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George Celebrates His Birthday!

We were so happy to host George’s birthday at Jones-Harrison Residence with his family – safely distancing 6 feet away. Andrew from our Therapeutic Recreation department was an able assistant as George unwrapped all his “suspicious” looking presents – none of them the chocolate covered cherries he kept asking for! However, his family did a beautiful job of re-framing some very special photos for George to enjoy.  We even managed to capture a bit of video of the big day!

Covid-19 Update: July 10,2020

Dear Family and Friends,

We hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!  This week is a good week to keep celebrating too!  We have no new cases of COVID-19 in our staff or residents on the campus.  We are continuing to test weekly though.  There are still four people in our isolation unit at the care center.

All the staff want to say thank you to our families and friends who are visiting outside and virtually.  We can see the faces  of our residents light up and we hear all the wonderful laughter.  Thank you for following our guidelines and working to ensure the health of our residents.

Jones-Harrison heard back from our infection control survey and we had two areas to improve on.  One is to create a better system for tracking staff screenings when they enter the building.  We will be working to purchase thermal temperature scanners to help screen staff more efficiently. The second area is continued training on cleaning for better infection control.  We currently have cleaning measures in place, but we will beef up with more education and auditing for compliance.  Overall, we got good feedback and we will continue to work to improve our current systems.

Thank you for your support and have a great weekend!

Annette Greely, President/CEO

Jones-Harrison Nature Nursery

Last year we had a baby deer born right in one of our courtyards.  Now a mama turkey and her brood of 7 turklets have found our gardens a really fun place to hang out.  Always fun how much nature we enjoy right in the heart of the city.

Covid-19 Update: June 26, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

We are sorry for the delays in communication.  Our new lab is working as best they can with the large amount of samples we send them.  We will move our main communication email to Fridays that way we will give the lab ample time and you more accurate information.  Thank you for your patience.

This week in the care center we had two new asymptomatic positive residents.  They have moved to our isolation area.  There are four residents in isolation.  One resident recovered and is back in their room.

The assisted living residents have been all negative for the third week in a row!  They also do not have any staff who have tested positive.

We had one staff person from the care center so far test positive and is asymptomatic.  We are waiting for some staff lab results to come back.

Jones-Harrison has not gotten any follow up yet from our last infection control survey from the state.  We are continually following the guidelines set forth by the CMS and DHS on the best way to implement infection control.  Jones-Harrison is going to keep testing residents and staff as long we have positives.  We feel this is our best tool for fighting back against COVID-19.

We hope people are signing up for the outdoor visits!  You can always sign up for the video chats too.  The assisted living had some good news yesterday with the start of some social distancing dining and activities.  Our staff is excited for our assisted living residents to get more socialization and the staff at the care center are also working on new guidelines for activities to be implemented, along with working hard to bring people outside and coordinate visitations!

Until COVID-19 is eliminated from our communities or we get a vaccine, we must all keep vigilant in the recommendations of social distancing and masks.  We are thankful for your understanding of how challenging this situation is working with a new virus.  We are thankful for your support for our residents and staff!  Together, we will continue to fight this virus and advocate for all nursing homes and assisted living to get the needed support from our government and society!

Sincerely,

Annette Greely, President/CEO