On March 13, visits to all skilled nursing centers – The Laurels included – were restricted by the federal government, with the exception of certain compassionate care circumstances such as an end-of-life situation.
An Emergency Order from Robert Gordon, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director, outlined steps for possible outdoor visitation at nursing homes and assisted living facilities beginning September 15. Facilities must meet criteria specified in the order, including having had no new COVID-19 cases within the previous 14 days, in order to host outdoor visitation.
After a self-assessment by our clinical and operational teams, we are pleased to announce that our facility is currently able to accommodate outdoor visits.
Please know there is a possibility our visitation status will change! All nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be required to constantly assess and reassess visitation status. Our eligibility for hosting outdoor visits will be determined based on our ability to meet the standards outlined by MDHHS. We will review our status weekly and communicate changes on this site accordingly.
The Laurels is committed to effective communication during this unprecedented time in our history. We regularly apprise guests, families, and associates to changes in facility status and policy as needed and as deemed appropriate. This COVID-19 Resources page is an extension of these efforts and also serves as a means to update the communities we serve.
We have been humbled by the support we’ve received from the local community and we truly appreciate everyone’s continued cooperation and understanding.
Our facility is taking appropriate measures, consistent with the guidelines and directives from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), for the prevention and control of Coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a viral infection that is caused by a distinct Coronavirus. The incubation period is two to fourteen (2-14) days, with the average being four (4) to five (5) days. This virus may be mild, moderate, or severe, and can be potentially life threatening.
This facility endeavors to follow CDC and CMS guidance and to collaborate with State and Local health departments in its mitigating actions as we work through the necessary response to this unprecedented pandemic together.
Visitation and Family Communications Efforts
As of March 13, 2020, visits to all skilled nursing centers – ours included – have been restricted by the federal government, with the exception of certain compassionate care circumstances such as an end-of-life situation. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The facility has taken measures to provide virtual visits with loved ones, virtual family council meetings, and an enhanced facility website for increased communications during this period of restricted visits.
All associates, essential health care vendors and emergent visitors will be screened and documented as directed by CDC and CMS guidance.
Our staff is monitoring residents daily for change in condition, including the presence of elevated temperatures and respiratory illness in our facility. Any residents showing signs consistent with the virus are monitored each shift or more frequently as needed.
Staff are being screened for elevated temperature and respiratory illness prior to and after each shift, and we are requiring staff to stay home if they are sick or display symptoms of the virus.
Mitigating Actions Implemented to Prevent or Reduce the Risk of Transmission
The facility has several measures in place to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission, including, but not all-inclusive, as follows:
Reminding those in our facility that they must:
Last updated: May 28, 2020
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At The Laurels, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well being of our guests and our dedicated associates who care for them. We are doing everything in our power to keep your loved ones safe and healthy during this crisis.
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Last updated: May 8, 2020