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November 24, 2021 | JHR Visitor Guidance

Dear family and friends of JHR,

We want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are very thankful for our residents and families here at JHR and are looking forward to the new year.

In addition, I would like to keep families updated on the everchanging Covid-19 situation that is happening in our community. At this time we are no longer in outbreak status.

At this point, it seems like there is no end in sight.

After last week’s ruling, all nursing homes have opened to visitation without restrictions during any Covid outbreaks. We are grateful that you are able to visit your loved ones in person, however, at this time we are unable to have you attend any large group activities. For example, accompanying them to concerts, worship events, or the dining room.

Hospitals are currently at capacity. The Community Transmission rates are at the 2nd highest since the pandemic onset. Keeping this in mind, this puts our community at an increased risk for exposure.

If you choose to visit, we highly encourage you to follow the attached temporary visitor’s guidance below.

Our goal is to prevent Covid from entering and spreading in our building so families can continue to safely enjoy this holiday season here at Jones-Harrison.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

Megan Kowalke
Assistant Administrator

Phil Kreber
Director of Nursing

Christina Webb
Director of Nursing

November 16, 2021 | Visitation Update with New CMS Rules

Dear family and friends of JHR,

We will be opening up visitation today to all. Over the weekend we received new regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on visitation. With that being said we will no longer be closed during an outbreak. While it is safer for visitors not to enter the facility during an outbreak investigation, visitors must still be allowed in the facility.

Visitors and residents will be made aware of the potential risk of visiting during an outbreak investigation and must adhere to the core principles of infection prevention. If residents or their representatives would like to have a visit during an outbreak investigation, they must wear a mask during visits as always, regardless of vaccination status, and visits should ideally occur in the resident’s room. We also encourage a six-foot distance where ever possible when in the building. Large gatherings and parties are still not allowed unless social distancing can happen.

Lastly, if you are feeling sick or have had a positive test and are still within your quarantine; you should not visit until you have completed your quarantine and have been symptom-free for 24 hours. We will continue to screen all visitors at the front desk and print badges. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Megan, Phil, or Tina!

Sincerely,
Megan Kowalke
Assistant Administrator

Phil Kreber
Director of Nursing

Christina Webb
Director of Nursing

November 3, 2021 | Visitation Update

Dear family and friends of JHR,

I unfortunately have to again close JHR’s visitation due to two more staff positives. We will be closed until we hit 14 days with no new positive results. We will potentially be able to reopen on November 18th. We will be open to essential caregivers only during this outbreak and resident can leave the building only for essential appointments. Thank you for your understanding and please call or email with any questions.

Sincerely,

Megan Kowalke
Assistant Administrator

Phil Kreber
Director of Nursing

Christina Webb
Director of Nursing

October 23, 2021 | Visitation & Booster Shots Update

Dear family and friends of JHR,

I am excited to once again be able to reopen visitation on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021. Our visiting hours will once again be from 9 am-7 pm and be limited to three people per resident. Masks are required and eye protection is recommended for all visitors. Please remember to wash your hands and do not visit if you feel unwell or have been exposed to covid-19.

We have also finally received the date of our resident and staff booster shots. Residents will receive their boosters on Friday, October 29th. Our staff will be calling for consent this week! Staff will receive their booster shots on November 15th. We are also still awaiting President Biden's mandate of the vaccine so there are no further updates on that piece!

Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding!

Sincerely,

Megan Kowalke
Assistant Administrator

Phil Kreber
Director of Nursing

Christina Webb
Director of Nursing

September 27, 2021 | COVID-19 Visitation Update

Our visitation is now open between 9am−7pm every day. Visitors no longer need to schedule ahead of time. We are allowing three visitors at a time per resident for a duration of three hours maximum. We encourage all visitors to wear a mask and eye protection to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Should there be another COVID-19 outbreak, we will need to shut down visitation to protect our residents. At that time will we only allow essential caregivers allowed to visit. To stay informed of resident activities and Jones-Harrison news, sign up for our newsletter: https://www.jones-harrison.org/about-us/e-newslett...

September 22, 2021 | COVID-19 Update

Family and Friends of Jones-Harrison,


Through our continued outbreak testing, we had another staff member test positive for COVID-19. Thankfully there was only a slight resident exposure and only a slight staff exposure. So we do not have to close visitation from this staff member. This positive does extend our outbreak status which means at least two more weeks of mandatory facility testing for everyone. This is the reality of living with COVID in our community, so once again we encourage you to wear your masks, wash your hands, and get vaccinated! Thank you for all your continued support and patience as we get through this pandemic!


Sincerely,

Megan Kowalke
Assistant Administrator

Philip Kreber
Director of Nursing, Skilled Nursing

Christina Webb
Director of Nursing Services, Assisted Living

Jones-Harrison | Vaccine Ambassador

At Jones-Harrison Senior Living, we take the wellbeing of our staff and residents very seriously. As COVID-19 continues to be a concern, we knew we needed to do all we could to protect our community. By encouraging the COVID-19 vaccine to staff, our team reached a vaccination rate of 75% or greater and has been recognized by Superior Health

Quality Alliance as a Vaccine Ambassador. This accomplishment is something we hope many more assisted living facilities follow.

Celebrating St. Patty's Day!

On Wednesday the 17th, staff and residents came together for festive activities in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. See how we embraced our green and gold this year! Check out one of our residents, Anne, as she celebrates her Irish heritage, cheers!

