Geer Nursing Thanksgiving Message

Geer Nursing Thanksgiving Message

To Geer Nursing Residents and Families:

We are happy to report that we still have no new cases of COVID-19 at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after the final round of testing.

As a precaution we will not be providing families with meals this Thanksgiving. You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the day with your loved ones, but meals will only be provided to residents. We plan to have a dessert party with residents, families, and staff at a later date. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we feel this is the safest thing to do for the residents and staff during this time.

This is a reminder that COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses are still very active in the local community, and we must all take precautions when out in public and while visiting the facility. The COVID-19 positivity rate in Litchfield County remains high around 8.%. Although we are not restricting visitation, we want to remind you that you should not visit when you are sick or have been exposed to anyone with known or suspected COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses.

We also would like to remind you that if you choose to visit during this COVID-19 outbreak, you should take measures to lower your own risk of exposure while in the facility. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated their guidance for nursing home visitation on 9/23/2022, refer to CMS QSO-20-39-NH-Revised where you can read it in full detail. It again states you should follow the Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention per CDC guidelines and should wear a well-fitting face mask and perform frequent hand hygiene. Additionally, you should distance yourself from other staff and residents and limit visitation to your loved one only.

Please visit the CDC website to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your contact person listed below:

We will continue to post regular updates on our website at www.geercares.org.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to keep our residents safe.

Kevin O’Connell, Chief Executive Officer

November 22, 2022 News