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CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – February 23, 2021

This week, all community members in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing tested negative for COVID-19. Yesterday, two dining service team members tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid response antigen testing. We are now awaiting PCR results on those two team members. All other staff tested negative.

Because of their job duties, neither have resulted in exposing any community members to COVID-19. We have gone 14 days without a resident exposure. As a result, we are ending the quarantine of…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – February 12, 2021

A clinical team member reported to us today that they developed symptoms of COVID-19 on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021. This staff member worked in both Traditional AL and Skilled Nursing on the days immediately preceding their symptom onset. Due to this potential exposure, Traditional Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing will be placed on quarantine for 14 days from their days of exposure. This potential exposure does not affect Pathways.

All in-person visits for Traditional AL will be…read more

 

INFORMATION (VIDEO) – January 11, 2021

The vaccine is here for at least some communities and some residents.  But there are challenges.  Do IL residents get it and when?  What about staff?  In some communities, staff adoption is very low.

Radiant Senior Living’s Jodi Guffee and The Ohio Masonic Home’s Anthony Berardi, Jason French, and CEO Scott Buchanan join Steve Moran from Senior…watch

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – January 6, 2021

We have continued our twice a week COVID testing of our staff and vendors. On Monday January 6th, 1 caregiver in Skilled Nursing tested positive for COVID. All other staff and vendors were negative for the current two-week period. All residents in skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care were tested using rapid response testing twice in the last 14 days, with all results returning negative.

Assisted Living & Memory Care have now gone 14 todays without new COVID cases among staff or residents. The quarantine in assisted living and memory care will be lifted at…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – December 24, 2020

On Monday we performed rapid response testing for all staff and vendors with all staff and vendors testing negative for COVID-19. Yesterday we tested all vendors and staff and 1 Nurse who works in Skilled Nursing and Traditional Assisted Living has tested positive. We have collected a pcr test and are awaiting those results from our partner laboratory.

Yesterday, we tested all Skilled Nursing, Memory Care, and Traditional Assisted Living community members using rapid response tests. We had 1 Pathways Memory Care community member…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – December 16, 2020

On Monday we performed rapid response testing for all staff and vendors. We had 2 Assisted Living Caregivers test positive and are awaiting their PCR results. Today, we tested all staff and vendors through PCR testing and we are awaiting those results from our partner laboratory. This morning, we tested all Skilled Nursing, Memory Care, and Traditional Assisted Living community members using rapid response tests. We had 1 Traditional Assisted Living community member test positive from building #2. The resident and their family member…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – December 14, 2020

This morning we had an Assisted Living Caregiver test positive for COVID-19 on a rapid response test. We have collected a PCR test sample and are now awaiting those results. This staff member is asymptomatic, however they have worked in Traditional Assisted Living Building 2, 3, & 4 in the last 24 hours. Due to the potential of close contact we are placing Building 3 & 4 under…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – December, 9 2020

As you are aware, from previous communications we are now testing all staff and vendors twice weekly. This is due to Medina County having a positivity rate of over 10%. Yesterday we tested 161 staff and vendors for COVID-19, and all but one result came back negative.

Fortunately, the one staff member that tested positive is asymptomatic and in good health. They are a brand new employee and yesterday was their first day of work. They tested upon arrival to the campus, and we were able to pull them off the floor before they performed patient care. Because there was no…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – December 2, 2020

As you are aware from our last communication we are now testing all staff and vendors twice weekly. This is due to Medina County having a positivity rate of over 10%. On Monday 11/30, we tested 168 Staff and Vendors for COVID-19, all results came back negative.

Today we tested all residents in Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living using Rapid Response testing, all results came back negative. We also tested all staff and vendors using PCR testing and are awaiting those…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – November 25, 2020

Today we tested all residents in Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living for COVID-19 all results came back negative. Our staff were also tested today via Rapid Antigen testing. We had 1 STNA from Skilled Nursing test positive. We are now waiting on their PCR test results to confirm the Rapid Test. This takes our active current staff case count to 4 total team members. This unfortunately means that our quarantine will continue in our care areas.

As you are all aware we will continue to test staff and residents weekly due…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE(WRMC) – November 4, 2020

Today we were informed by 2 Assisted Living Team members that they started symptoms yesterday and followed up with their physician and have tested positive for COVID-19. As a result Traditional Assisted Living and Pathways Memory Care will be placed under quarantine.

This means that all residents in Traditional Assisted Living are required…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE(WRMC) – October 8, 2020

As you are aware we have continued to test our staff along with our Skilled Nursing and Assisted Residents weekly for COVID-19.

This week we tested both staff and residents utilizing rapid response antigen testing.
Yesterday was the resident testing day and the results came back negative for Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing.

Today we tested all of our staff with 1 clinical…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – September 25, 2020

On Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 we tested 111 Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Care residents via PCR nasal swab testing. 108 out of 111 results all came back negative. 2 residents tested positive in Skilled Nursing and 1 resident tested positive in Assisted Living.

