Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Friday, October 23, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

It’s been a bit of an eventful week at Friendship Villages as we close out on this Friday, October 23rd, 2020.

Both Villages have had a bit more COVID-19 activity than normal over the past several days.

The bulk of COVID activity associated with the Villages has been among our employees and began last weekend.

Almost in sync with the surge of COVID-19 cases in the State, our employees have also been affected.

At Sunset Hills, 6 employees are at home with confirmed positive test results and another 10 quarantined at home either pending a test result or doing so because of exposure to someone else who is positive.

The single resident in the Sunset Hills Assisted Living facility who tested positive last week is doing okay as they quarantine in their apartment there, with a few days to go toward graduation, and we are thankful for her health.

At Chesterfield, 3 employees are at home with confirmed positive test results and another 9 quarantined at home either pending a test result or doing so because of exposure to someone else who is positive.

A single resident in independent living in Chesterfield has tested positive, (contracted off campus) although their spouse is thus far negative.  This resident has shown virtually no symptoms, is feeling well, and didn’t know they had it.

As a precaution, after contact tracing, other residents had been identified as having been in close proximity of this resident and have also been asked to self-quarantine until we have the “all clear” sign.  We all pray that there has been no spread to others and our team continues to conduct further contact tracing in the effort to exhaust the effort to find any others who may have been in contact.

Given the circumstances, we have implemented additional precautions in independent living on both campuses.

  • All group activities, on and off campus, have been suspended
  • Meals are being delivered to living units and all dining rooms are closed temporarily
  • In-residence housekeeping at Sunset Hills has been suspended
  • Residents who report any symptoms of COVID-19 are under self-quarantine for 14 days
  • While visitors are still permitted, they are discouraged unless necessary
  • Transportation to essential places is still permitted and provided as normal

Our Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing facilities continue with the precautions that have been in place for some time.  While we certainly don’t like the separation from families, there are still no visitors permitted due to County and State policies.

We believe that God has truly blessed Friendship Villages as we seek our calling to provide the very best in retirement living and senior care and we thank everyone for the continued support you have shown and demonstrated.

Please pray with us as we continue our fight to protect our residents and staff.  It’s a fight worthy of the best we can give.

The Lord is with us.

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Friday, October 16, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

We are experiencing climate change at Friendship Villages this week as Fall breaks through, giving us a nice, crisp morning on this Friday, October 16th, 2020.

Both Villages have had a bit more COVID-19 activity than normal over the past several days.

At Sunset Hills, a single employee had unknowingly contracted the coronavirus and was in close proximity to a few Residents in the Assisted Living facility before symptoms were detected, and then subsequent testing indicated that they were positive for COVID-19.  Our staff immediately performed testing on the residents and have discovered that one resident, who had not shown symptoms, has tested positive and is being cared-for.  At this time no other residents have tested positive and we are thankful for that.

In the Sunset Hills Skilled Nursing Facility, a single provider has tested positive and, since then, all Residents have been tested and none have come back positive, and we are thankful for that, as well.

In the Chesterfield Independent Living community, a single employee has tested positive for COVID and several others are quarantining at home due to exposure to this employee, but none have yet shown to be positive for COVID.  There are no confirmed positive Residents on the Chesterfield campus at this time, and we are thankful for that, too.

To summarize:  One confirmed COVID-positive Resident at Sunset Hills in Assisted Living and one confirmed positive employee and another confirmed positive staff member in the Skilled Nursing Facility at this time.  No confirmed positive Residents on the Chesterfield campus but there is one confirmed positive employee at this time.  Other employees are being monitored at each campus and Residents are being tested and monitored regularly for any detection of the virus.

Because of our positive exposures, our visitor policies for Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing at Sunset Hills are closed down, again.  Please contact your facility of interest for any changes to this policy as the buildings are cleared of COVID once more.  There are no changes to visitor policies on the Chesterfield campus.

As always, we continue to emphasize our preventive protocols for Residents and staff and have measures in place for early detection and, if necessary, for effective contact tracing.

We believe that God has truly blessed Friendship Villages as we seek our calling to provide the very best in retirement living and senior care and we thank everyone for the continued support you have shown and demonstrated.

Please pray with us as we continue our fight to protect our residents and staff.  It’s a fight worthy of the best we can give.

The Lord is with us.

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Friday, October 9, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

Another beautiful Fall week at Friendship Villages ending on this Friday, October 9th, 2020.

We have been blessed, once again, to be able to report that there are no cases of COVID-19 among any Residents at any level of care in Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, or in Skilled Nursing.

Similarly, we have been doubly blessed to be able to report that we have no employees who are positive for COVID-19 or even awaiting test results.  All have been tested and all are negative.

In addition, our Skilled Nursing Residents in Chesterfield have virtually all received their annual flu shots and those on the Sunset Hills campus will receive theirs beginning next week.  At the same time, our employees are receiving flu shots, as well.

Our Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities are ramping up for indoor visits for families as the County Health Department has permitted licensed facilities to resume those again.  Please coordinate with the appropriate Administrator to coordinate a visit with your loved one.  They are very excited to see you!

Our Assisted Living Residents on our Chesterfield campus will move into their fantastic, brand new building next week and everyone is eagerly anticipating adapting to a brand-new home.

As all are aware, our Independent Living Residents are receiving visitors routinely, after going through our thorough screening processes.  And work is beginning on plans for Fall and Holiday activities designed to bring Residents into social events (within our COVID protocols) and creating a bit more hustle and bustle on our campuses than we have been able to do in recent months.  This is the life we all enjoy at Friendship Villages and we’re doing all we can to get back into it, safely.

As our incredible expansion projects near completion, vastly greater and improved walking spaces have opened up on our campuses and it is wonderful to see Residents outside, walking, and enjoying the beautiful surroundings that are part of their home.

We believe that God has truly blessed Friendship Villages before COVID, during COVID, and now as we move forward into our new lives with new buildings, refreshed buildings and world-class services.

Please pray with us as we continue our fight to protect our residents and staff.  It’s a fight worthy of the best we can give.

The Lord is with us.

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Friday, October 2, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

What a beautiful Fall week this has been at Friendship Villages leading up to Friday, October 2nd, 2020.

In the two weeks since our last update, there have been no new cases of COVID-19 among the Residents of Friendship Villages in Chesterfield or Sunset Hills in any level of care in independent living, assisted living or skilled nursing.  We have been blessed to have had this status for many weeks and we continuously thank our residents for being diligent and adhering to the protocols that have been in place for many months.

There are currently three employees under quarantine at home, two who are positive and one who was in contact with someone who tested positive.  We pray for their rapid and healthy return.

We continue to maintain very close contact with government officials and monitoring changing guidelines on visitor restrictions in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.  Although Friendship Villages have been blessed with a track record of being COVID-free, the restrictions are based on overall community and county COVID rates.  As soon as restrictions change, we immediately do the same and work very hard to make sure families are informed.  We are very anxious to open up to visitors and to get our residents reunited with their loved ones as soon as the opportunity arises.

Please pray with us as we continue our fight to protect our residents and staff.  It’s a fight worthy of the best we can give.

The Lord is with us.

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Friday, September 18th, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

What a beautiful Fall week this has been at Friendship Villages on this Friday, September 18th, 2020.

Friendship Villages in Chesterfield and Sunset Hills have been exceptionally blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ to report, once again, that there are no COVID-positive Residents in any level of care (Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, Memory Care or Independent Living) on either campus.  We can’t thank our Residents and staff enough for their diligence in following the protocols in place that continue to effectively protect the campuses from COVID-19.

In addition, we are also blessed to report that, at this time, there are no employees who are currently positive for COVID-19 and only one on hold at home awaiting a test result.

Our teams in our Skilled Nursing facilities and our Assisted Living operations are doing everything possible, within the guidelines placed upon us from the various health authorities, to enhance family visitations with our Residents.  Stay tuned to your specific facility to remain up to date on changing rules and conditions so that you can take advantage of enhancements as they occur.  We are very much in tune with the need for family connection and socialization for our Residents and we know how important it is to all concerned and our teams do everything possible to bring families together as rules permit.  We appreciate everyone’s understanding and ongoing cooperation.  We all agree that it’s been a very long time.

Please pray with us as we continue our fight to protect our residents and staff.  It’s a fight worthy of the best we can give.

The Lord is with us.

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Friday, September 11th, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

It has been a nice late Summer week at Friendship Villages on this Friday, September 11th, 2020.

As you may be aware, Friendship Village Sunset Hills had its first and only (to date) COVID-19 positive Independent Living resident.  The Resident’s quarantine is now complete and the Village is, once again, COVID-free.

There are no other COVID-positive residents anywhere else on our campuses, in Chesterfield or in Sunset Hills, in independent living, assisted living or skilled nursing, and we continue to thank the Good Lord Jesus Christ for this condition.

There is one employee who is positive for COVID-19 and quarantining at home and two others who are also at home due to exposure.

We have resumed visits within the restriction imposed by our local departments of health and those are going well but we also continue to acknowledge that we understand the negative effects of the ongoing isolation of our Residents, particularly in our skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.  While we work to adhere to government restrictions, we are also working to find innovative ways to bring families together to lift their spirits and put some spark in their day.  If you have a loved one in one of our facilities, please pay attention to the announcements from our team on opportunities you may have.  We know you understand that we want this to happen as much as anyone.  We know the value of family.

Please pray with us as we continue our fight to protect our residents and staff.  It’s a fight worthy of the best we can give.

The Lord is with us.

Friendship Village Senior Service’s Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Friday, September 4th, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

It has been a nice week with a promise of an even nicer Labor Day weekend at Friendship Villages on this Friday, September 4th, 2020.

As you may be aware, Friendship Village Sunset Hills is caring for its first and only (to date) COVID-19 positive Independent Living resident.  The Chaplain’s team and the Care Manager team and food service and security and all others are ensuring that they are well-cared-for in their quarantine.  The resident reports that they are “ready to bust out and take a walk” as soon as their event is over, and we are excited to see that happen.

There are no other COVID-positive residents anywhere else on our campuses, in Chesterfield or in Sunset Hills, in independent living, assisted living or skilled nursing, and we continue to thank the Good Lord Jesus Christ for this condition.

We are also pleased to report that there are no employees from our Villages who are positive for COVID-19.  However, we do have a single employee with our home health agency, FV at Home, who is under quarantine in their home with COVID-19 and we pray for their swift recovery.  By the nature of their business, necessarily being out in the community, successfully avoiding COVID is a challenge.  And, of course, there are several employees who are under quarantine at home due to someone in their family being positive or exposed and not taking the risk of bringing the virus to the campus.

We also want to express our profound understanding of the negative effects of the ongoing isolation of our Residents, particularly in our skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.  While we work to adhere to government restrictions, we are also working to find innovative ways to bring families together to lift their spirits and put some spark in their day.  If you have a loved one in one of our facilities, please pay attention to the announcements from our team on opportunities you may have.  We know you understand that we want this to happen as much as anyone.  We know the value of family.

Please pray with us as we continue our fight to protect our residents and staff.  It’s a fight worthy of the best we can give.

The Lord is with us.

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Monday, August 31, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

We are enjoying the start of a cooler week at Friendship Villages on this Monday, August 31st, 2020.

A quick update on COVID-19 status at the Sunset Hills campus. As noted in the report from last Friday, August 28th, we have been watching one or two independent living residents who were under quarantine after returning from a hospital stay.

The independent living resident who has been under quarantine at Sunset Hills following a hospital stay has tested positive for COVID-19, with test results coming back over the weekend. This resident went to the hospital more than 2 weeks ago and has been quarantined, as is our protocol, immediately upon their return. Toward the end of the quarantine period, symptoms were detected. The resident was tested for COVID and we now know that they are positive. Therefore, the resident will continue under quarantine for another 2 weeks until they are clear of COVID-19. They appear to be fine, no need for hospitalization, and are recovering on site with frequent monitoring by our Nurse Care Navigator. Since they were already under quarantine, they had not moved around the facility since before going to the hospital approximately 3 weeks ago and won’t be moving around the facility until cleared once again.

We are conducting contact tracing to identify any other individuals who may have had contact with the resident and following them closely.

The residents who were being observed on the Chesterfield campus came back with negative results and we are very grateful for that. Chesterfield has no residents at any level of care who are positive for COVID-19.

Please pray with us for a single, isolated case and that the resident recovers quickly and returns back to full health.

The Lord is with us.

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Friday, August 28, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

Maybe a little cool weather coming in this weekend to end a great week at Friendship Villages on this Friday, August 28th, 2020.

