March 25, 2020
Dear Residents, Family and Friends:
I would like to provide you with an update as the health threat posed by coronavirus (COVID-19) to our older population continues to be extreme, especially at senior living campuses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults are among those most at risk of becoming seriously ill as a result of coronavirus. We have been closely monitoring the situation and following guidelines from the appropriate federal and state agencies in relation to this evolving public health crisis.
Based on the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and in an effort to preclude the spread of coronavirus to our highly vulnerable residents and the dedicated staff who care for them, The Wesley Community continues to restrict all non-essential visits to the Wesley Health Care Center until further notice. This policy includes visits by family members and is designed to protect the health and well-being of our residents.
Visitors will only be allowed into the facility if deemed essential or for end-of-life situations. Staff and visitors granted access will be required to go through a screening process by a trained employee.
All traffic into and out of Wesley Health Care Center will be limited to the main (Springs) entrance. This includes staff, who will be screened before every shift.
Alternative means of communicating with loved ones are available through our Life Enrichment Team, including the use of video conferencing. This information is posted on the Wesley Community website. Residents are also advised to discontinue all non-essential off-campus travel.
- The Gift Shop at Wesley Health Care Center is closed until further notice.
- Embury Café at Embury Apartments is closed until further notice. – Bagged lunches are being offered to Embury residents.
- Embury is requesting that family and friends not visit until further notice.
- Georgia’s Restaurant at Woodlawn Commons is closed. Residents living in Assisted Living are being provided meals in their apartments. Independent residents are being provided take out options.
We will continue to recommend that all individuals take precautions to maintain their health and protect the health of others. The New York State Department of Health recommends the following best practices:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Adhere to social distancing recommendations.
We do not take these decisions lightly. We understand the importance of family and assure you that these new policies are necessary to best protect your loved ones based on the guidance we have received from the CDC. We will continue to work closely with the New York State Department of Health, Saratoga County Public Health Services and the Center for Disease Control and will keep you updated as matters continue to evolve.
Chief Operating Officer