Every day we learn of new regulations and policies and procedures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by the NJDOH, CDC and local government. One of those recommendations is for our staff to wear a mask when entering the nursing home and rehab. Please be reminded that all employees must go through the screening process which includes answering a series of questions such as presence of symptoms, temperature taking, hand hygiene and newly implemented practice of putting on a mask before entering the nursing home.
ALL visitors are restricted from entering the building. Only Peace Care employees and residents are allowed to enter the nursing home.
We continue to reinforce proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) based on CDC guidance. Hand washing continues to be the number one preventive measure, followed by coughing & sneezing etiquette and social distancing.
The Gift Shop is temporarily closed. If you wish to purchase something from the gift shop you can call the front desk or let one of our staff members know and we will pick it up and deliver it to you. Please be reminded that if you need access to your PNA fund during evenings and/or weekends, the front desk will be able to assist you. The Business Office is still operating as usual during the week.
The Governor has implemented a statewide Executive Order #107 -Stay at Home, until further notice. There are exemptions which allow health care essential employees to travel to and from their homes to work. We have provided employees with a letter to present to law enforcement along with their ID in the event they are stopped. Schools remain closed and students are attending virtual classes.
On a lighter note, Iva Kirzhner, Social Worker, enchanted us with her professional piano playing. She strolled around the nursing home with an overbed table and her organ playing traditional Russian Folk dance and classical music. When she saw me at the front lobby, she swiftly connected her organ and played Spanish music, Merengue, and of course, I danced. Iva momentarily brightened our day and livened up our lives. Music is the medicine of the mind they say, and I conquer.
Tonight, the residents will enjoy their favorite activity, social distancing BINGO. We continue to communicate with FaceTime & DUO video chatting and phone calls with family members.
The Peace Care leadership team continues to meet on a daily basis sometimes 2-3x a day to discuss updates and recommendations from the NJDOH, CDC and local government. We stay connected on weekends since information is constantly changing. Please visit our website for updates at PEACECARENJ.ORG. We have been sending updates through our text blast, if you wish to join please text: PCSA to 797979.
Together we can get through this. I am sharing a picture we posted on PCSA FB page with a message to our families– We Stay Here for You Please can You Stay Home for Us. I thank you for your patience and cooperation
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