We recognize that keeping you informed is an essential part of the support we provide. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this is more important than ever. As required, here are the current numbers of those in our communities who have been directly affected by COVID-19. Please know that we are intensely focused on minimizing the risk of COVID-19 for all of our residents, patients, and employees. We continue to strictly follow safety guidelines from federal and local health authorities, because every life threatened by this terrible virus is precious.
As you are very likely aware, due to local virus mitigation efforts and the deep dedication of healthcare workers throughout our great nation, many states, cities and towns are beginning the process of “re-opening” under the assumption that COVID-19 is coming under control. While this news may seem encouraging, we want you to know that we remain highly vigilant here at our community.
For the time being, our strict No Visitation policy remains in place at all Mission Health Communities.
We pledge to be there for you as we work through the next phases of recovery and visitation plans for Mission Health Communities. The federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS), will determine when it is safe for all skilled nursing and long-term care organizations to welcome visitors back into their buildings. We know that this slow transition back to normal will be difficult. However, this cautious approach is the best practice and is necessary to help us keep our seniors protected from the possible resurgence of the virus.
Meanwhile, as our cities and towns begin the process of slowly and deliberately reopening, Mission Health is here for you and the people you love. Our team of professionals continues reaching out by phone, email, Facetime, and social media to keep families updated regarding the essential care and services needed for their moms, dads, aunts, uncles, brothers, and sisters. We also encourage you to take advantage of these communication tools to stay close in touch. If you need any help setting up communication, just let us know.
The safety and comfort of our residents is our number one concern. We not only care for our residents, we care about them. Please be on the lookout for additional communication from us regarding the timeline for safely readdressing current social distancing practices, communal dining, and group activities programming. We look forward to the day that we can open our doors, say hello in person, and welcome you and your families into a Mission Health community.
As always, we welcome your thoughts, questions, and concerns.
President & CEO
Mission Health Communities
Stuart Lindeman, President and CEO, Mission Health Communities, explains the CMS guidelines regarding visitation policies.
Even in normal times, Mission Health Communities are focused on helping prevent infections and illnesses with thorough best practices that are monitored daily. This everyday experience is helping with our increased COVID-19 response.
We’re looking for professionals who have talents to share! We’re looking for hospitality assistants as well as nurses and nursing assistants. Please contact Rafael Morales, Tampa Office Liaison at 813-367-1049 or email.
All of us at Mission Health are working as hard as we can to help protect the health of your family members from the ongoing coronavirus crisis. That includes very strict staff health screening policies.
To help manage seniors who may be displaced by effects of COVID-19, this helps create much needed hospital space for others. SNF care without a 3-day inpatient hospital stay will be covered for beneficiaries who experience dislocations or are otherwise affected by the emergency, such as those who are (1) evacuated from a nursing home in the emergency area, (2) discharged from a hospital (in the emergency or receiving locations) in order to provide care to more seriously ill patients, or (3) need SNF care as a result of the emergency, regardless of whether that individual was in a hospital or nursing home prior to the emergency.
And while we’ve always had infection protocols in place at our communities, we’re instilling even more stringent protocols in the wake of COVID-19 concerns. We’re striving to meet the rehab and engagement needs of our residents while keeping them safe.
Here’s some of what we are doing:
Name That Tune game—music
and memory techniques.
Playing music on a device isn’t necessary…humming a tune
can be just as fun!
Tracking the Days: Create a daily calendar with the residents to help with orientation, reference as to day, season, when to expect therapy sessions to take place.
Technology Management: Problem solving, recall, and other executive function skills by teaching residents to utilize their technology (Smart Phones and Tablets)
Games: Board and card games
require executive function skills
and communication skills: task initiation, organization, time management, attention, and working memory.
In-room Guidance: Taking activities of daily living and teaching in spaces like home for teethbrushing, tidying blankets, walking to the closet getting dressed, etc.
In-room Meal Times: While not ideal, we’re increasing communication opportunities while residents eat in their rooms
NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc. Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.
Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.
Open doors with your closed fist or hip—do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.
Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.
Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.
Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t wash your hands immediately.
If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!