COVID-19 Precautionary Measures

April 2, 2020 | 3:08 PM

At Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC), the health, safety and well-being of our patients, residents and team members is our top priority.

Maryland Governor Hogan issued a stay at home order, directing Maryland residents not to leave their homes beginning March 30, at 8 p.m.  For their own safety and the safety of others, it is critical that everyone living at CESLC stay home in their residences until this order is lifted.

What this means to CESLC residents:

Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House:

  • Meal/food deliveries to the Wasserman Residence or Smith-Kogod Residence are no longer permitted. Although this is a difficult decision to make, we believe it is essential to reduce travel within each residence.
  • We continue to enforce the no-visitation policy.
  • Please do not drop off laundry for Hebrew Home of Greater Washington residents. Contact the laundry manager, Cheri at 301-770-8411, if we need to tag your loved ones laundry.

Revitz House and Ring House:

  • Please do not visit our campus unless you must deliver food or medicine to your loved ones. These deliveries will continue to be dropped off at the front door for staff to deliver to apartments.
  • Except for medical reasons, residents are not permitted off-campus. Any resident leaving campus should be prepared to stay off campus for the duration of the stay at home order. We are not making this decision lightly, but with the spread of COVID-19 in Montgomery County continuing to grow, we believe this is necessary to protect our most vulnerable population.

We understand the importance of connecting our residents with their friends and family and we continue to encourage you to call your loved ones frequently or schedule a virtual visit on this page under Resources.

If you have questions about residents of Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, please call the unit nurse manager. For questions about residents at all other residences, please speak with the administrators.

Previous Communications
April 2, 2020 | 12:20 PM

Updated Media Statement

We remain committed in our efforts to protect the health and well-being of the older adults we serve at Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC).

CESLC continues to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as we respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the unique threat it presents to our vulnerable population. Even with these proactive measures and procedures in place, we learned on March 31 that a resident from Smith-Kogod Residence and on April 2 that a resident from Wasserman Residence tested positive for COVID-19 while in the hospital. Both patients remain hospitalized, and our hearts and prayers go out to the patients and the families. We are actively monitoring our residents and team members for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and are working with the Montgomery County and State of Maryland health departments.

As we address the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus, we will continue to work with local, state and CDC health officials to determine next steps. The safety, health and well-being of our residents and team members remains our highest priority.

 

March 15, 2020 | 5:03 PM

Message from our President/CEO

Dear CESLC community,

These are unprecedented times for our nation and the world as we address the challenges of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and well-being of our residents and team members is our highest priority. We are following guidance from the CDC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and are working closely with local, state and federal public health agencies.

CMS has announced new measures to promote social distancing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Therefore, effective Monday evening, March 16, we are eliminating communal dining throughout CESLC as well as group activities.  Residents of Ring House, Revitz House and Landow House will receive nutritious meals delivered to their apartments. The cafés for Revitz House and Ring House were closed on Sunday afternoon. Residents of Cohen-Rosen House will dine in small groups in community rooms throughout the residence. We have also modified the dining experience for Hebrew Home residents to be consistent with social distancing guidelines.

Our responses to COVID-19 encompass intensified efforts on infection control, including more frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces and reemphasizing proper hand sanitation. Additionally, inventories of supplies, food and other items are being monitored and replenished.

Here are a few additional responses we implemented to protect our community:

  • We closed all residences to visitors. There are limited exceptions for entry to residences for family members and guardians in certain situations, such as end-of-life care.
  • Medical and allied health professionals are permitted entry after they complete both a health/travel screen and a temperature check for fever.
  • Residents are able to attend outpatient medical appointments, but transportation personnel may not enter the residence. We are encouraging telemedicine appointments to replace office visits, when possible.
  • We are strongly discouraging residents from all non-essential travel outside of the campus, including shopping trips. Personal care attendants can bring items to residents when necessary. Also, we will accept deliveries at the front desks of all residences.

As much as possible, we are focused on maintaining a sense of normalcy. We encourage you to call your loved ones frequently or schedule a virtual visit by emailing virtualvisit@ceslc.org.

As we face these unprecedented challenges, we rely on the extensive training, skill and experience of our dedicated team members to care for and support our residents. We will continue to do what we do best – deliver a safe, supportive and life-affirming environment for our residents. The situation is fluid and we will remain agile and vigilant, making adjustments as necessary and informed by the guidance of health officials.

