COVID-19 Updates


As we navigate these unprecedented times, we continue our commitment to supporting our residents, staff and communities. Check this page for updates from Wesley regarding how we’re protecting our communities.

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April 3, 2020

This week, Governor Inslee extended the “Stay Home-Stay Healthy” order through May 4, 2020 and added that it could be extended again if deemed necessary to keep Washingtonians safe.

As the world navigates through this challenging time, we continue our commitment to serve each person who lives in our Wesley communities or who receives in home care from our home health and hospice agencies.

We are especially grateful to our dedicated Wesley team members who provide essential services and compassionate care every day.

Our Community Relations team members are available by phone or email for those interested in learning more about our Wesley communities. We understand that some people may be isolated in their homes and unable to receive proper nutrition or care services. In these instances, consider a move to Wesley Bradley Park in Puyallup or Wesley Des Moines where meals and home care staff are available to help. Our home care and hospice services are also able to bring services to one’s own home.

Residents and employees throughout Wesley have been making masks for use by our caregivers. While PPE requirements for caring for patients with COVID-19 include a specific type of mask, gown, gloves and goggles or face shield, these homemade masks may be worn by caregivers and care receivers without visible symptoms to help protect each other.

Tablets and smartphones are available in the care centers and memory care settings for video calls with family members. “We recently started this program in The Arbor memory care at Bradley Park” reported Campus Administrator TC Fraser. “Family members were moved to tears being able to connect with their loved ones.”

Chaplains on our campuses are available for spiritual or emotional encouragement to residents and staff. Chaplain Michael Byrd has been hosting weekly devotionals to encourage us. Watch Chaplain Mike’s video on YouTube.

Our caregivers, nursing staff, housekeepers, maintenance employees, front desk workers and culinary crew are the unsung heroes of this story. Thank you to all of our dedicated Wesley team members who are coming to work each day in service to the residents, clients and family members that depend on us.


March 29, 2020

Four residents and a staff member of Wesley Lea Hill senior living community in Auburn, WA, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are in stable condition. One resident is currently admitted to a hospital. Three residents, who live in the Lea Hill Care Center, have been quarantined in their room since their onset of symptoms. All are in stable condition and receiving the best possible care for a full and speedy recovery. Ensuring anonymity of individuals who have been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19 is important so that the recovering residents can focus fully on their health and the care they need.

All other residents of Wesley Lea Hill Care Center have been isolated in their rooms and are being closely monitored for symptoms.

The care center staff member affected is quarantined at home.

Family members and anyone who may have come into contact with the residents or the employee have been notified. We are working closely with the Washington State and King County Departments of Health (DOH) to ensure that we are following all recommended guidelines and protocols.

Residents who live in other areas of Wesley Lea Hill have been notified of the positive cases of COVID-19 in the care center and of additional precautions that are being implemented to limit the possibility of exposure to the COVID-19 virus by staff and residents.

All of us at Wesley are doing everything we can to stop the spread of the virus. We are in close communication with health officials to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps. Our staff and residents continue to follow preventative actions recommended by the state: Since early March, we have taken steps to restrict all non-essential visitors from entering our licensed areas, screen visitors and staff and cancel all group activities in the building. Additional information regarding steps taken is available at https://wesleychoice.org/coronavirus-update.

The health and wellbeing of all who live and work at Wesley campuses is our highest priority. We maintain standard protocols and procedures to respond to and limit the spread of infectious disease in our communities. We will continue to follow guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as we evaluate risk to residents and staff and determine appropriate actions as needed.


March 26, 2020

The Governor’s ‘Stay Home – Stay Healthy’ order is now in effect to limit the spread of COVID-19 throughout Washington State. With the number of reported cases in nursing centers increasing daily, Wesley is monitoring our care center residents at Wesley Des Moines and Wesley Lea Hill very closely. At this time, we still have no active cases on our campuses.

Residents

  • Wesley residents are updated regularly with COVID-19 health guidelines, Washington State mandates and campus protocols.
  • Residents in all levels of care on our campuses have been asked to remain at home and reduce physical connections.
  • Group gatherings are to be avoided, even when outside in open air.

Visitors

  • Upon the request of our residents, visitors are limited only to those providing essential support to residents or for special circumstances. All visitors and staff are required to undergo COVID-19 screening*.

Dining

  • While distancing is an important precaution, proper nutrition and hydration are also a priority. For this reason, we are encouraging residents to opt for take-out or delivery of their meals.
  • Select Dining rooms on Wesley campuses are open, but capacity is strictly limited for social distancing.
  • Most of our campuses are assisting residents in picking up groceries to mitigate the risks inherent with visiting grocery stores at this time.

