COVID-19 Updates

3/19/2021

 

COVID-19 Relaxation for Managing New Admissions/Re-admissions

and Return from Community Outings

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Infection Control Assessment and Promotions Program have provided facilities with revised guidance to Long Term Care facilities with regards to Relaxation for Managing New Admissions/Re-admissions and return from Community Outings.

 

With the relaxation of allowing a fully vaccinated Resident to participate in a Community Outing. Bethany Home still has the obligation, under Centers for Medicare Services (CMS), to plan and manage New Admissions/Re-admissions and return from Community Outings. The procedure will be has follows:

 

Procedure

  • Community Outings will begin March 29th, 2021. 

  • Schedule an outing 48 hours in advance by calling 308-832-1594 Monday-Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. ( Starting March 23rd, 2021)

  • Come to the Business Office entrance and a staff member will be there to greet and explain the process. (On weekends and holidays come to same entrance and call 308-832-1594 and a staff member will come greet you)

  • In the entryway is a hand sanitizer dispenser for visitors use to sanitize their hands 

  • A staff member will screen all visitors by taking a temperature and a risk assessment completed and family education document completed.

  • Return to facility by the Business Office entrance call 308-832-1594 to alert staff you have returned

  • Upon return to the facility Residents will be monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days 

  • After outing if you find out you have been exposed to COVID-19 up to 14 days prior to your visit please notify Bethany Home Administrator or Director of Nursing Services

  • Resident/Family education:

    • Residents are encouraged to avoid high risk situations has much as possible. High risk situations include but are not limited to:

      • Meeting unvaccinated individuals

      • Joining large gatherings (e.g. going to a game)

      • Mask-less exposures in a community/public (e.g. dining in restaurants, stores during peak hours)

      • Attending crowed gatherings (as maintaining physical social distancing will be challenging in that scenario)

      • Safe infection prevention and control measures are followed

        • Masking

        • Hand hygiene (washing and using hand sanitizer frequently)

        • Physical distancing is encouraged

  • ​​​Outing will continue providing Bethany Home is not in a COVID-19 outbreak situation, which means facility has not had any Staff or Residents test positive or had any exposure to COVID-19. 

 

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2/18/2021

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations and re-opening for Resident/Family visits

Bethany Home offered Residents and Staff 3 opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccination the 1st was on 1/02/2021, 2nd 1/23/2021 and the third and final opportunity to receive the vaccination series at Bethany Home was 2/12/2021. 96% of our Residents and 65% of our Staff received the 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

The good news is that our county positivity rate, per Centers of Medicaid Services, is not in the red any longer, Bethany Home is not in an outbreak situation at the moment, meaning we have no Residents or Staff that have tested positive for COVID. And on 2/26/2021 it will be 2 weeks since the last round of the vaccinations where given to Residents and Staff, therefore we will be able to re-open Resident/Family visits again.

1. Visitation schedule, hours, and location

          a. Start date of: 3/2/2021- You may start calling to schedule appointments on 2/22/2021 @ 8:30 AM

          b. Days of week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

          c. Hours: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Assisted Living) 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (Health Care)

          d. Locations: Resident’s Rooms

2. Number of visitors and visits (Bethany Home due to a limited number of staff members to schedule, escort and disinfect areas after each visit will limit Residents to the following):

          a. Number of visitors per Resident visit: 2

          b. Number of Resident visits per week: 1

          c. Number of Residents slots per day is 5 on Assisted Living and 5 on Health Care

Time limit of each scheduled visit: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Assisted Living) 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (Health Care)

Procedure

  • Scheduled visits must be made in advanced by calling 308-832-1594 Monday- Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

  • Visitors will come to the Business Office entrance and a staff member will be there to greet and explain the process.

  • In the entryway is a hand sanitizer dispenser for visitors use to sanitize their hands.

  • Staff will provide a mask for visitor if the visitor does not have one.

  • A staff member will screen all visitors by taking their temperature and asking a series of questions.

  • Visitors will be escorted to a designated area (current designated area is Resident rooms) (Please adhere to the following infection control practices)

    • a. Use folding chairs available in the Resident’s room (we will sanitize them and remove them from Resident’s room after visit is complete.)

    • b. Remember we have to still social distance, 6 feet from Resident, while in Resident’s room. (No Hugging)

    • c. Continue to wear mask throughout your entire visit.

  • After Resident and Visitor is through visiting or allotted time is up the visitor will exit back to the entrance by the Business Office.

    • a. Use the nearest hand sanitizer dispensers, found in hallways, after leaving Resident’s room.

    • b. Remain masked until after exiting the facility

    • c. Do not stop to visit with other Residents or staff in hallway on your way to the exit by the Business Office.

  • After each visit the area will be sanitized by a staff member. (Door handles, folding chair etc.)

After visiting Bethany Home if you find out you have been exposed to COVID up to 14 days prior to your visit please notify Bethany Home Administrator or Director of Nursing Services.

 

Currently Bethany Home is COVID-19 free in Residents and Staff.

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12/23/2020

Just an update as to where Bethany Home is at with regards to receiving COVID-19 vaccinations:

  1. Walgreens Pharmacy will be providing and administering Bethany Homes COVID-19 Vaccinations, they will be coming to the facility and will conduct 3 different vaccination clinics on 3 different days. The 1st clinic Walgreens will be at Bethany Home for is January 2nd, 2021. I think this will be a good start to the New Year! Let’s hope anyway.

  2. Vaccination consent forms are in the process of being signed by our Residents OR by Resident representatives.

  3. Staff that consent to receiving vaccinations will be getting them at the same time Bethany Home Residents will be receiving their vaccinations.

  4. With regards to restrictions facilities are still under the same restrictions they have been and we will update as they change during the vaccination process!

 

Currently to date Bethany Home has had 1 Resident and approximately 10 staff with COVID-19.

 

To all our Residents, Families, staff and Friends of Bethany Home we hope everyone has a safe, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

Thank you all for patience and understanding during the last several months hopefully we are seeing a dim light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel.

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9/22/2020

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have revised Long Term Care visitation guidance to facilities which relaxes outdoor and indoor visitation between Residents and Family members. Currently indoor visitations are prohibited by CMS due to Kearney County’s COVID positivity rate is higher than 10%. Once the positivity rate is below 10% CMS will allow facility to provide indoor visitation once again, but does allow outdoor visitation while the COVID positivity rate is greater than 10%.


The guidance continues to discuss the need for safe infection control practices such has limiting the number of visitors in the facility at one time, screening visitors upon entrance to the facility, maintaining social distancing and infection control practices.


Beginning September 28th, 2020 Bethany Home will begin outdoor visitations by appointment. Residents and Family members may begin calling to set up appointments on September 25th, 2020 between the hours of 8:30AM and 4:30PM. Bethany Home phone number: (308) 832-1594.


Thank you for your patience during this time, Bethany Home is following the allowed guidance from Federal and State Licensing agencies that have been issued to keep your loved ones safe.

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9/10/2020

National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 13th!


While as of today we still can't have in-person visitors we highly encourage you to do window visits or visit at the glass doors at Bethany Home with your loved ones!! We also still have tablets available for video calls. Please schedule a time with our Activities Department to visit your loved ones!💕 Email Karma at: karma.sinsel@bethany-home.org OR call Bethany Home and ask for the Activities Department (308) 832-1594.


Due to Two Rivers Health Department recently reporting steady new cases of COVID-19 in Kearney County we still are unable to allow in-person visits. When new cases in Kearney County continue to decrease Bethany Home will then be able to re-open in-person visits. As with everyone, we hope this is soon, thank you to all for your continued understanding and support. While there are no in-person visits we have continued to offer safe activities for residents every day. This next week is National Assisted Living Week, we are planning some fun days for residents to participate in!

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9/3/2020

Congrats and THANK YOU to all of Bethany Home's amazing staff members for doing great in the two recent surveys:

Infection Control Survey - This is an extra survey that the Department of Health and Human Services is performing at Facilities to ensure Facilities are taking infection control precautions for COVID-19. Bethany Home was deficiency-free for this survey!!

Annual Survey - This is an annual survey also conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services at Facilities to ensure Regulations set forth by CMS are adhered to. These surveys are Resident Centered and the surveyors conduct quite a few Resident interviews, record reviews, and complete observations of care. Bethany Home only had two deficiencies in this survey, neither of them related to Resident care. This is considered to be really good on this type of survey!!

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7/8/2020

Two Rivers Health Department has approved Bethany Home to enter into our Phase II of restrictions, which does not look any different with regards to Resident dining and group activities and visitations. Next week we will call Two Rivers Health Department and try to get us approved to go into Phase III of restrictions which will allow scheduled visits in designated areas of the facility. Residents and visitors will still have to adhere to social distancing and wear facemasks once we reach this point.

When Bethany Home is allowed to let Residents have visitors we will send a memo out with visitation guidelines and a start date to Bethany Home Residents and each Resident's 1st contact person listed and we will also post them on our Facebook page and website.

Bethany Home also had our Infections Control Survey completed by the Department of Health and Human Services of Nebraska and they cited no deficiencies after observing Staff, Residents, and reviewing facility documentation.

I know this all might seem extreme however we do appreciate all of your patience and support. So far all of the precautions have worked in keeping our Staff and Residents safe.

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7/3/2020

Here is an update for our family and friends of Bethany Home. We know you have all been patiently waiting for some new information.

We are 100% COVID NEGATIVE as all of our staff and residents' test results have now returned.

Our next step is to be in contact with our health department to move forward to Phase 2. This phase won't look much different than the current restrictions, however, Phase 3 will follow and this is where we can begin relaxing restrictions a bit further.

We continue to encourage "through glass" window visits, phone calls, Ipad visits, etc. Please call in advance to set up a time with the Activity Department so they can get you scheduled in. We love to see everyone......even through the windows!

Thank you again for your patience and continued support!

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6/25/2020

As of 6/25/20 Bethany Home has 0 Staff and 0 Residents with positive COVID-19.


Bethany Home has a Phasing plan written. Our facility currently has just conducted testing of all Staff and is waiting for results. If all Staff return negative results then we do not need to test Residents, but if 1 Staff member has a positive result then we are required to test all Residents. All of this must be completed before moving to Phase III (see below).


Bethany Home is currently in Phase I and our staff is working diligently to get our facility to Phase II then on to Phase III. Once we are in Phase III, we will then be allowed limited visitors. This would allow Residents and their visitors to be in the same area with social distancing and other precautions in place.
 

Thank you all for your continued patience, understanding and support.

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6/8/2020

  1. Bethany Home is following CDC and CMS guidelines with regards to visitation, communal dining, and group activities. At this time these are still not allowed under the guidance and recommendations from the CDC and CMS.

  2. Bethany Home is working with the Two Rivers Health Department to obtain COVID-19 tests to administer to our Employees and Residents. This will need to be completed before any loosening of restrictions begins.

  3. A facility plan of slowly loosening restrictions for Bethany Home will be sent to the State of Nebraska for approval. Currently the facility is anticipating and waiting for guidance from the State as to what the plan must entail.

 

Currently Bethany Home is COVID-19 free in Residents and Staff.
 

Thank you all for patience and understanding during the last several months hopefully we are seeing a dim light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel.

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