A message from Denise Bilodeau, Administrator:
February 8, 2021
Dear Pearl City Nursing Home Residents, Families and Friends,
The risks for community-acquired COVID-19 continue to remain very high. We will be doing our monthly all-staff testing Thursday, February 11, 2021 per CMS guidelines, and will notify you if there are any identified positive cases, since that will require “whole house staff and resident” testing once again.
In partnership with CVS Pharmacy, we had our second Moderna Vaccine clinic on January 31, 2021. Those residents and staff who had already gotten their first dose received their second doses. Additional first doses were given to both residents and staff that did not get the vaccine at the first clinic. In total we gave vaccines to 196 people on January 31st! To date, 87% of our residents have now been vaccinated along with 76% of our staff. The third and final CVS Pharmacy clinic will be held on February 28, 2021. This will be held only for those residents and staff receiving their second vaccine dose. Future vaccine administration will have to be established and we are currently looking at what options will work best.
If you have questions about the vaccine, please do not hesitate to call us.
Our “outdoor tent visits” have continued to work well. Thank you to everyone who has called to make reservations and complied with our safety protocols. Please know that we are trying to accommodate numerous individual requests for visits, so reservations are being taken one week in advance. Please call me directly at (808) 687-3201 to reserve a day and time.
While the community at large is beginning to get vaccinated against COVID-19, please be aware that it will take quite a long time for facilities like ours to return to pre-COVID visitations. We are maintaining our infection control precautions for all. Staff as well as residents continue to follow CDC, CMS and DOH recommendations for proper infection control, hand hygiene, social distancing and appropriate personal protective equipment use. We continue with daily temperature checks, symptom screening and monitoring of all residents and employees. The safety of our residents and staff is first and foremost in our priorities at Pearl City Nursing Home. We also have many inquiries from family members asking if they’ve been vaccinated allows them to come into the building for visits. Unfortunately, the answer is no. There is still no decision by the CDC and CMS as to whether the virus can still be carried and spread by persons who have been vaccinated. To ensure everyone’s safety we will continue our outdoor, no contact, tent visits for now.
We appreciate everyone’s sacrifice and understanding during this ongoing health crisis in our community. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have at (808) 687-3200 or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denise Bilodeau, MSW, LNHA
Resident Visit Procedure
**Initial visits will be scheduled according to the following:
Monday- Wednesday – Friday
Available times: 9:30am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
**Please note that residents currently in the SubAcute Unit will not be able to participate in outside visits.
1. One week in advance of your schedule request, please call Denise Bilodeau, 808-687-3201, between 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday, to reserve a 15 minute visit per the above schedule. An initial visitor health screening questionnaire will be completed via phone at this time.
2. On day of visit, please proceed to the “Resident Visit” Screening Station in the facility parking garage. Do not go to the lobby screener. Plan to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled visit. After hand sanitizing and donning the mask that the screener gives you, you will complete another health screening questionnaire, have your temperature taken, and be directed to the “Visitation Tent”.
3. An overview of “safe visit” protocol will be given, while you are waiting for your loved one to be brought to the visit.
4. The Visitation Tent will be arranged with a table and plexiglass shield to ensure social distancing throughout the visit.
5. Please do not bring food or drink with you into the tent.
Thank you in advance for your assistance with starting the visit program safely.