Beechwood has always taken Infection Prevention very seriously. We have, over the past few months, taken multiple steps to protect our residents and our staff. We closed to visitors (except for end of life situations) and reduced the number of outside Medical providers that were entering the building. All staff were wearing masks before it was required, and all necessary vendors were being screened and wearing full PPE. All Staff are screened at the beginning of their shifts for any symptoms, and having their temperature rechecked mid-shift. We have not allowed outside food to come into the building, even though many people have generously offered to bring food to our staff.
To keep our residents in touch with their family and friends, we implemented Google Duo video chats, and have a schedule set up for all who are interested. We set up window visits with baby monitors, so residents and families could see and hear each other, but still be separated by glass.
In May, we added outside visits for our families and residents. All outside visitors will need to stop in at the lobby and be screened, are required to wear a mask, and remain at least 6' away from the resident. We have an area set up on our patio for these visits, and they can be scheduled by calling the building or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We started whole-house testing (Point Prevalent Testing) in May, well before it was required. Our first round of resident testing revealed 2 asymptomatic residents, who were immediately moved to isolation, and our isolation unit was set up. Their roommates were placed on Observation for 14 days. After 10 days, the two residents who tested positive continued to show no symptoms, and were able to return to their rooms.
Our first round of staff testing revealed a total of 6 positive staff. They were all quarantined at home for the requisite 10 days, and returned to work healthy.
Our second round of resident testing showed 1 positive resident, again asymptomatic, and this resident was placed on isolation in our isolation unit for 10 days, and remained asymptomatic, then returned to their room. The roommate continues in their 14 days of observation, without symptoms.
We have now started our third round of staff testing and will complete a third round of resident testing this week.
We continue to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and CT Department of Health (DPH) guidelines, even as they are frequently updated, and we have a dedicated Infection Prevention Nurse on staff.
As the State starts to open up, we ask for continued understanding, as our visitor restrictions will continue to protect our residents and staff.
We are very grateful for all the support our families show, and for the continued dedication our staff demonstrates in caring for our residents.
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