UPDATED: How Springhouse is responding to COVID-19
Springhouse Senior Living has have been working diligently to help ensure you that we are prepared. Our priorities are the health and well-being of our residents and staff.
During this time, we’re committed to providing the same high level of care, comfort and safety that you expect.
Some families may have concerns or questions, so we wanted to reach out and summarize exactly what we are doing and
will continue to do.
How is Springhouse Senior Living cleaning the facility and keeping the risk of infection low for residents?
• Repeatedly wiping down all common surfaces
• Increased cleaning with disinfectant of all touch points in the communities, such as light switches, doorknobs, handrails, toilet handles, faucet handles, trash cans, computer keyboards, tops of vanities, handles on shower doors
• Increased hand washing and mandatory hand sanitizing at entrance
• Changing gloves when staff go from room to room within the community
• Elevator capacity is limited a maximum of 2 people
• Reminding all to avoid touching their face
• Maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet apart in a social situation
• All meals are being delivered individually to all residents
• Health talks/educational forums, conducted by resident care directors, during which healthy habits are discussed with residents (along with any other health-related concerns)
• Additionally, we have heightened our efforts in purchasing and replenishing reserves of safety supplies and illness-prevention wear.
Are regular healthy-living programs being maintained?
Springhouse Senior Living is continuing our group exercise in smaller group sizes. We are also putting more walking groups together. We are encouraging residents to walk inside or outside. The outside patio furniture will be put out this weekend in anticipation of the nice weather to allow residents the ability to sit outside in the fresh air. We will set up only 2 chairs at each table for now to maintain social distancing.
Also, if your loved one is receiving physical or occupation therapy through a certified home care agency/visiting nurse, they should be still coming.
Are the residents being socially engaged?
Activities are still happening: Smaller groups and a few one to one visits are being held daily. The activity coordinators and the social worker are visiting residents regularly. Sadly, we have cancelled all outside vendor performances and guest lectures, but have added some special programs run by resident experts, such as Chi Gong, a Costa Rica Lecture and Slideshow. We are repeating certain activities in the same day to allow for many residents to enjoy them while keeping group sizes small.
Our staff is quite talented as you know. Art is still happening in the art studio (keeping the 6’ distance), we now have a roving music performer who plays through the hallways and the good ole candy striper cart visiting resident apartments each morning with coffee/tea and a selection of magazines, simple art activities and brain teasers. Our Independent Living Health and Safety Committee is sharing information about obtaining groceries and the best options for seniors. They are also hand delivering daily crosswords, word finds and sudoku puzzles each morning. With excitement, next week we hope to start turning the soil in the garden!
How can you communicate with your loved one?
Springhouse Senior Living is taking full advantage of technology. We are offering video calls from residents to families. If you have a smart phone or computer you can take advantage of this great way to stay connected. If you are interested in a video call, please email email@example.com
Friend us on Facebook! Springhouse Senior Living Community is on Facebook and each day we are posting what is happening in the lives of our residents. You could see your loved one on there! We know it’s not interactive, however you will have the opportunity to see them and hopefully enjoy what we are doing to create and document meaningful memories.
You can also email us photos and we will be happy to share them with your loved one! Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
How is Springhouse handling drop-off deliveries?
You can you come by with a box of cookies, groceries, flowers etc. The deliveries will be received at the Woodside entrance. Residents who have private help and/or can manage themselves will be called to let them know they have received items. All others will be delivered to resident apartments between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.
The Woodside entrance has a cart in the vestibule (before the actually entrance to the lobby). Families, friends and relatives are encouraged to leave items on the cart. Please make sure you have the name of resident and apt number on the package as well as how many bags/boxes there are i.e. bag 1 of 3, 2 of 3 and 3 of 3. Also, put your name and phone number in case we need to call you for any reason.
How can you help yourself?
Take a deep breath. The good news is you selected Springhouse Senior Living. We have mandates and protections in place for your family member and our staff. It is a very serious situation, but it won’t help any of us to panic. We all need to save our energy! We have everything under control and expect that with our dedicated staff, we will continue to be able to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Remember to practice self-care! Eat healthy and be as active as you can. Take good care. Please feel free to call us anytime at 617-522-0043