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.
Per the guidance provided by the NJ Department of Health, Peace Care St. Ann’s and Peace Care St. Joseph’s have prepared Outbreak Response Plans:
COVID-19 Weekly Status Update
Monday, May 4, 2022
Peace Care’s current results for residents and patients in our care settings with a facility-onset COVID-19-positive diagnosis are available below. All positive residents/patients in long-term care are being safely cared for in a cohort in compliance with CDC and NJDOH guidelines.
Peace Care St. Ann’s has no positive residents/patients not staff.
Peace Care St. Joseph’s is COVID-19 free.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the communal nature of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and the population served (generally older adults often with underlying medical conditions), put those living in and entering nursing homes at increased risk of infection and severe illness from COVID-19.
- Recommended visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- All residents/patients (regardless of vaccination status) are allowed visitors.
- If an outbreak investigation is initiated and/or any resident/patient is placed on transmission-based precaution (TBP) or quarantine, we will notify visitors about the increased risk of exposure and precautions necessary in order to visit.
- We recommend no more than two visitors per visit at this time.
- We ask that visitors be respectful and considerate to social-distancing requirements in public areas. Visitors may be asked to move their public visiting location to maintain proper social-distancing.
- Peace Care will honor each resident/patient’s right to have and choose visitors and to make preferences. Our Social Services teams meet with each resident/patient to determine who the resident/patient wishes to visit with in-person. During these meetings, the Social Services teams explain to the resident/patient how visitation will work and what the resident/patient can expect.
- This visitation policy is provided to residents, patients, visitors, staff and others, as needed in writing, via the Administrator’s Updates. The policy is also available in writing at the Front Desk of each facility, on our website at PeaceCareNJ.org, and at any time upon request.
- Visitors are informed about the risks and dangers associated with COVID-19 before each visit. All visitors and residents/patients are required to sign an informed consent form acknowledging they have received and agree to follow the guidelines.
- Visitors are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated prior to visiting Peace Care Ann’s and Peace Care St. Joseph’s.
- Visitors must arrive through the front entrance (Peace Care St. Ann’s – Lembeck Avenue and Peace Care St. Joseph’s – Pavonia Avenue) and are required to bring or complete a screening questionnaire and sign an informed consent form upon arrival.
- All visitors must adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention, which include:
- Screening of all who enter the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., temperature checks, questions/observations about signs or symptoms), and denial of entry of those with those signs or symptoms;
- Hand Hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred);
- Wearing a tight-fitting mask that covers their mouth and nose for the duration of the visit.
- Social distancing at least six feet between persons.
- Any visitor who has symptoms of any infectious disease, has a temperature of 99.6 degrees or above, and/or whether in the last 14 days, has had an identified exposure to/close contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, someone under investigation for COVID-19, or someone with respiratory symptoms WILL NOT be permitted to enter our facility.
- Once cleared, visitors will be directed to their visitation destination. Visitors are asked to remain in the resident/patient room, or designated visiting area, and to abstain from walking through the halls, visiting the dining rooms, or other resident/patient rooms.
- If visiting within a resident/patient room, visitors should stay on their loved one’s side of the room and close the curtain between roommates. Resident/patient doors should remain open while visitors are present.
- Please do not attend organized group activities or meals in the dining room. Space is limited to facilitate social distancing requirements.
- Clothing should be left at the Nursing Station for labeling. All other items may be brought directly to the resident/patient’s room.
- Beauty salon visits need to be scheduled through our Activity Departments. Please do not bring your loved one to the beauty salon for service without an appointment.
- When taking photos/videos of your loved one, please do not take photos/videos of other residents/patients or team members without their explicit consent. Be mindful of anyone who may appear in the background or who may walk by when you are taking photos/videos. Please also refrain from taking photos/videos of areas where resident/patient names are displayed.
- At the conclusion of the visit, visitors will be asked to leave through the front door (lobby). If the visitor needs to ride the elevator, visitors should refrain from getting on the elevator if another family or staff member is already present.
- Public Restrooms for visitors are available at each facility. Visitors should refrain from using the resident’s bathroom.
- All visitors must read and complete the Visitor Screening and Informed Consent Form.
We strongly recommend that all staff, residents, patients and visitors are fully vaccinated and receive the recommended boosters. Both Peace Care St. Ann’s and Peace Care St. Joseph’s regularly host vaccination clinics for residents and staff. We also host community clinics.
We are welcoming new admissions at both Peace Care St. Ann’s and Peace Care St. Joseph’s.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Operational updates will continue to be provided on our website and via email. If you wish to be added to the distribution list, email firstname.lastname@example.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.
ADULT MEDICAL DAY CARE
Peace Care St. Ann’s Adult Medical Day Care is open! To learn more about the services offered, call Peace Care St. Ann’s at 201.433.0950.
Meal service times may be adjusted to accommodate all of our residents.
All personal laundry will be done by each respective Peace Care facility until further notice.
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.