The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) both in the United States and abroad has many of us deeply concerned. Please know Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay is taking appropriate measures to protect the health and well-being of residents, teammates, and their families.
Our leadership team is diligently monitoring updates by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local health departments and following their recommended guidelines.
As a Life Plan Community which includes some nursing center residents at a high-risk for respiratory illnesses, we already have in place robust protocols to avoid flu and other illnesses. We have an excellent track record over the years with flu prevention on our campus because we follow best practices and protocols.
For COVID-19, we have also implemented more drastic measures specific to this virus. These measures include:
In our Stone Rehab and Hoy Nursing Center, we are following the request of the President of the United States and limiting visits to ONLY MEDICAL/SERVICE visitors. No visits are allowed by family members who live off of our campus. We are permitting Hospice patients to receive family members in accordance with their end of life wishes, after a visitor health screening has been completed.
We are screening all who visit and work in our Hoy Nursing Center and staff is posted at these entryways for this purpose.
We discourage social visitation by guests, including family members, for Independent Living and Enhanced Serices (Assisted Living) residents. Guests visiting IL and ES residents will be screened at the Courtesy Desk.
Any visitors, vendors or team members with respiratory illness symptoms, a fever, or who have been on a cruise, or have traveled internationally within the past 14 days will not be allowed inside our campus.
Additionally, residents traveling internationally will be in a 14-day quarantine upon their return to campus to ensure they do not have COVID-19 and to limit the risk of transmission to the rest of the community. We have asked all residents planning a trip to any location outside of the United States to consult with their medical provider to discuss travel plans, how to protect themselves, and what to do when they return.
We strongly encourage team members and residents to follow CDC recommended practices which are proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water; covering your cough; staying at home if you are sick; avoiding close contact with others who are sick; and carefully wiping down desks, computers, tables, door handles, etc., with disinfectant cleaners. We have posted signs on our entryway doors to notify visitors of the symptoms of COVID-19 with a request that visitors do not enter if they are experiencing these symptoms.
In closing, we want to assure you that providing a safe and healthy environment for employees and residents is a top priority at Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay. We are dedicated to the well-being of our residents and team members and are doing everything in our power to combat COVID-19.
Thank you for your confidence and support.
Benjamin Unkle, Jr.
President & CEO
Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay