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Woodlawn Commons Assisted Living Update for Residents and Families

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February 19, 2021

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family, and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

I hope this update finds you well. Thank you for your continued support.

Window Visitations

Window visits are currently open for scheduling outside the Fox dining room under the portico. A tent with heat has been ordered for additional comfort. Please contact our team at the main desk at 518-691-1560, or the nursing office at 518-691-1615 or 518-691-1572 to schedule a visit.

Limited In-Person Visitation

In-person visits will be made available beginning February 24th in our Fox Dining Room. Please keep in mind, that until we have received additional guidance from NYSDOH, visitation must remain limited regardless of visitor and resident vaccination status. We are actively advocating for additional guidance from DOH and will send additional clarification as we know more.

Limited In-Person, In-Door Visitation Guidelines

Policy: Woodlawn will allow safe and controlled limited visitation at the direction of the Department of Health, accompanied by strong infection prevention and control requirements and additional safety guidelines. This policy aims to safeguard and maintain the health and wellbeing of residents and staff, while containing and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

In order to be eligible for visitation under this guidance, Woodlawn Commons must attest and ensure visitors adhere to the following requirements:

  • Visitation will occur by appointment only in the Fox Dining room. Please follow signage to the Fox Dining Room entrance for screening.
  • Hours of Visitation:
    • 11am – 6pm: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
    • 11am – 4pm: Saturday
  • Only 2 visitors per resident per appointment. All visitors should be 18 years of age or older.
    • All visits must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance. Same day requests cannot be accommodated.
    • Visiting residents in apartments or any other interior spaces is not allowed at this time. Visits will take place only in the Fox Dining Room as arranged by the facility.
    • All visitors and residents must abide by 6 ft social distancing during the entire visit; Physical touching is prohibited.
    • Residents and visitors must wear face masks that cover the mouth and nose at all times.
    • Eating or drinking during the visit is prohibited.
    • Handing a resident items of any type during the visit is not allowed. Please continue to drop off items at the drop-off table which is located at the main Harkness entrance.
    • Visitation will need to be discontinued at any time if a confirmed positive COVID diagnosis of any staff or resident is received.
    • Any visitor who later becomes quarantined due to a positive COVID test should inform the facility as soon as they become aware of the positive results.
    • Visits will be staggered to ensure adequate time to clean any common areas or high touch surfaces between visits.
    • The facility will allow 30-45 minutes visits in order to maximize access to visitation by all residents.
    • Prior to each scheduled visit, visitors must undergo symptom and temperature checks by Woodlawn staff and shall be denied visitation if they report any COVID-19 exposure or symptoms or have a temperature over 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • All visitors must sign in upon entry. Woodlawn will maintain a daily log of all visitors, which will include names, contact information (address and phone number, and email address if available) as well as the location within the Woodlawn/property that visitation occurred.
    • Woodlawn Commons encourages all visitors to bring their own face masks. Anyone arriving with no face mask will not be allowed entry/visit. The face mask must be properly worn over the nose and mouth throughout the entirety of the visit. Visitors who wear a face mask inappropriately or pull the face mask down during a visit, will be asked to leave should the behavior continue.
    • Residents must wear a face mask at all times.
    • Visitors must sanitize their hands upon arrival and at the end of each visit. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer for frequent use, in addition to utilizing the sanitizer supplied by Woodlawn.
    • End of Life Guidelines will remain in place.
    • If any visitor fails to adhere to the protocol, the individual will be prohibited from visiting for the duration of the COVID-19 state-declared public health emergency.

Scheduling Appointments:

Please contact our team at the main desk at 518-691-1560, or the nursing office at 518-691-1615 or 518-691-1572 to schedule a visit.

Visitation will be paused at any time if a confirmed positive COVID diagnosis is received for any staff or resident at Woodlawn Commons.

Social Visits Off-Site

The guidance from the NYS Department of Health regarding holiday visitations issued in November has been extended through February 26th via executive order. This includes protocols for non-medical, off-campus social visits with family or friends. We recognize these orders are restrictive and encourage you to review the measures closely. Please call us with questions regarding these guidelines. Non-medical trips off campus are still not allowed at this time.

Virtual Visitations

As always, virtual visitations via Facetime are available as well. To schedule a facetime or zoom visit contact Gina Mergel at 518-691-1576 or by e-mail, GMergel@thewesleycommunity.org. You can also reach out to the main desk at 518-691-1560, or the nursing office at 518-691-1615 as well.

Brighter days ahead!

Best,

Tom Lyons

Director of Assisted Living

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February 4, 2021

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family, and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

I hope this note finds you well. Here are a few updates.

Second Vaccine Clinic

Our second COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is right around the corner and will be held on February 8th. We will be following the same process as we did with the first clinic. Our nursing team and a Walgreen pharmacist will deliver the vaccine to each Assisted Living resident in the comfort of their own apartment. Our first clinic was a great success with 100% of our residents receiving the first dose of the vaccine. Also, our friends and neighbors at the Independent Living had almost 100% participation as well. Further, we’ve had 84% of our staff at Woodlawn receive vaccinations and expect that number to reach into the 90’s before our clinics are complete. This is all great progress and positive steps back to a more normal routine for us all. If you have any questions related to the vaccine or the process, please feel free to reach out to myself, Donna Edgerly, or Judith Nelson.

Visitations

 Holding in-person visitations will be re-evaluated once our second round of vaccinations are completed on the 8th and we receive additional guidance from the Department of Health and Saratoga Public Health. We realize this is of particular interest once our residents are fully vaccinated. We share the same desire to learn more from our local and regional agencies for further guidance and arrange for visitation as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

We are actively planning to begin family window visitations at the Fox Dining room location. We realize that temperatures are not ideal and are working on making accommodations to keep visitors warm and comfortable. Please contact our team at the main desk at 518-691-1560, or the nursing office at 518-691-1615 or 518-691-1572 to schedule a visit.

The guidance from the NYS Department of Health regarding holiday visitations issued in November has been extended through February 26th via executive order. This includes protocols for non-medical, off-campus social visits with family or friends. We recognize these orders are restrictive and encourage you to review the measures closely. A copy of the guidance is linked here for your reference.

