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How WesleyLife is Keeping Residents, Clients Safe

posted by Lisa Ryan on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

COVID-19

As we continue to navigate this time, our priority continues to be the safety and health of those who have placed their trust in us. As the global situation changes rapidly, we want to do our best to keep everyone informed of the ways we are helping to ensure the well-being of our residents, clients, and team members.

April 7: We are in need of medical gowns to augment the supplies at our communities' Health Centers. If you can sew and are willing to assist, please read the details.

April 4: Due to increased need for meal delivery among members of the Greater Des Moines community, we are seeking additional volunteer drivers for WesleyLife Meals on Wheels. Read the details. Also, if you know any older adult or military veteran who could benefit from meal delivery at this time, please call us at (515) 699-3243. We operate on a sliding-fee scale and will do our best to work with anyone in need. 

Read an important update from our CEO.


Adult Day Center Closures: How We Can Help You at Home

Although WesleyLife's three Adult Day centers are closed through at least the end of April by government order, we are still able to assist families and individuals who are caring for loved ones in their homes. Even if you're sheltering in place and would like to take a walk, our compassionate caregivers with WesleyLife at Home are ready to provide you with respite time. 

We offer a breadth of services ranging from medical and non-medical home health care to hospice care, transportation, and Meals on Wheels. Simply call Kelli at (515) 978-2777 to learn more, or to start services. Please be assured our caregiver are following Centers for Disease Control recommendations regarding hygiene, health, and safety. 

Visitor Restrictions

In conjunction with President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that in an effort to further prevent the virus from entering senior living communities, family members may visit residents and clients only in end-of-life situations.

Group Activities

Further, the government agency also announced that all communal dining and group activities in senior living communities should cease. This decision is in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that advises individuals, especially older adults, not to gather in crowds.

Specific Guidance

CMS officials said the restrictions, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, represent “a massive mobilization of our country's resources to combat this terrible virus.” Of course, all WesleyLife and WellSpire communities are complying with these protocols.

The specific guidance is represented below: 

1. New Directive on Visitors

In the new guidance, CMS directs ALL facilities nationwide to restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential healthcare personnel, except for in certain compassionate care situations. Anyone permitted inside the community will be screened according to CDC protocols.

2. Other Restrictions

Cancel communal dining and all group activities, such as internal and external group activities.

What to Expect

The changes have been implemented in all WesleyLife and WellSpire communities. We know how challenging these protocols are be for everyone involved, and our teams have developed creative solutions to enhance the physical and emotional well-being of our residents during this time. We are also providing tools to help family members stay connected with their loved ones. 

If you need assistance staying in touch, please reach out to your contact at your loved one's community.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we work to ensure the safety and health of those we serve.

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COVID-19 Resources 

Personal Health and Safety

All individuals should continue to practice the following health, safety, and personal-hygiene practices:

  • If you have traveled outside of Iowa recently, whether internationally or domestically, self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Wear a face covering when you are in public. 
  • Wash your hands frequently, for about 20 seconds each time, using hot water and soap. Don’t forget wrists and fingernails. In between washings, use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, and throw the used tissue into a receptacle with a lid. A second choice is sneezing into your elbow, but keep in mind that germs can live on the fabric of your clothing for a period of time. Please wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, following the protocols listed above.
  • At all times, practice social distancing: Make every effort to remain 6 feet from the closest person.
  • Make a conscious effort to keep your hands away from your face.
  • Avoid contact with people who are unwell.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms. Most people with COVID-19 report fever and tiredness, a cough, muscle aches, and/or breathing difficulties.  

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The Iowa Department of Public Health offers this comprehensive look at COVID-19. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact your physician. Additional resources are listed below.

Thank you for helping us keep our communities healthy and safe. 

Centers for Disease Control comprehensive coronavirus site

Myth-busters and protective measures from the World Health Organization

Travel in and out of the U.S.: Frequently Asked Questions 

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