Friendship Village Senior Services’ Visitor Policy – Updated

In the effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Friendship Village has implemented the following actions regarding visitors:

  • No visitors have been allowed inside the Village Care Centers (skilled nursing facilities) or Assisted Living since early March.
  • No visitors have been allowed inside our independent living buildings since March.
  • When proactively scheduled and managed by the facility Administrators, “window” and “balcony” visits are, once again, allowed for our skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Arrangements must be made in advance and done in coordination with facility activities. Contact your specific administrator for details.

Although the Missouri “Stay at Home” order has been lifted, Friendship Village still maintains a policy that prohibits visits with Residents of any duration.

  • Continued No Visit Policy in ANY building at any level of care including Care Centers, Assisted Living, and Independent Living.
  • No Visit Policy has been modified for “window” visits and “balcony” visits for skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. There remains a prohibition on “parking lot” visits and “outdoor sitting area” visits at any level of senior living, including independent living.
  • The No Visit Policy also applies to package delivery by friends and family.  Package delivery is to be accomplished at “drop and go” stations by main entrances.  Residents will not be present to greet the deliverer.

This policy is in effect until further notice.

We encourage friends and family to use telephones and other electronic means of communication to visit remotely.  We can assist if necessary.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

Between rainstorms, Memorial Day weekend was beautiful across St. Louis and Friendship Villages and there are several items to report on this day after, Tuesday, May 26th, 2020.

Chesterfield

There are no Residents in Independent Living who are positive for COVID-19, and we remain very thankful for this.

In the skilled nursing facility, there are two Residents recovering in the COVID Care Center and we anticipate they will graduate by Saturday at the conclusion of the terrific care they have been receiving from their multidisciplinary care teams.

On Friday, as part of a program by the State of Missouri, all Residents in the skilled nursing facility who had not previously recovered from COVID-19 were tested (except for 3 Residents still needing family authorization, who will be tested soon). In all, 49 Residents were tested and every one of them came back negative. At this moment in time, our team has a full status on every Resident, symptoms or not (not including the final 3).

In addition, 66 employees who had not previously recovered from COVID-19 were also tested and every one of them also came back negative. There are still a handful awaiting their tests due to shift scheduling, but none of those have shown any symptoms as of this time. Still, 2 employees remain in quarantine at home for a few more days.

Sadly, two of our Residents did pass away early in the weekend. Both of them had previously recovered from COVID-19 and were no longer symptomatic or infected but passed from this life with other complications. We mourn for their loss and we pray for their families.

We were pleased that a number of families scheduled and then conducted window visits with their loved ones over the weekend. These are great events for everyone involved. Please remember, though, that these visits require coordination with the facility administrator in advance so that Residents can be moved at the planned time to a window that is conducive to a visit.

Sunset Hills

There are no Residents in Independent Living or Assisted Living who are positive for COVID-19, and we remain very thankful for this.

In the skilled nursing facility, there are six Residents recovering from COVID-19 in the COVID Care Center and they are doing well with care delivered by our multidisciplinary care teams. Early on, the team detected that 5 of these residents were on the same unit. Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, the facility had taken steps to segregate each unit and to keep staff dedicated to a single unit to avoid the risk of spreading the virus.

Last week, the facility independently tested all of the Residents on that same unit in order to get a snapshot of the prevalence of the virus among them. This was not part of the State program in which Chesterfield participated (noted above). In all, 23 Residents were tested, and 22 residents came back negative. The final one joined the previous 5 in the COVID Care Center and is doing well.

As a precaution, the facility will continue independently testing the blocks of Residents on each of the remaining units to determine the presence or absence of COVID-19 in the rest of the facility. Currently, no other Residents have shown any symptoms of COVID-19, and we thank God.

No additional staff have tested positive and, over time, the five that did test positive are beginning to return to work from their self-quarantine status. We are making arrangements with the State to test all of the remaining staff. Currently, no others have shown symptoms of COVID-19.

We pray strongly that the coronavirus has been effectively contained in the facility and that the spread has stopped. We are going to keep checking to make sure.

