Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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.
  • Overbrook Pointe residents are reminded to follow CDC precautions, limit visits from family members and isolate as much as possible.

Passavant Community

  • Visitation is restricted on the skilled and long-term care nursing units until further notice.
  • Communal dining and group activities have been suspended until further notice.
  • Independent living residents are being reminded of CDC guidelines.
  • Personal care visitation and group activities are postponed until further notice.

Lutheran Service Society

  • Adoption and Foster Care Program – permanency caseworkers have been asked to postpone any in-home visits for at least two weeks for the purpose of child prep services. Foster Care in-home visits will be assessed as on a needed basis, at the recommendation of the Department of Human Services or local county CYF offices.
  • PrimeTime Senior Center – our Allegheny County senior center is currently closed until further notice as a response to a recommendation to close all non-essential businesses. Program managers and staff are on-site and are following the county’s contractual emergency plan.
  • Center at the Mall Senior Center – Temporarily closed. Home-delivered meals will continue.
  • Meals-on-Wheels – Daily meals will be provided on a modified delivery schedule.
  • Senior Housing Facilities – Independent living residents have been asked to follow the recommended CDC guidelines.

VNA, Western Pennsylvania

  • Visitng nurses will continue 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.
  • VNA will screen clinicians every morning to ensure they are not showing any symptoms of the virus prior to visiting patients.

LIFE

  • Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all four LIFE Program Adult Day Centers (LIFE Armstrong County, LIFE Beaver County, LIFE Butler County, and LIFE Lawrence County) are currently closed until further notice.
  • LIFE Program staff are currently providing care and service to LIFE participants in their homes.
  • LIFE Program managers and staff are on-site to assist with the coordination of care and services to the LIFE participants.
  • Participants and families have been notified by LIFE staff.
  • All LIFE staff are exercising standard precautions, have personal protective equipment, when needed, as well as being screened for risk factors.

Valley Care Ambridge

  • Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Valley Care Ambridge Adult Day Services will be closed until further notice.
  • Clients, family members, and service coordinators were notified of the closing and will follow-up once care and services are able to resume.

The Commons at Stonebrook Village

  • All group activities are suspended until further notice.
  • 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.

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.