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November 23, 2021

I. VISITATION

Beverly Farm shall not restrict visitation without a reasonable clinical or safety cause, consistent with 42 CFR 483.420 (c)(4-5).

Residents who are on transmission-based precautions for COVID-19 should only receive visits that are virtual or in-person for compassionate care situations, with adherence to transmission-based precautions.  However, this restriction should be lifted once transmission based precautions are no longer required per CDC guidelines and other visits may be conducted as described below.

Visitation should be person-centered; consider the resident’s physical, mental and psychosocial well-being; and support their quality of life.  Regardless of how visits are conducted at Beverly Farm, there are certain core principles and best practices that reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.  Visitors who are unable to adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention will not be permitted to visit or will be asked to leave.

Visitor Restriction will be implemented per CDC guidelines when applicable

  1. Signage will be posted at entrances with visitation restrictions and screening procedures. See Attachment 1
  2. Limiting visitation to Emergent or Significant Issues.
  3. End of Life/Compassionate Care visitors (Hospice Care, Family/Guardian, etc.) will follow the screening process prior to entering the home of the resident and will be instructed of the visitation rules at that time. Those persons showing signs/symptoms will not be permitted to the home.
  4. When a new case of COVID-19 among residents or staff is identified, visitations will be paused until facility-wide testing is complete and locations are identified.
  5. Visitation policy restrictions will be communicated to Guardians.

Visitation may occur outdoors (patio/porch areas of the home, pavilion on main campus) and in dedicated indoor visitation spaces (conference room in Administration building).  Designated spaces may change depending on weather and visitation schedule.  Visitations in indoor of the home will determined based on the community transmission level.  When transmission levels are high/substantial visitation will be in the Administration building, pavilion on main campus, or designated space outside of the home may be used.  When transmission levels are moderate to low designated space within the home may be used.

Interim Indoor Visitation for Residents

Beverly Farm may allow indoor visitation for residents under certain conditions. Visits will be limited based on size of designated area.  There will be designated indoor areas to allow a minimum distancing of at least 6 feet.  These designated areas will not be in a residential home.  Beverly Farm will communicate and enforce social distancing of 6 feet between the resident and visitors.

Visitors must schedule an appointment with the QIDP or Unit Director/Administrator of the home to visit a resident. A screening will be completed on the day of the visit prior to going to the designated indoor visitation area.   Screening will be completed in the Administration building.  Visitors are required to wear a face mask/face covering at all times.  Residents with active COVID-19 infection, either laboratory confirmed or symptomatic, are not allowed to participate in indoor/outdoor visits. Residents receiving visitors will be screened prior to a visitor’s arrival. Visitors displaying symptoms should not visit the facility.

Visits will be limited to the designated indoor areas.  Visitors must not enter the home during their visit.  For the duration of each visit, the resident and visitor must wear a face covering.  Family members/guardians will wear face masks and maintain distancing during these visits as well.  Screening prior to the visit will be completed at Administration building and can begin 15 minutes prior to the start of the visit time.  Designated times for visits are Daily at 10am-11am, 1p-2pm, 2:30p-3:30p, 5p-6p, 7p-8p.    Designated areas for Indoor visitation for Main Campus, Group Homes and CILA’s are as follows:

*Small lobby conference room in Administration-3 persons allowed at a time

*Board room in Administration- 6 persons allowed at a time

*Audit room in Administration- 3 persons allowed at a time

Hardin Apartments will designate their own area.

Visitations may be cancelled due to changes in resident or home COVID status.

Staff will intermittently monitor the visit to ensure face coverings are worn properly and social distancing is followed. If a visitor refuses to follow the policy during the visit, then staff may end the visit. If visitors develop symptoms of COVID -19 within 3 days after visiting, they must immediately notify the home.

Once the visit is over, Staff will ensure that area/furniture has been sanitized and hand washing is completed by resident.

Interim Outdoor Visitation for Residents

Beverly Farm may allow outdoor visitation for residents under certain conditions. Visits will be limited to two visitors at a time per resident. Visitors will be family members or guardians at this time.  One resident per home will be allowed visitors at one time.  Each home will have a designated outdoor space to allow a minimum distancing of 6 feet.  Beverly Farm will communicate and enforce social distancing of 6 feet between the resident and visitors.

Visitors must schedule an appointment with the QIDP or Unit Director/Administrator of the home to visit a resident. A screening will be completed on the day of the visit prior to going to the designated outdoor visitation area.   Screening will be completed in the Administration building.  Visitors are required to wear a face mask/face covering at all times.  Residents with active COVID-19 infection, either laboratory confirmed or symptomatic, are not allowed to participate in outdoor visits. Residents receiving visitors will be screened prior to a visitor’s arrival. Visitors displaying symptoms should not visit the facility.

Visits will be limited to the designated outdoor areas which may take place under a canopy, porch or tent without walls. Visitors must not enter the home during their visit.  For the duration of each visit, the resident and visitor must wear a face covering.  For those residents who are unable to wear face masks or will be unable to maintain social distancing, accommodations can be made–The resident will remain inside and family member/guardian can visit outside the window of their bedroom/designated room.  Family members/guardians will wear face masks and maintain distancing during these visits as well.  Visits will be rescheduled for inclement weather. Designated times for visits are Daily at 10am-12n and 6p-8p. Screening prior to the visit will be completed at Administration building and can begin 15 minutes prior to the start of the visit time.  Designated areas for outdoor visitation are as follows:

Beverly Cottage-Front pavilion                                                  Chappee Cottage-Screened in porch

Donnelley Cottage-Back porch area                                         Evans Cottage-Front porch area

Herring Hall-Front porch                                                               Hillier Hall-Back patio area

Logan Cottage-Back pavilion                                                       Group Homes-front porch areas

Stahl Cottage-Front pavilion

Supervisors will intermittently monitor the visit to ensure face coverings are worn properly and social distancing is followed. If a visitor refuses to follow the policy during the visit, then staff may end the visit.  If visitors develop symptoms of COVID -19 within 3 days after visiting, they must immediately notify the home.

Once the visit is over, Supervisor will ensure that furniture has been sanitized and hand washing is completed by resident.

How to Schedule an Indoor/Outdoor Visit

At this time family members and guardians can schedule a visit with their loved one/ward.  Contact the QIDP of the home for available dates and time slots.  When a time and date have been agreed to the QIDP will post information on the Outdoor Visitation log. (Outdoor Visitation log is located on the Shared BFF drive->Direct Care->Outdoor Visitation log).

Prior to the Scheduled Visit

Family member/Guardian will contact the QIDP/Supervisor of the home 24 hours to the scheduled visit.  On the day of the visit, visitors will go to Administration for screening with the same protocol for all employees which will include a temperature check. Switchboard operator will verify the visitor is scheduled for that day and time via the Outdoor Visitation log.  If the visitor is not on the log, the QIDP/AOD will be contacted, and the visitation may not occur depending on the circumstances.  There will be a maximum of 16 visits per day for the main campus and 2 visits per day in each licensed group home at the above designated times.

To help with maintaining social distancing during the re-screening process in Administration, family member/guardian may be asked to stay in their car and will be contacted by switchboard when they can enter the building for re-screening.  This would occur on days when there are several visits scheduled at the same time.

Visitation is subject to change due to guidelines of CDC and IDPH attributed to community/county infection rates as well as the positivity rate of each home at Beverly Farm.

II. NEW ADMISSION/READMISSION & RESIDENTS THAT LEAVE THE FACILITY https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

For residents of new admission/readmission, or that leave the facility determining whether quarantine or testing is needed, the chart will be used as guidance.

Beverly Farm Visitation Policy Table 4

  1. If testing identifies that the resident is positive with COVID-19 then isolation will occur for vaccinated or unvaccinated residents.
  2. Contact Dietary department with names of those returning and meals. Paper and disposable products to be utilized when resident is quarantined.

 

September 29, 2021

Good afternoon, Beverly Farm Families, Guardians and Employees:

We hope this communication finds you all healthy and well. We are writing you today to provide you with an update regarding the status of COVID-19 at Beverly Farm. Please know that maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff members continues to be our priority as we continue to battle COVID-19. As of today, we have four homes that are in quarantine:

• Beverly – quarantine to end on Friday October 1st pending no new cases
• Stahl – quarantine to end on Wednesday October 6th pending no new cases
• Evans – quarantine to end on Thursday October 7th pending no new cases
• Hillier – quarantine to end on Wednesday October 13th pending no new cases

Recently, Herring came out quarantine on Thursday September 23rd and the Dietary Department on Saturday September 25th. When homes are quarantined, certain protocols are implemented:

• Residents in quarantined homes are unable to have visitors, but we do encourage virtual visits, which you can set up with the QIDP of the home.
• Resident monitoring is increased to two times a day (AM and PM). Staff take vital signs and check for symptoms of COVID and anything out of the norm for that resident is reported to the nurse for that home.
• Residents who test positive are to stay isolated from those persons that are testing negative. In some homes it is easier to do than others, but homes are taking advantage of the space they have and are being creative in cohorting residents so there is interaction between those positive residents to decrease time in bedroom by themselves.
• Staff are wearing PPE which includes N-95 masks, face shields, gloves and gowns.
• Routine cleaning and disinfecting of the home throughout the day.
• Routine testing of both residents and staff of the home, at least weekly.
• Cohorting staff within quarantined homes as much as possible. This includes DSPs, supervisors and nursing staff.