Cleaning

  • Housekeeping for those in our independent apartments and homes has been suspended at this time.
  • Wesley communities are practicing high frequency deep cleaning, especially on high touch surfaces such as railings, tables, chairs, etc. 
  • Staff and residents are encouraged to wash hands thoroughly and frequently with hand sanitizers widely available around our campuses.

Health Monitoring & Screening

  • Wesley staff are required to undergo COVID-19 screening* daily upon entry to our campuses. Staff that show any signs of illness will be sent home.
  • Residents in care centers and other licensed areas are being closely monitored. Residents in Independent accommodations are checked on at least once a week.

Activities/Social Engagement

  • Exercise facilities are either closed or open for limited use by appointment only.
  • All group activities have been cancelled
  • Beauty Salons have been closed.
  • Many of our campuses are scheduling video calls with family, especially for residents in the care centers and memory care settings.
  • Chaplains on our campuses are available for spiritual or emotional encouragement to residents and staff.

New Construction

  • Under the ‘Stay Home – Stay Healthy’ order initiated March 23, the state governor clarified that “construction is not considered to be an essential activity,” and as such both construction projects at Wesley Des Moines and Wesley at Tehaleh have been temporarily suspended.

We are grateful for the support we’ve been getting from our residents and family members during this uniquely challenging time. We appreciate your understanding as new policies are set in place to address the rapidly changing environment and protect everyone on our campuses.

A very sincere thank you to our Wesley team members who are taking so many precautions while caring so well for our residents.

* COVID-19 screening involves the following:

  • Checking temperature for a fever of 100.4 or higher
  • COVID-19 questionnaire including questions about symptoms and recent travel.
  • Daily log of visitors with temperature and signature recorded

March 20, 2020

We are fortunate that there are still no cases of COVID-19 at Wesley’s communities. We continue to follow guidelines from the state government and the Centers for Disease Control and are also regularly updating our COVID-19 protocols to ensure the continued safety of our residents and staff. 

Visitors

Upon the request of our residents, visitors are limited only to those providing essential support to residents or for special circumstances. All visitors and staff are required to undergo COVID-19 screening*.

Dining

While distancing is an important precaution, proper nutrition and hydration are also a priority. For this reason, dining rooms on Wesley campuses are remaining open, but we are more strictly limiting their capacity and table spacing to encourage social distancing. 

Residents are encouraged to take meals to go with optional delivery to apartments upon request or as needed.

Most of our campuses are assisting residents in picking up groceries to mitigate the risks inherent with visiting grocery stores at this time.

Cleaning

Wesley communities are practicing high frequency deep cleaning, especially on high touch surfaces such as railings, tables, chairs, etc. 

Staff and residents are encouraged to wash hands thoroughly and frequently with hand sanitizers widely available around our campuses.

Health Monitoring & Screening

Wesley staff are required to undergo COVID-19 screening* daily upon entry to our campuses. Staff that show any signs of illness will be sent home.

Staff are visiting one-on-one with residents at least once a week for wellness checks.

Activities/Social Engagement

Many of our campuses are scheduling video calls with family, especially for residents in the care centers and memory care settings.

Many Wesley residents are finding ways to stay socially engaged while practicing social distancing. This includes small group activities with recommended distancing.

Residents

Wesley residents are encouraged to practice social distancing and are updated regularly with COVID-19 news, health guidelines and campus protocols.

We are grateful for the support we’ve been getting from our residents and family members during this uniquely challenging time.
We thank the family members and friends of our residents who have been understanding of our new policies set in place to protect our campuses from this serious threat.
We also have deep appreciation for our staff who are taking so many precautions while caring for our residents. 

* COVID-19 screening involves the following:

  • Checking temperature for a fever of 100.4 or higher
  • COVID-19 questionnaire including questions about symptoms and recent travel.
  • Daily log of visitors with temperature and signature recorded

March 11, 2020

We are grateful that there continue to be no instances of COVID-19 on Wesley campuses.

On Tuesday, March 10th, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced new rules for nursing homes and assisted living facilities to help protect residents during the ongoing outbreak.

