Families and Residents:
During the COVID-19 crisis, the safety and health of our residents and staff is our first priority. We are monitoring and updating our practices and precautions based on the guidance of the CDC, AHCA, DOH and various state and local agencies.
We understand prevention is key, and our team is doing everything they can to create a safe environment at our community. Part of achieving that goal is dependent on our valued caregivers – all of whom are essential to the safety and security of our residents and facility.
We assure you our community will remain fully operational during this situation. If you have any specific questions for us, please reach out to your Administrator for further clarification.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this ever-changing situation. We are committed to keeping you up-to-date with any further pertinent information.
COVID-19 Virus Prevention and Precautions:
The Residence of Stuart has been monitoring the COVID-19 virus situation since it was first diagnosed in the United States earlier this year.
Keeping our residents and employees healthy and safe is our top priority. At this time, our primary focus is on prevention. Due to an abundance of caution, we are limiting visitors and guests to our community until further notice. Currently, we are only allowing immediate family members (for residents who are at end-of-life on Hospice), essential care providers and emergency personnel into our community, and only after being screened. We have also suspended all outings and group visits, with the exception of health care related visits. We will be evaluating this policy on a weekly basis.
Our community is following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict hand-washing procedures and wearing face masks and gloves when interacting with residents. We are also enhancing our screening protocols, which involves finding out if family members, caregivers, other health care personnel or essential vendors have symptoms, or have recently traveled.
We are staying up-to-date with the CDC recommendations as they are communicated. In addition, our team is in close contact with the local and state health departments and we are following their guidance.
We have implemented the following measures at our community:
We are continuing visitor restrictions to only essential care providers, emergency personnel and immediate family members of residents who are receiving end of life care.
In addition to screening and obtaining temperatures on all visitors and employees entering the facility, we have also implemented universal mask usage upon entering the facility.
Staff are required to wear face masks at all times.
We will quarantine new or returning residents to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We continue to educate staff on preventative measures (e.g. regular hand washing, coughing into a tissue) and precautions (e.g. regularly cleaning common area surfaces).
Conducting on-going assessments to make sure we have no residents who are symptomatic.
Screening staff prior to, and at the end of, their shift.
Enhanced our cleaning and sanitation procedures related to COVID-19.
Recognizing that memory support environments present unique challenges to routine pandemic response procedures, in order to better serve our residents, we are following the recommendation of the Alzheimer’s Association in addition to state and federal guidelines. While we understand asking residents to remain in their rooms may not be realistic in all circumstances, we are encouraging those who can remain in their room to do so. We are continuing to practice social distancing and enhancing environmental cleaning and infection prevention processes. We have reinforced training of our personnel to recognize signs and symptoms that may differ slightly in residents with cognitive impairment. We understand that your loved one’s mental health is of great concern at this time so we are offering to schedule FaceTime calls between residents and their families to help them stay connected during this difficult time. Contact us directly if you’d like to speak to one of our residents via FaceTime.
Participating regularly in health organization webinars and conference calls regarding COVID-19.
Monitoring the CDC website for daily updates.
Partnering with third-party, health care providers and physicians for prevention strategies and protocols.