MARCH 26, 2020

Visitor Restriction and COVID-19 Coronavirus UPDATE

 

Friends Fellowship Community thanks everyone that has come forward to serve your neighbors in this time of need.  Friends Fellowship Community has one objective as an organization at this time.  That objective is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

We recognize that the visit restrictions in place are challenging to all involved.  We wish for everyone to remain safe and infection free.  We need your help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus.  We recognize this is an extremely assertive and inconvenient stance, but the transmission capability of the COVID-19 virus is aggressive and unforgiving to the population we love and serve.  Contact with any person for a brief amount of time may spread an infection.

 

This is important.  If a resident needs any item, we are here to provide it so they do not have to leave the property.  All residents must participate in a health screening if they leave the property and return.

♦Friends Fellowship Community must discourage voluntary leave of absence of any length for any resident. 

♦We discourage residents leaving the property for overnight stays and returning to the property. 

♦We discourage short trips leaving the property, engaging the public, and returning to the property. 

♦This is based on the advice of the Indiana State Health Commissioner and the Centers for Disease Control.

 

This is important.  If a resident, family member, or legal guardian insists on taking a voluntary leave of absence, and Friends Fellowship Community has a reasonable basis for concluding the resident will pose a COVID-19 exposure risk if allowed back in the facility, the provider may involuntarily discharge the resident under state law.

 

If you have any questions, regarding this matter, please contact Friends Fellowship Community at (765) 962-6546 extension 421 for an immediate response.

 

We love our community, we love our residents, and we love our employees.  Thank you for your support!  BE WELL!

 

 

MARCH 17, 2020

UPDATE

 

To the Friends Fellowship Community Family:

 

First, we would like to thank you for entrusting Friends Fellowship Community with the great responsibility of caring for the people most precious to you.  The employees of Friends Fellowship Community take this responsibility seriously and we are working around the clock to take all measures to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

 

We continue to operate under the guidelines that have been presented to us by the Centers for Disease Control and Indiana State Department of Health.  Visitor restrictions remain in place.

 

Friends Fellowship Community is offering virtual visits with your loved one via Skype or FaceTime.  If you would like to arrange a virtual visit, please email us at virtualvisit@ffcinc.org and we will contact you to arrange the visit.  We recognize this is a difficult time for everyone.

 

We thank you for the kind words, support, and encouragement you have provided to the staff and residents of Friends Fellowship Community during this challenging time.  We will continue to make periodic calls to you to update you on any new developments.

 

For questions, please contact our Compliance Hotline at (765) 962-6546 extension 489.

 

 

MARCH 14, 2020

RESTRICTED VISIT UPDATE

 

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is present in Indiana.  Contracting COVID-19 may be fatal.

 

A National Emergency was declared 3/13/2020 in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revised visitation guidelines as part of the National Emergency Declaration.

 

INDEPENDENT HOUSING RESIDENTS

You may not enter the Main Building, Health Care Center, or The Courtyards.  We are asking for your cooperation as circumstances and new information require us to change practices on a daily basis.

You may not enter the Main Building to pick up your mail and packages.  Staff will begin daily delivery of mail and packages to your home.

• You may not attend activities and events in the building.

• You may not visit residents that reside in the building.

 

RESIDENTS THAT RESIDE IN THE MAIN BUILDING

You may not enter the Health Care Center or The Courtyards at this time.  We are asking for your cooperation as circumstances and new information require us to change practices on a daily basis.

• You may not have visitors meet you in the Main Building.

 

VISITORS

At this time, only immediate family members and primary caregivers may visit if their loved one is experiencing end of life care.

 

The Centers for Disease Control is encouraging older people and anyone with severe chronic medical conditions to stay home as much as possible.  This may protect you and prevent you from exposing your family or others to this potentially fatal virus.  No case of COVID-19 has been identified at Friends Fellowship Community.

 

For questions, please contact our Compliance Hotline at (765) 962-6546 extension 489.

 

 

March 11, 2020

Friends Fellowship Community Statement on COVID-19 Restricted Visit Practices

 

Friends Fellowship Community is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of all our residents and employees.  Because of this commitment, we are taking additional steps over the next few months to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses like influenza.  Upon recommendation from the CDC, CMS, and the Indiana State Department of Health, Friends Fellowship Community will institute Restricted Visit Practices to Friends Fellowship Community for the next three weeks beginning 3/10/2020. 

 

At this time, only immediate family members and primary caregivers may visit if their loved one is experiencing end of life care.  We apologize for any inconvenience that may occur as we implement various strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.  There is no case of COVID-19 identified at Friends Fellowship Community.

 

Friends Fellowship Community assembled a team on 2/26/2020 to review and implement strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our senior living community.  These strategies include providing our employees, residents, visitors and vendors with ongoing education regarding proper hygiene practices.  This includes heightened awareness about the importance of hand-washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and the frequent sanitizing of all surfaces.

 

Each employee at Friends Fellowship Community is committed to providing the best care and service to each resident.

 

For questions, please contact our Compliance Hotline at (765) 962-6546 extension 489.

 

Additional Resources

 

Indiana State Department of Health Visitation Guidelines (3/14/2020)

https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/files/Visitation%20guidelines%203.14.20.pdf

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

 

Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/prevent-spread-in-long-term-care-facilities.html

 

CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-14-nh-revised.pdf