7/9/20 Update - I know this is not going to be a popular post but please hear me out, and I will dive right into it. During today's press conference we were informed that Summit County is now on a Level 3 (red) County Alert Level. This means there is a "very high exposure and spread" of COVID-19. "Limit activities as much as possible. Follow all current health orders." What does that mean for us? It is now mandatory for all persons to have a mask on at all times in Summit County. Please understand the Governor has granted Long Term Care facilities the ability to write their own facilities criteria while meeting certain mandates. This means I need to put a halt to Assisted Living visitation. Effective immediately; no one is permitted to visit with the residents (including outside visits) until and through, at least, Thursday, July 16, 2020. This also includes window visits for Assisted Living and Nursing Home. No further appointments can be made on the website or by phone at this time. I know this is difficult to hear and believe me it is a difficult decision but the protection of the most vulnerable is the most important thing we all must do right now. If we don't do this now then this interruption in visits could remain in effect longer. We cannot permit visitation until the county decreases to at least a Level 2. With this said about Assisted Living; I also need to discourage visitation in the Independent Living including patio visits. Again this is for the protection of all residents. Reminders that anyone coming onto this campus but be screened if the intent is to see a resident (IL) or drop off items, if you step into the green door. This screening process will have additional questions that need to be answered. We still have the clear tote that you may leave packages in with the resident's name. Please ensure we can properly sanitize the outside of the container prior to delivery to the resident. Everything being delivered directly to the resident will be sprayed with Lysol (edible items should be in sealed container. We are in the process of finalizing our Nursing Home Visitation Policy and it will bring some changes for the Assisted Living as well due to best practices. We will get this information out as quickly as possible but remember, visitation is contingent upon the Alert Level of our county. Most employees were tested on June 30, 2020 from the National Guard. Thirty four (34) of those tests have come back negative and we are awaiting the remainder of the results. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are... #stowglenstrong #stowglencares #allinthistogether
Update 7/7/20 Ohio has seen a steady increase in COVID cases - today we reached 58,904; 948 of those being in the last 24 hours. Death rates are now 2,970 with 43 overnight (21-day average is 18). Hospitalizations and ICU cases have risen higher then the average as well. We know as of 6pm tomorrow night, masks will be mandatory in Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery & Trumbull counties. All of these counties are considered level 3. Summit is rated a level 2 county, something that has many of our eyes watching closely. Few updates to things or reminders. First Assisted Living families and friends can go online and schedule their weekly visits. Remember AL visitation is permitted on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday during the following times 10, 10:30, 11, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3 and 6pm. To schedule a visit go to www.stowglen.com/visitors As most know visitation with nursing homes residents is permitted outside as of July 20, 2020. Please understand 7/20/2020 is when the Governor is permitting outdoor visitation but this is not a mandate. In order for any facility (nursing home or assisted living) to open they have to able to meet certain standards. First we have to look at COvID cases within the facility, we still have no residents or staff. One staff is at home in self-quarantine as their spouse has tested positive. Next we have to look at what is happening in the community, which as I said above, we are monitoring closely. Next we have to have had all of our staff COVID tested, I will talk about that next. We have to have enough staff to ensure we are able to monitor visits, which we are finding in Assisted Living we may need to adjust times. As with every facility we don’t always have, what we consider, extra staff. If we don’t have staff available then we cannot allow visitation. I am working with the staff in both areas to determine best practice. If you have any suggestions please feel free to comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have guidelines out sometime next week for nursing home visitation. Please be patient while we work out the logistics. Again any suggestions please share. The last issue we have to monitor is the temperature and humidity. Sometimes it is just too hot to allow for visitation. Residents themselves have cancelled visits due to temperatures. However, tomorrow we will adapt our Extreme Temperature Policy to include visitation outdoors. Please know we are only trying to protect the residents in every way possible. If temperatures are out of range then we will have to place a restriction on visitation. All staff COVID testing was conducted at our facility on June 30,2020. I had expected to have results last Friday but knew with the holiday weekend things could be backed up. I was positive we would get results early this week. Today is Tuesday and we still do not have results. After multiple phone calls, emails, help tickets and even reaching up to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) I was finally able to speak to someone directly at Quest regarding our tests. The short story is they have not been processed yet and have been sent to two other labs out of state and are being frozen until the labs are able to catch up. Just as testing is priority based apparently so is processing the results. We, asymptotic long term care staff, are considered a tier 3 and even though we are mandated to have this testing we must wait for our results. I asked how long and was told they couldn’t give me an exact date but they hope by the end of this week. My frustration, and I’m sure many of you share this as well - if any of our staff were asymptomatic positive they have been working directly with our residents for 9 days now. As soon as I am aware of anything I will keep you informed. Two other quick things - if you are a cancer survivor or just want to get involved please consider registering as a survivor or participant in the Stow Munroe Falls Relay for Life. August 15, 2020 from 3p-10p. If you want more information please contact me. Since this will be a virtual relay and live on Facebook - we will have a survivor parade through the cities. Decorate your own vehicle or ride in a jeep. Our Stow Glen T-Shirts are in and on sale. Proceeds to benefit Relay for Life. Call or email me for more information. #StowGlenStrong #StowGlenCares #AllInThisTogether
