UPDATED: How Springhouse Senior Living is responding to COVID-19
Ensuring the health and well-being of our residents and employees is always our highest priority. Springhouse has activated an Action Plan, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Because our resident population is more vulnerable than the general public, we have intensive measures in place with their well-being in mind.
STEPS SPRINGHOUSE SENIOR LIVING HAS TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
– Springhouse began in-servicing staff on COVID-19 and reinforcing policies on infection control and proper handwashing in January.
– On March 9th, Springhouse Senior Living began screening all visitors and visits were restricted to members of the immediate family.
– On March 14, a STRICT NO VISITORS policy was put in place – no family or NON-ESSENTIAL care providers could enter the building.
WHAT SPRINGHOUSE SENIOR LIVING IS DOING TO KEEP STAFF AND RESIDENTS SAFE
All Assisted Living and Allen House residents are assessed each day for fever and symptoms. We are strongly encouraging all Independent Living residents to stay home and refrain from leaving the community. Staff temperatures are taken upon entry to the building. Staff are asked to stay home if they experience any symptoms, contact their doctor and are quarantined from the building for 14 days. All staff and residents in the community are wearing masks. Deep cleaning and sanitizing is ongoing at Springhouse Senior Living to clean and disinfect.
HOW IS SPRINGHOUSE SUPPORTING THE RESIDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS?
Meals for the Independent Living residents are being delivered to tables outside their apartments. Assisted Living resident meals are being delivered to their apartments. Residents in Allen House, if able, are having their meals in their apartments. Staff is delivering meals to them. Residents who require more supervision and assistance will have their meals in the Allen House dining room, practicing social distancing. Staff continually help residents practice social distancing. There are only two people allowed in the elevator at the same time. We are asking all residents to come for their mail at different times and only 2 times a week. No more than 2 people can be retrieving their mail at one time.
Residents need to respect the 6’ social distancing rule. During this time when families can no longer visit their loved one, staff are facilitating Virtual Visits through WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype and phone calls, between residents and their friends and families. To schedule a virtual visit email firstname.lastname@example.org Efforts to post on Facebook have increased to allow families to see their loved ones during the day.
Families and Friends are receiving email updates regularly and are in constant communication via email.
HOW IS SPRINGHOUSE ENGAGING RESIDENTS WHILE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING?
There are very limited programming and activities happening in Allen House. Most of the activities are being held in resident apartments on a one to one basis. The same one to one activities are being enjoyed by residents in assisted living. There is staff calling each independent living resident for “check ins.” Residents are regularly getting the opportunity to have Virtual Visits with their loved ones with assistance from staff. Therapeutic programming continues with our “Music on the Move.” Music is played while staff dance in hallways for the enjoyment of our residents.
Staff is assisting each resident to find activities or projects they enjoy – crossword and other puzzles, poetry, music and reading. Daily a beverage cart is delivering to residents in their apartments and it’s stocked with activity ideas.
When weather permits, residents may head outside to take a walk, do some gardening or just relax on the patio, keeping the mandated 6’ social distancing in place.
Check out our Facebook page to see some of what our residents are doing each day.
CAN RESIDENTS AT SPRINGHOUSE STILL RECEIVE PACKAGES AND DELIVERIES?
Absolutely! Families and friends can drop their packages off in the Woodside entrance foyer, and we will make sure the resident receives them. You can also send a letter in the mail or email us a note, video and pictures for us to share with your loved one! Please email to email@example.com Our residents love receiving photos!
We are continually monitoring and following guidance from the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO) as well as from our local Boards of Health and State Department of Public Health.