June 2020 Village Assisted Living Memory Care Updates

June 14, 2020

Dear Village Assisted Living Residents and Families,

I want to provide you with an update regarding the presence of the COVID-19 coronavirus at John Knox Village. The safety and wellbeing of our residents and associates are our top priority and we are doing all that we can to limit and contain any possible cases of COVID-19.

VILLAGE ASSISTED LIVING

There are no known COVID-19 positive residents or associates within Village Assisted Living. However, a non-JKV healthcare professional saw patients in the building Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 10-12.

This person volunteered to be tested about 2 weeks ago, when the Village was exploring a relationship with a new lab for larger group testing. At that time, the person’s test results were negative. Then, as part of the process of testing all people who work within the Village Care Center (see more on this below), this person was re-tested late last week and received a positive test result Saturday. For the protection of staff and residents, Village Assisted Living is proactively taking the following actions:

  • We are beginning a methodical testing of residents and associates within 48 hours who may have had contact with the health care provider, so that we will have a clear picture of whether the COVID-19 coronavirus is present in our facility.
  • We are immediately taking the following steps to increase our infection control efforts by:
  • Requiring staff to wear surgical masks instead of fabric face covers.
  • Doubling our daily screening of residents to taking vital signs four times a day.
  • Placing a hold on resident activities for a few days, as we assess the current situation.

The testing lab we are using is the same one the Village Care Center is using for their larger group testing. They are a local company in Lee’s Summit and have proved to be very responsive. Results typically are submitted to us within 48 hours.

VILLAGE CARE CENTER

Because the Village Care Center recently identified two unrelated cases of COVID-19 in care center associates, they decided on Thursday to be proactive and begin testing all associates working in their building. They now have tested the majority of their associates, and have results from all of the samples sent to the lab Thursday and Friday. I want to be sure that you know they had 5 additional positive results. All of these associates have been asymptomatic, have passed their daily pre-shift screenings, and have not worked since they received their results.

These newest cases include associates with jobs in a variety of departments at the VCC, most of whom have not had ongoing contact with residents, or each other. Therefore we do not believe it is being spread within the building; rather it appears to show that our infection control procedures are doing their job. Because of these outcomes, they also are beginning to test their residents. We expect resident and associate test results to continue rolling in over the next several days. I will continue to keep you informed as we gain new information.

Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in the VCC since March 16:

As of June 14,

  • _0_Residents and _9_associates have confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses.
  • _40_ Residents and _261_ associates have tested negative for COVID-19.
  • _N/A_Residents and _3_ associates have recovered from COVID-19.
  • It has been _0_ days since we were notified that a resident or associate has tested positive.

There currently are no known cases at John Knox Village outside of the Village Care Center.

The Village Care Center is staying in very close communication with local, regional, county, and state authorities to ensure they are taking all of the appropriate steps under current circumstances. They also are following guidance from CMS and the CDC to reduce the impact of COVID-19.

These include:

  • Daily screening of VCC residents, with vital signs taken 4 times a day
  • Daily screening of VCC staff and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Use of social distancing and other infection control procedures
  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Stopping all new admissions to the VCC for the next few days (except John Knox Village contract holders)
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people into the building
  • Carefully limiting communal activities

Unfortunately, government privacy requirements restrict us from divulging specific information about the individuals involved, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information. We will contact those people directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

Please know that the whole Village is working extremely hard to keep everyone who lives and works here safe and healthy. This is a responsibility that weighs heavily on us every day. Please contact Tressa Dickerson, Village Assisted Living director of nursing at 816-347-2706 or tdickerson1@jkv.org and she will do her best to answer any questions.


June 1, 2020

I hope this message finds you well. I am pleased to say that another week has come and gone, and we continue to have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Village Assisted Living Memory Care or Village Assisted Living residents or employees.

On late Friday afternoon, the administrator of our Village Care Center, the director of nursing for Village Assisted Living, and I had a phone call with our Region 3 representatives from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). The purpose of the call was to engage in dialogue about where DHSS is with its reopening plans for our facilities. The short answer is that they are still working on their plans. We did confirm that, in Missouri, all facilities such as ours are still in their Phase Zero.

We were able to ask specific questions about when the salons may begin to reopen, as well as the possibility of creating a visiting space in our memory care courtyards where residents and families could visit. Some immediate good news is that a work group has been set up by DHSS to evaluate our Village Care Center’s proposal for its residents and families to visit in its courtyards, using a Plexiglass setup. If approved for the Village Care Center, our memory care neighborhoods would quickly follow suit in implementing the approved visitation plan. DHSS has not yet determined which phase might include the salons opening, but we know everyone is looking forward to that one!

While the news of reopening in assisted living may not be happening like other places in Missouri and Kansas, I can assure you that everyone on the call was working towards getting back to a life that feels more normal, in the safest way possible.

I will continue to keep you updated on our phased reopening plans as quickly as I can. Until then, thank you for being on this journey with us and for entrusting us with the care of your loved one. If there is anything you may need, please do not hesitate to let me know.