Covid-19 Updates

EVENGLOW’S VISITATION FACT SHEET FOR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS

March 2, 2021

  • All visits must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
  • All visitors will be pre-screened the day before the visit per phone call
  • At the time of the visit, the visitors will enter Evenglow at the main entrance on Washington Street to have the final screening done.
  • After the final screening the visitors will drive or walk to their designated visiting location (Madison street entrance for the health center and Washington street for the craft room entrance) OR outdoor visit (preferable) weather permitting.
  • Limit of 2 visitors at a time AND the visitors must be from the same household
  • Visits will last no longer than 1 hour
  • Visitors will wear a mask and perform hand hygiene before the visit. They will also maintain a 6 foot separation (social distancing) between themselves and the resident.
  • The resident will perform hand hygiene and wear a mask during the visit.
  • The visit will be supervised intermittently to ensure infection control measures (wearing a mask, social distancing, performing hand hygiene) are followed.
  • Visitors are required to comply with Evenglow’s visitation policy.  If a visitor refuses to follow our policy, the visit may end and the visitor will be asked to leave.

VISITORS:  IF YOU BECOME SYMPTOMATIC FOR COVID-19 WITHIN 3 DAYS AFTER YOUR VISIT, PLEASE CONTACT THE FACILITY IMMEDIATELY AT 815-844-6131.

(symptoms include fever, shaking with chills, sore throat, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, new loss of taste or smell, new onset headache  or muscle pain)

 

February 25th, 2021 

Evenglow Lodge and Evenglow Inn are moving to CMS Phase 2! Effective March 2nd 

What stays the same: 

  • Wear surgical mask, practice social distancing and perform hand hygiene 
  • Virtual or teleconference visits and outdoor visits are allowed 
  • End of life visits 
  • Compassionate care visits 
  • The dining rooms remain open on a modified basis 
  • Group activities of no more than 10 residents are allowed. 
  • Medically necessary trips are allowed and family can take the resident to the appointment. The Long Term Care Facility Risk Assessment is completed with each trip. 
  • Overnight outings/overnight visits include hospital stays and family visits. The resident will be placed in 14 day quarantine upon their return. 

What changes: 

  • Off-site outings and non-medical trips should be avoided. If you do go on an outing the following must be done:  
  • Residents no longer have to be tested for COVID-19. Testing resumes only if there is a new COVID-19 positive case among residents or staff. 
  • Staff will be tested monthly for COVID-19. 
  • Indoor visits are allowed but must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Each resident’s Emergency Contact person will receive a call soon to schedule a visit. Please do not call Evenglow to schedule a visit at this time. More information will be posted so stay tuned. 
  • In-house Salon services are allowed. 

 

February 18th, 2021 

There are no positive COVID test again this week! 

Next week we will continue with the modifications made this current week:

  • Modified dining
  • Small Group Activities
  • Small Group Religious Services

Testing will be 1/month for residents and employees 1/week. 

 

February 11th, 2021 

RESTORE EVENGLOW – FEBRUARY 11, 2021

 Data as of February 11, 2021

  • Test Positivity Rates for Livingston County has been <5% since December 30, 2020.
  • Livingston County’s current Test Positivity Rate is 2.8%.
  • Last COVID-19 + Shelter Resident = November 17, 2020
  • Last COVID-19 + Health Center Resident = December 3, 2020
  • Last COVID-19 + Staff Member = January 25, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Shelter Resident = 100% received the vaccine

Health Center Residents = 93% received the vaccine

Inn Residents = 91% received the vaccine

Staff = 68% of active staff received the vaccine

COVID-19 Testing

Staff and Residents are tested weekly for COVID-19

 WHAT STAYS THE SAME

  • Weekly testing of staff and residents
  • Wearing a surgical mask
  • Practice social distancing
  • Performing hand hygiene
  • Compassionate Care Visits
  • End of Life Visits

WHAT CHANGES

  • Staff are no longer required to wear goggles or face shields
  • Groups Activities of no more than 10 residents are allowed on a limited basis for worship services and activities. Mask use, social distancing, and performing hand hygiene are required.
  • The Dining rooms will re-open on a modified basis as per state and federal guidance. Opening date is February 16, 2021. 
    1. Limited seating capacity – one resident per table and staying six feet apart
    2. Multiple sittings for meals (lodge only)
    3. Escort resident to table starting at the back of the room and working forward
    4. Only one resident can leave the dining room at a time
    5. Maintain social distancing in the hallway while waiting to be seated in the dining room (lodge only)
  • Medically necessary trips are allowed and the resident’s family is allowed to take them. Prior notice is required.  The Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) Risk Assessment will be completed before and after the outing. This assessment will determine if the resident needs to start 14-day Quarantine upon their return.
  • Off-site outings are still discouraged at this time. If the trip is truly necessary, prior notice required.  The LTCF Risk Assessment will be completed before and after the outing.  This assessment will determine if the resident needs to start 14-day Quarantine upon their return.    
  • Overnight outings include hospital stays and family visits. When a resident is out of the building for 24 hours or more, they will start 14-day Quarantine upon their return.

 

February 5th 2021

Dear Residents and Family members:

This letter will be sent to each resident and the designated Residents Responsible Party.  The Responsible Party is the individual who receives invoices.  If the resident pays the bills, then we send to the first emergency contact.  Please share this letter with others in your family.

The good news is we have a vaccine!  The next question on everyone’s mind is, will this enable families to visit and residents to leave the building?

Although we are hopeful state and federal government will relax restrictions, all indications are they won’t right away.  At the state and federal level, decisions are driven by data:  the state/region phase, community/county positivity, hospital bed availability, PPE supplies, staffing and outbreak (one or more positive test results).  Based on this data, IDPH (Illinois Department of Health) includes the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and state regulations to manage a senior community’s ability to reopen. 

The progress toward re-opening of this region of the state and reopening of Long Term Care confuses many who wonder why senior communities aren’t re-opening along with the region.  The re-opening of regions throughout the state is called “Restore Illinois”, which is a 5 phase system, and has different protocol than senior communities, although there is a relationship.  This region of the state is in Restore Illinois Phase Four.  If the region is in Illinois Restore Phase 4, senior communities MIGHT progress in the CMS Phases, but it depends on IDPH protocols.  Most Long Term Care facilities in this area are in CMS Phase 1.  There are 3 CMS Phases

To many, it makes no sense to wait.  I understand.  Although the vaccines are highly effective, no one knows:

How many people out in the community will get vaccinated and when,

How long they will last, Which people are among the 5% or more that the vaccine will not protect,

Which variants the vaccination will not protect against. At this moment, it is not known variants of the virus that vaccines are not effective against.

If a vaccinated person can still transmit the virus to others

If we don’t have positive cases next week we will open to restricted dining and restricted activities later in the week.

We will be as liberal as possible with compassionate care visits.  If a resident is showing signs of decline we will enable compassionate care visits by contacting family.  If family notices decline, you are welcome to contact us.  

Please understand we are trying to balance the requirements of the state, resident and employee safety and the needs for family visitation.  Please be patient, we will get to the “re-opening” as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Mark Hovren

 

January 7, 2021

Thank you residents, families and friends for your continued efforts in reducing the risk of COVID entering the Evenglow buildings.  Residents of the Lodge and Tjardes Health Center will be not be tested today and will be tested monthly from now on.  Employees will be tested weekly.  The last Lodge resident positive test result was in November and the last Health Center resident positive result was in December.  We have not had a positive result among employees of the Lodge location in the past 14 days.  This change in testing is because of improved testing results and improved positivity rates in the county.  This  change in testing protocol is in accordance with CDC, CMS and IDPH guidance.  Of course the new testing protocol could change with an outbreak.

The governor has commented that he may move to Tier II mitigation, which in time may allow for dining in the dining room and small group activities.  Senior Communities are related to, but on a different mitigation system than the state.

