Update from Administrator – February 23, 2021

Update from Administrator – February 23, 2021

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 3.51% and hospitalization rates are down. We have One(1) Covid positive office staff member from a community exposure. The Team member is following all isolation procedures per CDC guidelines and will not return until cleared. Also, as of Friday we have zero (0) new Covid Positive residents. 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. Our Healthcare partners from Griffin Health will be testing residents tomorrow. Once the facility achieves two full weeks without a new positive case, we will continue to monitor, but weekly resident testing will cease unless another identified positive is discovered.

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…

Small Group activities have resumed…We even had a strolling Pizza cart today! We also have reinstituted our much loved regularly scheduled musicians to entertain our residents…

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, show evidence of having a negative COVID-19 test (PCR within 72 hrs. -or- Antigen/rapid within 48 hours),OR be tested by the facility when tests are available. 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 have been extended by DPH. We will Notify you when these guidelines are no longer in affect.

Thank you all and enjoy the unusually “warm” weather before the snow on Friday!

Craig Dumont

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