Below you will find important bulletins about COVID-19 prevention at Beaumont from Heather Heiland, Vice President of Health Services, and from management. The most recent bulletin will appear at the top and we will post updates as soon as they become available. Keeping everyone in the Beaumont Community healthy and safe during this pandemic is our top priority – should you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to email Heather Heiland. 

MEMORANDUM
TO:                 ALL RESIDENTS & STAFF
FROM:            HEATHER HEILAND, VP OF HEALTH SERVICES
DATE:             April 2, 2020
RE:                  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

As new cases of COVID-19 continue to develop throughout Montgomery County and Pennsylvania, we have been planning and preparing for our first confirmed COVID-19 case for some time, and we are ready.

While the number of confirmed cases across the country continues to increase, no Beaumont resident has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Unfortunately, we were notified late last evening that Beaumont’s first employee tested positive for COVID-19. At 7 a.m. yesterday we had already started the distribution of masks to all staff members through our “Skills Fair,” along with education on how to use the mask, take care of it and additional review education on proper hand washing and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

According to our Medical Director, Dr. Charles Breish, in most cases, when one has been exposed to COVID-19 symptoms begin to appear in 5 days. However, they can continue to appear for up to about eleven days. We are six days since the confirmed positive employee was last in the building and we have not seen evidence of residents or staff with signs or symptoms of the virus at this point who had contact with him/her. The employee did everything possible to ensure our safety; as soon as he/she felt ill, they called out of work and stayed home and got tested immediately. We will be contacting the local health authorities to begin our coordination and communication of this event. Please understand that out of respect for patient privacy and HIPAA, we cannot share specifics about this individual. However, we are in close communication with the staff member as we are concerned with their health and well-being. We are appreciative of all of our Beaumont workers as they are committed to serving our residents every day in this time of crisis and they are taking proactive measures to reduce unknown and inadvertent exposures.

We understand that this may cause you increased anxiety and concerns. However, please know that we are very prepared to handle and ready to respond to this situation. Our healthcare teams are experienced in infection control and well-trained in our protocols, which are in full compliance with guidelines from local health authorities, the CDC and other public health officials. We will continue to focus on providing care that is compassionate along with strict infection control practices while taking all measures possible to prevent the spread of the virus here at Beaumont.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of us all taking steps to limit our exposure: through proper hand washing, continuing to self-isolate, and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet.

I appreciate your kindness and support to each other through these unprecedented times. We are all in this together and it is up to each of us to make good choices that will affect every neighbor, family member or staff member. Thank you and Be Well.


MEMORANDUM
TO:              ALL RESIDENTS
FROM:        JIM GIBBONS, DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, AND HEATHER HEILAND, VP OF HEALTH SERVICES
DATE:         March 24, 2020
RE:              Housekeeping Services Update during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Currently, we do not have any cases of the virus at Beaumont

Beaumont is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our employees and residents. In an effort to continue to maintain a standard of service to our residents we will be implementing a biweekly cleaning schedule to those residents who wish to participate in the Villas/Apartments.

To keep our residents and staff safe during this time, we will be limiting the possibility of cross contamination by assigning housekeeping teams to specific areas where they will be assigned and work for the entire day. (To ensure staff and resident safety, any requests for specific housekeepers, full cleanings, specific days and times cannot be acknowledged at this time.)

We will be providing the following ESSENTIAL SERVICES as required;

  • Staff will clean and sanitize kitchens, bathrooms and door handles.
  • Staff will change bed linens.
  • Staff will vacuum as necessary.

We need to ensure that both residents and staff maintain social distancing of six feet during the Housekeepers visit.  Housekeepers will not be permitted to enter any location deemed restricted by the VP of Health Services.

Please contact Housekeeping to schedule and receive this voluntary interim service.


