CORONAVIRUS DISEASE: Bulletin 2 (March 10, 2020)

The Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home’s Medical Director, Dr. Marta Schneider, has given instructions to restrict all visitors from entering the Home. This decision was made out of an abundance of concern about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it may impact the Home, particularly when we are aware that elders are among the most vulnerable to this virus. Staff are continuing all efforts to prevent the virus by following all directives issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and DC Health (DOH).

Specifically, AHCA/NCAL has issued the following guidelines:

Our top priority at this point is to prevent COVID-19 from getting into long term care facilities.
AHCA/NCAL has developed new guidance for nursing facilities and for assisted living
communities to take reasonable efforts to prevent the entry of the virus. The guidance includes a recommendation to restrict all non-essential visits. This includes restricting family visits, school groups, and other outside group activities. As we learn more about how serious this virus is for elders and how it can spread once it's in a facility, we believe this new guidance is prudent to help achieve our collective goal to prevent the entry of the virus and to put our residents first.
Exceptions may be made for:

• Facility employees, contractors and consultants who are needed to keep the operations running and assure the residents’ needs are met.
• Government officials who in their capacity require entry (e.g., CDC or public health staff).
• Immediate families or friends who need to visit for critical or time sensitive reasons such as hospice-related visits.

At present, we have no identified cases. We understand that connecting with residents is incredibly important, but we encourage you to consider other ways such as by telephone, email, text, or through Skype or Facebook. The Home reserves the right to turn away any visitor if they have symptoms of respiratory illness. Those symptoms include: cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath. The Home also reserves the right to limit all visitors in the future should it become necessary.

As part of the critical need to protect our residents from exposure to COVID-19 we will not be hosting our annual fundraiser on May 28, 2020 as planned. We will continue to provide you with updates as our plans develop.

We appreciate your continued commitment to the Home as we strive to protect the health of our residents and the community. The financial impact of COVID-19 is placing an enormous strain on the health care industry as a whole and the Home is no exception. A donation from you could help us continue to provide the essential care needed for our residents during this difficult time. Please consider donating today by clicking on link to the Donate Now page.

We continuously strive to provide the best care for the residents. Our mission to give residents the best quality of life possible remains our number one priority.

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