As always, virtual visitations via Facetime are available as well. To schedule a facetime or zoom contact Gina Mergel at 518-691-1576 or by e-mail, GMergel@thewesleycommunity.org. You can also reach out to the main desk at 518-691-1560, or the nursing office at 518-691-1615 as well.

New Team Members

Chrissy Bentley has joined us as our full-time evening LPN and brings with her over 16 years of experience caring for seniors; several of which were right here on campus at The Wesley Health Center. In fact, early in her career, Chrissy was trained as a CNA by our very own Donna Edgerly! What a great story to now have Donna and Chrissy reunited in providing great care for our residents! Chrissy’s role will bring additional expertise and bandwidth to our already strong team.

Many of you may recognize Sarah’s Gorss’ warm and friendly personality during her time with our Dining Department. We’re thrilled to have her join the care team here at Woodlawn full-time on our Night shift.

We’re excited and fortunate to have Chrissy and Sarah join us during these unprecedented times. They’ve hit the ground running and our team has welcomed them with open arms.

Gratitude

We are immensely grateful for all the efforts of our entire team here at Woodlawn over the past months. Each department has contributed significantly to keeping our residents safe and engaged to the best of their ability. Further, we’re grateful for the continued support and patience of our residents and families through these trying days. We’ll continue to work through these times together.

Brighter days ahead!

Best,

Tom Lyons

Director of Assisted Living

NYS DOH Holiday Guidance

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January 23, 2021

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

Woodlawn Commons was informed that a staff member has recently tested positive for COVID-19. They last worked on January 13th and had no resident contact. The Department of Health has been notified and after consultation with Saratoga County Public Health, at this time no further action is necessary as the individual’s infectious period was not while they were in the workplace. The staff person has been furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.

Woodlawn has, and will continue to comply with all weekly staff testing requirements per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

Currently, we have no positive resident cases and have implemented all appropriate safety and infection control measures to keep residents and staff as safe as possible. We will continue to follow Saratoga County Public Health’s recommendation that residents remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing.

We continue to be committed to communicating with our residents, families, and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up, if you have not already, to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672, tclyons@thewesleycommunity.org or Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Tom Lyons

Assisted Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

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January 19, 2021

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

Great News!

Our first COVID-19 vaccine clinic was a great success. 100% of our residents received the first does of the vaccine. The second clinic will be held on February 8th. Further, approximately 85% of our staff received the first dose and we anticipate that number to grow in the coming weeks. Another great benefit is that our friends and neighbors at our Independent Living were also able to receive the vaccine and we’re happy to note report that almost 99% of those residents received their first dose. We couldn’t be more grateful for everyone’s hard work, dedication and perseverance to make this all happen. Kudos and praise all around for the team at Walgreens, our dedicated staff and leadership, and patient and resilient residents who helped to make it all happen. We will be remaining vigilant over the coming weeks as we near the second clinic in early February. This was a huge first step to brighter days for all.

Quarantine Update

Woodlawn Commons was informed that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. They last worked on January 11th and had no resident contact. The Department of Health was notified and after consultation with Saratoga County Public Health, this case will not impact the current quarantine timeline. Provided there are no additional cases, the lifting of the quarantine will remain on January 20th. At this time, we have no further positive resident cases and have implemented all appropriate safety and infection control measures to keep residents as safe as possible.

The staff person was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.

We will continue to follow Saratoga County Public Health’s recommendation that residents remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Woodlawn has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly staff testing requirements per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

We continue to be committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up, if you have not already, to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe, healthy, and engaged. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672, tclyons@thewesleycommunity.org or Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Tom Lyons

Assisted Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

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January 15, 2021

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

Good News

We’re happy to remind you all that our first COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for residents and staff will be held this Monday, January 18th. The Walgreen team of pharmacists will be on site in the morning and vaccinations for Assisted Living residents and staff will begin at 9:00am. Walgreens will remain on site until 5:00pm to offer vaccinations to the remaining staff and independent living residents. The vaccination is the fastest way for us all to defeat this virus and return to a more normal routine in the future. Receiving the vaccine is strongly encouraged, but optional. Please find attached and review a fact sheet for recipients and caregivers provided to us by Walgreens. Please feel free to ask Judith Nelson, Donna Edgerly or the clinic pharmacists if you have any questions. Our nursing team have made all the necessary arrangements for those residents who are interested in receiving the vaccine. This includes filling out in advance the Vaccine Administration Record (VAR) and Informed Consent for Vaccination in Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) form for signature. An example is linked below for your reference and no action is necessary at this time. Each resident will be notified individually on the 18th when it’s their turn for the vaccination. Please contact us should you have any questions at 518-691-1572. We’re looking forward to getting started!

Quarantine Update

Woodlawn Commons was informed that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last on site on January 3rd. Due to the timing of the last possible exposure this will not impact the current quarantine timeline. Provided there are no additional cases, the lifting of the quarantine will remain on January 20th. The individual’s responsibilities required very limited contact with residents. At this time, we have no further positive resident cases and have implemented all appropriate safety and infection control measures to keep residents as safe as possible. The staff person was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The NYS Department of Health and the Saratoga County Health Department have been notified.

We will continue to follow Saratoga County Public Health’s recommendation that residents remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Woodlawn has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly staff testing requirements per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

We continue to be committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up, if you have not already, to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe, healthy, and engaged. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672, tclyons@thewesleycommunity.org or Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Tom Lyons

Assisted Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

Pfizer Covid 19 EUA Fact Sheet

Walgreens COVID-19 VACCINE LTCF VAR 12.07.2020

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January 11, 2021

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we continue our efforts to keep everyone safe. We’re looking forward to our vaccine clinics and the good news is that we’re a day closer!

Quarantine Update

Woodlawn Commons was informed that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last on site on January 4th. Due to the timing of the last possible exposure this will not impact the current quarantine timeline. Provided there are no additional cases, the lifting of the quarantine will remain on January 20th. The individual’s responsibilities required very limited contact with residents. At this time, we have no further positive resident cases and have implemented all appropriate safety and infection control measures to keep residents as safe as possible. The staff person was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The NYS Department of Health and the Saratoga County Health Department have been notified.

We will continue to follow Saratoga County Public Health’s recommendation that residents remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Woodlawn has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly staff testing requirements per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

Vaccine Clinic Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that our first COVID-19 Vaccine is Monday January 18th, followed by the second clinic scheduled for February 8th.