We currently have 14 residents between two homes that have tested positive for COVID. At this time the symptoms displayed include fever, cough and congestion, or the resident is asymptomatic. We have four staff that have tested positive, and two that are out due to exposure. For staff that have tested positive, and who are asymptomatic, they can work with those residents who tested positive. However, if the staff is symptomatic, they must quarantine at their own home. We continue to give weekly testing to all staff and all residents, and follow guidelines related to COVID-19 prevention.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone, and we appreciate all that everyone is doing to provide support during this time. If you have any questions and you are a family member or guardian, please contact the program director for the area in which your loved one lives. If you are a staff member, please contact your supervisor.

Thank you,

Beverly Farm Foundation Management Team


 

August 27, 2021

COVID VISITATION POLICY

I.      VISITATION

Beverly Farm shall not restrict visitation without a reasonable clinical or safety cause, consistent with 42 CFR 483.420 (c)(4-5).

Residents who are on transmission-based precautions for COVID-19 should only receive visits that are virtual or in-person for compassionate care situations, with adherence to transmission-based precautions.  However, this restriction should be lifted once transmission based precautions are no longer required per CDC guidelines and other visits may be conducted as described below.

Visitation should be person-centered; consider the resident’s physical, mental and psychosocial well-being; and support their quality of life.  Regardless of how visits are conducted at Beverly Farm, there are certain core principles and best practices that reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.  Visitors who are unable to adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention will not be permitted to visit or will be asked to leave.

Visitor Restriction will be implemented per CDC guidelines when applicable.

a.  Signage will be posted at entrances with visitation restrictions & screening procedures.

b.  Limiting visitation to Emergent or Significant Issues.

c.  End of Life/Compassionate Care visitors (Hospice Care, Family/Guardian, etc.) will follow the screening process prior to entering the home of the resident and will be instructed of the visitation rules at that time.  Those persons showing signs/symptoms will not be permitted to the home.

d.  Visitation policy restrictions will be communicated to Guardians.

Visitation may occur outdoors (patio/porch areas of the home, pavilion on main campus) and in dedicated indoor visitation spaces (conference room in Administration building).  Designated spaces may change depending on weather and visitation schedule.  For indoor visitation, when Madison County positivity rate is 5% to 10%, visitation will be in the Administration office, when below 5% a designated space within the home may be used.

Interim Indoor Visitation for Residents

Beverly Farm may allow indoor visitation for residents under certain conditions. Visits will be limited to two visitors at a time per resident. There will be designated indoor areas to allow a minimum distancing of at least 6 feet.  These designated areas will not be in a residential home.  Beverly Farm will communicate and enforce social distancing of 6 feet between the resident and visitors.

Visitors must schedule an appointment with the QIDP or Unit Director/Administrator of the home to visit a resident. A screening will be completed on the day of the visit prior to going to the designated indoor visitation area.   Screening will be completed in the Administration building.  Visitors are required to wear a face mask/face covering at all times.  Residents with active COVID-19 infection, either laboratory confirmed or symptomatic, are not allowed to participate in indoor/outdoor visits. Residents receiving visitors will be screened prior to a visitor’s arrival. Visitors displaying symptoms should not visit the facility.

Visits will be limited to the designated indoor areas.  Visitors must not enter the home during their visit.  For the duration of each visit, the resident and visitor must wear a face covering.  Family members/guardians will wear face masks and maintain distancing during these visits as well.  Screening prior to the visit will be completed at Administration building and can begin 15 minutes prior to the start of the visit time.  Designated times for visits are Daily at 10am-11am, 1p-2pm, 2:30p-3:30p, 5p-6p, 7p-8p.    Designated areas for Indoor visitation for Main Campus, Group Homes and CILA’s are as follows:

*Small lobby conference room in Administration

Hardin Apartments will designate their own area.

Visitations may be cancelled due to changes in resident or home COVID status.

Staff will intermittently monitor the visit to ensure face coverings are worn properly and social distancing is followed. If a visitor refuses to follow the policy during the visit, then staff may end the visit. If visitors develop symptoms of COVID -19 within 3 days after visiting, they must immediately notify the home.

Once the visit is over, Staff will ensure that area/furniture has been sanitized and hand washing is completed by resident.

Interim Outdoor Visitation for Residents

Beverly Farm may allow outdoor visitation for residents under certain conditions. Visits will be limited to two visitors at a time per resident. Visitors will be family members or guardians at this time and must be at least 18 years of age.  One resident per home will be allowed visitors at one time.  Each home will have a designated outdoor space to allow a minimum distancing of 6 feet.  Beverly Farm will communicate and enforce social distancing of 6 feet between the resident and visitors.

Visitors must schedule an appointment with the QIDP or Unit Director/Administrator of the home to visit a resident. A screening will be completed on the day of the visit prior to going to the designated outdoor visitation area.   Screening will be completed in the Administration building.  Visitors are required to wear a face mask/face covering at all times.  Residents with active COVID-19 infection, either laboratory confirmed or symptomatic, are not allowed to participate in outdoor visits. Residents receiving visitors will be screened prior to a visitor’s arrival. Visitors displaying symptoms should not visit the facility.

