COVID-19 UPDATES

Homeland — Homeland Center, Homeland Hospice, Homeland HomeCare, and Homeland HomeHealth — is actively monitoring the progression of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure that we have the most accurate and latest information on the threat of the virus. As you know, this situation continues to develop on a daily basis. Our protocols are being adjusted as needed, and we will be sure to communicate any changes to you.

The health and well-being of our residents, patients, clients, and the staff that serve them is our highest priority. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we do our part to assist in combating the spread of the virus. Please check back for updates on this Covid-19 Resource Page.

For updates specific to Homeland Center, you can also call the Information Hotline at (717) 303-8833 for a recorded message.

Homeland Center Residents and Families

October 21, 2020

This week we are transitioning our skilled units back to more normal conditions since we’ve now had two weeks without a positive Covid–19 case among residents or staff.  We have a designated section for temporary isolation for new admissions or residents returning from a hospitalization, a small area for potential new Covid-19 cases with the remainder of our skilled units considered ‘green.’  Personal Care is already considered ‘green.’

We will continue routine testing of all previously negative staff and residents as well as consistent use of personal protective equipment.

Planning is underway to re-introduce options for visitation, allow meals to be enjoyed in our dining rooms and expansion of small group activities for our Skilled residents.  These changes will be implemented with continued precautions and an eye on the changing conditions with community spread in Dauphin County.

We appreciate the continued support and consideration from our residents and family members. If you have any questions, please contact Barry Ramper II, President/CEO at 717-221-7902.

The next website update will be on or before October 28.

October 14, 2020

This week’s test results are almost complete and those received are negative for the skilled care residents and staff who continue to be tested. We plan to maintain weekly testing through October for those who have been negative throughout.

Personal Care residents are now enjoying meals in the dining room with plexiglass partitions, individual condiments and opportunity for conversation. Skilled Care residents will have similar opportunity in the upcoming weeks along with small group activities.

We will be in touch with family members to begin planning for additional visiting options, balancing ongoing precautions with the importance of these actions for overall quality of life for our residents.

We appreciate the continued support and consideration from our residents and family members. If you have any questions, please contact Barry Ramper II, President/CEO at 717-221-7902.

The next website update will be on or before October 21.

October 8, 2020

We had no positive Skilled Care resident cases from the weekly testing conducted on October 5-6; currently a small number of employee tests remain outstanding with those received being negative. We will continue weekly testing for staff and previously negative Skilled Care residents. Personal Care residents are now on a monthly test cycle.

These results allow us to continue with plans to introduce safe options for small group activities, meals in our dining rooms and expanded visitation options this month. Personal Care introduced these changes this week and Skilled Care will follow later this month. The next update will be on or before Wednesday, October 14.

We appreciate the continued understanding and consideration from our residents, family members and others involved in the rapid positioning of our operations for the highest level of commitment to our residents. If you have any questions, please contact Barry Ramper II, President/CEO at 717-221-7902.

September 29, 2020

We continue weekly testing of all Residents and Staff. Based on recent results (declining positive cases and none in Personal Care for 4 weeks), we have begun planning to ease restrictions currently in place and prepare for residents to come together for meals, participate in small group activities and expand visitation options by the middle of October.  Implementing the plans is dependent on our status of no positive test results among the residents and staff.

As we develop those plans, be assured we are following appropriate guidelines for infection control, social distancing while acknowledging the importance of these actions for the well-being of our residents. We look forward to sharing more details as soon as the plans are firmed up with the test results of the most recent round of testing, performed on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The next update will be not later than Wednesday, October 7.

We appreciate the continued understanding and consideration from our residents, family members and others involved in the rapid positioning of our operations for the highest level of commitment to our residents. If you have any questions, please contact Barry Ramper II, President/CEO at 717-221-7902.

September 22, 2020

Universal testing of all Residents and Staff occurred on September 15-16. We had two residents in Skilled Nursing test positive, one non direct care Staff, and no Personal Care Residents. According to CDC and PA Department of Health guidance, the Residents were cohorted and the employee was quarantined.

The universal testing, to occur this week, occurred yesterday and is continuing today. Weekly testing will continue for all Staff and Residents, who previously tested negative for presence of the virus, until we have two consecutive test cycles without a positive case in conjunction with the positivity rate for Dauphin County. We have, and will, continue to follow the testing guidance defined by CDC and PA Department of Health.

The next website update will be provided on, or before, Tuesday, September 29th.

We appreciate the continued understanding and consideration from our residents, family members and others involved in the rapid positioning of our units for the highest level of commitment to our residents in a highly challenging situation. If you have any questions, please contact Barry Ramper II, President/CEO at 717-221-7902.

September 15, 2020

Another round of universal testing occurred September 8-9. We had two residents in Skilled Nursing test positive, one non direct care staff person and no Personal Care residents. As before, the residents were cohorted and the employee was quarantined in compliance with guidelines from CDC and the PA Department of Health.

Our fifth round of universal testing occurred this week and the results are still being received. Weekly testing will continue for all staff and residents who have previously tested negative for the presence of the virus until we have two consecutive test cycles without a positive case. We will then continue to follow the testing guidance outlined by CDC and the Department of Health.

The next website update will be provided on, or before, Tuesday, September 22.

