THe Wesley Community as seen from the air. A series of buildings, including two 14 story towers, surrounded by an abundance of green areas.

Letter to Embury Residents, Families and Friends

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January 14, 2021

Dear Embury Residents, Family and Staff:

Embury residents are scheduled to receive the Pfizer Covid 19 Vaccine during a series of clinics to be held here at the facility. To reach maximum protection from the virus, the vaccine requires two doses given 21 days apart. The clinics will be provided by Walgreens on the following dates:

Clinic # 1 on Friday, January 22:  At this first clinic all residents and staff of the Embury Apartments that requested a vaccine will receive their first dose.

Clinic #2 on Friday, February 12:  Residents and staff that received their first dose of vaccine on January 22 will be given the second dose.  Those that missed the opportunity to get the vaccine during Clinic #1 will receive it.

Clinic # 3 on Friday, March 5:  All residents and staff receiving their first dose at Clinic #2 will receive their second dose.

Our Resident Services Team has been working diligently with residents this week completing the required paperwork for the clinics.   Residents are very happy to be able to get the vaccine. And the registration numbers reflect that with 90% of the residents having signed up at this point.

Residents have received information including the Pfizer Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers and a flyer from the CDC informing them of a program called V-Safe (strictly voluntary). Should they choose to do the V-Safe Program a smartphone is needed.  Basically, a resident would register with the CDC and they would have a series of health check-ins over a twelve-month period following the vaccine administration.

Residents will be receiving an appointment hour in which to come to the Embury Café for their vaccine. The clinics run from 9am to 5pm.  A vaccine schedule will be placed in cubbies, on bulletin boards and on each floor by the elevators. On the clinic day, it is advised that residents wear a short-sleeved shirt or blouse that allows for easy access to the shoulder area.

Residents must wear masks appropriately over their nose and mouth at the clinic.  Waiting and observation areas will have chairs that are socially distanced, and each chair will be disinfected after use.  Each person receiving the vaccine must stay in the area for 15 minutes to be observed for any adverse reactions.

Embury staff will be there to assist as needed throughout the clinics. If you have any questions, please contact Donna Riendeau at 518-91-1553 or driendeau@thewesleycommunity.org.

Vaccination is such an important step in fighting this virus. We are so grateful to be able to have the opportunity to offer the vaccine to the residents and staff of the Embury Apartments.

Sincerely,

Donna Riendeau RN, BSN

Program Director/Health Advisor

The Embury Apartments

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January 8, 2021

Dear Embury Apartments Residents and Staff:

Today we received notification that one of our residents at Embury has tested positive for COVID-19.  They are currently asymptomatic.  This individual had been away from Embury for a couple of weeks.  Upon their return earlier this week, they have remained in their apartment and have not had contact with any other residents.  The resident will be on a 10-day quarantine.  We wish this resident well.

Embury continues to remain diligent in its efforts to protect residents and staff from COVID-19.  Enhanced sanitation precautions will continue.  Our strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place. As you know, residents are also required to utilize masks when outside of their apartments.

We believe that we are in the peak of this pandemic.  With the assistance of the vaccine and your efforts practicing social distancing and mask wearing I am hopeful that we can mitigate the virus here at Embury.

For further safety precautions please refer to the list that accompanied this week’s notice for the Vaccine clinics.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact April Varnam at 518-691-1551, Donna Riendeau at 518-691-1553 or myself at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

J. Brian Nealon, CEO

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December 22, 2020

Dear Embury Apartment Residents and Staff:

Yesterday we received notification that one of our residents at Embury has tested positive for COVID-19. They are currently asymptomatic. Saratoga County Public Health has been in contact with this individual and provided direction on what the individual should be doing over the next 14 days. This resident has had limited interaction with other Embury residents and staff and will be following proper quarantine protocols. We wish this resident well.

