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Safety measures to protect your loved ones

COVID-19/Coronavirus Information

Stonehill Precautions and General Resources


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As Stonehill Health Center, Assisi Village, and the Stonehill Wellness Center continue to monitor the unprecedented situation wtih COVID-19/Coronavirus in the United States, our leadership, in partnership with our Nursing division, continue to make continual changes to protocol based on recommendations from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Center for Disease Control (CDC). We make these decisions out of abundant precaution and concern for the well-being and safety of residents, staff, visitors, volunteers, and supporters of Stonehill.

We recognize this is a difficult time for many people in our country. We have created this page to provide information on our current policies as well as resources that you may find helpful for additional information. We appreciate your understanding at this time.

If you have any questions regarding visitor policies or are requesting a special exception, such as in an end-of-life circumstance, please call 563-557-7180 and ask to speak with:

For Stonehill Health Center -  Administrator, Peggy Stockel or Director of Nursing, Matt Jahn
For Assisi Village Apartments and Villas - Assisi Village Director, Lisa Crawford
If you are unable to reach them please ask to speak to the House Supervisor.

Helpful Information and Public Resources are available below.

Jump to Assisi Village Precautions.


Health Center Precautions

Visitor Restrictions

As of March 12, 2021, Health Center residents are able to have one indoor visit per day*.

Effective 3/12/2021, Stonehill Communities Health Center will allow each resident one visit per day*. Stonehill will continue to request that visits be scheduled through your social worker to help us manage the number of visitors in the building at one time.

o Each resident may have one visit per day, two people may visit at one time.

o Visits should be kept to one hour or less to help manage the number of visitors in the building at one time.

o There is no limit to the amount of visits per week, as long as visits occur on different days and include no more than two visitors.

o Children are allowed to visit, but must be compliant with mask-wearing regardless of age. The child would count as one of the two visitors.

* End of life or Hospice visits will be evaluated separately and based on the resident’s condition and needs.

Please use this email address to schedule a visit: shcresidentvisits@stonehilldbq.com. In your email, please include the day of the week, who is visiting, the resident receiving the visit, and whether the visit will occur in the morning or afternoon.

All visitors will need to follow COVID-19 Infection Prevention strategies that include:

o Screening of all who enter the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., temperature checks, questions or observations about signs or symptoms), and denial of entry of those with signs or symptoms
o Hand hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub)
o Mask covering mouth and nose (mask may be removed in the resident room if all parties have been fully vaccinated)
o Social distancing at least six feet between persons* (*social distancing may be disregarded if the resident and visitor have both been fully vaccinated)

Masks must be worn at all times and visits are conducted in the resident room. Visitors must wear masks while entering, walking through the building, and exiting, but may remove them in the resident's room if both individuals have been fully vaccinated, per our current CMS regulations.

Please call 563-557-7180 and speak with social work staff if you have questions.

For more information on the regulations regarding visits see the following Family Updates: Family Update from 2/15/2021 and Family Update from 3/12/2021.

Please see the contacts above to discuss an end-of-life or compassionate care exception for your loved one.

Online video chat visits via Zoom can be arranged. Questions regarding video chat visits with residents at the health center can be directed to Laura Heiderscheit, Director of Resident Services at 563-690-9660. Questions regarding video chat and indoor visits with residents at Assisi Village can be directed to 563.583.8234.

Resident Precautions and Campus Activities

Residents
Residents are being actively screened for respiratory symptoms. Nursing personnel will have a daily screening for residents. If a resident has COVID-19 symptoms, additional precautions will be taken.

Dining
Residents are once again able to eat in household dining rooms. Vaccinated residents are not required to social distance. Meals will be delivered and nursing staff will provide assistance as needed for residents on precautionary isolation. 

puzzle pieceActivities
The Activities Department will provide one-on-one programming in resident rooms and small group activities for residents on each floor. Activities will also provide assistance with online/video visits.

Resident Mail/Care Packages
Residents are able to receive mail and care packages. Care packages can be dropped off at the Stonehill Health Center or Assisi Village main entrance and should include the resident's name.

Beauty Shop
The Beauty Shop reopened July 22 for appointments and is scheduling appointments by units. Only 2 residents from the same unit are allowed in the Salon at one time.

