All Covid-19 Updates (March 2020-Present)

COVID-19 Update (03/31/2021)

 

We are happy to report that our company-wide commitment to safety has resulted in over 90% of our staff and patients being vaccinated!

 

This percentage far exceeds the statewide average of only 40%. In addition, Pharmacy Specialty Group, our institutional pharmacy, will be able to provide additional vaccines for new patients and staff going forward.  This is exciting news because these additional vaccines will allow us to keep the number of vaccinated people high, creating a safe environment for patients and staff.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also issued new guidance for the general public regarding small gatherings as more people start to receive the vaccine.

 

 CDC guidance on vaccines

 

We have a Westside employee who has tested positive for COVID 19. The Ohio Department of the Health has been notified and the employee is quarantining at home.  Unfortunately, family visitation will have to be suspended immediately at Rae-Ann Westlake and Rae-Ann Suburban while we complete testing on all staff and residents per the Ohio Department of Health guidelines. Please check this website for further updates on family visitation.

 

Visitation at Rae-Ann Geneva and The Belvedere of Westlake

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Governor Mike DeWine recently provided additional guidance on family visitation. The memorandum eases previous restrictions on visitation provided certain criteria are met. This means that in-person visitation can now be offered at all of our locations. Weather permitting, we will also resume outdoor visitation which is generally considered to be safer due to increased space and airflow.  We strongly encourage both patients and visitors to get vaccinated to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Fully vaccinated patients (those who are >14 days beyond the last dose of a vaccine) may have close contact with visitors while both the patient and the family member wear face masks. The following policies have been revised to ensure a safe visit for you and your loved one:

  • Visits will be limited to 2 visitors per patient at a scheduled visitation time in a designated visiting area inside and outside the facility weather permitting.
  • Visits will be limited to 30 minutes.
  • No visitors will be permitted entry to other sections of the facility for any reason.
  • All visitors and patients will either wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after the visit.¬† Hand sanitizers will be provided by the facility and offered for use during the visit.
  • All visitors are required to sign in on the visitor log.
  • All visitors will complete a health screening tool and have their temperatures taken.
  • All visitors will be screened to determine if they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the prior 14 days regardless of the visitor‚Äôs vaccination status.
  • All visitors will be educated on the risk of spreading COVID-19 and the potential health impact for all patients of the facility.
  • All visitation protocols and safety precautions are discussed with visitors and patients.
  • All visitors and patients will wear a face mask throughout their entire visit unless it becomes a health or safety hazard.
  • All visitors and patients will be expected to adhere to social distancing principles including maintaining at least 6 feet between people.
  • The minimum visitor age will be based on ability to maintain social distancing.
  • No eating or drinking during the visit will be permitted by any visitor, patient or staff member.
  • Visitors may not take patients off the grounds unless approved by the provider in advance.¬† If approved, the patient may be admitted to the observation unit for 14 days upon return.
  • If contact occurs between the patient and visitor, the patient must wash hands thoroughly.
  • All visitor seating areas and any areas touched by the patient, visitor, or staff will be cleaned and disinfected prior to and following each visit.
  • The facility reserves the right to reschedule or cancel visitation privileges at any time for any reason.

Please contact the activities staff at each facility directly to schedule an appointment for your family visit.

It is not possible to arrive for a visit without an appointment.  Appointments can be scheduled once a week per patient.  This time frame allows all patients the opportunity to enjoy a family visit. The patient and family member/s must both wear face masks throughout the entire visit.  Both window and virtual visits will continue to be permitted. Please remember that the window must be closed throughout the entire visit and no items may be passed through the window. Compassionate care visits for patients are also available for patients who meet the criteria that Governor DeWine recently established. Check with facility staff to see if your loved one would qualify for a compassionate care visit.

We thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (03/12/2021)

 

We are happy to report that our company-wide commitment to safety has resulted in over 90% of our staff and patients being vaccinated!

 

This far exceeds the statewide average of only 40%. In addition, Pharmacy Specialty Group, our institutional pharmacy, just confirmed today that they will be able to provide additional vaccines for new patients and staff going forward.  This is exciting news because these additional vaccines will allow us to keep the number of vaccinated people high, creating a safe environment for patients and staff.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also issued new guidance for the general public regarding small gatherings as more people start to receive the vaccine.

 

CDC guidance on vaccines

 

We are also pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provided additional guidance this week on family visitation. The memorandum eases previous restrictions on visitation provided certain criteria are met. This means that in-person visitation can now be offered at all of our locations. Weather permitting, we will also resume outdoor visitation which is generally considered to be safer due to increased space and airflow.  We strongly encourage both patients and visitors to get vaccinated to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Fully vaccinated patients (those who are >14 days beyond the last dose of a vaccine) may have close contact with visitors while both the patient and the family member wear face masks. The following policies have been revised to ensure a safe visit for you and your loved one:

  • Visits will be limited to 2 visitors per patient at a scheduled visitation time in a designated visiting area inside and outside the facility weather permitting.
  • Visits will be limited to 30 minutes.
  • No visitors will be permitted entry to other sections of the facility for any reason.
  • All visitors and patients will either wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after the visit.¬† Hand sanitizers will be provided by the facility and offered for use during the visit.
  • All visitors are required to sign in on the visitor log.
  • All visitors will complete a health screening tool and have their temperatures taken.
  • All visitors will be screened to determine if they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the prior 14 days regardless of the visitor‚Äôs vaccination status.
  • All visitors will be educated on the risk of spreading COVID-19 and the potential health impact for all patients of the facility.
  • All visitation protocols and safety precautions are discussed with visitors and patients.
  • All visitors and patients will wear a face mask throughout their entire visit unless it becomes a health or safety hazard.
  • All visitors and patients will be expected to adhere to social distancing principles including maintaining at least 6 feet between people.
  • The minimum visitor age will be based on ability to maintain social distancing.
  • No eating or drinking during the visit will be permitted by any visitor, patient or staff member.
  • Visitors may not take patients off the grounds unless approved by the provider in advance.¬† If approved, the patient may be admitted to the observation unit for 14 days upon return.
  • If contact occurs between the patient and visitor, the patient must wash hands thoroughly.
  • All visitor seating areas and any areas touched by the patient, visitor, or staff will be cleaned and disinfected prior to and following each visit.
  • The facility reserves the right to reschedule or cancel visitation privileges at any time for any reason.

Please contact the activities staff at each facility directly to schedule an appointment for your family visit.

It is not possible to arrive for a visit without an appointment.  Appointments can be scheduled once a week per patient.  This time frame allows all patients the opportunity to enjoy a family visit. The patient and family member/s must both wear face masks throughout the entire visit.  Both window and virtual visits will continue to be permitted, as well as compassionate care visits for patients who meet the criteria that Governor DeWine recently established. Check with facility staff to see if your loved one would qualify for a compassionate care visit.

We thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (03/09/2021)

 

We are happy to report that our company-wide commitment to safety has resulted in over 90% of our staff and patients being vaccinated!

