An update on COVID-19 from Concordia CEO, Danny Eischen
Update as of April 2 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:
Concordia Family Members:
I pray this letter finds everyone doing as well as can be expected during this time. I want you to know how much the staff truly appreciates your patience and positive feedback for the changes that we have had to adopt to help keep everyone at Concordia safe. I know these changes have been difficult on you and your loved ones as we have asked and required a dramatic shift in their daily activity. Please know that our staff continue to do our best to keep services going and find creative ways to help our residents make the best of this situation.
We also continue to stay updated on the latest information from the CDC, CMS, local and state health departments as well as our local, state and federal government. Our leadership team is spending most of our day listening to webinars and conference calls and reading information that we are provided from these various sources. There is an overwhelming amount of information being provided to us which has helped guide our decision making and daily
planning conversations. As this is an ever evolving situation it is important that we stay connected to the latest information so we can make adjustments as timely as possible. To that end, we continue to ask for your patience as we may have to continue to change procedures quickly even if they are contrary to a previous communication.
As we see the number of cases increase around Oklahoma County, it is important that everyone remembers to follow the information below that is being required for residents in senior living communities:
-Our residents are asked to stay in their apartment/room. The Governor of our state has issued an Executive Order with this requirement. Concordia staff are still available to run errands for our residents and help provide them with anything they might need. Any item that a resident needs to drop off for someone a staff member will bring it downstairs to the drop off location. It is critical at this time that everyone follows this guideline and residents don’t come down to the Concierge desk to ask questions or leave items.
-If residents would like to go for a walk outside that is still allowed. We are asking our residents to be mindful not to get on the elevator at the same time as another resident and not to be in close proximity in the hallways. As residents re-enter the building from their walk, we are reminding them to stay 6 feet apart from others who may be coming in to the community at the same time. While on a walk, we ask residents to please stay 6 feet apart from others who are walking and don’t use this as a time to congregate outside. For residents in Health Services who need assistance walking, we will do our
best to provide a staff member to assist them.
– If a resident has an approved medically necessary appointment outside Concordia, upon return they must remain in their apartment for 14 days and allow staff to take their temperature daily and monitor them for any symptoms. During this 14-day time frame, residents need to remain in their apartment and not go outside for a walk.
-As reinforced by the Governor’s Executive Order, visitors are not allowed on Concordia property. At this time, we are still allowing families to drop off items at the main entrance. Families are not allowed on our property to visit with residents outside or through their doors or windows.
-We ask that everyone take the above policies seriously. In a recent call with the
Oklahoma State Department of Health, they stressed the importance of communities communicating the importance of this and doing whatever we can to enforce this-even if that means terminating agreements with residents who are not willing to comply with these necessary mandates that if violated will put everyone at Concordia at risk.
I know the tone of this letter probably sounds harsh and I wish that our situation was different and didn’t require this type of direct communication or such a drastic change in procedures.
I, like you, am looking forward to the day when these restrictions will be lifted and we can all be together again.
In the meantime, please continue to pray for each other, our staff, our residents, our families, our state, our country and our world. Even though we are apart, our act of prayer is something that can bring us together and is the most powerful and important resource that we have.
May God Bless You!
Update as of March 23 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:
We would like to thank the number of you who have reached out to ask how you can support Concordia.Like all healthcare environments we are doing our best to keep supplies available, to protect residents and staff.We would welcome the following donated items:
- Homemade Masks
- Cotton & Cotton flannel Fabric & ¼” elastic for making homemade masks
- Hand Sanitizer
- Lysol/Clorox Aerosols
- Disinfectant Wipes
- 100 piece or less puzzles
- Word search books
- Crossword puzzle books
- Adult coloring books
- Colored pencils and markers
- Current magazines
Update as of March 17 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:
Thank you for your patience and support as we update you on the latest information from Concordia regarding our response to COVID-19.
We continue to follow the requirements of government agencies and public health officials and have instituted the following:
- Our no visitation policy remains in effect. We also continue to discourage residents from leaving the building except in cases of a medical emergency or a medically necessary appointment. We will consult with our Medical Director to make the determination if an appointment is medically necessary.
- If a resident chooses to leave the community for any reason, we will most likely require a 14-day period of quarantine in their room or apartment where we will continue to provide services to them and monitor them daily for signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
- If you are interested in and capable of having your loved one stay in your home or the home of a family member for the duration of this situation, you are free to make that decision and we will work with you on gathering belongings and medications. We will also offer you a credit to your monthly service fee during this time. The amount of this credit will be determined at a later time.
To help ensure services are continuing in the safest manner possible, we have taken the following steps:
- We have closed the dining rooms and are delivering food directly to resident rooms. Our staff members are assisting residents who need help with eating in their rooms.
- We have discontinued all group activities in the community.
- We have free valet service and are running errands for our residents. Residents and families are encouraged to call our valet staff at 405-417-1332 to place orders or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Our lifestyle staff continues to deliver mail, newspaper and snacks to resident rooms and are going room to room to help residents connect with family members.
- We have limited our housekeeping to common areas only in IL and AL and are increasing the disinfecting of all common areas.
- We have limited our maintenance staff to on-call only.
- We continue to allow only essential staff and essential health care providers in the building if they pass our screening procedures.
- If you have anything you need to pick up or drop off for your family member, that will take place between the double doors of the main Independent Living entrance. Please call us in advance to make those arrangements.
On another note, if you would like to initiate communication to your family member, feel free to mail letters via the USPS or send video clips to the e-mail address email@example.com and we will make sure they get to your loved one.
Most importantly, please pray for Concordia and our residents and staff during this time and take assurance that God is still in control.
Thank you again for your patience and support. We are doing our best to make every effort to answer all questions and accommodate all requests as well as update you as we make changes to our operations.
Update as of March 12 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:
Concordia Life Plan Community has taken a proactive approach to the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community.
Our mission is to meet the current and continuing needs of seniors of all beliefs in a safe, secure and supportive environment. In compliance with guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and recommendations from public health officials, Concordia has implemented a special set of protocols out of an abundance of caution for its residents and staff.
As of March 11, Concordia began:
- Limiting entry for any non-essential visitors
- Postponing activities inside and outside the community
- Encouraging residents to stay in the community
- Offering alternative options for residents to make sure they receive proper care
- Screening staff, residents and visitors who enter the community
Prior to March 11, Concordia was already:
- Encouraging staff who feel ill to stay home
- Providing continuing education to staff on hand washing and infection control
- Enhancing cleaning and disinfecting around the community
Concordia understands the importance of being able to connect with your loved ones during this time, which is why its working on creative ways to continue communication and will reach out to families with more information in the next coming days. For specific questions or concerns email ConcordiaCares@concordiaseniorliving.com.
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