June 19, 2020

Dear Residents and Family Members:

We have reached day 25 with no new COVID-19 cases at Beth Sholom which brings us much closer to our goal of re-opening some of our facilities. As we have stated previously, we need to reach the 28-day milestone without a confirmed case to meet state guidelines to consider our initial outbreak resolved. The state and CMS have provided the following guidance on how organizations like Beth Sholom can re-open.

  • Phase 1 – Current State – visitation only in end of life circumstance and medical necessity.
  • Phase 2 – Small group activities and limited communal dining will be put in place
    (this phase may include outdoor visits if approved)
  • Phase 3 – Indoor visitation will be permitted if appropriate precautions are taken
    (i.e. screening, facemasks, sanitize hands, & social distancing)

We are now working to conduct a Point Prevalence Survey for the Gardens and Parkside Assisted Living for both residents and staff. Although we believe we are COVID free in both of those buildings, we want to be sure so we can move forward with our reopening plans. Once we get the green light from the Health Department, Office of Licensure and Certification and the Department of Social Services we are planning to initially start offering scheduled outdoor visits in the Gardens which has never had a positive COVID-19 case. The plan is to offer 30-minute scheduled visits by a single family member that will be supervised by a person on our team to ensure everyone is following proper safety precautions. If all goes well, we will expand that program over to Parkside and finally to our Healthcare Center at the appropriate time.

In the meantime, we are continuing to schedule virtual family visits. To date we have connected families through over 600 video chat sessions. Our team is working hard finding creative ways to keep your loved one engaged, happy and safe. Your patience, kind words and donations have been such a huge help in keeping up staff morale!

I would like to bring everyone’s attention to a new campaign by LeadingAge called Act for Older Adults. This national initiative is calling on the Federal Government to provide much needed support to nursing homes and assisted living facilities to gain access to the necessary protective equipment and other resources to save lives. To learn more about the effort, you can click on their campaign video here  or visit https://www.leadingage.org/act. Older American’s deserve to receive the highest quality care possible during this pandemic and our elected leaders need to hear your voices.

To stay informed, please continue to check our phone line (804) 421-5141 and website for updates, www.bethsholomliving.org . If you would like to receive updates by email, contact us
at communications@bslcc.org  and provide your name, the name of your loved one and the building where they reside.

Please be safe and follow the CDC guidance of social distancing and frequent handwashing.

Thank you,
Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer