Update from Administrator – February 10, 2022

Update from Administrator – February 10, 2022

Hello Family and Friends of Valerie Manor. We hope this week finds you well…

Some updates from our communication last week. State Covid Positivity rates are down to 7% and hospitalization rates are down. We remain at Zero (0) positive staff . Also, as of today we are down to a total of 5 residents with Positive covid stemming from direct or indirect community exposures. Of these residents, three (3) will be fully recovered 2/12 resulting in a total of five (2) asymptomatic/recovering Covid Positive residents as of 2/12/22. We continue to be vigilant about protecting loved ones and ensure proper social distancing, masking, and infection prevention protocols are followed, even outside our center.

As a reminder, we are making every effort to Bring our facility back to our normal environment. CMS and State of Connecticut isolation guidelines MANDATE us to temporarily isolate positive residents (even if they are asymptomatic) which at times involves a temporary relocation until the State mandated quarantine timeframe is met. We will make every effort to bring our residents back to their usual rooms as soon as the state allows us to. We thank you for your understanding,

Valerie Manor Staffing & Team Updates: For those of you who have not had an opportunity to meet some of our new team members…We would like to welcome our Director of Nursing-Kim H., Assistant Director of Nursing-Diane R., Director of MDS-Tanya B, 2 laundry team members, 1 dietary team member, one CNA, a new scheduler, and one new Unit Secretary to our team. In addition, we will be restarting our CNAs student academic training programs in our facility (Northwestern and ED Advanced) with the hopes of developing and mentoring our new incoming CNAs. We remain diligent in our recruitment campaign to replenish the CNAs and Nursing teams in this time of National Staffing crisis, and we will continue to keep you informed of our progress…

And finally, we are continuing to follow the Governor’s Executive order for Visitors in Nursing homes. Executive Order 14F from Governor Lamont mandates all visitors to our facility must provide either proof of their full dose of COVID-19 vaccine or show evidence of having a negative COVID-19 test (PCR within 72 hrs. -or- Antigen/rapid within 48 hours). Proof Can be either electronic or actual documentation. We will not maintain these records in the facility so you will need to provide proof at every visit. Current Guidelines are in effect until 2/15 unless otherwise extended by DPH. Please also note that the limited number of tests we will receive from DPH are to allow safe visitation of our residents. It is not to be used as a Testing station for personal need and the results are not maintained or reported to any regulatory agency by the facility. We encourage everyone to either get vaccinated or get regularly tested at an approved testing location and maintain those records if needed for your own safety and for the safety of your loved ones.

Thank you all and enjoy the unusually “warm” weather this weekend.

Craig Dumont

February 10, 2022 A Healthier Approach To Caring