A message from Denise Bilodeau, Administrator:
September 1, 2020
Dear Pearl City Nursing Home Residents, Families and Friends,
I hope this message finds you healthy and safe. We were notified by the Department of Health that we were cleared from their surveillance for any active COVID-19 based on a series of negative test results we finalized in August. What we are learning about COVID-19 today is a disturbing reality. It is becoming a new way of living for us all since we have no idea who among us is a possible carrier of the disease. Even when thorough screening of staff and residents is conducted daily, someone may be a “silent spreader” with no symptoms and feeling just fine. Each and every day we learn new information about this virus and we apply what we are learning to our facility operation.
We recently received a limited supply of test kits from the Federal Government under a new mandate from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid). This will allow us to conduct rapid testing on-site of staff and/or residents as directed by their new mandate. With this added measure, we hope to be able to continue to provide as safe an environment for everyone, despite the continued spread of the virus in the general community at large.
In addition, we are taking additional measures as part of our increased infection prevention, including:
- We have purchased a new, dry fog sanitizing system that allows us to clean individual rooms in the facility to ensure a 99.9% disinfection of airborne and surface molds, bacteria, and viruses for up to 90 days.
- Ongoing restrictions to visitation of anyone entering our facility
- Increased and ongoing staff education regarding signs, symptoms and transmission of COVID-19
- Continued daily screening of all residents, staff and essential visitors
- Social distancing measures for residents and staff
We continue to ask for your understanding and patience during this trying time. It is our mission to provide a safe environment for every resident in our care, despite the current circumstances. It is our hope that we will be able to prevail over these trying times and safely move forward.
We have been posting COVID-19 updates on our website at hawaiinursinghomes.com. In addition, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have at (808) 687-3200 or email me directly at email@example.com.
Denise Bilodeau, MSW, LNHA