Dear Residents and Family Members:
Beth Sholom continues to receive inquiries about the ability to take family members home for Thanksgiving. While we understand your desire to be together this holiday season, the medical experts are recommending that we strongly discourage this.
We understand how difficult it is to be separated from those we love during the holidays, and the pain it causes families to be apart when there are traditions of being together. This is an unprecedented time, where our safety depends upon hard choices. We must make these tough choices to protect ourselves and those we love.
Collectively we need to take extra precautions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, which poses an elevated danger to the health of your aging family member. CMS strongly discourages residents from leaving senior living facilities during this public health emergency. With the potential for a safe and effective vaccine on the immediate horizon, remaining diligent in our protective measures is essential to ensure our residents remain safe until the vaccine is available. There is light at the end of the tunnel, we just need to stay the course.
Should you decide to take your family member home, please be aware that upon return to campus we will be following the guidance of the local health department and the CDC to quarantine residents for 14 days under strict isolation precautions upon return. This is necessary to protect fellow residents and our staff. Isolation will require the staff who care for your loved one to utilize full Personal Protective Equipment and to ensure that the resident remains isolated in their room for the duration of the quarantine.
If you choose to take your family member home, we also urge you to take the following steps:
- You and your family members should wear masks at all times
- Everyone should perform hand hygiene often,
- Avoid contact with individuals who are sick or who may have been exposed to COVID-19
- Avoid physical contact and large family gatherings.
- If you are planning a Thanksgiving meal, where masks must be removed to eat, you should leave six (6) feet of space between individuals as they dine.
We also ask that you provide the facility with at least four hours’ notice before returning to the facility, so that the staff is prepared, and the resident’s room can be staged for isolation.
Please be safe and follow the CDC guidance of wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequent handwashing.
Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer