As our nation  faces the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Anne’s Retirement Community  has implemented precautionary measures, including closing our campus to visitors as well as daily temperature readings and symptom checks for staff, as we strive to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Please view the information below for our latest COVID-19 updates.

May 26, 2020

717.285.0946

We have begun a weekly SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement. The message will be modified every Tuesday morning. The telephone announcement is a recorded message for you to listen to with no option to leave a message. You may still call  717.285.5443 to speak with someone or leave a message 

 

May 19, 2020

We continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have been testing residents per our COVID-19 guidelines and in conjunction with our Medical Director. We quarantine all new admissions as well as anyone leaving the building for an appointment for 14 days. We also require new admissions to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to being admitted to our campus. We have also followed our guidelines with staff; sending some home for follow-up and/or testing. To date our campus continues to be negative. We continue to monitor information from the CDC, PA Dept of Health, and our Medical Director, to protect our community from infection. We maintain our restrictions for visitors and continue our screening process for those who do enter our campus. Our practices of staff and residents masking, clean surfaces frequently, and practice good hand hygiene are on-going. While these restrictions are very limiting, we must stay the course through this pandemic.  

Our in house channel 95 or 956 provides notices of daily happenings on our campus to help residents stay involved and many of our programs are now through those channels. Activities is doing a wonderful job in offering events and productions throughout the campus. For our skilled and personal care residents we are still offering video chats with family as well as window visits with family.  Scheduling for all visits is coordinated through the Social Services department. Election services will not be held at St. Anne’s on June 2 per Lancaster County. Residents are asked to complete the mail-in ballot, social services is available for assistance. For this election, the voting machines will be at West Hempfield Municipal Building.

The Café and Bistro continue to offer take-out meals for independent residents to take back to their apartment or cottage. St. Anne’s grocery program for weekly ordering from our food service vendor and/or our staff grocery delivery service remains as an option.  

We will begin a SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement on May 26, 2020. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message. This message will be modified every Tuesday morning.  

While the state of PA continues to loosen restrictions in counties, our process for lifting limitations will be much slower as our campus must do what we can to keep the virus out and our residents and staff safe during the re-opening process. At this time, we have no immediate plans to release any guidelines that are currently in place. 

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

St Anne’s Administration at 717-285-1401 or Infection Control at 717-285-6537

 

May 4, 2020

We continue to monitor the ever-changing Coronavirus pandemic. We want to keep you apprised of our current situation at St. Anne’s. We remain covid negative at this time. We follow directions of the CDC, PA Dept of Health, and our Medical Director, to protect our community from infection. Dr Spicher has reminded us, that this means we must limit the people who enter our campus, screen everyone for symptoms of COVID-19, and remind anyone who is sick to stay home. Everyone must wear a mask, clean surfaces frequently, and practice good hand hygiene. Our efforts to “flatten the curve” are successful, but we don’t know how long the virus will linger. Though it is difficult, we must not let down our guard.

Our campus remains under restricted visitation, only compassionate care visitation by clergy/immediate family members is permitted.  Anyone dropping items off or picking up items for residents must Drop Off or Pick Up at the Apartment Building or Main Receptionist: Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am-3 pm. We screen all persons entering a campus building, requiring a daily temp check and completion of questionnaire at time of entry, and a second temp check when leaving the building. Anyone with a fever is sent home. Everyone working, or visiting, on campus must wear a mask.

In addition to video chats with family, we have added the opportunity for residents in skilled care and personal care to have window visits with family. Residents are seated at a glass door/window inside the facility and family meet outside the door/window. They are able to see each other and converse by telephone. Scheduling for all visits is coordinated through the Social Services department.

While the state of PA is preparing to re-open counties, please know that we will be following Dr. Spicher, Department of Health and our own administration guidelines when preparing to loosen restrictions. Please know that our goal is to keep residents and staff safe during the re-opening process. This means, we will release restrictions much slower than the government.

Election services will not be held at St. Anne’s on June 2 per Lancaster County. Residents are asked to complete the mail-in ballot, social services is available for assistance. For this election, the voting machines will be at West Hempfield Municipal Building.

In recognition of our staff and their tireless efforts during this time, we will be ringing our chapel bell; every Sunday at 7 pm.

We encourage you view a recording of Dr. Spicher’s recent presentation (April 22) about COVID-19 and its risk in senior communities found below. The PA Dept of Health provides daily updates about COVID-19 in PA, at health.pa.gov.  Our in-house channel 95 or 956 provides notices of daily events on our campus to help you stay involved in campus life.

Staying safe at home is hard. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

St Anne’s Administration at 717-285-1401 or Infection Control at 717-285-6537

April 28, 2020
To Residents and Family members,
As you know, we continue to be in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to keep you updated during this difficult time. This is an evolving situation, but this is what is current today.
We are thankful to report we do not have any cases here at St Anne’s Retirement Community, though the virus continues to spread in our surrounding community. We follow directions of the CDC, PA Dept of Health, and our Medical Director, to protect our community from infection. Dr Spicher has reminded us, that this means we must limit the people who enter our campus, screen everyone for symptoms of COVID-19, and remind anyone who is sick to stay home. Everyone must wear a mask, clean surfaces frequently, and practice good hand hygiene. Our efforts to “flatten the curve” are successful, but we don’t know how long the virus will linger. Though it is difficult, we must not let down our guard.

