To Our Residents and Family Members:
It is important for us to continue to keep our residents and families up-to-date and informed on how Baruch and its communities are navigating these most uncertain times amid the spread of COVID-19. Through the uncertainty and fear, our utmost priority remains caring for our residents, providing a safe and healthy home for them, and maintaining as much normalcy as possible in their daily lives.
As mentioned in previous letters, please rest assured that our team is thoroughly trained in the proper procedures to maintain a safe environment. Our communities continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC with regard to COVID-19 and are taking all the necessary preventive measures. We also remain in close contact with the local and state health departments. Our saying is that “all roads lead to universal precautions”, which is being carried throughout the organization.
In an effort to protect our residents and staff, we also continue to restrict visitors into our buildings. Only individuals necessary for the provision of medical care, support of activities of daily living, and clergy are allowed entry, and they must meet our health screening before being permitted into the building.
Please be aware that we remain available to the community and families as we continue to admit new residents where we have available space. In addition to meeting the standard admission criteria, all new residents are also required to go through our COVID-related health screening prior to moving into one of our communities. Furthermore, we are hiring staff to ensure that we’re able to continue properly caring for our residents. New hires are also required to go through the COVID-related health screening and are immediately being trained on the universal precautions being taken in all of our buildings.
We appreciate your continued prayers and support as we know God is ultimately in control and continue to rely on Him for guidance and direction in making decisions to ensure staff and resident safety and comfort. During this time, we encourage remote communication with your loved ones (phone, email, zoom calls, etc.) and will help coordinate that whenever possible. We continue to see many creative and positive ways families and the community have been connecting with our residents—from window visits to zoom calls to yard signs with uplifting messages. We wish to express our overwhelming gratitude at the amount of love and support being shown to our residents and staff. It is such a blessing to know that even in uncertain times, we can be certain of the continued care of our residents.
We encourage you to follow the CDC and government guidelines and abide by our Governor’s Executive Orders in the effort to ‘slow the curve’. We will continue to closely monitor the situation in all of our communities and will provide further updates as necessary. Please be assured that we have a plan in place should there be a diagnosed case of COVID-19 in any of our communities and will notify you if this happens. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact your Administrator.
For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ .
Mitch McNeal Connie Clauson
President Vice President, Operations
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 5:13