At Savanna House, the safety and well-being of our residents and their families, as well as our employees and health partners, is our top priority.
My team and I are actively monitoring news relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking appropriate actions based on the recommendations of our local, state and federal health agencies.
We have communicated with our residents and their families regarding our community’s coronavirus precautions and will continue to be vigilant in our response so that we may mitigate any potential risk of an outbreak. We have also reviewed our emergency preparedness and response measures in the event of the virus impacting our community.
Here is a recap of the most recent precautionary steps taken by Savanna House:
- Taking temperatures of all staff members that report to work at the beginning of their shift and taking resident temperatures throughout the day.
- Purchasing hospital grade disinfectant that staff is routinely using throughout the community.
- Placing all planned entertainment and outings on hold.
- Requesting that family members avoid taking loved ones out of the community to avoid exposing them to the potential virus.
- Purchasing a few iPads to offer Facetiming with family members as a means of communication (more information to follow on a process later)
- Restricting visitors to health care professionals to prevent community-associated infection or communicable disease transmission to our residents and staff members.
Please note that there may be allowable exceptions to the family visitation guidelines during this situation. For example, if a resident is on hospice or the desire to celebrate a special occasion. Please contact me for details on how to arrange for visitation.
Unfortunately, this is an unprecedented scenario. Given the pace at which the coronavirus is spreading and the health risks to our resident population, we believe that it is important to exercise significant caution. We realize that the measures might come across as drastic and are very sensitive to the impact on the family members.
If you have a concern about your family member or would like to get updates on their wellbeing, please call and ask to speak to a medical technician. Please note that they may not be able to take your phone call right away, so a call back may be in order. You may also contact a nurse or myself if you need a faster response.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support as we manage this situation and protect our community. Additional updates will be shared as we receive new information from health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Dawn M. Grant-Blocker Executive Director