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St. Luke Lutheran Community – North Canton Response to COVID-19

At St. Luke Lutheran Community, the health and safety, as well as the physical, social, and spiritual well-being of our residents is of utmost importance and priority. The residents we serve are cared about deeply, and we take our responsibility of providing care for them seriously. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our level of care and sanitization have been elevated as we work even harder than before to protect our residents and staff.

Following strategic guidelines from the Stark County Health Department and Ohio Department of Health, we are working diligently to limit and prevent the possible transmission of coronavirus.

Up-to-date, preliminary positive case numbers for our facility can be found at coronavirus.ohio.org.

The following rules and procedures have been implemented across our North Canton assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in an effort to diminish the spread of the virus:

-          Public health officials are notified as required, and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio Department of Health, and Stark County Health Department are implemented and followed

-          Positive residents are relocated to an isolation unit and their physicians and responsible parties are notified

-          Resident emergency contacts and staff are notified of any positive cases through phone, text, and email notifications

-          Only authorized staff members have access to the COVID isolation units and wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) while providing care

Air Scrubbers have been installed in our COVID isolation units

-          All staff members and vendors must wear an N95 face mask and a face shield while in the building

-          We practice social distancing and encourage it among our residents through enhanced in-room activities. Staff members practice social distancing in common areas like the employee break room by sitting at individual, separated tables. Both staff and residents perform proper hand hygiene procedures

-          All staff members and vendors are screen for signs and symptoms upon entering and exiting the facility

-          Visitor access to the building has been temporarily suspended until further notice

-          Testing for staff and residents has been increased to every 3-7 days

-          Positive staff members are removed from the scheduled, instructed to follow up with a physician, and cannot return to work until cleared by their local health department

-          All staff have been educated on the proper use of PPE and proper hand hygiene procedures

-          An additional infection control nurse educator has been added to our team to ensure heightened infection control measures are followed

-          Effected living areas, as well as common “high-touch” areas throughout the facility, are sprayed using an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer

-          Wavelength UV portable sanitation units have been purchased to further aid in disinfection processes

 

Unfortunately, despite our efforts, like so many other nursing care communities who have experienced similar challenges, we can confirm that some of our residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and that some of those residents have passed. We are extremely saddened that the pandemic has touched our facility in this way, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of our residents.

Your continued prayers and patience is greatly appreciated as we work to protect our residents and staff while limiting and preventing additional transmission. The need for faith-based care doesn’t stop during a time of crisis, and neither will we.


 

NORTH CANTON FACILITY

COVID-19 Update for January 15, 2021

St. Luke Lutheran Community – North Canton COVID-19 update for January 15, 2021.

A staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. They have been removed from the schedule and will not be will be permitted to return to work until they have completed the guidelines set forth by their local health department.

We have no new cases of COVID-19 among residents. Residents continue to be monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Residents and staff that have previously tested negative will be tested again Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Skilled nursing residents and staff received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week. Assisted Living residents will receive their second dose later this month.  

We are continuing to work closely in collaboration with the Stark County Health Department and following their strategic guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission based infection.

Visitation restrictions are still in place at this time. To pre-schedule a video chat or phone call with your loved one, please contact the facility or visit our website.

For vaccination information and a list of all precautions that have been implemented to reduce the risk of transmission based infection, please see our website at www.stllc.org or call and speak with our Infection Control Nurse Katlyn at 330-704-5161.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Kathleen Langer-Champlin at 330-966-5604.


COVID-19 Update for January 11, 2021

St. Luke Lutheran Community – North Canton COVID-19 update for January 11, 2021.

A non-direct care staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. They have been removed from the schedule and will not be will be permitted to return to work until they have completed the guidelines set forth by their local health department.

We have no new cases of COVID-19 among residents. Residents continue to be monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Residents and staff that have previously tested negative will be tested again tomorrow Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Assisted living residents received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last week. Skilled nursing residents and staff will receive their second dose tomorrow Tuesday, January 12.  

We are continuing to work closely in collaboration with the Stark County Health Department and following their strategic guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission based infection.

Visitation restrictions are still in place at this time. To pre-schedule a video chat or phone call with your loved one, please contact the facility or visit our website.

For vaccination information and a list of all precautions that have been implemented to reduce the risk of transmission based infection, please see our website at www.stllc.org or call and speak with our Infection Control Nurse Katlyn at 330-704-5161.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Kathleen Langer-Champlin at 330-966-5604.


COVID-19 Update for January 8, 2021

St. Luke Lutheran Community – North Canton COVID-19 update for January 8, 2021.

Several staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. They have been removed from the schedule and will not be will be permitted to return to work until they have completed the guidelines set forth by their local health department.

We have no new cases of COVID-19 among residents. Residents continue to be monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Residents and staff that have previously tested negative will be tested again Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Assisted living residents received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week. Skilled nursing residents and staff will receive their second dose on Tuesday, January 12.  

We are continuing to work closely in collaboration with the Stark County Health Department and following their strategic guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission based infection.

Visitation restrictions are still in place at this time. To pre-schedule a video chat or phone call with your loved one, please contact the facility or visit our website.

For vaccination information and a list of all precautions that have been implemented to reduce the risk of transmission based infection, please see our website at www.stllc.org or call and speak with our Infection Control Nurse Katlyn at 330-704-5161.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Kathleen Langer-Champlin at 330-966-5604.


 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Notification: 07-15-2020
NORTH CANTON FACILTY
VISITATION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Responsible Restart: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Interim Visitation

Starting July 21, 2020, scheduled outdoor nursing home visitation is permitted.

Please see below for the updated requirements for Assisted Living Visitations

What You Need To Know:

· Prescheduled visitation is available 7 days per week from the hours of 10am to 4p for a maximum of 30 minutes per day.

· Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance for Monday-Friday visits and at least 48 hours in advance for Saturday and Sunday visits.

· Visits will be limited to no more than 3 visitors per visit; each resident is permitted 3 in person visits/week.

· No children under the age of 2 will be permitted at this time, all others must be capable by age/maturity to maintain social distancing and wear a mask.

· No food or drink is permitted to be consumed during the visit. If you would like to bring your loved one a food or drink, it must be dropped off at the front desk and it will be delivered to their room for after the visit.

· The facility reserves the right to reschedule visitation due to inclement weather, including extreme heat.

Beginning July 15, 2020, you may contact us to schedule your visit. For ease of scheduling a visit, we ask that you please call 330-499-8341 and select #3, leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will return your call within 24 hours.

Guidelines:

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.

Once you arrive to the main entrance, proceed to the front desk for screening.

1. Each visitor will be required to perform hand hygiene prior to, during as needed, and after each visit and wear a face mask. Visitors must provide their own face mask.

2. Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to complete a screening form

     a. Visitors will be screened for fever and respiratory illness using a designated form prior to entry.  
         Those with symptoms of a respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat) will
         not be permitted to visit.

     b. Sign in is required in the designated visitor log book.

3. Once screening is completed, staff will direct you to the designated area.

4. Visitors are limited to an outside patio designated by the facility, please do not rearrange items.

5. Refrain from physical contact with resident and others while visiting the facility. Example:  practice social distancing with no hand shaking or hugging and remaining 6 feet apart.

6. At the prescheduled time we will assist your loved one to the designated area. Residents are required to wear a mask during the visit.

7. Visit is limited to 30 minutes, once you are at your designated area, if you would like a shorter visit or need to leave early, please call 330-499-8341 and ask for your loved one to be assisted back inside. Please do not leave without making sure your loved one is returned safely inside.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe and healthy.


 

PORTAGE LAKES FACILITY

COVID-19 Notification for January 4, 2021

St. Luke Lutheran Community- Portage Lakes COVID-19 notification for January 4, 2021.

The facility was notified today that one of our employees has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee has been removed from the schedule and prior to their return to work, they will have been released by their local health department.

We continue to follow the strategic guidelines set forth by the Summit County Health Department to reduce the risk of this transmission based infection.

The staff and residents will be tested again on January 5, 2021.

Outdoor/indoor visitation remains on hold at this time. For specific precautions that have been implemented to reduce the risk of transmission based infection, please see our website at www.stllc.org for more information or call and ask to speak with our infection control nurse Katlyn at 330-704-5161.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Angela Knowles 330-704-3811.


 

 

PORTAGE LAKES FACILITY
*Visitation temporarily suspended until further notice

Responsible Restart: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Interim Visitation

Starting July 22, 2020, scheduled outdoor nursing home visitation is permitted.

Please see below for the updated requirements for Visitations

What You Need To Know:

·    Prescheduled visitation is available Monday, Wednesday, Saturday from the hours of 10am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm for a maximum of 30 minutes per day.

·    Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance for Monday-Friday visits and at least 48 hours in advance for Saturday and Sunday visits. Please be sure to call during business hours 9aa-5pm.

·    Visits will be limited to no more than 3 visitors per visit; each resident is permitted 2 in person visits/week.

·    No children under the age of 10 will be permitted at this time, all others must be capable by age/maturity to maintain social distancing and wear a mask.

·    No pets allowed.

·    No food or drink is permitted to be consumed during the visit. If you would like to bring your loved one a food or drink, it must be dropped off at the front door and it will be delivered to their room for after the visit.

·    The facility reserves the right to reschedule visitation for any reason including inclement weather, extreme heat, etc.

For ease of scheduling a visit, we ask that you please call Brianna Kocevar at 330-245-7312, if she is unable to answer please leave a message with your name and phone number.

Guidelines:

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.

Once you arrive call the front desk at 330-644-3914 to let us know you are here. We will then meet you outside the front doors for screening.

1. Each visitor will be required to perform hand hygiene prior to, during as needed, and after each visit and wear a face mask. Visitors must provide their own face mask.

2. Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to complete a screening form

     a. Visitors will be screened for fever and respiratory illness using a designated form prior to entry. Those with symptoms of a respiratory illness (fever, cough,
     shortness of breath, or sore throat) will not be permitted to visit.

     b. Sign in is required in the designated visitor log book.

3. Once screening is completed, staff will direct you to the designated area.

4. Visitors are limited to an outside patio designated by the facility, please do not rearrange items.

5. Refrain from physical contact with resident and others while visiting the facility. Example:  practice social distancing with no hand shaking or hugging and remaining 6 feet apart.

6. At the prescheduled time we will assist your loved one to the designated area. Residents are required to wear a mask during the visit.

7. Visit is limited to 30 minutes, once you are at your designated area.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe and healthy.


 

MINERVA FACILITY

COVID-19 Notification for January 2, 2021

St. Luke Lutheran Community- Minerva COVID-19 update for January 2, 2021. 

We were notified that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. They have been removed from the schedule and will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by their local health department.

The residents that were tested on December 29 tested negative for COVID-19.

The staff and residents that have previously tested negative will be re-tested Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

We have started retesting those individuals that tested positive 12 weeks ago. 

We are working in collaboration with the Stark County Health Department and following their strategic guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission based infection.

Visitation remains on hold at this time. We are offering video chats and window visits.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Nicole Cooper, at 330-522-4283.


 

MINERVA FACILTY

VISITATION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Responsible Restart: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Interim Visitation

Beginning June 10, 2020, families may call into the facility to schedule an outdoor only visitation.

Please see below for the updated requirements for Assisted Living Visitations

What You Need To Know:

· Prescheduled visitation is available 7 days per week from the hours of 10am to 4p for a maximum of 30 minutes per day.

· Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance for Monday-Friday visits and at least 48 hours in advance for Saturday and Sunday visits.

· Visits will be limited to no more than 3 visitors per visit; each resident is permitted 3 in person visits/week.

· No children under the age of 2 will be permitted at this time, all others must be capable by age/maturity to maintain social distancing and wear a mask.

· No food or drink is permitted to be consumed during the visit. If you would like to bring your loved one a food or drink, it must be dropped off at the front desk and it will be delivered to their room for after the visit.

· The facility reserves the right to reschedule visitation due to inclement weather, including extreme heat.

To schedule a visit, we ask that you please call 330-868-5600.

Guidelines:

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.

Once you arrive to the main entrance, proceed to the front desk for screening.

1. Each visitor will be required to perform hand hygiene prior to, during as needed, and after each visit and wear a face mask. Visitors must provide their own face mask.

2. Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to complete a screening form

     a. Visitors will be screened for fever and respiratory illness using a designated form prior to entry.  
         Those with symptoms of a respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat) will
         not be permitted to visit.

     b. Sign in is required in the designated visitor log book.

3. Once screening is completed, staff will direct you to the designated area.

4. Visitors are limited to an outside patio designated by the facility, please do not rearrange items.

5. Refrain from physical contact with resident and others while visiting the facility. Example:  practice social distancing with no hand shaking or hugging and remaining 6 feet apart.

6. At the prescheduled time we will assist your loved one to the designated area. Residents are required to wear a mask during the visit.

7. Visit is limited to 30 minutes, once you are at your designated area, if you would like a shorter visit or need to leave early, please call 330-868-5600 and ask for your loved one to be assisted back inside. Please do not leave without making sure your loved one is returned safely inside.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe and healthy.