Addressing Coronavirus at GRAND BROOK

 

UPDATE for Saturday, March 14, 3:50 PM CDT:

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, CMS has taken an aggressive approach to protect all seniors nationwide.  We have been notified that effective immediately we are required to restrict all visitation to only essential healthcare workers.  We are permitted to allow visitation for certain compassionate care situations such as end of life situations.  Our community Executive Directors along with our Directors of Healthcare will be in communication with our families to answer questions you may have.  Please also know the community cell phone will be carried at all times by our med room staff and is available for you to call to reach your loved one.  This phone is capable of FaceTime calls as well so please feel free to FaceTime with your loved one.  If you would like to provide a cell phone for your loved one please label it with their name and a staff member can meet you out front to pick it up and deliver it to your loved one.  We know these are challenging times for everyone and we are so grateful for your partnership as we work through this together.  These measures are a temporary measure to take to protect our beloved residents.

Additionally, CMS is asking for modifications to be made to community dining.  We will be utilizing additional areas in the community to spread out residents to increase distance between each resident.  We will also be spreading residents out during activities to increase distance between residents.  We will do our best to encourage socialization for our residents while keeping extra distance between them.

Grand Brook is implementing the below measures to try and minimize the risk of exposure to our residents:

  • Daily monitoring of resident’s temperatures.
  • Monitoring of all staff temperatures prior to engagement with residents.
  • Requesting each staff member to complete the screening tool and only enter the community if they meet criteria.
  • Requesting anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or any respiratory illness to not enter the community.
  • Requesting anyone who is in the community to practice excellent handwashing and following the guidelines listed above for covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Requesting anyone who has recently traveled outside the US to avoid coming into the community.
  • Requesting anyone who has recently traveled via a cruise to avoid coming into the community.
  • Canceling all group events/activities in the community until further notice
  • Limiting third party providers (home health and hospice) to essential members only and requesting strict infection control procedures be followed.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are expected to be similar to cold or flu symptoms and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness.  There is no vaccine available right now to protect against COVID-19.  There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.  Take those everyday steps to protect your health:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Our entire Grand Brook family is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our residents, their families, and our Grand Brook team.

 

We thank you for your understanding and partnership in helping us during this time.  Please feel free to reach out to your community director, or you can email us directly at information@grandbrook.com.