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Flu Season is Here

Flu season is here!  The GRAND of Dublin is now offering flu vaccinations to our staff and residents.

Flu season typically starts in October each year and peaks between December and February.  No year is a good year to get the flu, but this year is especially bad due to the Covid19 Pandemic. If you can avoid the flu, this will help reduce the burden on our already overwhelmed healthcare systems and prevent the transmission to at-risk populations like children not old enough to receive the vaccine, our precious elderly population, and those with compromised immune systems. The risk to these populations is severe.

You should do everything you can to prevent the flu, including handwashing, hand sanitizing and staying home when you are ill or exhibiting symptoms.  Handwashing and other preventative measures can help stop both COVID 19 and the flu.  Remember, both share many of the same symptoms (fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, body aches, headache, and fatigue).  There is a risk this year of having both the flu and COVID 19 at the same time.   Providers will know more on how to treat the illness if they can rule out the flu do having a flu shot.  Keep in mind, it takes 2 weeks after vaccination to achieve full immunity, so social distance and keep away from those with flu like symptoms.

We ask that our residents, staff, families, and friends that may be visiting our centers get their flu shots.  CDC estimates that less than half of the population received their flu shots last year.  There are many fears and myths surrounding the flu shot.

  1. “It will give me the flu.” (It won’t).
  2. “It has so many bad side effects.” (Major side effects are very rare).
  3. “It won’t work anyway, they don’t know what type of flu we will have” (While it’s not perfect, it is based on the 4 biggest strains from the previous flu season).
  4. “Don’t need it, the flu isn’t anything serious”. (While some are only ill for a few days and experience minor symptoms, others may have severe illness and even death).
  5. “I will catch COVID while waiting to get my flu shot”. (Communities are offering outdoor clinics, one-on-one appointments and are required to follow proper prevention protocols).

So this flu season, wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer liberally, disinfect surfaces frequently, wear your mask, social distance, stay home when you are ill AND get your flu shot!

 

 

COVID-19 Update May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020

Dear Families, Friends and Staff Members,

Governor DeWine announced during his regular press briefing Tuesday afternoon that he is creating the Congregate Care Unified Response Team, which will start aggressive COVID-19 testing in all Ohio nursing homes.

All staff members in nursing homes will be tested.  Based on subsequent information received from the Ohio Department of Health (“ODH”), it is unclear at this time if ODH will test all residents.  Once ODH clarifies if mass resident testing will occur, we will update you as we are made aware of the next steps.

Continued Safety Measures:

The steps taken to limit risk and exposure include, but are not limited to, screening and monitoring staff, essential visitors and residents with temperature checks, oxygen levels, and vital signs up to three times daily. The Grand is encouraging social distancing and limiting visitation to only necessary situations including ancillary deliveries (food, drugs, etc.). We have asked staff not to work at other jobs and pushed all to “STAY HOME” if not at work. We have increased intensity and frequency of disinfection and cleaning. We aggressively review and screen all admissions. We currently have adequate supplies of protective equipment for staff and residents. We are monitoring the situation daily and adapting as needed to continue to provide the best quality of care. We discuss issues with and follow the guidance of our Medical Directors and Attending Physicians daily.

Communication Options:

If there are any specific updates about your loved one, rest assured, we will contact you directly.  We still encourage you to reach out to our residents.  The telephone is a viable option.  Remember you can leave a message for our residents at http://www.grandofdublin.com/resident-messages or schedule a Skype call by emailing grand-family@grandofdublin.com.

We Remain In This Together,

Blu Johnson, Administrator

COVID-19 Update May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

Dear Families, Friends and Staff Members,

Governor DeWine announced this week that massage therapy, acupuncture, cosmetic therapy and tattoo parlors will be re-opening. Beginning Thursday, May 21st, campgrounds in Ohio will be permitted to reopen followed by gyms, fitness centers and non-contact sports leagues on May 26th. Public pools which can meet required safety protocols may also reopen in the 26th. Ohio childcare providers could reopen May 31st.

The governor addresses many businesses and sectors of the economy.  However, due to the risk posed to the elderly and immunocompromised, we are aware of no proposal to ease or update restrictions for Skilled Nursing Facilities.  So, we will continue to work diligently to reduce spread and exposure.

Mitigating Actions:

Risk mitigation started in early March and continues.  The steps taken to limit risk and exposure include, but are not limited to, screening and monitoring staff, essential visitors and residents with temperature checks, oxygen levels, and vital signs up to three times daily.  Encouraging social distancing and limiting visitation to only necessary situations including ancillary deliveries (food, drugs, etc.).

We have asked staff not to work at other jobs and pushed all to “STAY HOME” if not at work.  We have increased intensity and frequency of disinfection and cleaning.  We aggressively review and screen all admissions. We currently have adequate supplies of protective equipment for staff and residents. We are monitoring the situation daily and adapting as needed to continue to provide the best quality of care. We are also discussing issues with and following the guidance of our Medical Directors and Attending Physicians daily.

If there are any specific updates about your loved one, rest assured, we will contact you directly.  We still encourage you to reach out to our residents.  The telephone is a viable option.  Remember you can leave a message for our residents at http://www.grandofdublin.com/resident-messages or schedule a Skype call by emailing grand-family@grandofdublin.com.

We Remain In This Together,

Blu Johnson, Administrator

COVID-19 Update May 6, 2020

May 8, 2020

Dear Families, Friends and Staff Members,

Governor DeWine announced additional business openings today.  Social distancing will remain; barriers will appear in stores to assist with this, but we still must remain vigilant in keeping each other safe.  We don’t know exactly what it will look like, but we know life won’t look the same.

So far, there has is no proposal to ease or update restrictions for Skilled Nursing Facilities.  Visitation restrictions will remain at this time.

With more business opening up, the Governor stated they “expect” cases and numbers to increase.   Knowing this, The GRAND of Dublin will continue to fight this virus and take precautions to limit risk and work exposure.

We will still follow Ohio Department of Health and CDC requirements.  We continue to restrict visitors, wear appropriate protective gear, social distance and monitor temperatures, oxygen levels, respiratory symptoms, and vital signs multiple times per day.

We continue to work with residents and families to keep in touch!  COMMUNICATION IS KEY.  We encourage you to reach out to our residents by phone, a text based message at http://www.grandofdublin.com/resident-messages/ or schedule a Skype call by emailing grand-family@grandofdublin.com.

On May 1, 2020, medical procedures that did not require an overnight stay restarted. Dental and veterinary services also resumed.  On May 4, 2020, manufacturing, distribution, and construction businesses began to reopen if they could meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees.  General office environments were also allowed to reopen if they met mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.

Today, Governor Dewing states that on May 12, 2020, “virtually all retail will open up and 89% of the private economy” will be open.  Barber shops and hair salons will reopen May 15, 2020.  Restaurants and bars are set to open with outside dining on May 15th and inside dining on May 21st.  Restaurants and bars will have to create a floor plan consistent with social distancing rules, but it does not seem there will be limits on occupancy.

The Governor called this re-opening plan a “gamble” with “danger signs”.  Please know, Skilled Nursing Facilities are not pulling back, they are not letting up.  Our staff continues to dedicate themselves to being cautious and doing what they can to limit exposure and spread.

We will continue to keep you updated as we hear anything new about Skilled Nursing Care specifically.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this difficult time.  When in doubt, please give us a call.

We Remain In This Together,

Blu Johnson, Administrator

COVID-19 Update April 30

April 30, 2020

Dear Families, Friends and Staff Members,

Governor DeWine announced there is no plan to reopen nursing homes for visitors for Skilled Nursing Homes.  this week that Ohio will begin to reopen May 1st

I know we are all excited and anxious to see our loved ones after being apart for so long, but bear with us as the state of Ohio works through getting us back to a new norm. Rest assured, The GRAND of Dublin continues to take precautions to limit risk and work exposure.

We continue to follow Ohio Department of Health and Center Disease Control which are restricting visitors, wearing appropriate protective gear, social distancing and monitoring temperatures, oxygen levels, respiratory symptoms, and vital signs multiple times per day.

We continue to work with residents and families to keep in touch!   We encourage you to reach out to our residents by phone, a text based message at http://www.grandofdublin.com/resident-messages/ or schedule a Skype call by emailing grand-family@grandofdublin.com.

Governor DeWine’s current Plan:

Beginning May 1, 2020, generally, medically necessary procedures that do not require overnight stays in a healthcare facility can restart. Dental and veterinary services may resume under certain circumstances as well.

Beginning on May 4, 2020, manufacturing, distribution, and construction businesses may reopen if they meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.

Also on May 4, 2020, general office environments may reopen if they can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.

On May 12, 2020, consumer, retail and services, may reopen if they can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.

We will keep you updated as we hear anything new about Skilled Nursing Care specifically.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this difficult time.

We Remain In This Together,

Blu Johnson, Administrator

COVID-19 Update April 24

April 24, 2020

Dear Families, Friends and Staff Members,

I want to generally update you as to the status of our facility.  We are doing our best to limit any fear of the unknown.  Please keep in mind, specific patient information cannot be shared in a public setting like this.  If in doubt or concerned for your loved one, call us.  We are happy to discuss your loved one and update you with specifics.  Rest assured we are still contacting family and friends directly with pertinent information whether there is an episodic event or general information to keep you updated.

This Coronavirus pandemic has changed our county, our state and the world.  There is no script or decision tree as new situations arise.  As we all learn and adapt each day, two things must remain constant.  First, our loved ones will remain our focus and their safety and well-being our singular goal.  Second is communication.  That being said, I want to share the following update:

Safety Measures:

As you know, we are still following all directives and guidelines released by local public health departments, the Ohio Department of Health, the CDC and other governmental agencies.  We are tracking and reacting to these updates daily.

For the safety, we are still restricting visitors, and monitoring temperatures, oxygen levels, respiratory symptoms and vital signs multiple times per day.  We practice social distancing by limiting group activities and communal dining amongst other things.  As needed, staff wears appropriate masks and other protective wear and takes all precautions to limit exposure.

Community and Family Thanks:

The amount of support and offers of assistance from our families and the local community have been amazing in this time of need.  We have had family members and local businesses make and/or donate protective equipment for our residents and staff.  We have seen people change their own businesses and repurpose to help support healthcare in general.  While this pandemic has brought a lot of heartache and tribulations to families and business alike, it has also been heartwarming to see overwhelming support from our communities and families.

Communication Options:

To reiterate, it is and will remain vitally important for family and friends to stay in touch with our residents.  They need to feel the love and support of their friends and relatives. We encourage you to reach out to our residents.  The telephone is still a viable option.  Additionally, The GRAND’s Facebook is set so you can leave a message for our residents at http://www.grandofdublin.com/resident-messages/

To schedule a Skype video or group phone call, please call the facility at (614) 889-8585 and ask for the activity department, social work or email grand-family@grandofdublin.com for scheduling.

Please continue to stay in communication. The Grand of Dublin again wants to thank our staff for their continued dedication and compassion. We also want to thank our families and patients for their continued support.  We understand how hard this situation is on our staff, our family members and our loved ones.  Please continue to stay patient and stay safe.

We Are In This Together,

Blu Johnson
Administrator

COVID-19 Update April 22

April 22, 2020

To our families and friends,

Social distancing to help control the COVID-19 outbreak has affected all of us in many ways. While it’s the best thing we can do for our loved ones, we understand this is particularly hard for families of the people we serve.  Healthcare around the country is taking on a new shape.  It won’t be like this forever, but it will be forever changed.  In light of that, the one constant there is a need is to promote communication of our loved ones with their friends and families.

It is vitally important for family and friends to continue contact with our residents.  They need to feel the love and support of their friends and relatives. We encourage you to reach out to our residents, and we will be happy to help coordinate your communication with them in any way we can.  The telephone is still a viable option.  Additionally, The GRAND of Dublin has set up their Facebook so you can leave a message for our residents at http://www.grandofdublin.com/resident-messages/

To schedule a Skype video or group phone call, please call the facility at (614) 889-8585 and ask for the activity department, social work or email grand-family@grandofdublin.com for scheduling.

Facility has increased daily monitoring to multiple daily temperatures and respiratory symptom checks for all staff members, our loved ones and essential visitors. We are still monitoring the latest information from local and state of Ohio Departments of Health, the CDC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  We are working on additional methods to communicate and keep everyone informed of any potential cases of COVID-19, while being respectful of all private health information.  If you have questions regarding your loved one’s that has not been addressed please reach out so we can discuss or a care conference can be set.

Again, I want to thank each of you for your cooperation and understanding during this trying time. Please reach out to the facility at (614) 889-8585 with further specific questions.  Please stay in touch and stay safe.  We will get through this together.

 

Sincerely,

Blu Johnson
Administrator
The GRAND of Dublin

COVID-19 Update April 7

April 7, 2020

Dear Families, Friends and Staff Members,

We hope this message finds everyone doing well, staying safe, and remaining in good health and spirits.  Everyone’s cooperation and embrace during this crisis has been exceptional.

We are asking for families to refrain from bringing in items to their loved ones. It is difficult, but another way that we are attempting to mitigate risk as we continue to learn more about the spread of this very serious virus. We are asking at this time, that this request also include mailed in items. The only items we are able to accept currently, are ESSENTIAL items. This would include items such as medications or incontinence supplies. Please understand, as soon as we are able to safely decrease restrictions, we happily do so!

I feel it is important to continue communications between our loved ones, family members, the community and medical professionals.  If you wish to be on our email distribution list, please reach out to The GRAND of Dublin at (614) 889-8585.

I will again direct you to our facility Facebook page.  The GRAND’s Facebook page is located at https://www.facebook.com/thegrandofdublin/ or by searching for The GRAND of Dublin on Facebook. At the facility’s page you can leave messages directly for our loved ones.  If you wish to leave a message, go to the following link and your message will be delivered. http://www.grandofdublin.com/resident-messages/

To schedule a Skype video or group phone call, please call the facility at (614) 889-8585 and ask for the activity department, social work or email grand-family@grandofdublin.com for scheduling.

For safety, the facility continues to monitoring daily temperatures and respiratory symptoms of all staff members, our loved ones and essential visitors. We continue to monitor the latest information from local and state of Ohio Departments of Health, the CDC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  We remain in close contact with our medical doctors and have protocols in place for dealing with residents if they were to exhibit symptoms of the virus.

I want to thank each of you for your cooperation and understanding during this trying time. Please reach out to the facility at (614) 889-8585 with further specific questions.  Please stay in touch and stay safe.  We will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Blu Johnson
Administrator

COVID-19 Update March 23

March 23, 2020

Dear Families, Friends and Staff Members,

I want to update each of you on measures we are taking to help improve communication with our loved ones. The GRAND of Dublin and Vrable Healthcare have purchased tablets to set up skype accounts dedicated to allowing family, friends and residents the ability to more freely communicate during this unsettling time.  We have also set up conference call lines for scheduled group calls.  While quarantines increase, it’s unlikely all family and friends can even congregate in one area to call a loved one.  With scheduled conference line times, family and friends from across the world can dial in for a group call with their loved ones.

If you are interested in scheduling a Skype video call or group phone call, please call the facility at (614) 889-8585 and ask for the activity department or email the facility at grand-family@grandofdublin.com for scheduling.  We will start scheduling these calls effective Monday, March 23, 2020.

I again want to thank everyone for their patience while we deal with this national emergency.  Our staff has been nothing short of amazing in this crisis.  While more and more business shuts down, our staff continues to make the trek to work each and every day to care for those we love.  I especially want to thank our staff members.   Long Term Care workers are a special group.  I have seen this firsthand as we deal with this difficult situation.   Our staff is leaving their own families at home to care for our residents and your loved ones.  Our staff continues to come to work while dealing with the uncertainty of day care, school closings and general uncertainty regarding this issue.

I feel it is important that we establish a method for increased communications between our residents, family members, community and medical professionals. To achieve this goal I want to establish lines of communication with all resident family members and friends.

Please continue to check our facility Facebook page for general updates.

On behalf of myself, The GRAND of Dublin and Vrable Health Care, I want to thank each of you for everything you are doing to ensure our residents are taken care of with as little interruption as possible.  Please reach out to the facility at (614) 889-8585 with further specific questions.

Sincerely,

Blu Johnson
Administrator
The GRAND of Dublin

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Update March 20

On behalf of The GRAND of Dublin and Vrable Healthcare, our concerns go out to all those impacted by COVID-19.  As always, our focus remains on the health and safety of our residents and staff.

We continue to monitor the latest information from local and state of Ohio Departments of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We have been participating on conference calls with the Governor’s office and ODH.  We are we are working diligently to required preventative measures to manage the situation safely and effectively.

As we work together to manage through this national emergency, we would like to share how The GRAND of Dublin is addressing the evolving situation and the proactive, preventative steps we are taking to minimize disruption to patient care and customer service. The GRAND of Dublin is:

  • Working on additional means of communication, including group and video calling.
  • Remaining fully staffed and continuously working on contingency plans.
  • Dedicating resources to the monitoring and evaluating responses to clinical and operational challenges arising from the outbreak.
  • Maintaining daily communication with our vendors, residents and families.
  • Assessing contingency plans across our organization designed to withstand the uncertainty of the outbreak.
  • And as always, committed to maintaining clinical best practices in the care, cleaning, and infection control.

We will continue to monitor the situation and react as quickly and efficiently as possible, always keeping the best interest of our loved ones at heart.  If you have any questions, concerns, or encounter any extraordinary circumstances regarding this situation, please reach out directly to us by contacting me at (614) 889-8585.

Sincerely,

Blu Johnson, Administrator
The GRAND of Dublin