At Oakmont Gardens, the care and health of those we serve, and our team members is always our highest priority. We are taking aggressive prevention and preparedness steps related to coronavirus/COVID-19.
We know that this disease most dramatically impacts older adults - the people that we serve. The risk increases at age 60, with the highest incidence of risk at age 80 and above. We are actively following our infection control protocols and the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and our local and state health agencies.
Over the last several months, we successfully completed a safe and efficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and employees in partnership with local and state health authorities. As new information develops, we will continue coordinating with our pharmacy partner and local and state health authorities to provide additional information or updates directly to residents and employees. Oakmont Gardens will work with residents and employees with compromised immune systems who qualify and want to receive a COVID-19 booster shot as recommended by the CDC.
On July 30, 2021, Oakmont Gardens announced a requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 16, 2021, in accordance with the policy of management company Life Care Services, An LCS Company. Protecting the health and safety of our residents and employees remains our top priority, and we are requiring employee COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure we stay true to that focus. As new highly transmissible COVID-19 variants persist, we believe the COVID-19 vaccination is essential to protecting our residents and employees.
We continue to be steadfast in taking every precaution to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19. Employees continue to wear masks and undergo screenings at the start of each shift. LCS's newest signature experience, EverSafe 360°, also demonstrates our passionate commitment to providing an industry-leading experience focused on enhancing the well-being, security, and safety of residents and employees.
- We have established a dedicated internal team of interdisciplinary experts, including some with many years of experience in emergency management and response, as well as clinicians and other health care professionals.
- We are connecting with our local and state health agencies on a regular basis.
- Those who do enter, including all team members, will be screened to inquire whether they have any respiratory problems, have traveled to impacted areas in the last 14 days or have had possible exposure to COVID-19. They will not be allowed to enter if they answer yes to any of these questions.
- We continue our focus on infection control and prevention, following the guidelines from the CDC.
- We continue to actively monitor and report respiratory illnesses across our organization.
- We have posted signs throughout our communities on infection control.
- We are regularly sharing updated information on COVID-19 with our residents and others in the communities that we serve.
- We have emergency operations plan in place should we need to implement it.
For the safety of those we serve, we are carefully following the guidelines provided by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.). At this time, we are allowing visitors. However, we are actively monitoring positivity rates and will adjust protocols as the situation changes to ensure our residents are able to stay safe and well.
We are committed to communicating any incidence of the virus in our communities. We will coordinate with our state departments of health, take care of the individual, and notify our residents, their families, our volunteers, and our team members.
At this time, we have the appropriate supplies to care for those we serve, and we have strategies in place should this become an issue of concern. We have the experience of knowing how to designate a dedicated group of caregivers to care for those who are ill - ensuring both adequate protective wear and consistency of care for the comfort of those we're serving.
Your loved ones are the reason we are here - we're dedicated to caring for them to the very best of our abilities. We're actively following and implementing the newest guidelines from the CDC and implementing the knowledge we've gained from managing other infectious illnesses. We will follow all recommended protocols for infection prevention and control.
Remember to practice good self-care at this time. It's important that you stay healthy so that you can support your loved one. Stay home if you're not well and contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms such as a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Practice social distancing, "elbow bump" instead of shaking hands, wash your hands frequently and cover your cough. And please stay in touch with your loved one - we are here to help everyone stay connected during trying times.
We encourage you to refer to these trusted resources for the most recent official updates on COVID-19 and contact our Executive Director with any additional questions.