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PRESBYTERIAN SENIORCARE NETWORK CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

April 4, 2020

PRESBYTERIAN SENIORCARE NETWORK CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

Employee from Southminster Place Tests Positive for Virus

Oakmont, PA, April 4, 2020 – Presbyterian SeniorCare Network has received confirmation of its first case of novel coronavirus COVID-19. Late today, it verified that an employee tested positive for the virus. The employee had been working for four years as a Personal Care Aide at the Southminster Place, the personal care community on the Washington campus of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. The team member, who has not been at work since Wednesday, April 1st is quarantined at home and following appropriate medical guidance.
To date, there are no additional confirmed COVID-19 positive cases among the more than 2000 team members of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. Additionally, there have been no confirmed cases among the residents and patients in the Network’s 50+ independent living and care communities across western Pennsylvania.
“We send our concern and prayers for our team member. Our staff and frontline care givers are heroes to all those we serve,” says Paul Winkler, president, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. “During these unprecedented times, our entire staff has responded with compassion, care and commitment to meeting the needs of one of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. We have been steadfast in taking aggressive screening protocols to minimize the risk associated with COVID-19 for our team members, residents and patients, and we will continue to work tirelessly to provide the infection control measures and care needed to get through this pandemic.”
Presbyterian SeniorCare Network leadership has reached out to support the affected employee, resident families and coworkers, and has taken the appropriate steps to notify anyone who may have had direct contact with the employee.

PRESBYTERIAN SENIORCARE NETWORK INTRODUCES INITIATIVE TO BRIGHTEN SPIRITS OF RESIDENTS AND PATIENTS

March 21, 2020

Bring #RaysOfSunshine Through Cards and Notes

Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is calling on the community to help brighten the lives of its residents, patients and team members by delivering some #RaysOfSunshine during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the community are invited to send a note or a card, long or short, big or small, homemade or store-bought, that will be shared with residents, patients and team members.

“People are reaching out to us asking if they can send cards and notes,” says Paul Winkler, President and CEO, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. “In response, we checked with our chief medical director and received clearance that greetings can be received. We are introducing #RaysOfSunshine as both a digital and U.S. mail effort to bring a smile to our residents and patients, as well as our team members who are on the front line of providing care. We know that parents are looking for projects to keep their children busy while they are home from school. This project teaches about acts of kindness and bringing joy to others.”

All precautions and guidelines will be followed when the greetings are shared with residents, patients and team members. Cards, notes and videos also can be received at the Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Facebook page.

To send your greeting, visit SrCare.org/RaysOfSunshine for details.

PRESBYTERIAN SENIORCARE NETWORK HEIGHTENS COVID-19 PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES

March 13, 2020

No Visitation Policy Implemented at Care Communities across The Network

Oakmont, PA, March 12, 2020 – Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is restricting visitation to its “care” communities, including its skilled nursing/rehabilitation centers as well as its personal care and assisted living communities. The NO VISITORS restriction is effective Friday, March 13, 2020.

Extraordinary circumstances, such as end-of-life, will be handled on a case-by-case basis. In those instances, family members should reach out to the administrator of the specific Presbyterian SeniorCare Network community where the care is being provided to discuss accommodations.

“With a spirit of love for those in our care, we have made the difficult decision to restrict visitation in our care communities,” explains Paul Winkler, president and CEO. “We have taken this action to provide the highest level of protection possible to our patients and residents.”

Winkler added, “We are following guidance from the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local agencies. Over the past few days, these experts have elevated their guidance on restrictions that we need to put into place in order to protect the most vulnerable.”

Presbyterian SeniorCare Network also is implementing a variety of screening measures for visitors in their independent living communities. Additional precautionary measures are also being implemented for staff, including limiting in-person meetings, cancelling large group meetings, and education around proper social distancing when meeting with one another at work.

The visitation restriction at all Presbyterian SeniorCare Network care communities is in effect until further notice.

About Presbyterian SeniorCare Network

For more than 90 years, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network has been focused on Making Aging Easer ® for older adults and their families. As the region’s largest aging services provider, we provide a wide range of service and living options that meet people’s needs where ever they are in their aging journey. Today we are privileged to serve more than 6,500 older adults through in-home and community based programs that provide wellness and care management services as well as 56 communities across 10 Western Pennsylvania counties, including LifePlan and independent living campuses, personal care and assisted living communities, skilled nursing centers offering short-stay rehabilitation, and more than 30 supportive housing communities for income-eligible adults and persons with disabilities. We are known as a Center of Excellence in three areas – Dementia Care, Rehabilitation and End-of-Life Care -- as a result of our deep expertise and years of experience in caring for the geriatric population.

Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is a not-for-profit that has achieved accreditation through CARF as a Network and in five other categories including Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), Assisted Living, Person-Centered Long-Term Care Communities, Home and Community Services, and Dementia Care Specialty Program. CARF is an international, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality, value, and optimal outcomes by conducting voluntary surveys for aging services providers to assure that quality standards are being met. To learn more, please visit www.SrCare.org.

 
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