Meth-Wick Community Implementing Precautionary Measures Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Meth-Wick Community Implementing Precautionary Measures Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

December 21, 2020 – COVID-19 News: Vaccine Information

With so much news coming out daily about the COVID-19 vaccine, we wanted to share two informative Q & A videos featuring healthcare experts from Iowa.

The first was created by our friends at Oaknoll Retirement Residence in Iowa City. It features several physicians and educators from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and the Johnson County Department of Health.

Topics include:

Safety and efficacy of the vaccine
Logistics and distribution of the vaccine
Potential side effects from the vaccine

Click to watch: Oaknoll Q&A Session on COVID-19 Vaccine

The second video is from the Iowa Health Care Association and the Iowa Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. It features medical directors serving long-term care residents in the state of Iowa.

Topics include:

How the vaccine works
Who needs to get the vaccine
Any concerns due to the rapid development of the vaccine

Click to watch: IPALTC COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Long-term Care Employees

You can also find helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Click to read: Importance of COVID-19 Vaccination for Residents of Long-term Care Facilities

We’ll continue to update you as more vaccine information becomes available.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, let me know.

Sincerely,

Robin K. Mixdorf
CEO/President




December 3, 2020 – The news outlets reported yesterday and today about The Meth-Wick Community (Meth-Wick Health Center) now being on the outbreak list for nursing homes. This should not be “new” news to you as you have been receiving the updates from me regarding the number of residents who have tested positive at The Woodlands. The news coverage was not a surprise to us as we report our numbers to Linn County and the federal government daily. It was surprising that it took so long for the data to finally be updated in the system and this data will unfortunately always lag behind the information that you as a resident may have already received.

Test results as of yesterday have taken us to a total resident confirmed positive count of 26 residents. We have 8 Woodlands residents who have recovered, and we have had one Woodlands resident pass away – an outcome that leaves us broken-hearted. We do anticipate 8 additional residents moving onto the recovered list on Friday.

We have been in an accelerated testing pattern for all residents and staff of The Woodlands and will remain in this testing pattern until we go 14 days without a positive test result in either residents or staff. We will continue to be in outbreak status until we have gone 28 days without a new positive case.

Arbor Place and Custom Care have no current positive cases in the resident population, and we continue to screen and test staff on a regular and routine basis. Additionally, we have been informed that there has been a confirmed positive COVID-19 diagnosis in our independent living population. The resident(s) lives in Brendelwood Village and is in isolation at home and doing well. All resident health information is protected by HIPPA – names of affected residents will not be released. Meth-Wick staff who have a need to know will be informed.

In-person visitation in all healthcare areas continues to be suspended during this timeframe. We do still encourage virtual and window visits and when appropriate offer compassionate care visits for the Woodlands residents.

Thank you all for your support. If you have any questions, let me know.

Sincerely,

Robin K. Mixdorf
CEO/President




December 3, 2020 – Housekeeping services will remain on a limited basis through the end of this year. We will review the status of housekeeping services on 1/3/21.

Rules for cleaning do not change for residents in quarantine/isolation – cleaning in emergency situations only.

Listed below are changes you should note:

  • Only one housekeeper at a time in a living unit – no exceptions.
  • No annual cleanings until after the first of the year.
  • Resident(s) must leave the living unit during cleaning.
  • The following are the only areas that will be cleaned: bathroom, trash removed, and unit vacuumed.
  • Residents in The Manor can refuse service. If you refuse the service, you will receive a credit on the next month’s billing.
  • Ridgewood’s housekeeping staff will contact each resident with scheduled cleaning to allow the resident the option of cleaning.

Within Ridgewoods (Highland Park, Deer Ridge, Brendelwood Village, Greenwood Terrace and Oakwood) annual cleanings are still paused.  We will work on rescheduling annual cleanings for after the first of the year.

Housekeeping staff will still be available for an emergency cleaning situation within a living unit. If you have an emergency, please contact the front desk and housekeeping will contact you.

In The Manor, if you choose to refuse services, you may still put your garbage in a bag outside your door and it will be picked up.

