March 26, 2020 (as of 9:00 p.m.)
Peace Care remains vigilant in following our preparedness plan and making necessary updates in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and the New Jersey Department of Health.
Visitation is restricted until further notice.
All staff, necessary medical personnel, and essential vendors continue to be admitted only after an extensive screening,that includes temperature checks and evaluation for signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat. All employees must utilize a mask when interacting with residents as an added layer of protection for those entrusted to our care.
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.
At this time, doctors will continue to visit patients as needed. Traveling to medical appointments is not recommended, but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
In accordance with CDC and CMS guidelines, we have stopped all large group activities, including daily Mass. Our staff continues to implement activities that meet the “social distancing” recommendations.
Today at Peace Care St. Joseph’s, our residents participated in target ball and balloon tosses. Donuts and coffee were enjoyed on each unit in the afternoon. At Peace Care St. Ann’s, residents took part in painting while the staff brightened the night—literally—by decorating the inside courtyard, sensory garden, and the Blessed Mother statue so that our residents can see the bright lights from their window. Tomorrow, the front of the building will be decorated with lights.
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.
Photos from some of our virtual visits are posted on our Facebook pages.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you to our sponsors, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, for coordinating a card writing campaign. We look forward to receiving the personal cards and sharing them with our residents and staff. 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 email@example.com. 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.
Following CDC guidelines, residents are encouraged to eat meals in their rooms. If a resident would like to eat in the dining room, “social distancing” will be maintained. 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.
Our Administrators at both Peace Care St. Ann’s and Peace Care St. Joseph’s are providing updates to our respective residents, families, and staff. Please got to the news section of our website to learn about the happenings at each facility.
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 thoughts and prayers.