Infection Prevention and Control
There are many changes that have been implemented since COVID-19 entered our lives and we continue to adapt and adjust to make the lives of our Residents as safe and happy as possible. Proper and attentive clinical care is vitally important at all times but takes on additional significance during this pandemic. All staff continue to follow pre-pandemic protocols to ensure the safety of Residents, including proper hygiene and hand hygiene, typical medical precautions, and more. We continue to:
One of the most impactful steps we’ve taken is our consistent staff and Resident testing, which we continue to do more than mandated by the DPH. We have found different testing sources for faster turnaround times for results and can now obtain results in 24 hours. We continue to use the most accurate testing method when evaluating our Residents, patients, and staff members: the PCR test.
We continue to follow DPH guidelines on room changing and co-horting. As of now, anyone that tests positive is sent to our former COVID-only campus, Beaumont at Worcester. There, we have one floor reserved for COVID patients only, where state-of-the-art technology is being used and the most trained, experienced staff work. We are removing Residents from the general population immediately to avoid potential spread and ensure that they are receiving the best care possible.
All staff consistently wear appropriate PPE when interacting with Residents and co-workers, including face masks, face shields, gloves, and gowns. There are also PPE donning and doffing stations in each community. The additional education and re-education of our staff members continues to be extremely important.
Housekeeping and laundry services have implemented advanced, methodical cleaning services to ensure SALMON communities are made safe and kept as free from the virus as possible. This includes:
- Introduction of new products to help disinfect, including: electrostatic foggers and sprayers, microfiber mops, one-use microfiber wet or dry pads, HEPA-filter vacuums, hospital-grade disinfectant
- Regularly sanitizing high-tough surfaces such as door knobs, chairs, counters, and other items
To learn more about our new changes and plans in place, including communal dining, engagement activities, additional housekeeping and laundry services, and maintenance, please click here.