COVID-19 Precautionary Information
As a premier healthcare provider in Pennsylvania and New York, United Methodist Homes continues to take a proactive approach to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. UMH has been diligently following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as our local and state departments of health following all precautions set forth to ensure that we’re adequately prepared and implementing measures to prevent its spread. We continue to take this seriously and remain dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our residents. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities we continue to follow all guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and state and local agencies. These guideline determine our ability to welcome visitors at any time.
Guidance continues to evolve in both states regarding requirements for reopening. which includes limited visitations. Each of our facilities has developed reopening and safety plans which can be found below in our COVID-19 Campus Communication Updates. Strict adherence to CDC guidelines on social distancing maintaining 6 feet between resident and visitor, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) – masks throughout the visits and screening for symptoms of COVID-19, including temperature checks will be conducted prior to permitting any visits. Our NY campuses continue to require proof of a negative COVID-19 test result based on community prevalence. No visitor with COVID-19 or under quarantine for exposure to COVID-19 will be permitted. Residents eligible for visits must also be free of COVID-19 and symptoms of COVID-19. Visitor guidelines and expectations are also posted below in our COVID-19 Campus Communication Updates.
The health, safety, and well-being of our residents and staff remain our number one priority. The senior population is most vulnerable to this virus, and it is our responsibility to ensure that they stay safe. We understand the importance of contact with family and friends; therefore, we continue to offer other forms of visitation during times when visitation is paused or the resident is not eligible for a visit. This may include virtual visits through FaceTime, Skype, or email. Compassionate Care and end of life visits continue to be permitted at all times. We have liaisons on every campus who will assist in keeping communications open and updating family members. Our activities and social services staff are also available in helping residents with connecting with families and friends.
Where our facilities have safely begun their reopening processes, some communal dining, and limited group activities are permitted in accordance with CMS and DOH guidance following all infection control measures recommended by the CDC including social distancing, use of personal protective equipment, and group size limitations.
For questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate Campus Infection Preventionist listed below, or Martha Wright, our VP Clinical Services at 607-201-5148.
- Wesley Village Campus: Debbie Wruble, RN Infection Preventionist – 570-655-2891 ext 5276
- Tunkhannock Campus: Debbie Wruble, RN Infection Preventionist – 570-655-2891 ext 5276
- Elizabeth Church Campus: Angelina Kovach, RN Infection Preventionist – 607-722-3463 ext 343
- Hilltop Campus: Suzanne Greene, RN Infection Preventionist – 607-798-1002 ext 318
- Corporate Office: Heather Morgan, Director of Clinical Development – 607-316-3911
All our campuses can assist both residents and staff with obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination. Please contact the appropriate Campus Infection Preventionist listed above for more information.
- CDC – Long-Term Care Residents and Loved Ones: Answering Common Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Announces Advisory Committee Meeting to Discuss COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Vaccine research and development
- New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Program
Irene Raeder Community Center at Brooks Estates
Due to a decrease in the COVID-19 positivity rate in the county, our exercise room and library will be reopening on March 22, 2021. However, the exercise room is available by appointment for resident use. The community center will reopen for activities on April 1, 2021.
Highlands Community Center
The Exercise Room at the Community Center is available for Individual/Same Household use and some activities.
It is of utmost importance to us that we not only educate our residents and staff but serve as a resource to our communities we serve. For more information, we will continue to update this page visit this webpage as our social media.
For resources related to coronavirus, we recommend the following sites:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Disease – www.cdc.gov.
- How to Protect Yourself – Tips from the CDC
- FDA Consumer Tips for Shopping
- DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nursing homes.
COVID-19 CAMPUS COMMUNICATION UPDATE
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