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Updates: Coronavirus

OUR CURRENT VISITATION STATUS IS: Please refer to the below link relating to additional information and required reporting for each community. Visitation is based on each facility assessment and infection prevention protocols. Please contact specific facility for details.

For visitation times by community please review our Visitation Guidance and Reopening Plan

SKILLED FACILITY REOPENING
Refer to links below for required infection reporting.
  • Requirements for Initial SNF Reopening:
    • All prerequisites have been met as outlined in the facility reopening plan.
    • The facility is absent of any COVID-19 outbreak in the facility for 14 consecutive days since baseline COVID-19 testing.
PERSONAL CARE FACILITY REOPENING
Refer to links below for required infection reporting.

As a part of the facility's reopening plan, State guidance requires facilities to comply with the "Interim Guidance for Skilled Nursing Facilities During COVID-19" which outlines reopening prerequisites, requirements and criteria. Part of this criteria is guidance related to residents who may not participate in the reopening plan related to dining, activities, outings or visitation until completion of Transmission-Based Precautions is determined to be clinically appropriate. Those residents include:

  • New admissions and readmissions to the facility for the first 14 days of their stay;
  • Residents with a known COVID-19 positive status; and
  • Residents with an unknown COVID-19 status but become COVID-19 positive within 14 days of admission.
GENERAL VISITATION REQUIREMENTS:
Click here for Visitation Guidance and Reopening Plans by community
1. Visitation must be scheduled in advance and will be completed in a neutral zone.
2. During visitation shared dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils or food is strictly prohibited.
3.Shared items such as photo books, magazines, tossing balls, etc. are prohibited at this time. If you want to provide an item to a resident during your visitation, please inform the staff member assisting with your screening prior to the start of the visitation.Referenced items will be disinfected prior to resident access and are not able to be shared back and forth between the visitor and the resident during the visitation.
4. Visitors are not permitted to move visitation tables or chairs as all furniture and equipment is placed and utilized to maintain infection control standards related to COVID-19 during your visitation.
5. Outdoor visitation is the preferred method of visitation when weather and resident appropriate.
6. All visitation spaces are defined with at lease six-foot distance between the resident and visitors.
7. The allowable number of visitors per resident is two (2). 
8. The facility will prioritize scheduled visitation for residents with diseases that cause progressive cognitive decline and resiednts expressing feelings of lonliness.
9. Facemasks must be worn by residents and visitors during the entire visit.
10. Children are permitted to visit when accompanied by an adult visitor, within the number of allowable visitors of 2 per resident. Adult visitors must be able to manage their child. Children over the age of 2 years of age must wear a facemask during the entire visit. Children must also maintain strict social distancing.
11. Visitors must pass the screening process for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Visitors who do not pass the screening will not be permitted to visit or access the facility. 
12. Alcohol based hand danitizer rub must be used before and after the visit.
13. Visitors are required to stay in the designated visitation area.
14. Refer to the facility visitation guidance and reopening plan for additional information related to facility visitation.

Additional Information and Required Reporting:

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Myerstown Lions Donate Cats for Residents at Towne Centre

The Myerstown Lions Club donated three cats for residents suffering from dementia-related disorders at StoneRidge Towne Centre.  Specifically, the three cats, a silver kitty, an orange tabby and a tuxedo cat, were welcomed into the Towne Centre family Wednesday afternoon.  The Lions heard from their friends at the Lancaster Lions Club what a success it was after they donated a few cats to a nursing center in their area.  They reported that the residents found them both comforting and enjoyable.  It seems appropriate that Lions’ Clubs should be donating cats, right?

 

Lest you think we were talking about actual, living cats, no, we are not; we are talking about robotic pets.  These companion pet cats (they have dogs, too) with soft, realistic fur, mimic the life-like sounds and movements of real cats (or dogs).  Granted, they remain in one basic position, laying on someone’s lap if seated or their tummy if reclined.  There are sensors that are sensitive to both touch and motion.  Once someone comes near or pets the cat, it will begin to purr.  The purring mimics a real cat that you can both hear and feel.  The cat will also let out a life-like “meows,” move its head and close its eyelids.  It responds with several different actions including rolling on its side so you can pet its belly.  If the resident falls asleep, the cat will, too.