 

January, 6th 2021 

Evenglow Lodge & Tjardes Health Center first round of the Pfizer vaccine will be given on Wednesday, January 13th. Evenglow Inn’s first round of the Pfizer vaccine will be given on Saturday, January 16th. Second and third round clinics will be held 21 days after the first and second clinics.  If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 or vaccinations please contact Kelly Schott at (815) 844-6131 ext 220.  

Please be aware that if we did not receive consent back we could not order the vaccine for your loved one. 

 

*Please note the vaccination consent was mailed to the POA of Health Care for Tjardes Health Center residents. Shelter residents received their information on 12/23/20. We must receive those back ASAP and if they have any questions to call Kelly, RN, Infection Prevention nurse 815-844-6131 ext. 220. 

December 22, 2020

Dear Family member or Resident:

We are preparing for the vaccination that is expected to be administered sometime between the early January and Mid-January.  Enclosed are two vaccination consent forms.  The vaccination is a two-step process and will require two consents.  Please sign and return them as soon as possible.

Some of you may be concerned about the safety of these new vaccines, as they have been developed and tested far more quickly than those in the past. We want to assure you that the speed with which these vaccines were developed is not due to skipping important safety steps, but rather the result of focused, collaborative work performed by experts across the globe. Vaccines approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have undergone the same level of rigorous testing for safety and efficacy as other vaccines, and have been tested in tens of thousands of people. Two independent advisory committees of experts from academic institutions also monitor the safety of the vaccines.

Most of the COVID-19 vaccines require two separate doses given about three or four weeks apart. Participants of clinical trials have reported experiencing short-term side effects after being vaccinated, with more pronounced discomfort after the second dose. These possible side effects include headache, muscle pains, fatigue, chills, fever and pain at the injection site. Sometimes there is misunderstanding about the cause of these reactions, as you may have heard someone say a vaccine has “made them sick” or given them the disease that the vaccine was intended to prevent. We want to be clear that this is not the case. The COVID-19 vaccine cannot give you a COVID-19 infection. The vaccine works by helping the body create antibodies to fight off the virus. Feeling discomfort after getting the vaccine means that the vaccine is doing its job and your body is making antibodies.

We, along with thousands of other long term care facilities, are participating in a program with the Centers for Disease Control to help us most efficiently distribute these vaccines to our residents free of charge once they are available. We will keep you informed of this process as we move forward. Our staff will also have the opportunity to get vaccinated through this program.

I encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, its possible side effects, and what to expect after you or a loved one receives it. As we have been saying over the course of this difficult year, we are all in this together. Please know that the safety and wellbeing of our staff and residents have been and remain our top priority. We are confident that the worldwide, unprecedented scientific achievement of these COVID-19 vaccines will eventually enable to us enjoy life with our loved ones again. We look forward to doing our part in this effort by getting the COVID-19 vaccine, and hope you will join us.

 

Sincerely,

Mark Hovren

 

November 14 2020,

I want to thank you all for your efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 at Evenglow.  As the number of cases climb in Livingston County the number of cases climb among Evenglow staff and residents.  This is a time to double-down on our efforts, meaning making sure we cleanse our hands, stay at least 6 feet apart, and wear our masks properly.  For Evenglow staff, this also means using these practices outside of work. 

Two of the most important holidays of the year, in terms of family gatherings, are nearly here:  Thanksgiving and Christmas.   We all must weigh the importance of attending gatherings against the threat of a spreading virus.  My wife and I are not going to gather with family at Thanksgiving and we are considering canceling our plans for our two daughters to come home at Christmas.  These are painful decisions, but three of the four of us are at-risk for complications should we contract the virus.  All residents and many staff, and staff family members are at-risk as well.  If family gatherings must go on, please practice the proper use of masks and distancing.  I know hugging is greatly desired, but the risk is great.  Residents who go out of the building for any reason, holiday or otherwise, will need to quarantine upon their return. 

Indoor visitation going into winter is not promising.  There isn’t a senior community, that is licensed by the state, that is anywhere close to qualifying for indoor visitation due the number of cases in their county or region.  The ultra-violet rays from the sun help to kill the virus, but the sun’s rays are weaker in the winter, so we will see the virus strengthen.  As proof, we are seeing the number of cases increase, as the time the sun is out decreases.  The tents on the Lodge patio that I have purchased have proven to be ineffective standing 24/7 in the wind.  We have a plan for a better structure at the Lodge and Health Center.  I encourage you to schedule virtual visits until then, and after.

The months ahead are not encouraging, but spring and a vaccine are very promising.  We have made it through this situation for over 8 months and improvement is in sight, optimistically 4 months.  I don’t think any of us expected this COVID experience to last this long, I surely didn’t.  But, we have gotten this far and we can make it to a brighter time.

Again, thank you for your efforts!  Our staff has done a great job caring for and serving residents.  I appreciate all of their efforts!

Sincerely,

Mark Hovren

 

October 16, 2020

We received notice that two residents tested positive for COVID-19.  The residents have been moved to the 1st floor east wing of the Health Center.  All other residents at both Evenglow locations tested negative.  Most results for employees are in and all are negative.

Family members who are Resident Representatives received a recorded message yesterday and residents received a paper notification yesterday.  Residents were reminded to continue practicing social distancing, use of masks, and washing/sanitizing hands.  Employees will spend more time cleaning frequently touched today.  Patio visits will continue.  Lodge dining and activities will continue in small groups.  Tjardes Health Center dining and activities will be restricted. 

Mark Hovren
President & CEO

 

10/14/2020

Evenglow was notified that 2 Evenglow employees located at the Lodge have tested positive for COVID-19. Both employees have been off work since Thursday, October 8th and are currently quarantined at home for 2 weeks.  All residents tested negative. All Evenglow Lodge & Health Center residents and employees will be tested for COVID-19 this week. Notification for positive results will be given to residents, responsible parties and employees. 

 

October 5, 2020

No new positive COVID test for employees or residents.  Patio visits will resume Thursday, October 8.  Limited communal dining and limited activities may soon after if testing continues to be negative.

We are nearing an announcement on visits during the colder weather.  Stay tuned.

 

September 30, 2020

Dear Residents and Family members:

I understand the disappointment of going back into Phase I and the greater restrictions on visitation and resident dining that comes with it.  I will attempt to further explain the reasons for this action.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is responsible for oversight of Long Term Care facilities (LTCf) and hospitals throughout the country.  They also oversee state agencies that inspect nursing homes and hospitals to assure compliance with regulations.  CMS has issued guidance on operations of LTCf and hospitals during the pandemic.  Although the word “Guidance” is used, it is up to each organization to establish systems and protocols for compliance.

The guidance is 16 pages long, so to summarize the part that relates to phasing, a resident who contracts the virus in the facility is considered an outbreak and as such we have to revert to Phase I.  An employee who contracts the virus does not require reverting to phase I because he or she may have caught it outside the facility, and more importantly can be quarantined outside the facility.  Quarantining the resident inside the building carries risks of spreading to others through staff and possibly other means.

How long do we stay in Phase I?  Testing will continue weekly and all tests must be negative for at least 14 days.  There are other criteria which includes sufficient staff and PPE, number of cases in the county and region, available hospital beds and ventilators, etc.  Currently, the most significant hurdle for us is no positives in this next 14 day cycle.

Our plans for colder weather outdoor visitation are nearing completion.  Plans include a 10×10 tent with canvas sides and an electric heater set up next to a sliding door in the Lodge building for Lodge residents.  If it works reasonably well, we may expand to two tents.  The Health Center residents will visit between the doors at the front of the Health Center, or a tent on the patio at the exit to the patio from the Health Center.

Phase III has provisions for indoor visiting and we are making plans, but facilities must advance from lower through each phase in order to enter Phase III.  Again, the greatest hurdle at this point will be no positives in each 14 day cycle.  Each phase carries with it a 14 day cycle in order to advance to the next phase. 

We are reminding staff of our obligation to use masks properly and social distance, as well as smart behavior outside of work.

