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Update from St. Patrick's Home

September 16, 2020

 

Dear Family and Friends,

As you are aware from past updates there are many guidelines to follow regarding these Outdoor Visits. We have been informed by the Department of Health of additional guidelines that are to be followed as outlined for us to proceed.  In some cases, while they seem prohibitive, we are bound by adherence to the regulations.  They are listed below.

  • All visitors must present a verified negative COVID test result within 7 days of the scheduled visitation. Visitation must be refused if the individual does not present a valid negative test result.   Due to the short notice, if you have already scheduled your visit for next week and are unable to obtain the test result in time, we will accommodate a window visit.

  • Visitors under the age of 18 years old are prohibited from visiting residents at this time.

  • It goes without saying that all visitors and residents MUST always wear masks. Visitors must maintain social distance and the areas will be marked off. All visitors must use hand sanitizer prior to visiting and this will be provided.

  • No more that 10% of the residents shall be permitted to have visitors at any one time and only two visitors will be allowed per person. No more than 10 individuals can be in a given area at any time and this includes the residents.  Visitation is strictly prohibited in resident rooms or patient care areas.

  • All visitors must be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and the necessary tracking and contact tracing forms must be filled out prior to visiting.  We will have these forms ready and available for you.  We are mandated to keep these forms on site and readily available for the Department of Health upon request at the time of our survey.

  • All visitors will be required to have their temperatures checked prior to visiting. All areas must be sanitized between visitors.  Anyone refusing to comply with the mandated regulations will not be allowed to visit. 

Please call Christine DeLuca at 718-304-1807 to schedule a time and date for your visit.  There are specific time slots available and we ask that you adhere to these times so that everyone will have a chance to visit.  Preparation is complicated and staffing needs to be adjusted to assure that everything runs smoothly for you.  Know that we will continue these visits as long as we remain COVID free and until the regulations allow visitors once again to return to the building.

We continue to pray for you and your families.  May God bless you and keep you safe.

 

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

     

Previous Updates

August 28, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

We still remain in Phase 2 and are looking forward to the time when we can move into Phase 3 and prepare for outdoor visits once again.

We continue to test all staff weekly. According to the Depart of Health regulations we are required to test all residents weekly until all residents test negative. All of our residents have tested negative. We will be testing residents monthly as part of COVID surveillance. Once again if any resident or staff member tests positive we revert to Phase 1 and begin weekly testing of all residents again. We hope and pray this is not the case. Our COVID/ Observation wing on the third floor continues to be utilized for residents admitted from the hospital who have tested negative but require a 14-day observation period and another negative test before being moved to the other units. If all continues to proceed according to plan, we will be able to begin contacting you during the middle of September for possible outdoor visits the week of September 21. Please continue to pray that we remain COVID free.

If and when we begin outdoor visits the following guidelines need to be adhered to:

In person visitation as per the guidelines means that residents may have visitors in an OUTDOOR ventilated area only. IN ROOM and IN FACILITY visits are still prohibited.

We know everyone is ready to come and hug your loved ones, however there are still some restrictions regarding this. Residents and visitors MUST wear a mask at all times and social distance must be maintained. Visits must be monitored and there must be enough time between residents to clean and sanitize the area before the next person comes to visit.

Visits will need to be scheduled as we need to limit the number of persons in the area to 10 people or less (including the resident). If there are 3-4 residents visiting at any given time, we must account for that. It is also stipulated that there can be no more than 10% of residents visited each day, which would be 17 residents per day who can have visitors. All visitors will have to have their temperatures checked and fill out the necessary questionnaire and tracking forms. Hand sanitizer will have to be used prior to any visiting.

We continue to try to keep our residents engaged through Face Time, Skype, and Window Visits. We know at times and most times this feels like it is not enough, and it isn't but the best we can do within the restraints and guidelines that are imposed upon us. We are able to have limited clinicians come into the facility and have engaged a Psychologist who is helping some of our
residents through this pandemic.