MEMORANDUM
TO:                 ALL RESIDENTS & STAFF
FROM:            HEATHER HEILAND, VP OF HEALTH SERVICES
DATE:             March 22, 2020
RE:                  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

One of our physicians has tested positive for COVID-19. Exposure at Beaumont was limited to four residents in our healthcare center and one in our Personal Care Center. We took immediate measures to safeguard our residents and staff once we received this information. Residents were put in contact isolation and staff were given personal protective equipment to be able to do their jobs. Staff exposure was limited and no staff have exhibited any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 to date.

Initially, the physician was able to enter our property as they passed the healthcare screening tool, including temperature check. Symptoms did not develop until later and when the testing was done, it took quite some time for the results to come back.

According to our Medical Director, Dr. Charles Breish, in most cases, when one has been exposed to COVID-19, symptoms begin to appear in 5 days. However, they can continue to appear for up to about eleven days. We are close to this eleven day mark and have not had any residents or staff who have exhibited any signs or symptoms up to this point as a result of this exposure.

We are looking to utilize telemedicine when possible moving forward to mitigate unnecessary risk.

We are fortunate to report that the physician is feeling much better and after a period of rest will be able to return when completely well.

All employees, contract staff, and authorized visitors will be asked new health questions at the entrance to Beaumont prior to entering as follow. Please note the changes. If you would answer “yes” to any of the questions, please alert your supervisor immediately for guidance.

Has this individual washed their hands or used alcohol-based hand rub on entry?

  1. YES / NO – If no, please have them do so
  2. Employee reports sign/symptom of fever, cough, or shortness of breath

YES_____________    NO_________________

  1. Employee reports travel outside of the United States in past 14 days

YES_____________    NO_________________

  1. Employee reports known exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or having traveled outside of the United States in past 14 days

YES_____________   NO_________________

  1. For employees, ask if they have:

Worked in facilities with recognized COVID-19 cases?

If YES, ask if they worked with a person with confirmed COVID-19?

YES/NO

If YES, restrict them from entering Beaumont

  1. Oral or tympanic temperature ____________


MEMORANDUM
TO:                 ALL RESIDENTS AND STAFF
FROM:           BROCK A. NICHOLS, VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS, AND                                  HEATHER HEILAND, VICE PRESIDENT OF HEALTH SERVICES
DATE:            March 19, 2020
RE:                 CONTRACTORS ON CAMPUS

Currently, we do not have any cases of the virus at Beaumont

At this time, we are restricting on-site contractors to “essential work” only. This means all non-essential contractors, including landscapers and gardeners, are not permitted on-site. Essential work is defined as a safety concern, for regulatory compliance and/or work necessary to keep a resident in their home. This includes interior and exterior work. Units under renovation are permitted to continue at this time provided the contractors follow Beaumont’s temperature scanning and health questionnaire protocol. Thank you for your cooperation.


MEMORANDUM
TO:                 ALL RESIDENTS AND STAFF
FROM:           ZACHARY MARGOLIS, DIRECTOR OF FOOD & BEVERAGE
DATE:            March 14, 2020
RE:                 Coronavirus (COVID-19), Food & Beverage Update

Currently, we do not have any cases of the virus at Beaumont

Effective immediately, for the health and safety of all, the kitchen is off limits to all residents.

Placing Orders: All phone calls for Basic Grocery Items, Pick-Up or Delivery should be made to:

  • The Grille Room Hostess Desk (610) 542-2031
  • The Mansion Hostess Desk (610)542-2022
  • Sonya Clarke (610) 525-7641
  • Reservation Line (484)318-2423.

All messages will be returned as promptly as possible. All items will be delivered and/or available for pick-up as quickly as possible.

Items Available: For your convenience, we will have basic grocery items such as eggs, milk, oranges, apples, and bananas available for purchase. In addition to grocery basics, we will have alcohol, wine and beer available for purchase. All orders for items from the liquor store should be placed 48 hours in advance for special order items please allow 72 hours advanced notice.

Pick Up Location: Basic Grocery Items may be picked up at the Mansion Hostess Stand.

Delivery Fees Waived: During this time, we will be waiving all delivery fees associated with meals and alcohol.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.  Please contact Zachary with any questions or concerns at (610) 542-2025 or zmargolis@beaumontretirement.com.


MEMORANDUM
TO:                 ALL RESIDENTS
FROM:            HEATHER HEILAND, VP OF HEALTH SERVICES
DATE:             March 13, 2020
RE:                 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

We have some new information to share with you about a few cases related to exposure to COVID-19.

Currently, we do not have any cases of the virus at Beaumont

We recently had two cases in IL in which two residents were exposed to an individual A (has no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 at present) who was exposed to an individual B who tested positive for COVID-19. Both residents are self- quarantining at this time and will be for 14 days after their last exposure. Their health will be monitored closely for any changes.

In another instance, an employee was exposed outside of Beaumont to individual C (has no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 at present) who was exposed to another individual D (who later tested positive for COVID-19). This employee, who currently has no signs or symptoms of the virus, came into contact with twelve residents in HC/IL living areas in one location. These residents are currently under a 14- day quarantine and presently have no signs or symptoms of the virus. We will closely be monitoring their progress and taking all precautions to ensure their safety and yours.

The following changes to our daily activities will occur:

  • Beauty shop services have been closed for two weeks and we will then reassess.
  • Routine weekly housekeeping has been cancelled in all apartments and villas at this time so that we can focus on more intense cleaning of the common areas and the HC/PCU areas. Contact the front desk if you do need any services.
  • In-unit maintenance services will be restricted to essential work or safety concerns.
  • Apartment renovations will need to stop for the time being to reduce the amount of people on campus and potential exposure. Villa renovations can still continue provided the contractor does not enter the main building.

As a reminder, the CDC recommends:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

We will continue to keep you informed as we become aware of new information regarding the coronavirus. Your health and safety are our top priority and we are here to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.


MEMORANDUM
TO:                 ALL RESIDENTS
FROM:           HEATHER HEILAND, VP OF HEALTH SERVICES
DATE:            March 12, 2020
RE:                Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Based on new information and escalation as COVID-19 has increased to a Pandemic, we will be implementing new initiatives to help keep our Beaumont residents and staff safe.

Currently, we do not have any cases of the virus at Beaumont. The following changes to our daily activities will occur:

  • We have implemented a NO VISITOR policy. Our staff will be able to assist residents with technology to aid in virtual visits through FaceTime, Skype, and WhatsApp.
  • We will reduce the number of entrances to Beaumont to two; the main entrance and the healthcare center entrance. The garage door keypads have been disabled; please remember as a resident to bring your keys with you so that you can continue to enter the building at the garage locations.
  • All essential visitors who are required to enter the community such as food vendors, compliance contractors, or companions and staff will be checked in at one of the entrances. They will be given a health questionnaire which includes questions recommended by the CDC for prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and also have their temperature taken. If cleared, they will be permitted entry into Beaumont and given access to necessary parts of the building. If not, the individual will be sent home.
  • All Beaumont activities, events, and worship services inside the community will be cancelled until further notice.
  • There will be no meetings until further notice. Essential meetings will occur through our remote teleconference system.
  • We advise residents not to travel outside of Beaumont.
  • The only trips out will be to medical appointments, grocery store and pharmacy. Please go on these trips only as necessary.
  • The gift shop will be closed.
  • We are cancelling Beaumont as a polling place and will assist you in provisions of paper ballots for the upcoming election.

A separate memo will follow that will outline changes to our culinary and beverage department. As a reminder, the CDC recommends:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

We will continue to keep you informed as we become aware of new information regarding the coronavirus. Your health and safety are our top priority and we are here to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.


MEMORANDUM
TO:              ALL RESIDENTS
FROM:        HEATHER HEILAND, VP OF HEALTH SERVICES
DATE:         March 11, 2020
RE:             Coronavirus Update

We will provide the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will be issuing weekly bulletins to residents at Beaumont based upon the daily updates we receive from the CDC & Department of Health.

Currently, we do not have any cases of the virus at Beaumont.

The following changes to our daily activities have occurred:

  • All outside trips/activities are cancelled
  • All internal activities that are presented by external Beaumont individuals are cancelled
  • All group transportation; except transport to church and grocery stores are cancelled. However, we ask that residents refrain from these trips if possible.
  • Buffets, including Sunday brunches, and salad bars have been cancelled. A garden or Caesar plated option is available.
  • All non-essential visitors or staff to Beaumont are being asked not to visit at this time to reduce the overall number of visitors to Beaumont from the outside
  • We have cancelled all outside tours at this time
  • Guest room reservations have been suspended
  • Resident Services will soon provide more information on specific activities and events which have been cancelled.

If you as a resident of Beaumont are feeling ill and live in an apartment or villa, we ask that you call the Wellness Office and they will give you further instruction. Also, they can set up meal delivery services if needed. Residents of our Personal Care or Healthcare Center will be evaluated on a daily basis for signs or symptoms of illness and given treatment as indicated.

We would ask that if you see a fellow resident or visitor who actively exhibits signs or symptoms of respiratory illness out in the community, such as in common areas or a dining room, that you report this to the Wellness Office so that we can follow up with the resident or visitor to keep all of us safe and healthy. As with all recommendations, they are only helpful if we all follow them.

We would like to give you an update on our supplies on hand. We have increased our par levels in housekeeping supplies from one months supplies on hand to two months supplies. Also, in culinary, we typically have a par level of three days food on hand; this has been increased to seven days of food on hand. We have also purchased additional foam containers to be prepared in the event we have to deliver meals.
As a reminder, the CDC recommends:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

We will continue to keep you informed as we become aware of new information regarding the coronavirus. Your health and safety are our top priority and we are here to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. We will provide regular updates to your healthcare committee members, updates at the town hall meetings, information in your mailboxes and on our new healthcare bulletin board when it is installed.


MEMORANDUM
TO:         ALL RESIDENTS
FROM:   HEATHER HEILAND, VP OF HEALTH SERVICES
DATE:    February 28, 2020
RE:        Coronavirus Update
There has been a great deal on the news lately about updates concerning the coronavirus and some residents have asked: What is our plan at Beaumont to deal with it should we experience an outbreak? First, I would like to say that at present, we are monitoring the situation through the CDC and with input from our medical director Dr. Breish. We recently put information in your mailboxes to give you an update on the virus & information about it. To review, we need to remain calm as our current risk right now is low, despite some of the panic that is starting to appear. This can often occur when we do not have all of the answers for what may occur in the future. Currently, we are more at risk for getting sick with the flu than from the coronavirus. Our plan, should the coronavirus become an issue is very similar to what we would do in the case of a flu outbreak.

We currently have policies & procedures in place to guide us in these circumstances.
We would report cases of the coronavirus to the local & state health department on a daily basis; track symptoms and ensure that residents stay in their rooms or apartments who have the virus according to the health department guidelines. The medical director would be notified immediately and we would work closely with Dr. Breish. Staff would follow standard or droplet precautions as warranted with each resident to ensure that the virus does not spread and so that they themselves do not catch it. Visitation would be restricted. Posted notices notifying residents/others of an outbreak would be displayed. Staff absenteeism would be monitored closely to ensure that if the illness were present in staff that they do not infect residents by returning to work. Housekeeping would be notified so that the proper chemicals could be used to ensure that the virus is killed in the rooms and to ensure that all areas, including high-touch surfaces are properly sanitized. Appropriate masks are available for both sick individuals and for caregivers.

As a reminder, the best way to prevent the coronavirus or any viral respiratory illness (for example, the FLU) is to avoid being exposed to the virus. As a reminder, the CDC recommends:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth
• Stay home when you are sick
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

We will continue to keep you informed as we become aware of new information regarding the coronavirus. Your health and safety are our top priority and we are here to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. We will provide regular updates to your healthcare committee members, updates at the town hall meetings, information in your mailboxes and on our new healthcare bulletin board once it is installed.

COVID-19 Prevention at Beaumont