An Update for Family and Friends of Alpine Nursing Home
May 4, 2020
Dear family and friends of Alpine Nursing Home:
I hope this finds you well and brings to you some peace of mind as we continue to endure this pandemic. We have been battling COVID-19 in Rhode Island for weeks and we continue to take action to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 at our facility.
Through the hard work and dedication of the staff and residents, I am happy to say that we continue to be free of COVID-19. We just received updated results showing all staff as well residents are currently free of Covid.
We continue to put the below measures in place at Alpine to protect your loved one(s), our staff and our community:
- We continue to restrict visitors with exceptions only to immediate end of life care, physicians, and diagnostic clinicians. These visits will decrease to only urgent, necessary visits or telemedicine visits (phone or video).
- All individuals are screened (cough, congestion, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, if they came in contact with someone with Covid-19, If they traveled Domestically or Internationally with the last 14 days, or if they went on a cruise within the last 14 days, in accordance to state and federal guidelines prior to entering the resident areas.
- All residents continue to be screened twice a day including temperature and respiratory assessment by licensed staff
- All future and return admissions will be monitored multiple times a day for 14 days and will be quarantined to their room during this time in the designated Quarantined areas.
- Activities continue to be one to one room visits and outdoor recreation with staff in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines while still providing healthy socialization and mental activity. We continue with our zoom virtual activity group for those who want to participate.
- We continue to disinfect all of the facility including high touch areas such as doorknobs, bed side tables, light switches, hand rails, sinks and bathrooms frequently day and night.
- We currently have adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment (gloves, masks (surgical and N95), gowns, face shields). We are conserving our gowns and N95 masks for when we truly need them. We continue to work with our vendors and state to secure this equipment.
- We continue to work closely with local, state and federal agencies for the most up-to-date health advisory information and guidance. Each day is a new day with new guidance and new adjustments.
- We continue to practice social distancing and proper hand hygiene. The management staff will be performing spot checks to ensure compliance.
We continue to ask for your understanding with delivery of packages (food, clothes, mail, floral arrangements) to your loved one.
If you drop an item off for your loved one it will continue to be monitored and delivered to them within 24-48 hours to ensure that if there is a possibility of the virus to adhere to the package that it gives it time to die on the package before being delivered to your loved one.
We also spray any incoming items to the facility with either alcohol mists or a disinfectant cleaning product depending on the item received.
Mother’s Day will undoubtedly be a difficult day for all of us knowing that you will not be able to visit or take your loved one out. We would ask you to please plan ahead. If you are planning on sending a gift of any sort, please make sure it arrives early enough so that we can hold it for a minimum of 24 hours before delivery to your loved one.
We recognize the emotional toll that this event is causing not only you, but your loved one(s). Please know that we will do everything we can to keep your loved one happy and safe during this time. We continue to offer Facetime or zoom meetings and other creative options for you to connect with your loved one. Please contact the Activity Director Celeste to schedule this option.
I will continue to provide updates to you via mail, Facebook or our website blog posts. If you are not following us on Facebook, we would love for you to follow us to see some of the activities that we continue to provide.
We appreciate your notes of kindness, your contributions to our wellbeing and the prayers that we know you are saying on our behalf. We are thankful to be able to serve such a generous and open-hearted community and we will continue to do everything in our power to keep all of our Alpine family safe.
My deepest and best regards,
Kyle R. Gauvin-LNHA
Alpine Nursing Home