August 14, 2020
To our Residents and Family Members:
We want to provide you with an update on the situation at our JMS facilities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. Please know the safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority and we are doing everything we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our facilities.
JMS Senior Living is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:
We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we limit visitation to reduce the spread of this virus. We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. However, we are allowing some scheduled outside visits in facilities that do not have active COVID-19 residents. Arrangements must be made in advance by contacting the facility and proper precautions must be adhered to by all parties.
We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.
We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact the facility directly, and follow us on Facebook. You may also view our current COVID-19 statistics at any time by visiting our website at www.jmsseniorliving.com. Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.
We will attempt to contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19. Please ensure we have your most current emergency contact information on file. We want to be able to efficiently communicate with you should there be any new developments.
This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates as often as possible. Please know that we are adhering to state and local guidelines which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We are all in this together.
JMS Senior Living
The guidance on reopening of long-term care facilities has been finalized. The guidance is posted to the DHSS website at https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/professionals.php under Long Term Care Facilities. For a Direct link to the reopening Guidelines see the attached. https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/pdf/missouri-guidance-on-reopening-of-long-term-care-facilities.pdf
Governor Announcement – Phase 2 “Show Me Strong Recovery”
Pending expiration of Phase 1 on June 15, Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri will fully reopen and enter Phase 2 of its “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. During Phase 2, there will be no statewide health order. All statewide restrictions will be lifted, though local officials will still have the authority to put further rules, regulations, or ordinances in place. While Missouri will fully reopen on June 16, Governor Parson emphasized the importance of continuing social distancing and practicing proper hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more on the announcement, see the press release here – https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-announces-missouri-will-fully-reopen-enter-phase-2-recovery.
Visitation and Communal Dining/Group Activity Guidance
The Department of Health and Senior Services released guidance impacting facilities wanting to allow outdoor visits and visits through an open window for residents who are bedbound or who cannot otherwise leave their room. Additionally, guidance is being provided for facilities wanting to allow communal dining and group activities. The State asks that several items be considered when determining these plans, but each facility will ultimately decide on their own protocols. Facilities should be notifying residents’ families of their procedures for visitations once they are in place.