As of September 2, 2020, all Mission Health communities are following new testing requirements to help us continue to track and control the spread of COVID-19. All employees will be regularly tested, with frequency of testing dependent on the prevalence of COVID-19 in that center’s county—either once per month, once per week, or twice weekly. Residents have the option to be tested on this schedule, unless they have symptoms or there is a positive case in the center.
Please note that residents without symptoms are not required to be tested, and that residents who previously tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to be retested for 90 days. In the event of a new infection in a center, all residents and employees will be tested as a precaution.
We continually adjust to new circumstances and evolving best practices. We will provide any updates as they become available. Please contact your local Mission Health community if you have any questions.
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.
I would like to inform you of some reopening news! Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number one objective for all of us at Mission Health has been to ensure safety for the people in our care. That’s why we have followed local, state, and federal health guidance every step of the way, approaching our duties with an abundance of caution. It’s why we introduced new safety gear and protocols. And it’s why we closed our communities to visitors, months ago. We have taken a very cautious approach, because we know that every person lost to COVID-19 is one too many.
That said, we did not close our doors lightly. We know what an ordeal it is for families to be separated from the people they love, and how important support and contact from family and friends are for people who receive nursing care. Mission Health took protective measures while working toward the day when the doors could reopen and people could be safely reunited.
I’m pleased to say that day is coming closer. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced limited reopening guidelines for skilled nursing communities like our own. We are carefully reviewing these changes, and we are activating systems for outdoor in-person visits at Mission Health communities where local conditions permit. As the weather turns colder—and again, depending on the course of COVID-19 in a given region—we will introduce indoor visits, all following stringent safety protocols. At the same time, we are gradually reintroducing group activities and communal dining, while following strict mask wearing, social distancing, and adherence to CMS guidelines. Please check with your local Mission Health community for dates and details on visitation.
We got to this point because people came together, took the threat of this terrible illness seriously, and followed all of the precautions. To help ensure that the doors can open wider at all Mission Health communities, we must all rededicate ourselves to the steps that we know work: keeping at least six feet apart, wearing masks, regularly washing our hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. When we can joyfully meet in person once again, we’ll know these simple steps are worth it.
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!