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Update from Administrator – January 29, 2021

Dear Family Members and Responsible Parties,

I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the sunshine of this afternoon. It was so good to see the rays of the sun shining through resident windows as I made Rounds this afternoon. Many of the residents really enjoyed the natural light of the sun, as well as the hint that Spring is not too far away. It’s amazing to see what a little sunshine does for everyone’s spirits!

Our Covid update for this week is very positive. We have 7 residents on the Covid Positive Unit and 4 staff who are quarantining at home. It appears that the Vaccines are working and we are happy that so many residents and staff participated in the Vaccination Clinics provided by CVS.
Our next Vaccination Clinic is scheduled for February 9, 2021.

I received a call this week from a Family Member who asked about Compassionate Care Visits. Yes, we are still allowing loved ones to visit if their family member qualifies for a Compassionate Care Visit. This type of visit has to be ordered by the Doctor or APRN.

As a team, if it appears that a resident could benefit from a Compassionate Care Visit, you will be called and asked if you would like to have a Compassionate Care visit arranged. Some families do visit, while other families choose not to visit due to the the age and/or physical conditions of loved ones living at home. It is a personal decision that each family has to make and we respect everyone’s decisions.

In addition, End of Life Visits continue to be offered with a Doctor’s order. Families will also be contacted by our staff or Hospice staff to come and visit at this very difficult time in the life of a family.

Just a reminder, we will host our Family Weekly Call today 1/29 at 1 p.m.

Best wishes to everyone as we continue to wear our masks and/or PPE, refrain from large gatherings, keep social distancing of 6 feet apart and wash our hands. Hopefully these small interventions will help to control the spread of the Coronavirus and life will return to a “new” normal as soon as possible.

Linda A. Urbanski, Ph.D., Administrator
Newtown Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

January 29, 2021