We were pleased that a number of families scheduled and then conducted window visits with their loved ones over the weekend. These are great events for everyone involved. Please remember, though, that these visits require coordination with the facility administrator in advance so that Residents can be moved at the planned time to a window that is conducive to a visit.

In Assisted Living, arrangements are being made to conduct balcony visits next weekend and we ask any interested families to coordinate with the facility in advance of any window or balcony visit so that the staff, the Resident, and the families are in the right places at the right times to optimize everyone’s time.

Both Villages

We place strong emphasis on reminding our independent living residents that the No Visitor policy remains in effect and that we continue to highly discourage non-essential trips off campus and none to visit family and friends where there is even the slightest risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Please pray that adherence is maintained and that all of our Residents remain COVID-19-free.

There have been no changes to any of these policies for Independent Living Residents and all of the policies of the past several weeks remain in place.

As always, please pray with us for God’s intervention in preventing Residents and other staff from contracting the virus.

No Visitor Policy Still in Full Effect

As many would expect, all of the security and no-visitor policies remain in full effect at all locations as we continue to combat the coronavirus. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of all involved, Residents and families alike.

Although the State of Missouri and St. Louis County has lifted stay at home orders, Friendship Village must still adhere to our protocols and the guidance provided by the CDC and the Departments of Health as prescribed for senior living communities. We will maintain our measures and vigilance, as we are currently, until a time when we feel there will be an opportunity to safely begin relaxing some of our measures, but that time is not now. Our No-Visitor Policy remains in effect until further notice. We appreciate your continued understanding and cooperation.

Gift-Giving in Appreciation of our Staff is Open on our FriendshipVillageSTL.com website:

Many family members and Residents have inquired as to how to donate a gift of appreciation for the staff for their service during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our website at FriendshipVillageSTL.com now has an easy-to-use tab to use in making contributions for the staff and we thank all of you for considering a gift. As funds are collected, we will identify the best use of those funds in order to do the most that can be done for our employees. Every gift is appreciated, large and small.

Our teams have received many generous contributions from YOU! We are working excitedly on ways to express your support and appreciation to the staff as soon as we possibly can. There have already been some pizzas and sandwiches, delightfully enjoyed, funded by our donors, and there will be more to come. We can always give them more!

As always, all of us thank you all for your continued prayers as we continually ask our Lord Jesus Christ to enable us to do our best to fend-off the COVID-19 coronavirus and to maintain the safety and protection of our Residents and staff.

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

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

It’s the start of a nice holiday weekend at Friendship Villages on this Saturday, May 23rd, 2020.

We continue to be very blessed to report that no Residents in independent living or assisted living on either campus have tested positive for COVID-19.

The skilled nursing facility on our Chesterfield campus participated in the Missouri State Governor’s testing program for skilled nursing facilities on Friday.  Virtually all skilled nursing facility residents who had not already recovered from COVID-19 underwent voluntary testing as well as virtually all employees who work in and around the skilled nursing facility.  This will give us a good snapshot of where we stand when all of those results are returned in the coming days.  In the meantime, only two Residents remain in recovery in the Chesterfield COVID Care Center with none pending, other than when the results of the mass testing come back.

Although the Sunset Hills skilled nursing facility was not included in the Governor’s Friday test program, we have independently tested all Residents on the unit where a handful of others had tested positive.  Results of these tests are just beginning to trickle in.  So far, of five results returned, four were negative and one was positive.  This now brings the total number of Residents being cared-for in the Sunset Hills COVID Care Center to six.  All seem to be doing well at this point in their recovery.  We pray that the rest of the group tests negative.

Some Residents in our skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities will be excited to see some family members through the window or over the balcony railing this weekend or next (coordinated visits maintaining all of the precautions we insist on following).  Arrangements must be made in advance with the appropriate facility.

We place strong emphasis on reminding our independent living residents that the No Visitor policy remains in effect and that we continue to highly discourage non-essential trips off campus and none to visit family and friends where there is even the slightest risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.  Please pray that adherence is maintained and that all of our Residents remain COVID-19-free.

