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Coronavirus: Staff Updates

Updated 7/8/2020

Staff Communication

Open Enrollment

Benefits open enrollment is here.  We are moving our medical plan to Harvard Pilgrim on June 1st and we have a new plan option that we think that many of you will like. To make things easy for you, we have arranged for you to have a personal conversation with a benefit counselor.  The counselor will help you decide which options are best for you.

Simply click on the digital postcard link here https://flimp.me/nhxa1d60z3  for more details on how to speak to a benefits counselor and to review the benefit open enrollment guide.

Job Opportunities: Beaumont at Worcester

As Matt Salmon stated when announcing the transition of Beaumont at Worcester to a COVID-19 treatment center, we will need volunteers to assist in the care of those patients. Our staff members working there will receive additional benefits and significantly increased pay. If you want to take part, please contact Courtney Sibinich at either 508-614-0870 or [email protected]. Our campus HR Specialists also welcome your calls and emails. Thank you in advance for stepping up to help at this unprecedented, critical time for everyone.

Staff Resources

COVID-19 Response

SALMON Health and Retirement has been monitoring the evolving worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and preparing for the safety and well-being of our residents, staff, and visitors. We understand that visiting friends and family is an important part of maintaining relationships, however, we also recognize that the population we serve is amongst the most vulnerable. As a result, we are determined to limit contact of any infected persons with our residents and staff and are making modifications to our visitor policies based on CDC guidelines.

The risks of COVID-19 are greatly reduced when common-sense measures are consistently taken to limit contact and when we take the appropriate measures to manage universal infection control practices—on which all our staff at SALMON are routinely educated and trained on.

We have/are:

  • Having residents self isolate in their apartments or rooms.
  • Cancelled communal dining and all group activities, such as internal and external group activities.
  • Implemented active screening of residents and staff for fever and respiratory symptoms.
  • Reminding residents to practice social distancing and perform frequent hand hygiene.
  • Screening all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever and respiratory symptom and actively taking their temperature and documenting absences, shortness of breath, new or change in cough, and sore throat. If they are ill, they will put on a facemask and self-isolate at home.
  • Helping residents communicate and connect with their loved ones during this time through virtual calls and regular phone calls.

Updated Staff Guidelines

All staff will be asked to complete a screening checklist, as well as a temperature check, prior to the start of their shift.

We are asking that if you feel sick at work, to please do the following:

  1. Immediately stop work.
  2. Put on the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as a face mask.
  3. Inform your supervisor before leaving your campus.
  4. Self-isolate at home.
  5. Inform your on-campus infection preventionist and include additional information on individuals, equipment, and locations of the people you encountered while working.
  6. Contact your local health department and follow recommendations for next steps regarding testing and locations for treatment.

Employees may only enter areas in the community or neighborhoods where they are directly delivering care or services to the residents of that neighborhood.

Employees that need to move between neighborhoods to perform their duties must follow all infection control protocols before entering and remove and replace all PPE.

Updated Visitor Guidelines

We are currently restricting visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation. In those cases, visitors (one at a time) will be limited to a specific room only. For those essential health care personnel who can enter will be required to perform hand hygiene and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as facemasks, gloves and gowns.

For individuals that enter in compassionate situations (e.g., end-of-life care), we will require you to perform hand hygiene and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as facemasks. The decisions about visitation during an end of life situation will be made on a case by case basis so please contact the Executive Director.  In these situations, we will screen the visitor (including clergy, bereavement counselors, etc.) for fever or respiratory symptoms. Those with symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat) will not be permitted to enter the community at any time (even in end-of-life situations). Those visitors that are permitted, must wear a facemask while in the building and restrict their visit to the resident’s room or other location designated by the community. They will also be reminded to frequently perform hand hygiene.

If you had visited recently, please monitor for signs and symptoms of respiratory infection for at least 14 days after exiting the community. If symptoms occur, self-isolate at home, contact your healthcare provider, and immediately notify the community of the date you were in the community, the individuals they were in contact with, and the locations within the community they visited. We will then immediately screen the individuals of reported contact, and take all necessary actions based on findings.


Thank you so much for helping to keep our residents and co-workers safe.
If you have any questions, please see your supervisor.

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