Dear Oakridge Gardens Community,
It’s been a few weeks since my last communication and I want to keep you updated on rebuilding and reopening after the fire.
We have completed mitigation and recovery from water and smoke damage and will get power turned on this week – these are the first steps that need to be taken to reopening. We are now busy planning for rebuilding Cedar Ridge, Oaks and Rehab North with our partner Community Living Solutions (CLS). We look forward to also working with CLS to rebuild Rehab West. We are excited this planning and work has begun.
Before we’re able to start rebuilding, the facility has to go through an inspection to determine the cause of the fire. Due to circumstances beyond our control, that inspection has been delayed, so the entire timeline has been shifted. We’re hoping to have the inspection completed by the first week of September and then work on the facility would begin soon after.
Because of the delay in the investigation, we are now hoping to reopen Rehab North, Cedar Ridge and Oaks possibly in December. We still don’t have an expected re-open date for Rehab West. We will be reaching out to you directly as we have more information on expected move-in dates.
I understand that it’s hard to feel connected during a time when connectedness is difficult to begin with. To that end, we are putting a focus on communication and will be launching a revamped printed newsletter and will be putting more content on our Facebook page. If you would like to share ideas of what you’d like to see, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, I am so grateful for your patience and understanding. Please know we’re doing the best we can to get our facility back open quickly and safely. If you have any questions, concerns, ideas or comments as we move through these next months, please don’t hesitate to call me, Caitlin or Andi at (920) 739-0111.
Michael T. Schanke
At present none of our three locations, Oakridge Gardens, GardenView or the Gardens of Fountain Way have any positive cases of COVID 19. We continue diligent screening of all staff and residents. We have undertaken a number of readiness activities and continue apace in order that we are prepared to deal with a positive case.
As many may know, the State has made testing kits available in order that we may test all staff and residents. This is a good start to helping us manage the virus in our communities. Hopefully it won’t be the last. Testing a wide group of people in a setting like ours is called a Point-prevalence survey (PPS). It is meant to take a global look at a setting. PPS are used in healthcare facilities to identify the number of people with a disease or condition at a specific point in time. A PPS is a snapshot that identifies who might have been exposed to a specific infectious disease, regardless of who is exhibiting symptoms at that time. Our aim is to understand our COVID state, specifically looking to identify the asymptomatic positive we hear so often about. We will be conducting roughly 238 tests.
We will be conducting our COVID 19 PPS next week, beginning on May 18, 2020. We have a significant number of residents and staff to test so this will take a few days to complete. Testing results will take at least 48 hours to return, dependent on the volume at the State lab and will be returned in the order they are submitted over the several days we will be testing. We will of course, keep everyone appraised of our results.
Thank you for your continued support as we work through this ever-evolving journey to defeat this virus.
As we all know, COVID-19 continues to affect a growing number of people across the U.S. and around the world. We have continued to monitor our residents and staff on a more than daily basis and will continue to do so.
At this time, we have no cases of COVID-19 and will make every effort to mitigate the potential. We continue our investments in process, education and equipment to deal with the potential. Like any complex healthcare organization, we deal with many moving parts on any given day. Our focus each and every day is to do our best to manage the situation in front of us, which is the potential exposure to COVID-19.
One area you often hear or read about is the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in healthcare settings.
Our supplies remain adequate and while they don’t tend to grow over time, we have maintained adequate levels for the safety of our staff and residents. It will continue to be a challenge though and we utilize strategies to safely conserve and extend our current inventories. We have also made purchases of products and technology in order to move away from the “disposable” PPE healthcare has relied upon for so long. One proactive example is our purchase of helmet mounted air purifiers for our staff to use in place of disposable N95 masks should the need present. These helmets are state of the art PPE and are essentially infinitely reusable. These units have a long production lead times due to demand, but will definitely still be of immense value when they arrive. There is little doubt that we will be employing mitigation and PPE strategies well into the fall. Another example is our purchase of special purpose negative air modules for use in designated patient care rooms in the event we have need of specific isolation protocols. While negative air pressure rooms are not required for the management of COVID-19, it is definitely the best way to approach it. These specialized units prevent the air from leaving a room, filter it and discharge it out of the building. It is a preventive strategy and one you won’t find in many LTC facilities. Again, there is a lead time to manufacture, but they should arrive in mid to late May. These two examples represent significant capital investments in the short term, but will be utilized in the future for many different applications. We have long used different levels of patient care “precautions” and PPE in the delivery of care. We will move away from the “disposable PPE” mentality.
Our staff of dedicated people in all departments continue to report for duty and care for the elders at Oakridge, Gardenview and The Gardens of Fountain Way. They are doing great work and have not wavered in their commitment to care, they are essential in so many ways and deserving of thanks.
We hope you are all well and doing your best to stay Safer at Home!
There have been many changes in just a short time because of the COVID 19 virus. What has not changed is the understanding and cooperation we have received from all of our staff, residents and families in what is uncharted territory for our entire society. Much has been asked of all of you and you have given your best.
We remain committed to ensuring our residents and staff remain healthy. We continue to see many changes and new rules from Federal, State and now local government. This presents an obvious challenge in that we have to reconcile all of them almost on a daily basis. Sometimes they say slightly different things about the same subject. That’s inevitable I suppose, we are all doing our best to make the right decisions with the information at hand.
Visitation remains as “essential” only. We have no indication it might be possible to relax this policy, but you can be sure we will celebrate that day together when it does come. We continue to screen all staff and residents on a daily basis, following CDC guidelines for health care. The Safer At Home Act is new for all of us, but our staff, vendors and support agencies are all considered essential so there will be no interruptions in availability. While this act may be difficult for some to comply with, it is a bold and necessary step to stop the spread of this virus and I thank our Governor for his actions.
More changes and challenges are sure to come to all of us, both in the facility and out in the community.
I close by offering a prayer that I received from our friends at Shepherds Care ministry related to the current crisis, I keep it on my desk: I pray the residents and care givers can be spared any overwhelming impacts and God will hasten the day when they can be fully accessible again.