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Coronavirus Update for Williamsport Retirement Village

Twin Oaks Assisted Living Family and Friends: We currently have one resident who has tested positive for COVID-19 at Twin Oaks. As a precaution, all other residents and staff were tested via antigen testing and tested negative. Our spirits remain high! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. If you have any questions, contact Kristi Ashton or Taylor Teaford at 301-223-797, ext 3350. 

 

NEWS RELEASE - December 18, 2020

WRV Family and Friends:

We are delighted to report that several residents have recovered and been removed from quarantine since Monday, December 14. The number of new COVID cases among staff in recent days has declined. Daily contact and monitoring through the Washington County Health Department, Maryland Department of Health, Meritus and other local providers remains strong and productive. We are working closely in regard to the availability of COVID vaccinations for our residents and staff and will provide updates in the near future.

As of Friday, December 18, 2020:

14.7 % Positivity rate for Washington County

7.5 % Positivity rate for Maryland

2,569 New daily cases in Maryland

We do not have a potential date for indoor visitation at this time.

Holiday Happenings:

Our LIFE Enrichment team has been busy providing a festive atmosphere for residents by decorating each room with a wreath or a Christmas tree. Daily activities include passing out holiday socks, Christmas cookies, jingle bell day, history of the candy cane day, decorating holiday woodworking crafts, Christmas caroling, and handing out snow-globe ornaments.

We will be accepting Christmas gifts Monday - Wednesday next week. Please see the PDF flyer attached at the end of this news release string for more information.

 

NEWS RELEASE - December 17, 2020

Twin Oaks Assisted Living Family and Friends: We have received notification that one of our staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. As a precaution, all residents at Twin Oaks continue to be tested weekly, and all staff are tested twice weekly. All visitation remains cancelled until further notice for the entire campus, including Twin Oaks and Williamsport Nursing Home. We will keep you updated. If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Ashton or Taylor Teaford at 301-223-7971, ext 3350.

 

NEWS RELEASE - December 7, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: Over the past few weeks WRV has faced challenges like we have never experienced before. Cases of COVID in the county have climbed at a pace nobody could have ever predicted. While residents at Twin Oaks assisted living remain COVID-free, Williamsport Nursing Home (WNH) wasn't spared the reality of what the rest of the county has experienced.  When it became apparent that through these challenges WNH was facing a staffing crisis, our team came together to devise a plan that would provide the necessary care for every resident of WNH. 

Arrangements were made for some nursing home residents to move to our Brooke Grove location in Sandy Spring and also North Hampton in Frederick.  We feel confident that with the continued teamwork from our residents and staff, we will soon be on the other side of this trying time. While our staff has truly appreciated all of the calls and questions we have received over the past weeks, it's likely that some questions remain unanswered. In that regard, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.  What we are facing is ever changing, so please understand the answers provided reflect where we are as of December 6.

Q: How did WRV determine who would be sent to Brooke Grove and North Hampton?

A: To assist with the imminent nursing staff crisis we were experiencing as a result of the COVID pandemic, Brooke Grove was able to take 15 COVID+ residents. The selection process was based on most recent test dates as they would be the ones on quarantine the longest and cause the COVID unit to be beyond max capacity, continuing to leave us unable to provide adequate care to other residents due to the limited number of healthy nursing staff members. North Hampton was willing to take approximately five patients who had already tested positive for COVID, had already observed their quarantine period and were no longer experiencing symptoms.

Q: When do we expect to bring the residents back to WRV?

A: Barring a further staff outbreak, we hope to have all of our resident back home in Williamsport by Monday, December 14.

Q. How long will the residents be in quarantine?

A: Per CDC and MDH mandates, COVID+ residents must be quarantined for at least 10 days AND must be asymptomatic for 48 hours before discontinuing isolation. Symptoms include but are not limited to: cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fatigue, lethargy, nausea and diarrhea.

Q: How often are the residents tested for COVID?

A: Per MDH mandate, staff are tested twice weekly and residents are tested once weekly, possibly more if symptoms indicate an additional test.

Q: If a staff member is asymptomatic and tests positive will WRV allow them to work?

A: WRV cannot allow positive staff to work even if asymptomatic, per MDH. This further complicates any staffing crisis that occurs.

Q: When does WRV plan to reopen for visitation?

A: Visitstion is restricted in the presence of an outbreak. We are constantly monitoring this situation and devising a plan for what visitation will look like once the outbreak has resolved.

Q: What will the Christmas holiday look like for residents?

A: Our LIFE enrichment (LE) department is providing a lot of holiday one-on-one activities to provide extra support to our residents during this Christmas season.  We are encouraging all family members and friends of residents to continue to send in their holiday gifts and cards through the Postal Services. Our LE Department would like to encourage families to mail their favorite family photos to their WRV resident, which will allow the LE team to create a Family Holiday Collage Photo Display in their rooms, to provide that little extra support to each of our residents during this holiday season. WRV residents will enjoy their favorite holiday treats throughout this month and will continue to be given extra additional supportive visits by our LIFE Enrichment team until this outbreak has been resolved.    

Q: Will family members be able to take residents home for the holidays?

A: This is strongly discouraged because of the inherent risks involved.

Q: In regard to gifts, because of the expense, do all gifts have to be mailed?

A: Yes, all gifts must continue to be mailed for the safety of our residents.

Please continue to keep the WRV family in your thoughts and prayers.  

 

NEWS RELEASE - November 27, 2020

Dear WRV Family and Friends: The last two weeks have been monumental with respect to COVID. For a full update, please click on the following link - https://bit.ly/3lf1IuU.

 

NEWS RELEASE - November 25, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: Last week, WRV experienced the largest increase in COVID cases among residents and staff.  In the meantime, mitigation and surveillance remain a key priority. Moving forward, each week we will update positivity rates for Maryland and Washington County, new daily cases statewide and the next potential date for indoor visitation. Other important happenings in relation to COVID within the WRV community may also be reported.

As of Monday, November 23, 2020:

7.4% - Positivity rate for the Washington County

6.88% - Positivity rate for Maryland

1,658 - New daily cases in Maryland

12/7/2020 - Next “potential” date for indoor visitation

In addition:

  • Attending to COVID+ residents has a lot to do with surveillance. While the numbers of new cases continue to increase, the vast majority of residents are experiencing mild symptoms.
  • Effective today, ALL WRV staff will be tested on Mondays and Tuesdays and then again on Thursdays and Fridays. All residents will be tested on Wednesdays.
  • A-wing on Canal Side at Williamsport Nursing Home (WNH) currently serves as our COVID isolation unit.  West View serves as an observation isolation unit. Temporary barriers have been constructed throughout WNH as an additional safeguard and infection prevention measure.

 

NEWS RELEASE - November 19, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: 

This has been a busy and challenging week on the COVID front.  We have put in place a variety of measures designed to keep your loved one and our campus safe. These actions include -

  • The creation of a newly designated COVID unit at Williamsport Nursing Home. Although West View was initially earmarked for this use, A-wing on Canal Side is now serving that purpose.
  • Following additional state guidance, staff across campus will be tested twice weekly beginning next week.  We will continue to apply the same testing standards to assisted living, even though we are not required to do so.
  • All non-essential physician appointments are being postponed.  Telehealth appointments will also be employed, when applicable, to further reduce the risk of resident exposure to COVID in our surrounding community.
  • Visitation has been postponed in order to reduce resident contact and/or the risk associated with moving residents within the facility. 
  • Family members approved for compassionate visitation or visits associated with end-of-life circumstances must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to their visit.
  • Vendor access across campus is now confined to essential clinical support providers only.
  • We continue to monitor staff who work second jobs or in other healthcare settings, given the higher prevalence of the coronavirus of in our community.

Last but not least, we are happy to report that Twin Oaks assisted living remains COVID-free! 

 

NEWS RELEASE - November 17, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: As you are aware, COVID in Maryland and in our community in particular has been on a steep rise.  Yesterday, that reality became more apparent with the identification of several new COVID positive residents at Williamsport Nursing Home.  To date, no assisted living residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. Working under the direction of the Washington County Health Department, we are now in the process of putting in place strategies and programing designed to address the well-being of our residents and staff alike. While a COVID outbreak of any kind is disconcerting, we are confident in the plan and people we have in place to address this current challenge. As always, we remain committed to keeping you informed of the challenges at hand, and any moving forward, through our YouTube updates at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg, on this Web site, through family letters and at extension 301-223-7971, ext. 1919.

