Visitors restricted due to Covid-19
As you may have heard, the world has been experiencing the spread of a new virus called Covid-19, more commonly referred to as the “Corona Virus.” This virus has now found its way to the United States. While the spread of this virus in the U.S. has been slower than in other countries, government health officials anticipate the virus will reach most parts of the U.S. before it is curbed.
As of this writing, there are several known cases of the Corona Virus in Iowa. Because this virus has a history of impacting the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, we are taking this step of notifying you about the steps we are taking to prevent this virus from infecting our residents and staff.
First, we have been in touch with our own medical director, local health care providers, hospitals, and our local first responders in order to coordinate our efforts in the event a resident or staff member becomes infected. Second, we are receiving updates from federal and state health department officials regularly. Third, we have existing Emergency Management and infection control policies and procedures which provide guidance for how we not only treat an infected person, but how we protect others within the building.
Speaking of prevention, we ask that anyone showing signs and symptoms of coughing, fever or respiratory illness, should not enter our facility until these symptoms have gone away. Anyone with symptoms who wants to contact a resident in our facility should call us to make alternative arrangements. If your family member is a hospice patient and there is a critical quality-of-life or end-of-life need for family visits, please contact us for more information.
We also ask that everyone wash hands regularly. This is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of this virus.
Our priority is the well-being of our residents and our staff. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are hopeful these added measures are temporary.