Visits will be limited to the designated outdoor areas which may take place under a canopy, porch or tent without walls. Visitors must not enter the home during their visit.  For the duration of each visit, the resident and visitor must wear a face covering.  For those residents who are unable to wear face masks or will be unable to maintain social distancing, accommodations can be made–The resident will remain inside and family member/guardian can visit outside the window of their bedroom/designated room.  Family members/guardians will wear face masks and maintain distancing during these visits as well.  Visits will be rescheduled for inclement weather. Designated times for visits are Daily at 10am-12n and 6p-8p. Screening prior to the visit will be completed at Administration building and can begin 15 minutes prior to the start of the visit time.  Designated areas for outdoor visitation are as follows:

Beverly Cottage-Front pavilion                                                  Chappee Cottage-Screened in porch

Donnelley Cottage-Back porch area                                          Evans Cottage-Front porch area

Herring Hall-Front porch                                                            Hillier Hall-Back patio area

Logan Cottage-Back pavilion                                                    Group Homes-front porch areas

Stahl Cottage-Front pavilion

Supervisors will intermittently monitor the visit to ensure face coverings are worn properly and social distancing is followed. If a visitor refuses to follow the policy during the visit, then staff may end the visit.  If visitors develop symptoms of COVID -19 within 3 days after visiting, they must immediately notify the home.

Once the visit is over, Supervisor will ensure that furniture has been sanitized and hand washing is completed by resident.

How to Schedule an Indoor/Outdoor Visit

At this time family members and guardians can schedule a visit with their loved one/ward.  Contact the QIDP of the home for available dates and time slots.  When a time and date have been agreed to the QIDP will post information on the Outdoor Visitation log. (Outdoor Visitation log is located on the Shared BFF drive->Direct Care->Outdoor Visitation log).

Prior to the Scheduled Visit

Family member/Guardian will contact the QIDP/Supervisor of the home 24 hours to the scheduled visit.  On the day of the visit, visitors will go to Administration for screening with the same protocol for all employees which will include a temperature check. Switchboard operator will verify the visitor is scheduled for that day and time via the Outdoor Visitation log.  If the visitor is not on the log, the QIDP/AOD will be contacted, and the visitation may not occur depending on the circumstances.  There will be a maximum of 16 visits per day for the main campus and 2 visits per day in each licensed group home at the above designated times.

To help with maintaining social distancing during the re-screening process in Administration, family member/guardian may be asked to stay in their car and will be contacted by switchboard when they can enter the building for re-screening.  This would occur on days when there are several visits scheduled at the same time.

Visitation is subject to change due to guidelines of CDC and IDPH attributed to community/county infection rates as well as the positivity rate of each home at Beverly Farm.

II.      RESIDENT RETURN TO BEVERLY FARM FROM OFF GROUND APPOINTMENTS/DAY VISITS (less than 24 hours)

For those residents that have attended an off ground appointment or day visit with family/guardian will utilize the following protocol:

a.  Staff will ensure screening of resident has been completed prior to the appointment or visit.

b.  Encourage resident to wear face mask/covering and maintain physical distance when at appointment

c.  Assist resident in performing hand hygiene upon departure and return to Beverly Farm

     Upon return to Beverly Farm:

d.  QIDP/Supervisor will complete the IDPH Risk Assessment tool to determine if transmission based precautions need to be implemented.http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID-19_LTC_FacilityRiskAssessment.pdf

e.  Staff will ensure screening of resident has been completed upon return to Beverly Farm.

III.RESIDENT RETURN TO BEVERLY FARM FROM ON OVERNIGHT STAY/HOSPITAL STAY (more than 24 hours)

Those residents who are returning to Beverly Farm from an overnight home visit/hospital stay will be able to return to Beverly Farm with the following plan.

a.  Upon return from an overnight home visit/hospital stay, QIDP/Supervisor will complete the IDPH Risk Assessment tool.

b.  COVID testing and screening completed on site upon arrival.

c.  Nursing will complete:

1) COVID Test

2) Medication review

3) Screening/Vital Signs/Assessments as needed

4) Admission note

d.  Transmission-based precautions will be implemented for 14 days.

e.  Contact Dietary department with names of those returning and meals. Paper and disposable products to be utilized.


 

August 19, 2021

To Our Residents, Family Members and Guardians,

We want to provide you with our update on the status of COVID-19 precautions at Beverly Farm Foundation, including the number of confirmed cases and changes in our policy. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority.

We know many of you have questions in regard to visits with your loved ones, and we are now able to implement the visitation policy. Our COVID Team met and reviewed CDC guidelines, Illinois Department of Public Health guidance, and the Beverly Farm COVID policy. At this time, we are in outbreak status with one main campus home and one group home being in quarantine, and those homes are unable to have visitation at this time. We have had four positive cases among persons supported. The overall positivity rate average for Madison County has been between 5% and 10%.

The following visitation policy has been implemented:

Visitation may occur outdoors (patio/porch areas of the home, pavilion on main campus) and in dedicated indoor visitation space (conference room in the Administration building). Designated spaces may change depending on weather and visitation schedule. For indoor visitation, when Madison County positivity rate is between 5% and 10%, visitation will be in the Administration office. When the positivity rate average is below 5% a designated space within the home may be used.

At this time, indoor visitation will be in the Administration building. Outdoor visits may occur in the designated areas. Visitors are not to enter a residential home. As before, you will need to contact the QIDP and set up a time for the visit with two visitors at a time. Prior to the visit, you will need to be screened at Administration. Core principles and best practices that reduce the risk of COVID -19 transmission will be used: hand washing, wearing a face mask and practicing physical distancing.

Residents returning to Beverly Farm from a day visit: upon return, the QIDP/Supervisor and family member/guardian will complete the IDPH Risk Assessment tool to determine if transmission based precautions (quarantine/isolation of resident in their home setting) will need to be implemented. Fully vaccinated residents have a lower risk of infection, and this will be taken into account.

Residents returning to Beverly Farm from an overnight visit: The return date and time will be coordinated with the QIDP and DON to ensure COVID testing can be completed. The QIDP/Supervisor and family member/guardian will complete the IDPH Risk Assessment tool, a COVID testing and screening will be completed and transmission based precautions will be implemented for 14 days. If the resident tests positive for COVID, they will have to go back with the family member/guardian to prevent exposure to other residents living in that home and impacting their ability to visit with family members/guardian.

Our Activities team continues to hold group activities in the gym for residents in the same home. We have had some outdoor activities for larger groups, using core principles and practices, and those have gone well. We will continue with these activities.

Residents will get to visit one another in designated areas with staff supervision to ensure residents are wearing face masks and socially distancing for those that are not vaccinated. Residents who are fully vaccinated will wear their masks and don’t have to socially distance from other fully vaccinated residents.

The COVID Team continues to meet at least weekly to review ever changing guidelines and revise our policy. As changes occur we will continue to communicate with all of you.

If you have any questions, please contact the QIDP, Unit Director/Clinical Director or Group Home Administrator of your home. Thank you!

Best Regards,

The Beverly Farm Management Team

 

 

August 11, 2021

To Our Residents, Family Members, and Guardians,

We want to provide you with an update on the status of COVID-19 Precautions at Beverly Farm Foundation, including the number of confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 here at Beverly Farm.

This week all persons supported have been tested for COVID-19. Two persons supported tested positive for COVID-19. When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as the Department of Public Health.

Beverly Farm Foundation is staying in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following best practices recommendations, guidance from our governing bodies as well as the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19 such as:

  • Suspending all on campus and off campus visits
  • Using enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Monitoring for signs and symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the homes
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing communal activities
  • Continuing with the use of PPE, social distancing and other infection control precautions

 

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected to have or is diagnosed with COVID-19. We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, and on social media.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our communities. You can also visit our website at www.beverlyfarm.com for a link to the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Madison County.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact the Program Director for the home your loved one lives in with any questions.

Best Regards,

The Beverly Farm Management Team

 

 

August 9, 2021

Dear Beverly Farm Family and Friends,

Due to the recent, dramatic increase in positivity rate in Madison County, Illinois, resulting from the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant throughout the greater St. Louis metro area and Southwest Illinois, the Board of Directors and the leadership team for Beverly Farm Foundation have made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Fall Family Weekend originally scheduled for September 24-26, 2021.

While we know this is extremely disappointing, we hope you can understand the steps we are taking to help keep our residents, staff and all the family members who were planning to attend healthy and well.

Stay safe, and please contact us if you have any concerns or questions. You can find out more about the coronavirus via the CDCIDPH and MCHD websites. Thank you again for your understanding during these unprecedented times.

Best Regards,

Brian Birnbaum, Chairperson of the Board and Crystal Officer, CEO

 

 

July 14, 2020

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, a Beverly Farm resident was sent to the hospital with respiratory symptoms, and he tested positive for COVID-19. Each resident and staff member of the group home where the positive resident lives were then tested. All of the test results are in, and 11 residents and 5 staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

Apart from the one resident who required hospitalization, the other 10 residents are being cared for by our clinical staff in an isolated and safe area. Beverly Farm continues to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Madison County Health Department on appropriate isolation, use of protective equipment and monitoring of symptoms.

While this is obviously not the news that any of us want, we want to assure our community that the staff of Beverly Farm is committed to providing our residents with a safe and healthy environment, and we will do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. Our primary goal is to contain the virus to this one group home and ensure that the health of our individuals living there is closely monitored. Guardians and family members of those residents who tested positive have been notified.