It is difficult for our residents that some of our services are still not able to be offered. To date our Beauty Shop is still not open. This is a contracted service for our residents and still restricted. If and when it opens there are also strict guidelines to be followed. In Phase 3 we will be able to allow access to limited non-essential personnel. This does not mean that they are not essential, but not considered health care workers. Some of the Beauty Shop guidelines are as follows:

Only one resident will be allowed to be in the shop at a time.

There can be no one in the waiting area.

One resident needs to be taken out and the next person brought to the shop ten minutes later so that cleaning between residents can occur.

There needs to be cleaning of capes between residents or disposable capes used.

No Blow dryers can be used at any time.

All residents and staff must wear masks when being cared for.

This will limit the number of residents who can be seen in a day and will be difficult for residents who have been waiting so long for their hair appointments. We imagine that once the shop is open, everyone will want to be FIRST!

We will proceed with this as soon as we get the green light to do so. This has been a difficult time for all of us but most especially our residents and you. We
continue to advocate for our residents and there are organizations that are attempting to reach our politicians and governor to release and/or adjust some of these restrictions and guidelines.

We all know that this COVID-19 is a virus that will not be cured or dissolve any time soon. We will be living with it for a very long time and have adjusted the best we can. We look forward to the day when we will have a vaccine that will help to get this virus under control.

We continue to pray for you and look forward to the day when we can visit again. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this time.

May God keep you and your families safe and in good health.

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

 

August 14, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

We have continued to test all residents weekly since July 31, 2020 when one staff member tested positive for COVID -19. All residents have tested negative twice. No additional staff members have tested positive since July 31, 2020. We have once again moved into Phase II.

We will begin "window visits" the week of August 24, 2020. Please call Janet Kibassa at 718-304-1826 if your resident is on the 4th, 5th, or 6th floor. Please call Christine Deluca at 718-304-1807 if your resident is on the 7th or 8th floor. If they are not at their desk you can leave a message and they will get back to you to schedule a day and time. WE HAVE EXPANDED THE VISITS TO 30 MINUTES. Please know that if any test comes back positive during the next week, we will have to cancel the visits, but pray each day that this will not be the case.

We continue to count the days until we can move into Phase Ill and have outdoor visits. We will update you as to where we are with this process as things progress. It was disappointing that our plans could not come to fruition last month, but we are hopeful that we will be able to have these visits in the near future.

We have just received an updated Executive Order from Governor Cuomo extending mandatory staff testing through September 4, 2020. We continue to test and anticipate that this will be an ongoing process.

As always thank you for your understanding and patience as we move through this process. It has been a trying time for all, but especially our residents who are separated from family and loved ones. We continue to strive to keep all residents safe and cared for.

May God bless you and keep you well and safe.

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

July 31, 2020

Dear Friends and Family,

We have been informed that a staff member of St. Patrick's Home has tested positive for COVID 19. Due to this, we will be testing all the residents weekly starting Friday, July 31, 2020. We will continue to test staff weekly. We will not be able to have visitation until all residents and staff have tested negative for the virus for 28 consecutive days. We will continue to update you as we receive more information.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Sincerely,


Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

July 22, 2020

Dear Family and Friends, 
 
I would like to continue our understanding of the potential Resident Outdoor visits that may begin the first week of August. To do so, I will re-state part of our Update from July 11, 2020 with some additions. The original Update stated as follows: 
 
"You may have heard on the news of July 10, 2020 that nursing homes located in an area that is in Phase 3 of reopening will be permitting visitation within the next five days. What the news did not tell you was that there are strict guidelines that need to be followed and following these guidelines will permit only 10% of the nursing homes to most likely qualify to have in person visitation. I will summarize these guidelines in this update so that we are all clear on what this means for St. Patrick's Home. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in sanctions and fines for the facility as per the Department of Health." 
 
