COVID-19

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Visitation (3.25.2021)

On Wednesday, March 24th, members of the Peace Care Leadership Team participated in a NJ Department of Health webinar regarding Visitation in Long Term Care Facilities. Our team is in the process of reviewing the information and working on the required attestation and revising policies accordingly.

Compassionate Care and End of Life visits will continue according to the current guidelines. For more information and/or to schedule a visit with your loved one, please contact our Social Services Team:

Peace Care St. Ann’s – Silvia Velasquez, CSW, CDP ( 201.433.0950 x517 or svelasquez@peacecarenj.org) or Iva Kirzhner, MSW, LSW (201.433.0950 x568 or ikirzhner@peacecarenj.org)

Peace Care St. Joseph’s – Thanita Kennedy, LSW, CDP (201.653.8300 x2162 or tkennedy@peacecarenj.org) or Sophia Ashley, MSW (201.653.8300 x2164 or sashley@peacecarenj.org)

Peace Care St. Joseph’s is offering Garden Visits, as outdoor visitation is still the preferred method according to NJDOH. If you would like to schedule a future visit  email info@peacecarenj.org .

Virtual Visits are conducted every day at both homes. To schedule a video call at Peace Care St. Ann’s, Call Activity Director Ayana Wheatley, MT-BC at 201.433.0950 x539. To schedule a video call at Peace Care St. Joseph’s, email info@peacecarenj.org.

We are doing the best we can to accommodate all residents and their loved ones. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding.

COVID-19 Vaccine (1.25.2021)

The second COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics took place at both Peace Care St. Ann’s and Peace Care St. Joseph’s on Monday, January 25, 2021. This was a follow-up to the January 4th  COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics. For those staff and residents who received their first vaccine dose on January 25th, they will receive their second dose on Monday, February 15, 2021.

We are grateful that we were a part of the first group of New Jerseyans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as it is an important step in helping to combat COVID-19. Long-term care residents and staff are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19,therefore the more residents and staff that are vaccinated, the better we can protect our community against potential outbreaks and safe lives.

We will continue to follow CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask and other personal protective equipment, practicing proper hand hygiene, social distancing, and continued testing.

The federal government has contracted with CVS and Walgreens to distribute the vaccine to long-term care facilities via on-site clinics to vaccinate residents and staff. Peace Care St. Ann’s partnered with Walgreens and Peace Care St. Joseph’s partnered with CVS. Refer to the information below on specific information pertinent to each home.

General Information

Pfizer-BioNTech EUA Fact Sheet

CDC Vaccine Information

VaccinePhasesFactSheet

Vaccine Q&A

Peace Care St. Ann’s

In partnership with Walgreens, residents and staff at Peace Care St. Ann’s received the first of two COVID-19 vaccine doses on Monday, January 4, 2021, with the second dose administered on Monday. January 25, 2021. The third COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will take place on Monday, February 15, 2021. Walgreens personnel administered the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. We encourage you to read the EUA Fact Sheet to learn more about the vaccine.

Visit Walgreens to learn more about the process and what to expect with regard to the vaccine.

Peace Care St. Joseph’s

In partnership with CVS health, residents and staff at Peace Care St. Joseph’s received the first of two doses on Monday, January 4, 2021, with the second dose administered on Monday. January 25, 2021. The third COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will take place on Monday, February 15, 2021.

Visit CVS Health to learn more about the vaccine. on-site COVID-19 vaccine programs, consent information, and general FAQs. .

Outbreak Response Plan

Per the reopening guidance provided by the NJ Department of Health, Peace Care has prepared a Peace Care 2020 COVID 19 Outbreak Plan (10.19.2020). This is the first step toward progressing from Phase 0 to Phase 1 of our Reopening Plan. Please click on the above link to read the plan in its entirety. This document will be updated in the coming weeks and implementation will be announced on our website, via emails to all current families, and other methods. Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding, and support!

With the safety of our residents and staff as our top priority, Peace Care remains vigilant in protecting the vulnerable population that we serve. We continue to implement all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), and local government guidelines, recommendations, and protocols pertaining to COVID-19.

New Admissions

We are welcoming new admissions at both Peace Care St. Ann’s and Peace Care St. Joseph’s. All new admissions will spend 14 days in our Observation Unit before transferring to the appropriate unit.

