Updated: October 27, 2021
Updated October 14, 2021
The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. Staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases across the state and within our local communities, and at the recommendation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks are required for all employees, regardless of vaccination status, at all times while indoors at Masonic Villages (all campuses), except when in work spaces or offices alone. In addition, all employees will be required to mask when driving with others in Masonic Village vehicles. We also continue to encourage physical distancing in all areas where possible.
We continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS) for COVID-19 testing of staff and residents, visitation, small group activities and dining services. Screening of staff (direct care, contracted staff) is also ongoing at the beginning of each shift, including symptom and temperature monitoring. Staff are also asked to self-screen during their shift and immediately suspend work should any symptoms occur.
In the event of a positive case(s), we have established a quarantine procedure and are able to isolate residents to a specific area of the facility, according to guidance from CMS and PA DOH.
For information regarding the current Interim Guidance for Skilled Nursing Facilities during COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, please visit: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/SNF-Guidance.aspx or https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/LTCF-Visitors.aspx
For information related to Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Long-term Living guidelines for Personal Care, please visit: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/coronavirus/Pages/OLTL-Interim-Guidance-for-PCH-ALR-ICF.aspx
Thank you for your continued patience and support through this unprecedented, challenging time.
Nursing Care and Personal Care Visitations
Based on the Department of Health’s recommendations, contact tracing will still be conducted when a case of COVID-19 is identified; however, only those affected will be quarantined instead of entire neighborhoods, as was previously required. The following is now in effect:
If your loved one is not in a quarantined room, you may visit.
To schedule a visit for a resident in nursing care, please call 610-825-6100, ext. 1271, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. At all other times, contact call ext. 1308.
To schedule a visit for a resident in personal care, please call 610-825-6100, ext. 1214, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At all other times, call ext. 1320.
We are limiting the number of visitors at any given time, as this process allows us to appropriately screen, disinfect and clean residents’ rooms/designated areas in a timely manner following each visit, per CMS’ guidance. We strongly recommend limiting visitations to two visitors at a time, based on the need for continued social distancing. If needed, we can schedule available space for larger gatherings. When scheduling your visit, please let us know from the following options where you plan to visit:
- Outdoors – Weather permitting, this option is preferred; we ask that you let the nursing staff know.
- In resident’s room
- Inside in other Masonic Village provided area(s)
If your loved one is in a room that is quarantined, visits can only occur if your loved one meets the criteria for a compassionate care visit. If you have any questions regarding the compassionate care criteria and/or if your loved one qualifies, please call Lori at ext. 1271 or Jasmine at ext. 1214. PPE requirements for a quarantined room, if your loved meets the criteria, is a surgical mask, face shield and gown.
Hand hygiene must be performed prior to visitation, as well as pre and post contact with a resident. Visitors must complete a screening form and have their temperature taken prior to the visit. All visitors and residents must wear a tight-fitting mask in public/common areas at all times. If you do not have proper personal protective equipment (PPE), our staff will provide it for you to meet CMS’ guidance.
Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks and physically distance during their visit, regardless of vaccination status. Residents are also strongly encouraged to wear masks during visits. However, if you and the resident are both vaccinated, you may remove your mask in a private room.
When traveling to/from your loved one’s room, we ask that you walk directly there versus stopping elsewhere (i.e. other residents’ rooms or common areas). Please limit touching surfaces (handrails, bedside table, doorknobs, etc.).
Following your visit, please monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of any respiratory infection for the next 14 days, including fever, shortness of breath, cough, nausea, vomiting and/or sore throat. If any symptoms occur, please call us at 610-825-6100, ext. 1234, or ext. 1275 for further screening and instructions. If you are calling off hours, please call ext. 1242 or ext. 1308.
Thank you for helping us by following these very important guidelines. We look forward to seeing you.
- Trips have resumed.
- The Wellness Center is open for limited use with proper sanitation and cleaning practices in place.
- Religious services are offered with proper masking.
- The dining room and bistro are open for residents and their guests.
- Takeout and meal delivery are available.
- We are open for visitors to retirement living residents. Masks are strongly encouraged when indoors in common/public areas.
- At this time, we are not permitting visitors to eat in the Bistro.