Happy Fourth of July! We missed the parade and couldn’t see any fireworks but that didn’t stop us from having fun, being a part of our great city and changing things up. One activity the City did for citizens was a chalk art activity. So we participated. Thanks Fun in Stow and Mayor John Pribonic. #StowGlenStrong #StowGlenCares #AllInThisTogether #StowStrong
Update 6/23/2020 I have been trying to access the coronavirus website for the past 45 minutes however I keep getting the error code of "Oh, no! Traffic on Coronavirus.ohio.gov is higher than anticipated. Please wait a moment and try again." Seems like this website has generated quite a bit of travel visitors today. Ohio Numbers for today consist of 46,127 COVID cases with 590 added in last 24 hours (average was 466); 2,725 deaths with 31 new in the last 24 hours (average was 23); New hospitalizations went up by 87 in the past 24 hours with total of 7,379 (average was 57) and finally in the past 24 hours there have been 24 new ICU cases bringing total to 1,878 (average 14). Not frightening numbers, yet, but certainly numbers to watch. Remember as well - to my understanding - these numbers are not exactly from the last 24 hour period but rather a 24 hour period around 6/13 or 10 days ago. We won't know today's numbers until around 7/3/2020. Stow-Glen continues to remain COVID-free with no Persons Under Investigation (PUI). During today's press conference the Governor, his wife Fran and Lt. Governor Husted were all tested by the National Guard on live TV. The only real mentions regarding long term care facilities was when the Governor indicated that he would have a report by the end of next week on Nursing Home Visitation. He has not said it will happen just said he will have a report. We will let you know if and when nursing home residents are permitted visitors. I can almost guarenttee you they will be OUTSIDE visits when they do start. Today, Stow-Glen learned that the National Guard will be at our facility testing all staff on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. That is all we know at this point and more information will follow for our staff and to keep you updated as well. Many of you have asked how you can be a part to help. I encourage everyone of you to contact Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor John Husted and Interim Ohio Department of Health Director. Tell them, if you agree with me, the absurdity that any Ohioian can go whenever they want and receive a COVID-19 test FREE of charge; however nursing home employees (not even assisted living or developmental disabled staff) are mandated to be tested by the Ohio National Guard. I am fine with Nursing Home staff being tested but feel it should also be assisted living and those who work with developmental disabled individuals) but what irratates me beyond belief is we boast that ANY Ohioian who just wants to can go get tested for free but Nursing Home employees are required to pay for through their insurance; even if the employee is covered under a self funded plan, which StowGlen is - so StowGlen has to pay for these tests. If everyone in Ohio can go get free testing then don't you think this should include our Nursing Home staff who are caring for the most vulnerable. Essential Workers absolutely however no free testing, no $600 a week additional unemployment, many secluding themselves from their families to protect them.... when will essential workers get the recognition and perks that they deserve; instead of feeling kicked down again. The last thing I found interesting today was that when the National Guard conducts the nasal swab they are doing this using a shallow technique as compared to the deep collection competed by these pop-up sites. I would be interesting in knowing how these two tests compare to one another. Finally, in addition to our paperless check in system - we are trialing a contactless way that the individual can check in on thier own cell phone and will not have to touch the ipad. Standing next to the ipad is a touchless automatic temperature scanner. Can't wait for you to try these out. #StowGlenStrong #StowGlenCares #AllInThisTogether
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Update 6/22/2020 Hope all the men out there had a wonderful Father’s Day. I am actually seeing my dad tonight practicing social distancing of course. In the last 24 hours we have seen an increase of 729 positive COVID cases with a total of 45,537 and 2,704 deaths. Of course we know with more testing comes more cases. Still a concerning number that we have to monitor as we have begun AL visitation. Please know that even though we are “allowed” to have AL visitation, it is not mandated and each facility makes and follows its own policy. This has not even been a discussion for us at this point. I do want to thank all the visitors that have come to the facility to meet with their loved one. We know the rules are limited but trying to keep everyone safe. Because Ohio has seen an increase in cases overall, I am not inclined to change anything this week. Will keep you posted though. I am so happy to be able to share that our one case, that was considered a person under investigation (PUI), has tested NEGATIVE. Praise God!! Watch for new pictures later today but for now enjoy a few Nursing Home residents who have such beautiful smiles after getting manicures. Our staff had masks on as did the resident but only removed them for these photos. #StowGlenStrong #StowGlenCares #AllInThisTogether
Talking to some of the AL families about our new check in process, they are impressed at the technology leaps we have made in these past three months. We are pretty proud of this too. Well check this out..... go to www.stowglen.com/visitors and Assisted Living families can schedule their own visits! How convenient for you and for us! You can even cancel an appointment if something comes up and you can't make it. Alerts are sent to AL leaders so we can be sure you loved one is ready for visitors. Try to schedule you next visit online and as always, you can still call 330-819-0362. Disclaimer - this is a stock photo used for marketing purposes. Staff and residents are not this close without mask(s) on.
