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 email@example.com or 618-466-0367. You can also contact one of the following persons in your loved one’s residence:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Tara Wagenblast (email@example.com), Kate Dreith (firstname.lastname@example.org), Travis Hunt (email@example.com) or the Administrator on Duty (AOD) at (618) 466-0367.