It’s more important than ever for our communities and the people we serve to feel safe and have peace of mind. Safety precautions are in place in all of our care settings to protect residents, clients, employees and our communities. With dedicated staff and precautions you can trust, rest assured knowing it’s safe to receive care and services at the Good Samaritan Society.
Safety is our priority
We are taking extra precautions and following CDC infection control protocols. We are practicing what we preach with good handwashing hygiene, use of alcohol-based sanitizer, frequent surface cleanings and proper use of personal protective equipment.
We work closely with state and local health departments to follow guidance for testing residents and employees.
We’ve designed a system to help our staff know the health status of each resident in our location. This allows staff to follow proper precautions for new residents, symptom-free residents and those who are being tested or are positive for COVID-19.
Staff members are screened daily, monitor their health and stay home if they feel sick or have symptoms. We are following CDC guidelines for using personal protective equipment. As needed and where possible, we designate staff to work in one area of our building to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Opening our Doors
We are following state and local guidance to determine when and where it is safe for family and friends to visit residents. Visitors and service providers are screened upon entry at our location and wear personal protective equipment during their visits.
Residents practice social distancing during mealtimes, social activities and events by staying six feet apart. We encourage residents to wear masks as an extra precaution.
We are taking extra precautions and following CDC infection control protocols. We are practicing what we preach with good handwashing hygiene, use of alcohol-based sanitizer and frequent surface cleanings.
When and where visitors are allowed, they are encouraged to wear masks and limit their movement throughout the building.
Tours and Moving In
We’re staggering tours and move-in dates and times to maintain social distancing. We’re also offering virtual tours as a contact-free alternative to learning more about our community.
Group Gatherings and Outings
We’re following state and local guidance to determine when it is safe to plan outings and events. Residents are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing when leaving their apartments.
Staff members monitor their health and stay home if they feel sick or have symptoms. Face masks are required.
We are taking extra precautions and following CDC infection control protocols. We are practicing what we preach with good handwashing hygiene and use of alcohol-based sanitizer. At a minimum, we disinfect all the surfaces we use during our visit.
Personal Protective Equipment
We’re following CDC guidelines for using personal protective equipment.
Staff members monitor their health and stay home if they feel sick or have symptoms. Before each visit, our clients are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure.
When possible, our staff delivers care and services at a distance of six feet to maintain social distancing.
We organize our work schedules to ensure there is little to no risk of virus transmission between staff
and our clients.
To us, residents are family. In times when virtual connection with loved ones is the only option, we’re helping to fill the gap by offering new, creative ways to meet social and emotional well-being needs.
- 1,000 iPads were sent to skilled nursing facilities to connect residents virtually with loved ones.
- The iPads are also being used for telehealth visits.
- Staff are helping loved ones celebrate birthdays in a safe, contact-free way.
- Activities and therapy are being delivered one-on-one in situations where social distancing is not an option.
- Leaders are prioritizing communication and providing regular updates to residents and families.
- Our Send-A-Note feature allows family and community members to send an online message of support to residents or staff in our skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, housing with services apartments and affordable housing apartments.
To protect our residents, we implemented restrictions early on in the COVID-19 pandemic. While safety remains our priority, the precautions we’re taking allow us to gradually loosen restrictions on things like visitation, group activities and volunteering.
Factors considered in our reopening approach:
- State-specific guidance on reopening of long-term care facilities
- The number of COVID-19 cases in communities and counties
- The presence of COVID-19 in Good Samaritan Society buildings
- Access to COVID-19 testing for residents and staff
- Access to personal protective equipment for staff
Contact your local Good Samaritan Society location to learn more about what step of the reopening process they’re in.
Thank you for your continued support of our residents, clients, staff and communities.