Covid 19 Policy - Amber Courtal

Our COVID-19 Policy

The Amber Court’s Outbreak Policy:

All reasonable attempts will be made to minimize and prevent the continued spread of a viral or bacterial outbreak.

Definition of Outbreak: An “outbreak” is the occurrence of more cases of a disease/illness than normally expected over a given period of time.

Procedure:

The New York State Department of Health is allowing limited visitation at assisted living facilities where there have been no new confirmed staff or resident COVID cases in the last fourteen days.

The following Policy has been implemented for the health & safety of our residents and staff:

  • Visitors must be 18 years of age or older, or accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older
  • Visitors are screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 prior to resident access
  • Screening consist of both temperature checks and asking screening questions to assess potential exposure to COVID-19 which shall include questions regarding international travel or travel to other states designated under the Commissioner’s travel advisory
  • Areas where visitors and residents meet are appropriately disinfected between visitations using an EPA-approved disinfectant
  • Visitors are required to wear a face covering at all times, the facility will provide a facemask if the visitor shows up lacking a face covering
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet during visit
  • Hand sanitizing prior to and after each visit
  • Visitation will be limited to outdoor areas, weather permitting. Under certain limited circumstances, as determined by the facility, visitation can be inside in a well-ventilated common space
  • Visits will be scheduled for up to a maximum of 45 minutes in 1 hour intervals and an appointment can be scheduled via the Amber Court Web site, www.ambercourtal.com

At Amber Court of Elizabeth, we have designed a dynamic plan, in accordance with New Jersey’s Executive Directive No. 20-026 and, in response to the Covid-19 Outbreak Control Plan and Phased Reopening. At Amber Court of Elizabeth, we are taking steps above and beyond government recommendations. For example, our goal is to test all residents and associates for COVID-19, which enables us to response proactively.

To enhance the quality of life for our residents and assist them in coping with possible feelings of isolation, we’ve rolled out some fantastic high-tech ways they can be social over any distance. Our residents have access to video call apps like FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and more to help them stay in touch with family, loved ones or even their best friend next door.

Phased Resumption of Operations Plan
Phase 0:

Restricted Operations: Communities in this phase have active cases of COVID-19 or community members exhibiting symptoms of the virus. During this time:

  • Infection control protocols remain in place
  • Residents continue to self-quarantine in their rooms
  • Meals are delivered to residents in their rooms
  • Team members provide 1:1 programming in residents’ rooms & suites
  • Regular Room Stops and Hydration Stops take place throughout the day
Phase 1:

Communities that have satisfied applicable federal, state, and local requirements may enter this phase when they have met certain criteria, including 14 days without an active, confirmed case of COVID-19. During this time, infection control protocols remain in place and residents may participate in:

  • Socially distanced dining in community common areas may initiated
  • Scheduled, socially distanced small-group programming will be made available
Phase 2:

Communities, such as Amber Court of Elizabeth, that never had an outbreak or that concluded an outbreak and 14 days have passed since New Jersey moved to Stage 2 (June 15, 2020) of the Road Back to Recovery and the facility has submitted all the attestations required in this Directive may implement visitation.

VISITATION

Visitation may be scheduled at Amber Court of Elizabeth by visiting our website at www.ambercourtal.com

As visitation is permitted based on Phase 2:

Amber Court of Elizabeth will screen and log all persons entering the facility and all staff at the beginning of each shift. Screening is to include:

Amber Court of Elizabeth will observe anyone entering the facility for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, including, but not limited to:

  1. chills;
  2. cough;
  3. shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  4. sore throat;
  5. fatigue
  6. muscle or body aches;
  7. headache;
  8. new loss of taste or smell;
  9. congestion or runny nose;
  10. nausea or vomiting; or
  11. diarrhea

Upon screening, Amber Court of Elizabeth will prohibit entry into the building for those who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Exhibit signs or symptoms of an infectious communicable disease, including COVID-19, such as a subjective and/or objective fever (evidenced by a temperature check of the visitor equal to or greater than 100.4 F or as further restricted by facility), chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea;
  • In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or someone under investigation for COVID-19, or someone ill with respiratory illness;
STAFF TESTING

Weekly staff testing for Covid-19 continues

COMMUNICATION PLAN/FAMILY NOTIFICATION
  • Amber Court Communities facilities will notify each resident’s primary contact family members or next of kin for all residents if any resident tests positive for COVID-19, or if any resident suffers a COVID-19-related death, within 24 hours of such positive test result or death.
  • Amber Court Communities facilities will also update families/ Next of Kin upon changes to the policies and Procedures during Phase Changes in the Reopening Process.
  • Weekly updated on phase reopening and other Covid-19 updates will be provided to designated family members and significant others
CORE INFECTION CONTROL AND PREVENTION POLICIES & PPE

Amber Court of Elizabeth remains vigilant and adheres to all NJDOH and CDC guidelines and protocols for Infection control and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Amber Court of Elizabeth continues to train and provide staff with all recommended infection control techniques and COVID-19 PPE, to the extent PPE is available, and consistent with CDC guidance on optimization of PPE (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/index.html). All staff must wear all appropriate PPE when indicated. Staff may wear cloth face coverings if facemask is not indicated.

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