Outbreak Response Plan

Update -- April 1, 2021

Dear Parker at Somerset Elders & Families, 

We regret to inform you that another staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member is symptomatic. Parker at Somerset will revert to Phase 0, based on the Executive Directive 20-026 from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH).

Visitation update per NJDOH regulations:

  • Unaffected Neighborhood - Aspen & Dogwood. Closed for indoor visitation until one round of elder/employee testing is completed and pending no additional cases are confirmed. Outdoor, essential caregiver, and compassionate care visits may continue in the above homes. An email update will be provided when visitation for the above neighborhoods can resume.
  • Affected Neighborhood - Birch & Cypress. Closed for outdoor, indoor and essential caregiver visitation until two rounds (over 14 days) of elder/employee testing is completed and pending no additional cases are confirmed. Compassionate care visits may continue. An email update will be provided when visitation for the above neighborhoods can resume.
Despite the temporary suspension of visitation, elders and families are encouraged to continue scheduling visits using the online calendar, as resumption of visitation can happen at any time depending upon when test results are received.

We thank you again for your patience as we work to apply the new NJDOH regulations and tailor our communications.

Sincerely,
Jean Joseph
Administrator



Update -- March 16, 2021

Dear Parker at Somerset Families, 

I am pleased to report that the New Jersey Department of Health approved our attestation request for the Phase Two reopening of Parker at Somerset. The home officially moves from Phase One to Phase Two effective today.

One key difference in advancing to Phase Two is that non-essential personnel and contractors, as determined by the facility, are permitted to enter the building. As such, we are opening salon services for residents, which will begin on a limited basis starting this Friday, March 19th. Salon services expand as the new vendor, Elder Elegance, begins their contract in May.

We are excited, as I'm sure you are, about taking another step to returning some semblance of normalcy. As always, thank you for your continued support and patience as we advance through our journey together.

Sincerely,
James N. Zauner
Administrator



Update -- February 17, 2021

Dear Parker at Somerset Families, 

As previously reported, the New Jersey Department of Health issued guidance related to the reopening 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 very pleased to report that Parker at Somerset moved from Phase Zero to Phase One effective Friday, February 12, 2021.

As we move through the phases as safely as possible, our team has been working on interpreting guidance from the NJDOH and planning for the execution of each directive. I will provide updates as we advance through the process.

Some key changes in Phase One are that we can return to limited communal dining and limited small group communal activities with social distancing and reduced capacity. We will begin planning this week as we manage through space restrictions and the next vaccination clinic and will partner with the POAs, residents and the staff to implement programs.

I will continue to host the weekly conference calls with families. During these meetings we can provide updates and answer questions regarding reopening plans, vaccination program, and processes.

Parker at Somerset'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 adjust to ongoing conditions within our community. You can read Parker's full Outbreak Response Plan on our website.

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

Sincerely,
Jim Zauner
Administrator



Update -- November 14, 2020

Dear Parker at Somerset Families, 

I would like to make you aware of our latest COVID-19 test results. One of our staff members has tested positive for COVID-19.  This is the second positive case since we were cleared by the Department of Health of the previous outbreak.  As a result, Parker at Somerset will move from Phase 1 to Phase 0.   

The staff member is asymptomatic and is isolated at home. They will not be cleared to return to work unless signed off by their doctor.

We 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 and residents are being tested weekly.

Outside social distanced visitation and essential care visitation will continue even though we shifted to phase 0.

Thank you for your continued patience. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
James N. Zauner
Administrator
 

Update -- October 28, 2020

Dear Parker at Somerset 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 a 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 outdoor visits with your loved one and use telecommunications whenever possible.

However, should you decide to take your loved one out of Parker at Somerset for the holidays, we have set the following guidelines in place.

  • Any request for a resident to leave a Parker home needs to be made in writing to me, Jim Zauner, within 72 hours in advance of the visit.
  • That request needs to be approved by me 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 room for 14 days upon returning to Parker at Somerset.
  • Residents who reside in a semi-private suite will need to quarantine in an observation room within our home upon returning to Parker at Somerset. Observation rooms need to be reserved and are not guaranteed for the time desired. Your loved one may be placed on a waitlist if the observation room is not 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 Healthy Thanksgiving and holiday season. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
James N. Zauner, Parker at Somerset Administrator



Update -- October 28, 2020

Dear Parker at Somerset Residents and Families,

As previously reported, 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 very pleased to report that Parker at Somerset is moving from Phase Zero to Phase One effective Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

As we move through the phases as safely as possible, please know that our team is working to implement 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 begin implementing this programming tomorrow.

Residents will be provided comprehensive details regarding programming and dining from our Chef De Cuisine and Recreation Manager.

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

Sincerely,
James N. Zauner, LNHA
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 Somerset 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 Somerset’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 Somerset’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 Somerset