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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 daily 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.

Visitor Restrictions

As of March 13, 2020, Stonehill has restricted ALL visitors. No visitors are allowed within Stonehill campus buildings, with exceptions being made only in end-of-life situations. Please see the contacts above to discuss an end-of-life exception for your loved one. Online video chat visits via Zoom can be arranged. As of July 20, we are also now scheduling outdoor family visits with resident family members. Please see our Visitor Information page for full details on how to set up a visit. Questions regarding video chat visits or outdoor family visits can be directed to Laura Heiderscheit, Director of Resident Services at 563-690-9660.

Resident Precautions and Campus Activities

Residents
Residents are being actively screened for respiratory symptoms. All residents will need to remain on the unit with their respective room. Residents will not be able to go throughout the building to enter other units or floors. Activities personnel will be designing individualized approaches to meet resident needs during this time. Nursing personnel will have a daily screening for residents. If a resident has respiratory symptoms additional precautions will be taken.

Dining
All residents will eat snacks and meals in their own room. Meals will be delivered and nursing staff will provide assistance as needed. 

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The Activities Department will provide one-on-one programming in resident rooms and small group activities within each unit for groups of 10 or less. Activities will also provide assistance with online/video visits.

Resident Mail/Care Packages
Residents are able to receive mail and care packages. Following guidance from CDC, we are no longer holding mail/packages for 24 hours. Care packages can be dropped off at the Stonehill Health Center or Assisi Village main entrance and should include the resident's name.

Restorative Exercise
Residents may still continue restorative exercise in one-on-one sessions.

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. Our staff is working on alternative options to meet the spiritual needs of residents from their own room, this is in alignment with the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Please find additional guidance from the Archdiocese at https://dbqarch.org/coronavirus. Ecumenical Services have been cancelled until further notice. Activities staff are exploring options for broadcasted ecumenical services. If your loved one has a spiritual care need please contact Laura Heiderscheit, Resident Services Director at 563-690-9660.

Resident Appointments
All resident appointments that are not medically necessary should be re-scheduled or postponed until further notice. Stonehill has a number of iPads for residents to use for telehealth appointments with local providers, and staff are able to assist.

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. In addition, as of September 9th, based on our County’s positivity rate, nursing and direct service staff are being tested weekly for COVID-19 using the Quidel Sofia 2 Antigen FIA. This surveillance testing is required of skilled nursing facilities by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Outpatient Therapy Services
Stonehill Communities, in partnership with Select Rehabilitation will re-open outpatient therapy services beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.

These services will look a bit different than what you may have been used to. Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of patients and staff alike, Outpatient Therapy will only take one appointment 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 with limited capacity - only 20 members will be allowed in at one time and Hydroworx appointments are limited to 2 members. Classes are being held outdoors when possible. The sauna remains closed. In addition, 2:00-3:00 pm Monday through Friday will be a mandatory mask hour. All people in the Wellness Center at that time will be required to wear a mask. Please call 563-690-9640 with any questions.

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)

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