Mass and Ecumenical Service
Daily mass and rosary will be offered via livestream on the Stonehill TV channel. Residents will be able to attend Mass in-person in the San Damiano Chapel if there is not an active COVID case in the Health Center. In the event of an active case, residents will be able to attend on a rotating schedule by floor, except for those living in the household with the positive case. All residents must wear masks and complete hand hygiene to attend. Prayer Services and other spiritual activities are held via Stonehill TV or in person within each resident household. If your loved one has a spiritual care need please contact Laura Heiderscheit, Resident Services Director at 563-690-9660.

Resident Appointments
Residents are encouraged to utilize telehealth for medical appointments, but may go out for necessary medical care. Stonehill has iPads available for resident use for telehealth appointments.

Employee Screening
Employees who are ill or may have been exposed to COVID-19 are directed to contact their supervisor for further guidance. Currently, based on our County’s positivity rate, nursing and direct service staff who have not been vaccinated are being tested twice a week for COVID-19 using rapid antigen testing. This surveillance testing is required of skilled nursing facilities by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If a positive case is identified, all Health Center staff will be tested per Outbreak Status procedure.

Outpatient Therapy Services
Stonehill Communities Outpatient Therapy Clinic, in partnership with Select Rehabilitation, is open for services. Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of patients and staff alike, Outpatient Therapy will only take 1-2 appointments at a time. Patients will be screened for respiratory symptoms and asked to wear a mask during their appointment. Patients are asked to bring a mask if they have one available (one will be provided if necessary) and to practice good hand hygiene. Additionally, we ask that anyone experiencing fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms stay home.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call 563.690.9637

Stonehill Wellness Center

The Stonehill Wellness Center is open from 5:15am-7:00pm. Masks are now optional, all equipment is open, and there is no limit to the number of members who can use the Wellness Center at one time. Hydroworx pool appointments are now available for up to 4 people at a time. The sauna is open for use by one individual at a time. Group fitness classes resumed indoors June 1. Please call 563-690-9640 with any questions.

Read a full list of the COVID-19 mitigation efforts at the Stonehill Health Center.


Assisi Village Precautions

Because Independent and Assisted Living facilities are licensed differently than long-term care facilities, Assisi Village has different requirements for precautions than the Stonehill Health Center. Staff continue to be vigilant in responding to guidance as it emerges and protecting the health and safety of residents and guests.

Visitors

Assisi Village residents in Independent and Assisted Living may have visitors in their apartments. Visits do not need to be scheduled in advance.

Residents in Assisted Living Memory Care may have up to 3 visits per week of 2 people at a time. Visits should be scheduled in advance to work around scheduled activities and therapy appointments. Visits can be scheduled by calling the caregivers at 563-564-7281.

All visitors will need to follow COVID-19 Infection Prevention strategies that include:

o Screening of all who enter the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., temperature checks, questions or observations about signs or symptoms), and denial of entry of those with signs or symptoms
o Hand hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub)
o Face covering or mask (covering mouth and nose)

Staff can also assist residents with video chat visits via Zoom.

Questions regarding video chat and indoor visits with residents at Assisi Village can be directed to 563.583.8234.

Resident Precautions and Campus Activities

Residents
Assisi Village residents in Independent and Assisted Living are able to move about freely through the building and travel to outings or appointments outside Assisi Village as they wish. Residents are no longer required to wear a mask when outside of their apartments.

Dining
Due to continuing construction at Assisi Village, and the temporary dining room, Independent and Assisted Living residents are served breakfast in the dining room, but lunch and dinner meals are delivered to resident apartments. 

puzzle pieceActivities
Group activities are taking place on a regular schedule.

Beauty Shop
The Beauty Shop is available for appointments.

Daily Mass 
Daily mass is offered in-person in the new Assisi Village Chapel.

Employee Screening
Employees who are ill or who have been exposed to COVID-19 will not be allowed to work and are directed to contact their supervisor for further guidance. Staff are welcome to be tested weekly for COVID-19 on a voluntary basis.


COVID-19/Coronavirus Information and Helpful Resources

For additional information please visit the following pages with COVID-19/Coronavirus information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Self-Care Information for Health Care Workers during the Pandemic (APA)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Page

Why Should I Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine Info Sheet from Community Pharmacy

COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers from Community Pharmacy