Dear Aldersly residents, family and team members,
As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, Aldersly has established precautionary measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and help keep residents and employees safe. We realize the upcoming weeks are traditionally a time of family gatherings and special events, yet the health and safety of our employees and residents remain our top priority.
States across the country continue to see a sharp rise in active COVID-19 cases and the cases in our state and county are no exception. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities are urging people to be cautious of the rise in COVID-19 cases and limit their in-person holiday gatherings. We also encourage our employees, residents and their families to follow these additional protocols provided for fall and winter celebrations:
• When possible, attend or host events outdoors instead of indoors.
• Limit the number of invited guests and avoid mixing members of multiple households.
• Follow social distancing guidelines using face masks when not eating.
Aldersly is discouraging residents from attending family gatherings at this time. I, myself, have canceled my travel plans as it is not safe to be with people outside of my household, including my other immediate family members. I would rather not see them in person this holiday season in the hopes of spending many more holidays with them in the future.
To make the holiday special, we are still moving forward with our plans for residents to dine together for lunch on Thanksgiving Day.
If Aldersly can remain COVID free prior to the day, our Aldersly residents will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving Day together. Independent Living residents will be able to dine in the Dining Room at signed up times. 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.
We realize these are challenging times and appreciate your consideration of these protocols to help keep our residents and their families safe and healthy.