For those of you following these reports, thank you. It is important for us to keep you informed of our COVID-19 situation at the Villages and we appreciate your continued interest.

This is another brief report today, as we have been blessed with only a few changes since last week, and some good news for our skilled nursing and assisted living families and residents – at the bottom of this update.

First, as of today, there are still no Residents, at any level of care (Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing), in either Chesterfield or Sunset Hills, who are confirmed positive for COVID-19. As is typical, we occasionally have a resident come back from a hospital stay and, as is protocol, must quarantine for 14 days and we do observe them until we know they are clear. We have a couple of those observations and are keeping close watch, currently, but no confirmed cases. We continue to thank our Good Lord Jesus Christ for His intervention and protection of our Residents.

Second, we seem to always find it necessary to watch a few employees who may have been exposed to others who were COVID-positive, sometimes even their own family members. As of today, only one employee is confirmed positive, and twelve others are self-quarantining at home as a precaution due to living with family members who may be positive or were in contact with others who have learned that they tested positive for COVID-19.

As a reminder summary of our Visitor and Activity protocols:

Visitation: Independent Living Residents may have visitors on campus and in their apartments in accordance with current public health guidance.

  1. All visitors are screened upon entry into the building. Please note on your campus which doors visitors must enter in order to be screened according to public health guidance.
  2. All visitors MUST wear a mask if over 2 years of age, practice social distancing (6 feet) and perform hand hygiene.
  3. Visitors are not permitted in the dining rooms.
  4. Group gatherings are not permitted at the present time.

Friendship Village Sponsored Activities are planned in accordance with current public health guidance.

  1. Activities must assure at least 6 feet social distancing between residents, residents MUST wear masks when participating in activities and frequent hand hygiene is encouraged.
  2. Whenever possible, single use items are provided to each person by the activities staff or, if reusable items are used, they are disinfected by activities staff after activity and prior to use by another.
  3. Number of persons able to participate in the activity shall be determined by the size of the room.
  4. Bus trips will continue to be provided with social distancing and resident wearing a mask.

We will continue to monitor St. Louis County guidance and talk with our local public health resources and adjust protocols as required.

Some good news! It appears that our facilities are being cleared by the Departments of Health to conduct family outdoor visits once again. Further information will be forthcoming directly from our skilled nursing and assisted living administrations. We are very excited to have received this news as of this morning and we are quite sure that everyone involved will also be excited. We know that meaningful family connections are so important for the welfare of our residents, and for their families, and so this is very welcome news.

We appreciate everyone’s ongoing understanding of the situation. Our foremost concern is for the safety of our Residents and our employees. We thank you for your cooperation.

We are not alone. God is with us. Together, we’ve got this!

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Friday, August 21, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

It is the end of a beautiful week at Friendship Villages on this Friday, August 21st, 2020.

A brief report today, as we have been blessed with very few changes since last week.

Our Residents at all levels of care on both campuses have been blessed with another week of being completely COVID-free! Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing. No Residents on our campuses who have tested positive for COVID-19.

To be expected, we are watching a few employees who may have been exposed to others who were COVID-positive, though none of the employees have tested positive, yet. They are in self-quarantine at home until we know they are clear.

As a reminder summary of our Visitor and Activity protocols:

Visitation: Independent Living Residents may have visitors on campus and in their apartments in accordance with current public health guidance.

  1. All visitors are screened upon entry into the building. Please note on your campus which doors visitors must enter in order to be screened according to public health guidance.
  2. All visitors MUST wear a mask if over 2 years of age, practice social distancing (6 feet) and perform hand hygiene.
  3. Visitors are not permitted in the dining rooms.
  4. Group gatherings are not permitted at the present time.

Friendship Village Sponsored Activities are planned in accordance with current public health guidance.

  1. Activities must assure at least 6 feet social distancing between residents, residents MUST wear masks when participating in activities and frequent hand hygiene is encouraged.
  2. Whenever possible, single use items are provided to each person by the activities staff or, if reusable items are used, they are disinfected by activities staff after activity and prior to use by another.
  3. Number of persons able to participate in the activity shall be determined by the size of the room.
  4. Bus trips will continue to be provided with social distancing and resident wearing a mask.

We will continue to monitor St. Louis County guidance and talk with our local public health resources and adjust protocols as required. We anticipate these restrictions for at least 2-3 more weeks, but we won’t know until the State and County make changes.

We appreciate everyone’s ongoing understanding of the situation. Our foremost concern is for the safety of our Residents and our employees. We thank you for your cooperation.

We are not alone. God is with us. Together, we’ve got this!

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Friday, August 14, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

Since our last report, Friendship Villages, and all of the St. Louis region, have had some significant weather events, but things seem to have calmed now on this Friday, August 14th, 2020.

In addition to the amazing and beautiful transformation of our campuses from our extensive expansion projects, our Residents at all levels of care on both campuses have been blessed with another week of being completely COVID-free!

Again, as of this moment, there are no residents on either campus, in independent living, assisted living or skilled nursing, who are positive for COVID-19. What a wonderful condition our Lord Jesus Christ has presented to us. The last Resident to be COVID-positive on the Chesterfield campus was July 2nd and the last Resident who was COVID-19 positive on the Sunset Hills campus was on May 25th.

While we were excited to report, last week, that both Villages were “Double Zeroes” (zero residents and zero employees confirmed positive for COVID) we also acknowledged that this status could change at a moment’s notice and that we were watching a small number of employees who were still awaiting test results. One employee for the Sunset Hills campus has come back positive during their in-home quarantine. Others have come back negative and we are still observing others, as we expect will be the case for some time to come while the coronavirus still has a very strong presence in the community.   So, Chesterfield remains “double zero” at the moment and Sunset Hills now has one employee confirmed positive at home.   Please pray with us that this employee recovers well and that all others are negative.

As a reminder summary of our Visitor and Activity protocols:

Visitation: Independent Living Residents may have visitors on campus and in their apartments in accordance with current public health guidance.

  1. All visitors are screened upon entry into the building. Please note on your campus which doors visitors must enter in order to be screened according to public health guidance.
  2. All visitors MUST wear a mask if over 2 years of age, practice social distancing (6 feet) and perform hand hygiene.
  3. Visitors are not permitted in the dining rooms.
  4. Group gatherings are not permitted at the present time.

Friendship Village Sponsored Activities are planned in accordance with current public health guidance.

  1. Activities must assure at least 6 feet social distancing between residents, residents MUST wear masks when participating in activities and frequent hand hygiene is encouraged.
  2. Whenever possible, single use items are provided to each person by the activities staff or, if reusable items are used, they are disinfected by activities staff after activity and prior to use by another.
  3. Number of persons able to participate in the activity shall be determined by the size of the room.
  4. Bus trips will continue to be provided with social distancing and resident wearing a mask.

We will continue to monitor St. Louis County guidance and talk with our local public health resources and adjust protocols as required. We anticipate these restrictions for at least 3-4 more weeks.

We appreciate everyone’s ongoing understanding of the situation. Our foremost concern is for the safety of our Residents and our employees. We thank you for your cooperation.

We are not alone. God is with us. Together, we’ve got this!

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New Department Of Homeland Security Guidance Clarifies Construction’s Role In Supporting Essential Critical Infrastructure

March 28, 2020

Construction Officials Say New Federal Guidance Should Signal to State and Local Officials the Need to Allow Construction Activity to Continue, or Resume, During Coronavirus-Related Work Stoppages

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to the release of new guidance (link is external) from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency that clarifies construction’s critical role in supporting essential infrastructure.

“Federal officials have, wisely, heeded our advice and opted to release new guidance that makes it clear that construction activities are included in its list of essential critical infrastructure workers. This new federal guidance should help eliminate the confusion and ambiguity that has led several state and local officials to needlessly order halts to construction activity that is clearly essential.

“Specifically, federal officials have opted to identify construction and related activities, including the manufacture and delivery of construction supplies and safety equipment and the permitting & inspection of projects, in 25 different parts of its guidelines, compared to four times in its prior iteration. That is because federal officials understand the essential role construction plays in supporting our critical infrastructure and economic activities. They also understand that construction activity can continue to occur in a way that protects workers and the general public from the spread of coronavirus.

“Moving forward, we are eager to work with state and local officials to help them better understand how to heed this new federal guidance so they can continue, or begin, to allow construction work to proceed in their jurisdictions.”

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