Our Community and Covid-19

February 8, 2021

 

Dear Friends and Family Members,

 

It is my pleasure to announce that we are able to resume indoor visitation for our residents!  Currently, the COVID-19 positivity rate for Greenwood County per nursing home metrics has us in the yellow category which allows us to resume indoor visitation per regulatory guidance.  Please note that this plan may be changed any time based on further guidance from local, state or federal regulation.  There are clear issues that might halt, limit or amend our visitation including outbreak or positivity rate of greater than 10% in Greenwood County.

  • Unless otherwise mandated, indoor compassionate care visitation, as defined by CMS, will continue regardless of the outbreak status.
  • Each visitor will need to call Eureka Nursing Center at 620-583-7418 and speak with Jolene Singhateh, Administrator to schedule their visits. In her absence you may schedule with Amy Mock, Social Services or David Roberson, Activities.
  • Visiting hours will be Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm. If the designated time poses difficulty or a barrier in your ability to visit, please contact Jolene Singhateh to resolve the matter. Visitors may not arrive more than 5 minutes early for their scheduled time.  Visitors arriving more than 5 minutes early will not be permitted to enter until it is time for them to be screened for their visit.
  • Each elder may have up to 5 designated visitors, however, no more than 2 visitors at a time for either indoor or outdoor visits. Visits are for 30 minutes in a private designated area and will be supervised by facility staff to ensure social distance of 6ft and proper use of face coverings. During this phase of reopening, each resident may receive 2 visits per week to allow all residents the opportunity for visits.
  • Each visitor will need to complete our wellness screening. Visitor must pass wellness screen to continue with visit.
  • Visitors must participate in hand hygiene prior to participating in visitation.  Each visitor and resident will be required to wear a level one mask during visitation and additional PPE as indicated. Visit will not occur if PPE is not wornIn addition, if visitor removes their mask during the visit, the visit will end immediately.

 

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Administrator, Jolene Singhateh

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

 

Jolene Singhateh RN,BSN

Administrator

Eureka Nursing Center

1020 N School

Eureka, KS 67045

Phone: (620) 583-7418 | Fax: (620) 583-5521

eureka@americareusa.net

 

 

 

 

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Update: January 4, 2021

 Eureka Nursing Center Family:

Thank you for taking our calls today regarding our current covid-19 situation at Eureka Nursing Center.  For those of you we did not reach we attempted to leave a message. 

  • With our most recent round of testing, we received test 3 additional residents results that are positive for COVID-19, these residents are being cared for in our special care unit.  No additional staff have tested positive during this round of testing.
    • We are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment
    • We are monitoring these residents every two hours for changes in condition
  • If we receive positive results, from resident, staff or vendor testing, you will be notified. 
  • In accordance with our pandemic guidelines we are continuing on in-room quarantine.
    • We are monitoring residents for symptoms every 4 hours during awake time
    • All staff are wearing N95 masks, eye protection and gloves when in resident rooms.
    • We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment on hand and more available should we need it. 
  •  In accordance with our pandemic guidelines, the DON has been in contact with the local and state health departments to report the positive test results. 
  • In accordance with federal and state guidelines we are allowing visits for compassionate care only at this time.  We will be happy to assist with video chats and phone calls.
  • We are continuing to disinfect surfaces throughout the community

We believe open and transparent communication, balanced with protecting individual privacy is essential at this time.  Please direct all of your questions to me.   Thank you for your support during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

 

Jolene Singhateh

 

 

 

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Update: Eureka Nursing Center, Thursday, December 31, 2020

Good evening Eureka Nursing Center Family:

Thank you for taking our calls today regarding our situation at Eureka Nursing Center.  If we were not able to reach you, we did attempt to leave a message.

I wanted to update everyone on where we stand today at Eureka Nursing Center and what to expect in the coming days.

Yesterday, we received notification that an additional resident has tested positive.  This resident is being cared for on our special care unit with every 2 hour monitoring in place during waking hours.