 

This far exceeds the statewide average of only 40%. In addition, Specialty Pharmacy Group, our institutional pharmacy, just confirmed today that they will be able to provide additional vaccines for new patients and staff going forward.  This is exciting news because these additional vaccines will allow us to keep the number of vaccinated people high, creating a safe environment for patients and staff.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also issued new guidance for the general public regarding small gatherings as more people start to receive the vaccine.

 

CDC guidance on vaccines

We are also pleased to announce that Cuyahoga County has now been listed as a yellow county by CMS with a positivity rate under 10% for two weeks in a row. Ashtabula County remains a yellow county with a positivity rate of less than 10% as well.  This means that in-person visitation can now offered at all of our locations starting this week.  As a reminder the following policies have been developed to ensure a safe visit for you and your loved one:

  • Visits will be limited to 2 visitors per patient at a scheduled visitation time in a designated visiting area inside of the facility.
  • Visits will be limited to 30 minutes.
  • No visitors will be permitted entry to other sections of the facility for any reason (bathroom, drinks, food, etc.).
  • All visitors and patients will either wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after the visit.¬† Hand sanitizers will be provided by the facility and offered for use during the visit.
  • All visitors are required to sign in on the visitor log.
  • All visitors will complete a health screening tool and have their temperatures taken.
  • All patients will have their temperatures taken prior to any visit and daily.
  • All visitors will be educated on the risk of spreading COVID-19 and the potential health impact for all patients of the facility.
  • All visitation protocols and safety precautions are discussed with visitors and patients.
  • All visitors and patients will wear a face mask throughout their entire visit unless it becomes a health or safety hazard.
  • All visitors and patients will be expected to follow all social distancing guidelines in place by the
  • State of Ohio (maintain 6 feet of distance, no hugging, no handholding, etc.).
  • The minimum visitor age will be based on ability to maintain social distancing.
  • No visitor will be permitted to bring any items to give to the patient before, during, or after the visit.
  • No eating or drinking during the visit will be permitted by any visitor, patient or staff member.
  • No smoking is permitted by patients or visitors.
  • No sharing of any food/gifts will be permitted during the visit (arts, crafts, games, etc.).
  • All visits will be monitored.
  • Visitors may not take patients off the ground unless approved by the provider in advance.¬† If approved, the patient will be admitted to the isolation unit for 14 days upon return.
  • If contact inadvertently occurs between the patient and visitor, the patient must wash hands thoroughly and change clothes following the end of the visit.
  • All visitor seating areas and any areas touched by the patient, visitor, or staff will be cleaned and disinfected prior to and following each visit.
  • The facility reserves the right to reschedule or cancel visitation privileges at any time for any reason.

Please contact the activities staff at each facility directly to schedule an appointment for your family visit.

It is not possible to arrive for a visit without an appointment.  Appointments can be scheduled once a week per patient.  This time frame allows all patients the opportunity to enjoy a family visit. The patient and family member/s must both wear face masks throughout the entire visit.  Both window and virtual visits will continue to be permitted, as well as compassionate care visits for patients who meet the criteria that Governor DeWine recently established. Check with facility staff to see if your loved one would qualify for a compassionate care visit.

We thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (02/19/2021)

The vaccinations clinics held by CVS pharmacy have been a great success! A vast majority of the residents and staff at our skilled nursing facilities have agreed to receive both doses of the Pfizer vaccine.  Our vaccine education initiative has been well received and we are proud that our percentages are well above the reported state wide averages. The Belvedere of Westlake has one more vaccination clinic scheduled for March 9th.  The Ohio Department of Health has laid out a plan to offer vaccines to new patients and staff beginning next week to skilled nursing facilities through our institutional pharmacy. We are grateful that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) assigned skilled nursing facility staff and patients with the highest priority to receive the vaccine.  We are optimistic that this initiative will help begin to curb the spread of the virus as the vaccine is rolled out to the general population.

Cuyahoga County is still listed as a red county by CMS and the positivity rate is still over 10%. All in-person family visits are still suspended until Cuyahoga County is listed as a yellow county for 2 weeks in a row. Both window and virtual visits will continue to be permitted as well as compassionate care visits for patients who are identified as actively passing during this time.

Ashtabula County has now been listed as a yellow county by CMS for 2 consecutive weeks. This means that in-person visitation at Rae-Ann Geneva can begin starting next week! Just a reminder that family visits need to be scheduled with activities staff at the facility.  It is not possible to arrive for a visit without an appointment.  Appointments can be scheduled once a week per patient.  This time frame allows all patients the opportunity to enjoy a family visit. The patient and family member/s must both wear face masks throughout the entire visit. In addition, there can be no exchanging of gifts/food and social distancing must be maintained during the visit. No exceptions. Both window and virtual visits will continue to be permitted as well as compassionate care visits for patients who are identified as actively passing during this time.

We thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (02/11/2021)

The vaccinations clinics held by CVS pharmacy have been a great success! A vast majority of the residents and staff at our skilled nursing facilities have agreed to receive both doses of the Pfizer vaccine.  Our vaccine education initiative has been well received and we are proud that our percentages are well above the reported state wide averages. The Belvedere of Westlake had their first vaccination clinic and will offer the second clinic on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 . We are grateful that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) assigned skilled nursing facility staff and patients with the highest priority to receive the vaccine.  We are optimistic that this initiative will help begin to curb the spread of the virus as the vaccine is rolled out to the general population.

Rae-Ann Suburban has an asymptomatic employee who has tested positive for COVID-19.  The case has been reported to the Cuyahoga County Health Department and the employee will quarantine at home for 14 days. We are following COVID isolation protocols at all of our skilled facilities to accommodate the patients who have tested positive.  Residents are still tested weekly and staff are tested twice a week. We also have the capability to perform rapid tests on any individuals that need to be screened.

The positivity rate for both Ashtabula and Cuyahoga County are still over 10%. All in-person family visits have been suspended until further notice. Both window and virtual visits will continue to be permitted as well as compassionate care visits for patients who are identified as actively passing during this time.

We are in the process of upgrading selected HVAC units with air purifiers and energy recovery ventilation systems to improve the indoor air quality in our facilities.  These projects are projected to be completed by March 31, 2021 and should reduce airborne contaminants for the vulnerable population that we serve.

We thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

 

COVID-19 Update (01/22/2021)

The vaccinations clinics held by CVS pharmacy have been a great success! A vast majority of the residents and staff at our skilled nursing facilities have  agreed to receive both doses of the Pfizer vaccine.  Our vaccine education initiative has been well received and we are proud that our percentages are well above the reported state wide averages. The Belvedere of Westlake has their first vaccination clinic scheduled on Saturday January 23, 2021. We are grateful that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) assigned skilled nursing facility staff and patients with the highest priority to receive the vaccine.  We are optimistic that this initiative will help begin to curb the spread of the virus as the vaccine is rolled out to the general population.

We are following COVID isolation protocols at all of our skilled facilities to accommodate the patients who have tested positive.  Residents are still tested weekly and staff are tested twice a week. We also have the capability to perform rapid tests on any individuals that need to be screened.

The positivity rate for both Ashtabula and Cuyahoga County are still over 10%. All in-person family visits have been suspended until further notice. Both window and virtual visits will continue to be permitted as well as compassionate care visits for patients who are identified as actively passing during this time.

We are in the process of upgrading selected HVAC units with air purifiers and energy recovery ventilation systems to improve the indoor air quality in our facilities.  These projects are projected to be completed by March 31, 2021 and should reduce airborne contaminants for the vulnerable population that we serve.  

We thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (12/21/2020)

We have received word from the State of Ohio that COVID vaccines were administered by CVS and Walgreen’s Pharmacies to skilled nursing facilities last week. CVS will be offering these Pfizer vaccines to our patients and staff at one-day clinics on Wednesday December 23 at Rae-Ann Geneva, Saturday December 26 at Rae-Ann Westlake and Monday December 28 at Rae-Ann Suburban. A second dose of the vaccine will then be offered 3-4 weeks later in January. We are grateful that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) assigned skilled nursing facility staff and patients with the highest priority to receive the vaccine.  We are optimistic that this initiative will help begin to curb the spread of the virus as the vaccine is rolled out to the general population.

We have established a COVID isolation units at all of our skilled facilities to accommodate the patients who have tested positive. The local health department has been notified and all protocols from the CDC have been put into place. Residents are being tested weekly and staff is being tested twice a week. We also have the capability to perform rapid tests on any individuals that need to be screened. We are asking families and friends to try to limit phone calls to the facilities as we are focused on providing care to our patients.  If there is a change in patient condition, we will notify the first contact listed in our record. We thank everyone for their understanding and prayers during this time.

The positivity rate for both Ashtabula and Cuyahoga County are now over 10%. All in-person family visits have been suspended until further notice. Window visits will continue to be permitted as well as compassionate care visits for patients who are identified as actively passing during this time. In addition, we are asking that families and friends consider the safety of our patient population when making plans for the upcoming holiday season. The Ohio Department of Health is strongly recommending that family gatherings at this time should only include people that live in your house. Based on this guidance we would strongly suggest that you not take your loved one out of the facility for holiday gatherings this year. This has been a difficult year for everyone and we understand that family traditions are important. This is going to have to be a year of new traditions.

We thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (12/3/2020)

We have established COVID isolation units at all of our skilled facilities to accommodate the patients who have tested positive. The local health department has been notified and all protocols from the CDC have been put into place. Residents are being tested weekly and staff is being tested twice a week. We also have the capability to perform rapid tests on any individuals that need to be screened. We are asking families and friends to try to limit phone calls to the facilities as we are focused on providing care to our patients.  If there is a change in patient condition, we will notify the first contact listed in our record. We thank everyone for their understanding and prayers during this time.

The positivity rate for both Ashtabula and Cuyahoga County are now over 10%. All in-person family visits have been suspended until further notice. Window visits will continue to be permitted as well as compassionate care visits for patients who are identified as actively passing during this time. In addition, we are asking that families and friends consider the safety of our patient population when making plans for the upcoming holiday season. The Ohio Department of Health is strongly recommending that family gatherings at this time should only include people that live in your house. Based on this guidance we would strongly suggest that you not take your loved one out of the facility for holiday gatherings this year. This has been a difficult year for everyone and we understand that family traditions are important. This is going to have to be a year of new traditions.

We thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (11/25/2020)

We have established a COVID isolation unit at Rae-Ann Geneva to accommodate the patients who have tested positive. The Ashtabula County Health Department has been notified and all protocols from the CDC have been put into place. Residents and staff are being tested weekly and on an as needed basis with rapid tests. All in-person family visits have been suspended until further notice. Additionally, we are asking families and friends to try to limit phone calls to Rae-Ann Geneva as we are focused on providing care to our patients.  If there is a change in patient condition, we will notify the first contact listed in our record. We thank everyone for their understanding and prayers during this time.

The positivity rate for Cuyahoga County has now increased to over 10%. Governor Mike DeWine has enacted a curfew effective today (11/19/2020) from 10PM ‚Äď 5AM for the State of Ohio to limit the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, we will need to suspend family visitation in all of our locations starting today, Thursday Nov 19, 2020. Window visits will continue to be permitted as well as compassionate care visits for patients who are identified as actively passing during this time. In addition, we are asking that families and friends consider the safety of our patient population when making plans for the upcoming holiday season. The Ohio Department of Health is strongly recommending that Thanksgiving this year should only include people that live in your house. Based on this guidance we would strongly suggest that you not take your loved one out of the facility for holiday gatherings this year. This has been a difficult year for everyone and we understand that family traditions are important. This is going to have to be a year of new traditions.

We thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (11/19/2020)

We have established a COVID isolation unit at Rae-Ann Geneva to accommodate the patients who have tested positive. The Ashtabula County Health Department has been notified and all protocols from the CDC have been put into place. Residents and staff are being tested weekly and on an as needed basis with rapid tests. All in-person family visits have been suspended until further notice. We thank everyone for their understanding and prayers during this time.

The positivity rate for Cuyahoga County has now increased to over 10%. Governor Mike DeWine has enacted a curfew effective today (11/19/2020) from 10PM ‚Äď 5AM for the State of Ohio to limit the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, we will need to suspend family visitation in all of our locations starting today, Thursday Nov 19, 2020. Window visits will continue to be permitted as well as compassionate care visits for patients who are identified as actively passing during this time. In addition, we are asking that families and friends consider the safety of our patient population when making plans for the upcoming holiday season. The Ohio Department of Health is strongly recommending that Thanksgiving this year should only include people that live in your house. Based on this guidance we would strongly suggest that you not take your loved one out of the facility for holiday gatherings this year. This has been a difficult year for everyone and we understand that family traditions are important. This is going to have to be a year of new traditions.

We thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (11/18/2020)

¬†The positivity rate for Cuyahoga County has now increased to over 10%. Governor Mike DeWine has enacted a curfew effective tomorrow (11/19/2020) from 10PM ‚Äď 5AM for the State of Ohio to limit the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, we will need to suspend family visitation in all of our locations starting tomorrow Thursday Nov 19, 2020. Window visits will continue to be permitted as well as compassionate care visits for patients who are identified as actively passing during this time. In addition, we are asking that families and friends consider the safety of our patient population when making plans for the upcoming holiday season. The Ohio Department of Health is strongly recommending that Thanksgiving this year should only include people that live in your house. Based on this guidance we would strongly suggest that you not take your loved one out of the facility for holiday gatherings this year. This has been a difficult year for everyone and we understand that family traditions are important. This is going to have to be a year of new traditions.

We thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (11/17/2020)

We currently have two staff members and three patients at Rae-Ann Geneva who have tested positive for COVID-19. The Ashtabula County Health Department has been notified and all protocols from the CDC have been put into place.  The staff members are following the guidance from ODH and the patients have admitted to our isolation unit.  All other residents were tested yesterday and the staff will be tested again tomorrow. All in-person family visits have been suspended until further notice. We thank everyone for their understanding and prayers during this time.

We currently have one staff at Rae-Ann Suburban and two staff at Rae-Ann Westlake that have tested positive for COVID-19. The Cuyahoga County Health Department has been notified and all protocols from the CDC have been put into place.  The staff members are in quarantine at home. All patients and staff will now be tested weekly.

We are closely monitoring the increasing number of cases in the State of Ohio as well as the county positivity rates. Family visitation will be dependent upon the percentage of positive cases in each county. In addition, we are asking that families and friends consider the safety of our patient population when making plans for the upcoming holiday season. The Ohio Department of Health is strongly recommending that Thanksgiving this year should only include people that live in your house. Based on this guidance we would strongly suggest that you not take your loved one out of the facility for holiday gatherings this year. This has been a difficult year for everyone and we understand that family traditions are important. This is going to have to be a year of new traditions. We thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (11/11/2020)

We currently have two staff members and two patients at Rae-Ann Geneva who have tested positive for COVID-19. The Ashtabula County Health Department has been notified and all protocols from the CDC have been put into place.  The staff members are in quarantine at home and the patients have admitted to our isolation unit.  All other residents have tested negative and the staff were tested again today. All in-person family visits will be suspended effective immediately until further notice. We thank everyone for their understanding and prayers during this time.

All other facilities are testing staff weekly and the most recent test result has all come back negative. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (11/09/2020)

We currently have one staff member and one patient at Rae-Ann Geneva who have tested positive for COVID-19. The Ashtabula County Health Department has been notified and all protocols from the CDC have been put into place.  The staff member is in quarantine at home and the patient will be admitted to our isolation unit.  All residents will be tested today and the staff will be tested again on 11/11/2020. All in-person family visits will be suspended effective immediately until further notice. We thank everyone for their understanding and prayers during this time.

All other facilities are testing staff weekly and the most recent test result has all come back negative. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (10/23/2020)

We currently have no patients or staff who have tested positive for COVID at any of our locations.

Governor Mike DeWine has ordered all nursing homes to test staff weekly due to the increased number of new COVID cases throughout the State of Ohio.  Family visitation continues to go well at some of our locations based on guidance from the Ohio Department of Health.  The visits are now allowed to be indoors but might be subject to change depending on the number of positive cases in the surrounding counties. Visits need to be scheduled in advance with the facility staff.  The following policies have been developed to ensure a safe visit for you and your loved one.

  • Visits will be limited to 2 visitors per patient at a scheduled visitation time in a designated visiting area inside of the facility.
  • Visits will be limited to 30 minutes.
  • No visitors will be permitted entry to other sections of the facility for any reason (bathroom, drinks, food, etc.).
  • All visitors and patients will either wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after the visit.¬† Hand sanitizers will be provided by the facility and offered for use during the visit.
  • All visitors are required to sign in on the visitor log.
  • All visitors will complete a health screening tool and have their temperatures taken.
  • All patients will have their temperatures taken prior to any visit and daily.
  • All visitors will be educated on the risk of spreading COVID-19 and the potential health impact for all patients of the facility.
  • All visitation protocols and safety precautions are discussed with visitors and patients.
  • All visitors and patients will wear a face mask throughout their entire visit unless it becomes a health or safety hazard.
  • All visitors and patients will be expected to follow all social distancing guidelines in place by the
  • State of Ohio (maintain 6 feet of distance, no hugging, no handholding, etc.).
  • The minimum visitor age will be based on ability to maintain social distancing.
  • No visitor will be permitted to bring any items to give to the patient before, during, or after the visit.
  • No eating or drinking during the visit will be permitted by any visitor, patient or staff member.
  • No smoking is permitted by patients or visitors.
  • No sharing of any objects will be permitted during the visit (arts, crafts, games, etc.).
  • All visits will be monitored.
  • Visitors may not take patients off the ground unless approved by the provider in advance.¬† If approved, the patient will be admitted to the isolation unit for 14 days upon return.
  • If contact inadvertently occurs between the patient and visitor, the patient must wash hands thoroughly and change clothes following the end of the visit.
  • All visitor seating areas and any areas touched by the patient, visitor, or staff will be cleaned and disinfected prior to and following each visit.
  • The facility reserves the right to reschedule or cancel visitation privileges at any time for any reason.

Please contact the facility directly to schedule an appointment for your family visit.  We hope that all is well with you and your family.  Stay safe and healthy.  Thank you for your understanding and support.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (10/7/2020)

We currently have no patients or staff who have tested positive for COVID at any of our locations.

Family visitation continues to go well at some of our locations based on guidance from the Ohio Department of Health.  The visits will now be allowed indoors starting October 12th and must be scheduled in advance with the facility staff.  The following policies have been developed to ensure a safe visit for you and your loved one.

  • Visits will be limited to 2 visitors per patient at a scheduled visitation time in a designated visiting area inside of the facility.
  • Visits will be limited to 30 minutes.
  • No visitors will be permitted entry to other sections of the facility for any reason (bathroom, drinks, food, etc.).
  • All visitors and patients will either wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after the visit.¬† Hand sanitizers will be provided by the facility and offered for use during the visit.
  • All visitors are required to sign in on the visitor log.
  • All visitors will complete a health screening tool and have their temperatures taken.
  • All patients will have their temperatures taken prior to any visit and daily.
  • All visitors will be educated on the risk of spreading COVID-19 and the potential health impact for all patients of the facility.
  • All visitation protocols and safety precautions are discussed with visitors and patients.
  • All visitors and patients will wear a face mask throughout their entire visit unless it becomes a health or safety hazard.
  • All visitors and patients will be expected to follow all social distancing guidelines in place by the
  • State of Ohio (maintain 6 feet of distance, no hugging, no handholding, etc.).
  • The minimum visitor age will be based on ability to maintain social distancing.
  • No visitor will be permitted to bring any items to give to the patient before, during, or after the visit.
  • No eating or drinking during the visit will be permitted by any visitor, patient or staff member.
  • No smoking is permitted by patients or visitors.
  • No sharing of any objects will be permitted during the visit (arts, crafts, games, etc.).
  • All visits will be monitored.
  • Visitors may not take patients off the ground unless approved by the provider in advance.¬† If approved, the patient will be admitted to the isolation unit for 14 days upon return.
  • If contact inadvertently occurs between the patient and visitor, the patient must wash hands thoroughly and change clothes following the end of the visit.
  • All visitor seating areas and any areas touched by the patient, visitor, or staff will be cleaned and disinfected prior to and following each visit.
  • The facility reserves the right to reschedule or cancel visitation privileges at any time for any reason.

Please contact the facility directly to schedule an appointment for your family visit.  We hope that all is well with you and your family.  Stay safe and healthy.  Thank you for your understanding and support.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (9/22/2020)

Per the guidance of the CDC, the staff and patients at Rae-Ann Suburban have now been tested every 3-7 days for 14 days since the one asymptomatic employee tested positive on August 31st.  All results have come back negative.  The employee has been cleared to come back to work by the Cuyahoga County Health Department and the staff at Rae-Ann Suburban will now return to an every two-week schedule per Ohio Department of Health guidelines based on county positivity rates.

Bi-weekly testing of staff continues at our other skilled nursing facilities. Point of service antigen testing machines have arrived from the federal government at all of our skilled nursing facilities. This rapid screening tool can be utilized to secure a result within 15 minutes but issues with potential false positives are a concern. A positive screen will require an anterior nares test to confirm the positive result. Additional guidance is coming through webinars this week.

Many of you have been asking about indoor visitation. Governor Mike DeWine has signaled that he will be addressing the issue of allowing visitation to move indoors as the weather becomes colder this fall. Just as with the outdoor visits, we anticipate that there will be parameters set for indoor visitation to protect both our patients and caregivers. We will be sure to provide additional updates on this topic as soon as we learn more.

Please stay safe and healthy. We are working hard every day to keep our patients and staff safe.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (9/8/2020)

The results of the third test came back positive on our employee at Rae-Ann Suburban. This asymptomatic employee has not worked since the first test and is quarantining at home per the guidance of the Cuyahoga County Health Department. As a precautionary measure all staff and residents at Rae-Ann Suburban will be tested today and tomorrow per the guidance of the CDC.

Bi-weekly testing of staff continues at our skilled nursing facilities. A new point of service antigen testing machine just arrived at Rae-Ann Geneva today. This rapid test machine will be utilized as a screening tool to help us meet the every two-week test requirement from the Ohio Department of Health.  Testing with the new machine will begin as staff is trained within the next few weeks.

Just a reminder that family visits need to be scheduled with staff at each of the facilities.  It is not possible to arrive for a visit without an appointment.  Appointments can be scheduled once a week per patient.  This time frame allows all patients the opportunity to enjoy a family visit. The patient and family member/s must both wear face masks throughout the entire visit. As a reminder, there can be no exchanging of gifts/food and social distancing must be maintained during the visit. No exceptions. We reserve the right to cancel visitation rights to individuals who do not comply with the rules that we have set forth.  

Please stay safe and healthy. We are working hard every day to keep our patients and staff safe.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (9/4/2020)

The results of the bi-weekly tests conducted on Monday August 31 and Wednesday September 2 are starting to arrive. We have one asymptomatic part time employee who has initially tested positive for COVID 19 at Rae-Ann Suburban. The Cuyahoga County Health Department has been notified and the employee is in quarantine at home. A second test was administered and the results came back negative.  A third test will be completed today to determine the accuracy of the initial test.

Staff testing at the Belvedere of Westlake has been postponed by the Ohio Department of Health pending a review of the efficacy of saliva tests for COVID. We have received information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid that we should be receiving point of service devices to allow us to complete rapid COVID tests on staff and residents. We will need additional guidance and testing supplies before we can begin to utilize these new pieces of equipment.

Just a reminder that family visits need to be scheduled with staff at each of the facilities.  It is not possible to arrive for a visit without an appointment.  The patient and family member/s must wear face masks throughout the entire visit. We have been asked about how visits will be conducted as we approach the fall/winter season.  We do not have any clarification at this time to share but know that Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health are currently reviewing this issue. As soon as we know more on this topic, we will provide you with an update.

Please stay safe and healthy. We are working hard every day to keep our patients and staff safe.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (8/27/2020)

We currently have no patients or staff who have tested positive for COVID at any of our locations.

The Ohio Department of Health in conjunction with the National Guard has begun the process of testing staff at our facilities and across the State of Ohio.  These tests are mandatory for all staff and will be administered every two weeks.  Rae-Ann Geneva staff were tested on August 26. Rae-Ann Suburban staff is scheduled to be tested on Monday, August 31 and Rae-Ann Westlake staff is scheduled to be tested on Wednesday, September 2. Staff testing at the Belvedere of Westlake has been postponed by the Ohio Department of Health pending a review of the efficacy of saliva tests for COVID. We have received information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid that we should be receiving point of service devices to allow us to complete rapid COVID tests on staff and residents. We will need additional guidance and testing supplies before we can begin to utilize these new pieces of equipment.

Just a reminder that family visits need to be scheduled with staff at each of the facilities.  It is not possible to arrive for a visit without an appointment.  The patient and family member/s must wear face masks throughout the entire visit. We have been asked about how visits will be conducted as we approach the fall/winter season.  We do not have any clarification at this time to share but know that Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health are currently reviewing this issue. As soon as we know more on this topic, we will provide you with an update.

Please stay safe and healthy. We are working hard every day to keep our patients and staff safe.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (8/13/2020)

Last week all patients at Rae-Ann Westlake were removed from the isolation unit and all staff were cleared to return to work.

We currently have no patients or staff who have tested positive for COVID at any of our other locations.

The Ohio Department of Health in conjunction with the National Guard has begun the process of testing staff at our facilities and across the State of Ohio.  These tests are mandatory for all staff and will be administered every two weeks.  Rae-Ann Geneva staff was tested on August 12 and Rae-Ann Suburban and Rae-Ann Westlake staff are now scheduled for testing on August 18. The National Guard is responsible for the delivery and collection of the testing supplies. The tests are administered by Rae-Ann nursing staff.  We have voiced our concerns about the accuracy and timeliness of the results which is critical if we are expected to mitigate the possible spread of the virus.

We continue to source personal protective equipment that meets OSHA guidelines and track our supplies daily. The screening of staff and residents continues as per CDC recommendations.

Family visits are going well and it is nice for our patients and staff to see some familiar faces again. Please stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (8/03/2020)

All patients and staff at Rae-Ann Westlake have now been tested for Covid-19. There have been no new patient cases since July 24, 2020.  The Ohio Department of Health conducted a two-day infection control inspection last week at Rae-Ann Westlake. Surveyors reviewed policies and procedures and completed a site visit. The facility received no deficiencies and was found to be in substantial compliance at the time of the survey. All affected patients have been in isolation under established infection control protocols. In addition, all affected employees have been directed to not return to work until the guidelines from the CDC have been met. The remaining patients and staff continue to be monitored for signs and symptoms.  

We currently have no patients or staff who have tested positive for COVID at any of our other locations.

Family visitation continues to go well at some of our locations based on guidance from the Ohio Department of Health. The visits are allowed outside weather permitting and must be scheduled in advance with the facility staff. The following policies have been developed to ensure a safe visit for you and your loved one.

  • Visits will be limited to 2 visitors per patient at a scheduled visitation time in a designated visiting area outside of the facility.
  • No visitors will be permitted entry to other sections of the facility for any reason (bathroom, drinks, food, etc.).
  • All visitors and patients will either wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after the visit.¬†Hand sanitizers will be provided by the facility and offered for use during the visit.
  • All visitors are required to sign-in on the outside visitor log.
  • All visitors will complete a health screening tool and have their temperatures taken.
  • All patients will have their temperature taken prior to any visit and daily.
  • All visitors will be educated on the risk of spread COVID-19 and the potential health impact for all patients of the facility.
  • All visitation protocols and safety precautions are discussed with visitors and patients.
  • All visitors and patients will wear a face mask throughout their entire visit unless it becomes a health or safety hazard.
  • All visitors and patients will be expected to follow all social distancing guidelines in place by the State of Ohio (maintain 6 feet of distance, no hugging, no handholding, etc.).
  • No visitor will be permitted to bring any items to give to the patient before, during, or after the visit.
  • No eating or drinking during the visit will be permitted by any visitor, patient, or staff member.
  • No smoking permitted by patients or visitors.
  • No sharing of any objects will be permitted during the visit (arts, crafts, games, etc.).
  • All visits will be monitored.
  • Visitors may not take patients off the ground unless approved by the provider in advance.¬†If approved, the patient will be admitted to the isolation unit for 14 days upon return.
  • If contact inadvertently occurs between the patient and visitor, the patient must wash hands thoroughly and change clothes when returning indoors.
  • All visitor seating areas and any areas touched by the patient, visitor, or staff will be cleaned and disinfected prior to and following each visit.
  • The facility reserves the right to reschedule to cancel visitation privileges at any time for any reason.

Please contact the facility directly to schedule an appointment for your family visit. We hope that all is well with you and your family.  Stay safe and healthy. Thank you for your understanding and support.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (7/21/2020)

Rae-Ann Westlake now has several patients and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19. All affected patients were immediately placed in isolation under established infection control protocols. In addition, all affected employees have been directed to not return to work until the guidelines from the CDC have been met. The remaining patients are being monitored for signs and symptoms and are being tested if COVID is suspected.   Staff continues to be screened upon entry and monitored for signs and symptoms as well. We are working with the Cuyahoga County Health Department and following their guidance to mitigate further transmission.

We currently have no patients or staff who have tested positive for COVID at any of our other locations.

Family visitation has begun at some locations based on guidance from the Ohio Department of Health. The visits are allowed outside weather permitting and must be scheduled in advance with the facility staff. The following policies have been developed to ensure a safe visit for you and your loved one.

  • Visits will be limited to 2 visitors per patient at a scheduled visitation time in a designated visiting area outside of the facility.
  • No visitors will be permitted entry to other sections of the facility for any reason (bathroom, drinks, food, etc.).
  • All visitors and patients will either wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after the visit.¬†Hand sanitizers will be provided by the facility and offered for use during the visit.
  • All visitors are required to sign-in on the outside visitor log.
  • All visitors will complete a health screening tool and have their temperatures taken.
  • All patients will have their temperature taken prior to any visit and daily.
  • All visitors will be educated on the risk of spread COVID-19 and the potential health impact for all patients of the facility.
  • All visitation protocols and safety precautions are discussed with visitors and patients.
  • All visitors and patients will wear a face mask throughout their entire visit unless it becomes a health or safety hazard.
  • All visitors and patients will be expected to follow all social distancing guidelines in place by the State of Ohio (maintain 6 feet of distance, no hugging, no handholding, etc.).
  • No visitor will be permitted to bring any items to give to the patient before, during, or after the visit.
  • No eating or drinking during the visit will be permitted by any visitor, patient, or staff member.
  • No smoking permitted by patients or visitors.
  • No sharing of any objects will be permitted during the visit (arts, crafts, games, etc.).
  • All visits will be monitored.
  • Visitors may not take patients off the ground unless approved by the provider in advance.¬†If approved, the patient will be admitted to the isolation unit for 14 days upon return.
  • If contact inadvertently occurs between the patient and visitor, the patient must wash hands thoroughly and change clothes when returning indoors.
  • All visitor seating areas and any areas touched by the patient, visitor, or staff will be cleaned and disinfected prior to and following each visit.
  • The facility reserves the right to reschedule to cancel visitation privileges at any time for any reason.

Please contact the facility directly to schedule an appointment for your family visit. We hope that all is well with you and your family.  Stay safe and healthy. Thank you for your understanding and support.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (7/14/2020)

 We have one patient and two employees at Rae-Ann Westlake who have tested positive for COVID-19. The tests completed by the National Guard took 9 days to get results. Once the results were received the employees were immediately sent home and will not return to work until guidelines from the local health department are met. The patient was immediately moved to the isolation unit with separate staffing and infection control protocols have been put in place. The remaining patients are being monitored for signs and symptoms.   Staff continues to be screened upon entry and monitored for signs and symptoms as well. We are working with the Cuyahoga County Health Department and following their guidance to mitigate further transmission.

We are pleased to report that the Rae-Ann Suburban employee who initially tested positive was immediately retested and received two negative tests. This employee has now been cleared to return to work based on guidance from the Cuyahoga County Health Department.

Family visitation policies have now been established based on guidance from the Ohio Department of Health. These visits will be outside weather permitting and must be scheduled in advance with the facility staff. The following policies have been developed to ensure a safe visit for you and your loved one.       

  • Visits will be limited to 2 visitors per patient at a scheduled visitation time in a designated visiting area outside of the facility.
  • No visitors will be permitted entry to other sections of the facility for any reason (bathroom, drinks, food, etc.).
  • All visitors and patients will either wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after the visit. Hand sanitizers will be provided by the facility and offered for use during the visit.
  • All visitors are required to sign-in on the outside visitor log.
  • All visitors will complete a health screening tool and have their temperatures taken.
  • All patients will have their temperature taken prior to any visit and daily.
  • All visitors will be educated on the risk of spread COVID-19 and the potential health impact for all patients of the facility.
  • All visitation protocols and safety precautions are discussed with visitors and patients.
  • All visitors and patients will wear a face mask throughout their entire visit unless it becomes a health or safety hazard.
  • All visitors and patients will be expected to follow all social distancing guidelines in place by the State of Ohio (maintain 6 feet of distance, no hugging, no handholding, etc.).
  • No visitor will be permitted to bring any items to give to the patient before, during, or after the visit.
  • No eating or drinking during the visit will be permitted by any visitor, patient, or staff member.
  • No smoking permitted by patients or visitors.
  • No sharing of any objects will be permitted during the visit (arts, crafts, games, etc.).
  • All visits will be monitored.
  • Visitors may not take patients off the ground unless approved by the provider in advance. If approved, the patient will be admitted to the isolation unit for 14 days upon return.
  • If contact inadvertently occurs between the patient and visitor, the patient must wash hands thoroughly and change clothes when returning indoors.
  • All visitor seating areas and any areas touched by the patient, visitor, or staff will be cleaned and disinfected prior to and following each visit.
  • The facility reserves the right to reschedule to cancel visitation privileges at any time for any reason.

Please contact the facility directly to schedule an appointment for your family visit. We hope that all is well with you and your family.  Stay safe and healthy. Thank you for your understanding and support.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (7/03/2020)

We have one new asymptomatic employee at Rae-Ann Geneva who had a preliminary positive COVID test. The employee was immediately sent home to self-quarantine and will not return to work until cleared by the local health department.  The remaining staff are screened upon entry and monitored for sign and symptoms. New residents are admitted to our observation unit when vitals are checked every shift for 14 days. All other residents are monitored daily for signs and symptoms.

The employees at Rae-Ann Suburban and Rae-Ann Westlake were tested by the National Guard today. We have been told that the results usually arrive within 4 days but we do not know how the holiday will affect the turnaround time. We will provide an update when we receive the results.

As you have probably heard, Governor Mike DeWine has indicated that he is lifting the no family visitation restrictions starting July 20, 2020 provided certain criteria are met.  We are still awaiting clarification from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on how to begin opening our facilities for visitation. As soon as we receive guidance from ODH we will provide you with the procedures that will be put in place.

We hope that all is well with you and your family.  Stay safe and healthy this holiday weekend. Thank you for your understanding and support.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (6/23/2020)

As of today, we have no patients or staff in any of our facilities that have tested positive for the virus.

The Ohio National Guard was deployed to Rae-Ann Geneva on June 18th to test employees for COVID 19. We are pleased to report that all results came back NEGATIVE. The employees at Rae-Ann Suburban and Rae-Ann Westlake will be tested soon as well but we do not have a date as of yet.

Family visitation in skilled nursing facilities is still prohibited at this time.  We still encourage families and friends of our patients to schedule virtual and/or window visits with activities staff. Outside visitation began on June 8th at The Belvedere of Westlake at scheduled times with screening, masks, and social distancing measures in place.  Please contact Susan at The Belvedere to learn more about scheduling an in-person visit.

We hope that all is well with you and your family.  Stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (6/12)

As of today, we have no patients or staff in any of our facilities that have tested positive for the virus.

This week the Ohio Department of Health conducted infection control inspections at all of our skilled nursing facilities. A review was completed of our policies and procedures related to infection prevention and control, as well as a site visit to ensure that our staff was incorporating best practices into their daily routines. We are very pleased to report that we were found to be in substantial compliance with state and federal regulations and received no deficiencies at any of our buildings. Governor Mike DeWine has now ordered that all skilled nursing facility staff in the State of Ohio be tested for COVID-19. We have received notification that Rae-Ann Geneva staff will be tested on June 18th and are awaiting further direction as to exactly how the National Guard will carry out the testing order.

Family visitation in skilled nursing facilities is still prohibited at this time.  Dr. Amy Acton, former Director of Health, allowed visitation at assisted living facilities this week with specific guidance.  Outside visitation began on June 8th at The Belvedere of Westlake at scheduled times with screening, masks, and social distancing measures in place.  Please contact Susan at The Belvedere to learn more about scheduling an in-person visit.

We hope that all is well with you and your family.  Stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (6/1)

We are pleased to inform everyone that the asymptomatic patient at Rae-Ann Geneva has received two negative COVID 19 tests and is no longer in isolation.

In addition, the staff tested for COVID 19 have also all tested negative.  We appreciate the guidance from the Ashtabula County Health Department in helping us to control an outbreak at Rae-Ann Geneva. Our staff followed our protocols and mobilized quickly to ensure the health and safety of all our patients. We want to commend all of our staff who have worked tirelessly during this pandemic. They are truly healthcare heroes who place the needs of the patients first.

As of today, we have no patients or staff in any of our other facilities testing positive for the virus.

We continue to monitor the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to ensure that we are using recommended best practices.  The State of Ohio has now ordered that all skilled nursing facility staff be tested and we are awaiting direction as to when and how often this will occur.

Family visitation in the nursing facilities is still prohibited but Director of Health, Dr. Amy Acton, has now allowed visitation at assisted living facilities beginning June 8th.  Visitation at The Belvedere of Westlake will be allowed outside the facility at scheduled times with masks and social distancing. Please contact Susan at The Belvedere to learn more about scheduling an in-person visit.

We hope that all is well with you and your family.  Stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (5/27)

We are informing everyone that we have an asymptomatic patient at Rae-Ann Geneva who has initially tested positive for COVID 19. 

We have immediately implemented the protocols that we developed many weeks ago.  The patient in question has been placed in a separate isolation unit with separate staff wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.  The rest of the staff is now wearing surgical masks and the residents have been offered cloth masks.  A sample of direct care staff who came in contact with this patient has been tested for COVID 19 as well.  We are working with the local health department and following their directives to ensure the health and safety of the patients and staff.  We will update you with any further developments and ask for your support and understanding during this difficult time.

As of today, we have no patients or staff in any of our other facilities testing positive for the virus.

Should we have a positive COVID case we will notify all families and staff as soon as possible.  We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to ensure that we are using recommended best practices.

Unfortunately, visitation is still restricted by the State of Ohio at this time. We still encourage the use of virtual and window visits and our staff is willing and able to provide assistance as needed.

We are very appreciative of all the kindness and support that we have received during this pandemic. Stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (5/18)

As of today, we have no patients or staff in any of our facilities testing positive for the virus.

We continue with our protocols to screen admissions and readmissions and assess patients for 14 days for signs and symptoms.  Employees also continue to be screened daily.  Staff is expected to wear masks at all times and practice good hand hygiene while at work.  We provide ongoing education and encourage staff to maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene habits while at home to keep our patients as safe as possible.

Should we have a positive COVID case we will notify all families and staff as soon as possible.  We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to ensure that we are using recommended practices.

Mother’s Day at the facilities went well last weekend.  We had many families participate in virtual and/or window visits which were well received by our residents. As always, we are willing to help facilitate these visits and ask that you call ahead to try to schedule a convenient time for all parties concerned. Most recently we have asked about our beauticians coming back to see patients, but unfortunately this is not permitted in nursing homes at this time. The guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Governor Mike DeWine is still to only allow essential providers to enter the buildings to limit exposure to our patient population. 

We very grateful to all of you for your support and understanding during this pandemic. Stay safe and healthy.

John and Sue Griffiths

Covid-19 Update (5/5)

As of today, we have no patients or staff in any of our facilities testing positive for the virus.

We continue with our protocols to screen admissions and readmissions and assess patients for 14 days for signs and symptoms.  Employees also continue to be screened daily.  Staff is expected to wear masks at all times and practice good hand hygiene while at work.  We provide ongoing education and encourage staff to maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene habits while at home to keep our patient population as safe as possible.

Should we have a positive COVID case we will notify all families and staff as soon as possible.  We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to ensure that we are using recommended practices.

The State of Ohio is still restricting visitation from family members at this time.  We can assist you in reaching out to your loved ones via phone or virtual visits.  Please keep in mind that should you have the opportunity to see your loved one from outside the building, the windows must remain closed to maintain the safety of our residents.

We continue to thank you for your continued patience and support during this time.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (4/27)

We would like to provide you with the latest update regarding the Coronavirus.

As of today, we have no patients in any of our facilities who have tested positive for the virus.  

We are actively screening patients prior to admission to ascertain their medical history and care settings, especially in the last 14 days. Patients who are admitted or re-admitted to our facilities are being quarantined for at least 14 days in a separate wing of each facility to monitor for signs and symptoms. We continue to screen current patients daily for signs and symptoms. Temporary isolation units have now been created in each of our buildings in the event that we need to isolate any patients.

In addition, no employees have tested positive for Coronavirus.

We continue to screen employees daily taking temperatures upon entrance and monitoring them for any signs or symptoms. We have now asked employees who work between different healthcare settings to choose to work for one provider. The staff has been trained regarding proper infection control procedures both at work and at home. All employees continue to wear the cloth masks that so many generous volunteers have made to help us during this crisis. These masks help us conserve the personal protective equipment (PPE) that we are stockpiling in the event that we have a resident that tests positive for COVID.

In addition, we have reached out to our ancillary providers to ensure that we minimize the number of people who travel between buildings. All ancillary providers are screened for signs and symptoms upon entrance and are required to wear masks upon entering the building.

Should we have a positive COVID case we will notify all families and staff as soon as possible. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to ensure that we are using  recommended best practices.

We are very grateful to each and every one of you for your continued understanding and support during this very difficult time.  We realize that it is upsetting to not be able to visit your loved one but know that we are working hard to keep them safe and healthy.  We are so grateful to our staff who come to work each and every day putting the needs of our patients first.  Feel free to contact the facility if you have any questions or concerns.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (4/17)

We would like to provide you with the latest update regarding the Coronavirus.

As of today, we have no patients in any of our facilities who have tested positive for the virus.  

We continue to screen patients prior to arrival as well as screening current patients daily for signs and symptoms. Patients who are admitted or re-admitted to our facilities are being quarantined for at least 14 days in a separate wing of each facility to monitor for signs and symptoms. We are creating temporary isolation units in each of our buildings in the event that we need to isolate any patients. 

In addition, no employees have tested positive for Coronavirus.

We continue to screen employees daily taking temperatures upon entrance and monitori them for any signs or symptoms. We have now asked employees who work between different healthcare settings to choose to work for one provider. All employees continue to wear the cloth masks that so many generous volunteers have made to help us during this crisis. These masks help us conserve the personal protective equipment (PPE) that we are stockpiling in the event that we have a resident that tests positive for COVID.

In addition, we have reached out to our ancillary providers to ensure that we minimize the number of people who travel between buildings. All ancillary providers are screened for signs and symptoms upon entrance.

Should we have a positive COVID case we will notify all families and staff as soon as possible. We continue to review the seemingly endless updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to ensure that we are using the recommended best practices.

We are very grateful to each and every one of you for your understanding and support during this very difficult time.  We realize that it is upsetting to not be able to visit your loved one but know that we are working hard to keep them safe and healthy.  We are so grateful to our staff for their hard work and dedication. They are the brave healthcare heroes who come to work every day to give our residents their best effort.  Feel free to contact the facility if you have any questions or concerns. 

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (4/10)

We would like to provide you with the latest update regarding the Coronavirus.

We want to express our gratitude for the generous gifts of food, cloth masks and personal protective equipment to our staff during this pandemic.  

As of today, we have no patients in any of our facilities who have tested positive for the virus.  

We continue to screen patients prior to arrival as well as screening current patients daily for signs and symptoms. Patients who are admitted or re-admitted to our facilities are being quarantined for at least 14 days in a separate wing of each facility to monitor for signs and symptoms. We have contingency plans if we need to isolate any patients.

In addition, no employees have tested positive for Coronavirus.

We continue to screen employees daily taking temperatures upon entrance and monitoring them for any signs or symptoms. All employees now wear the cloth masks that so many generous volunteers have made to help us during this crisis. These masks help us conserve the personal protective equipment (PPE) that we are stockpiling in the event that we have a resident that tests positive for COVID. 

We continue to review the seemingly endless updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to ensure that we are using the recommended best practices.

Thank you for the encouragement and support that you have provided to our staff during this unprecedented time in our history.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we endeavor to provide the needed care to your loved ones.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (4/2)

We would like to provide you with the latest update regarding the Coronavirus. 

We are humbled and appreciative of all the efforts on the part of volunteers to make masks for our staff. The outpouring of people far and wide who have mobilized to make these cloth masks has been heartwarming. We cannot thank you enough for stepping up to help us in our time of need.

As of today, we have no patients in any of our facilities who have tested positive for the virus.  

We continue to screen patients prior to arrival as well as screening current patients daily for signs and symptoms.

In addition, no employees have tested positive for Coronavirus.  

We continue to screen employees daily taking temperatures upon entrance to the facilities. We have now taken the additional step of having all employees wear the cloth masks that so many generous volunteers have made to help us during this crisis. These masks help us conserve the personal protective equipment (PPE) that we are trying to stockpile in the event that we have a resident that tests positive for COVID. 

We continue to review the seemingly endless updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to ensure that we are using the recommended best practices. 

Thank you for the encouragement and support that you have provided to our staff during this unprecedented time in our history.  We are so proud of these heroes who nobly come to work every day to care for your loved ones.

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update (3/25)

We would like to provide you with the following update regarding the Coronavirus.

As of today, we have no patients in any of our facilities who have tested positive for the virus.  

We are screening patients prior to arrival as well as screening current patients daily for signs and symptoms.  We have also established two units in each of our facilities.  Admissions and readmissions will be placed in one unit for 14 days as a precautionary measure. The second unit will be for current residents who display signs and symptoms of the virus and need strict isolation.

In addition, no employees have tested positive for Coronavirus.  We continue to screen employees daily taking temperatures upon entrance to the facilities.

We continue to receive constant updates from the CDC and ODH regarding proper protocols for dealing with COVID-19 and make the necessary adaptations as needed to keep the residents and staff safe.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.  We will continue to provide these updates as information changes.  We also want to express our gratitude to all of you who have reached out with generous donations of food and words of encouragement to support our staff and residents.

Sincerely,

John and Sue Griffiths

COVID-19 Update to Residents & Families (3/8)

We know many of you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it may impact us here at Rae Ann Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. At this time, we don’t have any cases in any of our facilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our building. However, we need your help in battling COVID-19. Below are some examples of how you can help protect the residents, as well as prevent the spread throughout the community.

At this time, we request that family and friends do not visit the center. Out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting all visitors to our facility unless absolutely necessary. We are posting signs on our entryway doors to notify visitors of this policy and actively screening individuals, including staff, who need to come into the building.

We understand that connecting with your loved ones is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider communicating with them. These may include telephone, email, text, video chat or social media. If you believe a visit to the center is necessary, we request that you contact your facility’s Administrator prior to your arrival.

Please make sure we have your most current, emergency contact information. We want to make sure we efficiently communicate with you should there be any new developments. Please reach out to your facility’s Social Services Department with your updated contact information.

Residents, please help prevent the spread of infection by exercising proper hand washing hygiene as well as coughing and sneezing etiquette. We offer hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, which you are welcome to use. Please also avoid shaking hands and hugs with any individual. If you are experiencing a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath, please let a staff member know immediately.

Rae-Ann Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers are following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict handwashing procedures, and in many circumstances, wearing gowns, gloves, and masks when interacting with residents who present symptoms. We also are staying up to date with the CDC recommendations as they may continue to change. In addition, our facilities are in close contact with the local and state health department, and we are following their guidance.

We will update you if any residents or staff are diagnosed with COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your facility’s Administrator.

For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

Sincerely,

John Griffiths & Sue Griffiths