COVID-19 Updates

07-02-2020:

As we continue to navigate life through the Covid-19 pandemic we have been taking a deeper look at our air filtration in the building. Starting with the Health Care Center we have installed the iWave air purifying units to help stop the droplet spread of Covid-19.  We are now looking at the systems at Brookwood Place, Belmont Tower, and the Bradford House to do the same thing. You can read more about this technology here.

 

06-29-2020:

Governor DeWine announced today that on July 20th, Nursing Homes and Health Care Facilities will be able to start outdoor visits between family members and residents. Brethren Care Village is currently reviewing the orders and establishing guidelines that will be put into place, once completed, all families will be notified. Full press release available here.

 

06-19-2020:

On May 26, 2020, Governor DeWine discussed the new congregate care unified response teams: “All staff in all Ohio nursing facilities will be tested to help nursing home administrators gauge the status of the virus in their facilities and help isolate the virus to stop it from infecting their community.” As of June 19, 2020, Brethren Care Village has not yet been contacted to start the testing process for staff.  When we are notified about testing, we will inform both family members and residents. In the event there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Brethren Care Village, all residents and family members will be notified.

 

06-15-2020:

Brethren Care Village Assisted Living will permit outdoor visitations per ODH and CDC guidelines, effective June 8, 2020. The following policy and guidelines have been established to ensure the health safety of the residents, visitors, and staff. Visitation procedures are subject to change. Just-in-time modifications to this policy will be made as needed based upon the most current recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health. Modifications will be communicated with residents, visitors, and staff.

Click below to read a letter from the Director of Housing, and to view our policy and procedures for outdoor visitations:
Letter from the Director of Housing
Policy and Procedures for Outdoor Visitations

 

06-12-2020:

To date, Brethren Care Village has not had a Covid-19 case. We continue to follow all CDC and Government guidelines set in place. In the past week Governor DeWine opened up Assisted Livings to outdoor visits, he has still not opened up Nursing Homes and Health Care Centers to visitors. We will keep you informed as these guidelines change. You can read the most recent press release by clicking here. We thank you for your continued support during this difficult pandemic. Many blessings.

 

06-05-2020: Letter from the President/CEO

We are blessed to be COVID 19 Virus-free thus far.  While our Health Care Center (Nursing Home) will have the National Guard assist in the testing of all Residents and staff (most likely in the month of June), we are also optimistic that God is on our side and he knows what is best for all of us and will keep his hands on us as we travel together down this path; whatever the future holds.  Some good news for our two Assisted Living homes (Brookwood Place, Belmont Tower, and Bradford House); they are allowed to have visitation, outside, for our families and loved ones to visit.  We have set up tents for some shelter and chairs/benches for seating and are excited for this next step.  Hours of Visitation are: 10am-6pm Monday through Sunday, by scheduled appointment.

Please make sure you are helping us support the guidance on social/physical distancing and help us support all of the safety needs for our residents, families and staff.  If we can assist or if you have some ideas/suggestions for making this process better, please share; we are open to helping you and everyone have a great experience while visiting.  Blessings, Troy

Update: 06-3-2020: ODA Releases Visitation Guidance
On an all-provider call today, Director of Aging Ursel McElroy shared visitation guidelines for assisted living and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ICF-IDD), which could be used for facilities planning to allow visitation beginning June 8, for Assisted Living and Congregate Care Settings only at this time. The one-page document outlines both mandatory requirements, as well as those practices that are recommended as best practices, and allows facilities the flexibility to develop their own practices and approaches to allowing visitation.

All family members will receive communication addressing upcoming guidelines Brethren Care Village will put into place, once finalized. We’ll update this page with the guidelines as well.

Update: 05-28-2020:

Governor DeWine announced a plan to lift restrictions on visitation at assisted living homes in Ohio.

Beginning on June 8, 2020, properly prepared assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities can begin to allow outdoor visitation.

The lifted restrictions do not yet apply to nursing homes. Read the full press release here.

 

Update: 05-26-2020:

Today the Governor announced the formation of new Congregate Care Unified Response Teams to test residents and staff members in Ohio’s nursing homes, read all details here.

 

Our Wellness and Community Center is now open to our members, we are following all mandatory guidelines from the Governor’s office and the local health department. Click here to view all guidelines.

We’re also excited to announce that The Greens Bistro and Pub is now open for indoor dining and outdoor dining on our patio. See our hours and new summer menu here.

 

Update: 05-20-2020:

Yesterday the Governor changed the Stay Safe Ohio Order to an Ohioans protecting Ohioans order. This order allows for some restrictions to be lifted and/or changed. However, this order does not change the visitation order for Nursing Homes or Long Term Care facilities. At this time visitation is still restricted. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services has given guidance to the State and Local officials to begin the planning phases of reopening Nursing/Assisted Living facilities. As the reopening process is released it will be posted on this website. We do know that when we do allow visitation again that all visitors will be required to wear a cloth or health grade mask for the entirety of your visit. Please know that we are working diligently to keep your loved one safe.

 

Update: 05-18-2020:

Please stay tuned to Responsible Restart Ohio and Opening Up America Again to read more on how we will keep pressing on to better days, and what your part is in the bigger picture.

 

Update: 05-15-2020:

GYMS, FITNESS CENTERS: MAY 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, gyms and fitness centers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s Gyms Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for gyms and fitness centers to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

PUBLIC/CLUB POOLS: MAY 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, public pools and club pools that are regulated by local health departments in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.

To ensure that these pools operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s Outdoor Recreation Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for these facilities to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov. 

This does not apply to water parks or amusement parks. Safety protocols for these venues are in development.

 

Update: 05-13-2020:

OLDER ADULTS – STAYING CONNECTED:

To help ensure that older Ohioans stay connected while staying at home, Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy announced a new service today that will provide a daily check-in by phone for Ohioans age 60 or older.

The Staying Connected program will call older adults who sign up for the service during a predetermined window of time. When participants answer the phone, they will be asked to respond via touch-tone to confirm that they are OK or to access live support.

If no one answers after three attempts, a call is then made to an alternate contact (if provided) or to non-emergency services. The service can be canceled at any time.

“Especially during this very challenging time, we encourage older Ohioans to sign up for the Ohio Department of Aging’s Staying Connected phone program. This program will help reduce isolation and support the health and well-being of older adults in our state,” said Robert Cornwell, Executive Director, Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association.

Eligible Ohioans can sign up at aging.ohio.gov or by calling 1-800-266-4346. Staying Connected is not an emergency response service, and participants should always use 911 or their emergency response system if they are injured or in need of emergency assistance.

CURRENT OHIO DATA: 

There are 25,250 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 1,436 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 4,539 people have been hospitalized, including 1,232 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

 

 

05-08-2020: Letter from the President/CEO

While we continue to be COVID-19 free of this terrible virus on campus, I write this message with a heavy heart. Mother’s Day is upon us and while I miss my mom, she passed a few years back, so many of you have the sincere interest to hug and see your mom (and Dad) and that special person close up this weekend; but, unfortunately for the safety of our beloved residents and staff we cannot allow this at this time.

The President of the United States has established the Opening up America Again,” initiative. As part of the initiative, Senior Living communities, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living fall under his “Phase 3” step; which, unfortunately, is the last step in the re-opening of America. I prefer the term Recovery. Our organization is governed by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS), which has Federal Authority over us; until which time they move Senior Living, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living out of the Phase 3 re-opening, we must adhere to the governance we are under; a visitation restriction still has to be upheld.

We are charged with trying to safeguard and protect the seniors in our community, and although we are both anxious and excited for the recovery to occur, we must not rush this with our population (given the terrible stories we are hearing across the nation); vulnerable individuals (the presidents words not mine) are to still shelter -in-place. We encourage you to visit outside a window on the first floor, phone call, Facetime and we would be honored to deliver gifts/flowers to your Mom or special person.  I just ask that you help me maintain the vigilance we have worked so hard to uphold; we are almost there.  May God bless you and keep you safe. – Troy Snyder, President/CEO

 

Update: 05-05-2020:

We are blessed to not have any resident or staff COVID-19 cases.

 

Update: 05-04-2020:

The Governor and the Director of Health provided updated testing Guidance. Click here to view.

 

Update: 05-01-2020:

We are blessed to continue to be COVID-19 virus free. As the Governor prepares to slowly open up the state for business and allow all of us to, “Stay Safe Ohio”, we will probably be one of the last businesses to fully open for our families and loved ones. That said, please know that we are continuing to love and cherish these times with your family…because they have become our family too. There will most likely be many changes between now and the expiration of the new state order on May 29, 2020. If there is anything we can do to help you and your family member/loved one during these transitions, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your trust and patience during these challenging times. Below is a list of steps and areas that we are taking to help mitigate the risk of COVID19 exposure. May God continue to bless you and your family, be safe.  – Troy Snyder, President/CEO

Mitigating Steps:
-Reduced/eliminated visitation and/or community exposure
-Isolated staff to same work areas/zones
-Isolated residents with like symptoms (whether confirmed or suspected)
-Social distancing impressed
-Education for both staff and residents
-Enhanced cleaning/disinfection
-Enhanced infection control policies
-Wellness initiatives established

 

Update: 4-30-20: Governor Announces PPE Shipments

Governor DeWine officially announced PPE shipments yesterday, noting that the state of Ohio has shipped 4.1 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local emergency management agencies (EMA) across Ohio. The shipment includes: 500,000 N95 masks, 850,000 face shields, 750,000 surgical-type masks, and 2 million non-medical gloves.

