March 21, 2020
Dear Residents and Family Members:
This past Thursday, Governor Abbott issued several COVID-19 executive orders. An order is now in effect restricting visitors in Independent Living communities. Access is granted to essential employees and medical personnel only. We are now enforcing that order. This order eliminates our policy of allowing one visitor for each independent living resident. Family members can still deliver items such as toiletries but will need to leave them at the door and an employee will deliver them to the resident’s room.
In the event that an independent living resident becomes ill, The Village is working with CHRISTUS Home Health as a care option. Independent Living is an unlicensed area, and state regulations do not allow The Village to provide medical care for independent living residents. Care must be provided by the resident’s primary care physician and/or primary care physician working together with other providers like home health. In the event a resident needs care beyond what home health can provide the home health and resident’s primary care physician will decide what next steps to take. If a resident has an existing relationship with a home health, that home health will be contacted versus contacting CHRISTUS Home Health.
Beginning Monday, March 23, Sisters Care caregivers will be taking resident body temperatures at the Craft Room Monday through Friday from 8a to 10am. This is not mandatory. This service is being offered as residents have asked to have their temperature taken. If you come to have your temperature taken please adhere to the 6-foot social distancing requirement. We do not want participants bunched up. Please follow the instruction of the staff conducting the clinic.
Brunch is also being suspended in order to maintain social distancing. Weekday dining hours will remain in place until further notice. Table and chairs are spaced to adhere to social distancing requirements.
We are a community that is constantly being asked to adjust to an ever-evolving event. There are many unknowns in the days and weeks to come. Having just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, I believe we should reflect on his life at this time of uncertainty. He faced many unknowns. He escaped captivity, kidnapping, and the constant threat of violence from pagans. He persevered and brought Christianity to Ireland converting thousands of pagans to Christianity.
We too will persevere in prayer and faith through this threat. Taking on each day as a community, supporting one another, and remaining strong in our efforts to keep each other safe.