See the Governor’s proclamation here: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-06%20Coronavirus%20%28tmp%29.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

In addition to these new guidelines from our state governor, Wesley campuses are enacting the following protocols to help protect our residents:

  • Current visiting restrictions as of this update:
    • Wesley Des Moines Health Center is allowing only one visitor per resident per day and requiring visits take place in designated meeting rooms in order to protect other residents. It is recommended that those who must visit a care center resident reserve a meeting room in advance. We still urge families and friends to conduct telephone visits only.
    • Wesley Lea Hill is not accepting visitors to its care center or memory care Arbor at this time.
    • Wesley Bradley Park is not accepting visitors on campus at this time.
  • Visitors to all areas of Wesley campuses will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors at entry which includes:
    • Fever of 100.4 or higher (this entails taking the temperature with a thermometer and cleaning the thermometer between each use. A nurse is not required to take the temp).
    • Cough or difficulty breathing
    • Contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are currently being investigated for COVID-19
  • Employees are also routinely screened at the start of their shifts and are to be sent home if they show any signs of illness.
  • These rules remain in effect until further notice. For any questions regarding these measures, please contact your campus administrator.

We’d like to thank our residents and family members for their understanding and patience during this time. We thank you for abiding by these new rules that are in place to keep our residents and our employees safe.

We’d also like to thank all our hard working staff for being so dedicated in helping to keep our communities safe.

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March 11, 2020

We are grateful that there continue to be no instances of COVID-19 on Wesley campuses.

On Tuesday, March 10th, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced new rules for nursing homes and assisted living facilities to help protect residents during the ongoing outbreak. 

To protect our residents in these settings, Wesley campuses have enacted the following protocols based on the Governor’s rules:

  • Residents in Wesley care centers and assisted living areas are allowed one visitor per day though we urge families and friends to conduct telephone visits only. This restriction is required by the new emergency proclamation.
  • Visitors must be adults and the visit must take place in the resident’s room or designated meeting areas. This does not apply to end-of-life situations. 
    • Wesley Des Moines Health Center is requiring visits take place in designated meeting rooms to protect other residents. It is recommended that those who must visit a care center resident reserve a meeting room in advance.
    • Wesley Lea Hill is not accepting visitors to its care center or memory care Arbor at this time. 
    • Wesley Bradley Park is not accepting visitors on campus at this time.
  • Visitors to all areas of Wesley campuses will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors at entry which includes:
    • Fever of 100.4 or higher (this entails taking the temperature with a thermometer and cleaning the thermometer between each use. A nurse is not required to take the temp).
    • Cough or difficulty breathing
    • Contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are currently being investigated for COVID-19
  • Employees are also routinely screened at the start of their shifts. This includes taking their temperature. If they show any signs of illness, employees will be sent home.
  • All visitors must sign into a visitor log, which includes date, contact information, travel and illness screening, including temperature in certain areas. Wesley is required to keep these logs for a minimum of 30 days.
  • People who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities and who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated away from other people or sent to a hospital depending on severity. While these new visiting restrictions are in place, a resident can still choose to discharge from a facility at any time. 
  • Wesley staff and volunteers are prohibited from disclosing protected and confidential health information, except as otherwise provided by law or with the resident’s consent.
  • These rules remain in effect until further notice. For any questions regarding these measures, please speak to your campus administrator.

Please see the governor’s official emergency proclamation and rules here: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-06%20Coronavirus%20%28tmp%29.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

We’d like to thank our residents and family members for their understanding and patience during this time. We thank you for abiding by these new rules that are in place to keep our residents and our employees safe.

We’d also like to thank all our hard working staff for being so dedicated in helping to keep our communities safe.

 


March 3, 2020

With the rising cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our state, we wanted to share how Wesley is responding to prevent the introduction of this respiratory virus into our communities.

At this time, no one at any Wesley community has been diagnosed with COVID-19. To maintain that status, we are taking precautionary measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not accessible, use one of the many alcohol-based hand sanitizers in our communities.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Staff and residents should stay home if they are feeling sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing; then dispose of the used tissue in a trash bin.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

While the majority of cases experience only mild symptoms, those with existing health issues are more vulnerable. This is why it is important for everyone to take these recommended steps to prevent the spread of illness.

Wesley staff and resident leadership have been working together to determine what extra precautions are best for their communities.

In addition to standard practices for good hygiene and infection control, Wesley communities are increasing disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces. Some resident outings and events have been cancelled, and we will continue to evaluate the situation for future activities. If you have RSVP’d for events at any of our communities, we will notify you of changes or cancellations.

Wesley will continue to monitor state and local public health resources and will work with residents in adopting changes as necessary. We will provide updates through email communications to those who are on our email list. Make sure you are signed up to receive emails from Wesley.

As information about COVID-19 and those affected changes frequently, it’s important to stay well informed.
For the most accurate information about the outbreak, please visit:

King County Coronavirus Public Health page: www.kingcounty.gov/COVID
WA State Department of Health: www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Thank you to our Wesley staff, residents, family members and friends for assisting us in this effort.

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