April 29, 2020 —As you know, there are widespread outbreaks of COVID-19 in various places around the world and in the United States. Because older adults are at significantly higher risk of serious illness and death if infected with this virus, the Federal Government through The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has instructed all Nursing Homes to make restrictions.
Please refer to the FAQ below to see what our community is doing about this situation.
What is COVID-19?
In a time when misinformation is too easy to find, we ask that you please refer to a trusted source such as https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-NCOV/FAQ.HTML#basics for information and updates on this virus.
What is Barclay Friends doing to prepare?
The health and safety of our residents is paramount. To make sure we are doing everything possible to prepare for an outbreak, we formed a Coronavirus Task Force in the first week of March. Measures we’ve put in place include:
- Restricting visitors from our building
- Health screening for authorized employees every time they come in to work
- Cancelling all public events and committee meetings until further notice
Can I visit my family member or friend at Barclay Friends?
The growing concern surrounding COVID-19 is no secret, and the regulatory services that guide our safety measures have strongly advised that we limit public presence in our community. And so:
At this time, visits to the residents at Barclay Friends are not permitted. This restriction will be in effect until such time that CMS and our Medical Director allow visitors to enter the building again.
What can I do?
We encourage the members of our greater community to follow common practices to prevent the spread of this virus. Including:
- Hand washing often and for at least 20 seconds
- Coughing/sneezing into your elbow
- Maintain clean and sanitary surfaces in your home and work space
- Stay in your residence if you are sick or have been around someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days
- Social distancing, staying 6 feet apart from people – whether it be at home, in the work place or out in public
Support our Emergency Fund
We anticipate in the days and weeks ahead that we will need additional resources to support our operations and the direct care staff who are working diligently to protect residents. Financial needs include: purchase of technology to help residents communicate with friends and family members, support for staff needing emergency childcare arrangements, and purchase of additional emergency preparedness equipment.
Again, these new interventions will place a tremendous strain on our resources. Our budget allows for standard protective procedures, and even natural disasters, but this level of threat is unprecedented.
Please consider helping us continue to care for residents and staff by making a gift today at the link below.
We also welcome any notes of support directed to residents and/or staff!
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