Sept. 8, 2020
We hope everyone had a safe and socially distant Labor Day holiday. Looking out at our state and community statistics, we see a direct correlation between the number of positive cases and higher testing numbers. Our own increased testing is following a similar pattern. A Maplewood staff member has now tested positive. This employee has been quarantined and the residents and staff that may have interacted with this individual are now being tested. The resident results are all back and negative at this time. Staff results are still pending. All remaining staff in this area will be monitored for symptoms on an ongoing basis until the test results are back. They will also utilize the recommended level of PPE in affected areas which includes gowns and face shields in addition to masks and gloves.
Our team is in communication with The West Allis Health Dept., WI Department of Health Service, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Any needed changes to our current plan is directed by these organizations. Again, our commitment to keeping our residents and employees safe is our primary goal.
Another round of campus-wide employee testing is happening this week (Tuesday and Wednesday). An update of those results will be posted when received.
We continue to meet Covid-19 within our VMP community head on and can’t stress enough the importance of following all of the state recommendations:
- WEAR YOUR MASK
- STAY SOCIALLY DISTANT-6ft APART
- WASH YOUR HANDS
- STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK
Outdoor/in-person visits in addition to window visits are now underway at both Maplewood and Palmer House. Our activities and social work teams are working to accommodate as many families as possible. Signage is posted to assist families with identifying their designated visitation site. Please contact the Activities department at 607-4192 if you are interested in scheduling either visit. Letters were sent to Maplewood and Palmer House outlining our policy and procedures related to these visits. Please direct your questions to the Activities Dept.
With this increase opportunity of contact comes risk, so please do not visit if you are ill or have any COVID-19 symptoms. A health screen will be required prior to every visit. Masks are required. Our team does have a supply of “window” masks for our hard of hearing residents so they can read lips. If this is something you feel you or your loved one will need for your visit please let them know when you call to schedule your appt.
We need everyone to remember that we are still in the midst of a pandemic and that the only way to move beyond it safely is to maintain the CDC and CMS guidelines of wearing masks any time you are out in public, maintaining social distancing and frequent handwashing. Please avoid large gatherings, especially with people you do not know. We are all in this together.
Please continue to watch this page for the latest updates
As a reminder, the following items are in place throughout the VMP community.
- As of March 12, our dining rooms have been closed. Meal trays are being delivered to our Palmer House and Maplewood residents. The dining room in Wesley Park has been closed. The Bistro has been re-opened with limited hours and options. Meals are being provided “to go” for our independent living residents.
- There are no outside groups permitted to enter the campus for the purpose of entertainment, education, taxes, church services or other events. We have made sure that the church services are available via the closed circuit TV’s throughout the campus.
- The Stafford Center is closed.
- Mail will be delivered to the communications center and delivered to rooms.
- Essential healthcare workers such as those that work for hospice, lab, x-ray, pharmacy or home health will be able to work with residents on a case by case basis and will be subjected to health screening upon entry.
- There will be no outings until further notice.
- Transportation will be available for essential medical treatments and groceries.
- Care Conferences with residents and families will be by phone until further notice.
- All new admissions or readmissions in Maplewood Health Center are given private accommodations for their initial 14 days and monitored for symptoms.
- Wesley Park residents are asked to complete a health screening upon return from any outside appointment or outing.
- Our staff has completed the CDC Infection Control Facility Assessment to ensure we are in compliance with all aspects of infection control
- We have documented current competencies on ALL staff for hand hygiene and use of PPE, including when to use, how to apply and how to remove and dispose of properly.
- Every single person entering our building is screened- employee, vendor, surveyor, family member for end of life compassionate care visit.
- Additionally, we ask staff who are sick to stay at home until they are no longer contagious.
- No one may enter the campus, except through the 4 designated entrances- Maplewood Main entrance, Palmer House Main Entrance, and the 2 main entrances of WP. There are no exceptions for anyone.
- All staff MUST wear a face mask at all times when in the facility.
- All staff are trained on signs and symptoms of recognizing COVID and what to report.
- All staff are trained on when to place some on isolation and how to place them in isolation, how to communicate the isolation to all staff immediately.
- We focus on keeping rooms and common areas as clean and sanitized as possible to prevent the spread of germs. We have increased the frequency of the sanitization.
- Our kitchens follow NSF-approved dishwashing techniques.
- All staff members are trained in techniques to prevent the spread of germs specific to their individual roles in serving residents in our communities.
- VMP has specialized electrostatic machines, called a Novaerus, which will routinely be used to disinfect common area surfaces.
- We added more touchless hand sanitizer stations in our common areas.
- In compliance with the CDC and DPH, we are not allowing non-essential visitors in our facility at this time.
What can I do to help during this time?
With the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), we are asking for the support of our community during this time. Your support will tremendously help to protect our residents and our staff on the frontline.
We are currently accepting
- Any face masks (N95, Surgical, Homemade)
- Hand Sanitizer that is at least 70% alcohol
- Sanitizing Wipes
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
- Cash Donations
Donations can be brought to VMP Healthcare & Community Living.
- 3023 S. 84th Street
West Allis, WI 53227
Items can be placed in the barrels located between the sliding doors at the main entrance from 8:00 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If there are any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at (414) 607-4100 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.