Protecting the Health of Our Individuals Served and Staff During Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The coronavirus pandemic has raised many questions and concerns among Lakemary clients, families, staff members, and stakeholders. In an effort to keep everyone safe and informed, we would like to share the following information to address the measures we are taking.
The health and safety of all the individuals served throughout our programs and our staff remains our top priority. Our Medical Team and direct care staff have been instrumental in seeing us through these difficult times and establishing best practices to minimize possible exposure to and spread of COVID-19 for the vulnerable population we serve. As the response to this pandemic evolves, we will continue to provide updates as they are available.
Lakemary Executive Team leaders along with our Medical Team are working in close partnership with local and state health departments to gather information about coronavirus and safe business practices.
*From Jan. 18 – Feb. 1:
The vulnerable nature of our persons served, combined with the inherent risks of congregate living settings, have required aggressive efforts to limit COVID-19 exposure and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within congregate living facilities. We believe the information below represents reasonable guidelines for our facility to determine safe visitation standards.
Lakemary Center will monitor and use many resources to understand the level of COVID-19 risk, such as rates of COVID-19-Like Illnesses, numbers of visits to local emergency departments, local hospital capacities, or the positivity rate of a county or counties adjacent to the county where the PRTF or Group home is located. Visitations will not occur if there are active cases on campus, or during periods of quarantine/isolation on campus.
Along with other factors listed above, Lakemary Center will use the COVID-19 area positivity rate, found on the KDHE Data site “Nursing Home Metrics” as a guide for information to determine how to facilitate visitation:
CMS/CDC guidelines state that “Visitor Testing, while not required, is encouraged in facilities in medium or high-positivity counties to test visitors, if feasible. If so, facilities should prioritize visitors that visit regularly (e.g., weekly), although any visitor can be tested. Facilities may also encourage visitors to be tested on their own prior to coming to the facility (e.g., within 2–3 days) with proof of negative test results and date of test.” Though Lakemary has not required testing of visitors prior to visits, this may be considered in the future to ensure safe visits with our resident population. Click here to view a PDF of the original visitation letter.
Current Policies and Procedures:
- All employees will be screened prior to starting their shift and quarantine measures will be implemented based on CDC recommendations if applicable. For employees with indirect contact with persons served, Lakemary is complying with social distancing recommendations, and supporting working from home on a rotating basis when appropriate.
- All employees are required to wear a face mask, wash hands regularly, and comply with social distancing guidelines while working in Lakemary offices and residences. Read more about this recommendation from the CDC.
- We have enhanced our cleaning protocols and provided additional resources, including:
- Providing and using CDC/EPA-approved cleaning agents in all environments.
- Ensuring all bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels, and encouraging individuals served and staff to wash hands frequently.
- Making hand sanitizer available for use in all program areas.
- Ensuring all staff providing direct care and medical support have the resources and guidance needed to detect and report symptoms exhibited and provide help for any affected individuals.
- Utilizing backpack sprayer systems to administer safe disinfecting spray throughout the Center and resident homes.
How You Can Help:
We are so grateful for the overwhelming generosity and encouragement we have received from our amazing community of supporters! Donations of hand sanitizer, face masks, games, activities, funds, and more have helped us make it through this pandemic. If you would like to support Lakemary during this challenging time, please donate to our COVID Response Fund.
Thank You Direct Care Staff!
Special thanks to Rex Hudler, Kansas City Royals broadcaster and friend of Lakemary, for giving a shout out to our amazing direct care staff during these challenging times! They show up and work with our individuals all day, every day, and are nothing short of heroes. We are extremely grateful to have them on our team!