COVID VACCINE and PRECAUTIONS UPDATES – PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES
Throughout the last year, Luther Park Community learned very quickly that COVID-19 precautions are critical and ever-changing. We take our responsibility to keeping our senior residents healthy very seriously. We encourage you to check back here for updates as situations with the vaccine and safety protocols change often as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Luther Park Community has been offering COVID-19 vaccinations to our residents and staff since early 2021. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered in two doses, 21 days apart.
We will continue to remain diligent in our infection prevention and control practices. If any resident or staff tests positive in any Luther Park Community facility, our testing requirements change to outbreak status. Outbreak status requires testing of residents at least every seven days with a minimum of 14 days without an additional positive test.
We currently have 1 COVID-positive staff* or residents. AS OF 5/22/21
(*This affects Trinity Center only – see changes to Trinity Center visitations below)
LUTHER PARK GARDENS ASSISTED LIVING
On April 28, the CDC updated recommendations for COVID-19 prevention and control in healthcare facilities. The CDC recommends different approaches for individuals who are fully vaccinated and for those who are not fully vaccinated. Because 100% of residents in the Gardens are fully vaccinated, we are thrilled to implement changes that allow residents to enjoy a more “normal” pre-COVID-19 lifestyle.
- Effective immediately, we will return to full communal dining. Dining room tables will have four chairs, rather than two, improving socialization among residents. Visitors my join us for meals in the dining room only if they are fully vaccinated. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated may eat with a resident in the resident’s apartment or Community Room.
- Visits with residents are allowed outdoors, in common indoor areas and in resident’s apartments. Please call 515-265-1887 to let us know your plans and/or to schedule common space.
- Residents may have more than two visitors if all visitors are fully vaccinated. If visitors are not fully vaccinated, you must be able to maintain a social distance of at least six feet while visiting. We reserve the right to limit the number of visitors.
- All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must have their temperature taken and answer questions about symptoms when arriving at the Gardens.
To keep all residents and staff healthy, we kindly ask that you not visit if you do not feel well or have a known exposure to COVID-19. Also, we cannot ask for proof of your vaccination status and are counting on your cooperation to ensure the success with these new procedures.
- For medically necessary trips away from the building, residents and drivers must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing when possible and practice good hand hygiene.
- For non-medically necessary trips, we encourage residents to avoid potential high-risk situations. This includes close contact with a person who is COVID positive without PPE for 15 or more minutes in a 24-hour period. A large gathering where social distancing and masks were not worn and transmission is likely is also considered a high risk situation.
- The Gardens staff may ask a resident to quarantine for 14 days upon return if there is reason to believe there was a high-risk exposure.
- Resident testing may occur where the community spread of COVID-19 is high; where there are others with unknown vaccination status; large crowds of people and/or if requested.
LUTHER PARK TRINITY CENTER LONG-TERM AND SKILLED NURSING
On May 22, we learned one Trinity Center staff member tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee has had limited to no contact with any resident at the Trinity Center and will be isolating at home for 10 days before returning to work per CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) and CMS (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services).
Effective immediately all indoor visitations, except compassionate care, have been suspended at the Trinity Center. We will be testing all staff and residents for the COVID-19 virus starting today and every 7 days until we have 14 days without any further positive COVID tests. These testing guidelines are based on CMS requirements. We will evaluate the results and determine when we will be able to resume indoor visitations. Compassionate care visits need to be approved by Trinity Center Leadership. Please call the facility at 515-262-5639 to be connected the on-call nurse after normal business hours/weekends. All other calls may be directed to the social worker at 515-261-6396.
If you have been in the Trinity Center at some time in the last week, we recommend that you monitor yourself for any COVID-19 symptoms for the next 14 days. This self-monitoring is recommended regardless of your vaccination status.