There is a lot to celebrate as we come together again with healthy, vibrant residents and activities they love. At Jones-Harrison we provide a caring, connected living space that continues to evolve. Stay connected to see what we have coming for more spring celebrations.

Covid-19 Visitation Update March 2021

**This is a lengthy announcement, but all important information- so please read in full and forward to other family members that will want to know or visit. Thank you!**

Hello, Jones-Harrison Residents and Families,

In light of new guidance released this week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, we are so pleased to share that we are re-opening our doors to responsible indoor visitation. This development comes on exactly the one-year anniversary since we closed our campus to visitors, and we are beyond happy and thrilled that this day has finally arrived!

We will be welcoming visitors for all residents in the Care Center and Assisted Living at all times during which we have the staffing resources to screen and educate guests. Visits will be subject to a narrow set of exceptions as discussed below. This re-opening is effective Tuesday, March 16th. Any visits that are currently pre-scheduled for our visiting lounges will be moved to the new schedule, but the visits can occur within the resident/patient room/apartment. You may get emails notifying you of cancelations and re-schedules, be reassured it is just back-end logistics and your visit remains. We will call you if there are necessary adjustments. Due to honoring existing visits, open slots might not be available right away- please be patient.

The guidance does continue to promote outdoor visitation as the safest visitation method but allows us to re-open to indoor visitation for both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents, so long as at least 70% of facility residents have been vaccinated and there is no current evidence of internal spread of Covid19. County positivity rates do not affect the ability to allow visitation if at least 70% of residents are fully vaccinated. We proudly exceed this statistic!

We may have to suspend visitation if a resident or staff at Jones-Harrison is positive for COVID 19 until we can complete a round of outbreak testing, but will communicate more regarding this should we need to.

Responsible indoor visitation includes:

Screening of all visitors upon entrance.

Always requiring well-fitting face coverings for all visitors.

Maintaining the physical distance between visitors and all facility staff and other residents; fully vaccinated residents may choose to have physical contact with their visitors, so long as the visitor performs hand hygiene before and after the contact, masks are worn, and both parties understand the associated risk.

Because we must screen and educate all visitors upon entrance, visits will need to be scheduled and during hours that Resident Services is staffed to complete screening procedures. The following guidelines outline how Jones-Harrison will be conducting visitation based on CMS guidelines:

Visitation must be scheduled in advance using the Appointlet website. Please select a time frame based on the unit your loved one lives in. If you have any questions, please call!

We have time slots broken out in shifts and by the unit to ensure we can maintain adequate distancing and traffic flow in our buildings. Visitors may not just show up and expect to see residents at this time.

All indoor visits will take place in resident rooms/apartments. Visitors should go directly to the room/apartment of the person they are visiting, and not stop in any other area along the way. The same direct route-policy applies when visitors leave the facility.

To ensure physical distancing in our resident/patient rooms/apartments, regular visitation will be limited to 2 visitors per appointment.

If residents of our Care Center are in semi-private rooms (double occupancy) and are not comfortable with their roommate having visitors, alternative locations for the roommate and visitors to gather will be arranged- outdoors, lounges, conference rooms, etc.

As the weather allows, we encourage visitors to gather in our lovely courtyard and front area, so long as physical distancing can be maintained. Use of well-fitting face coverings will be required on all campus grounds, including outdoors.

Visitors may take their residents to Frank’s Café but we ask that you not dine together, as this requires both parties to be unmasked.

Due to the expected influx of visitors, we will see at this initial phase of re-opening, we ask that you are conservative in your sign-ups so that we can accommodate everyone who wants to come and manage the flow of people in and out. We reserve the right to reschedule visits if we see this happening.

Please be prepared for some delay in getting screened in and to the person you are here to visit if we are experiencing heavy traffic. Circumventing the desk is not permitted.

Children able to comply with using well-fitting face coverings will be allowed to visit, but there must be one adult present per child to ensure proper supervision and prevent any breach of distancing or masking protocol.

Pets are welcome to accompany visitors, so long as they are leashed/restrained, potty-trained, and only visit with the resident they are here to see.

You may take your loved one for a walk in the community as long as well-fitting masks are worn the entire time.

Please understand that all of this is a starting point. We will continue to make changes that ease some of these practices as we are able and will communicate accordingly. Along the same line, we may encounter unexpected challenges with implementing some of these practices, so please bear with us if we need to make regular tweaks to how we are doing things. We appreciate your understanding, support, patience, and whatever collaboration and compromise we might land on.

The safety of our residents/patients and staff will always be our main priority, but we will always strive to do all that we can to ensure our residents/patients have as much freedom as we all have and that their social wellbeing needs are met. While we hope we do not encounter any visitors who are non-compliant, disruptive, or aggressive; if we do, we will restrict access to such individuals. Remember that these guidelines truly do serve a purpose, and that is to eradicate this virus as soon as possible. While we are benefiting from the effects of the vaccine at this time, the general public has several months yet before they do as well. Anything less than total compliance with these guidelines risks us having to scale it all back, we want to avoid that and only keep moving forward!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the love and prayer that continues to come our way from the wonderful community we serve! We have had such a challenging year, but we feel so blessed to have traveled this journey with the most supportive, kind, and understanding families and friends anyone could hope to have. This has been a total team effort, and we look forward to the day that everyone who wants a vaccine has one and we can safely reunite in pre-pandemic style!

For Assisted Living scheduling questions contact:

Marnie Lazurus

Mlazarus@Jones-Harrison.org

612-925-7286


For Care Center scheduling questions contact:

Megan Kowalke

mkowalke@jones-harrison.org

612-213-7060

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