COVID-19 Dining Update
Dear Light of Hearts Villa Community,
I am writing to provide an update in our efforts to help contain the
spread of corona virus and to comply with State and Federal directives.
First and foremost, I am happy to report that we have not experienced
the corona virus at any level – neither residents, employees nor their
family & friends. We give thanks to God for keeping us free from
this pandemic! Continue to pray for deliverance from illness and for the
continued good health of all of our Light of Hearts Villa community.
For our part, we are taking extensive measures to ensure the health and
safety of all. Each person entering the facility - whether employee,
resident, physician and all others essential for our operation – must
submit to a wellness check to ensure that they are in good health. Staff
have been trained on cleanliness and hygiene procedures, and a
heightened sense of awareness regarding disease control permeates
throughout the facility. You can have confidence that our residents are
in good hands!
Over the weekend, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
issued new directives for all licensed facilities across the country
regarding congregate meals and activities. Their guidance, which
coincides with that of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), recommends
“social distancing” to avoid the transmission of the corona virus from
person to person.
The surest way to enact this recommendation is to encourage residents to
be served meals in their own rooms. Therefore, meal service in the dining rooms,
as well as resident group activities, have been modified to ensure that
residents maintain approximately six feet between themselves and others.
In this way, the needs and the dignity of residents will be maintained while,
at the same time, we will be keeping them safe from the spread of the corona virus.
Undoubtedly, recommendations from CMS and the CDC will continue to
challenge us as the corona virus situation evolves. We, at Light of Hearts Villa
and the Sisters of Charity Health System, firmly believe that
responsible management calls us to proceed with an abundance of caution.
The health and well-being of our residents must remain our primary
focus, and so we are committed to complying with directives from our
State and Federal agencies.
We thank our residents, and we thank you, for your cooperation and
understanding during this unprecedented time of public health crisis.
Together, we will keep our residents safe and healthy while continuing
to meet their social needs.
Light of Hearts Villa Executive Director