 

NEWS RELEASE - November 15, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: Due to the rapidly increasing positive COVID-19 cases within the tri-state,  we have postponed all visitation through November 30. We plan to reevaluate December 1 and post updates accordingly. Please continue to keep our residents and staff in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your continued understanding.

 

NEWS RELEASE - November 12, 2020

WRV Family and Friends:  A second staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Nursing home residents and staff members will continue weekly testing until we are all negative once again.  All indoor visitation at Williamsport Nursing Home and Twin Oaks assisted living has been cancelled until further notice. We will keep you updated. Despite this news, our spirits remain high! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Ashton or Taylor Teaford at 301-223-797, ext 3350.  

 

NEWS RELEASE - November 10, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: In addition to the positive staff member reported a few days ago, we now have one resident who has also tested positive for COVID-19.  Nursing home residents and staff members will continue weekly testing until we are all negative once again.  All indoor visitation at Williamsport Nursing Home and Twin Oaks assisted living has been cancelled until further notice. We will keep you updated. Despite this news, our spirits remain high! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Ashton or Taylor Teaford at 301-223-797, ext 3350.

 

NEWS RELEASE - November 6, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: We received notification this morning that one of our staff members tested positive for COVID-19.  Nursing home residents will be tested today and again next week. All visitation at Williamsport Nursing Home and Twin Oaks assisted living has been cancelled until further notice. We will keep you updated. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Ashton or Taylor Teaford at 301-223-797, ext 3350. 

 

NEWS RELEASE - November 3, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: Williamsport Nursing Home is opening to indoor visitation today. Days/hours will be Tuesdays from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Thursdays from 4-7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. This is subject to change. As long as we remain COVID-free, days/times will remain the same throughout the holidays. Any changes will be noted on this Web site. If you have any questions, please call Kristi Ashton or Taylor Teaford at 301-223-7971 ext 3350. 

 

NEWS RELEASE - October 20, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: Williamsport Nursing Home is no longer in COVID outbreak mode, as the health department has cleared us.  As long as there are no new COVID cases, we will tentatively have our first day of indoor visitation on November 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The days and times following this initial date will be every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursdays from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.   Kindly remember that this schedule is tentative and heavily reliant on staying free of COVID cases. We appreciate your patience during this time and also understand how eager and excited you are to visit! Thank you for your partnership and cooperation in keeping our residents and staff as safe as possible during this pandemic. Please continue to check this Web site for updates. Stay safe!

 

NEWS RELEASE - October 12, 2020

Testing results for last week thus far are all negative, although we have a couple of outliers that are being retested due to technical issues with the laboratory.  This week, we will test all residents again with the staff as directed by the health department.  If we remain negative for all testing, we are hopeful to be cleared of outbreak status on or about October 20.  We appreciate your support during this time. Our spirits remain high and hopeful. Stay safe!

 

NEWS RELEASE - October 9, 2020

Williamsport Retirement Village is pleased to announce that next week we will offer families and POAs of Williamsport Retirement Village an Indoor Visitor Orientation. The details are as follows:

Where:

Hilton Homewood Suites - 1650 Pullman Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21740

When:

Sunday, October 11, from 1-4 p.m.
Monday, October 12, from 4-8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13, from 4-8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14, from 1-4 p.m.

Please note:

  • The orientation will require 30 minutes to complete and will be offered at the top of the hour and every 30 minutes thereafter. (4:00, 4:30, 5:00, etc.)
  • Family members and/or POAs are required to receive an Indoor Visitation Orientation before an indoor visit.
  • Presently, we are hoping to offer indoor visitation by late October to early November.
  • Please refer to our Website for updates.

 

NEWS RELEASE - October 7, 2020

Unfortunately the weekly testing at Williamsport Retirement Village has resulted in 1 resident testing positive for COVID. The resident has been relocated to our isolation unit. All other remaining staff and resident tests have resulted as negative.

 

NEWS RELEASE - September 28, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: On the evening of September 27, we learned of our first patient case of COVID-19 at Williamsport Nursing Home. The patient is asymptomatic and on isolation precautions in a single room. Staff testing will resume on Tuesday and Wednesday, as usual. Resident testing will take place on Wednesday this week, per health department recommendation. All family members listed as the primary emergency contact have been contacted via a personal phone call. We will continue to keep you informed. Lastly, we so very much appreciate the prayers, words of encouragement and well wishes during this time. Stay safe!  

 

NEWS RELEASE - September 24, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: We have received 94 results from this week's testing. We have one positive staff case. Our residents in the nursing home and assisted living will be tested today and again next week.  Means of visitation: window visits, hugging station, and front porch visits are canceled for the next two weeks. We will keep you updated, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. If you have any questions please contact Kristi Ashton or Taylor Teaford @ 301-223-7971 ext 3350.

 

NEWS RELEASE - September 21, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: Last week's testing results are ALL negative! Means of visitation remain consistent for window visits and hugging stations, although they must be scheduled through the LIFE enrichment department in advance.  We are brainstorming ideas for cooler weather and how we can continue to keep visitation open while safegaurding against COVID-19.

Effective today, September 21, we will accept flower deliveries from local florist and courier services.  As the holiday season is fast approaching, we are considering ideas for gifts and visitation. We so much appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Please visit our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg for more detailed news and continue to pray for us. Stay safe!

 

NEWS RELEASE - September 14, 2020

WRV family and Friends: We are pleased to announce that all resident and staff testing for last week was negative, and we are no longer considered to be in "outbreak." We plan to create a YouTube video update on Friday, September 18, and post it next week. Stay well!

 

NEWS RELEASE - September 8, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: We are blessed to report that all resident and staff testing for last week was negative.  We are committed to keeping you informed. Please call 301-223-7971 for questions or concerns. Don't forget to tune in to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg for more in-depth discussion. Stay well!

 

NEWS RELEASE - August 31, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: We regret to inform you that, for the first time, an employee tested positive for COVID on Monday, August 31. This employee is PRN, hasn’t worked since last week and is quarantining. WRV is taking all the necessary precautions as well, which includes testing for all of our residents. Residents have been tested today and will be tested next week per the health department. We will reevaluate next week and keep you updated. We appreciate you all. Please know that we are taking the best care of your loved ones. Please keep the prayers coming. If you have any questions, call Kristi Ashton at 301-223-7971, ext 3351.

 

NEWS RELEASE - August 24, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: All results from last week's testing are negative, thankfully.  We continue to remain free of COVID-19, but we won't be letting our guard down anytime soon to ensure the safety of all residents and staff members. We'd like to extend a friendly reminder that all "hugging station," "iPad visits" and "window visits" must be scheduled in advance with the LIFE enrichment department.  Also, we are not accepting items dropped off by family members, unless they are for a new admission at the time of admission.  Please feel free to mail in necessary items, cards or small gift items, within reason.  We appreciate your cooperation in this matter and hope you continue to stay well! Please reach out with questions, comments or concerns to 301-223-7971.  Thank you and stay safe!"

 

NEWS RELEASE - August 17, 2020

WRV Family and Friends:  Testing on a weekly basis for all staff members continues, and we are grateful to inform you that last week's testing results are all negative.  We will continue to keep you up-to-date on the latest facility news through the biweekly letter, this webpage, and our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg. Take care & stay safe!

 

NEWS RELEASE - August 10, 2020

WRV Family and Friends:  Another week has passed, and we continue to have all negative results for weekly COVID-19 testing.  We feel fortunate to have stayed clear of COVID-19 to this point and at the same time acknowledge that we are still at great risk to have a circumstance.  As such, we will continue to test weekly until our governing bodies recommend otherwise. We would like to remind you that appointments for the "hugging station" and "iPad visits" should be scheduled in advance through the LIFE Enrichment department.  We continue to brainstorm creative ideas to engage our residents and provide more opportunity for visitation.  Your support, notes of encouragement, kind words and patience during this time do not go unnoticed.  We will continue to keep you up-to-date on the latest facility news through the biweekly letter, this webpage, and our YouTube channel,  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg. Take care & stay safe!

 

NEWS RELEASE - July 24, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: We are pleased to announce that the remainder of test results from last week indicates that we remain free of COVID-19.  This week we wrapped up round 6 of testing for all staff and will keep you updated on those results accordingly.  There was some delay in test processing for last week as CIAN lab is accomodating a significant amount of COVID tests to meet the need for weekly testing for all nursing homes in the area.  Please continue to tune in to the weekly COVID-19 update on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg. If you have questions/concerns you'd like for us to address in the next video recording, we would be so pleased. Please submit that information to kashton@bgf.org with the subject line of "COVID-19 Inquiry."   

