May 09, 2020
Beginning Monday, May 11, the main dining room will be open to all assisted living residents at staggered seating times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Groups of residents from each unit will be given an assigned time for their meals and each resident will be seated at his/her own private table.
The dining schedule and staggered seating assignments will ensure that previously positive residents remain together and are not intermingled with any resident that, to date, has tested negative. Staff members will be present at the entrance to the dining room and will escort the residents to their assigned seats. Staff members continue to wear masks throughout the course of their workday and other appropriate personal protective equipment based on individual resident needs.
The use of china, glass and silverware will resume and will help make mealtimes an anticipated and pleasant experience for residents. All dining room surfaces including tables, chairs, doorways, etc., will be washed and disinfected with specialty cleaners following each seating.
There is no timeline, as of yet, as to when small groups of residents can gather independently or take part in scheduled indoor activities. We will continue to work closely with our county and state departments of health as plans for resuming traditional daily life at Ingersoll continue to evolve. Pleasant weather over the past few days has given all residents the opportunity to enjoy outdoor time and a group exercise session was conducted yesterday morning in the East Garden, allowing for safe distancing for all involved.
At present, the visitation ban is still in effect, allowing only Ingersoll staff and essential health providers to enter the building and other visits deemed medically necessary. However, face-to face visits in our virtual visitor station in the Main Lobby/Entrance Front will resume on Monday. Contact Amber Zoller at 518-370-4419 for information and scheduling. She will get back to you as soon as possible but please be patient.
We're hoping for sunshine and mild weather conditions on Mother's Day. A special menu, featuring Lobster Rolls and other entrée items has been planned by the food service staff. Earlier this week, Activities staff loaded their mobile cart with flowers, chocolates and special greetings and delivered them to all residents in celebration of mothers everywhere.
We will continue to provide updates on changes in daily activities and protocols related to the coronavirus. Please continue to direct non-urgent questions and concerns to Ceil Mack, 518-370-4419, ext. 303.