Coronavirus Information and Precautions
August 5, 2020
We are currently creating plans to thoughtfully and carefully, begin the process of getting to a post-COVID-19 “normal.”
The process is anything but easy. While some states may be reopening businesses, schools, and recreational opportunities based upon geography, community spread and trends, multi-level retirement communities like ours (with independent, assisted living and skilled nursing) will have a different reopening schedule because we care for older adults who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.
St. Louis County is currently in Phase I of its re-opening plan due to the rapid rise is cases, especially in Florissant.
Throughout this process, we will continue to follow and maintain compliance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance for Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials. We are also required to incorporate both CDC published guidelines as well as mandates by county and state health departments. For our Assisted Living area, this guidance includes maintaining rigorous infection prevention and control procedures while balancing patient and resident social engagement and quality of life.
Resident groups are playing a part in the creation of this plan.
The health and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. For some, these steps towards re-opening will not come fast enough, but we want to avoid having to go back to the restrictions we first faced in March, so we must be thoughtful in our efforts.
We know how difficult this is for residents, their family members and friends. Please know that you can call us at the community to schedule virtual visits. We have the technology and staff to make this happen. We do ask, however, that you call to set up an appointment to talk with your loved one to ensure that everyone can utilize this service.
For Assisted Living: Per new CMS guidelines, we will now restrict all visitors to our Assisted Living community except in certain circumstances, such as end-of-life situations. Please contact us if you have questions.
The health and well-being of our residents, family members, and staff is of the utmost importance to us. For this reason, we are closely monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In addition to our prevention measures, we are also actively preparing our communities to provide care and support for our residents and team members for an extended period of time should a quarantine become necessary.
Many standard infection control and safety protocols are already in place as a part of our standard flu prevention plan. However, because of the risks associated with COVID-19, we are proceeding with an abundance of caution to protect our communities.
Links to CDC resource pages:
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Situation Summary
- What you need to know about 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
- What to do if you are sick with 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
- Prevention & Treatment
Link to state health department page: