Dear Families of our Residents,
We would like to thank each and every one of you, your families and your friends for all the wonderful donations of the much-needed items. The outpouring of love and generosity from the community has been such a blessing to our Home and our Residents.
We need to inform you all that yesterday we found out that one of our Residents tested positive for COVID -19; however, this Resident responded successfully to the treatment and has recovered. The infectious disease physician has stated that this Resident is not infectious. The infectious disease physician is a specialist in COVID-19, and that is who makes this determination. We are working closely with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health to keep everyone here safe. We are monitoring all our staff and Residents daily for fever, cough, and shortness of breath. We are following all of the recommendations of the Dept. of Public Health, and are in contact with them several times a day.
Thank God our nursing staff has been monitoring Residents temperatures, symptoms and are constantly on the telephone with our physicians we caught this person with early symptoms and had them treated immediately. We are encouraging Residents to inform the nurses or Sisters if they are having any symptoms.
In following the guidelines with the CDC, CMS, the Mayor and the Governor of California, we are extending our restrictions for all visitors until we have been cleared by the Department of Public Health and the CDC. We will continue to keep you updated if this date is extended.
We are encouraging the Residents to stay in their rooms and to wear mask whenever they come out. We have posted reminder signs for them to wash their hands and to wear a mask. We understand it is hard for them to stay in doors and we ask you to encourage them when you talk to them to please do just that for their health and well being and for all the Residents and staff health and well-being.
We are continuing to feed our Residents in their individual rooms. Our Housekeeping staff who are already very diligent at keeping our Home wonderfully clean have begun a frequent cleaning of high touch surface areas such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails with disinfectants. They are also coming around after all meals to make sure that all food containers and utensils are picked up and disposed. Activities and Events staff are working to keep the Residents entertained with social distancing activities as well as individual activities such as puzzles, coloring, audio books, word search, crossword puzzles that they can do in their rooms. Our Social Worker Maritza Nino and other staff members will be holding a weekly “fireside chat” broadcasting from the Chapel giving Residents updates on Covid -19 and our next steps.
All of our staff members are working together to ensure the safety and well being of your loved ones.
We want to remind all of you the importance of keeping connected with your loved ones at this time. We are encouraging you to FaceTime or Skype with your loved ones. We have assigned Maritza Nino our Social Worker or Bing Varias our Activities Director, as our primary contacts for families to facilitate contact. Should your loved one not have a way to communicate via cellphone or computer, please call Maritza or Bing to make arrangements at (310) 548-0625.
We understand that your family members may need essential items such as prescriptions, personal hygiene items, etc. We ask you to please call ahead and to please leave the items in a bag or in a box at the front door with their name on it. You may talk to the receptionist through the door, they will make sure that your loved one receives the items.
Our dedicated staff and Little Sisters have been working tirelessly to make sure that your loved ones are safe and healthy during this time. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please stay at home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep your family members safe.
Thank you for your understanding and collaboration as we make decisions for the health and safety of our Residents. Together we will successfully navigate through these uncertain times. We will continue to keep you updated with any new developments.
We pray that God will protect all of you and your loved ones during this time.