We are actively working on preparing the necessary paperwork for residents ahead of time to expedite the process in any way we can.

We continue to be committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up, if you have not already, to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe, healthy, and engaged. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672, tclyons@thewesleycommunity.org or Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Tom Lyons

Assisted Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

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January 8, 2021

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

Great news! We are happy to report that we have confirmed our COVID-19 vaccine clinic dates with Walgreens.

The first round of vaccinations will be on January 18th followed by the second series on February 8th. A third date will be held on March 1st for those who may have missed a previous date for some unforeseen reason. Walgreens will be administering the Pfizer vaccine on site for all dates. Both residents and staff will have the opportunity to receive the vaccine.

We will be working closely with Walgreens to coordinate the process and will be in touch with more details.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org. Feel free to reach out to me any time at 518-691-1672, tclyons@thewesleycommunity.org.

We continue to be committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up, if you have not already, to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

Sincerely,

Tom Lyons

Assisted Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

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January 6, 2021

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

I am happy to report that we are making positive progress with scheduling our first COVID Vaccine Clinic with our pharmacy partner Walgreens the week of the 18th. This is a positive development during very challenging times. As you may be aware, the cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County continue to rise and the risks associates with exposure is increasing. We remain committed to doing our best to protect our residents from this virus that has impacted so many. We recognize the challenges associated with quarantining during a public health emergency. We are currently planning additional approaches to engaging with our residents through customized activity plans and as necessary access to counseling services. Should any of our residents feel that they need some additional support through such services, please reach out to our RN Case Manager Judith Nelson at 518-691-1572 or jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org. Facetime visits are still available to help keep loved ones connected. Please contact Gina at 691-1576 or e-mail her at GMergel@thewesleycommunity.org to make an appointment.

Quarantine Update

Woodlawn Commons was informed today that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last on site on January 5th. The NYS Department of Health and Saratoga County have been notified. Per the Department of Health, provided there are no additional cases, the lifting of the quarantine will be on January 20th. The individual’s responsibilities required very limited contact with residents. At this time, we have no further positive resident cases and have implemented all appropriate safety and infection control measures to keep residents as safe as possible. The staff person was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The NYS Department of Health and the Saratoga County Health Department have been notified.

We will continue to follow Saratoga County Public Health’s recommendation that residents remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Woodlawn has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly staff testing requirements per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

We continue to be committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up, if you have not already, to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe, healthy, and engaged. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672, tclyons@thewesleycommunity.org or Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Tom Lyons

Assisted Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

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January 5, 2021

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

Quarantine Update

Woodlawn Commons was informed today that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last on site on December 28th. Due to the timing of the last possible exposure this will not impact the current quarantine timeline. Provided there are no additional cases, this lifting of the quarantine will remain on January 14th. The individual’s responsibilities required very limited contact with residents. At this time, we have no further positive resident cases and have implemented all appropriate safety and infection control measures to keep residents as safe as possible. The staff person was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The NYS Department of Health and the Saratoga County Health Department have been notified.

We will continue to follow Saratoga County Public Health’s recommendation that residents remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Woodlawn has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly staff testing requirements per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

Vaccine Update

Great news! Yesterday we made contact with a representative from our pharmacy partner Walgreens and are waiting for confirmation of clinic dates. We are still on target for mid-January vaccinations to begin. Once we have a confirmed date, we will let you know.

We are actively working on seeking physician orders and preparing the necessary paperwork for residents ahead of time to expedite the process in any way we can.

We continue to be committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up, if you have not already, to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe, healthy, and engaged. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672, tclyons@thewesleycommunity.org or Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Tom Lyons

Assisted Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

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December 31, 2020

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

This has been a difficult year to say the least. And I’m confident we are looking forward to a fresh start in 2021. I would like to thank you for your continued patience and perseverance through these challenging times. Though we are not out of the woods yet, there are indeed brighter days ahead.

Vaccine Update

We’ve received confirmation from DOH last evening that assisted living staff and residents will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination through a CDC-contracted pharmacy partner beginning mid-January. Adult care facilities are matched to a pharmacy partner who will outreach the adult care facility to schedule in-house vaccine clinics. Pharmacists will be onsite to administer the vaccine and monitor post-vaccination. Woodlawn Commons Assisted Living is contracted with Walgreens for vaccinations. We will be learning more in the coming days, beginning with further communication, direction and guidance from DOH early next week. We are actively working on seeking physician orders and preparing the necessary paperwork for residents ahead of time to facilitate the process in any way we can.

Quarantine Update

Woodlawn Commons was informed that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member last worked on December 30th. The individual’s responsibilities required them to work in limited contact with residents, however due to protocols in place, this will move the lifting of our quarantine to January 14th. At this time, we have no further positive resident cases and have implemented all appropriate safety and infection control measures to keep residents as safe as possible. The staff person was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. The NYS Department of Health and the Saratoga County Health Department have been notified.

Per DOH guidelines, all residents must be quarantined for a period of 14 days from December 30th (the last potential date of exposure). We continue to recognize the challenges this presents and are already planning additional ways to keep our residents safe, engaged, and comfortable during this time.

We will continue to follow Saratoga County Public Health’s recommendation that residents remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Woodlawn has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly staff testing requirements per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

We continue to be committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up, if you have not already, to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe, healthy, and engaged. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672, tclyons@thewesleycommunity.org or Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org.

Here’s to a happy and health 2021 for all.

Sincerely,

Tom Lyons

Assisted Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

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December 26, 2020

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

Unfortunately, Woodlawn Commons was informed today that an Assisted Living resident has tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, we have no other positive resident cases and have implemented all appropriate safety and infection control measures to keep residents and staff as safe as possible. We will continue to work hard to keep the virus at bay and prevent further spread.

