Coronavirus Updates

Our Plan of Action

 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020: We thank you for your patience and continued support as we have been working hard to care for our valued community members. The health and well-being of everyone living and working at St. Monica’s is, as always, our greatest priority.  We have successfully tested all community members and staff for Covid-19. We did everything we could to keep this virus out of our home, but with it being so prevalent in Racine County we knew we needed to be prepared. We are taking every step recommended by the Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance in collaboration with the Central Racine County Health Department to contain the spread. The test results have allowed us to identify those asymptomatic employees who are now in quarantine at home and those community members who need dedicated staff caring for their daily needs. This new information is allowing us to battle this virus from a position of knowledge. Since May 8th, all community members have been asked to remain in their rooms for their protection and safety. In room meals and one-on-one activities have been very successful.

With the end of May in sight, we know that many of you are looking forward to getting some of your “life as it was” back. St. Monica’s is a home to those most vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus. As a long term care community we have to keep with the guidance issued by The Division of Quality Assurance that states: “In order to minimize spread, we ask that long-term care settings remain vigilant about minimizing the numbers of people entering their buildings from the community. The Department of Health Services continues to support the following guidance regarding visitation of residents by family members. This information is consistent with guidance published by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and published on the DHS COVID-19 webpage.” This guidance further states “Facilities should restrict all visitors and nonessential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life scenario.”

At the same time, we do know that in person contact with your loved one is important for the mental health of all parties. We are discussing alternative options for visiting and will open our doors as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. Please remember that video calls are available. Contact Shannon to schedule a time at 262-321-7135.

We know this is a challenging time for everyone and we thank you for your continued understanding as our priority remains the safety of your loved one. The support and love we have seen from our St. Monica’s families has been overwhelming. We are so thankful for you. In closing I leave you with a quote from author, Joseph Campbell, “Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” Stay healthy everyone.

Past messages

 

Letters from our Executive Director:

May 21st

April 1st

March 20th

March 13th

March 6th

 

Department of Health Services Video: COVID-19 Media Briefing

 

Websites that contain accurate information on the virus:

www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/

www.coronavirus.gov

www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html