Rhiannon’s Covid-19 Blog, Week of September, 2, 2020
No Virus To Date!
No huge changes to report from inside the Care Center. We are still doing our best to keep the virus out of the facility. None of our Care Center staff or any residents have tested positive for Covid-19. For this, we are very thankful!
Our residents are offered modified group activities and can dine with a socially distant tablemate for meals. We are still trying to take advantage of this nice weather and getting in as much outdoor time in as possible. The activities department invites and encourages all of our residents to get some fresh air regularly.
Exercise Time at AHCC
The facility will keep offering patio visits until the weather changes. I heard talk of getting some type of outdoor heaters to try to extend the outside visitation as long as possible. We do have a plan for indoor visitation, however; our regulations do not yet allow any type of indoor visiting plan for nursing homes. We will be at the mercy of the state as to when we can set up visits in the building. For now, we can pray for this nice weather to stay so we can keep the visiting going and so our chickens can stay around longer too.
Beauty Shop Reopens!
Our beauty shop will be back open! The State guidelines have changed to allow a beautician or barber into the facility as long as certain criteria is met. Of course, the resident and the beauty operator must both wear a mask and only one client can be in the shop at a time. We recently hired a new beautician, Jolene Roberts. She should be able to start doing hair next week and her hours will vary. Unfortunately, Diane will not be returning to do hair at the Care Center. She had a good long run here working as our beautician for many years. Thank you Diane, we wish you the best! I imagine our bath aide, Raeann, will be relieved when the new beautician starts. Raeann has gone above and beyond to keep our residents hair trimmed and managed since the beautician and barber have had to stay away. We are very grateful for her extra efforts. I know many of our residents are delighted to know we can offer beauty shop appointments again.
More Good News
In other good news, there are several students currently taking a CNA class that Joann is teaching. This means we will have some new aids to add to our team very soon. Being fully staffed is always going to be one of those ongoing challenges we contend with in long-term care. We are usually always looking for more caring and compassionate people to train and join our team. Thankfully we have been able to maintain adequate staffing with the help of our Director of Nursing, Brenda, and several other nurses filling in as CNAs. Also, I see many of our CNA’s helping out by coming in early, staying later, and picking up extra shifts to fill in the holes of the schedule. Our amazing staff continues to work hard and work together to ensure our residents are being taken care of.
As always, Rhiannon