July 10, 2020 Letter
Dear Residents, Employees, Family Members, Legal Representatives and Health Care Providers:
We are pleased to report, as of today’s date, we are not aware of any COVID cases among our residents and staff.
As mandated by the Indiana State Department of Health, our Indiana facilities started outdoor visitation on July 4th. Since then, several family members have scheduled appointments and spent time with their loved ones. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation during the visits, including the screening process upon arrival and following the safety rules during the visit. Unfortunately, the weather has been too hot and humid for some of our residents and we have had to reschedule some visits.
We like to remind our Indiana family members to refrain from engaging in high risk activities prior to your visits. I am including in this letter a chart prepared by the Texas Medical Association that identifies what activities are considered low, moderate or high risk. We hope this will provide some guidance for you.
Our Wisconsin facility administrators and nursing directors continue to attend webinars given by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to assist in preparing for outdoor visitation. We will continue to work with the local public health departments and the state to decide when it is safe to begin.
At the request of several of our residents, we have developed a plan to allow a beautician to provide beauty services to our residents at the facilities. Policies and procedures have been developed to ensure this is done safely, including COVID-testing of the beautician and extensive training on appropriate disinfection practices. Crest Nursing Home in Butte, Montana will be the first facility to reopen its onsite beauty salon next week.
We have decided to provide our website and letter distribution updates every two weeks instead of weekly. We believe you have a very good understanding of the safety measures we have in place, our PPE supply and the required notifications we provide if we do have a positive COVID case. If you do have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact the facility administrator or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate hearing from you!
Dr. Shellie M. Sonnentag, DNP, AGPCNP-C, CD
Vice President of Clinical Services
Real Property Health Facilities Corp.
435 Village Walk Lane Suite B
Johnson Creek, WI 53038
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