dining rooms will reopen with precautions, window visits can be scheduled and small group activities & salon services will resume.
  • Dover – Red (Yellow as of 8/14): No new positive cases this week, we will be shifting to Yellow phase procedures tomorrow – Friday, August 14th. Our dining rooms will reopen with precautions, window visits can be scheduled and small group activities & salon services will resume.
  • Collegeville – Green: No new positive cases this week. All residents have returned to the facility and are settling back in. Each family will be contacted individually to connect loved ones and arrange outdoor visits.   

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week to identify any asymptomatic cases. All symptomatic residents or team members are tested immediately.

When your community is in Green phase, you can schedule outdoor visits with Reception. As a reminder, the following guidelines are in place for outdoor visits:

  • Two visitors are allowed at a time
  • All visitors must check-in and complete our symptom-check form
  • Visits must occur in outdoor setting designated by the campus
  • All participants must wear masks for the entire visit
  • Participants must keep a social distance of at least 6 feet

Thank you for everyone’s understanding and support over the past few weeks as well as the past few months during the pandemic. Our Providence Place family has become even stronger than before.

Best,

David & Rick


8/6/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Green: We previously identified one positive resident case – however, since it did not originate in our facility, the resident remains on isolation until retesting and we are able to reopen the campus as of yesterday, 8/5.
  • Pottsville – Yellow (Green as of 8/7): No new positive cases this week. We can transition back to Green phase tomorrow, 8/7, assuming no new positive cases are identified.  
  • Pine Grove – Green: No new positive cases this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Red: Our expanded testing returned all negative results. We will continue surveillance testing and can shift to Yellow phase next week assuming no new positive cases are identified.
  • Dover – Red: We are continuing surveillance testing within the community. The second round of campus-wide testing is complete and has returned all negative results.  We can transition to Yellow phase next week assuming no new positive cases are identified.
  • Collegeville – Yellow:  No new positive cases this week. Area flooding caused water to come into the basement storage area of the facility. To be safe, we evacuated the residents to a nearby hotel. Repairs and inspections are being completed. A detailed update has been sent to Collegeville contacts.  

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week, with additional testing for communities with any positive test results.

How are we attending to residents during Red or Yellow phases? When any of our communities are in the Red or Yellow phase, we are still engaging residents daily through one-on-one activities (Red), hallway activities (Red & Yellow) or small group activities (Yellow). All residents are always encouraged to walk and can go outdoors with our Community Life team member(s). Dining rooms are open for lunch and dinner service in Yellow phase as well.  We do offer door hangers during Red phase to ensure each individual has an opportunity to state their desired activity/activities for the day.

When your community is in Green phase, you can schedule outdoor visits with Reception. As a reminder, the following guidelines are in place for outdoor visits:

  • Two visitors are allowed at a time
  • All visitors must check-in and complete our symptom-check form
  • Visits must occur in outdoor setting designated by the campus
  • All participants must wear masks for the entire visit
  • Participants must keep a social distance of at least 6 feet

We know this will be a moving target for a while as the virus is active in the greater communities – we remain diligent in our procedures to keep everyone as safe & healthy as possible and to exceed requirements from the PA Department of Health. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us or your community anytime!

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 

David & Rick


7/30/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses. The Reopening Phase infographic is attached to this email for reference to align with the provided PA state guidelines for our industry:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Red: We identified one additional positive resident case – they are on isolation until a negative test result occurs. Our previous positive resident has recovered and is now negative. We will shift into Red phase for 14 days and can return to Yellow phase assuming no new positive cases are identified.
  • Pottsville – Yellow: No new positive cases this week. We can transition back to green phase 14 days after the transition to Yellow assuming no new positive cases are identified (8/7).  
  • Pine Grove – Yellow (Green as of 7/31): We tested the entire community last week after a new positive resident case was identified.  All results have returned negative as well as our resident retesting negative. We are now COVID-free and will shift into Green phase as of tomorrow, 7/31. Outdoor visits can be scheduled starting this weekend and the salon will open for appointments next week.
  • Chambersburg – Red: We identified one positive case with a team member yesterday (7/29).  Expanded testing is in progress and any returned results have come back negative so far — we are awaiting additional results for the remainder of the testing. The campus will remain in Red until expanded testing is completed. We will update contacts when we have more information available to determine next steps.
  • Dover – Red: We have one additional positive resident case and one additional positive team member case today through surveillance testing. Identified positive cases are in isolation (residents) and out of the building on quarantine (team members). We are continuing to conduct surveillance testing and monitoring everyone closely for any potential symptoms. We will remain in Red phase until we have contained any spread and no new positive cases are identified. We will continue to keep everyone up-to-date on next steps.
  • Collegeville – Yellow:  No new positive cases this week. We will remain in Yellow phase for at least 14 days from our transition and until we are again COVID-free.  

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week, with additional testing for communities with any positive test results.

How are we attending to residents during Red or Yellow phases? When any of our communities are in the Red or Yellow phase, we are still engaging residents daily through one-on-one activities (Red), hallway activities (Red & Yellow) or small group activities (Yellow). All residents are always encouraged to walk and can go outdoors on the paths individually or with our Community Life team member(s). Dining rooms are open for lunch and dinner service in Yellow phase as well.  We do offer door hangers during Red phase to ensure each individual has an opportunity to state their desired activity/activities for the day (see sample attached).

We know this will be a moving target for a while as the virus is active in the greater communities – we remain diligent in our procedures to keep everyone as safe & healthy as possible and to exceed requirements from the PA Department of Health. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us or your community anytime!

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 

David & Rick


7/23/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses. The Reopening Phase infographic is attached to this email for reference to align with the provided PA state guidelines for our industry:

  • Drums (Hazleton) –  Yellow: No new cases of COVID were identified this week, however, a previous positive resident who is on isolation is again testing positive. We will remain in Yellow phase until we are again COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Red (Yellow as of 7/24): We are shifting back into Yellow phase tomorrow, Friday, July 24th with Dining, Small Group activities and Window visits as long as no new positive cases are identified.  Outdoor visits & Green phase will resume 14 days from the shift to yellow assuming no new positive cases are identified.  
  • Pine Grove – Yellow: We received one new positive case of COVID-19 today – the resident is on isolation and the community is shifting to Yellow phase as of 7/23 (no outdoor visits, window visits only). We will be doing community-wide testing to identify any potential spread. We will update your campus with results from our testing for next steps.
  • Chambersburg – Green: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  We remain COVID-free.
  • Dover – Red: We received our first positive tests last Saturday (7/18). We have shifted into Red phase and tested our entire community (residents & team members) to identify any potential spread. Total testing has identified 5 resident cases and 2 team member cases, all are in quarantine and doing fairly well. We will remain in red phase until no additional positive results are received for 14 days.
  • Collegeville – Red (Yellow as of 7/27):  We will be able to shift back into Yellow phase on Monday, July 27th with Dining, Small Group activities and Window visits as long as no new positive cases are identified. Outdoor visits & Green phase will resume 14 days from the shift to yellow assuming no new positive cases are identified.  