If you have not already done so, please visit our website’s COVID-19 page at smithlifecommunities.org and provide your email and mobile number.  Our goal is to update this page twice a week, and more frequently should the need arise. If you have questions about residents of Hebrew Home, please call the unit nurse manager. For questions about residents at all other residences, please call the administrators.

In closing, I want you to know that we feel privileged to care for our community of older adults and humbled by the trust you have placed in us. Thank you for your continued support.

Bruce J. Lederman
President/CEO

March 11, 2020 | 3:56 PM

Visitation Update – COVID-19

As cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue to spread across our region and pose an increased threat to our older population, it remains our responsibility to protect the well-being and safety of our residents and team members. Therefore, as a preventative measure we will close all residences on campus to all visitors as of today, March 11 at 5 p.m. There will be limited exceptions for family members and guardians in certain situations such as end-of-life care.

We ask that you please refrain from attempting to visit our campus or any residences at this time. We know that this may be very difficult for residents and their families, but these precautions are being implemented with the best interest and utmost safety of those we serve, and our team, in mind.

We understand that being able to communicate with your loved one is very important. If you would like to schedule a virtual visit, please email virtualvisit@ceslc.org

If you have any questions about residents of Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, please call the unit nurse manager. For questions about residents at all other residences, please call the administrators.

We will continue to provide you with regular updates as this situation continues to evolve.

March 7, 2020 | 2:50 PM

New Access Rules in Effect

Please note the updated policy regarding visitation to all residences on campus.

Only ADULT family members, responsible parties, and personal aides who do not exhibit flu-like symptoms may enter any of the residences on our campus until further notice.

  • Residents are limited to two visitors per day
  • All outside events being held on campus are cancelled
  • All visitors must complete and pass a health/travel screen
  • No one will be permitted with a temperature of 100 or above
  • Visiting hours are limited to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

These precautions are being implemented with the best interest and safety of our patients, residents and team members in mind and they may change as conditions evolve.

March 6, 2020 | 6:40 PM

COVID-19 Precautionary Measures

At CESLC, the health, safety and well-being of our patients, residents and team members is always our top priority. As health officials in Maryland recently confirmed the first three cases of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Montgomery County, we are initiating additional precautionary measures.

Beginning tomorrow (March 7) morning:

  • Only adult family members, responsible parties and personal aides who do not exhibit any flu-like symptoms may visit any of the residences on our campus.
  • Those who are permitted to visit will be required to complete a health/travel attestation prior to entry. If any answer on the attestation is “yes,” they will not be permitted entry.

In addition to the above, tomorrow afternoon we will begin to take the temperature of all visitors. Those with a temperature of 100 and above will not be permitted entry.

Additionally, in an effort to minimize and control any potential exposure to the novel coronavirus, we are implementing the following changes in procedures:

  • Please consider limiting the number of visitors and frequency of any visits.
  • All outside events being held on campus are cancelled.
  • Visiting hours are now limited from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

These precautions are being implemented with the best interest and safety of our patients, residents and team members in mind and will be updated as the need for precautions change.

March 3, 2020 | 12:10 PM

Update from CESLC on coronavirus outbreak

We continue to monitor the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is our priority to take steps to protect our residents, visitors and our team members.

At this time, CESLC continues to follow recommended sanitizing and infection control practices to prevent the spread of flu and other viruses.

We ask individuals who are exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms not to visit residents at this time. Our team members are following the same guidance.

We are making Skype available to residents who want to remain in touch with friends and family members who are unable to visit our campus.

As previously requested, if you have traveled to a country where a travel advisory is in effect, or to an area in the U.S. that is known to have experienced an outbreak of the coronavirus, be sure to monitor your health for symptoms.

Upon entering a residence, please apply hand sanitizer available at all entrances throughout our campus. Additionally please follow these precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a covered trash receptacle.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
March 1, 2020 | 12:12 PM

Message to the CESLC community

CESLC is closely monitoring the incidence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are in close contact with the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality. CESLC is committed to the health and safety of our residents, visitors and team members on our campus and we are prepared to implement public health recommendations as required.

Updated information will be shared with the community and posted on this webpage as it becomes available.

We also encourage you to sign up for email alerts on the form on this webpage.

 

 

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