Happy Hump Day! We finally received the results of our Infection Control Survey that was conducted last week. Ohio Department of Health inspected, reviewed and found zero deficiencies with our processes and infection control procedures. Kudos to all of the Stow-Glen Retirement Village staff and residents. They say it takes a village to raise a child. I say it takes a village to protect and care for our residents. Not one person can take all the credit for our success in keeping COVID-19 out of the facility. Ironically it takes all of us to succeed but one person can cause us to fail. COVID-19 is still an invisible enemy that we are battling everyday. Please continue to pray with us for this to pass over our facility. We also ask for prayers for one of our staff members who is being considered a PUI (person under investigation) for COVID-19. As always we are working to identify staff and residents who were in direct contact with this individual. You will be notified as situations warrant. Earlier this evening Information was provided to facilities revolving around talks about when and how Nursing Homes will open for visitation. At this time there is still no guidance about when, how and where visitation can happen. We are slowly opening the doors to our providers to assist in the care of the residents. Recently the podiatrist, dentist, Hospice aides and even PCPs have come into the facility. Even person who enters the facility must go through checkin and screening procurers. Please remember you can still talk on the phone, video chat or window visit with residents in the nursing home. I also have to ask that Assisted Living families and friends remember they must check in at the green door and no visitors will be admitted to the Assisted Living. Goodies must be dropped off in the front office or left in the tub outside the green door. If these guidelines are not followed or situations become tense, and staff feel they need reinforcement - they have been instructed to call 911. All residents safety and protection is of utmost importance to us. We also learned that after the Infection Control Surveys are completed in 100% of Ohio Nursing Homes, which they have 128 left and anticipate completing them by end of next week, annual surveys will restart. Our annual survey was due by May 8,2020; I anticipate we will be one of the earlier conducted surveys. Don’t forget to order your Stow-Glen t-shirt to support Stow-Glen and Relay for Life. Enjoy some pictures of our residents enjoying some painting, outside strolls, BINGO and more. Until tomorrow. #StowGlenStrong #StowGlenCares #AllInThisTogether
Update 6-16-20 It is so wonderful to start seeing families and friends here again. I know our residents have missed you and so have we. We may only see you for a hot second as you run in to checkin than off to your scheduled visits. I don’t blame you a bit when I finally got to see my parents (still have not hugged or kissed them) I was elated. Think I shared this before but if I didn’t, my brother and I invested in a Facebook Portal for them - now just by tapping our picture they can video chat with us. The picture and quality is amazing and so simple for seniors to use. While the screen never moves, the camera eye follows them around and knows when someone new enters the room and zooms out. It’s great. Last week they even got to see one of their great granddaughters when she was over my house. If you’ve ever thought about them, couldn’t recommend them enough. I am even considering getting one for home so my mother in law can video chat with her family far away. Well there was a 30 second commercial for Facebook Portal. Visitation is going pretty good except these amplifiers are still giving us trouble. So back to the music website to see about even longer adaptors. It is not up just yet but our goal is for the self scheduling to be live on Monday 6/22. You will be able to go to www.stowglen.com/visitors and schedule visits. The big news for today is T-SHIRTS! We are getting ready to put an order in and you and your loved ones can have your own StowGlen t-shirt. See sample below. They will be white with green lettering. Cost is $20 for sizes small, medium, large and xtra large and $25 for sizes 2x-5x. All proceeds will go for Relay for Life. If you want a t-shirt please email email@example.com with your name, residents name, phone number and size(s) and quantities. Payment can be made by mailing a check to StowGlen (put t-shirt in memo line), dropping off cash or check or we can even do Venmo/Zelle/PayPal. Payment needed prior to receiving shirt. Please place order quickly (before Monday 6/22 at noon) then we will arrange for payment. Just to stay consistent I will share Ohio’s numbers - today there are 42,010 Ohioians with COVId-19 and 2,597 deaths. Sad numbers still. We are grateful that we can once again keep saying we are COVId free and last diagnosed case was 56 days ago! Some interesting numbers - we have been faced with the idea of coronavirus since mid March. I believe 3/18/20 was when visitation went from limited to restricted then prohibited on 3/23. So we have been actively battling this invisible enemy for 86 days. We went 20 days before our first and second cases and then 10 more days until our third case. We have now gone 56 days without a new case. Everyday I am more amazed and proud of our staff, residents and families. Keep donning your masks and capes and we will ALL be superheroes by the end of this! Last reminder since I mentioned that t-shirt sale proceeds will be going to Relay for Life. Please mark your calendar for August 15,2020 for our SMFH Relay for Life. We are planning some exciting things and YOU can be actively involved wherever you are! If you are a survivor please sign up as a survivor and consider joining our team. While we won’t physically be together we can still fight Cancer together! Get your order in soon. #StowGlenStrong #StowGlenCares #AllInThisTogether