Update on COVID-19

Based on guidance from CDC, CMS, PA Department of Health and PA Department of Human Services, we are implementing serious yet necessary actions to protect our residents and staff. We know this is a challenge for our residents and those who have given us the responsibilty of caring for and about them. Here is an update on how we continue to respond to the threat of Covid-19. 

Visitation Changes

We understand how much it means to you to be able to visit with your loved ones and how much it means for them to have you with them.

Effective Saturday, March 14 we restricted all visitations except for end of life situations. We’re restricting cross-over visits between residents in Personal Care and Skilled Care. We are facilitating visits between residents and family with FaceTime, Skype and Zoom and have had delightful responses from the early experiences.

Staff permitted on site

You may be interested in understanding who is allowed to be here.

We only allow essential healthcare employees at Homeland Center. This includes our teams from nursing and direct care, resident companions and support employees who provide critical services of nutrition, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance and business operations.

Staffs from Homeland Hospice, Homeland HomeCare and Homeland HomeHealth are providing services for our residents as appropriate.

For those permitted onsite, entrance to Homeland Center is through the doors at the 6th Street circle or from the parking lot along 5th Street. The Muench Street entrance is secured from the outside.

Screening

Since you are not able to be here in person, we also understand it’s helpful to know how we are ensuring that those continuing to be here are monitored.

We conduct daily mandatory screening of everyone who comes into Homeland Center. Our screening checks for symptoms, fever and includes a series of questions as recommended by PA Department of Health. We will begin screening at the end of the shift next week. If someone declines to be screened or meets any of the criteria for potential exposure, they will be asked to leave the facility.

Residents are also being screened daily for symptoms and fever.

Daily Routines

Following guidelines from the PA Department of Health and CDC, we’ve made a number of changes to things that are part of the day-to-day life at Homeland Center.

Many residents are receiving ‘room-service’ for meals based on our normal menus while others are being served according to the guidance from CMS and the PA Department of Health. Families who help with menu selection are receiving them via email with instructions on how to return them.

Resident laundry is being done by our team and hair styling services are now provided in our resident rooms with good results so far.

Group activities have been re-designed to meet the guidance for distance and type of activities while mail continues to be picked up and delivered.

Outside Appointments

The clinical teams assess the need for currently scheduled appointments and are coordinating with the appropriate medical office and the family.

In summary, we continue to work closely with residents, family members and our staff in this challenging situation. We want to assure you that we are following all the necessary protocols to protect our residents and staff and encourage you to do continue to take care of yourself and others in your family.

We look forward to having you visit as soon as it is appropriate to resume.

Updates to our actions are available at homelandathome.org/covid19/, our Facebook page and via a recorded message at 717-303-8833.

 
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