Embury continues to remain diligent in its efforts to protect residents and staff from COVID-19. Enhanced sanitation precautions will continue. Our strict employee screening and masking policy for all staff also remains in place. As you know, residents are also required to utilize masks when outside of their apartments.

As a result of this first case at Embury and the rapid increase in cases in both Saratoga County as well as the entire Capital Region, we want to be as cautious as we possibly can be to prevent any further cases. Therefore, we are ending any dining in the Café effective tomorrow. The Café will stay open for take-out service. Also, we are going to suspend what limited group activities we currently have at Embury. We will look to reassess this suspension on Monday January 18th. Please understand this is not a move we take on easily. We need to be extra vigilant as we await the spike in cases to subside and for the vaccine to be widely available.

Speaking of the vaccine, the Governor’s prioritization plan for the initial doses does not yet speak to when senior housing communities, such as Embury, will be included for access. As you likely have heard or seen on the news nursing homes were his first priority. We were pushing for our entire campus to be eligible at once for the vaccine. That is not his plan. We get a weekly update on the plan every Monday. As soon as I hear more I’ll let you all know.

I know that 2020 is a year that most of us would like to forget! However, I want to thank you for your help and cooperation in trying to remain safe.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact April Varnam at 518-691-1551, Donna Riendeau at 518-691-1553 or myself at 518-691-1400.

Sincerely,

J. Brian Nealon, CEO

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June 3, 2020

Dear Embury Residents, Family, and Friends,

We are so appreciative of those who continue to work diligently towards maintaining a healthy Wesley Community.  It certainly is not easy to remember to wear a mask, keep it on properly, stay at least 6 ft from one another and wash your hands repeatedly. It is not in our nature to be so closed off and distant. It definitely requires patience and understanding.

We recognize that some residents and families have struggled more than others with the changes, especially with visitation restrictions and limits on gatherings.  Please understand, that we continue these actions to protect the residents and staff at Embury.  Congregate housing is very vulnerable to virus spread if it should occur. Thus far, our efforts to safeguard Embury residents and indeed all those on the Wesley Campus have proven successful!

With the warm weather season upon us, Embury’s wonderful resident volunteers are hard at work taking care of the gardens surrounding the two towers. The gardens are looking great and the volunteers have been careful to follow guidelines and work singularly or at a distance.   If you see one of our volunteer gardeners out working, please take a moment to say thank you and admire their work, social distancing, of course! The Community Garden is operating under new social distancing guidelines and it is wonderful to see people working in the garden beds.  Embury residents are truly enjoying being outside.

To support those that would like to enjoy some fresh air we are opening up the benches surrounding Embury for singular seating only. The benches will be wrapped on one end.  Please do not move the benches or remove the wrap.  In addition, we continue to ask that people not gather, especially at the entrances of the towers.   The entrances need to be clear for emergency entrance and exit if needed.

In continuation of limiting visits to essential need only, the staff is happy to deliver items that are dropped off for residents at the screening table in the East Tower.  Residents do have the option of taking a shopping cart outside to pick up items at the curb.

Some residents have been asking about hairdresser/barber services resuming on campus. It will be quite some time before the salons open and the cosmetologists return.  Looking forward to the future, new policies and procedures are being developed in regards to the salons. Embury residents have the option, of course, to make appointments in the surrounding community once salons and barber shops reopen.

If you plan to travel on vacation with family, we ask that you self monitor for symptoms upon your return and take your temperature at least once a day. Should you have a fever or feel ill, please notify your physician. If you travel by air,  rail,  or go to a place where the virus is or has been prevalent, we ask that you self quarantine for 14 days, in addition to monitoring for fever or other symptoms.

It seems like we are giving many directives these days, but we do so with the best intentions. We look forward to the day where we reopen and we are hoping and working towards the goal of when that day comes all those that are here today will be there to celebrate.

Sincerely,

Donna Riendeau, BSN, RN, Program Director/Health Advisor

April Varnam, Operations Director

 

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