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COVID-19

Nov 20, 2020

As we enter the holiday season, we recognize that this season will be like no other we’ve experienced due to Covid-19. We continue to be challenged with ongoing positive cases of residents and staff members throughout our VMP campus. Our hearts overflow with care and concern for all residents, families and employees who have been impacted by this devastating virus.

Visitation (currently window, or virtual) over the Thanksgiving holiday will look a little different for those having window visits.  Our Activity Department has worked to make this week of visits special with decorations and a treat of pie and cider for both the family and resident. If you are interested in changing an already scheduled virtual visit to window or a new window visit please contact our Campus Activity Dept. at 607-4192.

Holidays often means gifts.  Please keep in mind that deliveries and drop-offs are allowed with some guidelines. Families and friends may only drop off essential and non-essentials items as long as they are pre-packaged and can be wiped down prior to being delivered to resident rooms.  This EXCLUDES home-made items and clothing. New clothing will be accepted if it is ordered and sent directly here in original packaging.  If you have any specific questions about items please contact the Executive Director in your specific community

As a reminder, all positive residents and employees are quarantined, families contacted and anyone who has been exposed has been tested and quarantined as well.  Families or contacts of residents that are negative or have not been exposed will not receive a phone call.  It is the old cliché of “no news is good news.”  Signs and symptoms of the virus are being monitored on every shift every day.

As we have since the beginning, we continue to offer every assurance that we will be following all recommendations and will act in the best interests of our entire community. Appropriate levels of PPE are available and in use throughout the community. This includes gowns, face shields or goggles in addition to masks (including N95) and gloves.  Hand hygiene with employees and residents is integrated throughout the day. 

Employee testing remains at two times per week as the Milwaukee County positivity rate is over 10%.  Again, all positive results prompt immediate quarantine of the individual and tracing for potential resident and employee exposure throughout the campus.

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

Please continue to do your part:

  • WEAR YOUR MASK         
  • STAY SOCIALLY DISTANT-6ft APART         
  • WASH YOUR HANDS   
  • STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK
  • AVOID LARGE GATHERINGS

As a reminder, the following items are in place throughout the VMP community.

OUR RESIDENTS

  • 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

  • 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.

OUR CAMPUS

  • 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.

OUR COMMUNITY

  • 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)
  • Gloves
  • Gowns
  • Hand Sanitizer that is at least 70% alcohol
  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
  • Gloves
  • 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 vmp.healthcare@vmp.org.

Nov 20, 2020

As we enter the holiday season, we recognize that this season will be like no other we’ve experienced due to Covid-19. We continue to be challenged with ongoing positive cases of residents and staff members throughout our VMP campus. Our hearts overflow with care and concern for all residents, families and employees who have been impacted by this devastating virus.

Visitation (currently window, or virtual) over the Thanksgiving holiday will look a little different for those having window visits.  Our Activity Department has worked to make this week of visits special with decorations and a treat of pie and cider for both the family and resident. If you are interested in changing an already scheduled virtual visit to window or a new window visit please contact our Campus Activity Dept. at 607-4192.

Holidays often means gifts.  Please keep in mind that deliveries and drop-offs are allowed with some guidelines. Families and friends may only drop off essential and non-essentials items as long as they are pre-packaged and can be wiped down prior to being delivered to resident rooms.  This EXCLUDES home-made items and clothing. New clothing will be accepted if it is ordered and sent directly here in original packaging.  If you have any specific questions about items please contact the Executive Director in your specific community

As a reminder, all positive residents and employees are quarantined, families contacted and anyone who has been exposed has been tested and quarantined as well.  Families or contacts of residents that are negative or have not been exposed will not receive a phone call.  It is the old cliché of “no news is good news.”  Signs and symptoms of the virus are being monitored on every shift every day.

As we have since the beginning, we continue to offer every assurance that we will be following all recommendations and will act in the best interests of our entire community. Appropriate levels of PPE are available and in use throughout the community. This includes gowns, face shields or goggles in addition to masks (including N95) and gloves.  Hand hygiene with employees and residents is integrated throughout the day. 

Employee testing remains at two times per week as the Milwaukee County positivity rate is over 10%.  Again, all positive results prompt immediate quarantine of the individual and tracing for potential resident and employee exposure throughout the campus.

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

Please continue to do your part:

  • WEAR YOUR MASK         
  • STAY SOCIALLY DISTANT-6ft APART         
  • WASH YOUR HANDS   
  • STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK
  • AVOID LARGE GATHERINGS

 

As a reminder, the following items are in place throughout the VMP community.

OUR RESIDENTS

  • 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

  • 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.

OUR CAMPUS

  • 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.

OUR COMMUNITY

  • 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)
  • Gloves
  • Gowns
  • Hand Sanitizer that is at least 70% alcohol
  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
  • Gloves
  • 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 vmp.healthcare@vmp.org.