As we enter Phase I of Nursing Home Reopening, we have implemented a process for residents to wear face masks when they are out of their rooms. At this point, residents are only out of their room to take a bath/shower, to exercise, for supervision, and for limited activities. If the resident is unable to tolerate a mask, a face shield will be offered. If neither are tolerated, either due to a respiratory condition, dementia, or refusal, this will be added to their care plan. You can find the reopening guidelines here:
We were instructed by the Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) that moving to Phase II would be at the earliest June 18th for all nursing homes based on the date the reopening guidance was provided. Our current earliest date by our facility metrics would be June 22nd. Our Incident Command Team is working with Local Public Health on proceeding with baseline testing for staff and possibly residents. IHCA continues to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDHP) on providing more guidance and clarity to nursing facilities as we work through this process. If there are any known or suspected cases, the facility is required to return to Phase I and begin again.
We are all hopeful for the day we can go back to normal, and we will continue to work with our governing agencies to keep everyone safe until then. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
Jessica Henkle, BS, RN-BC, NHA
Director of Long Term Care Services
Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab
Phone (319) 472-6347
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Weekly Update on COVID-19:
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Hello everyone! I haven’t been over to see anyone in quite a while, but I thought I’d drop a line letting you know that you haven’t been forgotten, and the staff continues to provide quality care. The resident/family phone surveys showed Best In Class for the following categories:
- Overall Satisfaction
- Nursing Care
- Dining Service
- Individual Needs
- Laundry Service
- Response to Problems
- Dignity and Respect
- Recommend to Others
- Professional Therapy
- Admission Process
- Safety and Security
- Combined Average
Our facility has exceeded the highest target Pinnacle can safely predict. That’s impressive!
Dawn Stephenson, RN Coordinator of Quality Services
Time flies by but we are trying to keep busy and have some fun and laughs along the way. Our staff and residents seem to always be keeping their chins up and keep looking at the positive. We all get along well, keep lifting each other up and supporting each other. We know things will get better.
Last Friday Wanda M. celebrated a birthday. She had a window visit with family and received some gifts.
We had another full week of activities. We had a delicious peach/orange Daiquiri punch on Monday. The fresh fruit plate we had Tuesday from Fareway was wonderful. Fresh fruit just makes you feel summery, summerish? … just felt like summer.
Jen had everyone working on a beautiful Patriotic Door Wreath craft Wednesday. It was rather time consuming, but it was fun, and everyone did a really good job. This will be great to hang on our doors just in time for the 4th of July, which is right around the corner. Next week we will make a Patriotic Necklace. It is adorable, our ladies will love it! You will just have to wait for pictures.
Also, next week we will have our monthly birthday party and we will also celebrate fresh vegetable day with another wonderful platter from Fareway, of course veggies though. More fun and delicious activities. As always, we will update you.
Please remember to send cards and letters, make phone calls, schedule visits through the window or video chat. Our residents love all of this, it makes them feel special, loved and keeps them connected. Most of all remember to take care of yourself. Until next week, stay healthy, happy and keep laughing.
*For more information on Virginia Gay Hospital’s response to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Need to Know web page.