There has been no change in any of these policies for Independent Living Residents and all of the policies of the past several weeks remain in place.

As always, please pray with us for God’s intervention in preventing Residents and other staff from contracting the virus.

No Visitor Policy Still in Full Effect

As many would expect, all of the security and no-visitor policies remain in full effect at all locations as we continue to combat the coronavirus.  We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of all involved, Residents and families alike.

Although the State of Missouri and St. Louis County has lifted stay at home orders, Friendship Village must still adhere to our protocols and the guidance provided by the CDC and the Departments of Health as prescribed for senior living communities.  We will maintain our measures and vigilance, as we are currently, until a time when we feel there will be an opportunity to safely begin relaxing some of our measures, but that time is not now.  Our No-Visitor Policy remains in effect until further notice.  We appreciate your continued understanding and cooperation.

Gift-Giving in Appreciation of our Staff is Open on our FriendshipVillageSTL.com website:

Many family members and Residents have inquired as to how to donate a gift of appreciation for the staff for their service during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our website at FriendshipVillageSTL.com now has an easy-to-use tab to use in making contributions for the staff and we thank all of you for considering a gift.  As funds are collected, we will identify the best use of those funds in order to do the most that can be done for our employees.  Every gift is appreciated, large and small.

As always, all of us thank you all for your continued prayers as we continually ask our Lord Jesus Christ to enable us to do our best to fend-off the COVID-19 coronavirus and to maintain the safety and protection of our Residents and staff.

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

Ahhh. On the doorstep of Memorial Day weekend at Friendship Villages on this Friday, May 22nd, 2020.

Of course, we know that Memorial Day began as an observance for Soldiers lost during the Civil War and, over the years, for all Soldiers lost in battle.

At Friendship Village, we have lost some Residents who fought in the current and ongoing war against COVID-19. They are our Soldiers. We remember them. We mourn for their loss. And, our staff are our Soldiers, as well. They “ride to the sound of the guns” to fight-for and protect those living on our campuses, even though they know and accept the risks they, themselves, face every day. We remember the lost and we celebrate those still in the battle. We will win this fight.

At our Chesterfield campus, there are two Residents winning the coronavirus battle in the COVID Care Center, well-supported by a dedicated team of warriors fight alongside and for them. There are eighteen who have fought the battle and won and recovered. There are ten Residents who have tested and came out negative and dodged the bullets. And there have been nine brave Residents who have passed, 2 in the facility and 7 in the hospital, where COVID-19 was somehow involved with other conditions these Residents were facing, or they were already on hospice, or for other complications. These are our Memorial Day honorees and we pray for them and their families.

At Sunset Hills, there are currently five brave Residents fighting COVID-19, supported by a wide array of support staff warriors who are fighting alongside them. They are all engaged in the battle. And, while there have been no COVID-19 casualties at Sunset Hills at this point, everyone is fighting their hardest to make sure there won’t be any. Please pray for our Residents and our staff for success in winning this battle.

Some Residents in our skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities will be excited to see some family members through the window or over the balcony railing this weekend (coordinated visits maintaining all of the precautions we insist on following).

We place strong emphasis on reminding our independent living residents that the No Visitor policy remains in effect and that we continue to highly discourage non-essential trips off campus and none to visit family and friends where there is even the slightest risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Please pray that adherence is maintained and that all of our Residents remain COVID-19-free.

There has been no change in any of these policies for Independent Living Residents and all of the policies of the past several weeks remain in place.

As always, please pray with us for God’s intervention in preventing Residents and other staff from contracting the virus.

No Visitor Policy Still in Full Effect

As many would expect, all of the security and no-visitor policies remain in full effect at all locations as we continue to combat the coronavirus. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of all involved, Residents and families alike.