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week, with additional testing for communities with any positive test results.

We know this will be a moving target for a while as the virus is active in your greater community – we remain diligent in our procedures to keep everyone as safe & healthy as possible while being attentive to socialization needs. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us or your community anytime!

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 

David & Rick


7/16/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses. A revised Reopening Phase infographic is attached to this email to align with the provided PA state guidelines for our industry. Please note the shift to communal dining & small group activities in Yellow phase:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – Red (Yellow as of 7/20): Contact-tracing and testing was completed and all were negative.  Per state guidelines, we will be able to shift back into Yellow phase on Monday, July 20th with Dining, Small Group activities and Window visits as long as no new positive cases are identified.  Outdoor visits & Green phase will resume 14 days from the shift to yellow assuming no new positive cases are identified.
  • Pottsville – Red (Yellow as of 7/24): Contact-tracing and testing was completed and all were negative.  Per state guidelines, we will be able to shift back into Yellow phase on Friday, July 24th with Dining, Small Group activities and Window visits as long as no new positive cases are identified.  Outdoor visits & Green phase will resume 14 days from the shift to yellow assuming no new positive cases are identified.  
  • Pine Grove – Green: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. We are currently COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Green: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  We remain COVID-free.
  • Dover – Green: No positive cases of COVID-19.  We remain COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Red (Yellow as of 7/24): : Contact-tracing and testing was completed and all were negative.  Per state guidelines, we will be able to shift back into Yellow phase on Friday, July 24th with Dining, Small Group activities and Window visits as long as no new positive cases are identified.  Outdoor visits & Green phase will resume 14 days from the shift to yellow assuming no new positive cases are identified.  

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week, with additional testing for communities with any positive test results.

Communities in the green phase can schedule connecting family members & residents with outdoor visits; please call to schedule if you have not heard from a community representative. Please be sure to closely follow all precautions outlined below to ensure the safety of your family members, other residents and our team members. Please know, if we have an active COVID case in a community, the campus is required to shift back into Yellow or Red phase to prevent spread and conduct testing:

  • Two visitors are allowed at a time
  • All visitors must check-in and complete our symptom-check form
  • Visits must occur in outdoor setting designated by the campus
  • All participants must wear masks for the entire visit
  • Participants must keep a social distance of at least 6 feet

Thank you for your patience & understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times. If you have any questions, please contact us or your community anytime!

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 

David & Rick


7/9/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – Red: We have one positive result for an asymptomatic resident. The community is shifting to RED status until expanded testing is completed. Yellow status will resume once contact-trace testing is completed and negative. Green status will resume once we are once again COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Green: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. We remain COVID-free.
  • Pine Grove – Green: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. Previous contact-traced individuals as well as one resident have all returned negative results.
  • Chambersburg – Green: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  We remain COVID-free.
  • Dover – Green: No positive cases of COVID-19.  We remain COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Red: We have two positive results for residents in our Connections Neighborhood.  The community is shifting to RED status until campus-wide testing and quarantines are completed. Yellow status will resume once contact-trace testing is completed and negative. Green status will resume once we are once again COVID-free.

We are continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week, with additional testing for communities with any positive test results.

Communities in the green phase can schedule connecting family members & residents with outdoor visits; please call to schedule if you have not heard from a community representative. Please be sure to closely follow all precautions outlined below to ensure the safety of your family members, other residents and our team members. Please know, if we have an active COVID case in a community, the campus is required to shift back into Yellow or Red phase to prevent spread and conduct testing:

  • Two visitors are allowed at a time
  • All visitors must check-in and complete our symptom-check form
  • Visits must occur in outdoor setting designated by the campus
  • All participants must wear masks for the entire visit
  • Participants must keep a social distance of at least 6 feet

Thank you for your patience & understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times. If you have any questions, please contact us or your community anytime!

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 

David & Rick


7/2/20 Update

Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – Green: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. We have one co-worker on quarantine awaiting a negative test result.
  • Pottsville – Green: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. We remain COVID-free.
  • Pine Grove – Green county (Red community): Contact-traced staff members tested last week have all returned two negative results. Our resident who tested positive has been retested after 14 days and we are awaiting results. Green status will resume when campus is stable & negative.
  • Chambersburg – Green: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  We remain COVID-free.
  • Dover – Green: No positive cases of COVID-19.  We remain COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Green: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. We remain COVID-free.

We have completed testing of all residents and all staff at least one time at every campus.  We are now continuing with surveillance testing of 10% of staff and 10% of residents each week.

Your campus is working to coordinate connecting family members & residents; a community representative will reach out via phone in the coming days with details. Please be sure to closely follow all precautions outlined to ensure the safety of your family members, other residents and our team members. Please know, if we have an active COVID case in a community, the campus is required to shift back into Yellow or Red phase to prevent spread and conduct testing.

Thank you for your patience & understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times.

#ProvidencePlaceStrong 

David & Rick


 

6/25/20 Update

Surveillance testing of staff and residents each week is continuing at all six communities. Below is an update as of today for each of our campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – Green: We had one positive case of COVID-19 last Friday for a team member in our Connections Neighborhood. The team member was not in the community for about a week prior, but we completed surveillance testing of the entire Connections Neighborhood to ensure there was no spread. All tests returned negative and the entire campus has returned to green phase.
  • Pottsville – Green: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. We remain COVID-free.
  • Pine Grove – Green county (Red community): We had one positive case of COVID-19 with a resident on quarantine. Any co-workers that had limited contact are on quarantine at home and have been tested and received negative results. They will be tested again early next week and will return to work only after a second negative test. Our entire campus is undergoing surveillance testing as well, with half of the results returned and negative so far. Green status will resume when all testing is completed & negative, hopefully early next week.
  • Chambersburg – Green: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  We remain COVID-free.
  • Dover – Green: No positive cases of COVID-19.  We remain COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Green (as of 6/26): No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. We remain COVID-free.

Attached for reference is the Reopening Phase Guidelines for all of our Providence Place communities.

In the Green Phase, we are restarting meals in the dining room and resuming small group activities with social distancing. Your campus is also working to coordinate connecting family members & residents; a community representative will reach out via phone in the coming days with details. Please be sure to closely follow all precautions outlined to ensure the safety of your family members, other residents and our team members. Please know, if we have an active COVID case in a community, the campus is required to shift back into Yellow or Red phase to prevent spread and conduct testing.

Stay well!

