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
· 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.
President & CEO
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.