Lions Club President Michael Hibshman and Lion Steven Goodhue presented the three robotic cats to the Director of Activities at Towne Centre, Amanda Vatter.  Vice President and Committee Chairman Larry Albright was unable to attend.  The Lions funded the purchase of the robotic companions and a supply of batteries “by selling gift certificates for Smith Candies in Myerstown and earmarking the profits for this project.  A special “thank you’ to Smith Candies for their kind generosity and extra work to help assure our success,” Hibshman shared with Vatter and several others gathered from senior management.  “If the program is successful, the Lions Club may consider purchasing additional pets,” he shared.

The Myerstown Lions Club is a community-service club involved with many projects throughout the area.  They meet on the second and fourth Monday’s of each month at 7 a.m. at Country Fare Restaurant, Myerstown.  “Come join us for breakfast and a meeting.  Membership is open to men and women, and we welcome anyone to join us,” Hibshman said.

Pictured from left is Tiffany Bayer, director of nursing; Lisa Keppley, executive director; Michael Hibshman, Lions president; Steve Goodhue, Lion; and Amanda Vatter, director of activities

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Suffering from Grief? GriefShare is a helpful and healthy option.

StoneRidge Poplar Run is offering a program to those who are suffering from grief.  GriefShare is a group of caring people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences and help you face its challenges.  GriefShare is open to the public.  The video program features nationally recognized experts speaking and offering advice on grief recovery topics.  GriefShare topics include “Is This Normal?” “The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and Your Relationships,” “Why?” “Guilt and Anger” and many more applicable topics.  Group discussions always follow.  Anyone experiencing grief from now or from the past is welcome to attend.  Classes will be held Wednesdays from February 6 - May 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Players’ Lounge at StoneRidge Poplar Run, 440 East Lincoln Avenue (Route 422), Myerstown. The cost for GriefShare is just $15, and many grief-stricken people have found it very helpful.  For questions or more information, please call Dana Logan at 717.866.3507 or visit GriefShare.org.

 

 

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Cub Scouts Build Houses With Seniors

The Myerstown Pack 460 of highly organized scouts and their den leaders, along with many volunteer parents, descended on StoneRidge Towne Centre to have some Christmas fun with the residents, play some music and construct houses - gingerbread houses.  The gingerbread house project began much earlier in the season when the scouts gathered and packaged all of the various food items that would make for wonderful gingerbread houses such as M&Ms, marshmallows, sprinkles, a wide variety of hard candies and, of course, spice drops.  Then, each resident received a round cardboard form with a pre-made basic gingerbread house attached.  These were done wisely ahead of time so most of the time could be spent with the scouts and residents decorating the house and the surrounding landscape. 

Pictured from front left, Brayden Gipe, Sawyer Shanaman, Chase Shuder, Jayden Berkehimer, Jack Dermes, Braydon Santiago, Ezra Kohl, Liam Jacoby, Jacob Lutz, Mason Lester, Dylan Shuder, Grant Hoke, Blayde Hoke, Elijah Gass, John Gass and Sebastian Kohl

 

 

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Blood is Needed: Donate at Towne Centre

Blood donations slowed through the fall and yet, every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.  Did you know that a single car accident victim may require as much as 100 pints of blood to recover?  To help alleviate the need, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at StoneRidge Towne Centre in Myerstown on Friday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone 16 years old or older who is in good general health may donate with parental or guardian consent.  Interested donors may streamline their donation experience and save up to 15 minutes on their donation day by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and completing their pre-donation reading and health history questions.  If you have any questions, or if you are concerned whether you are able to donate, you may call the American Red Cross at 1.800.RED.CROSS.  Give the perfect gift – Give Blood.

Pictured below is Towne Centre Activities Professional, Chris Haag, giving blood at a recent blood drive.

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