Downs Care and Rehab fights Covid virus
DOWNS – After the recent Hilltop Lodge COVID-19 outbreak in Beloit, Downs Care and Rehab, like so many other facilities, are currently fighting the virus as well.
Administrator, Anita Winkel, reports that within the last 24 days, several of their residents have tested positive for the virus. An isolation unit was immediately established for those who were diagnosed and designated staff were identified for the unit. Ongoing communication with residents and families remains.
At this time, Downs is following strict guidelines and measures to fight against this virus, following direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including: Enhanced infection control precautions; adequate PPE for residents and staff for safety; daily screening of residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms; restricting visitation and entry of non-essential people to the building; testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests and postponing communal activities.
"Downs Care and Rehab’s staffing levels are more than adequate – and with guidance from knowledgeable regional operations and nursing director, Downs is working closely with CMS, the CDC, the State of Kansas, our local hospital system, and others in order to ensure exceptional care for its residents, and the safest possible environment for all," said Winkel.
"We also know what an ordeal it is for families to be separated from the people they love, and how important support and contact from family and friends are for people who receive nursing care. Our team continues to encourage and assist our residents and their families in staying connected by phone, email, FaceTime, and social media," Winkel said. "Letters and other communication with families and friends have been sent to encourage connection during this time - our community is ready to assist anyone who would like to speak with residents."
Winkel says it is important to note that nursing homes all over the country are experiencing outbreaks due to spread in the surrounding community and a lack of resources. What we now know is that prioritizing nursing homes in emergency situations is key, and we need to focus on a collaborative, not punitive, approach to help nursing homes respond to the pandemic.
"I promise you we are doing everything we can to provide the highest quality are possible for our residents," said Winkel. "This is a terrible virus, but I am proud of how our staff is battling COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic, coming to work every day under extenuating circumstances, and caring for all of our residents. I am also proud of and thankful for the support of our community during these trying times."