A message from the Germantown Home Medical Director:
As we approach the winter, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a huge challenge worldwide. The number of victims continues to climb dramatically in many regions. Some people have reportedly been infected more than once, so recovering from COVID-19 does not necessarily mean immunity. We cannot let our guard down. While vaccines are showing promise, timing of availability of a safe and effective vaccine is still unknown.
Until we have an effective vaccine, the only way to get control over the pandemic is through safer behavior. It is more important than ever to follow basic preventive guidelines:
-Wear a mask in public – and wear it properly, covering both mouth AND nose.
-Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not part of your household; stay outdoors when possible.
-Avoid crowds, confined spaces, and indoor gatherings (such as Holiday events).
-Wash hands frequently; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
-If you are sick, or suspect exposure to COVID-19, stay home and seek guidance from your doctor.
I am adding another precaution to the list: Get a flu vaccine!
While the flu always has the potential to be serious, a simultaneous or sequential infection with flu and COVID-19 could be especially devastating. Germantown Home has a universal flu vaccination policy for residents and staff. While the flu vaccine does not provide 100% protection from the flu, it does reduce the chance of a serious infection.
Germantown Home continues to follow CDC recommendations and other public health guidelines about PPE use, sanitation, care procedures, screening and testing for COVID-19. Although visitors are currently allowed into the building, strict conditions and precautions apply, and this could change if conditions change. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation. The ongoing safety and health of the Germantown Home community of residents, family members and staff is our number one priority!
Wishing you the best of health as we approach the Holiday season and the end of this year. We are all hoping for a better year in 2021!
Mary Schuler MD, Medical Director of Germantown Home
Dear Family Member:
Germantown Home is happy to inform you that starting Monday, October 12, 2020, the facility will reopen for pre-scheduled, outdoor in-person visits. During inclement weather, we are prepared to accommodate visits in the TR area on the ground floor. In order to remain compliant with social distancing, we ask that we follow a protocol of no more than two family members per resident, per visit. To schedule a visit, please contact Theresa Dietz at 215-951-7606 or email@example.com.
We will continue to follow all infection control protocols. We require that all visitors and residents wear masks and remain 6 feet apart during visits. We ask that there is no eating during visits. If you choose to bring food to your loved one, please make sure that it is labeled, dated and placed in a fridge on the unit floor as appropriate.
Thank you and take good care and stay safe!
Assistant Nursing Home Administrator
To view Germantown Home’s reopening plan, please click here.
On May 6, 2020 CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) issued a memo regarding the reporting of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes. It stated that effective May 8, 2020 nursing homes are required to inform residents and Resident Representatives of any new cases of COVID-19 for both residents and staff.
Since May 8, 2020, Germantown Home is reporting seven new resident cases and no new employee cases. We are also happy to report that fifteen residents have now recovered, and their re-tests have come back negative.
Our facility has all the necessary PPE and we are at full staff. Our dedicated employees strictly follow CDC guidelines as they continue to provide exceptional care to our residents.
It takes a village here at Germantown Home!
We wanted to take this time to update our residents’ families and friends on how we are ensuring that we stay ahead of any unforeseen issues and manage this ongoing situation:
Reminders for our families:
We thank you again for your trust and support during this time. Now more than ever, we all need to work together to make sure that our residents and our staff are safe.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call Germantown Home’s main number at 215-848-3306.
The Germantown Home continues to monitor the situation as it evolves. To stay informed please click here to sign up for email.
On Sunday, April 5th, we learned that two residents of the Germantown Home have tested positive for COVID-19. We are taking every necessary precaution to make sure these residents are being cared for to help them deal with the effects of the illness.
We are working with City and State Agencies to help control the spread of the illness amongst our community. Currently, every resident is being closely monitored. We have reached out to the families of those affected and have also implemented additional pre-cautions.
The Germantown Home will continue to limit visitor access to our facility for the foreseeable future.
As the virus continues to spread throughout Philadelphia, we are fully prepared to handle any infections among our residents. Since early March we have been working to enact CDC and CMS guidelines, which has included suspending visitors, canceling all group activities, screening anyone that enters the building and requiring that all staff, both medical and others, use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times. Ensuring that our residents and our staff are protected and have access to all necessary equipment and treatment is our top priority.
We are proud of the commitment and sacrifices our employees have made during the past few weeks as we continue to fight this pandemic. We thank the families for your trust and patience as we care for your loved ones. For ongoing updates, please continue to visit our website or you can sign up for emails updates as they are issued by clicking here.
The CDC is continually updating their website as the situation evolves and more information becomes available. They have complied a FAQ on COVID-19 with some of the most commonly asked questions, is it accessible here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
Additionally, here are some informational resources that we hope will be helpful:
CDC video “What older adults need to know” https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=TjcoN9Aek24&feature=emb_logo
General Information on COVID-19:
More information for older adults:
CEO’s Letter to NewCourtland Team
To read NewCourtland’s CEO’s letter to NewCourtland employees please click here.
GTH March 31st, 2020 Update on COVID-19
To read Germantown Home’s Executive Nursing Home Administrator letter to our families, please click here.