WVN’s COVID-19 Response
To all residents, families and guests: Thank you for your understanding and patience in these trying times. We at Westminster Village North are working hard to implement plans and procedures to keep everyone as safe and happy as we can, given the circumstances.
The staff at Westminster Village has worked together to gather and provide useful information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Here you will find updates, videos and resources to keep you informed, educated and knowledgeable on our response and next steps.
Holiday Letter to Families
Nov. 12, 2020
With the holidays quickly approaching, we know many of you have plans underway and are wondering what the visitation options will look like for your loved one. Because COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on our loved ones living in long-term care facilities, the Indiana State Department of Health has issued guidance for holiday outings and we hope to provide some clarity in this letter. …
Indiana State Department of Health (Epidemiology Resource Center)
Holiday Guidance for Residents of Long-term Care Facilities and Resident’s Families and Representatives
Nov. 4, 2020
COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on the lives of individuals living in long-term care facilities. The pandemic has directly impacted the health of those who have contracted the virus and affected residents indirectly through restrictions to visitation that have decreased valuable time spent with family and friends.
In June, the Indiana Department of Health allowed for outdoor visitation, and in July allowed for the resumption of indoor visitation. Each year, many families take loved ones who live in long-term care facilities to their homes to celebrate the holidays. Unfortunately, this year the fall and winter holiday seasons are coinciding with significant increases in community spread of COVID-19. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently reported that an important driver of the recent case increases is small family gatherings. The CDC and the Indiana Department of Health recommend that individuals at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid in-person gatherings with individuals with whom they do not live. …
For additional information, visit https://coronavirus.in.gov.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 9, 2020
HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES LOCAL COVID-19 TESTING EFFORT
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Health is partnering with local health departments around the state to add nearly 100 community testing sites for COVID-19.
The state Department of Health is providing more than $30 million in funding to increase access to COVID-19 testing for Hoosiers over the next two years. All 94 local health departments in Indiana were invited to apply to the state for the grants to launch testing operations.
Three dozen local testing sites are scheduled to be open by the end of this week, with nearly 60 other locations scheduled to open by Oct. 1. Some counties are partnering with neighboring counties. More than 10 counties, including Lake, Porter, St. Joseph, Marion, Hamilton and Allen, are opening multiple sites.
“Our goal throughout this pandemic has been to increase access to testing, and we developed this option as a way to get creative about offering testing for Hoosiers,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “We want every Hoosier to be able to find testing when they need it so that we can reduce the spread of COVID in our communities, and we are thrilled to be able to support those efforts through our local health departments.”
The local health department sites will provide free testing. Click here for which communities are participating.
Hoosiers also can access no-cost testing without a physician’s note or symptoms at any of the 39 state-sponsored OptumServe sites currently in operation.
To find a testing site, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.
Independent Living Residents — Update on Visitation and Activities.
Effective Monday, August 24th, IL residents and families will be able to visit outside without signing up for outdoor visitation! Residents may visit with their loved ones outside, maintaining social distance and wearing masks, at any time. Residents who live on the first floor may have one other guest on their concrete patio (total of two people), and others may sit on chairs in the grass, properly distanced by 6’. A resident who lives on an upper floor may come to the first floor to visit outside or on a resident’s patio — following the guidelines just mentioned. Cottagers may come over to meet with their friends in the apartments, but are still not able to access the inside of the buildings. Residents or visitors should not enter a resident’s apartment as inside visitation is not permitted at this time.
There are multiple outdoor locations on our campus where you can visit with your guests. Or, you can bring chairs and create your own space. Outside visitors are not allowed inside the buildings at any time. The tables in the Tamarack courtyard will be set up for dining with two residents allowed per table. Please do not move chairs as they are placed an appropriate distance apartment. Also, please don’t use a rollator or wheelchair to pull up to join a table of two as this won’t meet safe guidelines.
Also beginning on Monday, August 24, IL activities will resume outside! Masks must be worn and we will create activities where residents will be able to stay 6’ apartment. Laurie will plan activities for you to see your WVN friends in the fresh air.
Of course this will all continue unless we would have a case of covid in Independent Living, so we cannot stress enough how important it is for all of us to follow the national guidelines of wearing a mask to cover your nose and mouth, washing your hands frequently and/or using hand sanitizer and maintaining safe distance. If we would see negligence on any of these guidelines, we may have to revert back. So please, everyone, let’s work together so that we can all enjoy seeing each other again!
Outdoor Visitation Hours
Visits are 45 minutes each and start on the hour.
Assisted Living and Health Center:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
(last visit scheduled from 4 pm until 4:45 pm)
Tuesday and Thursday
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
(last visit schedule from 6:00 pm until 6:45p)
Health Center only:
Saturday: 10 am – 3:00 pm with 1 visit per hour (last visit scheduled from 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm)
No visits schedule for Sunday
Assisted Living only:
Saturday and Sunday:
11:00 am – 3:00 pm with 2 visits per area per hour
(last visit scheduled from 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm)
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Westminster Village North Website update
Our commitment to providing exceptional care is unwavering as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. How we deliver care may be changing temporarily, but we remain committed to the health of our residents, staff and families.
The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America state, “Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical care.” And we are under a state-mandated visitor restriction, lifted only for end-of-life situations. We know how hard this is for our residents and their family members and we are doing our best to satisfy the needs of both. As has been published, self-isolation is the best means to reduce the opportunity for the virus to be spread. Though not ideal for seniors, self-quarantine is what will keep them safest.
In these difficult times, we appreciate everyone’s understanding. For more information on Covid-19, refer to the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.com) or the Indiana State Department of Health (in.gov/isdh).
Package Hold Notification
While it is still unclear whether the Coronavirus can survive on surfaces – and for what period of time, we have implemented restrictions to err on the side of precaution. Any non-perishable packages delivered for residents in Assisted Living and our Skilled Nursing area will be held for 72 hours before delivery. The exceptions will be perishable items and medications. We appreciate your understanding.
Questions or Concerns?
Please use the below form to submit questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 as they relate to Westminster Village North.