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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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