Danbury's Response to COVID-19

Updates From Our Corporate Leadership Team: Letter To Families 

April 6, 2020

Dear Residents and Families,

As of this posting, we have no confirmed cases of COVID among our Danbury residents or team members.  Our efforts are working.  We understand this can change very quickly, but for now we are very grateful for this report.  We are incredibly grateful for all our team members who are on the frontlines, giving their all for the care of our much-loved residents.  We also appreciate how patient most of our residents and family members have been with the guidelines and directives handed down from our government agencies.

These experts from the Center for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health, and our Surgeon General tell us these next weeks are the most important so far in this fight, because as expected the rate of COVID infection is spiking dramatically.  Our mission in the weeks ahead is to stay the course focusing on prevention, reinforcing the CDC infectious disease protocols, acting with an abundance of caution, and continuing the ordered interim homebound status.  As difficult as this is for all our residents and families, our commitment and deepest concern remains the health and safety of all those who call Danbury their home. 

We are maintaining our physical but not social distancing.  Our Life Enrichment teams are continuing to personalize, room to room “activities on the go” with creativity and high energy to keep our residents connected, including resident strolls.    We encourage you to continue utilizing the multiple means to connecting with one another.  Our team is ready to help using one of these devices. Just give us a call.  Families and friends can also correspond with residents via community email.

We are getting through this challenge together!

We will continue to communicate updates or changes through our webpage www.danburyseniorliving.com. If you would like more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or visit odh.ohio.gov.

Thank you, 

The Danbury Senior Living Team

Life Enrichment Information:

Teresa Gregg and our Life Enrichment Teams are working hard to keep our residents active, engaged, and healthy. 

 

 

March 18, 2020

Dear Family and Responsible Party,

Hi, I’m Teresa Gregg, the Corporate Director of Life Enrichment at Danbury Senior Living. We want to reassure our families and responsible parties that during this difficult time dealing with the COVID-19 virus, that your loved one’s health and happiness remains our top priority. This currently means shifting our group activities into a homebound status as a precautionary measure. Now, more than ever, we know the importance of providing programming to our residents that will bring them comfort and joy while minimizing boredom, isolation, and signs of depression.

At Danbury, our staff is committed to keeping our residents active and engaged. Our programming is now “On The Go” as we have the ability through technology and creative programming to provide room-based activity opportunities. Our Life Enrichment staff remain dedicated to meeting the needs of the residents they serve. Just ask Katherine who served “Happy Hour” down the halls at our Parkside community, or Gloria who provides a daily “Challenge” to her residents—writing poetry was something they did this week or Mary at Massillon Danbury who had individual St. Patrick Day packages for each resident which included beads, hats and holiday trivia!

It's unclear how long this will go on, but we thank you for supporting your loved one through letters, phone calls, Skype, and Facetime. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook where we are encouraging Life Enrichment staff to post frequent pictures. Reach out and stay connected! We’re here to help not only our residents, but also YOU—their family and friends.

Thank you and look for frequent updates from Danbury Senior Living,
Teresa J. Gregg, ADC
Corporate Director of Life Enrichment

Danbury Senior Living Response to COVID-19

With so many Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed cases of the coronavirus (specifically COVID-19) in the U.S., we realize our residents may be anxious due to the vast media coverage. Therefore, we are providing you with both information about the virus and information regarding protocols and precautions Danbury Senior Living communities have taken.

During this time of uncertainty we have embraced these priorities:

  1. Do everything we are able to keep our residents and team members safe and healthy.
  2. Seek to sustain the most normal quality of life for our residents.
  3. Engage physicians advising us in best practices for care, containment and safety in these uncertain times.
  4. Maintain our supply chain – medical, food, and other necessities

Out of an abundance of caution, Danbury Communities have:

  • Re-educated our teams on the appropriateness of infection prevention measures which are a part of how we operate on a daily basis.
  • Provided for additional access to personal protective equipment for infection prevention and personal safety for our residents and employees.
  • Directed our staff that are sick to stay home.
  • Instituted CDC Criteria for Return to work for Healthcare Professional with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
  • Providing regular updates to our teams to answer any and all questions.
  • Reviewing reputable health websites for updates on a daily basis to be able to share the latest news and information.

In addition:

  • We have clinical infectious control precautions in place.
  • We have a shelter in place for all residents.
  • We have single point access in each building.
  • We have health screenings to actively monitor for fever and respiratory symptoms for all residents and team members.
  • We have CDC-sanitizing protocols multiple times a day.
  • We have all employees wearing mandated facial coverings and employing hand washing & hand sanitizer.
  • We have established quarantine protocols including readied “COVID caregiver teams” to deploy.

Our precautionary measures are in line with those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will continue to adhere to the recommendations of the CDC and other governmental agencies, as well as rely on our years of safety experience, to ensure our communities continue to maintain the highest precautionary standards against illnesses like COVID-19.

Due to executive orders from these governing bodies, and in accordance with our enhanced measures to protect the well-being of our residents and employees, we have temporarily restricted all visitor access to our community.

Essential visitors will continue to have access into our community to maintain the absolute best care for our residents. Essential visitors include health care personnel such as hospice services. We ask all family and other guests not visit our community at this time.

To reach your loved one, please call our community. We have systems in place for you to connect with your loved ones through Facetime, Skype, etc., while keeping all of our residents safe.

Information About COVID-19

What is the Coronavirus, specifically COVID-19?

  • A novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
  • Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis. For more information, refer to cdc.gov.
  • Current symptoms reported for patients have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
  • Again, the CDC has said that suspected patients may have those symptoms or recently traveled to countries deemed at risk (China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan) and/or have had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus.

How does COVID-19 spread?

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    •    Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    •    Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be   inhaled into the lungs.                                                                                                                            
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spread.
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

 Is there a vaccine or treatment?

  • Currently, there is no vaccine available and no specific antiviral treatment recommended. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, and the CDC will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available. The CDC works 24-7 to protect people’s health.

How can I protect myself?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

What do I do if I think if I am at risk?

  • For Independent Living residents: Call your primary care physician, first, if you have mild symptoms, and let them know of your suspicion. Then notify your executive director.

In severe cases, if you are in need of hospitalization:

  • Either present to an Emergency Department and let them know of your suspicion immediately on arrival, or
  • If you need to call 911, notify the operator of your suspicion, so the ambulance team can be aware on arrival.
  • For Assisted Living residents: Notify your Danbury care team of any suspicion or exposure.

 The CDC recommends you safeguard yourself and others, take the following precautions:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
  • Dispose of tissues immediately after use.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with others so that you do not spread the infection.

You can learn more about the Coronavirus on:

The Center for Disease Control's COVID-19 page on their website: 

Go To CDC Website

Cleveland Clinic's "Preparing for Coronavirus" page on their website:

Go To The Cleveland Clinic Website

The FDA's frequently asked questions page on their website: 

Go To The FDA Website

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