Based upon our pandemic guidelines and consultation with the state and local health department:

  • We are continuing in room quarantine for the residents
  • We are monitoring residents that have not tested positive for symptoms every 4 hours during wake time
  • All staff are wearing N95-masks and eye protection while on duty and gloves in resident rooms. 
  • We have been in contact with the local and state health departments to report the positive test result. 
  • We will continue to test staff and residents every 3-7 days until we receive 14 days without new positive staff, residents or vendors.

Please know that individuals will be notified of their results privately.  If we receive positive results, from resident, staff or vendor testing, you will be notified. 

We believe open and transparent communication, balanced with protecting individual privacy is essential at this time.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions.  Thank you for your continued support and prayers during these challenging times.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jolene Singhateh, Director of Nursing

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Update: December 24, 2020

Good afternoon Eureka Nursing Center Family:

Thank you for taking our calls today regarding our situation at Eureka Nursing Center.  For those of you we did not reach we attempted to leave a message.  Here is a recap of what we discussed:  

  • Today, December 24, 2020, we received test results that 1 additional staff member tested positive for COVID-19.   This staff member will remain at home until released to return to work by the health department.
  • If we receive additional positive results, from resident, staff or vendor testing, you will be notified. 
  • In accordance with our pandemic guidelines we are continuing on in-room quarantine.
    • We are monitoring residents for symptoms every 4 hours during awake time
    • All staff are wearing N95 masks, eye protection and gloves when in resident rooms.
    • We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment on hand and more available should we need it. 
  • In accordance with our pandemic guidelines, the administrator has been in contact with the local and state health departments to report the positive test results. 
  • In accordance with federal and state guidelines we are allowing visits for compassionate care only at this time.  We will be happy to assist with video chats and phone calls.
  • We are continuing to disinfect surfaces throughout the community

We believe open and transparent communication, balanced with protecting individual privacy is essential at this time.  Thank you for your support during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

 

Heather Simpson, Administrator

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Update: December 23, 2020

Good evening Eureka Nursing Center Family:

Thank you for taking our calls today regarding our situation at Eureka Nursing Center.  For those of you we did not reach we attempted to leave a message.  Here is a recap of what we discussed:  

  • Today, December 23, 2020, we received test results that 1 additional staff member and 1 additional resident tested positive for COVID-19.   The resident is being cared for in our special care unit.  
    • We are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment
    • We are monitoring these residents every two hours 
  • The staff member is at home on quarantine and will return to work when released to do so by the health department.
  • If we receive positive results, from resident, staff or vendor testing, you will be notified. 
  • In accordance with our pandemic guidelines we are continuing on in-room quarantine.
    • We are monitoring residents for symptoms every 4 hours during awake time
    • All staff are wearing N95 masks, eye protection and gloves when in resident rooms.
    • We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment on hand and more available should we need it. 
  • In accordance with our pandemic guidelines, the administrator has been in contact with the local and state health departments to report the positive test results. 
  • In accordance with federal and state guidelines we are allowing visits for compassionate care only at this time.  We will be happy to assist with video chats and phone calls.
  • We are continuing to disinfect surfaces throughout the community

We believe open and transparent communication, balanced with protecting individual privacy is essential at this time.  Please direct all of your questions to me.   Thank you for your support during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

 

Heather Simpson, Administrator

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Update: December 21, 2020

Good evening Eureka Nursing Center Family:

Thank you for taking our calls today regarding our situation at Eureka Nursing Center.  For those of you we did not reach we attempted to leave a message.  Here is a recap of what we discussed:  

  • Today, December 21, 2020, we received test results that 1 additional staff members and 3 additional residents positive COVID-19.   These residents are being cared for in our special care unit and our staff member is on in-home quarantine for their recovery period.
    • We are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment
    • We are monitoring these residents every two hours 
  • If we receive positive results, from resident, staff or vendor testing, you will be notified. 
  • In accordance with our pandemic guidelines we are continuing on in-room quarantine.
    • We are monitoring residents for symptoms every 4 hours during awake time
    • All staff are wearing N95 masks, eye protection and gloves when in resident rooms.
    • We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment on hand and more available should we need it. 
  •  In accordance with our pandemic guidelines, the administrator has been in contact with the local and state health departments to report the positive test results. 
  • In accordance with federal and state guidelines we are allowing visits for compassionate care only at this time.  We will be happy to assist with video chats and phone calls.
  • We are continuing to disinfect surfaces throughout the community

We believe open and transparent communication, balanced with protecting individual privacy is essential at this time.  Please direct all of your questions to me.   Thank you for your support during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

 

Heather Simpson, Administrator

 

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Update: December 10, 2020

Good evening Eureka Nursing Center Family:

Thank you for taking our calls yesterday, regarding our situation at Eureka Nursing Center.  For those of you we did not reach we attempted to leave a message. 

