Foothill Acres is dedicated to keeping our family members, residents and friends safe during the covid-19 pandemic. We are following all of the recommendations set forth by the CDC, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the New Jersey Department of Health. We are also committed to sharing with you our comprehensive outbreak plan and all of the latest information, data and regulatory changes that we will be posting on a regular basis below. Please continue to use email@example.com to schedule your video calls.
Background & Lessons Learned:
Foothill Acres Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, as many other nursing centers, has experienced the heartbreaking impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Living in a healthcare setting brings inherent risks due to the vulnerability of the residents we care for and the communal lifestyle. Our efforts to provide a homelike environment that promotes independence and person directed care, can contribute to the spread of a respiratory infection such as COVID-19 when aggressive restrictions are not implemented early in the
outbreak. Finding a balance between the need to be aggressive and honoring the basic rights of our residents and families will require a comprehensive plan that includes methods to communicate with residents, visitors and the staff so we can all work together to limit the exposure and to prevent the spread of respiratory infections including COVID-19.
Foothill Acres Rehabilitation & Nursing Center has developed a comprehensive response plan to address the global pandemic due to COVID-19. The plan will be in place to protect the residents, staff and visitors from respiratory infections including COVID-19.
Communication with Residents and Families:
It is the policy of this facility to inform residents, their representatives, and families of the residents by 5pm the next calendar day following the subsequent occurrence of either: each time a single confirmed infection of COVID-19 is identified or whenever three or more residents or staff with new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurs within 72 hours of each other.
Communication with Employees:
It is the policy of this facility to inform all employees by 5pm the next calendar day following the subsequent occurrence of either: each time a single confirmed infection of COVID-19 is identified or whenever three or more residents or staff with new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurs within 72 hours of each other.
General Facility Control Measures
Admission, Transfer and Readmission
Emergency Staffing Strategies:
In the event of an emergency, the Administrator or DON will make the decision to utilize emergency staffing strategies as necessary to provide for care and treatment of residents.
To continue to provide the vital opportunity for family members to interact with their loved ones while minimizing the chance of the spread of COVID-19.
Infection Prevention and Control
Resident Management / Cohorting
November 13, 2020
Last night Foothill staff received positive COVID test results from four residents in the Sub Acute unit. With this new outbreak Foothill is following protocols to isolate the positive residents in the designated separate hallway in the sub-acute unit behind double doors with each resident under quarantine in their own room. All residents and staff will be tested twice in the next 2-5 days with additional testing as needed. Residents are being tested today, staff tomorrow. Once round one is complete, we will initiate round two. At this time, all staff are negative from the standard weekly testing. All staff that were identified as prolonged contact with these residents have been removed for the schedule as well.
This new development will continue the need to keep all visitation suspended indefinitely. If you had a visit scheduled for Nov 19 or later, please do not come to the facility. You do not need to go to the website to cancel. We will send out a notification when it is safe to resume visitation. all virtual visitation modules are still available.
I’d like to remind everyone that we have a weekly conference call hosted by myself and other Foothill staff on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 3:30. To join the conference call please dial 865-666-3900, enter conference room number 116, then enter 1234# for the password.
We will keep you updated with any further developments. As always, the staff at Foothill Acres are available for any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call my cell at 973-525-4011.
Pinny Goldblatt, LNHA
Monday, November 30th, 2020
Dear Family and Friends,
We are happy to announce that our vaccination clinic with CVS Pharmacywas a HUGE success. 94% of our eligible residents received the vaccine, and 78% of our eligible staff. Our overall population at Foothill is 86% vaccinated. We are grateful to the wonderful Foothill Acres staff that worked diligently with CVS Pharmacy to make this happen. We are looking forward to brighter days ahead, and appreciate your continued support.
Pinny Goldblatt, LNHA