Although the State of Missouri and St. Louis County has lifted stay at home orders, Friendship Village must still adhere to our protocols and the guidance provided by the CDC and the Departments of Health as prescribed for senior living communities. We will maintain our measures and vigilance, as we are currently, until a time when we feel there will be an opportunity to safely begin relaxing some of our measures, but that time is not now. Our No-Visitor Policy remains in effect until further notice. We appreciate your continued understanding and cooperation.

Gift-Giving in Appreciation of our Staff is Open on our FriendshipVillageSTL.com website:

Many family members and Residents have inquired as to how to donate a gift of appreciation for the staff for their service during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our website at FriendshipVillageSTL.com now has an easy-to-use tab to use in making contributions for the staff and we thank all of you for considering a gift. As funds are collected, we will identify the best use of those funds in order to do the most that can be done for our employees. Every gift is appreciated, large and small.

As always, all of us thank you all for your continued prayers as we continually ask our Lord Jesus Christ to enable us to do our best to fend-off the COVID-19 coronavirus and to maintain the safety and protection of our Residents and staff.

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

It’s going to be a nice day at Friendship Villages on this Thursday, May 21st, 2020.

By God’s grace, there are no Residents in Independent Living or Assisted Living on either campus who are positive for COVID-19 and only newly-moved-in Residents are under their precautionary, self-quarantine until their initial 14 days pass.

After today, the Chesterfield COVID Care Center will be down to 2 Residents awaiting discharge following recovery and one Resident waiting for a test result. The care team, Chaplain’s team, the food team, the housekeeping team, and the activities team in Chesterfield continues to do great work in their care of our Residents, there.

In Sunset Hills, there are five Residents who have tested positive and are being cared-for by a multidisciplinary team of caregivers in the COVID Care Center within the Sunset Hills skilled nursing facility. Again, the care team in this unit is doing great work in keeping these Residents as healthy in body, mind and spirit as possible and they seem to be faring well.

Friendship Villages has altered the Visitor Policy as it pertains specifically to skilled nursing and assisted living. Window visits for skilled nursing Residents are now possible under the strict management of the facility administrator, on a scheduled and permitted basis, so that staff is assembled to assist with these visits appropriately. Some Residents are in interior rooms and so need to be moved to an exterior window for a visit and that takes some coordination which can only be done in a planned manner. Please contact the administrator for details and also participate in the regular Zoom calls and other communications that are shared frequently.

For Assisted Living, balcony visits are now permitted, again, in a planned manner, through the facility administrator. Not all Residents have access to a balcony in the right location and so coordination must be made in advance at times that are able to be accommodated. Please contact the administrator for details and also participate in the regular Zoom calls and other communications that are shared frequently.

There has been no change in any of these policies for Independent Living Residents and all of the policies of the past several weeks remain in place.

As always, please pray with us for God’s intervention in preventing Residents and other staff from contracting the virus.

No Visitor Policy Still in Full Effect

As many would expect, all of the security and no-visitor policies remain in full effect at all locations as we continue to combat the coronavirus. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of all involved, Residents and families alike.

Although the State of Missouri and St. Louis County has lifted stay at home orders, Friendship Village must still adhere to our protocols and the guidance provided by the CDC and the Departments of Health as prescribed for senior living communities. We will maintain our measures and vigilance, as we are currently, until a time when we feel there will be an opportunity to safely begin relaxing some of our measures, but that time is not now. Our No-Visitor Policy remains in effect until further notice. We appreciate your continued understanding and cooperation.

Gift-Giving in Appreciation of our Staff is Open on our FriendshipVillageSTL.com website:

Many family members and Residents have inquired as to how to donate a gift of appreciation for the staff for their service during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our website at FriendshipVillageSTL.com now has an easy-to-use tab to use in making contributions for the staff and we thank all of you for considering a gift. As funds are collected, we will identify the best use of those funds in order to do the most that can be done for our employees. Every gift is appreciated, large and small.

As always, all of us thank you all for your continued prayers as we continually ask our Lord Jesus Christ to enable us to do our best to fend-off the COVID-19 coronavirus and to maintain the safety and protection of our Residents and staff.