We are sad to report that two residents have passed away since we last updated you. Please keep our families in your prayers.  These residents will be dearly missed by the staff and residents.

Here is a recap of what we discussed yesterday:  

  • December 9, 2020, we received the results from our most recent round of testing. We have identified 4 additional staff members and 12 additional residents as positive for COVID-19. 
  • The residents are being cared for in our special care unit:
    • We are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, including N95 mask, eye covering and gloves while in resident’s’ rooms
    • We are monitoring these residents every two hours
  • Our staff will be on at home quarantine until released by the health department to return to work.
  • In accordance with our pandemic guidelines we are continuing on in-room quarantine.
    • We are monitoring residents for symptoms every 4 hours during awake time
    • All staff are wearing N95 masks, eye protection and gloves when in resident rooms.
    • We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment on hand and more available should we need it.
  • In accordance with our pandemic guidelines, the administrator has been in contact with the local and state health departments to report the positive test results. 
  • We will continue to test the staff twice per week until the positivity rate in our county improves.
  • We will be testing residents every 3 to 7 days until 14 days have passed without additional new cases.
  • In accordance with federal and state guidelines we are allowing visits for compassionate care only at this time. We will be happy to assist with video chats and phone calls.
  • We are continuing to disinfect surfaces throughout the community

We believe open and transparent communication, balanced with protecting individual privacy is essential at this time.  Please direct all of your questions to me.   Thank you for your support during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

Heather Simpson, Administrator

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Our Family/Resident Visitation Plan

Community: EUREKA NURSING CENTER

Start Date: Monday, July 27, 2020

As shared in a letter on June 26h, we have been given permission by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) scheduling visits between our residents and families/friends.  Visits will start on Monday July, 27th, 2020.

Here is our plan:

  • We have set up 3 indoor visit stations in the Eureka Downs Living Area. This location will have social distancing measures in place for residents and visitors to follow that maintain 6 foot distancing and will be staffed by an employee. The visitor station will be equipped with hand sanitizer which all parties will use prior to and after each visit. 
  • Our employees will have each visitor sign in and provide needed information on the visitation sign in sheet and to complete a wellness screening.  This screening tool will require a temperature check and questionnaire to be completed.  Anyone not meeting the requirements of the screening will be required to reschedule the visit.
  • Please bring your own mask(s). If one is not available, a mask will be provided.  Masks MUST be worn at all times during the visit. 
  • We will require an appointment for each visit. Please contact us by phone, 620-583-7418, Monday through Friday to schedule your visit.   No visits will be allowed that are not prescheduled with the community staff.
    • To allow everyone the opportunity to schedule an initial visit with their loved one we are not allowing “standing visits” to be scheduled at this time.   We also must schedule visits around meal times and when there is staff available for the visit station.   
  • Within the next two weeks we hope to have a more automated system in place for self-scheduling and we will email you that link when it is available. 
  • During Phase 1 we will allow 2 designated visitors, 18 years of age and older, to visit one at a time per resident in a 30-minute increment.  Each visitor must be able to demonstrate proper infection control practices.  If infection control practices are not followed then the visit will need to end.    Additionally, the resident will be placed on a 14 day in room quarantine for the safety of other residents.
    • While children are always welcome – they too must be able to wear PPE and practice proper infection control and social distancing.
      • During Phase 2 we will allow 4 designated visitors, 12 years of age and older, to visit two at a time per resident in a 30 minutes increment.
      • During Phase 3 we will allow unrestricted visitors with unrestricted age limitations.
  • We will disinfect the visitation station between each resident’s scheduled visit.

Window visits of course are still encouraged with a closed window to prevent transmission and can be done without an appointment. 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Heather Simpson

Administrator