A Message to Family Members and Friends about COVID-19 Coronavirus
In this especially challenging time for residents of nursing care and assisted living communities, their families and friends, and the professionals who care for them, we believe it is important to share with you what we at Apostolic Christian Skylines are doing to reduce the chances of coronavirus infection.
- We are taking our residents’ temperature a minimum of daily and assessing for signs/symptoms of any change.
- We take staff temperatures as they arrive at work on each shift and assess them for signs/symptoms of any change.
- We have reinforced to our staff that anyone who is sick must stay home.
- We are following infection prevention procedures, such as handwashing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, covering coughs, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as recommended by federal and state agencies, and disinfecting the environment.
- We are working with suppliers, as well as local and state authorities, to ensure that our supply of PPE and cleaning and disinfection products continues to remain adequate and appropriate, in light of the needs of our residents and employees and the restrictions on the stockpiling of such equipment and supplies.
- We are following guidance from the federal and state governments that restricts individuals, including family members, non-essential healthcare providers, contractors, volunteers and others from visiting our facility for the time being.
We will make accommodations for family members whose loved one is near end-of-life. However, it is critical that we do all that we can to protect our residents and patients from this virus.
Loved ones can communicate with residents by phone calls, texting, FaceTime or Skype. Staff member Emily Tumilty is coordinating these services; contact her at (309) 683-2500 as needed to make arrangements.
- We are also restricting communal dining and group activities within our facility to help reduce the potential spread. In lieu of communal activities, we are providing room activities.
- We have reviewed and updated our infection prevention and control plans and our emergency communication plan.
- We are not in this alone:
We and all other skilled nursing and assisted living providers will continue to rely on local, state and federal resources to help prevent the spread of this virus.
Detailed technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health agencies is necessary to help track and prevent spread.
- If you are a family member of one of our residents, please make sure you have given us your most current emergency contact information, so we can continue to keep you informed should there be any new developments.
Every one of us at Apostolic Christian Skylines - management and staff - is committed to making our community as safe for our residents and staff as we possibly can. If you have any questions about coronavirus or our policies, please contact us at (309) 683-2500.