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COVID-19 Response: Actions Taken to Safeguard the Health of Residents and Staff

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As always, we at The Esquiline put the health and safety of our residents and staff first. During this evolving health situation, we continue to adapt and respond with measures to ensure the welfare of those on our campus.

Preparedness

Our Leadership Team meets on a daily basis to assess global, national, and local recommendations related to the management of COVID-19. Using these recommendations – including those from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) - we have put forth new policies for staff, visitors, and residents to prevent the exposure and spread of COVID-19 in our community.

The following is a list of measures currently being taken:

Visitors

  • Visitors are not to enter our community unless they are deemed essential.
  • All essential visitors are screened upon entering our community at one of three main entrances. Staff record visitors' temperatures, log them on a screening log, sterilize the thermometer, and request visitors to self-report any symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath. Visitors are also asked whether they have traveled out of the country or have been exposed to anyone with the previous symptoms who has been out of the country.
  • Guidance for Limiting Transmission of COVID-19 for Nursing Homes 
  • Visitor Restriction Policy Last Updated March 11, 2020

Residents

  • Residents have been informed of the impact of COVID-19 and proper prevention, including social distancing and washing their hands frequently and thoroughly for 20 seconds using soap and warm water, as well as sneezing into their elbows instead of their hands.
  • Residents have been advised not to leave the campus except for essential appointments.
  • Residents have been informed that visitors should only pick them up at one of the three main entrances and that visitors are to avoid entering the building unless they are deemed essential and have been screened.
  • If a resident does leave campus, they must exit and re-enter the building at a main entrance so that they can be screened upon re-entry.
  • Residents who have scheduled Esquiline transportation must leave/enter through their main community entrance and are required to be screened upon returning.
  • Residents who drive themselves must leave/enter through the main entrance only (must not park in Lot C or Lot D) and must be screened upon returning.
  • Accommodations are being made so that activities are limited to groupings of fewer than 10 persons.
  • Residents must dine only in the community in which they reside (independent living, assisted living, or skilled nursing).
  • New Resident Form Last Updated March 5, 2020

Employees

  • All employees have been informed of the importance of practicing social distancing from peers and reminded about the importance of washing their hands frequently and thoroughly for 20 seconds using soap and warm water, as well as sneezing into their elbows instead of their hands.
  • Upon entering one of the two entrances of The Esquiline where hourly employees clock in, all employees are to take their own temperature, log it on a screening log, sterilize the thermometer, and self-report if they have experienced a cough, shortness of breath, have traveled out of the country, or have been exposed to anyone with the previous symptoms who has been out of the country.
  • All employees have been informed that if they themselves are, or can identify an individual who fulfills the above criteria, they are to report this to either the Director of St. Francis Assisted Living or the Director of Clinical Services.
  • The Housekeeping Staff are cleaning common areas - including handrails and bathrooms - every 30 minutes.
  • The dining, housekeeping, maintenance, and nursing teams are meeting on a daily and as-needed basis to be informed by their respective directors of the changing trends and policies related to COVID-19.
  • The Director of Resident Services is utilizing Caremerge to communicate meeting times and visitor policies related to COVID-19 to residents and resident families.

Communication

  • The President of The Esquiline has informed all essential visitors who serve on-site about the changing policies related to COVID-19. This includes the requirement that therapists who come here from other communities must wear a mask at all times.
  • The Leadership Team has placed memos in all public restrooms to remind residents, visitors, and staff about the necessary steps to be completed for thorough hand-washing.

Please continue checking our website and Facebook page for further updates as this situation evolves.

We thank you all for your patience and understanding, as well as your adherence to our new visitation and screening policies. Know that it is only through open communication, compassion, and community cooperation that we will get through this difficult period together.