Bethel Manor COVID-19 Response and Updates
We currently know that the elderly and those with other medical conditions are at higher risk of having severe complications related to COVID-19, therefore this puts our residents at a much higher risk than the general population.
Interdisciplinary Task Force
- We have implemented an facility interdisciplinary COVID-19 task force that stays up to date and implements federal, state, and local guidance.
- This group keeps up to date on recommendations made by the CDC, CMS, ISDH, etc. and keeps in communication with local health systems, health departments, regional coalitions, and other pertinent agencies.
Resident Monitoring and Interventions
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued guidance for facilities to monitor residents for respiratory symptoms and take temperatures daily. In addition to that we are assessing residents for respiratory symptoms and taking temperatures every shift. We are also performing a full set of vitals daily.
- We have increased resident hand hygiene by providing frequent reminders to wash or sanitize hands as well as assistance for those that need it.
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has recommended that nursing facility residents wear cloth masks when out of their room or in close proximity to others, as they are able. We have encouraged participation with this new guidance.
- Group activities and communal dining has been postponed following guidiance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Indiana State Department of Health. We now offer frequent 1:1 and individual activities, an engagement television station, and various self-directed activities.
Employee Monitoring and Interventions
- Employees have their temperature checked and complete a screening form prior to starting their shift.
- Employees walk through shoe sanitation station and perform hand hygiene as they enter the building.
- Masks are worn by all employees during their shift.
- Random temperature checks are performed at various times.
- Additional education has been completed regarding COVID-19 and infection prevention practices.
- Environmental Services staff have increased sanitation rounds with an increase in the frequency of high-touch surfaces.
- UV-C sanitation lights have been added to HVAC system.
- Room adjustments have been made to allow for a section of the facility to be used for isolation and quarantine purposes if needed.
- In response we have taken extra precautions to reduce the potential of COVID-19 presenting in our facility. We are operating under guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control. As such, in order to protect our residents who are at the highest risk category for complications related to COVID-19 we are limiting all outside visitors with the exception of end-of-life situations in which one individual may visit.
- All immediate family members who are allowed inside the building for the reasons stated above must be screened prior to entering. If they meet one or more criteria, they will not be allowed to enter the facility. Those that are able to enter must either wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering.
- Screening Includes:
- Temperature check and respiratory screen
- Screen to ensure individual has not been in proximity of anyone that has had or been suspected of having COVID-19 or had a respiratory illness.
- Screening Includes:
Family and Resident Engagement
Sagely Activity and Engagement Application
Safekeeping Medical Monitoring Application
Power of Attorneys, Guardians, Health Care Representatives, and other designated family members are able to stay up to date on the medical side of things when it comes to their loved one with the use of our SafeKeeping Application. SafeKeeping allows you to access recent vital signs as well as a current medication list.
Front Porch Window Visits
It is always our goal to ensure we are keeping our residents and their families up to date and in the loop. Here is how we are making that happen:
- We make routine personal phone calls to each resident’s main family contact. This is a time to relay information and answer both facility and resident specific questions. These personal phone calls generally occur every other week at a minimum.
- We send a mass daily facility update to all resident contacts. Every weekday one of our staff members types a message which includes the facility’s COVID-19 status (number of residents/staff that have been confirmed to have COVID-19) and sends this message to all contacts listed on our residents’ charts. This message comes via phone call by default, but can be received in text or e-mail format as well.
Other Ways to Connect
- Follow us on Facebook or our website to see general facility updates.
- Feel free to call us at 812-425-8182 or e-mail us at email@example.com.