The Assisted Living resident recently returned to their AL apartment after having a rehab stay in Skilled Nursing. We believe their exposure took place in skilled nursing. They have not been in contact with any residents in Assisted Living as they returned into that area after our quarantine…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – September 21, 2020

Last week we informed you that we had 2 staff members that were symptomatic for COVID-19. Both employees received additional PCR testing 1 came back positive and the other negative for COVID-19.

On Wednesday 9/16/20 we tested 190 team members and vendors. 188 of the 190 all came back negative, with two tests coming back positive.

One positive was our already known which we reported last week. The other is a…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – September 18, 2020

WRMC Community Members, Families, and Staff

I am sending you this message today to let you know that we have two staff members that have shown signs and symptoms of COVID-19. We tested both staff members with a RAPID RESPONSE antigen COVID test.

One returned positive and the other was inconclusive. Per our Pandemic plan each care area is now under quarantine. Residents in our Care Areas are…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (SMC) – September 9, 2020

This is Tony Berardi, LNHA, President and Administrator of SMC. I wanted to send you all the particulars for the Skilled Nursing Visitations that will start next week!

We will be doing the Rickly visitations will be on Tuesdays starting 9/15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. The visits will be scheduled in 30 minute increments and will inside the visitation tent that is set up outside of our Wellness Center. The time Slots will be 1 to 1:30, 1:45 to 2:15, 2:30 to 3:15 and 3:30 to 4. To set up a visitation, please call 937.525.1755 and we will call you back…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – September 8, 2020

On Wednesday 9/2/20 we tested 195 WRMC employees and vendors all tests have returned with the exception of one which was unable to be tested due to an issue that took place during transfer. All tests but 1 returned negative. A WRMC employee who works in our dining services department tested positive for COVID-19. The team member was and continues to be without any signs or symptoms of COVID. This is a newer employee who has only worked in Independent Living doing room deliveries. Following CDC guidelines this…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – August 21, 2020

Greetings WRMC Community Members and Families

I would also like to inform you that we have hired an Assistant Administrator for Skilled Nursing, Heather Mordew. Heather started this week and we will be slowly easing her into this new leadership role in Skilled Nursing. Heather is a graduate of Kent State University and has…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – August 8, 2020

WRMC Community Members and Families,

We recently shared we would be testing all of our staff through the State of Ohio’s National Guard COVID-19 testing program. We tested 177 employees on July 31, 2020 and the last of our results came in overnight.

One test came back inconclusive and we are retesting that particular team member today. There are several reasons why a test could be inconclusive such as…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – July 24, 2020

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic closely. We continue to remain COVID – FREE. On Friday 7/31 ALL WRMC employees will be tested for COVID by the Ohio National Guard as part of the State of Ohio’s testing plan for Skilled Nursing Facilities. We think it would be fool-hearty to presume that all of our tests will be negative. Following the guidance set forth by the Ohio Department of Health, we have a plan in place on how we will respond should we have asymptomatic staff positive cases. Our staff in the care areas have been wearing, at minimum, face shields and surgical…read more

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (BMC) – July 17, 2020

Good afternoon,

We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic. While we have not had any active cases of COVID-19 at our community, we are concerned that over the last week the number of cases has continued to increase in Lucas County. As a result, Lucas County has been placed on a level 3 by the Ohio Department of Health meaning there is a risk of very high exposure and spread.

Starting today, July 17, we will be eliminating our patio visitation as a precaution to the new level 3 advisory.

We also ask that our community members only leave our Browning campus for medically necessary appointments if at all possible to reduce the risk of exposure and ultimately prevent COVID-19 from entering our campus.

We will continue to monitor regulations and processes put in place by The Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will continue to keep the health and safety of your loved ones at our highest and most severe priority. Should you have any questions, regarding our visitation restriction, I invite you to call our campus at 419-878-4055.

Thank you,

Tara Lloyd

Executive Director

Browning Masonic Community

 

CAMPUS UPDATE (WRMC) – July 16, 2020

WRMC Community Members,

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic closely. We continue to remain COVID – FREE. We are concerned that over the last week the number of cases has continued to go up. Last week there were over 74 new positive cases in Medina County which is a new high weekly total for the pandemic. The Medina County Health Department has been quoted in the news that NONE of the new cases are coming from congregate living facilities such as Skilled Nursing and Assisted Livings. All of the cases have been attributed to weddings, family reunions, graduation parties, and out of state travel.

For Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living visits, mask wearing and social distancing are a must. We understand that this amount of separation has been difficult for all of us. But, we simply cannot let our guard down. We need your help to make sure that our community members remain healthy and safe. Additionally, the State of Ohio has prohibited visits for children 2 and under or any other age where their maturity will prevent someone from wearing a mask. Please also remember that bringing food or beverages to your visit is also prohibited.

For Independent Living visitors, all visits must take place inside the community member’s apartment ONLY and masks are required for all visitors in the corridors of the building. While it is impossible for us to enforce, we strongly encourage ALL family members to wear masks while visiting Independent Living community members.