In person visitation as per the guidelines means that residents may have visitors in an OUTDOOR ventilated area only. 
 
In ROOM and IN FACILITY visits are still prohibited. 
 
There can only be 2 persons per resident and social distance must be maintained at all times. 
 
We know everyone is ready to come and hug your loved ones, however there are still some restrictions regarding this. Residents and visitors MUST wear a mask at all times and maintain social distance. Visits must be monitored and there must be enough time between residents to clean and sanitize the area before the next person comes for a visit. 
 
Visits will need to be scheduled as we need to limit the number of persons in the area to 10 people'(including the resident) or less. If there are 3-4 residents visiting at any given time, we must account for that. It is also stipulated that there can be no more than 10% of the residents visited each day. For St. Patrick's that would be 17 residents per day who can have visitors so we will need to schedule visits that way."
 
All visitors will have to have their temperatures checked and fill out the necessary questionnaire prior to visiting.
Hand sanitizer will also have to be used prior to any visiting.
In order to qualify for visitation, the facility must have had NO incidences of residents or staff testing positive for COVID 19 for 28 consecutive days. If someone tests positive (resident or staff member) after visitation has commenced, we will need to stop the visitation and wait again until all residents and staff have tested negative for the virus for 28 consecutive days. We are hoping this will not be the case for us. We have had no positive cases since the end of June. Our date for the 28 consecutive days for residents and staff will be July 27th. We originally thought it was from the time the test was done, however the days start counting from the time we receive our last negative test result.
It is to be noted that we are waiting the test results for one of our staff who was experiencing symptoms. If this test comes back positive, we will need to go back to Phase 2 and start counting again. We hope this is not the case and will not know until this test is returned to us. Because of this we are unable to schedule any outdoor visits until we receive the results. We will inform you as soon as we receive the results and are able to schedule visits. These visits will be scheduled and there will be a time limit so that all residents will be afforded an outside visit initially. As stated above, there can be no more than 10 persons in an area at any given time and we are limited in space to maintain social distance. We understand how difficult this is for you and your loved ones.
 
Phase 3 will also allow residents to go outside with each other for some fresh air and we are hoping for this.
 
In the meantime, Through the Looking Glass visits are continuing. We thank you for your patience and realize how difficult this has been for everyone but most especially our dear residents. Please know that you are all in our prayers as we continue to go through this crisis.
May God Bless you and keep you safe. 
 

Sincerely,

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

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July 11, 2020

UPDATE FOR ST. PATRICK'S HOME

Dear Family and Friends,

You may have heard on the news of July 10, 2020 that nursing homes located in an area that is in Phase 3 of reopening will be permitting visitation within the next five days. What the news did not tell you was that there are strict guidelines that need to be followed and following these guidelines will permit only 10% of the nursing homes to most likely qualify to have in person visitation. I will summarize these guidelines in this update so that we are all clear on what this means for St. Patrick's Home. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in sanctions and fines for the facility as per the Department of Health.

In person visitation as per the guidelines means that residents may have visitors in an OUTDOOR ventilated area only.

In ROOM and IN FACILITY visits are still prohibited.

There can only be 2 persons per resident and social distance must be maintained at all times.

We know everyone is ready to come and hug your loved ones, however there are still some restrictions regarding this. Residents and visitors MUST wear a mask at all times and maintain social distance. Visits must be monitored and there must be enough time between residents to clean and sanitize the area before the next person comes for a visit.

Visits will need to be scheduled as we need to limit the number of persons in the area to 10 people (including the resident) or less. If there are 3-4 residents visiting at any given time, we must account for that. It is also stipulated that there can be no more than 10% of the residents visited each day. For St. Patrick's thatwould be 17 residents per day who can have visitors so we will need to schedule visits that way.

All visitors will have to have their temperatures checked and fill out the necessary questionnaire prior to visiting. Hand sanitizer will also have to be used prior to any visiting.

