Re: COVID-19 Updates
Dear Patients, Residents, Family and Friends;
First of all, we would like to thank you once again for your continued confidence to care for your loved one and for supporting us in our efforts during this pandemic. In our commitment to keep you updated as we navigate through this pandemic, we would like to inform you that all of our Staff and Residents continue to be tested at least weekly per Johnson County Department of Health guidelines. The Staff who’ve been positive have been quarantined from the facility and have been followed closely by our Certified Infection Control Clinician. The very few Residents who’ve become positive since the beginning of this pandemic we’re successfully transitioned to our Covid Unit without further spread. We have been blessed we’ve not had a facility-wide outbreak like many living centers have experienced throughout our State and Country. We are very grateful to our Infection Control team for leading us thus far with such discipline and care for everyone in Shawnee PARC.
We would also like to inform you about Covid-19 vaccinations. Our facility has chosen to participate on the first round of vaccinations which are being provided by CVS Pharmacy on-site free of charge to our Residents and Staff. We are unsure of their arrival, but we know it will be within the next couple of weeks to two months. We have begun to deliver information about the vaccine in the building. We will also have a Q&A informational sheet that we’ll be dispersing to our Residents and Staff so that they’re informed as they decide on whether or not they would like to participate. We will also be sending vaccination information on our next letter to our Residents’ families. Our next step is to go through the consent form process for our Residents and Staff; more information on this to follow.
Due to the rising levels of Covid in our County, we are still closed to the general population to the extent we’ve been since the pandemic happened. However, if a Resident is critically ill, mentally in distress, or at end of life, a visit might be granted on a case by case basis per CMS guidance and CDC screening and PPE guidelines reviewed by our Certified Infection Control Clinician. Shawnee PARC was really looking forward to opening our building before the holidays to reunite Residents and Family members. It’s truly unfortunate that we are still unable to do so, but we have hope that in the future, with more people participating with the vaccine, and getting a better hold on this virus, we’ll be able to open up again and welcome our Residents’ family members. We can’t wait to see our Residents’ faces as they reunite with their loved ones once again; that day can’t come soon enough!
Again, our top priority is keeping our Residents and Staff as safe as possible. We appreciate your discipline, dedication, and grace during this time. Though tough the times we are living in, we have much to be grateful for to include the support we’ve received from everyone. From the bottom of our hearts, we wish you and yours a holiday season filled with hope.
At your service,
The Leadership Team at Shawnee PARC