Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
A note from our President
Click to download the latest letter from Danny Stricker, President, Ascension Living
What prevention measures are in place?
The health and safety of our residents and associates are our top priorities. Every action and measure we put in place reflects that commitment.
Taking scientific guidance on communicable diseases protocols
Our team has been following the directions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In partnership with the state health departments, and our operational and clinical teams, we are monitoring the care for all of our residents. In short, our focus is reducing exposure to COVID-19.
Based on their guidance, we have been proactively implementing precautions that reduce the risk of exposure and possible spread to others. This includes advanced efforts to monitor residents’ health and identify symptoms – and detect regional trends in the growth of COVID-19 cases.
Our precautionary actions
Put in place visitation restrictions designed to help protect our residents, associates and families.
Conducted proactive tests in our skilled nursing and assisted living communities to identify asymptomatic residents and prevent negative outcomes.
Implemented comprehensive screening of all who enter our community.
Applied social-distancing measures.
Required all associates and clinical partners to wear a face mask when working within our communities.
Regularly conducted stringent deep cleaning that follow our updated processes.
Obtained resident and associate baseline to monitor for signs or symptoms of infection.
We made all these changes to reduce the potential for exposure to COVID-19 while a resident receives care unrelated to the disease.
Our protections for residents after discovering a COVID-19 issue
In our skilled nursing facilities, residents:
With positive tests or who are symptomatic are cohorted and isolated in a designated unit and treated in accordance with guidance from the CDC.
In isolation are cared for by designated, specially trained healthcare personnel who do not interact with other residents or units within the community.
Who do not have symptoms related to COVID-19 or tested negatively are treated in a separate part of the building and are cared for by a different designated team to mitigate any possible exposure to COVID-19.
And families can use video-calling tools to combat loneliness and anxiety.
Our staff requirements
We have mandated that:
Any staff member who tests positive will adhere to established infection-control protocols with guidance from the CDC and will remain off work until cleared by Occupational Health or their personal medical provider.
Every staff member follows our protocols and is fully dressed in appropriate personal protective equipment at all times in our community.
Ascension Living toll-free number
In order to allow our team to focus more time and energy on helping our residents find joy, we now have a toll-free number for you to call to get quick answers to frequently asked questions. Call toll-free 833-980-2297. If the operator can't answer your question, you will be connected to a member of our team.
Toll-free number: 833-980-2297
Available: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (in all time zones we serve)
What are the current visitation requirements?
The safety and well-being of our residents, associates and visitors is our priority. During this period of heightened awareness and social distancing, we are taking additional precautions and are limiting visitors. Following CDC, CMS and local public health guidance, all Ascension Living communities are restricting all visitors and non-essential health care personnel. In our skilled nursing facilities, according to CMS visitors are only permitted for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation. In those special circumstances, only one visitor is permitted per resident at a time. All approved visitors will be screened and are required to follow good hand hygiene and wear a mask. Please call our communities before visiting for individual community and state public health guidelines.
How can I stay in contact with my family member at your community?
Tips for virtual visitation during COVID-19. We understand during this time it is important to stay connected to your loved ones and remain aware of their status. We encourage communication through the use of personal devices. Consider one of the following apps to connect virtually with your loved ones. You can download them in either the App Store (iPhone) or the Play Store (Android): Facebook Messenger, Facetime (iPhones only), Google Hangouts and many other apps.
Please call the community to coordinate, if your loved one does not have a mobile phone with this type of feature.
Want to sign up for email updates?
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Donation Policy Update- No homemade food donations
While we love homemade treats, we are currently only accepting food donations for staff and residents from restaurants and bakeries or prepackaged items, not homemade.
Ascension COVID-19 page
Ascension can connect you with the care and services to help you and your family in these times that can feel uncertain. Click here to learn more.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - homemade cloth face coverings tips
Here are some helpful tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on proper use and recommendations for homemade cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)- guidelines and tips
Other Ascension Living COVID-19 related resources
Phased Opening Documentation
The nation’s leading organization for people age 50 and older.www.aarp.org
Administration on Aging
Site provides an overview on a variety of topics, programs and services related to aging.aoa.org
Aging with Dignity
We believe every life is important and deserving of dignity. We honor this belief by empowering all people, of every age, to plan in advance for the challenges that may come with aging, serious illness, disability or loneliness.agingwithdignity.org
The world leader in Alzheimer’s research and support. The first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s.alz.org
American Geriatrics Society
The premier professional organization of health care providers dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults.americangeriatrics.org
A charitable organization dedicated to funding research on age-related and degenerative diseases, educating the public about these diseases, and providing emergency financial assistance to people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.brightfocus.org
American Heart Association
Offers information on heart attacks, strokes and family health.americanheart.org
Referral sites to locate geriatric care managers who assess needs, identify and coordinate care resources.caremanager.org
Elder Care locator
Welcome to the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families.eldercare.acl.gov
Family Caregiver Alliance
For 40 years Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) has supported and sustained the important work of families and friends nationwide who care for adult loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.caregiver.org
FDA Information for Older People
Articles, brochures and other publications with information on a wide range of health issues.fda.gov/oc/seniors
Health and Age
The Novartis Foundation for Gerontology supports education and innovation in healthy aging, geriatrics and the care of elderly people.healthandage.org
A government website with links to health-related information resources on the internet.healthfinder.gov
Health In Aging
Provides consumers and caregivers with up-to-date information on health and aging.healthinaging.org
Help Starts Here
Valuable information from the National Association of Social Workers on health and wellness, seniors and aging and more.helpstartshere.org
Illinois Catholic Health Association
ICHA is a voluntary association of Catholic health and social service organizations, along with their religious sponsors and health systems.il-cha.org
Illinois Department on Aging
The Illinois Department on Aging helps older adults live independently in their own homes and communities.2.illinois.gov/aging
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Official U.S. government Medicare site.medicare.gov
Medicare Rights Center
The largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare.medicarerights.org
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National Association of Senior Move Managers
NASMM members are experienced professionals who help older adults and their families with downsizing and moving to a new residence.nasmm.org
National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care
Site developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs.longtermcare.gov
National Institute on Aging
The National Institute on Aging leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging to extend the healthy, active years of life.nih.gov/nia - BAD URL
National Institutes of Health and Senior Health
Easily accessible, reliably accurate health information for seniors and family members.nihseniorhealth.org
The Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) provides comprehensive medical and social services to certain frail, community-dwelling individuals, most of who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits.https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/ltss/pace/index.html
North America’s largest senior living directory that offers the most up-to-date detailed listing information on many types of senior housing options, covering the continuum of care and beyond.retirementhomes.com
Social Security Administration
The place for facts, articles, videos and more concerning benefits and services related to Social Security. You’ll also find links to other helpful government websites.ssa.gov
US Department of Veterans Affairs
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans.va.gov
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