COVID-19

June 19, 2020 (as of 6:00 p.m.)

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.

We Are Open. We Are Clean. We Are Ready. We Are Peace Care.

Both Peace Care St. Ann’s and Peace Care St. Joseph’s experienced a thorough spring cleaning. Holy Name Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, conducted a terminal cleaning and disinfection of all of our buildings, including all resident/patient rooms and ancillary areas.

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 is Open

We are excited to announce that we have resumed operations of Outpatient Rehab at Peace Care St. Ann’s. 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.

What Are We Doing

COVID-19 Testing

We are in full compliance with NHDOH’s Executive Directive requiring all residents and staff at long-term care facilities be tested for COVID-19. The initial tests were completed within the May 31 deadline. Weekly tests are being administered to both residents and employees.

Any resident who tests positive for COVID-19 are being cared for in our Isolation Units that have been established at both homes.

Within the Facilities

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 only 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).

Our Peace Care leadership and health care teams continue to meet and develop detailed plans to protect the safety and well-being of all residents and staff members. We continue to receive guidance and direction from the federal, state, and local agencies regarding the mandates for lifting restrictions and reopening long term care facilities.

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.

VISITATION

Visitation is restricted until further notice.

Late Friday afternoon, we received the Standards and Protocols for Outside Visitation at Nursing Homes, which was issued by the NJ Department of Health as part of its Executive Directive No. 20-017. This allows for Designated Outdoor Visitation by appointment only beginning on June 21, 2020. We are in the process of finalizing our plans and will be submitting our attestation as mandated by this executive directive. We will communicate our procedures as soon as they are finalized. We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation. Our previously scheduled Garden Visits and Video Calls will continue as planned for this weekend.

Hospice & Palliative Care visiting is on a case-by-case basis. Scheduled days and times will be provided to a family member. Call Peace Care St. Ann’s at 201.433.0950 or Peace Care St. Joseph’s at 201.653.8300 for questions specific to your loved ones.

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.

Responsible parties have been contacted regarding updates on their loved ones. 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.