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Coronavirus Update 03.09.20

Dear Residents, Families and Employees of Aldersly,

We understand that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is on the top of everyone’s mind. The health, safety, and well-being of employees and residents is our priority. We are committed to setting the highest of standards across our Community when it comes to communication, transparency, preparation, and resident/employee care.

Given the continued presence of influenza and the spread of COVID-19, we have put additional precautionary measures into place regarding screening entry into our community and travel access restrictions until this health risk is resolved.

Effective immediately: We are asking that all visitors and guests sign in at the Front Office or at the desk in Assisted Living. We ask that visitors who are exhibiting the following symptoms stay away from the community. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or body aches, diarrhea or vomiting. If you must come to the community, wear a mask completely over your nose and mouth and limit your visit. If you or someone with whom you have had close contact travelled internationally, we ask that you refrain from coming to the community for at least 14 days.

Aldersly’s employee and resident policies will reflect these same changes. Should a resident exhibit these symptoms or travel internationally during this time, they will be self-quarantined, and no charges will be made for food and tray service. Just notify the front desk as soon as possible. Any employee who exhibits these symptoms or has traveled internationally will be placed on a paid sick leave until they are no longer symptomatic for 14 days after travel. I, myself, have been traveling internationally and will be self-quarantined for 14 days to ensure there is no possible spread of infection due to my recent travel. Residents and team members who plan to travel should evaluate their travel needs and consider making changes to such travel until the health risks improve.

Practicing good hygiene can help to limit the spread of viruses in our community. The virus may live on surfaces such as countertops and doorknobs, so as a safeguard, housekeeping employees will continue to clean highly trafficked areas. Our dining staff will also be providing hand sanitizer more frequently and continue the sanitizing of surfaces often touched. Other ways you can help reduce the spread of viruses include:

  • Make sure you wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash; if tissues aren’t available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people and maintain a social distance of 3 feet. We recommend elbow bumps instead of shaking hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick until you have been fever- free without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, especially doorknobs, walkers, canes and wheelchairs.

Please know that, as we do in all health-related cases, we are working closely together and receiving additional guidance from the LCS Risk Management teams, the Marin County Health Department, the California Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will provide you with updated information as the situation changes.

Your health and the health of all residents living in our community are a priority. I want to thank you in advance for adhering to these precautionary measures. Your support makes all the difference.

Sincerely,

Gilbert Carrasco

Executive Director