Pandemic Alert Updates
Check here for ongoing company updates on our protocols and response to COVD-19 for Country Meadows Retirement Communities and our not-for-profit sister company, Ecumenical Retirement Community and general resources. If you have any questions for our team, please call our toll-free Ask Us Message line at 1-855-772-2734 or email us at Questions@CountryMeadows.com or Questions@EcumenicalRetirement.org.
Our Corona Task Force
We have assembled a task force of company experts, including former hospital Chief Nursing Officers and those certified in infection control measures, to provide guidance on clinical matters such as prevention and treatment, operational policy changes to reduce potential spread on campuses, procurement to manage the supply of protective gear and sanitization products, environmental service updates on appropriate chemicals and strategies to properly clean commonly touched areas and everyday items and executive management to implement temporary operational changes. Our management team meets daily and actively monitors updates and guidance from the state health departments and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Do the Right Thing: Wear a Mask
We have seen firsthand that this virus can be a matter of life and death, if not for the visitor then for the resident. The effort needed to protect our residents is not great—actually it is as simple as wearing a mask (now the law in Pennsylvania and Maryland) and practicing social distancing. Please, do the right thing and wear a mask.
We are excited to move into our individual campus Re-opening Plans per the Department of Health as each campus completes its universal testing and remains COVID-19 virus free. However Country Meadows and Ecumenical Retirement Community remain steadfast that our number one priority continues to be the safety of our residents and co-workers. The best ways … Continue reading “Visitation Guidelines”Read More
We have learned over the past several months that proactive baseline testing is a key to the protection of all our community members, residents and staff alike. Most importantly, we have learned that people unknowingly can carry this virus – without showing any symptoms – and at no fault of their own, transmit that virus … Continue reading “Testing Protocol”Read More
Dear Residents, We are excited to have begun transitioning to small group social and recreational activities and modified visitations. We value the health benefits of socialization and more active lifestyles—likely the reason you chose Country Meadows or Ecumenical Retirement Community in the first place. Residents’ and staff’s adherence to our policies and safeguards have helped … Continue reading “Stay Vigilant”Read More
Our commitment to our customers—residents, their families and our staff—has never been stronger than in recent months. While nothing prepared any company or any family for this pandemic, we approached protecting our residents and supporting our staff with our same dedication and diligence by anticipating our customers’ safety needs, adapting to everyday realities and assuring … Continue reading “Re-opening Expectations”Read More
A message from Michael Leader, President & CEO, and Mike Fure, Executive Director of Risk and Environmental Safety for Country Meadows and Ecumenical Retirement Community. Updated on June 4th from original post on March 16 We have a very stringent infection control process: Daily sanitizing of commonly high-touch surfaces and public spaces using cleaning products, … Continue reading “Protecting Residents and Co-workers with our Infection Control Program”Read More
We recognize not seeing your loved ones in person is difficult and you miss them greatly. As a family company, we value family time. But thank you for respecting our temporary visitation policies and following the government Stay at Home orders. In the meantime, we encourage lots of interaction through alternative ways that our campus … Continue reading “Ways to Still Connect Remotely”Read More
As COVID-19 information evolves rapidly, we want to ensure our residents, family members and co-workers that our organizations, Country Meadows and Ecumenical Retirement Community, are actively monitoring the latest information and enacting new policies and procedures to prevent spread. We continue to update this webpage with the latest information on our preparation and response so … Continue reading “What We are Doing to Fight COVID-19 at Our Retirement Communities”Read More
As COVID-19 information evolves rapidly, the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Country Meadows of Bethlehem wants to ensure our residents, family members and co-workers that we are actively monitoring the latest information and enacting new policies and procedures to prevent spread. We continue to update this webpage with the latest information on our preparation and … Continue reading “What We are Doing to Fight COVID-19 at Our Bethlehem Nursing & Rehabilitation Center”Read More
Our campus teams have been very creative and resourceful with these modified operations for which we are grateful. Through programs and activities vary per campus based on residents’ interests, here are some engagement examples: Streaming in-room TV with original content of fitness (see below), healthy snacking, religious services, etc. created by our team, plus educational … Continue reading “How We Are Keeping Residents Engaged”Read More
We recognize that these past several weeks have been trying. Social distancing has kept us apart from our loved ones as we all work together to flatten the curve and keep everyone healthy and safe. This has been especially difficult in senior living, where community is at the heart of everything we do—from shared meals, … Continue reading “Senior Living Can Use Your Help”Read More
(Positive Resident) A resident would be put in isolation and cared for and supported by a team specially trained in PPE and infection control. (Positive Co-worker) A co-worker would quarantine at home until meeting the DOH’s guidelines to return to work. Our team would perform contact tracing for those who may have had prolonged contact … Continue reading “If We Have a Positive Case, Here is What You Can Expect”Read More
In his practice-CCS Healthcare, Dr. John Hopkins, Corporate Medical Director for Country Meadows and Ecumenical Retirement Community, is treating multiple patients fighting COVID-19. Many of these patients are seniors over 80 years of age. There are many considerations during this pandemic such as when to send a loved one to a hospital or consider hospice … Continue reading “Medical Director Shares Experiences Caring for COVID-19 Patients and Advice for Families”Read More
We have been touched by the outpouring of appreciation from our community, loved ones and even strangers wanting to know how they can best support our co-workers. We are in awe of our campus co-workers and their dedication to our seniors during this pandemic. For those of you looking for ideas, here are some suggestions: … Continue reading “How to Thank Our Co-workers”Read More
I recognize this is an anxious time with the uncertainty in the news about the coronavirus (COVID-19). But, here’s what is certain: our commitment to keeping residents and co-workers safe. While we can’t predict the evolution of the virus, we can continue to conduct safe practices with our staff and campuses and encourage residents and … Continue reading “Letter from our CEO”Read More