Thank you all for your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at 297-8601.

Regards,

Robin K. Mixdorf
CEO/President


November 24, 2020 – We understand there may have been some confusion over a recent news story regarding staffing care at long-term care facilities during the current pandemic.

To clarify, while the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines allow the practice of staff with COVID-19 to continue working in a crisis staffing situation, Meth-Wick is not allowing COVID-19 positive staff to care for residents.

Please be rest assured we have detailed staffing measures and contingency plans in place to protect residents and staff during these challenging times. Our focus is always on the health and well-being of our community.

Thank you all for your support. If you have any questions, let me know.

Sincerely,

Robin K. Mixdorf
CEO/President


November 19, 2020 – While the current COVID-19 positivity rate in Linn County continues to be high we do realize some individual living unit services need to be completed. Therefore, housekeeping services will resume on a limited basis effective Friday, November 20th.

We will reevaluate the county situation on Thursday, December 3rd and make decisions on moving back to a full cleaning schedule or continuing our abbreviated service.  Rules for cleaning do not change for residents in quarantine/isolation – cleaning in emergency situations only. 

Housekeeping staff will still be available for an emergency cleaning situation within a living unit. If you have an emergency, please contact the front desk and housekeeping will contact you.

Please note these important changes:

  • Only one housekeeper at a time in a living unit – no exceptions.
  • No annual cleanings until after the first of the year.
  • Resident(s) must leave the living unit during cleaning.
  • The following are the only areas that will be cleaned: bathroom, trash removed, and unit vacuumed.
  • Residents in The Manor can refuse service. If you refuse the service, you will receive a credit on the next month’s billing.
  • Ridgewood’s housekeeping staff will contact each resident with scheduled cleaning to allow the resident the option of cleaning.

Within Ridgewoods (Highland Park, Deer Ridge, Brendelwood Village, Greenwood Terrace and Oakwood) annual cleanings are still paused.  We will work on rescheduling annual cleanings for after the first of the year.

In The Manor, if you choose to refuse services, you may still put your garbage in a bag outside your door and it will be picked up.

Thank you all for your support. Please continue to check this page for updates. If you have any questions, let me know.

Regards,

Robin K. Mixdorf
CEO/President


November 18, 2020 – We have heard from some residents who are interested in guidance on celebrating Thanksgiving.

Of course, staying HOME and gathering ONLY with people in your own household is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 during the holiday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has helpful information on how to celebrate safely. Click the links below to read, or you can find printed copies of these documents in the Meth-Wick libraries.

Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

Please consider the safety of yourself, your families, and your fellow residents as you make your holiday plans this year.

Regards,

Eryn Cronbaugh, CTRS
Director of Wellness and Recreation


November 11, 2020 ­­– After serious consideration for both resident and staff safety we will be suspending in-home cleaning for our independent living residents for seven days effective Thursday November 12th.

While we understand this may be a disruption to your normal schedule, the current COVID positivity rate in Linn County pushes us to consider the wisdom of staff moving from living unit to living unit. We will reevaluate the county situation on Thursday, November 19th and will make decisions on resuming a cleaning schedule or continuing to suspend this service.

Housekeeping staff will focus on repeated cleaning of common spaces. They will be available for an emergency cleaning situation within a living unit. If you have an emergency, please contact the front desk and housekeeping will contact you.

Within Ridgewoods (Highland Park, Deer Ridge, Brendelwood Village, Greenwood Terrace and Oakwood) both weekly cleaning and annual cleaning will be paused. We will work on rescheduling annual cleanings for after the first of the year.

In The Manor, all weekly cleanings with the exception of Custom Care will be paused.

Thank you all for your support. Please continue to check this page for updates. If you have any questions, let me know.

Regards,
Robin K. Mixdorf
CEO/President


November 9, 2020 – It’s been nearly ten months since we began adapting our daily living around the dangers of a global pandemic. But the holidays will present new challenges with the traditional gatherings with family and friends.

There are ways to modify plans to greatly reduce your chances of getting COVID-19, yet still provide an enjoyable and memorable Thanksgiving. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these lower risk activities:

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household.
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others.
  • Having a virtual Thanksgiving dinner and sharing recipes with family and friends.
  • Shopping online rather than in person on Black Friday.
  • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home.

For more tips on how to make your Thanksgiving holiday safer, check out these tips from the CDC: Celebrating Thanksgiving.

Thank you all for your support. We will continue to provide updates regularly. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Regards,
Robin K. Mixdorf
CEO/President


October 6, 2020 – Today, at Meth-Wick Community, a third resident tested positive for COVID. The COVID-positive resident was identified during Meth-Wick’s antigen testing process. All three residents are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and live in the same assisted living building.

All of the nursing home COVID policies recommended by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the CDC and The State of Iowa were mirrored and adopted for Meth-Wick’s assisted living facilities at the beginning of the COVID pandemic to ensure the safety of all staff and residents.

All COVID-positive resident rooms and any common areas in the community will be UV-sanitized. Meth-Wick is suspending in-person visitation at the assisted living facility until the residents and staff have gone 14 days COVID-free.

The COVID-positive residents have been moved to an isolation area in a separate wing within their building. Meth-Wick will continue testing residents and staff weekly until all results remain negative. Meth-Wick will continue to notify the Linn County Department of Health, residents, family members and staff members of any additional positive results.

We ask that our residents, families and staff do all that they can to support our community by continuing to follow the recommendations set forth by the CDC as follows:

• Social distancing/staying home if possible
• Wearing a face mask
• Washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
• Self-isolating if showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
• Seeking medical assistance as necessary

Thank you all for your support. We will provide updates regularly. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Regards,
Robin K. Mixdorf
CEO/President


September 8, 2020 – Yesterday, a case of COVID-19, the illness resulting from the novel coronavirus, was diagnosed in a staff member. The staff member is at home and will be not be returning until the individual is through the recommended isolation timeframe. This staff member had limited contact with only staff and residents of Custom Care. We have notified those residents with whom the individual had direct contact with.

We have also notified public health officials as required and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. We are taking every step as recommended by authorities to contain the spread. We want to make residents, their families, and our dedicated staff aware of this situation and reassure everyone that we are on top of it.

Coronavirus cases are changing day by day through community spread throughout our county. Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our community. We must also recognize our team for the concern and commitment they have shown to our residents during this challenging time. Our mission has never been more meaningful.

We ask that our residents and staff do all that they can to support our community by continuing to follow the recommendations set forth by the CDC:

• Wearing a mask
• Social Distancing/staying home if possible
• Washing Hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
• Self-isolating if showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
• Seeking medical assistance as necessary

Thank you all for your support. We will provide updates regularly. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Regards,
Robin K. Mixdorf
CEO/President


August 7, 2020 – Yesterday, a case of COVID-19, the illness resulting from the novel coronavirus, was diagnosed in a staff member. The staff member is at home and will not be returning until the individual is through the recommended isolation timeframe. This staff member had limited contact with only staff and residents of Arbor Place. We have notified those residents with whom the individual had direct contact with.

We have also notified public health officials, as required, and are following all procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are taking every step, as recommended by authorities, to contain any possible spread. We want to make residents, their families, and our dedicated staff aware of this situation and reassure everyone that we are on top of it.

Developments are changing day-by-day, minute-by-minute. Our focus remains firm on the health and well-being of our community. We recognize the tireless efforts our team has made over the past months to care for each and every Meth-Wick resident; the concern and commitment they have shown to our residents during this challenging time has been heroic. Our mission has never been more meaningful.

We ask that our residents, families and staff do all that they can to support our community by continuing to follow the recommendations set forth by the CDC as follows:

• Social distancing/staying home if possible
• Wearing a face mask
• Washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
• Self-isolating if showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
• Seeking medical assistance as necessary

Thank you all for your support. We will provide updates regularly. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Regards,
Robin K. Mixdorf
CEO/President


July 31, 2020 – As of this date, we have no positive COVID-19 cases with our residents or staff.