I know the isolation is difficult, and I know that bouncing back and forth between phases is as confusing as it is difficult.  Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

 

Sincerely,

Mark Hovren

 

September 29, 2020 

COVID-19 testing completed last week of residents and staff are all negative other than the one positive resident previously reported. Because of the positive resident test result, unfortunately we will have to convert back to Phase 1. Which means postponing patio visits. discontinuing communal dining and group activities at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your support. 

 

September 9, 2020

Dear Residents & Families:

No new COVID-19 cases to report.  Thank you for your efforts to curtail the spread of the virus.  Testing will continue for two more weeks to complete the 28 day cycle.  

We recognize the isolation has been going on a long time and you are missing your family members.  This is a difficult time for many of you.  We will open patio visits again starting Thursday, September 10th.   If testing continues to go well, we will open the dining rooms and activities to 9 residents at a time, as we did in the past, but not this week.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requiring more frequent testing throughout the country based on levels of infection in the facility and in the community.  For Evenglow, that means Infection levels will be determined by new resident or employee cases in the facility and cases in the county. 

Testing will be conducted monthly if there are no new cases during a 28 day cycle and if the infection rate is below 5% in the county. 

Weekly testing if there is a new case within the facility, or the county rate is between 5% and 9.99%. 

Testing will be conducted twice per week if the infection rate in the county is 10% or greater.

The Illinois Department of Public Health recognizes, as do we, that colder weather is coming and patio visits will end at some point due to weather.  IDPH has provided some initial guidance on indoor visitation.  We are working on locations and systems to enable indoor visitation.  Evenglow and the region of the state will need to meet IDPH criteria in order for Indoor visitation.  The criteria includes, no infections in the building, low infection rate in the region, sufficient PPE, and stable staffing.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.  We all look forward to the time when this COVID threat subsides.

Mark Hovren, CEO

 

August 24th, 2020

With Evenglow’s recent ongoing testing procedures, it was found that 1 Evenglow Lodge employee tested positive for COVID-19 on this date. Testing will continue every week for the next 2 weeks until we are able to attain a status of all the tests returned to be negative. As soon as we are able to update you, we will send out more information.

Thanks,

Mark Hovren

 

August 4, 2020

One employee  COVID-19 case at Evenglow Lodge location.

One employee COVID-19 case at Evenglow Inn location.

Residents and employees will be tested weekly for a minimum of 4 weeks until we have no positive cases.  Patio visits are canceled for this period.  Staff will continue to where face masks, and as of today, will start wearing face shields.

Management is in the process of rectifying the lack of hair care services.  More information will be provided in the coming week or two.

When communicating with residents and family we will continue to communicate as we have in the past.  We will still provide a brief recorded message via tele/cell phone to the resident’s responsible party and post more extensive information on the website.  Residents will receive communication in writing.  When you receive the recorded message, assume a more complete message is on the website at www.evenglowlodge.org \ About \ COVID-19 Update.

IDPH has been saying for the past month or more that a Re-Opening plan for Long Term Care is coming out.  It appears we are getting very close.  At this point, the Re-Opening appears to be primarily inside visitation.  Outside visitation will still be the preferred visitation, but when poor weather is with us, there appears to be a plan for inside visitation with conditions.  One of the conditions will be no active cases.              

Due to the conditions, facility plans for inside visitation could change in hours.  We will communicate the plan and conditions when they come out.  We will communicate the changes in visitation as effectively as possible.

Sincerely,

Mark Hovren

President & CEO

 

July 10th, 2020

We are happy to report there have been no cases of COVID-19
among staff and residents in any of the Evenglow buildings.

 There are many questions about when the restrictions will be
lifted.  Long Term Care (LTC) in this context means congregate living, is
in Phase 1, whereas the re-opening for state commerce is in Phase 4.  The
Illinois Department of Public Health is responsible for the re-opening plan LTC
and they are in the stage of final approvals for their plan.  They
understand the burden of restrictions on residents and family visitation and
movement outside the buildings.  Given the earlier media attention, and
now congressional scrutiny of nursing home deaths, they are taking a very
cautious approach.  With that said and aside from the obvious visitation
concerns, things are going well.  The Lodge dining room was divided into
three areas by nearly floor to ceiling dividers.  Up to 10 people can be
in an area, including employees.  One employee is assigned to an area, so
9 residents can be seated for meals, one per table.   Due to the
reduced seating, residents are assigned to two meal times per meal.
  The Tjardes Health Center (THC) has a little more complex system
which I won’t go into here, but a modified version of the Lodge plan was
implemented in the THC, and this was due to different resident needs, and
space.   

Patio visit times have been changed to accommodate morning
visits and avoid the heat.  Each building times are a little different due
to requirement of the specific building and available staff.  We are
required to provide either intermittent supervision, or supervision of the
visits in order to assure social distancing.  We have chosen intermittent
supervision, which again is different at each building.  Please call the
receptionist at the Lodge to make appointments for Lodge and THC resident patio
visits and call the Inn for patio visits there.

Visiting hours:

 Health Center 9:00 am, 10:00am, 1:00 pm

Lodge 9:00 am, 9:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:45 pm and 2:00 pm.

 

Inn 10am-4pm.

Hair care is probably the greatest concern among
residents.  Now and then staff who have experience has cut hair.  No
perms or other more complex types of hair care is being done.  Summer is
the time many of our employees take vacation and so it is difficult to enable
staff who have hair care experience to break away from the duties they were
hired for.  Beauticians that provided hair services prior to the Pandemic
are anxiously awaiting the green light to return to Evenglow.  Phase 1
restricts contractors who are not medically necessary from entering the
building. 

 

 

There are many opinions about the necessity for these
restrictions.  Providers and policy makers who have responsibility for the
health of people in LTC facilities naturally take this very seriously.  In
addition to residents, we have many employees who are themselves at significant
risk if they contract the virus, and many have family members who are at
significant risk.   They continue to work each day at Evenglow
despite the risk, but obviously take precautions very seriously.  Out of
respect for their courage and efforts, and the risk to residents, we ask
 your continued cooperation with the precautions Evenglow management has
put into place.

 

June 24, 2020 Update:

Evenglow Lodge & Tjardes Health Center Visitor
Information

Visitors are still restricted
from entering Evenglow buildings to visit their loved ones.  Under IDPH guidance released 6-18-2020,
residents are allowed to have outdoor visitation from their loved ones, weather
permitting.  These precautions, of
course, are in place to reduce the risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2
(Coronavirus). Please partner with us in
this effort.

 General Rules:

·        
Visits are
scheduled 1 hour increments-allowing up to 45 minutes for the visit

·        
Appointments for
all visits are to be made 24 hours in advance by calling the facility

·        
The receptionist
will pre-screen visitors not more than 24 hours in advance of the visit via
phone

·        
Upon arrival, the
visitor will be screened again and visitor temperature will be taken at the
reception desk at Evenglow Lodge. The receptionist will direct you to the
visiting location

·        
All visitors need
to bring and wear their own facemask (cloth or disposable is acceptable.)
Please make sure the face mask is covering your nose and mouth at all times

·        
No visitors under
the age of 18 allowed

·        
Visitations are
limited to two visitors at a time per resident per day

·        
Visiting times
are from 12:45 pm to 4:00 pm every day

·        
 Please maintain social distancing during the
visit by staying 6 feet away from the resident

·        
Visits will be supervised
by Evenglow Staff

·        
No physical
contact is allowed between the visitors and the residents.  This includes hugging.