Our campus remains under restricted visitation, only compassionate care visitation by clergy/immediate family members is permitted.  Pharmacy and Postal Services deliveries occur only at both reception desks. Anyone dropping items off or picking up items for residents must Drop Off or Pick Up at the Apartment Building or Main Receptionist: Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am-3 pm. We screen all persons entering a campus building, requiring a daily temp check and completion of questionnaire at time of entry, and a second temp check when leaving the building. Anyone with a fever is sent home. Everyone working, or visiting, on campus must wear a mask.

In addition to video chats with family, we have added the opportunity for residents in skilled care and personal care to have window visits with family. Residents are seated at a glass door/window inside the facility and family meet outside the door/window. They are able to see each other and converse by telephone. Scheduling for all visits is coordinated through the Social Services department.

We monitor temperature and oxygen levels on all skilled nursing residents every shift and assess for virus symptoms. We screen all new admissions and do not admit to skilled unit unless a COVID-19 test was performed and results were negative. A wing on first floor skilled has been designated as an area where new admissions can be cared for, and observed for 14 days prior to transferring to another bed in skilled care. Certain staff have been trained to care for a COVID positive resident in a special area of this wing if needed. For all personal care residents, temps and oxygen levels are checked daily and checked for virus symptoms.  PPE (personal protective equipment: masks, gloves, isolation gowns, face shields) continues to be in short supply, and we are being prudent with our supplies. However, we do have what we need in order to keep both our staff and our residents safe. Our independent residents are asked to stay in their units and wear a mask when it is necessary to leave their unit. The café is only open for take-out and the Bistro is closed except for Grab & Go available daily from 9 am-11 am. We have grocery orders from our supplier and continue to make grocery runs weekly.

The PA Dept of Health provides daily updates about COVID-19 in PA, at health.pa.gov.  Our in-house channel 95 or 956 provides notices of daily events on our campus to help you stay involved in campus life.

Staying safe at home is hard. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

St Anne’s Administration at 717-285-1401 or Infection Control at 717-285-6537


April 22, 2020

Our Medical Director, Dr. James Spicher, provided our staff and Residents with an update on coronavirus including how the symptoms may be different or more subtle in seniors, testing methods and the importance of personal protection equipment (PPE), personal hygiene and social distancing in slowing the spread of the disease.  
View slides from our Medical Director’s presentation here.

 
 

April 20, 2020

St. Anne’s Retirement Community Coronavirus Update

At this time, we don’t have any cases here at St Anne’s Retirement Community. We are following the directions of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PA Department of Health, and our Medical Director, Dr. Spicher. As you know, the virus continues to spread, and in order to slow the spread, both our state and federal government officials have instructed us to remain at home as much as possible, limit travel, and avoid group gatherings.

Our campus remains under restricted visitation. Only compassionate care visitation (ie: end of life) by clergy/immediate family members is permitted. Vendors are restricted from entering the building, supplies are dropped off at the dock. Families wishing to drop items off or pick up items for residents must Drop Off or Pick Up at the Village apartment building receptionist or Main building receptionist: Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm. Families do have the opportunity to video chat with residents. We also have limited window/telephone face to face visits available. All appointments are coordinated through the Social Services department.

We continue to screen anyone entering the Village apartment building and Main building (staff, compassionate care visitors, care givers, government officials), requiring a daily temp check and completion of questionnaire at time of entry, and a second temp check when leaving the building. Anyone working or visiting on the campus must wear a mask. We continue to review the importance of good hand hygiene for everyone and the frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces. All residents have masks to be worn when in close contact with others. Residents are only to leave the campus for acute medical appointments and a mask must be worn at all times while off campus. We are offering grocery orders from our supplier and are making weekly grocery runs for independent residents.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443.


April 1, 2020

During this period of social distancing, our activities department is working to engage our Residents using our internal broadcasting systems on televisions throughout our community. Adaptations to our daily activities calendars are occurring regularly as we strive to enrich the lives of our Residents and keep them healthy during this time. 

View Monthly Community Calendars


March 19, 2020

Our Medical Director provides information to further educate our staff about coronavirus disease (COVID-19), address its unique risk to seniors and share ways to prevent exposure to the virus in senior living facilities.

 
 

March 12, 2020

As per our Medical Director, as a safeguard to our Residents, effective immediately, our community will not be allowing visitors. Thank you for your understanding during this time.


March 3, 2020

Notice to our Residents, Staff & Visitors:
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have recently traveled to or from anywhere within or outside the United States, please avoid visitation for 21 days. We are taking extra steps to protect our Residents and staff from the coronavirus, a flu-like illness that originally developed in outside countries. Precautionary measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus. Coronovirus spreads through close personal contact with a sick person. Symptoms may show up 2-14 days later.

Symptoms of coronavirus (updated 4/28) include NEW fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, malaise -general feeling of being tired or under the weather, body aches, diarrhea or chest tightness.
Call your healthcare provider if you (A) you have symptoms and have been to a country that has experienced an outbreak within the last 2 weeks of your travel or (B) have symptoms and have been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Prevention of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often
  •  Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often
  • Stay home when you are sick

Coronavirus Disease Fact Sheet

 


Our Activities Department has created a schedule of events to help keep our Residents entertained throughout the day using our internal broadcasting network which is viewable on every television on our campus. In addition to virtual activities like chair yoga and the rosary, our Activities group has also developed week day shows like “Rise and Shine” featuring our employees to help Residents and staff continue to feel connected within our community. View calendars.

External Resources on Coronavirus Disease: