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.
Updated: October 28, 2020
We continue to appreciate your commitment to working with us to keep our residents and staff protected during this past year. All the care and precautions that we have implemented, in accordance with all national, state, and local guidelines, have been essential in our efforts to fight COVID-19, as it continues to be a worldwide challenge.
With that in mind, we want you to know that although we cannot let up on our efforts, we will be available to help you make the holiday special, even if it’s not the one that any of us anticipated. We will help set up phone, video, mail, and window visits, and will be in contact whenever we have updates or special “COVID-cautious” holiday events planned that enable us to bring some holiday cheer, while remaining socially distant.
We also want to take this moment to remind everyone that the upcoming season is a great time to check in with your family member to see if there are any apparel or personal care items that might bring them some extra joy! We would be happy to deliver (on your behalf) any cozy socks, new sweaters, and other small items you’d like to gift them over the coming months!
We not only care for our residents, we care about them. The holidays will understandably be more challenging this year than ever before, and while we wish we could open our doors and welcome everyone in for our usual festivities, the safety and comfort of our residents is our number one concern. We will be taking every step we can to connect our residents and their families, to bring holiday cheer and togetherness…even from afar!
Please call us for any specifics and additional questions you may have!
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!