Outbreak Response Plan

Update -- May 3, 2021


Dear Parker at Stonegate Residents and Families,

I want to make you aware of our latest COVID-19 test results. One of our staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member who tested positive is at home and will not return to work until cleared by their physician. The staff member was partially vaccinated.

Since this is our second positive result in 14 days, we are now considered to be in Outbreak Status and return to Phase Zero. Communal dining and group activities are suspended for 14 days.

Our outside gardens and patios are still open for residents to sit and enjoy the spring weather.
All staff working today were tested today and will be tested again toward the end of the week. Resident testing will take place Tuesday morning.

Indoor Visits and Essential Caregiving are not permitted at this time.

Outdoor visits will continue as well as End of Life /Compassionate Care Visits. Please use this link to schedule all outdoor visits.

Residents may leave the building and utilize our risk assessment tool upon return to determine quarantine/isolation status. Phase Zero does not change this process.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or Tara Salvi, Social Worker at Tsalvi@parkerlife.org with questions.

Regards,

Catherine Martino
Administrator
 

Update -- March 29, 2021

Dear Parker at Stonegate Residents and Families,

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

Parker at Stonegate will be opening for indoor visitation starting Tuesday, March 30, 2021. The visits must be scheduled using our calendar app and will occur in the resident's suite. It is necessary to schedule all indoor and outdoor 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 visitors if they are wearing a tight-fitting mask such as a surgical mask. According to the regulations, you may not eat or drink or remove your mask for any reason during the visit.

A maximum of 2 family members will be allowed to visit at the same time. Initially, we are limiting the time to once a week for one hour to allow for all residents to have visits.

You can schedule your outdoor and indoor visits using this calendar app link. Please be sure to choose indoor or outdoor visit when scheduling.

Please arrive a few minutes before your scheduled visitation to complete the visitor screening process in the vestibule.

Parker at Stonegate'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,
Catherine Martino
Administrator
 

Update -- March 18, 2021


Dear Parker at Stonegate Residents and Families,

As previously reported to you, the New Jersey Department of Health issued guidance to the re-opening of assisted living residences.

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 Stonegate has moved from Phase One to Phase Two effective today.

In Phase Two 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 services to our residents in the Pavilion Hair Salon starting March 31st

Currently Middlesex County’s COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI score) is “High” (red). When the CALI score for Middlesex County is changed to the "Moderate" (yellow) phase, we will be able to offer limited scheduled indoor social visits to families and friends.

Parker at Stonegate’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,
Catherine Martino
Administrator



Update -- February 24, 2021

Dear Parker at Stonegate Families,

As previously reported to you, the New Jersey Department of Health issued guidance related to the re-opening of assisted living residences.

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 Stonegate is moving from Phase Zero to Phase One effective Thursday, February 25, 2021.

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. 

Residents will be provided comprehensive details regarding programming and dining from our Chef de Cuisine and Recreation Manager over the next few days. 

Parker at Stonegate’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 the community.
 
Thank you so much for your support and patience. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Catherine Martino
Administrator  



Update -- November 19, 2020

Dear Parker at Stonegate 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 assisted living communities 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 home for holiday celebrations. Rather, you are encouraged to continue to use our portal to schedule outdoor visits with your family member and use telecommunications whenever possible.

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

  • Please notify me, Catherine Martino, within 72 hours advance of the resident's planned departure date.
  • Notification of any cancellation or change in plans needs to be within 36 hours in advance of the scheduled visitation as per the state regulation.
  • 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 their suite for 14 days upon returning to Parker,
  • After return, family members are responsible for notifying me if anyone who had come in contact with our resident during their visit is exhibiting symptoms or have tested positive for COVID within a 14-day period.
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,
Catherine Martino, Parker at Stonegate Administrator


Update -- October 23, 2020

Dear Parker at Stonegate Residents and Families,

I would like to make you aware of our latest COVID-19 test results. One of our residents has tested positive for COVID-19.

The resident who test positive has been transferred to the COVID-19 isolation unit at Parker at Somerset. This resident is currently asymptomatic at this time and will be monitored closely.

We also have one asymptomatic staff member who tested positive for COVID-19. The positive staff member will remain out of work for 14 days and must be cleared by a physician before returning to work. Any residents who were in contact with this staff member are being closely monitored for symptoms.

Unfortunately, this means that we return to outbreak status and will be in Phase 0. We will be discontinuing communal meals and small group activities.

I will be monitoring my emails this evening and throughout the weekend if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued patience.

Regards,
Catherine Martino, Administrator


Update -- September 25, 2020

Dear Parker at Stonegate Residents and Families,

The New Jersey Department of Health recently issued guidance related to the re-opening of assisted living residences.

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 Stonegate is moving from Phase Zero to Phase One effective Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

As we move through the Phases as quickly and safely as possible, please know that our team has been working on interpreting 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.

Residents will be provided comprehensive details regarding recreational activities and dining schedule 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 next week., During these meetings we can provide updates and answer questions regarding reopening plans and processes.

Parker at Stonegate’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 here.

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

Sincerely,

Catherine Martino, 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 Stonegate 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 Stonegate’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 Stonegate’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 Stonegate