Friendship Village Senior Services’ Update and Response to COVID-19 as of Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Dear Friends, Residents and Families of Friendship Village:

A little overcast and cool again this morning but spirits remain high at Friendship Villages on this Wednesday, May 20th, 2020.

Not much has changed in the Chesterfield Care Center as of this morning. The same 3 Residents are still in recovering in the COVID Care Center and one Resident is recovering in the hospital.

In Sunset Hills, two additional Residents that were tested recently have come back positive and have joined the other two Residents in the COVID Care Center, for a total of four. One Resident is awaiting a test result and one who we thought might have been exposed came back negative. No other Residents have shown symptoms at this time.

Now that the State of Missouri and St. Louis County have essentially ended “Stay-at-Home” orders, there are many questions about our continued “No Visitor” policy.

Friendship Villages still maintains a “No Visitor” policy on each campus. As a senior living community, our guidelines come to us from the federal government and the CDC and from our own preventive measure policies. All of the practices that have been in place for the past several weeks are still in effect.

Our policies on In-Unit meal delivery and other services remain in effect, as well. We are evaluating a potential return to dining room dining but maintaining appropriate no-contact rules and social distancing means that it would be logistically difficult to return to the dining rooms at this time. We appreciate everyone’s continued understanding of these precautions.

Please pray with us for God’s intervention in preventing Residents and other staff from contracting the virus.

No Visitor Policy Still in Full Effect

As many would expect, all of the security and no-visitor policies remain in full effect at all locations as we continue to combat the coronavirus. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of all involved, Residents and families alike.

Although the State of Missouri and St. Louis County has lifted stay at home orders, Friendship Village must still adhere to our protocols and the guidance provided by the CDC and the Departments of Health as prescribed for senior living communities. We will maintain our measures and vigilance, as we are currently, until a time when we feel there will be an opportunity to safely begin relaxing some of our measures, but that time is not now. Our No-Visitor Policy remains in effect until further notice. We appreciate your continued understanding and cooperation.

Gift-Giving in Appreciation of our Staff is Open on our FriendshipVillageSTL.com website:

Many family members and Residents have inquired as to how to donate a gift of appreciation for the staff for their service during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our website at FriendshipVillageSTL.com now has an easy-to-use tab to use in making contributions for the staff and we thank all of you for considering a gift. As funds are collected, we will identify the best use of those funds in order to do the most that can be done for our employees. Every gift is appreciated, large and small.

As always, all of us thank you all for your continued prayers as we continually ask our Lord Jesus Christ to enable us to do our best to fend-off the COVID-19 coronavirus and to maintain the safety and protection of our Residents and staff.

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Friendship Village Visitor Policy
May 21, 2020
Friendship Village Senior Services’ Visitor Policy - Updated

In the effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Friendship Village has implemented the following actions regarding visitors:

  • No visitors have been allowed inside the Village Care Centers (skilled nursing facilities) or Assisted Living since early March.
  • No visitors have been allowed inside our independent living buildings since March.
  • When proactively scheduled and managed by the facility Administrators, “window” and “balcony” visits are, once again, allowed for our skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Arrangements must be made in advance and done in coordination with facility activities. Contact your specific administrator for details.

  • Although the Missouri “Stay at Home” order has been lifted, Friendship Village still maintains a policy that prohibits visits with Residents of any duration.

  • Continued No Visit Policy in ANY building at any level of care including Care Centers, Assisted Living, and Independent Living.
  • No Visit Policy has been modified for “window” visits and “balcony” visits for skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. There remains a prohibition on “parking lot” visits and “outdoor sitting area” visits at any level of senior living, including independent living.
  • The No Visit Policy also applies to package delivery by friends and family. Package delivery is to be accomplished at “drop and go” stations by main entrances. Residents will not be present to greet the deliverer.

  • This policy is in effect until further notice.

    We encourage friends and family to use telephones and other electronic means of communication to visit remotely. We can assist if necessary.

    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
    Essential Construction Guidelines
    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.”

    Click Here for Friendship Village’s Construction Protocol Statement.

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