Outbreak Response Plan

Update -- May 10, 2021

 
Dear Parker at River Road Residents and Families,


I would like to make you aware of our latest COVID-19 test results. As of now, there are no new cases of COVID-19 for our residents or staff. As per the Executive Directive, Parker at River Road will continue to be in Phase 2.

Our residents can participate in group recreational programming, communal dining, be provided beauty salon services, and can continue with the visitation program. Visits have been extended to 30 minutes and will need to be scheduled. At this point and time, until the NJ Department of Health provides further guidance on the new guidelines for outdoor visitation and masks, masks are required to be worn at all times by both the resident and visitor(s).

Employee care partners will continue to be assigned to a neighborhood, always wear appropriate PPE, and are COVID-tested once a week.

We thank you again for your patience as we work to apply the new NJDOH regulations and tailor our communications. Please do not hesistate to reach out if you have any questions.

Stay well,
Sonam Naik
Administrator
 

Update -- April 1, 2021

 
Dear Parker at River Road Residents and Families,

I regret to inform you that another staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 as of this week. The staff member is symptomatic and 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 go back to Phase 0 until April 28, 2021, pending no new cases and approval from the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH).

Visitation update per updated NJDOH regulations:

Currently, all of Parker at River Road will be closed for indoor visitation until one more round of elder/employee testing is completed and pending no additional cases are confirmed. Window, outdoor, essential caregiver and compassionate care visits may continue. An email update will be provided when indoor visitation can resume. We hope to start our indoor visitation program on April 12, 2021. Despite the temporary suspension of indoor visitation, elders and families are encouraged to continue scheduling window or outdoor visits using the online calendar.

We must continue to be vigilant with infection control and precautions for all of us and our residents in all neighborhoods within the home. We must follow our Outbreak Response plan. Residents will remain in their rooms to the best of their ability and practice social distancing when needed. Group recreation programming, communal dining, and our beauty salon services will temporarily be cancelled until we move to Phase 1. Instead, we will provide programming and special meals on the neighborhoods. We will provide beautician services to the best of our ability with the support of our Parker employees. Employee care partners will continue to be assigned to a neighborhood, always wear appropriate PPE, and be tested twice a week.

We thank you again for your patience as we work to apply the new NJDOH regulations and tailor our communications. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Stay well,
Sonam Naik
Administrator

 

Update -- March 27, 2021

 
Dear Parker at River Road Residents and Families,

I'm happy to inform you that the New Jersey Department of Health recently issued guidance regarding indoor visitation for nursing homes and assisted living residences.

As you know, we had 1 staff member who tested positive at Parker at River Road earlier this week. Due to the recent change in NJ DOH guidelines, we will have to hold on our indoor visitation program. We have initiated outbreak testing and will continue until a minimum of 2 complete cycles of testing is completed (min. 14 days) or longer until no new cases are identified. As of now, our new start date will be Monday, April 12, 2021.

The visits must be scheduled using our calendar app and will occur in the Center Court (for Magnolia Way, Apple Blossom Way, and Deer View Way families) or in the Magnolia Way Breezeway (for Evergreen Way families). It is necessary to schedule all visits at this time because we must keep track of the number of visitors in our building at any given time. If the resident you are visiting is fully vaccinated, they can choose to have close contact (including touch) with you as long as you are wearing a tight-fitting mask such as a surgical mask. I will send another letter to our families with the link to schedule visits as we get closer to the start date.

With beautiful weather ahead of us, I am sure many of you will take advantage of outdoor visits with your loved one. Please schedule your outdoor and indoor visits using the calendar app. If you have any special requests, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Please arrive a few minutes before your scheduled visitation to complete the visitor screening process at the Concierge Desk.

Parker at River Road's plan must coincide with the NJ Department of Health guidelines. We will continue to monitor and update you as soon as we receive new information. Thank you so much for your support and patience. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Sonam Naik
Administrator




Update -- March 14, 2021


Dear Parker at River Road Residents and Families,


As previously reported to you, the New Jersey Department of Health recently issued guidance 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 has moved from Phase One to Phase Two effective Monday, March 8th, 2021.

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 the next phase.

We will continue with communal dining and small group activities with social distancing and at a reduced capacity. One of the key changes that I am sure you will find most exciting in Phase Two is that we will have Elder Elegance Beauty Salon returning to provide limited services to our residents. We will be able to offer limited and scheduled indoor social visits to our families and friends once the COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) score identifies Middlesex County is in the "Moderate" (yellow) phase. Also, visitation may only restart when our home has no new cases of COVID-19 for 14 days, has adequate staffing and PPE, has the ability to make appointments, and has a designated visiting location. I will surely keep you informed of the status.

I will continue to host the weekly Webex meetings with our families. 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. You can read Parker's full Outbreak Response Plan on our website.

Thank you so much for your support and patience. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Sonam Naik
Administrator




Update -- February 23, 2021

Dear Parker at River Road Families,

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 Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

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.

I will continue to host the weekly WebEx meetings with our families. During these meetings we can provide updates and answer questions regarding reopening plans, vaccination program, 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. You can read Parker's full Outbreak Response Plan on our website.

Thank you so much for your support and patience. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Sonam Naik
Administrator
 

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.

Stay well,
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 jschmeltz@parkerlife.org and myself at snaik@parkerlife.org, 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.

Sincerely,
Sonam Naik
Administrator
 

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.

Sincerely,
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