We continue to take comfort in your notes of praise, prayers and encouragement as we continue to navigate uncertain territory in this pandemic.  Stay safe!

 

NEWS RELEASE - July 13, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: Testing results from last week are all negative, thankfully.  We would like to offer an opportunity for a Q&A session for our next YouTube weekly update.  Please email your questions and/or concerns to kashton@bgf.org with the subject line "COVID Question."  We are looking forward to tackling your questions as COVID-19 remains a concern in the community and nation. 

In last week's letter, we mentioned visitation opportunities for the nursing home and Twin Oaks Assisted Living. We would like to make a few clarifications due to the high demand for outdoor visitation.  Outdoor visitation for nursing home residents will begin on July 27 and be available for nursing home residents only (not West View rehabilitation guests).  A designated visitation area will be located in the front yard of the nursing home, not on the front porch.  This will accommodate social distancing for residents who enjoy front porch time independently. The scheduling of these visits will be on a first call, first come basis.  We have a waiting list of appointments to be scheduled.  Also, we would like to emphasize this opportunity must be scheduled in advance with the LIFE enrichment department at extension 1184.  Moving forward, Facetime video chats will be significantly limited to only individuals who are unable to visit the campus (i.e., live out-of-state).  This opportunity is weather-permitting and also contingent on the entire facility staying clear of COVID-19.

In order to facilitate this outdoor opportunity, ground rules must be followed for the nursing home and assisted living: All individuals must: 

  • Schedule their visit in advance  
  • Stay in the designated visitation area for the duration of the visit
  • Practice social distancing (remain at least 6 feet apart) 
  • Wear a facemask 

We appreciate your continued support as we continue to navigate COVID-19. Stay well!

 

NEWS RELEASE - July 7, 2020

WRV family and friends:  We are grateful to announce that testing results for last week of all staff are ALL negative. We are now on a weekly testing schedule and will continue to keep you updated As always, thank you for the ongoing prayers, kind words, support and patience as we continue to navigate COVID-19. Stay well!

 

NEWS RELEASE - June 26, 2020

WRV Family and Friends:  Round 3 of universal testing is scheduled for June 30 and July 1. This round is a little different because it pertains to staff only.  New guidance released last Friday, June 19, from the Maryland Department of Health explained that nursing homes must test all staff and those who enter the facility regularly, such as Hospice, on a weekly basis.  As such, we will continue to keep you informed through means of this Web site and the biweekly letter.  Additionally, we encourage you to visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg for weekly COVID-19 updates on our YouTube channel.

We remain observant as Washington County reopens and are so incredibly grateful for our partnership with the Washington County Health Department.  This partnership will be instrumental in guiding our facility safely through phases of reopening for nursing homes.  It is important to acknowledge that the phases of reopening for the state of Maryland and nursing homes vary greatly.  The primary reason for the variance is due to the fact that nursing homes house one of the most vulnerable, at-risk populations for COVID-19.  As always, thank you for the ongoing prayers, kind words, support and patience as we continue to navigate COVID-19. Stay well!

 

NEWS RELEASE - June 15, 2020

WRV Family and Friends:  Round 2 of universal testing is complete for the campus, and ALL results are NEGATIVE.  We are so incredibly grateful for this news; however we must remain vigilant.  As you may be aware, Washington County is in Phase 2 of reopening, which makes it even more critical that we are cautious and monitoring the number of cases in the community.  We are committed to keeping everyone informed. With that being said, please continue to visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg for weekly COVID-19 updates on our YouTube channel. Thank you for the ongoing prayers, words of encouragement and patience as we continue to navigate COVID-19. We remain hopeful and strong! Stay well!" 

 

NEWS RELEASE - June 4, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: Even though our COVID-19 testing last week was favorable and all results were negative, we feel that regular testing is imperative while the community is in phases of reopening.  The interval of repeat testing for the future will be determined upon the results we receive for next week. With that being said, all staff and residents will be retested the week of June 8th. The results, as made available, will be posted to this Web site.  Remember to check out our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg for weekly COVID-19 updates as well.  Stay safe!

 

NEWS RELEASE - June 1, 2020

WRV family and friends:  Universal testing was completed last week for all residents and staff.  We are so incredibly grateful to announce that ALL test results are negative.  To date we have not received a positive result for any residents or staff members.  Thank you for the ongoing prayers, words of encouragement and patience as we continue to navigate COVID-19. We remain hopeful and strong! Click on this link, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFQLi8XALTeMAU-6ekVkIg, to check out the weekly COVID update posted to our YouTube channel and don't forget to keep an eye out for the bi-weekly newsletter. Stay well!"  

 

NEWS RELEASE - May 22, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: Williamsport Retirement Village has a YouTube channel. Please tune in this weekend for our first weekly update.  Also, be on the lookout for the biweekly letter that was mailed. As always, we welcome your questions and concerns. Please call 301-223-7971. Stay well! 

UPDATE: To view WRV's first weekly update on YouTube, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRJX5dYwjJU.

 

NEWS RELEASE - May 20, 2020

WRV Family and Friends: We are pleased to announce that we continue to have no cases of COVID among our residents and staff. We have tested nearly 100 residents and staff members campus-wide to-date.  We feel extremely blessed, but also acknowledge that we are still very much at risk given the population we serve.  With that being said, precautions remain in place on all fronts.  Looking into next week, universal testing of all residents and staff will be completed on May 26 and 27. Please continue to check this Website for the latest facility news. We will also publish a COVID update via video this week and in the weeks to follow. Stay well!

 

NEWS RELEASE - May 7, 2020

Members of the WRV Family: Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support. We are so grateful to report that we have had no cases of COVID-19 for our residents or staff members to date.  We remain vigilant on several topics, including personal protective equipment, testing, infection prevention measures, reporting and following the guidelines issued by our governing bodies. 

As you are likely aware, the information related to COVID-19 changes rapidly...Our COVID-19 response team spends time daily reviewing the latest guidance, making changes as necessary and implementing new policies and procedures.  As this pandemic continues to demonstrate unchartered territory for all, WRV's focus and aim is to remain continually connected to our residents, family members, staff and community partners.  With that being said, please be on the lookout for a letter from us entailing how you can tune in to a weekly recording for facility updates.  We encourage you to continue utilizing this Web site for updates also. If you have questions or concerns related to this information, please call 301-223-7971, extension 3350. 

 

NEWS RELEASE - April 20, 2020

While we are still under continued restrictions, we would like to remind our residents' family and friends to please contact our LIFE enrichment department to schedule a FaceTime visit. Call 301-223-7971 and ask to speak to LIFE Enrichment. 

 

NEWS RELEASE - April 8, 2020

Effective April 3, laundry and nonperishable drop-off services were precluded due to increasing community-based transmission of COVID-19 in our area. With the approaching Easter holiday, we would like you to know that the US postal service is still an option for cards and packages. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during this ever-changing time.

 

NEWS RELEASE - April 6, 2020

Williamsport Retirement Village currently has NO cases of COVID-19 on campus. We will continue to screen every employee entering the building to ensure the safety of our residents throughout these trying times.  

Again, we would like to recognize the outstanding efforts  made by our staff daily to ensure the health and safety of our residents during these trying times. We are always available to answer any questions you may have by calling  our Administration office at 301-223-7971. 

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 27, 2020

While visitation remains restricted, our LIFE Enrichment team continues to work closely with the residents and families to provide communication through FaceTime and Skype.  If you would like to be added to our communication calendar, please call 301-223-7971 ext. 1184 to coordinate the call.

Again, we would like to recognize the outstanding efforts  made by our staff daily to ensure the health and safety of our residents during these trying times. We are always available to answer any questions you may have by calling our Administration office at 301-223-7971. 

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 25, 2020

Williamsport Retirement Village remains committed to the safety of our residents and will continue to restrict visitation until future notice. We appreciate your continued understanding.

Please don't hesitate to contact the facility with any questions or concerns by calling 301-223-7971.

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 23, 2020

Williamsport Retirement Village remains committed to the safety of our residents and will continue to restrict visitation until future notice. We appreciate your continued understanding.

As a reminder, we would like to share the following preparedness measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Prevention to keep you and your family safe during the days ahead.

  • Have an adequate supply of non-prescriptive drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines
  • Check your regular prescription drugs to make sure you have an adequate supply; refill your prescriptions if needed
  • Have a thermometer, tissues and hand sanitizer in case you become ill and must stay at home to recover
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick and what will be needed to care for them at home
  • Have a two-week supply of water and food at home

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 21, 2020

In a continued effort to offer our residents remote access to their friends and family during the state ordered visitation restriction, WRV will continue to provide the option to communicate through Facetime or Skype.  Please call 301-223-7971 ext.  1184 for assistance.

If you have questions or concerns, please call 301-223-7971 and ask to speak to the Administration office. Thank you for your continued understanding.

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 18, 2020

Per the Maryland Department of Health and Governor Larry Hogan, all visitation remains restricted at this time due to the COVID-19. We do have iPads and computers available for those who would like to Facetime or Skype with one of our residents. Please call 301-223-7971, ext 1184, to coordinate the call.

We would like to recognize the outstanding effort being made by our staff daily to ensure the health and safety of our residents during these trying times. Our LIFE enrichment team continues to maintain a level of normalcy and hopes to to mail handmade cards, made by our residents, to their friends and families within the coming week.

Please contact our administration office at 301-223-7971 if you have any questions. We will continue to post brief updates each week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) by noon. Thank you for your continued understanding

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 13, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the declaration of a National Emergency, we are precluding ALL visitation of non-essential persons indefinitely effective 3/13/2020. Williamsport Nursing Home and Twin Oaks Assisted Living is devoted to the continued care and support of the population we serve

 

NEWS RELEASE - March 10, 2020

On behalf of Williamsport Retirement Village, we would like to reassure you that we are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) very closely to ensure we are taking the appropriate measures to protect our communities, residents, and staff, and are responding to developments as they occur. 

Viral transmission is similar to the flu via respiratory droplets and close contact with infected individuals.  After exposure, the symptoms of the illness include cough, fever and shortness of breath.  This lasts from 2-14 days after exposure.  The illness usually resolves on its own with supportive measures including rest, hydration and medicines to relieve cough and fever.  At this time, there are no indicated antiviral medications, and a vaccine is currently under development.  Seniors and immunocompromised individuals are at greater risk for complications.

At this stage, Brooke Grove Foundation is following the guidance from the Maryland Department of Health.  Residents admitted from local hospitals are screened at the hospital prior to discharge.  Additional medical and food supplies are being ordered and kept on hand, in the event that the spread of the virus affects delivery of goods.

The general strategies CDC recommends to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Long term or Post-Acute Care facilities are the same strategies we use every day to detect and prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses like influenza.

Efforts to prevent the introduction of the virus to the facility are as follows:

  • Visitation is prohibited at this time per the Maryland Department of Health.  For extenuating circumstances relating to visitation i.e. end of life care and extreme change in condition please call 301-223-7971 extension 3350.
  • Our sick leave policies ensure employees are able to stay home if they have symptoms of a respiratory infection.
  • Assess resident symptoms of respiratory infection prior to admission to the facility and follow the CDC recommendations for admission or quarantine.
  • Resident outings to the community for lunch and other off campus activities will cease temporarily.

Efforts to prevent the spread of the virus within the facility:

  • Monitor local and state public health sources to understand COVID-19 activity in the community.
  • Ongoing education for staff and residents of the need for diligence in hand washing.
  • Monitor residents and employees for fever or respiratory symptoms and direct accordingly.
  • Environmental services staff are taking extra measures to wipe down door handles, handrails, counter tops and other surfaces with anti-viral cleaning agents.
  • Restrict residents with fever or acute respiratory symptoms to their room.  If they must leave the room for medically necessary procedures, have them wear a facemask.
  • Masks, gowns, gloves and shoe covers are in short supply. Suppliers are rationing them in order to ensure that all facilities receive supplies. WRV is accepting its full rations to increase supplies on hand.
  • If cases of the COVID-19 develop within the facility, we will stop group activities, and control the movement of staff from unit to unit as much as possible.  We will also stop the use of volunteers temporarily.

The best way to prevent this or any respiratory illness is to avoid exposure to the virus. 

  • Avoid non-essential travel to affected communities and countries.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into your arm at the elbow or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Brooke Grove Foundation takes the health and wellness of our residents and staff as its highest priority.  We are closely monitoring developments in real time and will modify our response as required.  We will continue to communicate any further updates to you as necessary.  Updates will continue to be posted on this Web site.


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