Isolation and containment strategies are in place. Daily health screenings for all staff and residents continue. This is a difficult virus to track with so many of those infected asymptomatic but capable of spreading the disease. We continue to educate our staff on infection control policies and adherence with those policies. We have various contingency plans in place for whatever comes our way.

Please keep our Beverly Farm family in your thoughts and prayers. The initial COVID-19 cases that occurred on our campus in June were relatively mild and those individuals recovered quickly. Join us in praying for speedy and full recoveries for those who are currently ill with the virus.

We are extremely grateful for and proud of our dedicated, caring and hard-working staff during this challenging time. Every team member is providing the absolute best care for each resident at Beverly Farm.

If you have questions, please contact John Huelskamp at jhuelskamp@beverlyfarm.org or 618-466-0367.


 

July 10, 2020

First and foremost, we would like to thank our families and communities for bearing with us during this time as we have awaited test results and updates. Receiving test results back in a timely manner has remained our biggest challenge through this time.

From our first update on June 25 with 15 positives, to June 29, we received 4 more positive results, bringing our total count to 19. To date (July 10), we have had no new cases since. We are continuing to test those in the positive areas until all are negative and it is considered safe for them to come out of quarantine, per Public Health guidelines.

We want to recognize and thank our staff for all of the extra effort they have put forth during this time to prevent further spread. We could not have contained this without all of their tremendous work. We know this battle is far from over, and we continue to take proactive approaches. We continue to follow all recommended guidelines and infection control procedures, and provide the best possible experience and environment for your loved ones, even during these most challenging of times.

If you have any questions, please contact John Huelskamp at jhuelskamp@beverlyfarm.org or 618-466-0367.. Thank you again for your support during this time.


 

June 26, 2020

On Monday, June 22nd, an employee of Beverly Farm Foundation tested positive for COVID-19 and became the first known positive case on campus. That employee has been quarantining and we continue to send well wishes for a full and speedy recovery. Each resident and staff member of the cottage where the positive employee worked were tested. On Wednesday, June 24th, Beverly Farm received the results that 11 residents and 4 staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The residents that tested positive are in an isolated and safe area. Beverly Farm continues to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Madison County Health Department on appropriate isolation, use of protective equipment, and monitoring of symptoms.

On June 24th, Beverly Farm collaborated with Illinois Department of Public Health to initiate organizational wide testing for COVID-19. Public Health connected Beverly Farm with a mobile COVID-19 testing company called HR Support. A team of twelve testers was able to complete testing on a combined 600 residents and staff of Beverly Farm on June 24th and June 25th. We are awaiting those test results in the next 24-72 hours.

While this is obviously not the news that any of us want, we want to assure our community that the staff of Beverly Farm is committed to providing our residents with a safe and healthy environment and will do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across our campus. Our primary goal is to contain the virus to one home and ensure the health of our individuals living there is closely monitored.

Please keep our Beverly Farm family in your prayers as we await the test results across the campus. As results come in, we will be reaching out immediately to the guardians of any individuals who test positive. We have various plans in place for whatever comes our way.

We could not be more proud of our dedicated, caring, hard-working staff during this challenging time. Every team member is providing the absolute best care for each resident at Beverly Farm.

If you have questions, please contact John Huelskamp at jhuelskamp@beverlyfarm.org or 618-466-0367.


 

May 8, 2020 / Updated May 11, 2020

Beverly Farm “Fighting COVID-19 Parade”
May 19, 2020 | 6 p.m.

 

Beverly Farm "Fighting COVID-19" Campus ParadeTo keep spirits high and allow families and friends to see their loved ones (at a safe distance) we are going to be having a drive-thru
parade throughout campus!

On Tuesday, May 19, at 6pm, we will assemble beginning at The Shoppes (5:30ish), and once we have a line, we will start our drive through the campus.

Because of concerns surrounding Coronavirus, our team has decided NOT TO ALLOW ANY GOODIES to be tossed during the parade route. We encourage large, decorated signs to be viewed from the car.

Motor Vehicles Only (no walking or individual persons)
Trailers with persons in back allowed
Trailer Length Maximum of 15 feet
PLEASE remain inside the vehicle AT ALL TIMES! We are still a “closed campus” and are maintaining social distancing guidelines.
NO DIRECT CONTACT with individuals – resident or staff

If you or someone you know may be interested in participating, please contact Taylor Justice at 618.466.0367 or tjustice@beverlyfarm.org, so we can have an idea of car count and give more details.


 

April 17, 2020

NEW VIDEO!

To view today’s important video message from Executive Director John Huelskamp, click the following link: The Frontline Heroes of Beverly Farm.


 

April 17, 2020

Dear Beverly Farm Family Members,

I am incredibly proud and grateful for the way our entire team at Beverly Farm has responded to the many challenges and disruptions to daily life caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The proactive safety measures to prevent COVID-19 infections within our community, which we initiated on March 13, 2020, have put additional demands on all our team members. I am pleased to say that our entire team has met these new challenges with positive attitudes, professionalism and teamwork.