July 22, 2020 – Yesterday, a case of COVID-19, the illness resulting from the novel coronavirus, was diagnosed in a staff member. The staff member is at home and will not be returning until they are through the recommended isolation timeframe; please note, this individual had very limited contact with other staff members and residents. The staff member did not work in the following healthcare areas: The Woodlands, Custom Care or Arbor Place. We have notified those residents with whom the individual had direct contact with.

We have also notified public health officials, as required, and are following all procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are taking every step, as recommended by authorities, to contain any possible spread. Communication during these unprecedented times is key in order to maintain everyone’s safety. Making Meth-Wick residents, their families and our dedicated staff aware of the current situation is of the utmost importance to us. Rest assured, we are taking every measure possible to keep residents and staff members healthy and safe.

Developments are changing day-by-day, minute-by-minute. Our focus remains firm on the health and well-being of our community. We recognize the tireless efforts our team has made over the past few months to care for each and every Meth-Wick resident; the concern and commitment they have shown to our residents during this challenging time has been heroic. Our mission has never been more meaningful.

We ask that our residents, families and staff do all that they can to support our community by continuing to follow the recommendations set forth by the CDC as follows:

• Social distancing/staying home if possible
• Wearing a face mask
• Washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
• Self-isolating if showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
• Seeking medical assistance as necessary

Thank you all for your support. We will provide updates regularly. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Regards,
Robin K. Mixdorf
CEO/President


June 4, 2020 – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) released Iowa Guidance on Phased Easing of Restrictions for Long-Term Care Facilities. They have outlined a three phase process of reopening.

Linn County is currently in Phase 2 and all Nursing Facilities are currently in Phase 1. Phase 1 is designed for vigilant infection control during periods of heightened virus spread in the community, which include factors such as staffing, hospital capacity, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and baseline testing.

It is important to understand facilities will be required to move backwards in phases based on positive cases. As a facility, we are required to fall back to Phase 1 when there is one positive case in the building. Yet, Linn County, if meeting their baseline, could still progress forward to the next Phase.

While we begin the process of working towards Phase Two there remains many questions about the requirements that must be answered in order to move forward with confidence.

Linn County’s website (see below) is utilized to track real time data.

Link to the website:

https://covid19-unifiedcommand-cityofmarion.hub.arcgis.com/pages/phased-reopening-metrics


    • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 – The Fitness Zone reopened for staff and residents on Tuesday, May 26. It is open by appointment only, Monday-Friday, with fitness staff letting patrons in and out of the room. Only one person is allowed to exercise at a time, for a maximum of 45 minutes to ensure plenty of time for sanitizing between each person.
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – Governor Reynolds announced re-openings during her press conference today. Effective Monday, May 18, the Hilltop Dining Room at The Manor will re-open. Specific guidelines have been put in place to help maintain a safe environment for both residents and staff. Contact Dining Services (297-8632) for more details. Please note: Hilltop Dining will be the only dining area that will re-open beginning Monday, May 18 and it will only open to Meth-Wick residents at this time. In addition, we are still restricting visitors from The Woodlands, Arbor Place and Custom Care.
    • Governor Reynolds is also allowing Beauty Shops to re-open with restrictions on operations; Meth-Wick beauticians will be responsible for establishing appointments. Meth-Wick will re-open The Manor on Monday, May 18 and Deer Ridge on Friday, May 15.
    • Effective Monday, April 27, 2020 – During her press conference today, Monday, April 27, the governor extended current restrictions for Linn County. Therefore, all current restrictions will remain in place at Meth-Wick through at least May 15.
    • Effective Friday, April 17, 2020 – New orders from the governor: in Region 6, which includes Linn County, Governor Reynolds has ordered stricter gathering rules. In accordance with these new rules, no groups of any size should be congregating in Meth-Wick common areas from April 17 through April 30.
    • Effective Thursday, April 2, 2020 – Iowa’s governor, Kim Reynolds, has extended the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until April 30th. This declaration extends closure dates for various businesses including, but not limited to, senior centers, beauty salons, restaurants, etc. through April 30, 2020 in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to monitor updates and make any necessary changes accordingly.
    • Effective Saturday, March 28, 2020 – In addition to our standard precautions, we have been instructed by Linn County Public Health to have all Woodlands staff wear protective masks at all times. This includes direct and non-direct care staff. So, if your loved one tells you all the staff are now wearing masks at all times, they are correct. This is one more step we are taking to help protect the residents while providing quality care.
    • Also, staff will continue to be screened when they come on shift and will also now be screened when they complete their shift. This screening will now include taking their temperature, testing their oxygen levels as well as screening for signs and symptoms of possible illness.
    • Effective Saturday, March 21, 2020 – The Linn County Department of Public Health held a press conference at 11:00 a.m., indicating the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Linn County. With this announcement, unless it’s an emergency, we ask all visitors refrain from visiting The Meth-Wick campus. We appreciate your consideration and understanding.
    • Effective Saturday, March 21, 2020 – Coffee and hot water will no longer be available in Manor Brew.
    • Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 – Meth-Wick’s Hilltop Dining Room at The Manor is closed. The kitchen remains open and the dining services staff led by Dianna Young, General Manager, has done an exceptional job switching us to meals delivered to each apartment in The Manor and on demand in the other living areas. Meth-Wick Community operates the dining room under a restaurant license in Linn County. Governor Kim Reynolds has announced tighter restrictions on public spaces including a ban on dining in at restaurants and the closing of various other recreational and fitness facilities to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This includes Meth-Wick’s fitness zone and other recreational areas on campus.
    • Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – We will be restricting non-resident visitors in The Manor. Individuals that live on the Meth-Wick campus will be considered resident visitors and will not be restricted at this time.
    • Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – We began restricting visitors at Arbor Place and Custom Care Assisted Living. This difficult decision has been made to protect both residents and staff and we appreciate your help in keeping everyone safe.
    • Effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 – The Center for Medicare and Medicaid issued new guidance for the nation’s nursing homes. These new guidelines included no visitors into the facility as well as group gatherings and communal dining restrictions. Meth-Wick thanks you for abiding by these restrictions. Effective immediately we will not be allowing any visitors in to The Woodlands. If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact Robin Mixdorf (297-8601 or rmixdorf@methwick.org).

Non-resident visitors will be restricted from all common areas at The Manor. This will include but is not limited to Hilltop Dining, The Brew, The Key Club and all fitness areas.

Non-resident visitors will still be allowed to visit with their loved one in their living unit and still must go through the screening process at the front door.

Please share this information with your family and friends who plan to visit The Manor. If there are any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Robin Mixdorf at 297-8601 or rmixdorf@methwick.org.


Additional Changes

The Hilltop dining room is now set up with social distancing. Tables and chairs have been placed in Live. Laugh. Learn to accommodate more space between diners. You will be receiving additional information directly from Dianna Young, Sodexo General Manager regarding dining at Greenwood Terrace and Deer Ridge. Please do not hesitate to contact Dianna at 297-8632 or dianna.young@sodexo.com.

There is a great deal of news regarding the presumptive cases in Johnson County and about the potential spread and risks. This development triggers heightened infection control practice and protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Please know that maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our residents and staff is our number one priority.

Effective March 10, 2020, we will limit visitation in The Woodlands as recommended by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Anyone entering the building will be screened daily and we have clear protocols for staff to stay home and not come to work if they are symptomatic.

Effective March 11, 2020 we will be screening anyone entering the building in our Assisted Living areas – Arbor Place and Custom Care. Everyone visiting The Manor will be asked to enter through the main door for screening.

We continue to monitor information and guidance from Iowa Department of Public Health, CDC, and CMS as well as working with local public health and emergency preparedness officials to prevent the spread of the illness and strengthen our preparation for a possible outbreak.

The Meth-Wick Community has many different living areas on campus and if you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 365-9171. We continue to communicate with our residents directly and with responsible parties in our health care areas but are always happy to speak with you personally about your loved one.

Remember that you are a key partner in keeping our residents and staff healthy. This is also flu season in Iowa so focused attention on washing your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and of course, do not visit your loved one in any of the residences on campus if you feel sick.