Residents, Families and Friends of Park Manor – Our Shared Responsibility!
As the COVID pandemic continues on, we strive to provide an atmosphere that limits the feeling of social isolation necessitated by the need to limit contact our elderly population may have outside Park Manor. The move this week to outdoor visits is a positive step toward allowing more interaction with family and loved ones while minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
With this move toward an eventually reopening, we all have a role in protecting our residents and facility, as well as each other, from this virus. Our safety is a shared responsibility. We ask that as you interact with each other, whether it be with an outdoor visit or transportation to a medical appointment, you follow the precautions necessary to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. These requirements and procedures are based on state and federal guidance and in following them you are partners in caregiving.
For outdoor visits, the guidance is very specific. We have included this guidance with our update to you today so you are aware of each preventive measure that must be taken with a face to face visit. We anticipate these same requirements will be in place when the state of Wisconsin allows inside visits in the future.
Family transporting a resident to a medical appointment or procedures also poses a risk of exposure of our vulnerable residents to COVID-19. While at Park Manor residents are essentially in a bubble with no direct outside contact except for staff that are screened every shift, and required to wear masks at all times when in the facility, or within 6 feet of the resident’s when outdoors. Residents are safest while at Park Manor.
When going to an appointment it is imperative that a resident’s exposure be limited to the person taking them to their appointment, and all possibility of exposure to the outside world is eliminated. In order to do this, it is recommended that:
- If you or someone in your household is sick, do not take your resident to the appointment. Contact Park Manor or make alternative arrangements.
- Per Governor Evers order, because you and your family member do not live in the same household, you each must wear a mask while in the vehicle and at the appointment – this protects them from germs you and the public may be carrying.
- Avoid extra stops – such as shopping at Walmart or a grocery store
- Avoid going out for a sit down lunch – utilize a drive thru or take out restaurant and have the resident bring their food back to Park Manor.
- Wash your hands and your residents hands often, especially after contact with door handles, bathroom use, or any public high touch surfaces.
- If you must make a stop, assure your resident wears their mask, maintains social distancing of 6 feet from other people, and washes hands following the stop.
Upon your return, please let the nursing staff know about potential contacts and exposure that may have happened so we can put appropriate measures in place and increase our assessment and monitoring of the resident. Depending on the amount of exposure, it may be necessary for a resident to be placed in precautionary seclusion and isolation for up to 14 days to insure the safety of all of the residents at Park Manor.
We understand it is very frustrating not to be able to do the “normal things” you always have done together. However, the short term benefit you may derive from “just a quick stop for lunch” may be overshadowed by the long term effect of being exposed and becoming ill. It is just the world we live in today. We are taking all the necessary, required measures to protect everyone at Park Manor and thank you for making the necessary sacrifices to keep us all safe! You are a valuable partner in helping protect everyone who lives or works at Park Manor and community from COVID-19.
Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding visiting and travel during the pandemic, as well as any other thoughts, suggestions or concerns.
Sharon Schultz, NHA
August 5, 2020