In our ongoing pursuit to keep Lenbrook residents and associates safe, we are pleased to let you know that May 26-28 the National Guard will be on-site to conduct testing at Lenbrook; we welcome their knowledge and expertise. Following Governor Kemp’s desire to test every skilled nursing and assisted living resident and associate in the state, all of our Health Care Center and Assisted Living Center residents and associates who work in those areas are mandated to be tested. During the testing period between May 26-28, all independent living residents, Lenbrook associates and Outside Personal Providers (OPPs) that work outside of the Health Care Center and Assisted Living Center are being offered and strongly encouraged to obtain testing.
As we move through this phase of the pandemic, we want to make the community inside our walls as accessible and enjoyable as we can in a safe and practical way. Doing so takes careful planning as we modify operations and service delivery just as we walked into this. Thank you for your patience as we prioritize what services and amenities re-open and your feedback is helpful in prioritizing HOW we do this. We want every resident to enjoy the gifts of independence, good health and personal fulfillment to the extent possible through our many programs and services.
Gov. Kemp announced in May 12 press conference that the shelter-in-place for those 65 years and older and those with underlying medical conditions remains in place through June 12, 2020. More guidance will be shared as we get closer to the order expiration date. Please encourage family members to get updates from Lenbrook by subscribing to the K4 friends and family app or visit www.lenbrookalerts.org.
Thank you to our contractor and partner Brasfield and Gorrie for honoring all of our Mother’s at Lenbrook. Happy Mother’s Day! We’re sorry that Lenbrook cannot permit visitors as we are committed to keeping our community safe.
With good social distancing, containing droplets with mask, and good handwashing we are reducing the risk of spreading the virus. Every step we have taken to date, and will take in the future, regarding this pandemic will be with the health and safety and wellness of our community in mind and create balance by working within those parameters to rebuild satisfying and engaging opportunities for life at Lenbrook.
We have heard residents say they are frustrated with the stay-at-home order and others who are grateful for the layers of precaution in place and some who express a little of both. We do hear you and this is a difficult time for all. Every step we have taken to date, and will take in the future, regarding this pandemic will be with the health and well-being of our community in mind.
In many ways, the community as we know it (and love it) has not changed. We are functioning in a lot of the same ways prior to pandemic operations. But in many ways, we are functioning very differently. We are changing the way we work and working virtually, where possible, to reduce exposure to and between residents and associates.
We have sourced four training videos to help in the following efforts: (1) Social Distance to Help Flatten the Curve (2) Properly Use and Wear a Mask (3) Use a Cloth Mask (4) Wear and Use of Gloves
As a community, we have worked very hard to provide a safe and hospitable environment. However, amidst this pandemic, we’ve had to shift our focus to basic safety and health and physiological needs. As a community we have changed what we talk about as it relates to services during this time, but we haven’t changed our commitment to providing a safe and hospitable environment. During the pandemic, safe takes on a new definition as we consider all the ways to keep us safe from the virus and healthy. Lenbrook will always look to the long-term and we will not make short-term decisions that risk our long-term viability.
On April 10, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 Task Force recommendation, Lenbrook is now requiring all associates to, at a minimum, wear a fabric facemask. The use of fabric facemasks by associates reduces the risk of transmitting a virus from an asymptomatic person to someone else and conserves the supply of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specified N-95 masks which must be worn by healthcare personnel.