In order to qualify for visitation, the facility must have had NO incidences of residents or staff testing positive for COVID 19 for 28 consecutive days. If someone tests positive (resident or staff member) after visitation has commenced, we will need to stop the visitation and wait again until all residents and staff have tested negative for the virus for 28 consecutive days. We are hoping this will not be the case for us. We have had no positive cases since the end of June and our 28th day will be July 23rd. We will be calling to set up the outdoor visitation and schedule a date and time for our residents shortly.  In the meantime, we have Through the Looking Glass visits scheduled for the week of July 20th and these will continue as planned.

Relaxation of the visitation protocols is encouraging news and we do hope that things can continue as planned. We wait for the day when we will have visitors in the facility and will be able to resume a normal or as near a normal schedule as possible. I am also attaching an update regarding the visitation restrictions that we have received from Bond and Schoeneck & King who are Long Term Care and Health Care Attorneys for your review.

As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding during this most difficult time and separation from your loved ones. It is our privilege to care for all our residents and we are grateful that you have entrusted them to us.

Please be assured of a remembrance in our daily prayers and may God continue to bless you and keep you safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

 

June 3, 2020

Dear Family and Friends, Update from St. Patrick's Home,

An Update from St. Patrick's Home

  • We have had no additional residents test positive at this time. We will continue to test residents weekly. We have 9 residents on our COVID unit at this time.
  • We have had 1 resident who was COVID positive pass away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this most difficult time.
  • We continue to test all staff twice per week. 2 staff members have tested positive this week and they have been placed on mandatory isolation for 14 days and will be re-tested before being allowed to return to work.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we move through this pandemic. May you and your families remain well and safe. Be sure of our prayers for you.

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

 

 

 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

An Update from St. Patrick's Home

We have had all of our residents tested for COVID and have received the results this weekend. There were 2 additional residents this week that tested positive and they have been moved to the COVID wing on the 3rd floor. All remaining residents are negative.

We presently have 10 residents on the COVID wing and hope that 3 of these residents witl be able to move back to their rooms this week.

We have been accepting admissions for the past two weeks and have 8 residents on the Admission wing of the 3rd floor. This is a separate wing from the COVID wing. All new admissions from the hospital must test negative for COVID before they can be admitted. They will be in a separate wing on the third floor for a 14-day observation period. They will be retested at the end of 14 days and if found to be negative moved to another floor:that will be appropriate for their needs.

All staff continue to be tested twice per week. We have had 264 staff results returned this weekend and all results were negative. We are most grateful for this.

We will continue to test all staff in the coming week as per the Executive Order of the Governor.

We pray for all of you and your families and thank you for your patience as we continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the Governor, New York State Department of Health, and the CDC in an effort to contain and prevent the spread of the virus. May God continue to bless you.

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

Friday, May 29, 2020

This is an update from St. Patrick's Home regarding COVID-19

  • We presently have 8 residents on our COVID wing.
    All residents have been re-tested and the results are as follows:
  • The 19 residents we spoke of in Monday's update have recovered and have moved back to their original rooms. The resident whose test was inconclusive came back negative and this resident was also moved back to her original room
  • 3 of the original group of residents on this wing will be re-tested next week and if the results come back negative, they will be moved back to their original rooms.
  • 2 residents on this wing are the ones we mentioned in Monday's update.
  • We have retested ALL residents in the house.
  • To date we have received 123 Negative results and have had 3 Positive results returned. The 3 residents who have tested positive have been moved to the COVID unit. We are still waiting for the remainder of the tests to be returned.
  • We have had no COVID related deaths this week and thank God for that. We did have one resident pass away who was not COVID positive and our thoughts and prayers are for her family and the repose of her soul.

We continue to test ALL staff twice per week as per the Executive Order of the Governor.

We have performed 939 tests to date and continue to do so. We have had 1 employee test Positive this week and this person will be required to complete the mandatory 14-day isolation period and be retested before being allowed to return to work.

