Dear Family and Friends,
I wanted to give you a Covid-19 update. Earlier last week, we once again tested all employees. This is due to the new Governmental testing requirements. The amount of required testing is based on the community’s positivity rate. If the community’s positive rate is below 5%, the facility will only have to test their employees once a month. If the community’s positivity rate is above 5% but below 10% the facility will test their employees once a week. If the community’s positive rate increase above 10% then the facility most begin testing their employees twice a week. Currently our area’s positivity rate is 2.8%. Residents will only be tested if they are showing signs or symptoms of Covid-19 or if any employee has tested positive. I will inform you of any positive cases. Currently we have no positive staff or residents.
The HHS has issued all nursing homes with a machine that allows us to do testing in-house. The machine St. Anthony received is a BD Veritor Plus Analyzer. This will allow the facility to receive test results in approximately 15 minutes.
Other updates: I wanted to let all family members and friends know that we are requesting absentee ballots for those residents wishing to vote in this November’s election. Voter registration has to be completed prior to October 5, 2020. Absentee ballots must be submitted before October 22, 2020.
Additionally, I wanted to thank everyone for properly participating in our visitation protocol. I think it has tremendously impacted the residents in a positive way. If you would like to make an appointment to visit your loved one in our facility please call Pam Windler at 765-490-0598 during normal business hours. Please understand that it is inherently important to adhere to the protocol and time frames. This will allow everyone to enjoy their time more effectively.
To recap our protocol: currently we are allowing two visitors during each visit. Residents can have up to four visits in a seven-day period. All visits are supervised in our front lobby or outside in the courtyard weather permitting. Dogs are allowed to visit. Please make sure we have your pets shot records in our files. For the safety of staff and residents, dogs must be kept on a leash, well-mannered and properly groomed. Pets without current shot records on file or who appear to be a threat to staff or residents will be asked to leave immediately. Hours of visitation are Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 6:40pm and weekends from 9:00am until 10:40am. Visits are still only 10 minutes long.
As a reminder, we have also designated two contacts in the facility should you need to voice a concern or have questions related to the Corona Virus and our procedures.
Ken Thompson, Administrator
Nicole Hardy, Director of Nursing
Should neither of these contacts be sufficient, below please find contact information for our area’s Ombudsman representative.
Andrea Smothers, Area IV Ombudsman
Thank you again, for all your support,
St. Anthony Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Inc.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease): is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. It can lead to respiratory illness with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and shortness of breath. In growing number of cases, it can be more severe than the flu, with a higher mortality rate. Certain populations are more a risk of getting the virus. Including age 60 or older and people with serious underlying medical conditions. Some people show no signs and symptoms (asymptomatic) of the illness while carrying the virus, although they are still capable of spreading the disease.
Isolation: This is when we place someone in droplet-contact isolation. Meaning we will wear personal protective equipment such as mask, gloves, gowns, eye protection and/or face shields when entering the resident’s room. The resident’s room will be closed. Resident will be moved to designated area in building.
Quarantine: This is for new residents admitted. We keep them separate from other residents for 14 days.
PPE: Personal Protective Equipment: gloves, gowns, masks, protective eye wear, face shields, etc.
CDC COVID-19 webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
ISDH COVID-19 webpage: https://coronavirus.in.govp
Facility will continue to update families on the condition of the resident during the course to the illness.
The following will be taken into consideration for compassionate visitors: