Dear Valuable Family Members, Friends and Supporters,
I would like to update you on the steps we are taking to protect our residents and employees from the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts.
As you are aware, Governor Baker declared a State of Emergency in Massachusetts this week. Yesterday March 11, 2020, we participated in a phone conference with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health along with thousands of providers across the health continuum.
Effective March 12, 2020, Department of public health came out with a new circular letter and directions.
Following the conference call, and after discussion with our medical directors and expert in the field, we decided to discourage visits and limit foot traffic in our facilities in order to protect our residents.
Effective immediately, we discourage visiting for the next 30 days (for now) to minimize possible exposure in our facilities. We are imposing visiting hours Monday through Friday (No weekends) from 9am to 5pm for anyone still interested in visiting our facility.
Our adult day club will be temporary shut down for outside participants for the next 30 days to avoid outside traffic.
Entrance to Dodge Park Rest Home during visiting hours will be allowed only from the lower level.
Note that we highly discourage visiting during this time. If you do decide to visit, be aware that we will check your temperature upon arrival. Visits will be restricted to the resident's room only. We will not be allowing visitors in the common area at this time, or during meal time.
Please be aware that we may reach a point where we might have to restrict all visitation depending on the trajectory of the virus spread, (as other long-term care facilities already initiated). We understand how important your visits are, for you and your loved one, but we need your support to protect our residents.
Note that one or more of the following will prohibit your entrance to the facility:
Pursuant to an Order issued by the Commissioner of Public Health, facilities are required to
actively screen all visitors.
- Signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.
- In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with respiratory illness.
- International travel within the prior 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission. For updated information on affected countries visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
- Residing in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.
Please respect these restrictions as we highly value the safety of our residents. If you answer yes to one or more of these conditions, DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING.
We have portable phones available for you to speak with residents while these restrictions are in place. We are also in the process of implementing video chat systems.
Thank you for your cooperation. We will continue to update this policy as more information becomes available.
As always, contact Micha, Ben, Carrie, Renee, and Meri at the facilities or on our cell phones with any questions.