Coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 17, 2020

At Meadowood, the health and safety of those who live and work on campus is our highest priority.

Meadowood team members are working closely with local, state, and federal officials to stay up-to-date about the outbreak to ensure we are taking the necessary precautions to protect our residents and staff and are following guidelines set forth by the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health. As this is a rapidly changing situation, Meadowood continues to review and update policies and procedures for preventive purposes and provide safe operations during this public health concern.

Visitation, Screening, and Events:

The below policies have been implemented in order to reduce the number of people accessing our community and provide appropriate social distancing to our residents and employees.

Health Center (Skilled Nursing, Personal Care, and Memory Care)

At this time, all visitors are restricted in the Health Center, except in certain compassionate care situations, such as end of life situations.

Independent Living

We are limiting all visits to only essential visitors (including aides and care providers), who must pass our COVID-19 screening criteria as according to CDC guidelines to gain access to the campus. Essential visitors are only allowed access to the resident’s apartment home. Friends and family are not considered essential visitors at this time and are not to visit the community at this time. We know how important contact with our loved ones is and encourage increased phone and video calls during this difficult time.

We strongly recommend that residents remain on campus in their apartment home and not visit public spaces both inside and outside of Meadowood. We also ask that residents postpone all upcoming travel, including flights, cruises, and third-party transportation.

Communal dining areas are closed at the time, and meals are being delivered to residents.

Screening

Employees and essential visitors are being screened, according to CDC guidelines.

Events

All on-campus events have been canceled until further notice.

Resident wellness and engagement:

Meadowood remains steadfast in honoring all dimensions of wellness to residents even through the most challenging circumstances. We are committed to keep every resident in the community engaged by meeting their individual wellness needs through a variety of physical, emotional, spiritual, vocational, social and intellectual programming options.

We are looking at safety restrictions as an opportunity to rise up.  We are collaborating with multiple departments, and focused on keeping our community healthy, connected, and well.

Below are some of the innovative programming that we are offering:

  • Wellness Walks around the community
  • An outside workout in a different courtyard each day that focuses on cardiovascular health, strength training, balance and stretches for physical health
  • Meditation in the Wellness Garden each morning
  • Motivational messages from the our chaplain
  • Fitness classes have been posted on the MRA (Meadowood Resident Association) website and live streamed on our closed-circuit television channel.
  • Outdoor wellness classes (conductorcize, sit and fit, strength and stretch) and wellness walks in the garden.
  • Virtual classes through Microsoft teams and a phone conference line for programs such as; Brain Health, Trivia, Karaoke/Sing a longs, Wellness chats, and Journaling classes to provide intellectual stimulation
  • Virtual personal training and wellness coaching
  • Weekly game show streamed on the channel with resident participation.

Resident Care Services:

This department provides health services for all in residential living. They respond to all sick, urgent, and emergency calls, as well as run wellness services and coordinate primary and specialty physician services. In addition to all of our routine services, we have instituted some additional care which includes;

  • Regular check ins by phone to those who are most vulnerable due to age, and underlying health conditions
  • Education on good infection control procedures for residents
  • Working collaboratively with Social Worker on completing assessments for those who are experiencing increased feelings of anxiety or isolation
  • Pre-screening of all residents before coming into the office. If they pass the pre-screen, a mask is required to enter the office.
  • Created social distancing in the waiting areas with chairs six feet apart
  • Put a 14-day quarantine in place for residents returning back to their home from the hospital or Health Center with daily temperature checks
  • Screening and follow up form for all residents returning back to their homes after travel

Our team continues to be proactive, monitoring new developments and updating policies. We are ready to take prompt and effective action as needed. We are asking residents, families, and team members to be diligent with prevention to keep members of our community safe.

Thank you for your cooperation.

-Paul Nordeman

President & CEO