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Good morning everyone,
What an incredible week we had here at Westfield. Residents and staff enjoyed and celebrated National Nursing Home Week and we had a blast! “Together – Through the Seasons” was the theme and it was just a great time! Each day had a special celebration, including events, entertainment, snacks, decorations, give-a-ways, outfits and more. What a wonderful way to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of Westfield over the past year and to look forward to the promises of the coming year. I would like to extend a special thank you to Hailey Dixon and the Activity Staff for their efforts in preparing and carrying out the events of the week for residents and a special thank you to Dannielle Egger, our Human Resource Manager, for all of the amazing things she had prepared for the staff during the week. What a great place to work and to have the opportunity to serve residents.
AND, though not planned this way at all, we also enjoyed getting to see families in and around Westfield this week with the new visitation guidelines put in place on Monday May 10. I cannot explain the joy felt by the staff seeing families visiting again. We can only imagine those feelings of family members returning to resident rooms for the first time in over a year! Thank YOU ALL for your patience and cooperation through all of that. Though there are still some hurdles to cross even with the new guidelines, we ARE seeing progress and are excited to see what comes next.
With then new guidelines, we have also had a couple inquiries from pastors in the area about their return to Westfield for in-room visits and we are excited to be able to welcome them back, as well. We would still require the same criteria of being fully vaccinated and calling ahead for appointment times but we want to be able to accommodate those visits as much as possible, as well. Thank you all of the area Pastors for your continued support and prayers and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Next week, on Wednesday May 19, we will, officially, be going live with Redler’s LTC Pharmacy as our contracted pharmacy provider and consultant pharmacist partner. This week, we were able to participate in the virtual family orientation to Redler’s services. If you were unable to attend that event online and have questions, please do not hesitate to let me know and we can get you all of the information that you might need.
Last week, we had an employee test positive for COVID19 through our routine testing. That employee had not worked recently prior to testing positive so there was no exposure to residents or co-workers. We are pleased to report that the employee had very minor symptoms, fulfilled her quarantine obligation, and has now been able to return to work. From that positive test, we did test residents who had not been vaccinated and were pleased to find they are all negative. We continue to test all non-vaccinated employees once per week, and Hamilton County’s positivity did increase this week to 17.6%.
With recent guidance provided to long-term care facilities by CDC, we are being asked to make sure that everyone has education on COVID19 vaccines. As I review our weekly posts, it seems that we have covered much of the education pieces but just in case anyone needed more information, I have included the link in this update to the CDC site regarding COVID19 vaccines.
Certainly, if you have any questions that we can help answer, please do let us know.
Wishing you all a great week!
Providing You with Quality Care.
Westfield Quality Care is located in quaint little town of Aurora, Nebraska. We offer small town compassionate care with exceptional skills and customer service. Our emphasis is on the resident, their family, and their quality of care. We understand that the resident deserves nothing less than the best. We can offer compassion along with physical, mental & emotional support. Our residents will be treated with considerations, respect, dignity, freedom and the ability to make choices that enhance their lifestyles.
Westfield Quality Care provides:
Skilled Nursing Care
Long Term Care
In-House Doctor Visits
Recreational & Social Activities
Beauty Shop & More