Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Posted on June 30, 2020June 30, 2020 Lutheran SeniorLife is actively involved in helping those it serves and the staff who serves to protect themselves from the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Lutheran SeniorLife has implemented a variety of precautions to protect those whom we serve and our staff. Read more about what is being done within each of our communities and programs below: St. John Community Visitation is restricted on the skilled and long-term care nursing units until further notice. Visitation is restricted at RoseCrest Assisted Living with Memory Support until further notice. All staff are exercising precautions as well as being screened for risk factors. Communal dining and group activities have been suspended until further notice. Independent living residents are being reminded of CDC guidelines. Referrals are being accepted; personal and virtual tours available. View St. John Community’s case data here. Passavant Community Visitation is restricted on the skilled and long-term care nursing units until further notice. Communal dining and group activities are suspended until further notice. Independent living residents are being reminded of CDC guidelines. Referrals are being accepted; personal and virtual tours available. View Passavant Community’s case data here. Lutheran Service Society Adoption and Foster Care Program – The program remains open for all services and is following the guidance of the Department of Human Services and local county CYF offices. PrimeTime Senior Center – Our Allegheny County senior center is temporarily closed until further notice. Program managers and staff are on-site, providing grab and go meals. Center at the Mall Senior Center – Temporarily closed. Home-delivered meals are continuing. Meals-on-Wheels – Daily meals are being provided on a modified delivery schedule. Senior Housing Facilities – Independent living residents are being asked to follow the recommended CDC guidelines. Referrals are being accepted. VNA, Western Pennsylvania Visiting nurses are continuing to make physician-ordered home visits as staff always follow standard precautions and have personal protective equipment for infection control. The clinicians are calling patients and performing a short health screening before each visit. Clinicians are being screened every morning to ensure they are not showing any symptoms of the virus prior to visiting patients. Referrals are being accepted. LIFE The LIFE programs have been making preparations and modifications to the program to keep staff and participants as safe as possible. This includes modifications to the building and buses to ensure social distances, wearing masks and increased personal protective equipment as needed and increased infection control. All four LIFE Program centers (LIFE Armstrong County, LIFE Beaver County, LIFE Butler County and LIFE Lawrence County) have moved into the “Green Phase” of the states COVID-19 reopening plan. As each center reopens, the LIFE Programs are taking steps to provide quality services while maintaining participant and staff safety. LIFE programs are working hard to meet the needs of the community and are currently accepting referrals! Valley Care Ambridge Valley Care Ambridge is scheduled to reopen during the month of June. Please contact Valley Care for a confirmed reopening date. Valley Care will reopen following strict infection control guidelines and social distancing precautions. Referrals are being accepted. The Commons at Stonebrook Village Some small group activities are being conducted. Large group gatherings are still suspended. Group meals are canceled until further notice and meals will be distributed to residents. Shopping trips and other activities are postponed; families are encouraged to make shopping trips for residents. Visitation is restricted. Referrals are being accepted; personal and virtual tours available. During this time, it is also important to keep the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s preventive measures in mind to impede the spread of all respiratory viruses: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue; then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Lutheran SeniorLife is in touch daily with the CDC and government agencies to make sure appropriate precautions are being implemented throughout the system. Lutheran SeniorLife currently abides by these standards and will continue to with extra detail to keep others safe and healthy. The well-being of our residents, participants and staff is our top priority as we remember that the hindrance of contagious diseases within our locations is everyone’s responsibility.