COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Updated March 11, 2022

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. Staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

We continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS) for COVID-19 testing of staff and residents, visitation, small group activities and dining services. Screening of residents, including symptom and temperature monitoring, is ongoing and will continue at least daily. Screening of staff (direct care, contracted staff) is also ongoing at the beginning of each shift, including symptom and temperature monitoring. Staff are also asked to self-screen during their shift and immediately suspend work should any symptoms occur.

In the event of a positive case(s), we have established a quarantine procedure and are able to isolate residents to a specific area of the facility, according to guidance from CMS and PA DOH.

For information regarding the current Interim Guidance for Skilled Nursing Facilities during COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, please visit: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/SNF-Guidance.aspx or https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/LTCF-Visitors.aspx

For information related to Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Long-term Living guidelines for Personal Care, please visit: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/coronavirus/Pages/OLTL-Interim-Guidance-for-PCH-ALR-ICF.aspx

Thank you for your continued patience and support through this unprecedented, challenging time.

Visitations

Based on the Department of Health’s recommendations, contact tracing will still be conducted when a case of COVID-19 is identified; however, only those affected will be quarantined. The following is now in effect:

  • Refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or if you meet the criteria for quarantine in accordance with CDC guidance.
  • Visits do not need to be scheduled and may occur in the resident’s room or outside.
  • If your loved one resides in a room that is quarantined, you may still visit; however, you will be asked to wear additional PPE.
  • Hand hygiene must be performed prior to visitation, as well as pre and post contact with a resident.
  • Visitors must complete a screening form and have their temperature taken prior to the visit.
  • All visitors and residents must wear a tight-fitting mask in public/common areas at all times. If you do not have proper personal protective equipment (PPE), our staff will provide it for you to meet CMS’ guidance.
  • When traveling to/from your loved one’s room, we ask that you walk directly there versus stopping elsewhere (i.e. other residents’ rooms or common areas). Please limit touching surfaces (handrails, bedside table, doorknobs, etc.).
  • Visitors are requiredto wear masks, and we recommend maintaining physical distance during their visit, regardless of vaccination status. Residents are also strongly encouraged to wear masks during visits.

Following Your Visit

  • Please monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of any respiratory infection for the next 14 days, including fever, shortness of breath, cough, nausea, vomiting, and/or sore throat. If symptoms occur, please call us for further screening and instructions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please contact Kelly Shrum, Executive Director, at 215-672-2500, ext. 112 if you have any questions or need additional information.