From the Desk of the Administrator

Jim Harkness



Happy Fourth of July everyone.  As things start to open in the communities, we are being asked by families and residents when we will be allowing families into the facility again.  Unfortunately, I cannot give you a definite answer.  Many have heard the governor say that nursing homes are opening.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  The state has provided us with a three-phase opening plan that they recommend we follow.  We of course are in phase one right now.  In order to get to phase two or three there are many things that we must comply with.  Some of them are very unrealistic.  For example, we must have a stock supply of personal protective Equipment (PPE) to handle an outbreak should one occur.  Most facilities are having a very difficult time securing enough PPE to get by day to day without an outbreak let alone have enough in stock for an outbreak.  We also must be able to cohort residents and specific staff to care for people that are infected and have regular staff to care for those who are not.  That too is unrealistic.  That would require us to have to have many more staff on standby should an outbreak occur.  We do not operate that way and as many of you know, it is tough to staff these facilities during normal circumstances.  I can assure you that we will look at all options and work toward these goals however, I cannot guarantee when we will be able to open.  I truly wish I could open the doors up right now and allow families and residents the opportunity to see one another.  This has been so difficult for them.   I only hope it ends sometime soon and please remember that we can assist with Facetime visits in the meantime.  Thank you.