Benedictine Organizational Coronavirus Information

At Benedictine, we are committed to providing the best possible care. Following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), state and local departments of health, we are working tirelessly to safeguard the health and wellness of all in our care and those who are providing the care.

Are Benedictine communities welcoming new residents? Yes, in communities where we are able, we are accepting new residents. Protocols are in place to allow a safe transition for both the new resident and their new neighbors.

What is Benedictine doing to ensure resident and staff safety? Our residents’ and employees’ health, wellness and safety is our top priority. The following are just some of the protocols we have established as we take every precaution to avoid COVID-19:

  • A Benedictine COVID-19 multi-disciplinary taskforce has been working to ensure we are meeting and exceeding protocols and guidelines established by the CDC, CMS and state departments of health.
  • Our community staff are providing compassionate care to make sure residents are staying mentally healthy and stimulated while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • We initiated aggressive proactive infection control measures and screening procedures, and our staff and residents are following the recommended preventative actions, including screening staff and other essential workers when entering and leaving our communities.
  • To protect our residents and staff, all employees are wearing face masks and eye protection as recommended by state and federal guidelines to reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus.
  • Residents have also been given face masks to wear when caregivers are present or they leave their homes.
  • We are in very close communications with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps.
  • When identified, we work to contain the virus by creating specialty units with designated staff to care for them and protocols for enhanced environmental cleaning in use.

Can I tour your community? When will you hold events? Our ability to welcome visitors into our buildings is restricted at this time. In the meantime, we will gladly arrange for a virtual tour on Zoom, Facetime, or the platform of your preference. We also welcome you to visit our community photo galleries to take a peek at the inside of our buildings. While we miss holding events for the greater community, we hope to bring you virtual events to help educate, inform and possibly even entertain you during the time of social distancing.

When will I be able to visit my loved one? We are constantly reviewing all guidelines being released by the CDC, CMS and state health departments to ensure we are in compliance. Specific criteria has been established that we must meet in order to welcome visitors into our building. As soon it is safe for our residents, staff and the community at large, in accordance with government protocols, we will open our doors to visitors again. We are not sure when that will be, and it could vary from community to community. Until then, we encourage you to set up video chats, call on the phone, visit at windows, send cards, letters and other gifts to engage with your loved one. Check with your local Benedictine community to determine what options are available to you at this time.

Will you be providing COVID-19 Vaccine to your residents and staff? The CDC has decided that residents in congregate living communities are the highest priority group and they will get the vaccine first – along with all of our employees. All our communities will be working with one of the identified pharmacies to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to our residents and employees. When available, details on when the vaccine will be administered will be shared with our residents, their families and our employees.

For all of us, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways we can all protect ourselves and everyone around us, especially those who are at increased risk for severe illness. Getting the vaccine will not only protect our residents from being infected; it will help us take a big step toward ending this pandemic.

 

Other resources
Illinois Department of Health
Minnesota Department of Health
Missouri Department of Health
North Dakota Department of Health
Wisconsin Depatment of Health
Center for Disease Control