March 17, 2020
To our Geer Family and Friends:
Last week Governor Lamont declared a public health emergency in Connecticut and pushed forward with a multi-faceted COVID-19 prevention strategy. Connecticut senior care facilities are now focused on preventing COVID-19 from entering their facilities and preparing to contain its spread if the virus does become present. It cannot be understated that nursing home operators and their employees are the defensive front line in Connecticut’s strategy to protect the population most at risk from the virus, namely nursing home residents.
While these events are certainly unsettling; I encourage everyone to remain focused on the positive steps you can take to protect yourself and your families. Educate yourself about this disease and use common sense if you must go out in public. Here is a link to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) must current guidance – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/prevent-spread-in-long-term-care-facilities.html.
Here at Geer we are implementing the following to keep our residents, families and employees safe:
- We are officially closed to visitors both at the nursing home and Geer Lodge until further notice. We know this will be difficult, but it is medically necessary. Social isolation is the best way to stop COVID-19 from spreading. If a resident employs a private duty aide for personal care needs, they can continue to do so with the proper screening each day (This policy may be changed at the discretion of Geer management).
- We are announcing today the temporary closure of the Adult Day Center beginning Tuesday, 3/17/20.
- The Dial-A-Ride (DAR) program will remain active but only for essential medical appointments and with more stringent screening and cleaning procedures in place (Again, this policy may change as this crisis progresses)
- The Railway Café will remain closed until further notice
- The YMCA will close per the Governor’s order beginning at 5:00 PM on Monday 3/16/20.
- We are actively screening residents and employees for symptoms of respiratory infection including checking temperatures (all employees as they enter the building and residents at least daily).
- All employee vacation/time off requests have been canceled as a precautionary measure (see your supervisor).
- We are educating everyone on how to protect themselves from COVID-19 per department of health and CDC guidance. We are taking this health emergency very seriously and we encourage you to do the same.
The team here at Geer is doing everything it can to keep the Coronavirus off our campus. If you have any questions or wish to discuss the care of a loved one please contact Geer’s Infection Preventionist – Melissa Foley at 860-824-3861 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more detailed information on how we are keeping safe please read our blog post on our website – https://www.geercares.org/coronavirus-keeping-geer-village-safe/.
Thank you for your understanding and support. Stay Safe!
Kevin O’Connell, CEO
Geer Village Senior Community
99 South Canaan Road
North Canaan, CT. 06018