Important Coronavirus Information
At Benedictine Living Community-At The Shrine, our priority is the health and wellness of our residents and associates. We know that the frail and elderly are especially susceptible to the coronavirus. That’s why we’ve been doing all we can to prevent the spread of this virus onto our campus.
We’re happy to say we’ve begun welcoming visitors back on our campus. Our visitation policy complies with the current Illinois Department of Health guidance.
All visitors must be screened for COVID-19 before their visit, wear a well-fitting face mask for the duration of their visit, maintain social distance from other residents and staff, practice good hand hygiene, and remain in the resident’s room or designated visiting space. Visitors who’ve been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days prior to their visit will not be allowed into the building. Your cooperation with these measures is greatly appreciated.
For the safety of all residents and their visitors and in compliance with the core principles of infection control, we’ll be asking Care Community visitors and Essential Caregivers to schedule their visits. Scheduling visits will allow all residents who want to have visitors to have the opportunity to host visitors. Visits will be scheduled through an app called SignUpGenius. To schedule, download the SignUpGenius app or go to signupgenius.com and select “find a sign-up.” Search for a sign-up NAME. Hit search and click on guest visits to schedule your visit. Or you can just click on this link.
If you don’t have access to a computer or smartphone, please call 618-394-6261 and leave a message. .
COVID-19 Vaccine & Face Masks:
On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued good news for those who are fully vaccinated outside of healthcare settings. If you are fully vaccinated (completed the full series of the vaccine and two weeks have passed since the last dose), the CDC says you can resume activities without wearing a face mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
Unfortunately, healthcare is one of those exceptions where wearing a face mask is still required except in certain circumstances. While face masks are required to be worn in most areas of our campus, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does allow for fully vaccinated residents to visit in person with fully vaccinated visitors without wearing face masks and within close contact when in a private room or apartment. Face masks must be worn in common areas or when an unvaccinated person is in the room or area.
Employees who are fully vaccinated may remove their face masks in break rooms or meeting rooms when all present are fully vaccinated. Employees must continue to wear face masks and eye protection when in care areas. Fully vaccinated employees do not have to participate in surveillance testing, but are required to complete outbreak COVID-19 testing when a resident or an employee has tested positive.
What can you do? If you are not vaccinated, get one. The COVID-19 vaccine is readily available in our community. Not sure where? Check out vaccines.gov, text your Zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find a location near you.
We look forward to the day when COVID-19 is vanquished. Getting vaccinated is the best way to make this happen. If vaccinated, thank you! If not, please consider it. Still have questions? Click this link for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine from the CDC.
Benedictine Living Community-At The Shrine is currently offering coronavirus testing as required for unvaccinated employees and as needed for residents and employees with symptoms. Testing enables us to better protect our residents and staff by identifying those who may be positive but are not having any symptoms. Once identified, we can implement additional infection control measures quickly to better care for those who may be infected. We’ll post an update on our hotline — 618-394-6261 — if our testing identifies any new positive results.
We remain in close communication with our state and local health officials to ensure we’re taking all appropriate steps. All our employees are following the latest infection control protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our state and local health departments.
Infection control measures
Because the health and wellness of our residents and associates is our priority, we’ve implemented all recommended measures to prevent the spread of this virus on our campus. All our associates are following the latest infection control protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our state and local health departments. Since March 2020, we have been:
- Monitoring and screening all our residents daily for symptoms, temperature and oxygen levels.
- Providing face masks for residents to wear.
- Restricting visitors as required.
- Encouraging health care providers to use telehealth when possible.
- Screening all our associates for symptoms and temperature at the beginning of their shift each day. Associates are not allowed in the building if they’re ill.
- Requiring all associates to wear face masks and eye protection while providing care.
- Implementing enhanced infection control measures, including extra efforts to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building.
As we navigate this challenge, we’re especially grateful for our dedicated caregivers who are working tirelessly to ensure a clean, safe environment for all who live and work here. We all remain focused on providing exceptional care and services for all our residents.