 


6/18/20 Update

Surveillance testing of staff and residents each week is continuing at all six communities. Below is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – Green (as of 6/19): No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. We remain COVID-free.
  • Pottsville – Green (as of 6/19): No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. We remain COVID-free.
  • Pine Grove – Green (as of 6/19): No positive cases of COVID-19. We remain COVID-free.
  • Chambersburg – Green (as of 6/19): No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  We remain COVID-free.
  • Dover – Green: No positive cases of COVID-19.  We remain COVID-free.
  • Collegeville – Yellow: No new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. We remain COVID-free.  We hope that Montgomery County goes green on 6/26.

Attached for reference is the Reopening Phase Guidelines for all of our Providence Place communities.

In the Green Phase, we are restarting meals in the dining room and resuming small group activities with social distancing. Your campus is also working to coordinate connecting family members & residents; a community representative will reach out via phone in the coming days with details.

An important procedure in the Green Phase is the new Medical Appointment option. The procedure will be as follows:

  • If the transportation is provided by Providence Place, and the resident follows precautions and then returns directly to the community, no period of quarantine or isolation will be required.  A family member is welcome to meet the resident at the appointment.
  • If a family member chooses to transport a resident off-campus, a reduced isolation period will be required (7-days)

We are so proud of the courage and teamwork of the residents & staff of Providence Place during the past three months of COVID.  We wanted to do something to acknowledge their incredible efforts. Together, we are sure they have saved lives! Even though the journey is not over—we are offering every coworker and every resident a #ProvidencePlaceStrong T-shirt.  

In this ever-changing environment, please know we are working hard to address the needs of our residents, family members and staff. We understand the need for safety and physical health while also taking into consideration the emotional well-being of all.  Our sense of community has strengthened and we are looking forward to resuming more social interaction at each campus. We are still working hard to keep everyone safe & healthy.

 


6/11/20 Update

Surveillance testing of staff and residents each week is continuing at all six campuses. Below is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – Yellow: We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week
  • Collegeville – Yellow: We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week
  • Pottsville – Yellow: We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week
  • Pine Grove – Yellow: We have had no positive cases of COVID-19
  • Chambersburg – Yellow: We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week
  • Dover – Green (as of 6/12): We have had no positive cases of COVID-19

Attached is the updated Reopening Phase Guidelines for all of our Providence Place communities.

We are happy to announce that when your county enters the Green Phase, we will restart meals in the dining room and resume small group activities with social distancing. We also hope to offer outdoor, scheduled visits with loved ones very soon (when your county is in the green phase).  Rick Barley, our COO, has spent a lot of time communicating the need to resume visits with the state and we expect approval of outside visits within the next week or so. We anticipate all of our communities shifting to the green phase in the next few weeks as well.

Our Window Visits will continue during the yellow and green phases with the following precautions to protect our residents & team members:

  • All parties must wear masks at all times (family members, residents & team members)
  • Window Visits can be scheduled directly with your loved one or please call reception to coordinate (especially for those with 2nd/3rd floor rooms or enclosed courtyard windows)
  • Windows may be opened, but screens must stay in tact
  • Please maintain social distance with participants and other families
  • Please use caution & courtesy in the landscaping (grass, mulch, etc) 
  • Please limit visits to daytime hours
  • Care packages are still accepted and encouraged by dropping off at the front entrance (please include resident name)

Another important change in the Green Phase procedures is the new Medical Appointment option. They will be as follows:

  • If the transportation is provided by Providence Place, and the resident follows precautions and then returns directly to the community, no period of quarantine or isolation will be required.  A family member is welcome to meet the resident at the appointment.
  • If a family member chooses to transport a resident off-campus, a reduced isolation period will be required (7-days)

In this ever-changing environment, please know we are working hard to address the needs of our residents, family members and staff. We understand the need for safety and physical health while also taking into consideration the emotional well-being of all. We appreciate all of the support family members, residents & co-workers have shown in the past few months. Our sense of community has strengthened and we are looking forward to regaining our social aspect at each campus. We are still working hard to keep everyone safe & healthy.


 

6/3/20

As Governor Wolf moves PA Counties to the Yellow and Green stages of the COVID-19 reopening, we are implementing our phased plan at Providence Place Senior Living.

All of our Providence Place communities are in counties that are either Yellow or soon to be Yellow (June 5th).  Although that phase has minimal changes for senior living, we are modifying some of our procedures to make life more interesting and less challenging for our residents and family members.  We also want to share with you our plans for the Green Phase and the changes we anticipate when we enter that stage. Many of the Green Phase procedures will be dependent upon having no active cases of COVID-19 within the building. An infographic with the current reopening plan is attached for reference as well:

YELLOW PHASE OF COVID-19

  • We are encouraging and organizing “Window Visits” with Family and Friends.  Please call main phone number to arrange if needed.
  • Unfortunately, because of the frequency of asymptomatic cases of the virus, we feel we must continue to quarantine residents who leave the campus to visit family or go to the emergency room of the hospital or other outside appointments.  We wish we could avoid this but the virus has proven too contagious.
  • Residents on 14-day quarantine may schedule walks outside of their apartment with staff in PPE accompanying them. They should wear a mask and avoid touching surfaces unnecessarily.
  • We are resuming therapy in residents’ apartments.
  • We are organizing hallway activities and entertainment to reduce resident boredom and loneliness.
  • We are organizing increased daily resident walks and more frequent visits with residents by staff members.
  • We are not yet permitted by PA Dept of Human Services to resume group activities, in-person visits or communal dining.

GREEN PHASE OF COVID-19

  • We will resume socially distant activities and dining, as long as we remain COVID free in the community.
  • We will re-open the therapy suite and move forward with providing therapy in the therapy suites.
  • We intend to re-open the campus hair salon per state guidelines
  • We plan on resuming small group, socially distant activities and entertainment in which residents use face masks and remain at 6 ft. separation.
  • We plan on modifying our dining rooms and dining schedule to allow for socially distant, communal dining. Because of the need for extra sanitation and space, we will move to two seatings for each meal.  Your campus will communicate the seating arrangement and schedule.  A typical example for seatings may be:
    • Breakfast (served in apartments)
    • Lunch at 11am and 12:30pm
    • Dinner at 4:30pm and 6:00pm
  • Residents who leave campus to visit healthcare providers, emergency room or family will have reduced quarantine to 7-days.
  • At this time the PA Dept of Human Services will not permit face-to-face visits on campus, even when counties enter the GREEN phase.  We believe that this may be relaxed sometime after the end of June and we are lobbying to provide an option to families for safe visits.
    • Once permitted, we propose resuming visits by family and friends with use of masks and social distancing.  We intend to start with outside visits on the porch and then transition to inside visits as we confirm our ability to contain spread of the virus.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are doing everything we can to engage and connect our residents & family members.  Much of the above reopening details are subject to the PA Department of Human Services & PA Department of Health providing guidance and approval – please know we are working hard to voice your concerns and address the needs of everyone at Providence Place.

David & Rick

 


6/4/20 Update

Surveillance testing of approximately 20% of staff and residents each week is continuing at all six campuses. Here is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.
  • Collegeville – We identified one positive staff case this week – a staff member in our Connections neighborhood was asymptomatic positive through surveillance testing and is quarantining at home. Our entire memory unit was subsequently tested (residents & staff) and returned all negative results. Montgomery County is scheduled to move to YELLOW phase tomorrow, June 5th.
  • Pottsville – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.
  • Pine Grove – We have had no positive cases of COVID-19 this week.
  • Dover – We have had no positive cases of COVID-19 this week.
  • Chambersburg – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.

All of our communities will be in the yellow phase as of tomorrow, 6/5. Window visits (per guidelines below) are encouraged to keep connected with loved ones currently.

Our Window Visits will be allowed with the following precautions to continue to protect our residents & team members:

  • All parties must wear masks at all times (family members, residents & team members)
  • Window Visits can be scheduled directly with your loved one or please call reception to coordinate (especially for those with 2nd/3rd floor rooms or enclosed courtyard windows)
  • Windows may be opened, but screens must stay in tact
  • Please maintain social distance with participants and other families
  • Please use caution & courtesy in the landscaping (grass, mulch, etc) 
  • Please limit visits to daytime hours
  • Care packages are still accepted and encouraged by dropping off at the front entrance (please include resident name)

We are offering more activities and one-on-one visits internally now. In addition, as your county moves to green, dining & small group activities will resume with some precautions in place as outlined in yesterday’s communications.

We appreciate all of the support family members, residents & co-workers have shown in the past few months. Our sense of community has strengthened and we are looking forward to regaining our social aspect at each campus. We are still working hard to keep everyone safe & healthy.

#ProvidencePlaceStrong

David & Rick


 

5/28/20 Update

The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in PA in continuing a slow decline, but we are keeping an eye on data as counties move into the yellow and green phases.  Currently, we have no new cases of COVID-19 within any Providence Place Senior Living community. 

Surveillance testing of approximately 20% of staff and residents each week is continuing at all six campuses with no positive tests so far.

Here is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  Luzerne County is moving into Governor Wolf’s YELLOW stage on Friday.  This has very little impact on the regulations for our profession, but it will allow us to cautiously provide greater resident interaction and “Window Visits” with family.  Please see details below.
  • Collegeville – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  Montgomery County is scheduled to move to YELLOW phase on June 5th.
  • Pottsville – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. Schuylkill County is moving into Governor Wolf’s YELLOW stage on Friday.  This has very little impact on the regulations for our profession, but it will allow us to cautiously provide greater resident interaction and “Window Visits” with family.  Please see details below.
  • Pine Grove – We have had no positive cases of COVID-19 this week. Schuylkill County is moving into Governor Wolf’s YELLOW stage on Friday.  This has very little impact on the regulations for our profession, but it will allow us to cautiously provide greater resident interaction and “Window Visits” with family.  Please see details below.
  • Dover – We have had no positive cases of COVID-19 this week.
  • Chambersburg – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. Franklin County is moving into Governor Wolf’s YELLOW stage on Friday.  This has very little impact on the regulations for our profession, but it will allow us to cautiously provide greater resident interaction and “Window Visits” with family.  Please see details below.

We are developing a plan to outline the internal offerings and family interaction as we move from Yellow phase to Green phase and beyond. We realize it is difficult not knowing what is to come, so we are working hard to outline what each phase looks like within and around our communities.  Some of the logistics are dependent on State regulations and the Department of Health – so we hope to provide more details next week as regulations are outlined at the state level.

As your county prepares to move to the yellow phase (5/29 for Chambersburg, Pine Grove, Hazleton and Pottsville and 6/5 for Collegeville), we are preparing to shift to our yellow phase plan at Providence Place Senior Living as well. We are encouraging family and friend visits on a socially-distant basis by offering safe “Window Visits” at the community. Per state guidelines for our industry in the yellow phase, direct visits are still not permitted, but we do want family to be able to connect with loved ones after a long stretch of isolation.

Our Window Visits will be allowed with the following precautions to continue to protect our residents & team members:

  • All parties must wear masks at all times (family members, residents & team members)
  • Window Visits can be scheduled directly with your loved one or please call reception to coordinate (especially for those with 2nd/3rd floor rooms or enclosed courtyard windows)
  • Windows may be opened, but screens must stay in tact
  • Please maintain social distance with participants and other families
  • Please use caution & courtesy in the landscaping (grass, mulch, etc) 
  • Please limit visits to daytime hours
  • Care packages are still accepted and encouraged by dropping off at the front entrance (please include resident name)

Thank you for your cooperation over the past two months – this has been a challenging time but we are getting through it together. We are excited to have more engagement for our residents, and we want to continue to do so safely.

We intend to offer more activities and one-on-one visits internally in the coming weeks.  We recognize that many residents are bored, lonely and in urgent need of more social and physical activity. Our Community Life programs are working hard to outline engaging activities that can be done one-on-one and outdoors. We have asked our staff & chaplains to increase the frequency of visits to residents and encourage them to sign up for walks daily to spend at least some time out of their apartments each day. Details of these offerings will be outlined in your June newsletter.

We continue to be proud of our staff and residents at every community – they are supporting one another during this challenging time.

Please continue to stay safe.  We will get through this together!   #ProvidencePlaceStrong

David & Rick


 

5/21/20 Update

The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in PA has steadied and is continuing a slow decline.  Currently, we have no new cases of COVID-19 within any Providence Place Senior Living community.  

Surveillance testing of approximately 20% of staff and residents each week is underway at all six campuses with no positive tests so far.  Although we are thrilled to have another quiet week, we anticipate and are prepared for future cases in most, if not all, of our communities sometime during the balance of this year.

Our approach is to continue testing, quarantining and contact tracing persons with COVID symptoms and now to add surveillance testing to catch asymptomatic cases early. We will continue to communicate frequently (at least weekly) and be open and transparent with testing information.  We thank all of our courageous residents and staff for helping us to “run” the rest of this marathon!

Here is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.
  • Collegeville – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  Two of our asymptomatic coworkers still tested positive for the virus after more than 25 days!  They remain in quarantine at home until they either test negative or studies confirm that they are no longer contagious.
  • Pottsville – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  All those persons who originally tested positive have recovered after quarantine and retested as negative for the virus.
  • Pine Grove – We have had no positive cases of COVID-19 this week. 
  • Dover – We have had no positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  York County is moving into Governor Wolf’s YELLOW stage on Friday.  This has very little impact on the regulations for our profession, but it will allow us to cautiously provide greater resident interaction and “Window Visits” with family.  We will send additional details to Dover residents and families later today.
  • Chambersburg – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.

Formal Surveillance Testing of staff and residents is underway now at every campus to help control and contain any possible future COVID outbreaks.  We plan to test 20% of our staff and of residents on a weekly basis (in addition to any symptomatic individuals). We hope this will help us to identify asymptomatic cases of the virus before it is spread to others.

