During the week of June 15, health departments in the states we serve announced guidelines to begin loosening up restrictions on visitors, small group dining and activities in senior care facilities.
We are excited at the prospect of once again allowing in-person visits with our families and their loved ones, as well as, allowing our contracted providers such beauticians and barbers back into the buildings. It’s important to note that each facility will be unique in their progression toward reopening based on variables that affect them.
There are several things that influence how each facility can become less restrictive, everything from completing resident and team member baseline testing, to local Public Health District directives, and the amount of available personal protective equipment. We are working to quickly implement plans that meet the many requirements.
The safety of our residents, visitors and team members will continue be our primary focus, and we all need to be aware that a COVID-19 positive diagnosis among residents or team members can potentially require us to again restrict visitors and group activities.
Please know that individual facilities will notify their residents and families with details of their specific plan to begin the “reopening” process.
April 21, 2020
President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for “Opening Up America Again”, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts.
It’s important to note that visitor restrictions and expanded infection control procedures at our facilities, and nursing homes nation-wide, will not be lifted until America enters the third and final stage of the plan. There is no specific timeline for the phases, and we will continue to monitor and follow the recommendations of the states where we provide service, the Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. We all look forward to the day we can again open our doors to loved ones and visitors!
Tiffany Square Rehabilitation and Care Center was notified on the evening of Tuesday, April 14, that a team member (employee) had been diagnosed with COVID-19 / Coronavirus. Residents, family members and team members have been made aware of the situation.
No residents of Tiffany Square have tested positive for the virus.
Due to privacy concerns, we cannot provide the identity of the team member, but we can tell you that they were not involved in direct resident care. Currently, we believe this is considered a low-level risk of exposure. We are working closely with the Central District Health Department and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to ensure we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reduce the possible spread of the virus.
For more than a month (since the week of March 9), Tiffany Square has restricted visitors from entering the facility and has also screened all team members for symptoms upon entering the facility. We also enacted recommendations from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) including cancelling all group activities and group dining.
We will continue to follow all of our rigorous safety and infection control protocols that are in place to help in preventing the spread of the virus to our residents and team members.