Waveny LifeCare Network COVID-19 Daily Update for Residents, Patients, and Families
Taking strong preventive countermeasures is integral to minimizing future COVID-19 risk in our community. To that end, below is a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) summary of our commitment.
General: All staff continue to receive specialized CDC and Connecticut DPH-compliant hygiene awareness training, are screened upon entering the premises prior to each shift, sent home to await test results if they show symptoms of illness, mandated to use proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and directed to practice frequent and thorough handwashing along with continuous social distancing.
• Clinical: In addition to utilizing full PPE, our care staff is continuously trained in its donning, doffing and disposal. We also activated a “cohort” strategy to isolate COVID -19 negative from positive Residents and Patients, and enforced a “dedicated staff” coverage model for each shift to ensure consistent paired engagement between each Resident and Caregiver. The latter will facilitate potential Contact Tracing protocols and enhances the quality of our caregiving relationships.
• Culinary: Food vendors are prohibited from entering the premises entirely. All deliveries are closely screened before being brought into the building by our staff to mitigate contamination risk. Our kitchen is also sanitized before and after every meal service - all equipment, carts, handles, and surfaces are cleaned with a CDC-approved disinfectant.
All communal dining points of service are closed in favor of providing individual meal service to Residents’ rooms. This has resulted in our team serving at least 100 additional meals per day vs. the pre-COVID-19 period. Meals are administered using disposable elements to help prevent virus spread-risk. In the event of a food shortage, we maintain a greatly increased inventory of emergency food and water. • Maintenance & Housekeeping: We practice stringent daily cleaning and maintenance protocols throughout our community to continually disinfect rooms and common areas using EPA-registered products tested for use against the COVID-19 virus. We reinforced this with weekly cleanings by emergency restoration company, SERVPRO.
Waveny’s aggregate data can be found at: waveny.org/daily-statistics
The Village There are no status changes to report for our Residents, they continue to rest comfortably under continued close observation.
Care Center Sadly, one COVID-19 positive patient passed away last night after battling the disease. Our team’s thoughts and prayers are with their family during this extremely difficult time. The Inn The Inn continues to have no positive cases of COVID-19.
Waveny Home Care No changes to report related to Home Care division clients. The Home Care Division will continue to assist local hospitals and healthcare providers in the home recuperation of their patients and residents.
Below is Today’s Daily Update, which reflects only the changes from yesterday’s information as it relates to the COVID-19 virus and Waveny’s patients, residents and caregiver status.
Changes in the Number of Confirmed and Presumed Positive COVID-19 Cases of Residents/Patients Currently Residing within Waveny: -1 Village (Memory Care): 0 Care Center (Full Skilled Nursing): -1 (Sadly one Patient expired)
Changes in the Number of Confirmed and Presumed Positive COVID-19 Cases of Residents/Patients Currently Hospitalized: 0
Changes in the Number of COVID-related Deaths (confirmed and presumed): 1 Village: 0 Care Center: 1
Changes in the Number of Employees who are COVID-19 Positive or Presumed Positive: 1 Employees with Direct Care: 0 Employees with Non-Direct Care: 1
Changes in the Total of ALL Confirmed and Presumed COVID-19 Cases of Residents, Patients, and Employees: 1 Village: 0 Care Center: 0 (Net - one sadly expired Patient reduced census) Home Care: 0 Employees: 1
As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, our Waveny team continues to be vigilant in protecting both the needs our Residents and Patients in good health and recovery, as well as their families’ to be in close communication with us. Please continue to keep each other in your thoughts and prayers, we greatly appreciate, and every day, will continue to do our very best to earn your support and understanding.
Your nursing supervisor will have specific medical details on your family member. Please continue to reach out to them on clinical issues, and to me on non-clinical issues or questions.
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