Per DOH guidelines, all residents must be quarantined for a period of 14 days from December 26th (the last potential date of exposure). We recognize the challenges this presents and are already planning additional ways to keep our residents safe, engaged, and comfortable during this time. Please be aware that Administration and Nursing are in communication regarding additional resident surveillance, investigation and testing needs for any residents in coordination with Saratoga County Public Health and the New York State Department of Health. Residents’ primary care providers will be notified. We continue to follow Saratoga County Public Health’s recommendation that residents remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Woodlawn has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly staff testing requirements per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Saratoga County Public Health have been made aware of these developments. We are working closely with state and local health agencies on all recommended policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. No other residents or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

Unfortunately, due to this new COVID-19 case, in person visitation will remain suspended per the New York State Department of Health guidelines. Additional communication regarding visitation will be sent out at a later date. Further, we have temporarily suspended communal activities including group meals and activities to prevent any potential further spread. Meals will be provided in resident apartments and we will be implementing alternative means to connect with and engage our residents. For those residents who may have medical appointments over the next two weeks, we will be contacting providers directly to update them.

Vaccine

Per New York State’s prioritized distribution plan for the COVID-19 vaccine, Assisted Living Communities in New York will come after Skilled Nursing Homes in terms of distribution of the vaccine to residents and staff. We are on a different distribution schedule than our sister community Wesley Health Care Center our Skilled Nursing Facility. At Wesley, the first vaccine doses were administered on December 22nd by a team from Walgreens Pharmacy.  Woodlawn is confirmed as a partner site with Walgreens as well.  We are hopeful that our first dose will be administered in Woodlawn Commons during the middle of January.  As soon as we get a confirmed date, we will communicate it to residents, families and staff. Residents will be required to sign an Informed Consent for Vaccination (VAR) prior to the first inoculation. We will help to facilitate this documentation in advance of our first scheduled inoculations.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up, if you have not already, to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe, healthy, and engaged. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672, tclyons@thewesleycommunity.org or Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org .

Sincerely,

Tom Lyons

Assisted Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

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December 21, 2020

Re: Holiday Visitation

Dear Residents and Families,

Window and virtual visits are now available for scheduling. In-person visits will be delayed until after the Holidays and until the spike in cases in Saratoga County has subsided. As you may be aware, our Wesley Health Care Center has seen a surge in cases as well. We’ve made this difficult choice with the best interests of our residents and staff in mind. With the vaccine on the horizon and the challenges of containment amid local cases on the rise, we feel this is the best course of action to keep our community healthy, safe and out of another quarantine. We realize this is very difficult timing and we appreciate you continued understanding and support.

Window Visits

We have moved the primary location for window visits to the Fox Dining Room, located just to the left of the main entrance. This will provide for a more convenient and protected environment for visits. Our window visit protocols remain in place. Visits are by appointment only, limited to 45 minutes, and reserved for a small group not to exceed four people in order to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Please contact our team at the main desk at 518-691-1560, or the nursing office at 518-691-1615 or 518-691-1572 to schedule a visit.

Virtual Visits

Virtual visits through facetime or zoom can be arranged by contacting Gina Mergel at 518-691-1576 or by e-mail, GMergel@thewesleycommunity.org. You can also reach out to the main desk at 518-691-1560, or the nursing office at 518-691-1615 as well.

Christmas Dinner

Our festive Christmas Dinner this year will be on the 25th at noon. Each resident will receive special holiday presents delivered on Christmas eve and morning. We are committed to ensuring our residents enjoy the holidays even in the face of these challenging circumstances.

E-mail List

We have been having some challenges with ensuring we have all contact’s email list. If your e-mail has changed, or you feel we may not have accurate information, please reach out to us at 518-691-1615 so we can update our records.

Thank You

Thank you for your continued support and understanding and we’ll continue to work through these days together. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672, tclyons@thewesleycommunity.org or Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Tom Lyons

Assisted Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

The Wesley Community

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December 2, 2020

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

Woodlawn Commons was informed today that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member last worked on December 1st. The individual’s responsibilities required them to work in contact with residents. At this time, we have no positive resident cases and have implemented all appropriate safety and infection control measures to keep residents as safe as possible. The staff person was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.

Per DOH guidelines, all residents must be quarantined for a period of 14 days from December 1st, (the last potential date of exposure). We recognize the challenges this presents and are already planning additional ways to keep our residents safe, engaged, and comfortable during this time. Please be aware that Administration and Nursing are in communication regarding additional resident surveillance, investigation and testing needs for any residents in coordination with Saratoga County Public Health and the New York State Department of Health. Residents’ primary care providers will be notified. We continue to follow Saratoga County Public Health’s recommendation that residents remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Woodlawn has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly staff testing requirements per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Saratoga County Public Health have been made aware of these developments. We are working closely with state and local health agencies on all recommended policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time and no other staff members at Woodlawn Commons have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time. 

Unfortunately, due to the recent identification of this positive staff member, in person visitation will remain suspended per the New York State Department of Health guidelines. Visitation cannot resume until 14 days after the positive test result. Additional communication regarding visitation will be sent out at a later date. Additionally, we have temporarily suspended communal activities to prevent any potential spread.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up, if you have not already, to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe, healthy, and engaged. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672, tclyons@thewesleycommunity.org or Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org .

Sincerely,

Tom Lyons

Assited Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

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The Wesley Community

 

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November 28, 2020

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

Woodlawn Commons was informed earlier today that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member last worked on November 25th. The individual’s responsibilities require them to work only in a specific area in the facility and has interacted with approximately 14 residents. At this time, we have no positive resident cases and have implemented all appropriate safety and infection control measures to keep residents as safe as possible. The staff person was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.

Saratoga County Public Health has recommended residents continue to remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing. At this time, no further resident testing is required. Please be aware that Administration and nursing are in communication for additional resident surveillance, investigation and testing needs for any residents in coordination with Saratoga County Public Health and the New York State Department of Health. Residents’ primary care providers will be notified.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Woodlawn has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Saratoga County Public Health have been made aware of these developments. We are working closely with state and local health agencies on all recommended policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time and no other staff members at Woodlawn Commons have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

Unfortunately, due to the recent identification of this positive staff member, in person visitation will remain suspended per the New York State Department of Health guidelines. Visitation cannot resume until 14 days after the positive test result. Additional communication regarding visitation will be sent out at a later date. Additionally, we have temporarily suspended communal activities to prevent any potential spread.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up, if you have not already, to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe and healthy. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672, tclyons@thewesleycommunity.org or Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org .