All remaining employees have tested Negative this week.

We continue to make progress and thank God each day for the ability to care for our residents. We are also most grateful for our dedicated staff who come to St. Patrick's each day to carry out our mission of caring for our residents with love and compassion. We continue to pray for all of you and your families. May you remain safe and well. We look forward to the day when we will be able to visit again.

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

 

Monday, May 25, 2020

This is an update from St. Patrick's Home regarding COVID-19

  • We presently have 25 residents on our COVID wing.
    All residents have been re-tested and the results are as follows:
  • 19 residents have been re-tested and the results came back Negative. They will be moved back to their units once the mandatory 14 day isolation period is completed this week.
  • 3 of the original residents remain Positive and will be re-tested this week.
  • 1 resident's test was Inconclusive and this resident has been retested, we are awaiting the results.
  • We have 2 residents from other units who have tested Positive and they have been moved to the COVID unit for the mandatory 14 day isolation period and they will be re-tested.
  • The reminder of our residents have tested Negative.

We have had one resident pass away who was COVID Positive.
May she rest in peace and may her family be consoled with God's grace.

Last week we began the mandated testing of all of our employees as per the Executive Order of the Governor.

  • We tested over 276 employees twice. We had 4 results returned that were Positive and these employees will be required to complete the 14 day isolation period and be retested before being allowed to return to work.
  • All remaining employees tested NEGATIVE and we are most grateful for this. We will continue to test ALL employees twice per week as per the Executive Order until June 9th. We will then receive further instructions regarding staff testing.

Our residents continue to recover and we thank God for this and pray each day for continued health for all of our residents and staff. We keep all of you and your families in our daily prayers as well. May God bless you and keep you safe and well until we can see you again.

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

May 17, 2020

This is an update from St. Patrick's Home regarding COVID-19

We have had more test results on our residents returned to us and we present the following:

  • 2 residents have tested positive
  • 9 residents have tested negative.

All residents who have tested positive have been moved to an isolated wing on the 3rd floor designated for this purpose. This wing will continue to be a wing dedicated for COVID-19 moving forward. We will re-test residents in 14 days and if the re-tests are negative, they will be able to return to their previous rooms. This particular unit will be transient and residents will continue to be transferred off the unit once their tests convert to negative.

We have had one resident pass away today who did have the COVID-19 virus. May she Rest in Peace. Our prayers and sympathy are extended to her family and our staff who are saddened by her passing. Please know that all of you continue to be in our daily prayers. May the Lord keep you well and safe.

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

May 15, 2020

Update from St. Patrick's Home regarding COVID-19

Yesterday, I mentioned that we were testing all of our residents for COVID -19 and re-testing those positive residents to see if they had converted to negative following the mandatory 14 day isolation period.

  • We have had 14 residents come back Positive.
    All residents are asymptomatic and have been moved to isolation.
  • We have had 57 residents tested come back Negative.
  • To date we have 25 Positive cases in house and 132 Negative cases in house.
    We are still awaiting some test results.
  • We have no additional COVID Deaths.
  • We will begin Mandatory Testing of all staff next week in compliance with the Governor's Executive Order.

We thank God each day that our residents are recovering and overall doing well.
We pray for all and continue to look forward to the day when we can open our doors to all of you.

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

May 14, 2020

Update from St. Patrick's Home regarding COVID-19

  • We have had one resident test positive for COVID today.
  • We have had 11 residents test negative for COVID today.
  • Five residents have refused to be retested for COVID and we will attempt to acquire these tests. All remaining residents have been tested or retested for COVID and we are awaiting the results.

We will continue to keep you updated as these results are returned to us.

Thank you for your kindness and patience as we continue to navigate through this crisis.

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

May 13, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

We would like to give you an update as of today regarding the Residents.

  • Two Residents have tested Positive for COVID-19.
  • One COVID Resident passed away.
  • Forty-five Residents have tested Negative.
  • Thirty-two Residents have come off Isolation
  • We are in the process of testing or re-testing all Residents.
  • We are making Plans to comply with the Governor's Executive Orders regarding Staff testing.

We continue to thank you for the many prayers, wishes, cards, food, treats and greetings we have received during this time. Please know that we continue to pray for you and your families as we move through this pandemic and look forward to the day when we can open our doors and visit with all of you again. May God continue to bless you.

Sincerely,

Sister Diane Mack
Administrator

Sister M. Kevin Patricia
CEO

May 8, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

We would like to give you a weekly update of what is happening in our facility thus far. We understand how difficult it is to be separated from your loved ones during this time and we are doing our best to help you stay connected.

We continue to follow the mandates and recommendations of the New York State Department of Health, CDC, CMS, and our own Carmelite System when dealing with this virus. By way of update, we presently have 45 of our residents who have tested positive for the Coronavirus in the facility at this time. However, we have been able to take 32 of these residents out of isolation as they have been at least 21 days without symptoms (14 days is required) and have passed the infectious period. Seven residents have converted to negative upon re-test after the isolation period. We have had NO NEW cases of COVID -19 among our residents in the past week. We are in the process of re-testing all residents who have tested positive for the virus since all have completed the mandatory 14-day isolation period. Once this is completed, we will begin testing all remaining residents even if they present with no symptoms if you agree with this.

All residents continue to be monitored daily for signs and symptoms of the virus and anyone who presents with any signs or symptoms is isolated and tested. Northwell Lab has alsoinformed us that they will be able to have Antibody Testing available for all our residents andstaff. We are in the process of organizing a schedule for Antibody Testing for our residents first and then making plans for the staff to be tested as well. Family and responsible parties will be contacted for permission prior to administering any of these tests.

We are in the process of establishing a dedicated COVID wing on the 3rd floor and expect this to be accomplished within the next two weeks. We are prohibited from denying any potentialadmission based solely on a COVID diagnosis and any and all admissions will have to have a 14-day observation/isolation period upon coming into the facility. It is felt that a dedicated unit for this isolation/observation period would allow us to contain any potential spread throughout the facility. Our residents are being assisted in maintaining "Social Distance" on the units andare wearing masks if these can be tolerated. We continue to be amazed at their resiliency and understanding of the situation.

We are in the process of acquiring email addresses for all of our Families/Responsible Parties so that we can inform you timely of any new cases of COVID that present themselves in the facility as well as any new-onset of respiratory symptoms among residents and/or staff as per CMS. If we do not have an email address for you, our Admissions Department will be contacting you to provide one for notification purposes. We will continue to provide weekly updates as well as via mail and posting on our Website.

Our Clinical staff is very committed and focuses on providing direct care. When calling for updates we ask that you do not call during mealtime as it is a very busy time on the units.All residents are being served on the individual units as we are unable to utilize the Main Dining Room for communal dining. There are extra trays to be served and residents are being assisted at this time. We thank you for your patience. Again, if you would like to connect with your loved ones via Facetime and ZOOM, please call Janet Kibassa at 718-304-1826 to set up a time to do so. The residents do enjoy seeing you, even if it is on Social Media. Our Recreation staff have been working diligently to help you stay connected as we continue to go through this pandemic.

Please know·that we continue to do everything we can to care for your loved ones during this difficult period. We are working with Social Service, Recreation, and Pastoral Care to keep residents engaged and connected. Many are aware of what is happening across the country and will ask "when will the isolation be lifted". They follow the news and understand the reasons behind the decisions that must be made.

We thank you for the many prayers, wishes, cards, food, treats and greetings we have received during this time. Please know that we continue to pray for you and your families as we move through this pandemic and look forward to the day when we can open our doors and visit with all of you again. May God continue to bless you.

Sincerely,

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