On October 1st, Governor Hogan held a press conference and shared the news that Maryland Covid-19 hospitalizations are down and positivity rates are below 3%. Hogan then announced that “in-home visitation in nursing homes can resume.”
Many are still asking the question: Is it safe to visit an assisted living facility or a nursing home?
As we head into Fall, we would like to update you on the current status of Kenwood Care and how we would like to proceed in our four Howard County locations concerning visitation.
The Kenwood Care Plan
At Kenwood Care, we have continued to remain Covid-19 free. We are so appreciative of the effort made by everyone to achieve this accomplishment. Remaining Covid free is an extremely rare feat based on our dialogues with our colleagues in the long-term care industry and the public information available. Again, our collective effort and adherence to strict protocols has allowed us to maintain this rare status.
While we were pleased to hear this news; we are still very concerned about our residents and staff in our four homes. Kenwood Care would like to continue to proceed with an abundance of caution in order to keep our residents and staff Covid free. As a residential provider, we do not have the space to accommodate a breakout as a larger facility would. We have all worked too hard to keep the virus at bay. Kenwood Care would all deeply regret someone contracting Coronavirus due to an unnecessary relaxation of safety measures.
The state of Maryland has indicated that it is safe to visit an assisted living facility or nursing home. We ask for your continued support and understanding in our effort to keep Covid-19 out of our assisted living residences.
Kenwood Care will continue to offer safe, contact free, outdoor visitation with proper usage of masks and social distancing. The use of FaceTime, Skype and phone calls are also encouraged. Our staff is happy to work with each of our families on the best approach for their loved ones. We feel we must remain cautious. We will continue to monitor and review opportunities for safe interactions as they become available.