News Release – COVID-19 Update
Contact: Jeanette Delich firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 3, 2021
NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN PROTECTING OUR RESIDENTS, FAMILIES, VENDORS, AND ESSESNTIAL EMPLOYEES.
Epiphany Assisted Living worked diligently to help protect residents, families, vendors, and staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This hard work began a little more than a year ago and continues today. Although the pandemic and additional infection control procedures are not over, we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
MDH SHARES FIRST LTC VACCINE REPORTING SUMMARY
At the end of February, MDH shared with us the first summary of the vaccination survey that providers have been submitting weekly. Participation rates in the survey have been good, particularly for nursing homes, and the summary shows that progress with vaccination clinics has also been good, with 63% of nursing homes having completed second clinics and 77% of assisted living sites having completed first clinics. The acceptance rates among staff show that second clinics are increasing those numbers, with 52% of nursing home staff and 40% of assisted living staff having received a first dose.
WE HAVE BEEN IMMUNIZED
Jeanette Delich, Executive Director, and Epiphany Senior Housing Board of Directors led the way. They rolled up their sleeves and vaccinated because nothing is more important than protecting the Epiphany Family.
At Epiphany Senior Housing we have completed two vaccine clinics. 99% of the Assisted Living residents participated and 64% of the staff participated and are now fully immunized with two vaccines of Moderna. We will be offering a third clinic next month for those that have only received one immunization. The MDH will be updating us soon with plans on immunizing new staff and residents once all long terms facilities have had the opportunity to be immunized. It is vital that all that can safely be immunized, do so as soon as possible. These immunizations are vital to opening all places of business.
SHOT OF HOPE
During the past year we have heard the fear of how we remain healthy, when will we be able to mingle with friends and family, back in the day we did not have to worry about pandemics, and we could have coffee with friends, go out to eat, have holidays together and simply worry less.
All these hopes and dreams are coming closer to a reality again. We are so thankful for our residents, the incredible families they have and all the staff that have never given up.
CONTEMPLATING A MOVE TO ASSISTED LIVING, MEMORY CARE OR INDEPENDENT LIVING DURING COVID-19
Epiphany Assisted Living and Memory Care continue to follow state guidelines. We want to welcome new residents and their families while minimizing all potential risks during your move into your new home.
Epiphany Assisted Living offers help with daily activities, medication administration, meal service and time with others. We screen all that walk through our doors, we offer enhanced infection control procedures and we have had a very low count of COVID infections in our building. Currently we are COVID free and immunized.
Please call 763-755-0320 to learn more about Epiphany Senior Housing.
News Release – Limiting Visitor Access to Setting
Contact: Jeanette Delich email@example.com
Date: March 3, 2020
EPIPHANY SENIOR HOUSING IS TAKING PRECAUTIONARY STEPS TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS
EPIPHANY SENIOR HOUSING located in Coon Rapids is actively taking precautionary steps to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) in its setting. Much about the virus is still unknown, but we do know that the population we serve – older persons with underlying medical conditions – are at greater risk for the most serious forms of infection associated with this new disease.
“The health and wellness of our residents/tenants and the caregiving teams who support them is our number one priority,” said Jeanette Delich, Executive Director. “We are staying abreast of the latest information from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and we are working with state and local public health and emergency preparedness officials to strengthen our preparation for a possible outbreak of Coronavirus.”
Based upon revised recommendations of the CDC, Epiphany Senior Housing will limit visitors into the campus to combat the spread of the disease and protect the health and welfare of our residents.
“We encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents in ways, other than in-person visits, such as video chat, telephone, or social media.” “These precautions are vital to helping us avoid and minimize the possible spread of this virus. We also are committed to staying in contact with family members to update them on any news, emerging issues, or changes in our regular operations.”
Epiphany Senior Housing is also educating staff and residents and families on symptom awareness for COVID-19 and infection control best practices and have clear protocols for staff to stay home and not come to work if they are ill or symptomatic.
Detailed and specific plans are already in place for a wide range of emergencies and are being updated and evaluated as new information becomes available, and we are working closely with other health care providers in our community to help ensure the health and safety of all.
As we navigate this challenge, we remain focused on providing exceptional care and services for our residents/tenants.