Sincerely,

Tom Lyons

Assisted Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

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November 24, 2020

Dear Residents and Families,

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these challenging times. Today, Nursing Homes and Adult Care communities received official guidance and requirements from the NYS Department of Health regarding visitation during the holidays. This includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. The State has indicated that these rules apply to any social leave, including a day pass. These rules do not apply to medical visits. However, it’s important to note that if a family member brings a resident to a medical appointment and consecutively out for a social visit (i.e. lunch or shopping), these rules would be in effect.

A full copy of the holiday guidance issued is linked here.. Here are a few of the most important highlights taken directly from the guidance from DOH. We will continue to communicate any changes, clarifications, or updates with you as they are made available.

Residents who leave a facility for a non-medical reason must:

  • Quarantine or minimize contact to the extent safely possible prior to their return to the facility.
  • Be quarantined on transmission-based precautions upon return to the facility for 14 days.
  • Test negative immediately (within 24 hours) prior to return to the facility.
  • Be tested at least three times during the 14-day quarantine period at the facility, including on the first day (upon return) and the last day that a resident must be quarantined.

Further… facilities must:

  • Develop a plan for the return of residents leaving for home or family visits for social outings. The plan should include a cohorting plan for returning residents, estimating the space, staff, and PPE available.
  • Notify families taking residents out of the facility that residents will not be permitted to return until they present a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result within the preceding 24 hours.
  • Certify as required by Executive Order 202.77, and Executive Order 202.30 that they have the ability to implement transmission-based precautions for such residents for fourteen days upon return in compliance with NYSDOH guidance and CMS directives.

The leaving resident and a family or friend are required to attest in writing that they:

  • Are aware of the risks involved with taking the resident out of the facility;
  • Will follow masking, social distancing, and hand hygiene practices pursuant to CDC and DOH directives;
  • Will notify the facility if the resident becomes ill within one week of leaving the facility;
  • Will notify the facility if anyone with whom the resident socialized tests positive for COVID-19 or influenza or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza within 14 days of the resident’s return to the facility;
  • Will communicate with the facility about a return date for the resident to the facility in accordance with the facility’s policy; and
  • Will quarantine or minimize contact (or assist the resident to do so) to the extent safely possible prior to return to a nursing home.

It remains highly recommended that residents refrain from leaving our care for non-medical reasons.

A Precaution

As there is a predicted potential for increased risk of exposure after the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we will be taking temporary steps to reduce the co-mingling of our Assisted and Independent Living residents for a period of two weeks after the 26th. This will include the closing of the doors between the two portions of the building except during more controlled activities such as dining and salon use.

On the Bright Side

We have received approval from the DOH to have indoor visitation, which will begin on December 1st. We are finalizing the planning process and will issue further instructions and details by the end of the week.

We are working each day to find new ways to engage, entertain and communicate with our residents. Besides a delicious meal on Thanksgiving, we will be working as a team to engage one on one with each resident to ensure they feel connected and cared for. Please contact us to set up a window or virtual visit.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support during these unprecedented times.

If there are plans in place for a resident to depart for a non-medical, social visit, please contact us immediately so we remain in compliance with DOH requirements.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns at 518-691-1572 or 518-691-1672.

Best,

Tom Lyons

Assisted Living Director

Woodlawn Commons

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November 4, 2020

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

Woodlawn Commons was informed earlier today that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member last worked on October 31, 2020, 3:45 pm – 7:30 pm. The individual’s responsibilities require them to work only in a specific area in the facility with minimal resident interaction due to the nature of their duties. The individual was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received.

Saratoga County Public Health has recommended residents continue to remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing. At this time, no further resident testing is required. Please be aware that Administration and nursing are in communication for additional resident surveillance, investigation and testing needs for any residents in coordination with Saratoga County Public Health and the New York State Department of Health. Residents’ primary care providers will be notified.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Woodlawn has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Saratoga County Public Health have been made aware of these developments. We are working closely with state and local health agencies on all recommended policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time and no other staff members at Woodlawn Commons have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

Unfortunately, due to the recent identification of this positive staff member, all resident and family visitation is required by the New York State Department of Health guidelines to be suspended effective immediately as of today. This includes suspension of outdoor visits. Visitation cannot resume until 14 days after the positive test result. This would be Wednesday November 18th. Additional communication regarding resuming visitation will be sent out at a later date.  We have been in contact with NYSDOH regarding our indoor visitation plan.  We expect that ahead of November 18th the plan will be approved and we will share it with you at that time.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up, if you have not already, to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe and healthy. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1400, bnealon@thewesleycommunity.org or Judith Boyd-Nelson at 518-691-1572, jbnelson@thewesleycommunity.org .

Sincerely,

J. Brian Nealon, CEO

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September 4, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Friends of Woodlawn Commons Assisted Living:

Today I am writing with an update on the resumption of outdoor family visitations at Woodlawn Commons.

As you will recall back on August 9th, we were notified of one Woodlawn employee being asymptomatic yet positive for COVID-19.  Our outdoor visits needed to immediately stop as a result.  Thankfully, Woodlawn has not had any other staff test positive since then and we continue to be blessed that no residents have tested positive at all for COVID.  Given this good news, starting on Thursday September 10, 2020, we will be re-initiating outdoor visits.  If an unexpected case of COVID-19 should arise again, stopping the visits would be required for another 28-day period.  You should know that there is significant Statewide advocacy taking place asking New York State Department of Health (DOH) to reduce this period down to 14 days.

We will be utilizing the same visitation plan when we resume that we submitted to the DOH back in July. Visits will be by appointment only and be limited to outdoors, every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 11am-6pm and Saturday from 11am-4pm. Visits will be limited to 30-45 Minutes per visit. Only 2 Visitors per resident (18 years of age or older) and only a total of three residents at a time will be allowed, per the Department of Health Guidelines.  All visits must be scheduled 48 hours in advance. It is important to note that individuals from any of the states that NYS has restricted travel from, cannot be accommodated at this time for any window or outdoor visit.  A copy of Woodlawn’s visitation plan is attached. To avoid any issues during your visit(s) I highly encourage that you thoroughly review the plan before making your initial visitation appointment.