·        
No food can be
eaten during the visit as this requires the removal of the facemask

·        
If you develop
any COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of your visit, please contact the facility

 

 

·        
Resident visits
may be cancelled due to inclement weather at any time

 

June 19, 2020 Update:

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Friday that outdoor visitation is now open, however there are several requirements that must be planned, communicated, and staff trained in order to offer it.  Evenglow management will do all the ground-work and establish a procedure and make an announcement to residents and families next week.  We are sorry for outdoor visitation not being available this weekend. Evenglow has to consider the following limitations and restrictions that IDPH has put in to place and make our policy regarding patio visits to include the following:

    -Resident may not have any more than 2 visitors

               -Adequate shaded outdoor space

               -Ensure minimum 6 feet apart

               -Facility must set maximum number of visits per day

               -The family/visitor must have a scheduled appointment

               -Facility must screen visitors by phone no more than 24 hours in advance using the CDC screening tool

               -Outdoor space must have an ingress and an egress without entering the facility

               -Facility may set the time duration of each visit

               -Facility should have staff supervising visits to ensure face covering and social distancing

 

               -Supervision may be continuous or intermittent.

 We really appreciate your understanding in the consideration of all of these restrictions and we will be sure to work on starting patio visits as soon as we are able.

 

June 12, 2020 Update:

 

Dear Residents and Family Members:

I’m sorry for the sudden recorded phone message last Friday concerning the termination of patio visits.  On top of it, a more thorough message was to be posted on our website, but it crashed right after the phone message went out.   I was trying to be compliant with the new information we received Friday afternoon, which led to the communication being done poorly, for which I apologize.

Still no COVID 19 cases among residents and staff at Evenglow!

I believe there is confusion over the state phasing and Long Term Care phasing.  The term Long Term Care (LTC) includes nursing homes, assisted living and independent living.  States and LTC have different phasing structures.  The state is currently in phase 3 and LTC is in phase 1.  Phasing is determined by the governor and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

IDPH is putting the pieces in place for the opening of LTC.  The first piece was the COVID 19 testing of all residents and employees, which was done at Evenglow a week and one half ago.  Prevention and testing plans in all Nursing Homes will be completed by each organization today.   I don’t know what IDPH’s next step will be, but I suspect we will receive more information on the relaxation of restrictions in the coming week or two.

Up to 10 people are allowed to gather in a room with social distancing.  This allows 9 residents and 1 staff member in a room together.  As a result, small group activities can be conducted.  It also means small group dining can be offered.  We plan to divide the Lodge dining room into three areas and offer two different dining times in each.  One server and up to 9 residents will be able to dine in each area.  Unfortunately, in order to comply with the 6-foot social distancing rule, we will seat only one resident at a table.  But the good news is it will be one-step closer to a more normal dining experience.  More information will be conveyed soon!

Dining at Evenglow Inn and in the Tjardes Health Center will remain as it is.

Visitation continues to be restricted.  I am hoping a relaxation of this restriction comes soon.  We offer virtual visits and window visits, but appointments need to be made so that we can assist residents. 

Residents can go to medically necessary appointments, but we really need your help in not abusing these appointments.  The point of restricting visitation, appointments that are not medically necessary and other outings is to reduce the number of contacts with those who could have the virus.  All residents, some employees, and some employee family members are at risk for serious health threats if they contract COVID 19.  I know there are many residents who take this very seriously, as do those employees who are at risk and employees with at risk family members.  Given how well we have done, and the sacrifice and work that has gone into remaining COVID 19 FREE, it would be a shame to ruin it now.  It won’t be long before we have more freedom, so let’s make sure we get there.

Only the residents and the Responsible Party receive this letter, so please convey the information to other family members.  We will post this letter on the website at www.evenglowlodge.org.  Choose the “About” button.  Then choose the COVID 19 menu choice.  The password is Evenglow2!5.  Notice what might look like a “1” in 215 is actually an exclamation mark.  “!”

As always, thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

Sincerely, 

Mark Hovren

President & CEO

 

Announcements:

June 5, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health clarified a previous statement today in a conference call that visitation, whether inside the building or outside, is not permitted.  Starting Saturday, June 6 we can no longer offer patio visits.    Window visits are still allowed, but the window will need to be shut.

We are looking into alternatives and will convey our findings as soon as possible.

The state is in Phase 3 of re-opening, but Long Term Care facilities (Nursing homes, Assisted Living, Independent Living) are in Phase 1.  IDPH is preparing to move into phase 2.