Outpatient Rehab at Peace Care St. Ann’s 

Our Outpatient Rehab at Peace Care St. Ann’s is fully open and functional. Our interdisciplinary team provides physical, occupational, and speech therapies seven days a week. We also provide transportation service to patients within 10 miles of our location (198 Old Bergen Road in Jersey City). For more information or to schedule a tour please call 201.433.0950 extension 566.

COVID-19 Testing 

Residents, patients, and staff continue to be tested at least weekly. In some cases, we may choose to test more frequently. Any current resident that needs to leave Peace Care St. Ann’s or Peace Care St. Joseph’s for a medical appointment or procedure will be tested upon his/her return. Further, they will be monitored and placed under observation in the designated cluster for 14 days, and then transferred to their regular floor once cleared by the clinical team.

Observation and Isolation Clusters

We have created separate Observation and Isolation Clusters, each with their own designated and exclusive staff and equipment (med carts, meal deliveries, etc.). These separate and specific clusters are accessible via a special entryway. We are closely monitoring staff with daily screenings, including temperature checks. All staff is using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Below are a few ways you can assist Peace Care, our residents, and the community at large.

DONATE TO OUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND

Thank you to all who have answered our call for help. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc in our communities and around the world, our staff and our funds are being stretched like never before. If you are interested in providing assistance, please consider contributing to our Peace Care Emergency Response Fund. For more information, please visit our Become a Donor page or contact mmount@peacecarenj.org.

DONATE MEALS AND NON-PERISHABLE GOODS

To help our employees as they care for the most vulnerable population, we are asking you to donate meals or non-perishable goods (i.e., cereal, protein bars, and other nutritional snacks) and baby wipes for our employee pantry. We are so grateful for the countless meals that have been sent to us. The snacks go a very long way in sustaining our staff around the clock! If you are able to donate any of these items or have contacts with companies that may be able to help, please contact mmount@peacecarenj.org.

SHARE MORAL SUPPORT

Help us recognize and thank our #PeaceCareHeroes. Send us your photos, messages, and cards thanking our amazing employees to mmount@peacecarenj.org. We share them throughout the buildings, on our digital screens, and social media. Tag us on Facebook and use the hashtag #PeaceCareHeroes.

Thank you in advance for supporting Peace Care’s efforts to keep our residents, patients, staff, and community protected.

Be sure to check out our Facebook pages: Peace Care, Peace Care St. Ann’s, and Peace Care St. Joseph’s.

COMMUNICATIONS

We understand that communicating with your loved one is incredibly important and strongly encourage you to communicate with them via telephone, video chat, email, or social media. We have secured iPads for virtual visits with loved ones at both campuses via Google Hangout, Google Duo, and FaceTime. We are facilitating phone and video calls whenever possible. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and flexibility when we are unable to schedule a call due to staff attending to resident care.

Operational updates will continue to be provided on our website and via email. If you wish to be added to the distribution list, email mmount@peacecarenj.org.

As always, if there is a change in a resident’s condition, our nursing staff will notify the responsible party as soon as possible.

CARE PACKAGES

It is strongly recommended that you do not deliver any care packages or other items to either Peace Care facility. Any deliveries are subject to additional screening. If your loved one must have an item, it is recommended that you send it via the U.S. Postal mail.

If you are looking for a project to undertake while you are home, cards, letters, and notes—both physical and electronic—would be most appreciated by our staff and residents. Electronic communications may be sent to info@peacecarenj.org. Mailed items may be sent to:

  • Peace Care St. Ann’s | 198 Old Bergen Road | Jersey City, NJ 07305
  • Peace Care St. Joseph’s | 537 Pavonia Avenue | Jersey City, NJ 07306

ADULT MEDICAL DAY CARE

Peace Care St. Ann’s Adult Medical Day Care remains closed until further notice. Our amazing AMDC staff stays in daily contact with our clients by delivering meals and checking in on them via phone. Telehealth calls are conducted on an as-needed basis.

MEAL SERVICES

Meal service times may be adjusted to accommodate all of our residents.

LAUNDRY SERVICES

All personal laundry will be done by each respective Peace Care facility until further notice.

LEARN MORE

Visit the CDC and NJ Department of Health websites to learn more about COVID-19, symptoms, and prevention, and treatment.

Thank you for your cooperation and for supporting our efforts to keep the risk of viral infections low for all those entrusted to our care, and the many Peace Care team members who are committed to delivering quality care to them each and every day.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers.