AN UPDATE ON HOLY TRINITY.
With the spread of the Covid-19 virus, nursing homes are especially in the news. It’s important to keep everyone who loves Holy Trinity up to date with how the dedicated staff is handling the task of keeping residents and staff safe. As of this writing there are no residents at Holy Trinity testing positive for Covid-19. In preparation for the possibility of residents testing positive, one half a unit has been cleared to create an isolation space. Presently there are two residents who show symptoms of possible infection. These will remain in isolation until they are tested negative, or 14 days without symptoms, whichever comes first. The Massachusetts National Guard has been given the responsibility for administering these tests. Unfortunately, because of the high incidences of the virus in nursing homes throughout the Commonwealth, there is a shortage of testing kits. Every effort is being made to expedite the testing of our residents.
Just to give you an idea of what is being done in the area of preparation, mitigation and preventions, here is a partial list: Daily Covid-19 briefings are held with all department heads and nurse managers. Tight restrictions are in place for all visits from families and friends; all vendor visits for routine preventative services have been stopped, only medically necessary visits are allowed. No food, or exchange of personal items from families to residents are allow. And the list ways we are preparing and protecting could go on.
Because of the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Holy Trinity will be laundering these with an offer of a clean gait belt for aides at every shift. We are looking for ways to offer scrubs to anyone who cannot provide their own with a clean set per shift. And, because of the shortage of face masks, donations of fabric face masks are being accepted. It may become necessary to provide meals for the staff to assist their personal situations.
On a positive note, we realized that not all the families were enrolled in VoiceFriend. This is a mass text messaging service that keep resident families regularly updated. All families that are not now enrolled in VoiceFriend, are being called, having the service explained to them, and are being invited to enroll.
In the days ahead the Board and Staff of Holy Trinity will be announcing a variety of ways the larger community of Holy Trinity supporters can assist. Certainly, monetary donations will help, but there are others ways. Expect to see an appeal by next week.
As an example of how much every effort helps, Holy Trinity asked for help getting the virtual visits up and running, and people responded. The request for PPEs delivered real results, even while the need seems to never end. — If anyone has any protective equipment to donate or are able to make homemade masks for Holy Trinity, it would be greatly appreciated.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity during this difficult time, and for thinking about those that need our help. God Bless you and please stay healthy!