Coronavirus Update May 5 2020
May 5, 2020
Dear SCH Families,
As you know, many different approaches are being considered as we return to a more “normal” state following the COVID-19 outbreak. At SeniorCare Homes, our priority is – and will continue to be – the safety and wellbeing of our residents as we follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Johnson County Emergency Management. We are also in touch with our peer Home Plus locations, larger assisted living and long term care facilities and hospitals throughout the metro.
As of today, we have been able to keep our residents free of COVID-19 infection and will continue to enforce a no-visitor policy inside our homes. This policy includes nonessential visits of any type from families, vendors, and noncritical home health/hospice services. We have a plan to loosen our no-visitor policy in phases when the State of Kansas shows signs of a decreasing rate of infection/new cases and satisfies the Proposed State/Regional Gating Criteria as defined in the Guidelines for Opening Up America. SeniorCare Homes is considered a Senior Care Facility under this plan and is advised to reopen in the third phase; visitors remain prohibited through the first two phases.
In considering the mental well-being of our residents (and of their families, too) – as we march patiently towards having you join us all back in the homes – SeniorCare’s first step will allow an opportunity for families to come for a “Driveway Visit” and time together. Our contacts at the Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) in Topeka have been clear that such a step is not appropriate or safe right now. That said, we will begin sharing details and sign up opportunities to all families when this becomes possible.
Our leadership team will continue to monitor the progress in the upcoming weeks, and we will keep you notified of any changes. We appreciate your willingness to help keep our residents and caregivers safe and healthy.
President, SeniorCare Homes