August 18, 2020
Good afternoon Gilpin Hall Family,
It has been several weeks since my last email and things here are largely unchanged. We did, however, recently begin to accept new admissions. Applicants are carefully screened and new residents are being quarantined for a minimum of 14 days upon admission.
Monthly COVID-19 testing of our asymptomatic residents continues with no positive results to date, for which we are thankful. Asymptomatic staff testing also continues, however, we have moved from weekly to bi-weekly testing at the direction of Delaware Division of Public Health. You may recall that we notified you of (four) 4 staff members who tested positive during our routine testing. Since my last email, the positive results for the two (2) most recently reported staff members are now considered to have been false positives, determined by negative testing shortly following receipt of the initial positive results.
Life at Gilpin Hall, as we have come to know it over these last months, is far from the life we enjoyed prior to the pandemic. State mandate still does not permit visitors, beauty/barber services, group gatherings, and other activities that are so important to the well-being of all. Many residents have been negatively impacted by these life changes and efforts by staff are not enough to totally fill the void. We look forward to the time we can lift restrictions and work to revive our normal operations.
We continue to facilitate frequent Skype and telephone calls with family and friends and our activity staff members are involved in many one-on-one visits with residents. Telehealth visits between residents and mental health professionals are also available and encouraged. Afternoon treats have been enjoyed such as ice cream floats and sundaes, ice cream novelties, fresh baked cookies and cakes, and even mock tail margaritas and daiquiris. Theme menus have included a July 4th BBQ, Italian Day, Fish Friday's, and other special menus for St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Mother's and Father's Day.
How can you help? Residents may enjoy receiving hand written notes or cards - maybe include pictures of family or an event they may have enjoyed in the past or recently been unable to attend. Our staff would be happy to sit down and hear all about it!!
Many of you continue to express your appreciation for our staff and we thank you very much. This is a whole new work environment and experience for staff as well and we applaud their dedication.
Thank you again for your continuing support and kind words. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions or comments.
Linda B. Schwind, NHA