We are developing a plan to restart family and friend visits on a socially-distant basis.  We are working on logistics for scheduling safe “Window Visits on the Porch” to start as your county moves into the yellow phase per state guidelines.  As each of our community counties shift into yellow phase, we will reach out with details of visit procedures and how to schedule your visit if necessary. We know you and your loved one can’t wait—we can’t either.

We intend to offer more activities and one-on-one visits internally in the coming weeks.  We recognize that many residents are bored, lonely and in urgent need of more social and physical activity. Our Community Life programs are working hard to outline engaging activities that can be done one-on-one and outdoors. We have asked our staff & chaplains to increase the frequency of visits to residents and encourage them to sign up for walks daily to spend at least some time out of their apartments each day.

We continue to be proud of our staff and residents at every community – they are supporting one another during this challenging time.

Please continue to stay safe.  We will get through this together!   #ProvidencePlaceStrong

David & Rick


 

5/14/20  Update

The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in PA has steadied and is beginning a slow decline.  We are seeing a decline in the number of new cases in Providence Place as well.We are continuing to test proactively and quarantine carefully.

Here is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  Sadly, one of the first residents who contracted COVID several weeks ago passed away this week after a long battle with the virus.  We send our heartfelt condolences to her family.  The other two positive resident cases in Drums have now recovered and have tested negative for COVID.
  • Collegeville – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  All but two of the coworkers who tested positive have completed a 14-day quarantine, retested negative and returned to work. The two remaining coworkers are awaiting the results of their re-tests. No residents have tested positive in Collegeville.
  • Pottsville – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.  All those persons who originally tested positive have recovered after quarantine.  All have now tested negative for the virus.
  • Pine Grove – We have had no positive cases of COVID-19 this week. 
  • Dover – We have had no positive cases of COVID-19 this week.
  • Chambersburg – We have had no new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.

This week we began formal Surveillance Testing of staff and residents at every campus to help control and contain any possible future COVID outbreaks.  We are testing a portion of our nursing and caregiver staff and of residents on a weekly basis (in addition to any symptomatic individuals). We hope this will help us to identify asymptomatic cases of the virus before it is spread to others. The state is beginning required weekly testing in all PA nursing homes/skilled care. As Personal Care/Assisted Living facilities, we are not yet included in these regulations, but are taking a proactive approach in doing so on our own. We may be included in their program in the future as well.

We are developing a plan to restart family and friend visits on a socially-distant basis.  We are working on logistics for “Visits on the Porch” to start as your county moves into the yellow phase per state guidelines.  As each of our community counties shift into yellow phase, we will reach out with details of visit procedures and how to schedule your visit. We know you and your loved one can’t wait—we can’t either.

We intend to offer more activities and one-on-one visits internally in the coming weeks.  We recognize that many residents are bored, lonely and in urgent need of more social and physical activity. Our Community Life programs are working hard to outline engaging activities that can be done one-on-one and outdoors. We have asked our staff & chaplains to increase the frequency of visits to residents and encourage them to sign up for walks daily to spend at least some time out of their apartments each day.  When your county shifts into the yellow phase, we will carefully resume small group activities.

As you probably realize, the COVID virus is present in the greater community around us and it is very possible that, until there is a vaccine, nearly every campus may have a resident or staff member who contracts COVID-19.  We plan to remain focused on identifying potential cases and contact tracing anyone who tests positive.  We will continue to monitor all staff and residents for symptoms twice daily.

We continue to be proud of our teams at every community – they are supporting residents and one another during this challenging & unprecedented time. We also want to extend our sincere appreciation to our residents & their family members – your support and patience during this difficult time has allowed us to keep everyone as safe & healthy as possible.

Please continue to stay safe.  We will get through this together!   #ProvidencePlaceStrong

David & Rick


 

5/7/20 Update

The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in PA has steadied and is beginning a slow decline.  We are seeing a decline in the number of new cases in Providence Place as well.  We are continuing to test proactively and quarantine carefully.

Here is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – We had no new positive cases of COVID this week.  Of the three positive cases among residents, two are doing very well and recovering and, unfortunately, one resident is doing poorly.  No coworkers have tested positive for COVID.
  • Collegeville – Two of the eight coworkers who tested positive have completed a 14-day quarantine and retested negative – they have both returned to work.  The six (6) others are awaiting re-test results and/or completing the 14-day quarantine.  Still no residents have tested positive in Collegeville.
  • Pottsville – We spent the week finishing testing of all residents & coworkers at the community, following the first confirmed case on April 22.  Of the 250 tests conducted, results for nearly all have been received. Initially, there were eleven (11) staff members who tested positive and six (6) residents who tested positive.  All were quarantined for 14 days and retested – seven (7) staff members have recovered and tested negative so far, and all six (6) of the residents appear to have recovered and all re-tested negative.  We will keep you updated of any additional/new test results.
  • Pine Grove – No confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents.
  • Dover – No confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents.  Several residents and staff members were tested to confirm that they were negative for the virus.
  • Chambersburg – We had our first positive test result from a resident on April 28th.  That resident has been quarantined since then and yesterday tested negative for COVID.  No other residents or staff members have tested positive at Chambersburg.

Because we know that there are cases of COVID-19 that are asymptomatic, we are aggressively testing when we get any indication of a possible case.  Our partner testing lab now gives us pretty quick turnaround (about 3 days), so we are able to contain and contact trace much more effectively.

This virus is present in the greater community around us and it is very possible that until there is a vaccine, nearly every campus may have a resident or staff member who contracts COVID-19. We are staying vigilant and well-prepared for that situation. We are documenting all procedures and continuing to monitor all staff and residents twice daily.

We continue to be proud of our teams at every community – they are supporting residents and one another during this challenging & unprecedented time. We also want to extend our sincere appreciation to our residents & family members – your support and patience during this difficult time has allowed us to keep everyone as safe & healthy as possible.

An early Happy Mother’s day to all moms this weekend ❤

Please continue to stay safe.  We will get through this together!

#ProvidencePlaceStrong

David & Rick


 

4/30/20 Update:

The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in PA has steadied and is beginning a very slow decline.  The number of new cases in the state is dropping, but as testing increases, we will continue to see new cases. We are remaining diligent and proactive at Providence Place.

Here is an update as of today for each of our six campuses:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – We had one new positive cases for the virus this week.  Our previous three confirmed cases among residents are doing well and coming off isolation. We have still had no positive tests among our staff. We are still aggressively quarantining and testing both residents and coworkers, when there is any indication of contact with the virus or of presence of symptoms.
  • Collegeville – We had eight coworkers test positive in the last week after performing swabs on all coworkers and all residents – thankfully, all of our residents at the community have returned as negative results. All team members who tested positive are quarantining at home and will only return to work after 14 days and a negative retest.
  • Pottsville – We spent the week testing all residents & coworkers at the community after the first case arose last week. Of 100+ tests conducted, results for about half have been received. There are currently nine (9) confirmed positive team members and six (6) confirmed positive residents. All positive cases are in quarantine either at home (coworkers) or in apartments (residents) – incidentally, all of these individuals were entirely asymptomatic. Further updates on all test results will be sent to our Pottsville contacts early next week and we are being extremely cautious in the meantime.
  • Pine Grove – No confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents.
  • Dover –No confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents.
  • Chambersburg – We had our first positive result from a resident. The resident was on isolation, so had no contact with current residents and very little contact with any team members – but testing is occurring for any potential contact just to be safe and ensure it is contained.

Because we know that there are cases of COVID-19 that are asymptomatic, we are aggressively testing when we get any indication of a possible case.  Our partner testing lab now gives us pretty quick turnaround (about 3 days), so we are able to contain and contact trace much more effectively.

This virus is present in the greater community around us and it is very possible that until there is a vaccine, nearly every campus may have a resident or staff member who contracts COVID-19. We are staying vigilant and well-prepared for that situation. We are documenting all procedures and continuing to monitor all staff and residents twice daily.

We continue to be proud of our teams at every community. They are supporting residents and one another during this challenging & unprecedented time.

Please continue to stay safe.  We will get through this together!

#ProvidencePlaceStrong

David & Rick


 

4/23/20 Update:

The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in PA has peaked and is beginning a slow decline.  The number of new cases in the state is expected to drop to a very low level by early May.

Here is an update as of today for each of our six communities:

  • Drums (Hazleton) – No new positive cases for the virus this week. Our three confirmed cases among residents seem to be doing well with symptoms subsiding.  We have still had no positive tests among our staff. We are aggressively quarantining and testing both residents and coworkers, when there is any indication of contact with the virus or of presence of symptoms.
  • Collegeville – We had two coworkers test positive earlier this week and are now testing all coworkers and all residents on this campus. We expect to have results and an update specifically for Collegeville families tomorrow (Friday).
  • Pottsville – We had our first positive test of a resident today who had very minor symptoms. We have quarantined the resident and any staff with significant contact with that resident. We have begun testing of coworkers who have had even minor contact with the resident. We will also test residents who live nearby the resident who tested positive to be proactive.
  • Pine Grove – No confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents.
  • Dover – No confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents.
  • Chambersburg – No confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents.

Because we know that there are cases of COVID-19 that are asymptomatic, we are aggressively testing when we get any indication of a possible case.  We have found a testing lab which now gives us pretty quick turnaround (2-3 days), so we are able to contain and contact trace much more effectively.

This virus is present in the greater community around us and it is very possible that, until there is a vaccine, nearly every campus may have a resident or staff member who contracts COVID-19. We are staying vigilant and well-prepared for that situation. We are documenting all procedures and continuing to monitor all staff and residents twice daily.

We continue to be very proud of our teams at every community. They are supporting residents and one another during this challenging & unprecedented time.

Please continue to stay safe.  We will get through this together!

#ProvidencePlaceStrong

David & Rick


 

4/9/20

Dear Residents, Friends and Coworkers:

As you probably know, the number of cases of COVID-19 is growing rapidly in PA — we anticipate that the Commonwealth will reach a peak in new cases in the next several days.

Among all of our community locations, Hazleton has been one of the hotspots in PA. This week, a resident at our Hazleton campus has tested positive for the Coronavirus. We have five co-workers in Hazleton quarantined for 14 days because of contact with that resident.  None are yet experiencing any symptoms and testing is not fully reliable until/if symptoms appear.

In the other five campuses, we have not yet had a resident or co-worker test positive. However, in nearly every campus, there are a few residents who are under strict quarantine– for either showing some symptoms or for having been out of the building and returned from the hospital for other reasons.  We have been experiencing long waits (5-10 days) for testing, but that is beginning to improve now.  We expect to be able to get results back in 2-3 days going forward.

As a reminder, our precautions & policies for protecting residents and team members include:

–          No visitors at any community (except end of life/emergency situations)

–          No group activities

–          All meals being served in Apartments (Connections exceptions)

–          Residents checked for symptoms and temperature twice daily.

–          Staff checked at start and end of each shift for temperature or symptoms

–          Staff are encouraged to wear masks at all times

–          Social Distancing where possible between staff and residents

–          Social Distancing between residents (as possible in Connections)

–          All new or re-admissions undergo 14-day isolation period

–          Minimize outside healthcare professionals (especially if enter multiple buildings)

–          Following CDC Guidelines for all Personal Protective Equipment

Please continue to support your loved one through phone calls, FaceTime and Skype calls.  If you need our assistance to set something up, please feel free to contact our campus.

We are doing reasonably well with Personal Protective Equipment inventory and are continuing to follow CDC guidelines to try to keep all residents and all coworkers safe.

We can assure you that our teams of coworkers have been incredibly devoted to helping residents through this challenging time.  We are bursting with pride at the level of commitment to supporting residents they demonstrate every day.

We wish you and your families a Happy Easter (or Happy Passover)!

Stay home and stay safe- Thanks,

David Leader & Rick Barley


 

4/1/20

Residents, Friends and Co-workers of Providence Place Senior Living:

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is continuing to spread across Pennsylvania and the number of cases is increasing.  We anticipate that the number of cases will continue to grow over the next 2-3 weeks.  The projected peak in PA is approximately April 17th.  Currently, approximately 1600 deaths are projected for our commonwealth which is tragic, but fewer than we feared a few weeks ago.  Governor Wolf was quick to order people to stay-at-home, so we anticipate a far lower fatality rate than many other states due to these precautions.

Fortunately, we have not yet had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in any of our Providence Place communities — and those few residents we have tested have been negative so far.  We have not yet had a coworker test positive either, but we have a few coworkers quarantined because of symptoms or low grade fever.  Our medical director is helping to get those that are in quarantine tested.

Just to review our policies at this stage of the pandemic:

  • No visitors at any community (except end of life/emergency situations)
  • No group activities
  • All meals being served in Apartments (Connections exceptions)
  • Residents checked for symptoms and temperature twice daily
  • Staff checked at start and end of each shift for temperature or symptoms
  • Social Distancing where possible between staff and residents
  • Social Distancing between residents (as possible in Connections)
  • All new or re-admissions undergo 14-day isolation period
  • Minimize outside healthcare professionals (especially if enter multiple buildings)
  • Following CDC Guidelines when limited supplies of Personal Protective Equipment
  • And trying to stay positive and not let the stress drive our residents (or us) bonkers…

We have moved to individual activities and individualized support for residents.  Our staff is working hard to try to keep residents from feeling lonely.  You can help by calling frequently and chatting with your loved one.  Our phone lines are stretched to capacity by this crisis so, if you should have trouble getting through, please call back at a less busy time.

Supplies are limited, but adequate.  We are awaiting some planned shipments of personal protective equipment that are expected soon at all campuses.