The State of Ohio has rolled out a new Alert System that rates the risk in each county. Medina is at Level 2 alert, meaning there is increased exposure and spread is taking place. Level 3 is the next level. Counties that are a level 3 have required mask wearing when in public spaces. Should Medina County go to a Level 3 all community members would be required to wear masks when they leave their apartment. Masks may be removed when you are outside of the building.

In happier news the State of Ohio has allowed us to OPEN THE BEAUTY SHOP!!!!!!

Starting Tuesday July 21st, 2020 we will be our official start date. The Beauty Shop will follow all of the protocols outlined by the State of Ohio in regards to Social Distancing, Mask Wearing, and Sanitation. We have worked closely with our stylists to ensure that this service will take place in the safest ways possible. All visits will be done by appointment only and there will be no walk-ins. Each area has been assigned a specific day of the week and time.

Over the coming weeks will assess our ability to re-open the fitness center, library and wood shop.

Over the last several months we have received an outpouring of support from our families. Please know that your kind words and thoughts are what keep our hearts full. We will continue to strive in earnest to ensure for the health and safety of your loved ones.

Jason

 

UPDATE – May 5, 2020

Please see the latest update from Browning Masonic Community (BMC):

“Hi, this is Browning Masonic Community calling. The purpose of this call is to keep you updated on what we are proactively doing at our campus to keep you, your family members and our staff safe as the State of Ohio starts to reopen businesses. I’m sure you have seen the recent news regarding Governor Mike DeWine’s Responsible Restart Ohio plan, where businesses will start to reopen in the month of May.

The safety and well-being of our community members, family members, and staff has been our number one priority throughout this COVID-19 Pandemic. As such, we will continue to follow the…read more

 

UPDATE – May 1, 2020

Please see the latest update from our Browning and Springfield Masonic Community Campuses:

“The purpose of this message is to keep you updated on what we are proactively doing at our campus to keep you, your family members and our staff safe as the State of Ohio starts to reopen businesses. I’m sure you have seen the recent news regarding Governor Mike DeWine’s Responsible Restart Ohio plan, where businesses will start to reopen in the month of May.

The safety and well-being of our community members…read more

 

 

UPDATE – April 20, 2020

During this difficult time, we have remained true to our tagline “Where LIFEstyle sparks new beginnings.” We continue to provide community member and employee engagement through innovative and creative ways. Just last week, we hosted a Spirit Week where each day we had fun themes and handed out prizes to employees. We have held social distancing hallway bingo and ice cream (non)socials to make sure we serve those at our communities. Our foundation and resource center teams…read more

 

 

UPDATE – March 23, 2020

Good morning team. This is Scott Buchanan, CEO of our Ohio Masonic Home, with an important message to pass along to all of you. Before I do, I just want to take a moment to extend a heartfelt thank you to you and your families for the sacrifices each and every one of you make to care for our beloved clients, community members, Brethren, and their families across the state each and every day. Because of you and all of your actions, we are ahead…read more

 

UPDATE – March 18, 2020

Safety and well-being for our community members, family members, and our employees is our number one priority through this COVID-19 pandemic, commonly known as Coronavirus. In an effort to decrease the spread of this terrible disease, and in compliance with state and federal governments, we are restricting all visitation to our campuses to end of life situations only.

All end of life situation visitors will go through a Centers for Disease Control and…read more

 

UPDATE – March 12, 2020 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, has put into place a new visitation guideline for all Ohio Nursing Homes and similar facilities in an effort to decrease the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, there are four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, three being in Cuyahoga County.

Per these new guidelines, visitations will be limited to medically necessary…read more

 

UPDATE – March 11, 2020

The Ohio Masonic Home and all of its subsidiaries (Browning Masonic Community, Springfield Masonic Community, Western Reserve Masonic Community, The Ohio Masonic Home Foundation, and The Ohio Masonic Home Resource Center) value our community members, their families, and our employees’ safety and well-being. By the recommendation of the Governor and the State of Ohio, we are temporarily canceling all of our campus events for the time being due to the new information regarding…read more

 

Our Community Members

  • Regularly communicating updates on Coronavirus and Campus Policies
  • Canceling all on-campus events
  • Setting up Skype Labs across campuses for virtual communications

Our Staff

  • Implementing the Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan for The Ohio Masonic Home
  • Re-educating employees on our Infection Prevention and Control Program and Policies
  • Screening employees as they enter our campuses with a basic health exam and COVID-19 related questions
  • Enacted a non-essential travel ban across the organization

Our Family Members

  • Regularly communicating updates on Coronavirus and Campus Policies
  • Canceling all on-campus events
  • Visitation limitation policy is in effect to include end of life situations only
  • Using technology like Skype and FaceTime as a form of communication through life enrichment

Our Local Communities

  • Visitation limitation policy is in effect to include end of life situations only
  • Canceling all on-campus events
  • Regularly communicating on our website and social media platforms updates regarding COVID-19

 

 

Additional Resources:

Ohio Department of Health – (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – For Long-Term and Nursing Home Facilities – Preparation for COVID-19

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019

LeadingAge National – COVID-19

Ohio Department of Health – COVID-19 Responsible Protocols