Outbreak Response Plan
Update -- November 22, 2020
Dear Parker at River Road Families,
I would like to make you aware of our lated COVID-19 test results. As of now, there are no new cases of COVID-19 for our residents. We do have one more staff member who tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member is recovering at home. They will not be cleared to return to work unless signed off by their doctor.
As per the Executive Directive, Parker at River Road will now be back to Phase 0. We will be able to move back into Phase 1 once 28 days have passed without any new cases. In the meantime, we kindly request all residents to stay in their rooms for meals and limit group activities. We will continue to offer window visits or outdoor visits instead of the indoor visits. Essential caregivers can continue. Please know that we are diligently working to plan special programming and meals to make the upcoming holiday special.
We will continue to be vigilant with infection control and precautions for all of residents who are in our neighborhoods within the home. Staff are assigned to each neighborhood and wearing appropriate PPE. Staff are being tested weekly.
Thank you for your continued patience. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Sonam Naik, Administrator
Update -- November 20, 2020
Dear Parker at River Road Families,
As many of you are aware, the State of New Jersey is currently experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases. With the holidays approaching, the CDC and the NJ Department of Health have issued holiday visitation guidance to better protect residents in nursing homes across the state.
While we want you all to be able to see your loved one, Governor Murphy is asking that we limit our visitations. The DOH strongly recommends against families taking residents out of our homes for holiday celebrations. Families are rather, encouraged to continue to use our portal to schedule window or outdoor visits with your loved one and use telecommunications whenever possible.
However, should you decide to take your loved one out of Parker at River Road for the holidays we have set the following guidelines in place.
- Any request for a resident to leave Parker at River Road needs to be made in writing to Janine Schmeltz (Director of Nursing) at firstname.lastname@example.org and myself at email@example.com, within 72 hours advance of the visit.
- The request needs to be approved by our team as well. Please note that approval is not guaranteed but will be determined on an individual basis.
- Any cancellation or change in plans needs to be determined and confirmed 36 hours in advance of the scheduled visitation.
- A waiver must be signed by a family member which outlines the recommended infection control protocols that should be taken while the resident is visiting with you including the use of PPE.
- Residents who do visit family for the holidays will need to quarantine in a surveillance room for 14 days upon returning to Parker.
- Residents who reside in a semi-private room will need to quarantine in a surveillance room within our home upon returning to Parker at River Road. Surveillance rooms need to be reserved and are not guaranteed for the time desired. Your loved one may be placed on a waitlist if the surveillance room is not available. Therefore, your loved one may have to stay at home until a room is available.
- After return, family members are responsible for notifying me if anyone who our resident has come in contact with during their visit is exhibiting symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the residents’ visit outside of Parker.
As always, our top priority is the health and safety of you and your loved one. I hope that each family can determine a holiday plan that best fits your needs while keeping everyone safe. I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Update -- November 6, 2020
As previously reported to you, the New Jersey Department of Health recently issued guidance related to the re-opening of nursing homes.
Phases are determined based on an outbreak status within our home. An outbreak is concluded when there are two full incubation cycles for 28 continuous days without any positive cases in residents or staff. I am so pleased to report that Parker at River Road is moving from Phase Zero to Phase One effective Saturday, November 7th, 2020.
As we move through the phases as quickly and safely as possible, please know that our team has been working on digesting guidance from the NJDOH and planning for the execution of each directive. We will provide updates as we advance to other phases.
Some of the key changes that I am sure you will find most exciting in Phase One are that we will be returning to limited communal dining and limited small group communal activities with social distancing and reduced capacity. We will also be able to offer limited and scheduled indoor (social visits) to our families/friends.
Residents will be provided comprehensive details regarding programming and dining from our Chef de Cuisine and Recreation Manager over the next few days.
Families will be receiving an invitation to weekly WebEx meetings with myself or my designee. During these meetings, we can provide updates and answer questions regarding reopening plans and processes.
Parker at River Road's plan is fluid and must coincide with the phases of the State's "The Road Back Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health" and we will need to react to ongoing conditions within our community. Click here to read Parker's full Outbreak Response plan.
Thank you so much for your support and patience. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Sonam Naik, Administrator
Update -- September 21, 2020
As you may know the New Jersey Department of Health recently issued guidance related to the re-opening of licensed facilities. Our team has been working on digesting this guidance and planning for the execution of each directive. We are pleased to inform you that Essential Caregiver guidance was released to our residents and families on September 11, 2020. We know this was of importance to everyone and appreciate your patience as we worked through this issue.
Currently, Parker at River Road is at Phase Zero and we are working on the directives which will allow us to move forward. We will provide updates as we advance to other Phases.
Below you will find a link to Parker at River Road’s Outbreak Response Plan. This document conveys what is planned and what to expect as we reopen with the main objective of reducing and stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community while addressing resident’s needs.
Parker at River Road’s Plan is fluid and must coincide with the phases of the State’s “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health” and we will need to react to ongoing conditions within our community.
VIEW PARKER’S OUTBREAK RESPONSE PLAN – Parker at River Road