Residents may go out for medically necessary appointments, but no others.  If a resident insists on leaving the campus for any reason, the resident will need to be quarantined for 14 days.

The Illinois Department of Public Health receives guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and from the CDC.

 

 

June 2, 2020

 

This past Friday the governor issued an emergency order which included the directive to nursing homes to develop a COVID 19 Testing plan that complies with the guidance from the CDC (Center for Disease Control).  We have 14 days from the date of the emergency order to develop our plan and it will be communicated to residents, families, and employees.  There are many questions yet to be answered, but the essential parts of it are that residents and employees will be tested using a nasal swab test for a baseline measure.  We need to have an agreement with a lab that can provide quick turn-around results, and we report results via a designated website.

 

The reason for testing is that as the state opens up and people have more contact with others, there is a greater chance for the spread of the virus.  We currently screen employees twice during their shift and residents once per shift, so the testing is intended to identify people who carry the virus, but are asymptomatic (no symptoms).

 

The state contracted with a company to form teams of nurses to go to every nursing home in the state to inspect infection control practices, and practices described in the paragraph above.  Coincidentally, a team of 5 nurses showed up at Evenglow last Friday.  Their inspection of Evenglow’s infection control policies and procedures, as well as our COVID 19 procedures went well.  They also swab tested 82% of residents and employees in the Lodge and Tjardes Health Center (THC).  We received the results Monday and ALL WERE NEGATIVE!

 

Thank you for your continued support of our policies and procedures during this pandemic.

 

 

May 8, 2020 

Due to the cooperation of families and residents, and the work of our employees, Evenglow does not have any COVID-19 cases as of this writing. Our staff have been doing an excellent job cleaning and practicing infection control techniques. If staff, or a resident is tested positive for COVID-19 we will contact you ASAP. The communication will be via a recorded message on a phone system that distributes those messages. 

What happens if a resident tests positive for COVID-19? 

Evenglow will not admit a resident who test positive for COVID-19 at this time. The first floor east wing of the Tjardes Health Center (THC) has been set aside for use as the COVID wing for Lodge & THC residents. This  wing will be used for people with COVID, those that have symptoms, and those that are new to the THC, but have not been tested. Staff dedicated to the wing will work in the wing for the shift. They will enter and exit through the door at the end of the hall and will not leave wing. We have an empty resident room on the wing set aside for a break room where staff will eat. Residents will eat in their rooms. Dietary will bring meals for residents and staff to the closed double doors where staff will meet them and take the meals inside. We will make every effort to avoid equipment entering and leaving the wing. If equipment does leave the wing, it will be thoroughly sanitized. 

If a current resident of Evenglow Inn shows symptoms of the virus, the resident would be contained in their room until test results are returned. If the COVID test came back positive, the resident would be quarantined to their private room per CDC guidelines. Only staff dedicated to the resident’s room will be entering or exiting the resident’s room. 

 

 

 

Floors 2 thru 6 in the Lodge house our assisted living apartments. The Lodge boost a large dining room, a beautiful chapel that host multiple church services, on-site Wellness Gym with an array of fitness classes and a full activities department.
In our assisted living apartments you can pick your services through our Lifestyle by Design. This allows you to only pay for those services that you need.
The Lodge has 6 different apartment sizes ranging from an efficiency studio apartment up to our two-room plus apartment which features a private bedroom off the living space. Check out our floor plans for a better idea on apartment sizes and designs we offer.
Apartments prices depend on the size and services selected.

Floors 2 thru 6 in the Lodge house our assisted living apartments. The Lodge boost a large dining room, a beautiful chapel that host multiple church services, on-site Wellness Gym with an array of fitness classes and a full activities department.
In our assisted living apartments you can pick your services through our Lifestyle by Design. This allows you to only pay for those services that you need.
The Lodge has 6 different apartment sizes ranging from an efficiency studio apartment up to our two-room plus apartment which features a private bedroom off the living space. Check out our floor plans for a better idea on apartment sizes and designs we offer.
Apartments prices depend on the size and services selected.