Updates for Lutheran Hillside Village

Coronavirus Updates for Lutheran Hillside Village

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Lutheran Hillside Village is dedicated to the health and safety of our residents and staff members. Despite the challenges COVID-19 presents, our staff remains committed to the older adults we serve.

To provide transparency and current information on COVID-19 in our community, case numbers are totaled and updated here by 5:00 p.m. each day. Weekly totals are updated by 5:00 p.m. each Saturday and reflect activity within the past week only.

Upon receiving test results, our team communicates positive results and best course of action to COVID-19-positive residents and responsible parties. COVID-19-positive residents are either quarantined in place or relocated to a COVID-19-positive area within the community until they are symptom free and no longer potentially contagious to others.

COVID-19-positive staff members are immediately notified and advised to quarantine at home. They are not allowed to return to work until they are symptom free and no longer potentially contagious.

Based on recommendations from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), we test Assisted Living, Memory Care Assisted Living, and Care Center staff either weekly or monthly depending upon positivity rates in the greater community. Assisted Living, Memory Care Assisted Living, and Care Center residents are only tested if there is a new case of COVID-19 in their specific living area.

Reported deaths would include those who had previously recovered from COVID-19 but passed after their recovery and those with other health issues unrelated to a diagnosis of COVID-19.

The community notifies public health officials of each case as required and is following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the public health department.

Visitation Status
The ability to have indoor visitors still relies on the county’s positivity rate and the number of cases within each community. Indoor visits cannot occur until the county positivity rate falls below 10% and we have not had a case of COVID-19 in our community for 14 days. We are monitoring the positivity rate closely via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)website.

Lutheran Hillside Village will communicate visitation options by email to residents and their designated contacts.

As a reminder, our community is required to follow visitor guidelines that have been set by CMS, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the county health department.

Precautionary Measures
We have emergency preparedness and infection control practices in place. Our staff continues to be vigilant in their precautionary steps including:

  • Screening all employees prior to the start of their shifts. Staff members are also screened every four hours during their shifts.
  • Assessing Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Care Center residents three times a day for fever and respiratory symptoms.
  • Screening Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Care Center visitors and enforcing guidelines during outdoor visits.
  • Screening visitors to Independent Living and ensuring they follow face mask wearing and social distancing requirements.
  • Working with outside vendors to avoid resident contact.
  • Slowly restarting communal dining and activities with guidelines in place.
  • Increasing our cleaning and sanitation procedures with approved bactericides and virucides.
  • Providing staff with the appropriate level of personal protective equipment for their roles as indicated by the CDC and health department guidelines.
  • Providing all staff members a face mask to wear for the duration of their shift. Staff members are also wearing face shields.
  • Assuring that Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Care Center residents who must leave the community for medical necessities wear a face mask and are reassessed upon returning to the community.

If you have questions, please contact Shelly Heiden, Lutheran Hillside Village executive director. You can reach Lutheran Hillside Village by calling the front desk at 309.692.4600.

We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation as we navigate these challenges. Be assured that as we all work together, we will come through this stronger than ever because together we are LSS Strong.

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