WHAT METHODIST RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES IS DOING TO PROTECT OUR RESIDENTS AND STAFF AS TEXAS RE-OPENS

June 11, 2020

TEXAS HAS RE-OPENED. WHAT ABOUT MRC?

The threat of COVID-19 remains very serious for Methodist Retirement Communities (MRC) because we service the nation’s population that is most vulnerable to this virus. Over a month ago Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas would begin the first phase of re-opening which included very specific guidance for various types of businesses, including nursing homes and assisted living. Since that time we have been able to make a few adjustments.

Independent Living

• Limited Visitation- beginning 6-15-20, visitors will be permitted in the IL neighborhood with some limitations.
• Resumed communal dining with specific guidance for dining room occupancy and set up.
• Residents can now use the common areas while wearing a face covering. Each common area space has the room capacity posted at the entry that allows for social distancing to be observed.
• Residents are no longer subject to Governor Abbott’s stay at home order and are free to come and go from the community. However, we are asking that these residents take personal responsibility for their exposure. Screening measures for re-entry to the community continue which may include possible quarantine after return if exposure occurred or symptoms are present.
• Salons have reopened in IL neighborhoods.

Assisted Living and Memory Support
• Restricted Visitation- only essential visitors
• Residents are allowed to enjoy small group gatherings of 10 or less while wearing a face covering and observing social distancing standards.

Skilled Nursing

• Restricted Visitation- only essential visitors
• Residents are allowed to use the therapy gym.

WHAT’S NEXT?
We look forward to our communities returning to normalcy and our teams are actively building a step by step plan to implement when the time is right. We do predict that when restrictions begin to relax, the new guidelines will apply separately to each area of living. Guided by local, state and federal agencies MRC will move slowly and safely, in a methodical way, to ensure the best outcome while meeting our residents’ physical, spiritual, emotional and social well-being. This holistic approach may lead MRC to implement or keep in place additional precautions outside of government guidelines that we deem crucial to a successful re-opening. Please feel free to reach out to your local leadership to learn more about how this process may impact your personal situation.

CLICK HERE to view the CDC guidelines that MRC is following.

We greatly appreciate your continued support in our efforts to keep our communities healthy.

Respectfully,

Your MRC Team