On the afternoon of 7/1/20, we received notice that there has been a confirmed COVID-19 exposure at the facility. While all residents are without symptoms and are healthy at this time, we are taking conservative measures to ensure continued health and safety of the residents and staff here at Brownway.
We are hopeful and remaining positive!
(Facility Updates Are in Bold)
Visitor access, inside Brownway Residence, continues to be restricted to medically necessary personnel only.
This includes: Facility Staff, Home Health, Primary Care Providers and Emergency Medical Services.
Facility staff must be without a temperature and demonstrate absence of symptoms consistent with COVID-19 prior to entering the facility - staff are required to document temperature and absence of symptoms at the beginning and end of their shift. Staff are required to wear N95 masks and utilize additional personal protective equipment as indicated by the CDC.
All residents are having their temperature, oxygen saturation and absence of symptoms monitored four times daily. We currently have all residents on contact precautions, in addition to respiratory surveillance. Residents who are symptomatic will continue to shelter in place here at Brownway if possible - hospital transports will continue to be limited to life threatening emergencies and conditions which cannot be managed, in house, between the nurse and the primary care physician.
Outdoor visitation has been suspended until further notice. Hallway traffic is prohibited for all residents - including residents who smoke. Smoking cessation tools are being provided to those who need it. Meals are being provided by a local vendor, staff are delivering meals directly to resident rooms and are providing 1:1 services to those who require support or cuing at meal times.
Facility wide testing will performed for all residents and staff on 7/2/20. Questions or concerns should be directed to Morgan Ouellette via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone: 802.933.2315 ext. 5
Thank you, family and friends, for doing your part in helping to keep all of us safe!
It is helpful, to all residents, when family are able to remain calm and positive despite their own personal fear surrounding this pandemic. Change is difficult for our elderly population and with these significant daily changes to their routine, we need family to validate their loved ones fears and remain supportive of the necessary measures being taken to ensure the health and safety of everyone at the facility.
Reassuring your loved one that they will receive the same services and care that they've grown accustomed to is pivotal. Reassure them that they will continue to have access to store bought items and necessities that they might typically leave the facility to obtain.
Let them know that you've taken action to ensure that they will not stop receiving their favorite snacks or hygiene products!
Many residents could use a break from talking about what is happening in the world right now. They are inundated with media coverage on TV, signage here at the facility and conversations among their peers. Please take some time to redirect their attention to something positive and refreshing. Laugh with them, reminisce with them and make plans for something exciting to do when the restrictions are lifted.
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