Staffing remains satisfactory in all of our buildings.  We are so impressed with the dedication of our coworkers that we just have to tell you how proud we are of our team. Staffing may become more of a challenge in the next few weeks as the virus peaks.

We are also very grateful for the families and community members who have offered their support through volunteer opportunities, meal deliveries and outreach to our team members!  We greatly appreciate your willingness to help and support everyone.

Please stay home and stay well; we are all in this together.

All the best,

David, Rick, Marianne & Gino


3/25/20

Dear Residents, Family Members and Coworkers of Providence Place:

Thank you for your patience and your assistance with our efforts to reduce the risk to residents from COVID-19.  Your understanding has been greatly appreciated.

As you will recall, last week we halted all non-essential visits, resident outings and gatherings of more than ten persons.  This has reduced our activity in Community Life, but our team is working hard to keep residents engaged.  If you haven’t yet taken the opportunity to FaceTime or Skype with your loved one, please call our campus to make arrangements.  If that sounds overwhelming, please telephone your loved one daily to keep them (and maybe you too) from going stir crazy…

We have continued to make changes and add precautions to protect residents & staff at all communities:

  • On Monday, March 23rd, we stopped all construction.  We also dramatically reduced visits by any outside health care personnel who may have also entered other senior living buildings.
  • Earlier this week we offered residents the option of receiving their meals in their apartments at no additional cost.  Roughly a third of our residents have taken us up on that option.  Needless to say, any residents with symptoms of the coronavirus are currently isolated and required to receive all of their meals in their apartments with appropriate precautions by our staff.
  • In our Collegeville Community, we have required all residents (except Connections) to receive their meals in their apartments because of the elevated risk in Montgomery County.
  • Since we anticipate continued rapid spread of the virus, we are moving toward providing meals to all residents (except Connections) in their apartments as a precaution.  We are starting with those that have chosen this option and we plan to implement for all residents by no later than Thursday (3/26) of this week.  As you can imagine, the logistics are challenging so we ask you to bear with us as we try to provide good, hot meals in a timely manner.
  • Effective no later than Thursday (3/26), we will also be ending small group activities (currently for fewer than 10 people) and move to supporting individualized activities in apartments.  We are strongly advising residents to remain in their apartments as much as possible and to only leave for rare mental health or physical health needs.  If a resident leaves their apartment they must follow social distancing guidelines and appropriate health procedures.
  • Since last week, we have continued daily screenings of all essential health care providers and all staff for any indication of symptoms or fever.  We have had a few staff quarantined at home either because of contact with a suspected case or because of the presence of symptoms.  So far they have all tested negative.
  • We have also continued screening of residents for fevers and other symptoms on a daily basis.  At this time, we do not have any residents that have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Personal Protective Equipment is available at all campuses. While inventory is currently adequate, it may be in short supply relatively soon.  We are working diligently to ensure we get needed deliveries in a timely way.  We plan to follow the Center for Disease Control guidance, if any modifications of our PPE procedures are needed.

Generally, our staffing levels remain satisfactory.  We are honored, but not surprised, by our coworkers’ dedication to caring for ”their residents”.   Officially, they work for us, but they really care most about the residents they serve.  We know that those who are able will continue to provide great service to you and your loved ones.

Frankly, we fear that staffing may become a challenge in the next week or two, as the numbers of cases increase among residents and likely among staff, as well.  We have cross-trained managers and other members of our team in care skills so that we can draw from them, should that become necessary.  We are also reaching out to nursing schools, colleges and other people who could be quickly screened and trained to provide services to our residents if needed.

If you or someone you know might be willing to help us out for a few weeks (with relatively short notice), please call the receptionist at our campus to share contact information.  We are building a list of people to call and a rapid screening/training plan, in the event of a serious shortage of staff.  These volunteers will be paid for their time, but should be healthy and reasonably fit, able to lift about forty pounds, and willing to do a variety of assistance tasks.

One of the most important challenges we all face in this period is dealing with the stress of this pandemic. 

We encourage our staff and family members to take care of their own emotional health at this stressful time.  We find our residents often deal with the stress better than we expected—they are resilient, having overcome many challenges in their lives before this. Their optimism and sense of humor has helped us to stay positive.  Our staff will continue to check in frequently with residents and try to meet their emotional as well as their physical needs.

We encourage you to remain calm and positive, despite the stress; we are all in this together. If you have any questions or need to speak with someone at any of our communities – please reach out at any time.  We will continue to communicate regularly, while also focusing our energy on the care & safety within our communities.

With appreciation,

David


3/14/20

As of 3/14/20, all Providence Place communities in PA are taking additional measures to prevent COVID-19 for our residents & team members.

All campuses are closed to social visitors of any kind. Only emergency healthcare providers or end-of-life visits will be admitted.

We understand the negative impact of potential social isolation to our residents, and we are encouraging family to connect using FaceTime, Skype, or telephone. We have iPads and IN2L programs at each community and will be happy to assist residents to contact you to stay in touch. In addition, please do not feel guilty for not visiting your loved ones right now. You are helping to keep our residents safe by postponing your visits to a later time. We understand the desire to keep in contact, but will ask this be done in a remote capacity to ensure their safety.

Internal activities and meals are still intact for residents.

Please call your community or email us with any & all questions – we encourage communication in uncertain times and we want to ensure everyone that these measures are being taken to prevent COVID-19 from entering any of our buildings. We have no confirmed cases in any of our communities at this time.

 


 

A follow-up message from our Chief Operating Officer, Rick Barley, RN, BSN:

3/12/20

Dear residents, families, and co-workers,

In light of our continued close monitoring of COVID-19 and our strong pro-active focus on resident, family and co-worker safety, I’d like to update you regarding our continued preparations and changes.

Since our last update (3/6/20) regarding visitor screening, we have been logging about 150-200 visitors coming in and out of our buildings per day. We have turned away a handful of visitors with fevers and respiratory symptoms at each community using this procedure, which has been effective to date. Within the last 24 hours, we have seen some changes with regulatory guidance and suggested preparation.

Right now, we are taking a careful, measured approach to consider visitation of residents at our communities. Currently, CMS, CDC, and DOH are recommending that we discourage non-essential visitation of residents.

At Providence Place, we will be asking you to limit visitation to essential visits only. If you feel your visit is absolutely essential, we’d ask that only one person visit per resident per day between the hours of 8am-5pm. We understand the negative impact of potential social isolation to our residents, and we are encouraging family to visit using FaceTime, Skype, or telephone. We have purchased iPads for all of our communities and will be happy to assist residents to contact you to stay in touch. In addition, please do not feel guilty for not visiting your loved ones right now. You are helping to keep our residents safe by postponing your visits to a later time.

Additionally, in the last 24 hours, we have:

  1. Postponed all external trips for residents – trips to Walmart, stores, and other venues.
  2. Cancelled large groups entering our campuses to provide activities.
  3. Decided to not allow pet visitation or therapy animal visitation.
  4. Continued to train staff with a formal handwashing training, as well as stress the importance of hand hygiene.
  5. Asked any visitors who do feel they need to make an essential visit to be screened and use alcohol-based sanitizer at the door.
  6. Begun the process of training all Providence Place co-workers (except Dining co-workers) to be caregivers in an emergency, should our Resident Life Associates become sick and not be able to come to work until symptoms resolve.
  7. Started the process of tracking respiratory symptoms in the building.
  8. Continued to focus on increased cleaning at all locations.

If a resident becomes symptomatic of respiratory symptoms, we will be asking the resident to stay in their rooms until symptoms subside. We will deliver meals, make sure they stay hydrated, and care for them in their rooms, using all appropriate personal protective equipment. If a co-worker develops symptoms, we will be asking them to stay home until they symptoms have resolved.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We are committed to a pro-active, safe approach to trying to prevent the Coronavirus from entering our communities. We will continue to screen all essential visitors. Together we will all get through this!

Immediate Notice for Providence Place at the Collegeville Inn:

In addition to the precautions outlined below at all of our communities state-wide, the Collegeville campus is taking additional measures due to quarantined & affected individuals in the area.

At Providence Place of Collegeville, we will be limiting visitors to essential care & healthcare providers only. Social visits will not be admitted at this time.

We understand the negative impact of potential social isolation to our residents, and we are encouraging family to visit using FaceTime, Skype, or telephone. We have iPads at the community and will be happy to assist residents to contact you to stay in touch. In addition, please do not feel guilty for not visiting your loved ones right now. You are helping to keep our residents safe by postponing your visits to a later time. We understand the desire to keep in contact, but will ask this be done in a remote capacity to ensure their safety.

Please call or email us with any and all questions – we encourage communication in uncertain times and we want to ensure everyone that these measures are being taken to prevent COVID-19 from entering the building.

Collegeville campus: 610-222-5007

 


3/6/20

A follow-up message from our Chief Operating Officer, Rick Barley, RN, BSN:

Dear Residents, Families, and Co-workers,

I’d like to update you regarding our COVID-19 or Coronavirus preparation and prevention strategies at Providence Place Senior Living (all communities). We have implemented several procedures as recommended by the CDC & Department of Health since Monday (3/2/20).

Effective today (3/6/20), we have started monitoring ALL VISITORS for respiratory symptoms and fever, before allowing them to enter the building.  We have placed signs on the main entrance asking ALL visitors to come to the Reception Desk to fill out a form that will acknowledge any respiratory symptoms or fever. Additionally, we are requiring all visitors to have their temperature checked by the Receptionist using a temporal thermometer. Any visitors with a fever of 100.4 or greater will not be able to visit until symptoms completely resolve.

If a Visitor answers any of the screening questions with a YES, then we will ask the Visitor not to enter our building at this time (unless they have been recently tested for COVID-19 and have negative results). In addition, we have placed signs on all common external entrance points to only use the main entrance to the building. All entrances that are normally open during the day are now going to be locked, except for the main entrance to the building.

Our campuses generally have Receptionist coverage from 8am-8pm (Monday-Friday) and 8am-5pm (Saturday & Sunday). After the Receptionist leaves, we are going to lock the main doors and ask that visitors use the doorbell. Once alerted of the doorbell via phone, one of our co-workers will answer the doorbell, complete the screening with the visitor and let them in if appropriate.

In addition to these measures, we have confirmed that our cleaning chemicals and wipes are the proper ones to kill the Coronavirus, and we have greatly upped our cleaning efforts of doors, doorknobs, countertops, handrails, public bathrooms and public spaces, and other common spaces that are frequently used by residents and visitors.

We are in the process of implementing a handwashing refresher training for all co-workers that instructs them to wash all surfaces of their hands with soap and water for a minimum of 1 minute, both before and after wearing gloves to assist with resident care. In addition, we have greatly increased our purchase of hand sanitizer to be available for all residents, visitors, and co-workers at multiple locations throughout the building. We also have very large quantities in stock of all necessary appropriate personal protective equipment that we will use to take care of our residents: disposable gowns, masks, and gloves, all that will be disposed in the sick resident’s room per protocol.

If a resident becomes ill with respiratory symptoms and fever, we will ask the resident to remain in his/her room until symptoms resolve. We are currently awaiting guidance regarding test kits and testing procedures for residents who display symptoms. We will be treating symptoms, bringing meals to the room utilizing disposable paper products, ensuring our residents are well-hydrated and cared for, and we will communicate frequently with families. We will also ask families to not visit at that time and may take further precautions to limit overall visitation. At that time, we would be following direct guidance us by phone or in person.

This is not meant to alarm you or spread fear, as we have no confirmed cases in our communities. It is meant to let you know that we are paying close attention to CDC & Department of Health recommendations, we are conscientious and urgent in our preparation and we will do everything we can to protect our residents, co-workers, and families.

Thank you very much for your understanding of our efforts to keep everyone safe & healthy.

 


 

A message from our Chief Operating Officer, Rick Barley, RN, BSN:

March 2, 2020

Dear Providence Place Residents, Families and Co-workers,

I want to update you on the status of our preparations for 2019 Coronavirus, officially named COVID-19.  We are following the directives of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the PA Department of Health to ensure our residents, families, and co-workers receive the necessary information and preparedness regarding Coronavirus prevention and spread.

The Coronavirus is spread from person-to-person through droplets suspended in the air, very similar to how influenza spreads.  The Department of Health has instructed us to follow our infection control policy and procedure for droplet precautions among residents and staff, much like we do for the Influenza Virus.  The CDC is currently recommending Standard, Contact, and Airborne Precautions, when providing care for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.  

The CDC does not currently recommend the general public to use facemasks. Instead, they recommend following everyday preventive actions , such as washing your hands, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, covering your cough, and staying home when you are sick.  Signs and symptoms of Coronavirus include fever, cough, shortness of breath and may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Please do not visit your loved ones in person, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.  We will advise you if we have any residents that test positive for COVID-19.  There are none at present.

Due to decreases in exports from select countries, including China, India, and Taiwan, and increases in demand, manufacturers of select types of personal protective equipment (PPE) are reporting some challenges meeting order demands. Plans are already underway to surge manufacturing globally. At Providence Place, we have normal stocks of PPE, but have ordered supplemental stock of supplies of personal protective equipment to meet the likely increase in need.

We will continue to proactively work to protect our communities and closely monitor the national and local situation. Should important update information become available, we will keep everyone informed via email and in campuses.

Please feel free to reach out to your Executive Director or myself, if you have additional questions.

 

Sincerely,

Rick Barley

Chief Operating Officer, RN, BSN, MBA

Providence Place Senior Living

P: 717-520-0330

RBarley@prov-place.com

www.Providence-Place.com

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