Visitors are required to bring an appropriate face mask and must wear the mask at all times while on campus. In addition, visitors will be required to go through a temperature screening and be asked a series of questions. Rain tents will be provided at each designated visiting location in Woodlawn’s courtyard. In the event of severe weather, visitation may be discontinued, however we will try our very best not to do so. To ensure everyone’s safety, proper masking, hand hygiene, and social distancing will be monitored by Woodlawn staff in the designated visiting area. Visitors are also not allowed to hand off or drop off any items during the visit. Please continue to drop off items at the drop off table which is located at the main Harkness entrance.

Window visits which have been occurring at Woodlawn Commons for several months and will continue in addition to the outside in person visits. Window Visits are by appointment only. Visits are limited to 45 minutes, limited to 4 people to maintain 6 feet social distancing protocol at the window. Eating or drinking is prohibited during the window visit. Masking is required through the entire visit. Our team continues to work diligently on providing digital visits. For your information, we also are currently working on our plan for socially distanced, DOH compliant inside visits for when the weather becomes colder.  There will be more on this coming your way later this month.

Please reach out to our team at Woodlawn if you want to set up a window visit, outdoor visit, or the electronic visit, please call nursing office at 518-691-1572 or 518-691-1615 or receptionist at 518-691-1560.

Our Director of Assisted Living, Saranya Thomas will be out of the office for the next 2 weeks.  If you have a question that you are unable to get answered by our nursing team you are welcomed to call me at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

J Brian Nealon, CEO

Woodlawn Commons Interim COVID Visitation Guidelines

August 9, 2020

Dear Residents, Family and Staff of Woodlawn Commons:

Woodlawn Commons was informed earlier today that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member last worked on August 7, 2020, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The individual’s responsibilities require them to work only in a specific area in the facility with minimal resident interaction due to the nature of their duties. The individual was immediately furloughed and will not return to work until 14 days have passed and a negative COVID-19 test is received. Fortunately, the employee is asymptomatic and we wish them well.

Saratoga County Public Health has recommended residents continue to remain under daily surveillance for changes in temperature and signs or symptoms related to respiratory illness as has been ongoing. At this time, no further resident testing is required. Please be aware that Administration and nursing are in communication for additional resident surveillance, investigation and testing needs for any residents in coordination with Saratoga County Public Health and the New York State Department of Health. Residents’ primary care providers will be notified.

Employees who may have been in contact with this individual were identified and are in the process of being notified by Employee Health to ensure the required self-monitoring process for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms are followed. Additional employee monitoring will continue. Woodlawn has, and will continue to, comply with all weekly testing requirements of staff per New York State. A strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place.

The New York State Department of Health and Saratoga County Public Health have been made aware of these developments. We are working closely with state and local health agencies on all recommended policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor both residents and staff throughout the entire facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time and no other staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.

Out of an abundance of caution, Georgia’s Restaurant will be closed until lunch time on Tuesday, August 11 to avoid communal dining. We will revert to in-room meals via delivery until that time.

Unfortunately, due to the recent identification of this positive staff member, all resident and family visitation is required by the New York State Department of Health guidelines to be suspended effective immediately as of today. This includes suspension of outdoor visits. Visitation cannot resume until 28 days after the positive test result. This would be 28 days from August 9th. Additional communication regarding resuming visitation will be sent out at a later date.

We are committed to communicating with our residents, families and staff throughout this pandemic. We encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Woodlawn by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved ones and our staff safe and healthy. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672 or sthomas@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Saranya Thomas

Director of Assisted Living

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July 22, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Friends of Woodlawn Commons Assisted Living:

Today I am writing regarding Woodlawn’s plan for allowing families to conduct an outdoor visit at Woodlawn Commons. As previously communicated, the NYS Department of Health (DOH) did issue a policy on limited visitation of Assisted Living residents in New York State on Friday July 10. News reports are commonly describing this new advisory as though Assisted Living facilities are returning to the normal visitation practices of pre-COVID starting as early as tomorrow. However, this is not the case based on the NYS DOH guidelines.

On July 21, 2020 Woodlawn Commons submitted the NY Forward Safety Plan to the Department of Health regarding Woodlawn outdoor family visitation plan and protocols that will be followed. This plan does not have to be approved by the Department of Health. Visits will be by appointment only and be limited to outdoors, every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 11am-6pm and Saturday from 11am-4pm.

Visits will be limited to 30-45 Minutes per visit. Only two visitors per resident (over 18 years of age) and only a total of three residents at a time will be allowed to have an outdoor visit per the Department of Health Guidelines. These visits must be scheduled 48 hours in advance. It is important to note that due to the spike in cases in many other states, individuals from any of the states that NYS has restricted travel from, cannot be accommodated at this time for any window or outdoor visit. Restricted outdoor visit will begin Tuesday, July 28, 2020 starts at 11am.

Visitors are required to bring an appropriate face mask and required to it wear at all times while on campus. In addition, visitors will be required to go through a temperature screening and be asked a series of questions. Rain tents will be provided at each designated visiting location in the Woodlawn courtyard. In the event of severe weather, visitation may be discontinued, however we will try our very best not to do so. To ensure everyone’s safety, proper masking, hand hygiene, and social distancing will be monitored by Woodlawn staff in the designated visiting area. Eating or drinking is prohibited during the visit. Visitors are also not allowed to hand off or drop off any items during the visit. Please continue to drop off items at the drop off table which is located at the main Harkness entrance.

A copy of Woodlawn’s visitation plan is posted here:  Woodlawn Commons Assisted Living Visitation Guidelines .  To avoid any issues during your visit(s), I highly encourage you thoroughly review the plan ahead of making your first visitation appointment.

Window visits which have been occurring at Woodlawn Commons for several months will continue in addition to the outside in person visits. The window visits will continue at the same designated courtyard area as they have been. Window Visits are by appointment only. Visits are limited to 45 minutes, limited to 4 people to maintain 6 feet social distancing protocol at the window. Eating or drinking is prohibited during the window visit. Masking is required through the entire visit. Also, as you know, our team continues to work diligently on providing electronic visits (i.e. FaceTime, Zoom, etc.)

Please reach out to our team at Woodlawn if you want to set up a window visit, outdoor visit or the electronic visit, please call the nursing office at 518-691-1572 or 518-691-1615, the receptionist at 518-691-1560 or call me at 518-691-1672.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672, sthomas@thewesleycommunity.org.

