Emergency information for Waldron Place Senior Living in Hutchinson, Kansas

January 7, 2021

Good Evening Waldron Place and The Arbors at Waldron Place Family,

Today we learned that one of our residents tested positive for COVID-19 as a result of our whole-house testing.  We currently have no positive employees.   As we previously shared we began testing all staff and residents for COVID-19.   The next testing date is January 8. 

  • We have chosen a cohorted care-in-place strategy at Waldron Place.  Americare has experience establishing separated care units and we’re confident that we can do so here.
    • We completed initial resident relocation to move all of our residents who are COVID-19 positive to a separate wing of our building.
    • Employees who tested negative for the virus may care for any resident with the proper use of personal protective equipment. 
    • Reverse barrier installed on the remaining healthy hallways indicating only negative-testing employees may enter and new PPE required
  • Today in accordance with our pandemic guidelines we placed all of our residents on in-room quarantine
  • We are practicing social distancing in our Arbors building as in-room quarantine is not realistic nor recommended for memory care residents 
  • Our Divisional Vice President, Mary Eaves and Regional Operations Director, Amber Cox, are coordinating additional supply delivery and overseeing our efforts. 
  • We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) on hand with access to more should we need it. 
  • In accordance with our pandemic guidelines, we contacted the local and state health departments to report the positive test result.
  • In accordance with federal and state guidelines, outdoor visits and indoor compassionate care visits are allowed during a COVID-19 outbreak. 

We believe open and transparent communication, balanced with protecting individual privacy is essential at this time.   Please direct all of your questions to me.  If I can’t answer your question I will find someone who can.  Thank you for your support during these challenging times.

 

Whitney Hamby

Administrator

 

 

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December 31, 2020

Good Morning Waldron Place Family:

  • Today we received notification that 2 employees who work in the assisted living tested positive for COVID-19.   The employee’s last day worked was 12/29. 
  • The employees remain off work and we are hopeful for their full recovery.
  • Today in accordance with our pandemic guidelines we placed all of our residents on in-room quarantine which will continue at least through 1/11/21 which represents 14 days from possible exposure.   
    • We began monitoring residents for symptoms every 4 hours during wake time
    • All staff are wearing N95-masks while on duty and gloves in resident rooms. 
    • We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment on hand and more available should we need it. 
    • Our most recent health check show no residents with signs or symptoms
  • Today in accordance with our pandemic guidelines, we contacted the local and state health departments to report the positive test results. 
  • We completed whole house testing today of all residents and employees and will retest on 1/4/21.    
    • You will be notified privately of your loved one’s results
    • We will update our families on the overall results of our community. 
  • In Missouri we allow outdoor visits and indoor compassionate care visits regardless of COVID-19 status. 
  • 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,

Whitney Hamby

Administrator

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Update:  Monday, November 23, 2020

Good evening Waldron Place and Arbors Families:

Here is an update on where we stand today:

This evening we learned that a resident in our Arbors building who was showing signs and symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19 through a rapid test.  We are in the process of establishing a special care unit in our Arbors.  The unit will be separated from other areas of the building through a reverse barrier and will have separate care equipment.

Today we conducted another round of COVID-19 PCR testing for all residents and employees.  We expect results within 72 hours.  You will be notified privately of your loved one’s results and we will update all families on our overall results. 

In accordance with guidance from the State of Kansas, our in-room quarantine continues across our campus.   As of our most recent health check, no residents are showing signs or symptoms.   We are doing everything we can to ensure our residents stay engaged and connected.  Please let us know if you need assistance connecting remotely with your loved one.   

We still welcome closed window visits and indoor compassionate care visits. 

Thank you for your continued support and prayers during these challenging times.  Knowing we have both, makes our jobs easier. 

 

Whitney Hamby

Administrator

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Update:  Thursday, November 5, 2020

Good afternoon Waldron Place and Arbors Families:

Here is an update on where we stand today 

The results from our latest round of whole-house COVID-19 testing showed all residents were negative for the virus.  Unfortunately, three additional employees tested positive.  We also received inconclusive results on three more employees who we retested today.  All employees with positive or inconclusive results remain off work and we are hopeful for their full recovery.

We placed all residents on in-room quarantine and implemented enhanced social distancing in our Arbors.  Residents will be checked for symptoms every 4 hours during wake time. Our staff is wearing K-95 masks and gloves while in resident rooms.  We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment and can access more if needed through company stockpiles. 

We will complete our next round of whole-house testing tomorrow and expect results within 72 hours.  You will be notified privately of your loved one’s results and we will report our overall results to all families. 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment does require us to suspend all visits at this time. 

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

 

Whitney Hamby

Administrator