Important Coronavirus Information

February 19, 2021

At Benedictine Living Community-St. Joseph, 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 is why we have been doing everything we can to prevent the spread of this virus onto our campus.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Benedictine Living Community-St. Joseph is thrilled to be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to our residents and employees. We want to encourage everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It is one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness. Getting these shots will not only protect you from being infected; it will help us take a big step towards ending this pandemic.

Some details on the vaccine:

  • There will be no cost to residents or our employees for the shots.
  • Everyone will need two injections with a specific time in between (21 or 28 days depending on the vaccine) for the vaccination to be effective.
  • If an individual has had COVID-19, they should still get the vaccine.
  • Some people have had a sore arm, mild aches and fever after getting the shot, but you cannot be infected by COVID-19 through the shot. It’s important that everyone receive both injections.

As we are vaccinated and wait for the vaccine for all, we must continue to remain vigilant with wearing face masks, wearing them properly, practicing good hand hygiene and maintaining social distancing.

Visitation Guidance:

If you would like to schedule an outdoor visit to see your loved one please sign up using sign up genius.

If your loved one is in Skilled nursing please use this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48afab28a5ffc16-skilled

If your loved one is in Assisted Living please use this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48afab28a5ffc16-assisted

You will need to sign up for the visit 24 hours in advance. At this time we are unable to accommodate day of scheduling. This will not replace compassionate care situation. We will contact you if we need to cancel the visit for any reason due to resident’s health, weather, etc. If the visit is canceled due to weather you will be offered the option to set up zoom visit for the same time the outdoor visit was scheduled. Please keep in mind as colder weather approaches that both you and the resident has on the appropriate clothing.

Family and friends who come to visit with their loved on must be over the age of 18, all parties must wear a face covering. Each resident is able to have two visitors at a time. We are limiting the number of visits a resident may have to one visit per week so all residents have the opportunity to see their family and loved ones. The visit will occur outside of our main entrance spaced 6 feet apart to ensure the safety of the resident. We ask the family not touch the resident as it does not follow the CDC and CMS guidelines of 6 feet apart. Each visitor will complete a screening process. If the visitor is unable to answer the questions they will be asked to leave and reschedule their visit. We will also ask for you to sign a release stating you understand that if you start to develop COVID-19 symptoms after your visit, you will report that information to our Executive Director Robin Wilsey at 816-671-8503.

If you would like to schedule a compassion care visit please contact our Social Work office at 816-671-8531 or 816-671-8535.

COVID-19 Update:

Benedictine Living Community-St. Joseph has been offering regular coronavirus testing and as needed for residents and employees with symptoms. This testing helps to identify those who may have the virus and many not show symptoms so we can care for them and potentially limit transmission to others.

As we have for the past months, we continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms of the virus. We also remain in close communication with our local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps to prevent the virus from spreading.

Please check our hotline for the latest COVID situation update at 816-596-2225.

Infection Control Measures

Since March, we have had aggressive infection control measures in place. We have implemented all recommended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and our state and local health departments to protect our residents and staff. Because we have taken this situation very seriously, our campus has:

  • Provided face masks to all residents to wear whenever one of our staff is in their room/apartment or when they venture outside their room/apartment.
  • Screened all residents daily for symptoms, temperature and oxygen levels.
  • Restricted visitors to only essential health care and compassionate care situations, such as end of life. Those individuals were required to pass a health screening before entering.
  • Encouraged health care providers to use telehealth when possible.
  • Offered residents socially distanced dining and activities.
  • Screened all our associates for symptoms and temperature at the beginning of their shift each day. Associates are not allowed in the building if they are ill.
  • Required all associates to wear face masks and face shields while providing care.
  • Implemented enhanced infection control measures, including extra efforts to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building.
  • We continue to encourage friends and family to keep in touch through mail, e-mail and/or video chats.

As we navigate this challenge, we are 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.