Dear Aldersly family,
Last week we saw an unprecedented number of people expressing their right to vote. I am proud that so many Americans used their fundamental right to be heard. Our residents were just as diligent in expressing their rights and sent in their votes early in the process. As the election results were reported, one can’t help but notice that over 150 million voters are divided over the issues facing our nation. However, one thing is clear; we will have to work together and compromise to get through these tough times.
We are going into nine months since the pandemic closed the Aldersly campus. I understood early on that it was going to take a lot to re-open our community, but I never imagined it to take this long. I’m sure many of you felt the same way. Our Aldersly campus has been exposed to the virus and yet we have been able to maintain and prevent any other person from contracting COVID-19 at our community. We have demonstrated how effectively we can manage the risks of the virus as well as provide opportunities for people to visit and communicate while under the shelter in place mandates.
The Aldersly team was so excited to move into phase 2 of our reopening process. In order to continue the success of our reopening, we will need all the support of our residents and families to cooperate in the guidelines we have established.
We understand the need for connection and family type gatherings during the upcoming holiday season. However, there are still significant risks of gathering with other households. Therefore, we are going to observe the following steps for the Thanksgiving holiday:
If Aldersly is able to remain COVID free through the month of November, our Aldersly residents will be able to enjoy their first meal together this Thanksgiving Day. We are scheduling our Thanksgiving meal for our Independent Living residents at 11:00am and 12:30pm in the Dining Room. Our Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing residents will also share a similar meal in small groups in their dining areas. We are not allowing guests on the Aldersly campus on Thanksgiving.
Residents in Independent Living may go out with their family or friends during the holiday as long as they sign out and sign back in upon their return. If you have been out, please do not interact with other residents or staff in common areas until you are tested. We will be reducing our in-person activities in Independent Living during the following week and testing all Independent Living residents on December 4th.
Because our residents have remained safe and COVID free, most of our residents in Assisted Living and the Health Center are not familiar with the virus transmission and therefore are often forgetting their face masks, removing them or wearing them incorrectly. Despite the residents’ non-compliance with guidelines, but to improve in-house activities, we will continue to limit family and guest visitation to the designated areas. Residents in these high-risk areas (Assisted Living & Health Center) who are taken out for the holiday can leave but will be placed on a 14-day quarantine upon return to the community.
If you are planning in-person holiday gatherings with people outside of your household, consider asking all guests to strictly avoid contact with people outside of their households for 14 days before the gathering. This will help reduce the risk of exposure.
Aldersly is a place chosen by residents and their family and friends because of our beautiful grounds, comfy atmosphere and cozy friendships. It is hard to experience those attributes during this pandemic, but the staff continue to find ways to delight our residents and make them feel special. We are going out of our way to make sure this holiday season is full of warmth, love and cheer in a time when family and friends cannot be close. We ask for your support and understanding so we can get through this together and share many more holiday seasons together, post COVID-19.