Sincerely,

Saranya Thomas

Director of Assisted Living


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July 10, 2020

Dear Assisted Living Residents and Families:

I’m writing to you today to clarify the Department of Health’s change to restricting visitation in all assisted living facilities across the State, including Woodlawn.

If you listen to some news reports, you might be lured into thinking that family visitation was opening back up just like it was five months ago.  It is NOT.

What has not been covered well in most news reports are all of the details that are included in the DOH advisory of earlier today, all of which are directed at protecting the lives of your loved ones.  There are a series of gates that Woodlawn and all other facilities need to meet and get approval from DOH before visitations can begin.  I’d love to be able to give you a certain date upon which visitation would start but no such date exists as of now.

We need to submit documents to DOH regarding visitation and get their approval before we can initiate visits.  Given the number of facilities they will be receiving information from next week it may take a couple of weeks before we get our approval.  We will be expeditious in getting our plan into them, in a hope to beat many other plans.

Next week we will be providing you all with the practices that we will be adhering to for when these visits do start.  What I can tell you now, per DOH, is that ALL visits must be conducted in an outdoor area.  No visitor will be allowed to enter a resident care area or a resident’s apartment.  Visits would be limited to two people per resident.  All visitors will need to be screened, not have a temperature, and pass the COVID-19 questions that are required by the State at the time of the visit.  The resident and all visitors must socially distance and wear a face mask at all times.  Total number of simultaneous visits will need to be limited to 3.  The times available for visits and how you schedule one will all be included in the guidance that will be forthcoming next week.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Saranya Thomas at 518-691-1672 or sthomas@thewesleycommunity.org or me at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

Brian Nealon, CEO


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June 12, 2020

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Families and Friends:

Thank you again for the support that you have shown to the caring staff here at Woodlawn as we all meet the challenges of this prolonged pandemic. Our goal, as always, is the safety of our residents and our staff. In addition, we are focused on adherence to the directives placed upon us by both the Governor’s Office as well as the New York State Department of Health during the pandemic.

Today I am writing with an update on visitation restrictions. About a month ago, I wrote to you all describing how our reopening was tied to Phase 4 of the Governor’s plan for reopening. Subsequently we have now been told that this has changed. Visitation in all assisted living facilities and nursing homes in New York State will remain limited to only end of life situations until such time that a specific directive is provided directly from the Governor or the Department of Health. There is no indication of when such a directive will be forthcoming, nor how it would impact visitation policies. My opinion is, that, based on the struggles with COVID-19 in many nursing homes across the State, a change to the current policy won’t come for at least another month.

I fully understand that this is not news that any of you were hoping to hear. The continuation of no family/friend visits is very difficult on everyone. At the same time, it is what we need to adhere to. To clarify, the regulation on no visits extends beyond inside the building visits to also include any outside visits, such as in the Woodlawn Courtyard. The only exception to the rule is to transport a resident to a medical appointment. My hope is that with all the precautionary measures that the Governor has taken over these past 3 months and with the continued safety measures being exercised by the public, that New York will not see the second round of the virus as many other States in the Country have, and many experts have predicted.

While we wait to see what will happen next, our team continues to work diligently on providing digital visits. Please reach out to the team at Woodlawn if you want to set up an electronic visit. Families are also continuing to conduct “window” visits as well. If you want to arrange such a visit, please call Saranya Thomas at 518-691-1672 or the nursing office 518-691-1572 at least 48 hours ahead of time.

I continue to be pleased to say that at this time, none of our residents or staff at Woodlawn have tested positive or are presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19.  

If you have not already done so, I would encourage you to sign up to receive text alerts about Woodlawn Commons by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437 to opt-in. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Saranya Thomas at 518-691-1672 or myself at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

Brian Nealon, CEO


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June 11, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff of Woodlawn Commons Assisted Living,

As previously communicated, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) implemented a plan for COVID-19 testing of all Assisted Living residents. A team of Nurses from the Department of Health arrived at Woodlawn on Wednesday, June 10 to conduct the COVID-19 testing. The swabbing was successful and our Woodlawn team members worked hard to ensure resident comfort throughout the process.

On Wednesday, June 10, a total of 35 residents were tested. Test results were obtained late in the afternoon on Thursday, June 11 and resulted in 35 negative COVID-19 tests.

These results are a true testament to the great work that our Woodlawn team members and residents are doing in adhering to our strict protocols and procedures. Their collective efforts continue to ensure the success and well-being of our residents and staff. Woodlawn Commons Assisted Living will continue to set forth safety measures and precautions to ensure the continuity of our success.

Thank you for everyone’s ongoing support and hard work as we face these challenging times.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672 or sthomas@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Executive Officer Brian Nealon at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

Saranya Thomas, Director of Assisted Living


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June 8, 2020

Dear Assisted Living Residents and Families:

I’m writing to you today to inform you that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) will be testing all assisted living residents throughout all of New York for COVID-19.

We were notified on this past Friday that on Wednesday 6/10/20 they will be sending a handful of clinicians into Woodlawn to test all of our AL residents. These DOH representatives will have been tested themselves and had negative results for the virus prior to coming to Woodlawn Commons. They will be wearing appropriate PPE while administering the tests. We anticipate Woodlawn Commons team members will be accompanying the team onsite in order to ensure our residents’ comfort.

To reemphasize, there have been NO residents anywhere within the Wesley Community, Woodlawn Commons included, that have tested positive for the virus to date.

Resident and Resident Representative consent is needed for DOH to administer the test. We will be gathering this prior to the testing being conducted. The NYS Department of Health Bureau of Immunization team will use their Medical Director to obtain COVID testing orders. Starting today, 06/08/20, the RN nurse case manager and LPN resident care coordinator are conducting calls to all Resident Health Care Proxies in order to receive consent for those residents that can’t offer consent themselves. Residents who are able to make their own health care decisions will directly provide the consent for testing.

Please be patient while they work to communicate this new requirement with residents and families. Residents who have already tested negative for COVID-19 will be tested again per the Department of Health. Residents and/or Health Care Proxy are able to refuse the COVID-19 test, which will be documented and communicated to the Department of Health upon their arrival. However, it is important to note, that we have been directed by the Department of Health Representatives, that those who do refuse might need to be cohorted in their room.

It is anticipated that the turnaround time for the test results are anywhere from 24-48 hours. If there should be any positive test results they will be communicated to the Resident and Health Care Proxy as soon as they become available. In addition, all residents, families and staff will be notified if any positive cases do exist at Woodlawn.

At this time DOH only expects to be doing the testing of all assisted living residents in New York just once.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672 or sthomas@thewesleycommunity.org or Chief Executive Officer Brian Nealon at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

Saranya Thomas, Director of Assisted Living


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May 8, 2020

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Families and Friends:

Thank you again for all your support over these past many weeks as we all continue to struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic. I also want to thank the vast majority of you for your cooperation with our New York State mandated visitation restrictions as we try to protect all of our residents against the COVID virus.

Certainly, these are unprecedented times that we are all living through. As we approach the potential of some areas of the State starting the four phases of re-opening, I wanted to give you a sense of what that means for visitation restrictions at Woodlawn Commons.

As we all know New York State is on pause until at least May 15. The reality is that there may not be any parts of the State opening even then. Earlier this week the Governor put forth the seven requirements that each of the 10 regions in the State would need to meet before they started to reopen. Below is a link to the State’s current chart showing how each region matches up to the seven requirements. The link is: www.governor.ny.gov/programs/new-york-forward.

Based on the requirements, as of today none of the 10 regions would be eligible to begin the reopening. Hopefully some get there by May 15th. Saratoga is in the Capital Region. You can see that we need to meet three more prerequisites before the region can even begin to reopen. It is presumed that it will take several more weeks for our region to achieve all seven. Once we do, then the Governor’s 4 phased reopening process would begin. Each Phase will be given at least two weeks before the subsequent phase would be initiated. Retirement Communities are in Phase 4.

Let me lay out a possible example of when Phase 4 might first be implemented in the Capital Region, i.e. when could some type of person to person visitation at Woodlawn start. If it takes three or more weeks for our Region to achieve all seven requirements to reopening, then Phase 1 would not begin until the tail end of May, Phase 2 no sooner than Mid-June, Phase 3 no sooner than July 1st. Finally, Phase 4 could start in mid-July. This is the MOST OPTIMISTIC plan we can see for any level of easing of visitation restrictions at Woodlawn.

As you can see this is a complicated process and we may not even be halfway through it. In the meantime, we are working hard at accommodating any family that would like to have an electronic meeting. Also, many families whose loved ones lives on the first floor, are visiting through the closed window of their loved one’s apartment. They either speak through the window or talk on the phone while looking at each other through the window. If you have a relative who lives on the second floor, we can setup a meeting time when they can come down to a first-floor location and you could be in the Woodlawn courtyard for a visit through a closed window. This type of visit would be limited to one hour in length due to the limited number of private spaces on the ground floor with a window. If you want to arrange such a visit, please call Saranya Thomas at 518-691-1672 or the Nursing office 518-691-1572 at least 48 hours ahead of time.

Another safety measure we have taken is that we have placed a table in the vestibule area of the entrance at Woodlawn, i.e. between the two sets of doors. This table is to be used to drop off ALL packages including food, clothing, flowers, which are intended for a resident. As soon as you drop the item(s) turn around and leave the building a staff person will retrieve the item(s) and get it delivered.

We certainly recognize the vulnerability of many of our residents here at Woodlawn. While none of us like the measures we have taken, they are what is required by regulation and also just from a precautionary perspective. I understand the stress that this adds to many of you. That said, please realize that we cannot and will not deviate from these practices.

I continue to be pleased to say that at this time, none of our residents or staff at Woodlawn have tested positive or are presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

We continue to encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Woodlawn Commons by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437 to opt-in. In addition, continuous updates are available online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates/.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep your loved one safe and healthy. We are aware of the difficulty associated with this current situation, and we will continue to work with you to ensure staying connected and informed during this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Saranya Thomas at 518-691-1672 or myself at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

J Brian Nealon, CEO


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April 23, 2020

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Families and Friends:

First and foremost, thank you for the outpouring of support we have received over the last few weeks. We greatly appreciate the donations and uplifting messages from the community. We also want to thank you for your continued respect of our current visitation guidelines as we work to defend against this virus.

I am sure you have seen the media reports about the impact this virus is having on senior living communities and nursing homes throughout the country.  We certainly recognize the vulnerability of many of our residents here at Woodlawn.  I want you to know that at this time, none of our residents or staff at Woodlawn have tested positive or are presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19. We continue to monitor our residents and staff closely, including full screenings of all staff members prior to each shift. If any resident exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, we will immediately take precautions to protect the community in concert with guidelines offered by the New York State Department of Health.

In the event we do have a positive test, additional steps will be taken, including the notification to all of you. We are also continuing to follow the guidelines by the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We have implemented the following to ensure the health, safety, and well being of our residents and staff, including, but not limited to:

  • Restricted visitors and non-essential personnel from entering the facility.
  • We are encouraging residents not to leave the facility, except for medically necessary appointments. Those who leave for medically necessary reasons should wear a facemask while they are out of the facility and they will be screened by nurses when they come back from the appointment.
  • We are encouraging residents to remain in their rooms as much as possible, practice social distancing, and to wear a cloth face mask when they come out of their room.
  • Communal dining and group activities remain discontinued to maintain social distancing. However, in an effort to support resident well-being during this unprecedented time, the Activities team is working diligently to conduct individualized daily activities.
  • We have set up a daily system to monitor all residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 including temperature checks and symptom screening.
  • We are providing and encouraging alternative methods for visitation (e.g., Face Time and Skype).
  • We continue to screen outside providers including home care services, and they are required to wear a facemask while in the facility.

We encourage family members to sign up to receive text alerts about Woodlawn Commons by texting WoodlawnUpdates to 81437 to opt-in. In addition, continuous updates are available at www.thewesleycommunity.org/coronavirus-updates.

We reassure you of our full commitment to doing everything possible to keep you safe and healthy. We are aware of the difficulty associated with this current situation, and we will continue to work with you to ensure staying connected and informed during this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1672 or Brian Nealon, CEO at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

Saranya Thomas
Director of Assisted Living
518-691-1672
sthomas@thewesleycommunity.org

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