What Methodist Retirement Communities is Doing to Protect our Residents and Staff
March 27, 2020
Methodist Retirement Communities (MRC) is an organization committed to providing excellent housing and care services to seniors, therefore, the public’s growing concerns related to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a threat that we take very seriously. Our top priority is to protect those that we serve and those we employ.
While the risk of COVID-19 for the general public is low, we recognize that our residents are more vulnerable to serious illness. This also places those who are providing those services, our employees, at a higher risk. We have taken action and will continue to take action guided by the standards set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) to reduce the risk of exposure to those in our communities. We will continue to closely monitor any developments and align our actions with the recommendations of these agencies as well as local authorities in the cities we serve.
MRC is following the new measures announced by CMS as of 3-13-20, which supersede prior CMS guidance, constitute the agency’s most aggressive and decisive recommendations with respect to nursing home safety in the face of the spread of COVID-19.
• Restricting all visitors, effective immediately, with exceptions for compassionate care, such as end-of-life situations
• Restricting all volunteers and nonessential health care personnel and other personnel
• Cancelling all group activities and communal dining in licensed areas at a minimum
• Implementing active screening of residents, staff and essential health care personnel for fever and respiratory symptoms. A member of our team is stationed at the entries of each community to take the temperature of any person seeking entrance.
The guidance directs nursing homes to restrict visitation except in certain compassionate cases, like end-of-life. In those cases, visitors will be equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks, and the visit will be limited to a specific room only.
We serve our wonderful residents in a variety of settings. We serve those who live in Independent Living which is a residential setting as well as residents in our licensed areas to include Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Skilled Nursing. In light of rapidly changing guidance and best practices, there may be specific restrictions that may apply to each setting. To best understand how these restrictions may impact your specific circumstances, feel free to reach out to the leadership at the community to learn more.
Your MRC Team