As we continue to monitor both the state and federal responses to addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19), Medford Leas has implemented heightened precautionary measures to protect and ensure the health and wellness of our residents and employees. Although there are no suspected or known coronavirus cases at Medford Leas at this time, our priority remains in keeping our community safe and well-informed while vigilantly minimizing the potential introduction and spread of the coronavirus. As this situation further develops, we will continue to provide updated communication on this website.
Under the guidance of our onsite Medical Director, Dr. James D’Amico, and our highly trained healthcare professionals, we have implemented hygiene and sanitary control measures throughout our community to reduce the onset and spread of the virus. Our healthcare staff is trained in infection control practices and follows established protocols based on that training. They have extensive experience in managing illness outbreaks, such as the flu, and they have emergency preparedness and infection prevention and control plans in place to effectively address the coronavirus.
In an abundance of caution, Medford Leas is strictly adhering to the guidelines and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), state and local health agencies, as well as, implementing additional safeguards to best control and prevent the introduction and spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The following information and protocol apply primarily to visitors of Medford Leas and is effective March 11, 2020 (additional information pertaining to residents and staff have been communicated internally).
SCREENING: In accordance with CDC and local disease control guidelines, any outside visitors needing to enter the community building will be screened upon entrance. People who have signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection or recent international travel (within 14 days) will be restricted from entering.
ASSISTED LIVING & NURSING:
Visitation to Assisted Living & Nursing is not allowed, unless approved by the Medical Director.
All of our assisted living residents and their families will be offered alternative means of communication, such as: virtual communications, telephone, Skype, video communication, etc.
Assisted Living & Nursing Residents are being restricted to Assisted Living & Nursing.
Assisted Living will focus on smaller group activities for residents as opposed to larger gatherings.
The patient rooms on Woolman will be temporarily limited to single occupancy, and any potential admission to our rehabilitation unit from the community will be personally approved by the Medical Director before admission.
GROUP MEETINGS & EVENTS
LOCAL GROUPS: Meetings for local community groups, such as SJ Camera Club, Berry Basket Quilters and others are cancelled until further notice.
PATHWAYS to LEARNING: Pathways Programs scheduled for April have been cancelled. This includes our Forum and Great Decisions Programs as well as the Annual Arboretum Lecture.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Evening in the Arboretum (which had been scheduled to be held on April 25, 2020) is cancelled.
RESIDENT GROUPS: MLRA Council will work collaboratively with Committee Sponsors and Chairs to cancel or reduce meetings and activities during the month of March.
ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS (for Residents, Visitors & Staff)
All community members including residents, visitors and staff—please do NOT come to the Community Building or visit with other residents if:
You are not feeling well—especially if you have a fever, a cough or are experiencing difficulty breathing or have shortness of breath. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should call their healthcare professional and Resident Health.
You have been in close contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled to an area experiencing a Coronavirus outbreak.
You or anyone in your household, within the last 14 days, were on a cruise ship that had known COVID-19.
Please refrain from inviting family members to join you for lunch or dinner.
For your own protection and the protection of your loved ones, now is the time to limit face-to-face visits and practice your connections through phone calls, emails, and texts.
Again, stay home when you are sick and call your healthcare provider.
PRECAUTIONS REMAIN THE SAME
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Stay home when you are sick. Consult your healthcare provider about your symptoms.The health, wellness and safety of our community is our top priority. Furthermore, communication regarding our efforts to address the coronavirus is also critical during this time. However, we ask for your patience and understanding that this is a fluid situation, changing daily if not hourly.As we approach the end of March, we will review the latest information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 and make plans for April. Updated information will be shared as it becomes available.