The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has affected the United States as well as Wisconsin with more cases reported daily. Like influenza, the elderly are most at risk for complications or death from COVID-19. Morrow Home Community, in partnership with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is following recommended measures for long term care (LTC) facilities to decrease the risk of transmission.
As of 3/23/2020:
“All hands on deck” has become the new norm at Morrow Home Community. Since we had to stop communal dining and activities last week, our staff have done a great job adjusting to this change. Multiple departments have pitched in to help wash hands and pass trays at meal times. Recreation Therapy and Social Services staff have been assisting with Facetime and Skype to help keep our residents and families connected. We tried “Hallway Bingo” on Friday while maintaining social distancing and it actually went very well!
We continue to screen staff prior to their shift and assess residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 each shift. We truly appreciate the dedicated staff who have set aside their personal stressors like daycare, education, finances, and health concerns to care for our residents. We couldn’t do it without you!
As of 3/16/2020:
Morrow Home Community, like all long-term care communities nationwide, is following our Federal guidelines regarding the management of COVID-19. These guidelines are in place for at least 30 days and will be extended if needed. All of our staff are screened for respiratory illness prior to the start of each shift and are excluded from work if needed. Visitation to the facility is restricted and group dining and activities have been cancelled. Staff have modified their duties to include more personal visits to help support the residents during this time. We appreciate the positive feedback from the community as we make the difficult yet necessary changes to keep our residents safe.
As of 3/13/2020:
Effective March 13, 2020, we have made some changes to our visitation policy due to the coronavirus threat that we are facing. In order to keep our residents and staff safe, we are restricting all visitors with the exception of end-of-life situations for loved ones. Please know this decision was not made lightly and we will be providing additional emotional support to your loved ones during this challenging time. We are getting new information from the Health Department and CDC daily. Please check our Facebook page or website (www.morrowhome.org ) or call our main number (608-269-3168) to stay updated.
As of 3/11/2020:
The most recent guidance from CMS regarding visitors to LTC facilities is the following:
Facilities should actively screen and restrict visitation by those who meet the following criteria:
- People displaying signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.
- In the last 14 days, anyone who has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with respiratory illness.
- Anyone who has traveled internationally within the last 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission. For updated information on affected countries visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
- People who are residing in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.
If you meet the above criteria, we ask that you do not visit Morrow Home Community until you no longer meet the criteria. Coronavirus can be transmitted by someone without noticeable signs or symptoms of illness. For that reason, the Federal Government has asked that we discourage visitors until further notice. If you do visit, we ask that you limit your movements within the facility to the resident’s room when possible. Please reduce walking the halls or going to the dining room. As new information becomes available, we may need to make further limits of visitation based on the guidelines issued from CMS, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control to keep our residents, staff and community healthy.