July 31, 2020
Dear Family and Friends,
This week we have great news as our last resident in isolation moved back to their room!!! We celebrated the joyous occasion with lots of cheers, clapping, and COVID air hugs to the tune of “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang. We will be keeping the isolation wing ready in the event we have any future residents who test positive. We are continuing to test weekly to fight COVID-19. Last week we had no residents test positive, but we did have one staff person on the Care Center side. The Assisted Living residents and staff have remained negative for over a month now.
Our visitations outside have been going well (see below for planned enhancements) and we have started Essential Caregiver visits on the Assisted Living side. Chantal sent out information on the guidelines for visiting to these Essential Caregivers and they are subject to change if we have another outbreak of COVID-19. We appreciate everyone checking in, answering questions, and getting their temperature taken. Jones-Harrison has purchased an automated temperature scanner to go with the sign in kiosk that will make this process easier; this will arrive later in August. Thank you to our handful of rock star volunteers that have been helping with the screening process!
COVID-19 has changed so much of our world at Jones-Harrison. We have lost residents who were long time friends and family to all of us. Our staff stepped up to fill the void of families who could not come to see their loved ones and we all felt the pain of this loss. Watching our last resident recover on the isolation unit was joyous and yet we all know the fight for our residents is not over. Everyone at Jones-Harrison also knows we could not be at this point without donations, emails and letters of support, and prayers.
This journey has Jones-Harrison looking at how we provide services, private rooms available, and creating better spaces for residents. We will be sending out more information as our staff develop a plan for Jones-Harrison’s post COVID-19 future that will improve on the fine tradition of care offered in our Assisted Living and Care Center.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to moving together in this new world.
Annette Greely, President/CEO