Gazebo Senior Living COVID-19 Protocols and Preparedness
Our culture has always stressed the importance of policy and procedures to ensure cleanliness and safety for our residents. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has always been a high priority to protect our vulnerable population against seasonal illnesses and diseases such as cold viruses, influenza, noroviruses, etc.
We offer a generous paid time off policy to encourage our employees to never come into work if they do not feel well. We offer them training and guidance on how to self-monitor and self-isolate if necessary.
We are reinforcing existing protocols to ensure that staff are following infection control and prevention standards, such as frequent hand washing, frequent cleaning of surfaces, and other recommended hygiene measures.
Our emergency preparedness guidelines have been expanded to include the acquisition of any additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed to protect our staff and residents.
We have been having weekly staff meetings to review the current community infection status, updated CDC and Dept. of Health guidelines, and any updates to our policies and procedures as the situation evolves.
We have tried to stay ahead of CDC/Vt. Dept. of Health guidelines if possible:
March 11, 2020: Gazebo implements a strict No Visitors policy.
March 14, 2020: Governor Scott issues Executive Order for no visitors.
March 30, 2020: Gazebo mandates all staff wear face masks at work and in public (homemade cloth masks given to all staff given for home use, medical grade used at work).
April 3, 2020: Federal government recommends all LTC facilities to wear masks.
April 5, 2020: Federal government recommends all people to wear masks or face coverings in public.
- May 1, 2020: Community begins to accept new residents.
All entertainers and large group activities, and outside trips have been cancelled until further notice. We have been scheduling virtual appointments with resident’s health care providers for non-urgent appointments. We are providing transportation for residents to in-person appoints if they cannot be completed virtually.
Our staff coordinates virtual meetings for families and their loved ones via FaceTime, Zoom, etc. (Please contact Shannon Russell, Life Enrichment Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-861-3714 to schedule).
A quarantine / isolation policy is in place for any residents that should have to leave the building.
Effective May 1, 2020, we began accepting new admissions.
Currently: Due to the community spread of COVID, Gazebo is currently not allowing visitors. Tours are virtual. We ARE accepting new residents.
Note: We are currently scheduled for our residents to receive the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January, 2021.
We look forward to the eventual relaxing of restrictions and a return to “normalcy”. What this will look like for our residents, families, and staff is still unclear. What we do know if that as this situation evolves, and the CDC and Dept. of Health learn more, we will continue to follow all guidelines to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of everyone in our community.