February 2021 Village Assisted Living Memory Care Updates

Feb. 26, 2021

What an amazing week this has been!  I’ll fill you in on all the details now.

Visits

Prior to the visits on Monday, 345 days had passed since family members were able to visit inside.  This week marked a huge milestone in our COVID-19 journey, and our team is so incredibly thankful to be a part of it.  There were so many happy faces everywhere we looked.  And we are so very ready to see you all again next week!  But before we get to the sign-ups, a couple of things to note:

  • Appointment Time.  Please do not arrive earlier than your scheduled visit.  We ask this because we need adequate time to air out the apartment prior to the next visit.
  • Apartment Numbers.  Don’t forget to include your loved one’s apartment number on the Sign-Up Genius website.  We ask for this information because we print out the names of the individuals visiting for the day and share it with our direct caregivers to ensure your loved one is ready for the visit.  Our team may not know every family member by name, so it helps our process go so much more smoothly if your loved one’s apartment number is included on the sign-up.
    • If you are unsure of your loved one’s apartment number, you may call the nurses stations 24 hours a day, seven days a week to obtain the apartment number.  Here are the telephone numbers to the four different neighborhoods:
      • VAL – 347-2702
      • MC1 – 347-2353
      • MC2 – 347-2360
      • MC3 – 347-2770
  • Visit Guidelines. Those are attached in this email for your review.  Thank you for kindly working within our parameters.

Now, without further ado, here are the links to the Sign-Up Genius Inside Visits for March 1 – March 5:

Testing

On Feb. 22 and Feb. 25 we tested all staff and vendors, and all results were negative.  And on Feb. 23 we tested all residents, and all results were negative.  To add to the excitement of no new cases in Village Assisted living, this week the campus of John Knox Village has no active resident or associate COVID-19 cases, either.

Vaccinations

Independent Living held its second five-day vaccination clinic for their residents this week, with about 980 shots administered.  So far, Village-wide, nearly 2,000 residents and associates have received first or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Endings

It is with bittersweet emotions that I share my last day with John Knox Village will be Friday, June 4, 2021.

My husband, daughter, and I are moving away from the Kansas City area to be closer to our families (who are nine hundred miles away).  My husband and I moved to Kansas City in 2007 so he could work on his doctorate.  We thought we would be here long enough for him to finish school, but we loved the area and the people so much, we made it our home for nearly 14 years.

During my time in the area, I have only worked at John Knox Village, and I have been the administrator for Village Assisted Living since 2009.  It was, and always will be, my first baby.  I have loved every second of serving you and your loved ones.

But this is not yet the end.  There will be more to come between today and June 4, so stay tuned.

The Outlook

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are continuing work on new guidance for how long-term care facilities might move forward toward re-opening.  This week, CMS indicated it is working collaboratively with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to put reopening plans into play.  Such very exciting news!  As more information becomes available, I will certainly share, but please understand that they are acting with great caution.

Thank you for entrusting your loved one’s care with us.  Please let me know if you have questions, suggestions, or need anything.


Feb. 20, 2021

We have been busy this week gearing up for a great week of inside visits next week!  I’d like to fill you in on what’s been happening, but before I do that, I want to acknowledge something that you all have been waiting for months to hear:  As of Friday, Feb. 19, there were no active resident or associate cases of COVID-19 at John Knox Village.

Testing

  • Feb. 15:  We tested all staff and vendors, and all results were negative!
  • Feb. 16 :
    • A vendor with no resident contact tested positive. There was no resident potential exposure. This person has been removed from the work schedule. We will continue with our twice-a-week testing of associates and weekly testing of residents.
    • All residents in all neighborhoods were tested and all results were negative!  We will continue testing residents each Tuesday until further notice.
  • Feb. 18: We tested all staff and vendors, and all results were negative!

Inside Visits

Feb. 22 is nearly here, and we haven’t been this excited in a long time.  Really, we are doubly excited!  The first reason is that most of us are fully vaccinated and are able to realize many of the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The second reason is we are able to allow inside visits because we have had no positive associates or residents in the last 14 days!  What a milestone!  Each neighborhood will have a designated area to enter for the visits.  I will explain here, but never hesitate to give us a call if you need more explanation.

  • Assisted Living families should enter at the main lobby.
  • Memory Care 1 families should enter at the courtyard door.  Call 347-2353 for directions if you are not familiar with this location.
  • Memory Care 2 families should enter at the door off of O’Brien, not the main entrance.  Call 347-2360 for directions if you are not familiar with this location.
  • Memory Care 3 families should enter at the door on the east end of the building where employees park.  Call 347-2770 for directions if you are not familiar with this location.

Each of these areas has been designated as the point of entry because these locations give you the quickest access to the apartment that will be used for visiting.  A staff member will promptly bring you to the designated visiting space, and then you will be seated and asked COVID-19 screening questions.  Once that is complete, we will bring your loved one to you.

If you have not yet signed up, there are still spots available.

Rolling Power Outages

Fortunately, Monday was the first and hopefully last rolling power outage Village Assisted Living experiences.  We were very fortunate that it lasted only 30 minutes and caused no ill effects.  We continue to be prepared in case another polar vortex rolls through this part of the country.

John Knox Village Today

For those of you who’ve been waiting for light at the end of the tunnel, please take just a moment to really let this sink in. In addition to our zero new cases:

  • Village Care Center has had no new associate or resident cases for more than 28 days, meaning their outbreak is officially over! They will continue with scheduled testing to stay aware of the presence of the virus in their buildings, and they, too, are scheduling 30-minute visits in specially-designed controlled surroundings that meet CMS and CDC standards.
  • Areas outside of VCC & VAL: There are no current associate or resident cases of COVID-19 reported. Independent Living is holding their second round of resident vaccinations, with a 5-day clinic set up for next week during which nearly 1,000 residents will receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Outlook

I anticipate that over the next few months, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will issue guidance for long-term care facilities in the way of re-opening.  Rest assured that just as soon as that guidance is issued, I will share it with you.  Until then, know we are working hard to ensure our inside visits continue without interruption.

Thank you for entrusting your loved one’s care with us.  Please let me know if you have questions, suggestions, or need anything.


Feb. 10, 2021

If you have been impacted by the polar vortex, I hope you can stay warm.  To say it’s cold outside is an understatement.  It is a good thing we have so much going on inside Village Assisted Living and Memory Care to keep us busy.  Here’s what has happened since we last connected.

Testing

  • Feb. 11
    • All Memory Care 3 residents were tested due to an exposure on Jan. 18.  I am happy to report that all results came back negative!
    • All associates, and all results were negative, too!
    • An outside vendor with no resident contact tested positive.  There was no resident potential exposure.  We will continue with our twice a week testing of associates and weekly testing of residents.  This person has been removed from the work schedule.
  • Feb. 12
    • All associates were tested as part of our twice a week testing.  All results were negative!
    • An outside vendor with no resident contact tested positive.  There was no resident potential exposure.  We will continue with our twice a week testing of associates and weekly testing of residents. This person has been removed from the work schedule.

Inside Visits

We are excited to reunite residents with their families and friends beginning the week of February 22 in a designated area on each neighborhood!

Visits will be scheduled using Sign-Up Genius and each time slot will be scheduled for thirty minutes, with a thirty-minute wait in between each visit as we clean the surfaces and air.  The only caveat to the visits is that there must be no resident or associate positive cases in the last two weeks to continue with the visits.

I have attached the Visit Guidelines to this e-mail for your review.  Below are the links to sign up:

I’m sure ready for polar vortex to leave the area.  It can’t come soon enough!  Stay warm and stay safe.


Feb. 10, 2021

I have much to catch you up on so far this week!

The COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic went off without a hitch on Monday. All residents who were eligible to receive the vaccine were inoculated! We even arranged to have a few of our residents who are currently staying at the Village Care Center brought back over here so they could receive the vaccine at our clinic. We are grateful for the assistance provided by the John Knox Village EMS team. It was quite an exhilarating day!

Testing:

  • On Tuesday, we rapid tested residents in Assisted Living and all Memory Care neighborhoods, and all residents’ results were negative.
  • We will test Memory Care 3 residents tomorrow, Feb. 11, due to an exposure on Jan. 28.
  • All residents will continue be tested each Tuesday as part of routine testing.
  • Last week we tested associates on Monday and Thursday, and all associate results were negative.
  • This week our testing schedule for associates is Wednesday and Friday. I will keep you apprised of those results as I know them.

The peace of mind knowing residents have very powerful layer of protection against the COVID-19 virus allows me to rest a little easier at night. I can only imagine how it makes you feel. Thank you for being with us on this journey.


Feb. 3, 2021

As promised, the renovations started on Monday, and I am excited to share with you the progress that has been made only three days into the project.  But I would be remiss if I did not share results of testing performed this far this week, too.

In short, all the testing performed so far this week has been negative!  All of the Memory Care 3 residents’ and associates’ results were negative from the testing performed on Monday.  And all of the Assisted Living, Memory Care 1, and Memory Care 2 residents’ results were negative on Tuesday.  This is great news! We will test associates again tomorrow and Memory Care 3 residents on Friday.

There also is great news about our renovation project, where much progress happened these last three days. The common areas outside of apartments 209 – 215 and 127 – 146 have had the case work around the doors, the baseboards, and various trim pieces removed from the walls. We have temporarily closed the 200-wing laundry room and public restroom while the construction crew works its magic, and the Garden Room ceiling has been scraped and will be textured tomorrow.  Additionally, the old lights in one portion of the corridor, apartments 209 – 215, have been removed, and temporary lighting has been put up until we progress to the stage of the project when updated lighting will be installed.