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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

 

COVID-19 Update March 17

March 17, 2020

Dear Families, Friends and Staff Members,

As the nation and the healthcare industry continue to deal with the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, I want to thank everyone for their patience while we deal with this national emergency.  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.

A periodic / general informational email list is being established so you can receive updates concerning any federal, state, local Covid-19 updates as well as any updates from the facility.  If you wish to be a part of this distribution list, The GRAND of Dublin asks that you contact us to have your email added.

I would also direct you to our facility Facebook page.  We strive to keep this updated with pertinent information. The GRAND of Dublin’s Facebook page is located at https://www.facebook.com/thegrandofdublin/ or you can go to your Facebook page and search The GRAND of Dublin. The facility has set up their page to allow family and friends to leave messages directly for their loved ones.  If you wish to leave a message for one of our residents, you can do so at the following link and your message will be delivered to the resident. http://grandofdublin.wpengine.com/resident-messages/

The GRAND of Dublin is always taking steps to protect our residents and limit exposure.  While some steps have been unpopular, we only take these steps as mandated by the government and to protect those we all love. The GRAND of Dublin has been mandated by the Federal Government to restrict visitors from the facility with the exception of staff, medical professionals, emergency personnel, local/state/federal officials and family members of residents who are actively experiencing end of life symptoms.  We have also been advised to restrict group activities in the facility to ensure we are following social distancing recommendations given to us by the Centers for Disease Control.  The following activities or programs will be affected by this restriction:

  • Care Conferences
  • Therapy Activities
  • Leave of Absences by Residents
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in the dining room.
  • Routine Ancillary Physician appointments unless it is an emergency

For safety, the facility is monitoring daily temperatures and respiratory symptoms of all staff members, residents and visitors.  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.  In preparation for this outbreak, we have made arrangements to order and obtain extra supplies to ensure our staff has what they need to complete their jobs. We continue to monitor our supply stock daily and react accordingly.  We are working in close coordination with our vendors and sister facilities to keep supplies adequately stocked.   At this point in time we have no shortages or outages.

 

Please keep in mind, we will not be able to address specific patient concerns in informational announcements, but will communicate any change in condition to a resident’s responsible party if the situation arises.  We recognize this is a very difficult time for everyone involved.   We will continue to work diligently with families to find alternate means of communication so our residents do not miss out on the important contact that occurs with family.  We will continue to monitor and react to recommendations and updates from local state and federal agencies regarding the Covid-19 outbreak.

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 – TRUMP DECLARES NATIONAL EMERGENCY

March 13, 2020

ATTENTION FAMILY AND VISITORS:

RE:    COVID-19 Update – TRUMP DECLARES NATIONAL EMERGENCY

Vrable Healthcare, Inc. and The GRAND of Dublin continue to work with all governmental bodies to limit the transmission of COVID-19.  President Trump recently declared a national emergency.  In his speech he called for skilled nursing facilities to suspend all visitations to nursing homes absent emergent / end-of-life circumstances.

Effective immediately, The GRAND of Dublin will be following governmental recommendations and temporarily halt visitation[1].

Again, we love to have visitors and family and understand spending time with family is of the utmost importance. Therefore, we are suggesting alternate means of communication.  Alternate means of communications can include Skype, Facetime, Facebook, etc.  The GRAND of Dublin will assist however they can to help accommodate this.

In the event of true end-of-life emergency, we will do our best to accommodate an emergent visit.  Outside activities and activities from outside vendors will also remain on hold.  We are asking families to cancel any outside appointments that are not medically necessary.

The health and safety of our residents and families continues to be our highest priority. Because the population we care for is especially vulnerable to potential infection, it is absolutely essential that we take these preventive steps.

The GRAND of Dublin and Vrable Healthcare will continue to follow governmental recommendations on additional prevention steps, including following handwashing and sanitation procedures.  Based on this, our process may be updated or changed at any time.  We thank you greatly for your consideration and for working with us to best limit risk to those we love.

Sincerely,

Blu Johnson,
Administrator

[1] Absent hospice or other emergent, end-of-life circumstances.

 

 

 

March 13, 2020

 

ATTENTION FAMILY AND VISITORS:

 

RE:    COVID-19 Update – TRUMP DECLARES NATIONAL EMERGENCY

 

Vrable Healthcare, Inc. and The GRAND of Dublin continue to work with all governmental bodies to limit the transmission of COVID-19.  President Trump recently declared a national emergency.  In his speech he called for skilled nursing facilities to suspend all visitations to nursing homes absent emergent / end-of-life circumstances.

 

Effective immediately, The GRAND of Dublin will be following governmental recommendations and temporarily halt visitation[1].

Again, we love to have visitors and family and understand spending time with family is of the utmost importance. Therefore, we are suggesting alternate means of communication.  Alternate means of communications can include Skype, Facetime, Facebook, etc.  The GRAND of Dublin will assist however they can to help accommodate this.

 

In the event of true end-of-life emergency, we will do our best to accommodate an emergent visit.  Outside activities and activities from outside vendors will also remain on hold.  We are asking families to cancel any outside appointments that are not medically necessary.

The health and safety of our residents and families continues to be our highest priority. Because the population we care for is especially vulnerable to potential infection, it is absolutely essential that we take these preventive steps.

The GRAND of Dublin and Vrable Healthcare will continue to follow governmental recommendations on additional prevention steps, including following handwashing and sanitation procedures.  Based on this, our process may be updated or changed at any time.  We thank you greatly for your consideration and for working with us to best limit risk to those we love.

 

Sincerely,

 

Blu Johnson,
Administrator

[1] Absent hospice or other emergent, end-of-life circumstances.

COVID-19 Update

March 12, 2020

ATTENTION FAMILY AND VISITORS:

RE:     COVID-19 Update

Vrable Healthcare, Inc. and The GRAND of Dublin are working in coordination with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), the Ohio Department of Health (“ODH”) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) on limiting the transmission of COVID-19.

ODH recently released additional guidance on how skilled nursing facilities should continue to be proactive in limiting risk. The GRAND of Dublin has already begun screening visitors, staff and residents and taken other precautions outlined in the Joint Director’s Notice from ODH.

Effective immediately, The GRAND of Dublin will be following governmental recommendations and limiting the entrances of visitors to only the main, front entrance.  All visitors will be required to check-in and undertake screening and must clear the screening to be approved to visit.  Visitors must also present a valid government identification card and provide their name address and telephone number.

The GRAND of Dublin is limiting the number of visitors to one (1) visitor per resident, per day, absent emergent circumstances.  While we love to have visitors and family and understand spending time with family is of the utmost importance, we are suggesting alternate means of communication.  Alternate means of communications can include Skype, FaceTime, Facebook, etc.  The GRAND of Dublin will assist however they can to help accommodate this.  In the event of true emergency, we will do our best to accommodate an emergent visit.  At this time we will be eliminating outside activities and activities from outside vendors.  We also ask that you limit any outside appointments that are not medically necessary.

The health and safety of our residents and families are always our highest priority. Because the population we care for is especially vulnerable to potential infection, it is absolutely essential that we take these preventive steps.

The GRAND of Dublin and Vrable Healthcare continues to follow governmental recommendations on additional prevention steps, including following strict hand-washing and sanitation procedures.  Based on this, our process may be updated or changed at any time.  We thank you greatly for your consideration and for working with us to best limit risk to those we love.

Sincerely

 

Blu Johnson,

Administrator