May 8, 2020
Dear Independent 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. 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 I’ve pasted in the link to the State’s current chart showing and how each region matches up to the seven requirements. The link to the chart 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.
Another 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 Pati Wade at 518-691-1562 or myself at 518-691-1400.
J Brian Nealon, CEO
April 24, 2020
Dear 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 our 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 staff or residents 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 of all of you. We are also continuing to follow directives given by the New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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 online 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 our residents and their families to ensure they stay connected and informed during this time.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-691-1562 or Brian Nealon, CEO at 518-691-1400.
Director of Independent Living