We were also blessed with the gift of cookies. One of our suppliers, who wishes to remain anonymous, delivered 1600 cookies to our residents and staff today. Twenty trays! More pics later but look how delicious these look. They taste so yummy! Thank you - we appreciate you!
This brings tears of happiness to me. Staff serenaded residents today. What you can’t see is James, the resident, foot tapping, clapping and praises of joy as they finished. I just love the caring touch and hearts of each of these staff.
Happy Thursday! Update May 28, 2020! Today's press conference was brought to us by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted; Dr. Acton was not present today. We learned that there are currently 33,915 cases of COVID-19 with 2,098 deaths. I am beyond happy to be able to say that Stow-Glen is COVID free again! During today's conference we did learn of a few developments. First, beginning Monday, June 1, 2020 the National Guard will be arriving at facilities to conduct the COVID test to all staff and if needed, residents. Please know that everyday when staff come in they are first asked if they have sanitized their hands, if not they should now. Then they approach a kiosk and answer some questions regarding any cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc. Their temp is taken and assuming everything is fine they can then begin work. If someone becomes ill during their shift. We ensure they are wearing a mask, which everyone should be, we take their temperature and then ask them to leave the facility. We follow up with them to see what signs/symptoms they have and take appropriate action from there. We never want anyone to knowingly work while sick. Please remember, as our staff get tested, we could see asymptomatic people with confirmed cases of COVID. Rest assured if that happens we are able to contact trace and determine which residents have come in contact with them and we will isolate and monitor for 14 days. Our activity director, Laura, participated in a webinar yesterday that discussed new requirements for group activities. I will be checking this out and see if we need to make any changes. And now VISITATION - its coming! But only for ASSISTED LIVING with stipulations. Starting June 8 - the assisted living resident will be allowed to visit OUTSIDE. Each facility needs to develop policy and procedures that will work best for their facility but must include how we will screen visitors, keep social distancing, masks and ensure best practice for residents not to be exposed. There will also have to be scheduled hours so we can accomodate guests while abiding by these regulations. Guess what our administrative team will be doing next week! As soon as we develop visitation times we will start signing up for time slots. Please drop in the comments below best day, time for you to visit with your Assisted Living loved one outside. Nursing Home Visitation is NOT permitted at this time per the Governor. Baby steps everyone, remember he is opening in phases - he can't open nursing homes until we trend water here. #StowGlenStrong #StowGlenCares #AllInThisTogether
Update 5/27/20 We’ve had some good days these past few months even on this rollercoaster of living with COVID but today was exceptional. Check out Allan’a homecoming pictures. Allan we are so happy you are going back to your home. We missed you!! There was not a press conference today so there is not any new development on our side. I will share state numbers tomorrow but know we can once again claim that StowGlen is COVID free! Not only did Allan return home but we had doggy visits today. Great job everyone!!
Doggy visits are the best. Beesly came for window visits today and Mallory came for tummy rubs! Thank you Shelby Olive for coming to visit.
Who is ready to celebrate! We had a grand homecoming welcoming Allan back! As his t-shirt says “I survived COVID and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” We are praising God so much for this day, over a month on the COVID wing and he’s back. We love you Allan and are so grateful for you.
Update 5/26/2020 What an outstanding turnout for our parade this past Saturday. Thank you so much for everyone who came and participated or watched online and commented. We had a blast and the residents enjoyed it so much. I could not have asked for a better turnout and support. I know certain places got a little hairy so we've already made changes for our plan for the next one. I don't know when that will be but maybe as they slowly allow visitation we can have another celebration. Today during the press conference, Dr. Acton revealed that there are now 33,006 COVID cases with 2,002 deaths in Ohio. I am excited to share that our one person under investigation or PUI has returned negative! Our other confirmed case is continuing to improve and thrive! We have one negative test and are awaiting results of the second one within 24 hours; after two negative tests this person can come off the COVID unit and we will again be COVID-free. Keep praying - prayers are working and God is protecting everyone here. Governor DeWine shared that attention is now being focused in nursing homes. Beginning this week, the Congregate Care Unified Response teams will be made up of the local health department, the local hospitals and the National Guard. There will be 10 members per team and 14 teams. These teams will go in, collect data and then conduct the actual swab test for all employees. Residents will be tested based on assessment and the team will determine if any part or entire facility will be tested. They will first go into facilities that have had confirmed cases of COVID. There are 960 nursing homes in Ohio and 200 of those homes have had at least one case. I cannot stress enough that when they come in and test our employees - this will show a moment in time. It does not mean that our staff cannot or will not leave our facility today, go the the store on way home and be exposed and now have COVID. We know someone can be asymptomatic and spread this. THAT is what we will be able to address on the day they come for testing. Please know 24-48 hours is normal turnaround time and it could take up to 10 days for results. If someone is asymptomatic they could be spreading this unknowingly while we are waiting on results. We have gone through training for contact testing as needed. Our prayer is that all staff would test negative but we also know how quick this can spread. I will keep you updated and apprised of things as I can. Anyone who does come to the facility knows that we have to take everyone's temperature and the individual has to answer a series of questions. We originally used one page per person and then went to a sign in sheet and now back to individual pages per person. It bothers me on the amount of paper we use and have to now store and be able to reproduce as necessary. So we're moving up in the technology world. Starting today, everyone who comes to the facility will be checking in using the kiosk located in the front lobby at the green door. This kiosk is to be used by employees, applicants, vendors and visitors. Our goal is to save not only paper cost, but time to sort, file, store and retrieve. Thank you for your continued support! P.S. I have a couple pictures to share from a couple of our residents. Take a look #StowGlenStrong #StowGlenCares #AllInThisTogether
Thank you to everyone for coming to support our residents and staff during this crazy thing we call life right now. Love all the support. #StowGlenStrong