We appreciate the continued understanding and consideration from our residents, family members and others involved in the rapid positioning of our units for the highest level of commitment to our residents in a highly challenging situation. If you have any questions, please contact Barry Ramper II, President/CEO at 717-221-7902.

September 8, 2020

Universal testing occurred on Thursday, September 3. Results included an additional four Skilled Residents and one employee testing positive. The residents were cohorted and the employee was quarantined in compliance with guidelines from CDC and the PA Department of Health.

Per guidance, we will continue weekly testing of all residents and employees who previously tested negative for the presence of the COVID-19 disease and take appropriate actions. We’ll provide the next website update on, or before, Tuesday, September 15.

We appreciate the continued understanding and consideration from our residents, family members and others involved in the rapid positioning of our units for the highest level of commitment to our residents in a highly challenging situation. If you have any questions, please contact Barry Ramper II, President/CEO at 717-221-7902.

September 2, 2020

We conducted universal testing of all residents and employees on August 28 and received results through September 1. Nine Skilled Residents, one Personal Care Resident, and three employees had positive test results. We took immediate action as defined by CDC and Department of Health guidelines in response to those reports.

The next universal test of residents and employees will occur on Thursday, 9/3. The next website update will be provided on, or before, Tuesday 9/8.

We appreciate the continued understanding and consideration from our residents, family members and others involved in the rapid positioning of our units for the highest level of commitment to our residents in a highly challenging situation.

August 28, 2020

On August 21, 2020, at approximately 10:30PM, Homeland Center received notification of a COVID-19 positive resident.

This was a result of universal testing, and adherence to established protocols, for all Skilled Resident’s which occurred on 8/20. It was based on contact tracing two employees, for which notification to perform such, was received on Thursday, 8/20 and Friday, 8/21. Resident test results were received intermittently thru Sunday night, 8/23. As information was being received family member contact began and continued to occur. Plan was initiated on Monday, 8/24 to cohort 24 Residents testing positive and was completed Tuesday, 8/25. One Personal Care Resident tested positive.

Testing of all Skilled Nursing Residents, initially testing negative, will occur on Friday 8/28. Universal testing of Personal Care Residents will occur on Friday, 8/28. Universal testing of all staff will occur on Friday, 8/28. Entire process occurred, and continues to occur, as defined by CDC and Department of Health guidelines.

We very much appreciate the understanding and consideration afforded by our Residents, Family members, and all involved associated to the rapid positioning of our Skilled units for the highest level of commitment for our Residents in a highly challenging situation.

The next posting will occur on, or before, 9/2. If you have any questions, please contact Barry Ramper II, President/CEO at 717-221-7902.

August 22, 2020 – 5PM

At approximately 10:30PM yesterday evening we were notified, by the lab, the first positive test of a Homeland Center Skilled Resident. This result occurred from the universal testing of all Resident’s we initiated after being advised of an employee testing positive earlier in the week. We are continuing to receive test results as we speak with a belief all tests will be completed by Monday morning.

Please contact Barry Ramper II, President/CEO (717-979-1748 or 717-221-7902) with any questions, as we will continue to keep you informed.

August 14, 2020

We received notification today that one part-time administrative (non-direct care) employee tested positive for Covid-19. The employee was, and continues to be, asymptomatic. The employee was instructed to quarantine and be tested based on potential exposure at a location other than Homeland Center. No other resident or employee has any negative outcomes from this situation. Homeland Center will apply return-to-work protocols for this employee as defined by PA Department of Health and CDC. Resident family members will be contacted directly for any questions to be answered.

July 29, 2020

Homeland Center has not experienced any COVID-19 cases among its residents or any significant outbreak, and therefore happy to report the initiation of our Reopening Implementation Plan.

Homeland’s reopening status is based upon several criteria, including: facility Covid status, testing capacity, staffing, access to personal protective equipment (PPE), and community case status. In the event the Governor moves Dauphin County into the Red Phase, Homeland Center will immediately move back to Phase I and close Homeland Center’s Campus to resident visitors, and non-essential personnel and vendors. Independent of the Governor’s reopening plan, Homeland Center reserves the authority to move back to Phase I and/or limit access to portions of Homeland Center as deemed necessary to maintain safety of staff and residents.

Visitation hours will occur for 15 minute intervals between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Visitation space is arranged such that a minimum of 6 feet is maintained between visitors and residents. To ensure fairness and equity associated to the scheduling process, Resident’s names will be randomly generated for scheduling. As the name is pulled, the Social Work and Activities departments will contact the Resident’s family members to schedule a visit. More details can be found on our Reopening Implementation Plan.

Prior to coming to visit your loved one at Homeland Center, it is important you take the time to read our In-person Visitation Guidelines.

We look forward to seeing you again!

Homeland at Home (Hospice, HomeCare, HomeHealth) Clients, Patients and Families How to protect yourself and those you love

April 7, 2020 – COVID-19 Patient Instructions from DOH – A new update from DOH regarding COVID-19 Instructions for Self Isolation while awaiting laboratory tests. Please go to the DOH website for more information.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

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Question for Homeland?

Please contact Barry Ramper II, President and CEO at 717-221-7902.

You can also call the Homeland Center Information Hotline at (717) 303-8833.