The closure of our Day Training (DT) Program and the new health screening protocol for our residents have definitely made the jobs of our front line caregivers even more challenging. They’ve responded by creating teaching opportunities to educate our residents about COVID-19 and its symptoms, and reinforce the benefits of hand-washing, proper hygiene practices, social distancing, etc. They’ve also gone above and beyond planning additional activities and games in each of the group homes, cottages, CILAs and apartments to keep everyone active, entertained and having fun.

Group Home 2 has been making use of the warmer weather recently and moved some of their game play outside in the fresh air. They’ve also been spinning some great tunes. Group Home 6 and Group Home 4 have been doing art projects including life-size self-portraits. The ladies of Donnelley have been learning more about COVID-19 prevention. Group Home 1 has been doing a little more dancing and even recorded a video for our Facebook page of them doing a soul train.

Those are just a few examples. Everyone involved in keeping our campus operating from the administrative staff, to food service, maintenance, etc. have had to adapt and adjust to protect the individuals we care for, especially those with high-risk health conditions.  Our senior leadership team and I feel strongly that the staff deserves an appreciation bonus to reward all their efforts in these difficult times. Unfortunately, such a bonus is not in the budget, so I am turning to you for assistance.

Please consider contributing to the Beverly Farm COVID-19 Staff Bonus Fund so that we can pay a much-deserved bonus to our front-line caregivers and other critical team members who keep our campus operational for all their extra efforts during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. You can donate through our website: www.beverlyfarm.org using the “Donate Now” button.

All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of funds will go towards this appreciation bonus for our many dedicated associates for their hard work and commitment to keeping the Beverly Farm community safe and healthy in these trying times.

Your support is appreciated now more than ever for the heroes keeping everyone safe.

With Gratitude,

John Huelskamp
Executive Director


 

April 3, 2020

GREAT NEWS!

In a follow-up to my alert from yesterday concerning the testing of two Herring residents for COVID-19, BOTH results have come back negative. The Herring quarantine is no longer in effect. There are no known cases of COVID-19 at Beverly Farm.

I do want to recognize the response by the Herring staff over the past 48 hours as they faced the first potential positive case/s of COVID-19. The care and concern from the Herring staff for our residents has been on full display during this challenging time. In fact, over the past 48 hours of Herring’s COVID-19 cautionary quarantine, there was only ONE call-off out of more than FIFTY shifts overall at Herring! Beverly Farm could not be prouder of our Herring staff and all our staff at Beverly Farm as we continue to navigate through these challenging times.

Thank you for all your continued support!


 

April 2, 2020

I wanted to take this opportunity to update all of our families and guardians of where Beverly Farm stands after 20 days into our COVID-19 response. As you recall, we officially locked down the campus on Friday, March 13th.  We restricted all visitors and kept all residents in their living areas. Staff screenings for COVID-19 symptoms prior to every shift before they report to their assigned residential areas continue. We are also monitoring the temperatures of all residents two times a day. At this time, we have no known cases of COVID-19 at Beverly Farm.

On Tuesday, March 31st, we had two residents from Beverly Farm, living in our Herring Cottage, go to the hospital within 8 hours of each other. While both had respiratory illnesses, the symptoms were consistent with the diagnosis of the long-term illnesses that both individuals have had for a long time. Because two individuals with respiratory symptoms were sent to the hospital so close together, the Madison County Health Department considered that a “cluster” and had both individuals tested for COVID-19 as per their current policy and procedure. Madison County notified Beverly Farm yesterday afternoon of the testing and said the tests were sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health labs and it could take up to 3-4 days before results are known. While Madison County officials acknowledged to us that they were being “overly cautious,” I think we can all agree that is the proper response at this time.

While the team at Beverly Farm is confident that both individuals will come back negative for COVID-19 testing due to their long-term illnesses and lack of COVID-19 symptoms, we are taking an “overly cautious” approach as well in the event one or both individuals could be positive. Herring Cottage was officially placed in COVID-19 quarantine effective at 4 p.m. yesterday and all staff working in that building will be relegated to working at that location only. Clinical Director Lori Rodgers, Unit Director Kate Dreith and I personally talked to the staff at Herring yesterday afternoon and notified them of what was going on. We will be taking temperatures and vitals on all residents living in Herring three times per day and following all of the other Beverly Farm protocols set forth in regards to COVID-19 quarantine procedures.

I will send out notification to all of you again once we receive the testing results from the two individuals currently in the hospital or if anyone at Herring, or other locations, begin to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. While we will continue to do everything we can at Beverly Farm to prevent COVID-19 from reaching our doorstep, we understand we are in a high-risk environment because of our many congregate living settings. I want to assure you that the Beverly Farm staff are responding positively to this most difficult of challenges and are providing care at levels of which we can all be proud. Please remember, our Beverly Farm team is here for you and your loved ones.

