3/26/2020 – Homeland Center
The following information is provided as an update associated to a great deal of focus which has occurred over the last three weeks. Fortunately, to date, Homeland Center has no documented cases of COVID-19, but as health care professionals we know our residents are vulnerable to community spread of the virus.
Rest assured Homeland Center has taken the steps to proactively prepare for cases that may surface in the weeks and months to come. This includes monitoring and sharing the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), ongoing communications with our employees, staffing partners and vendors to self-disclose any potential exposure, and reinforcing with our caregivers the importance of following directions in all’s best interest.
The following provides an overview of measures being taken at Homeland Center to protect the best interest of our Residents:
- Prohibiting all entry to Homeland Center except for essential staff.
- Mandatory confidential screening of all staff upon arrival, and at the end of their shift. This includes recent travel history and obtaining temperature. For any individuals who decline to be screened, or meet any of the criteria for potential exposure, they will be asked to leave. Screening occurs 24/7 and with every individual.
- Continual education to all staff to self-report any signs/symptoms prior to arriving at Homeland Center for determination of steps to occur.
- Continual education to all staff about infection control requirements, and staff being held accountable to adhere to these requirements.
- Focused current planning and future projections as to staffing and supplies necessary associated to all aspects of our operations.
- On-going creation of opportunities for our Resident’s to have quality of life experiences while maintaining the six-foot social distancing requirement.
- Creation of means for you and your family member to telecommunicate. This includes facetime and other remote options. Please contact Ashley Bryan, Director of Social Work to assist in this process.
- Monitoring CDC and CMS communications and continue close communication with the Department of Health, Emergency Management Agencies, and Healthcare Coalition to be in possession of the most recent understanding of the situation.
- Adhering to directives provided to us from all regulatory entities.
This is an extremely challenging time. Please be assured we are prepared to implement and update our COVID-19 mitigation actions and response, which may be necessary as we collectively overcome this challenge. If you have any questions, at any time, please contact Barry Ramper at 717-221-7902. You can also call our COVID-19 information line at 717-303-8833.
Thank you for trusting us to maintain the highest level of responsibility for you and your loved one.