COVID-19 Visitation Update

11/20/20

 

Dear Patients and Families,

Sherwood Village is committed to keeping you updated about our response to COVID-19. We’re providing this update to inform you of changes to comply with ADHS restrictions as Pima County has again been classified as having Substantial spread of the virus.

As I am sure many of you are aware, Arizona is experiencing an increase in the reported COVID cases.  We are committed to keeping our residents and staff as safe as possible through mitigation efforts.

We continue to practice the measures that were put in place to mitigate or prevent the spread of the virus.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • Staying up-to-date and implementing CDC guidance which changes frequently.
  • Following recommended infection control measures, including hand hygiene, environmental cleaning, and use of personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Visitation remains restricted to essential external healthcare providers or compassionate end-of-life visitation;
  • All staff are tested regularly and essential visitors are assessed and screened upon entry into the building;
  • Staff wear masks, gloves and practice frequent hand-washing/sanitization between resident cares when working in the building and encourage residents to do the same;
  • Communal dining will be suspended on 11/21/20 and meals will  be delivered to residents;
  • External community activities are suspended and internal group activities have again been limited.
  • Any new residents or residents leaving the Sherwood campus for treatment at an external healthcare provider for any reason will be required to be quarantined upon his/her arrival or return or until released by provider with negative test.
  • Essential and compassionate care visitors will be allowed, HOWEVER THE GUIDELINES DO REQUIRE NEGATIVE TESTS TWICE WEEKLY.
  • OUTDOOR VISITATION WILL ALSO REQUIRE TESTING.
  • WE ARE AWARE OF THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS AND THE FAMILIES THAT WANT TO HAVE THEIR LOVED ONES AT HOME. ALTHOUGH THE CDC AND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS, WE CAN OR WILL NOT DECIDE IF YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE YOUR LOVED ONE OUT OF COMMUNITY, BUT ON RETURN THEY WILL BE PLACED ON CAUTIONARY ISOLATION UNTIL RELEASED BY PROVIDER AND NEGATIVE BY TEST.(This can be up to 14 days)

We will continue to assess all residents for any signs and symptoms of the COVID-virus and will notify resident physicians and responsible parties on any changes of condition, whether COVID related or not.

While we share the community’s great concern about this pandemic and the rising cases in Arizona, as a result of our efforts, we feel confident in our ability to provide uninterrupted care in a way that will minimize exposure to others. We hope that you will use us as a resource to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We will provide you updates as things change in the community.  As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

Russell Sylvester
Executive Director