I hope all of you are receiving some form of communication either through the weekly e-mails from each individual residential setting, our social media web page or our website www.beverlyfarm.org. We are currently exploring other options for more individualized communication opportunities between you and your loved ones at Beverly Farm.

Thank you for all your concern and support during these difficult times. Should you have any questions, please reach out to me at jhuelskamp@beverlyfarm.org  or 618-466-0367.


 

March 30, 2020

The Resale Shoppe at Beverly Farm is temporarily closed until further notice, and is not accepting donations of any goods for resale at this time.

The Coffee Shoppe at Beverly Farm is also temporarily closed until further notice, including its drive-thru service.

The Equestrian Center at Beverly Farm is only open to those people who are currently boarding their horses with us. All other events and programs at the Equestrian Center have been suspended or postponed until further notice, including Barn Buddies for the month of April.

These changes went into effect on March 13, 2020, along with our initial proactive safety measures to protect our residents and staff from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep our campus infection free.


 

March 17, 2020

Beverly Farm’s senior leadership team is very proactive in addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic. As we communicated on Friday, our primary focus is on prevention. Starting this past Friday with the midnight shift, we are screening all staff per shift for symptoms of COVID-19. If staff exhibit a fever, they are given a slip for instructions, and will be off for a minimum of 72 hours, and cannot return unless released by a health care provider.

We are also taking the temperatures of all residents once a day and as necessary. While we currently have no known cases of COVID-19 at Beverly Farm, we will continue to monitor regularly.

Beverly Farm officially closed the DT program and Rehab Care Services as of yesterday’s date. The Illinois Department of Human Services released a memo that directs all workshops and day programs closed through April 15, 2020.

As of today’s date, if a resident leaves the care of Beverly Farm Foundation for any home visit, they will not be able to return to their home at Beverly Farm for an undetermined amount of time, but at minimum, until April 15th. We cannot make exceptions to this rule due to the health and safety of the 350 individuals who live at Beverly Farm. We realize that this is an extreme measure; however, we assure each of you that the safety and health of your loved one is our top priority. All annual staffing meetings will be held via telephone conference.

Thank you for all your concern and support during these difficult times. Should you have any questions, please reach out to me at jhuelskamp@beverlyfarm.org or 618-466-0367. You can also contact one of the following persons in your loved one’s residence:

Tara Wagenblast: twagenblast@beverlyfarm.org
Rachel Lollis: rlollis@beverlyfarm.org
Kate Drieth: kdreith@beverlyfarm.org
Travis Hunt: thunt@beverlyfarm.org
Lori Rodgers: lrodgers@beverlyfarm.org

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We are working to ensure that each person who calls Beverly Farm their home is receiving the best care possible. We are here for you and your loved ones.


 

March 13, 2020

Beverly Farm Foundation is taking proactive and safe measures against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Madison County currently has zero cases of the coronavirus, but as we do care for individuals with high risk health situations, we are implementing measures to prevent any cases of the virus within our organization.

Safety is our first concern at Beverly Farm – for our many residents, their families, and for all of our employees, vendors, and volunteers. The Senior Leadership Team has been assessing the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic, including the latest recommendations and strategies from the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health.

The team has implemented the following measures:

  • Beverly Farm is not allowing visitors at this time
  • Staff members have been in training sessions to gain education on the COVID-19 virus and infection control procedures
  • Residents will receive education on COVID-19 and infection control procedures
  • Mandated shift health screenings for each employee
  • Daily monitoring for all Beverly Farm residents for signs and symptoms
  • There will be no off-campus activities for residents
  • Residents that go on home visits cannot return to Beverly Farm for an undetermined amount of time, which will be at least 14 days. They will need to be cleared by a health professional before returning to their home at Beverly Farm, effective March 16th.
  • High risk residents have been identified and will not be attending the day training program starting March 13th. Other areas and individuals will be assessed as the situation may change.

 

In light of this fluid situation, the decision has been made to cancel all of the April Family Weekend events and fundraising events in April.  The Committee Meetings and Board of Directors meetings will be revised as conference calls on the originally scheduled dates, and a time schedule will be sent in the coming weeks. These closures and changes in policies are currently in effect until further notice, and at minimum, until May 1st.

Please keep an eye on your email and voicemail as the situation is fluid and changing daily.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John Huelskamp (jhuelskamp@beverlyfarm.org),  Tara Wagenblast (twagenblast@beverlyfarm.org), Rachel Lollis (rlollis@beverlyfarm.org), Kate Dreith kdreith@beverlyfarm.org), Travis Hunt (thunt@beverlyfarm.org), Lori Rodgers (lrodgers@beverlyfarm.org) or the Administrator on Duty (AOD) at (618) 466-0367.