Long-term care providers in many cases are still struggling to stock certain types of PPE. Members should continue to reach out to their local EMAs to report needs.

 

Update: 4-28-20:

We continue to be blessed with NO positive cases of COVID 19 at Brethren Care Village. While we have had some symptoms of residents and staff, no one has tested positive.  Governor DeWine has issued a few new orders relative to restarting some business sectors; unfortunately, Senior Living is not one of those; including our Wellness Center Fitness gym and swimming pool.  We will keep you apprised of the changes with Brethren Care Village as soon as we know more.  Please be reminded that even when we are “open” for visitors and guests, our approach to continue to ensure the safety of our residents will look a bit different; you may be asked to wear a mask, check-in at the front desk while answering a few questions, even take your temperature.  While we know that this will be new and even frustrating at certain times of the day, please be patient, we are trying to ensure the health and safety of your loved ones and all the residents of the campus.  Read the full Responsible Restart Ohio Plan

Blessings, Troy Snyder, President/CEO

Update: 4-21-20:

Statement from Troy Snyder, President and CEO. Read full statement by clicking here.

Update: 4-20-20:

Director’s Order to Facilities to Notify Residents, Guardians and Sponsor of Positive or Probable Cases of COVID-19.

See full Director’s Orders here.

 

Update: 4-17-20

RECOVERY PHASE UPDATE:  Governor DeWine reiterated today that Ohio’s recovery phase will be not start and end overnight.  “We must continue to assume that everyone has this disease because it is not going away until we have a vaccine,” said Governor DeWine. “As we gradually, carefully, and responsibly start to reopen Ohio, it will be important that we all continue to work together to protect each other.”  As Ohio begins to reopen, Governor DeWine stressed the need to balance: Compliance with public health measures; Implementation of safeguards in business; and Protections for the most vulnerable Ohioans.

Update: 4-14-20

Today Gov. DeWine announced an order compelling nursing home and long-term care facilities to notify families and caregivers of all residents when an employee or resident tests positive for COVID-19. This notification must be completed within 24 hours.Additionally, the state will begin releasing the names and addresses of all long-term care facilities and nursing homes that have a minimum of one resident or employee case of COVID-19 on their website: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/long-term-care-facilities

Update: 4-5-20

As of March 13th, Governor DeWine has restricted all visitors to senior care centers except essential employees. No visitors will be allowed at this time. Please be assured that we are following all CMS and CDS guidelines and that the needs of your loved ones are being met. We encourage you to call to speak to your loved ones, mail letters and cards, or visit outside their windows (which must remain closed). On April 1st, Governor Dewine highly recommended that all nursing homes have their staff masked at all times while working, and we have complied. All staff are currently wearing masks while at work. At this time, we do not have any positive cases of COVID-19. We are taking precautions and new admissions to campus are put in isolation for 14 days to be observed for signs and symptoms. Be assured that you will be alerted if we have a positive case on our campus. Please continue to reach out with any further questions or concerns. This page will be updated on a continuous basis.

Update: 3-17-20

As of Monday, March 16th, 2020 the Ohio Governor has closed all gyms and pools. The Wellness Community Center will be CLOSED until the Governor reopens businesses.

All classes and events have been canceled until further notice, including yoga, water aerobics, and Zumba. The Greens Bistro is OPEN for carryout and delivery, offering fresh meal options! Call: 419-496-0502 for orders. COVID-19 is a serious concern for all of us, and we’re dedicated to protecting both our residents and the wider community.

COVID-19 Information

What should I know about COVID-19?

  • Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person like the flu. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
  • Symptoms include mild to severe respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • The virus spreads person-to-person like the flu.

 

What can I do to protect myself and my loved ones?

  • Review the CDC Household Checklist to confirm you have necessary preparations in place.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Maintain social distancing of six feet from others as much as possible.
  • Don’t go anywhere when you feel ill. Stay home and rest.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If tissue is not available, use the bend of elbow to cough or sneeze into.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, the CDC recommends the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol.
  • Avoid traveling to places with widespread or sustained community transmission of COVID-19. A good place for reliable travel information can be found on the CDC Travel Page .
  • More information about this virus can be found on the CDC Website

 

Click to view the Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidance.