COVID-19 Updates

Visitation Scheduling Online

September 2, 2020 — Dear Families of Residents at The Cove and The Willows:   We sincerely thank the many family members who have observed and respected the rules we’ve had to put in place regarding visitation with our residents.   Effective today, we are pleased to announce that we have a new, online booking system for scheduling visitations... Read More

COVID-19 Update: Lip-Reading Masks

July 28, 2020 — Dear Families of Residents at The Cove and The Willows: We are excited to introduce a new mask policy to enhance communication and connection between you and your loved ones during scheduled visitations. Effective today, all visitors have the option of wearing clear “lip reading” face masks with a transparent plastic panel in front of... Read More

COVID-19 Update: Visitation Update

July 14, 2020 — Dear Families of Residents at The Cove and The Willows:   It is such a pleasure to reunite our residents with their loved ones in person! Seeing the joy this brings to their faces and how they ‘light up’ during their visit  makes us so grateful to offer the opportunity to you and yours.   We... Read More

COVID-19 Update: Limited Visitation

July 6, 2020 — Dear Families of Residents at The Cove and The Willows:   As you may have heard in the news, all nursing homes in Rhode Island have been mandated to open to limited visitation this week.   Our detailed plan for “reopening” has been submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease... Read More

COVID-19 Update: R.I.’s Phase Three

June 30, 2020 — Dear Families of Residents at The Cove and The Willows:   We are pleased to announce that all residents and staff at Grace Barker Health remain COVID-19 negative! Our stringent infection control protocols and visitation restrictions that we’ve had in place since March are what enable us to keep your loved one safe, and to... Read More

COVID-19 Visitor Update for Father’s Day

June 16, 2020 — Dear Families of Residents at The Cove and The Willows: This Sunday, June 21st is Father’s Day. In order to make the day more special for your loved one from afar, we ask that you review and comply with the following guidelines we’ve prepared: VISITS The “no visitation” order per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)... Read More

COVID-19 Visitor Update

May 29, 2020 — Although some businesses in the State of Rhode Island have been allowed to open to the public, The Cove and The Willows at Grace Barker Health both remain at Level 3 restriction to visitors. We’ve been fortunate to have kept the highly contagious coronavirus at bay within our buildings and, to date, report zero resident cases and... Read More

Scam Alert: Con Artists Prey on Coronavirus Fears

May 2, 2020 — From natural disasters to world disturbances, any time there is big news that worries people, con artists are quick to capitalize on our fears and concerns. We haven’t seen a more concerning current event than the COVID-19 pandemic in many years—and no sooner did the word “coronavirus” begin to appear in the headlines than fraudsters... Read More

Aging & Caregiving in the News

May 2, 2020 — Information, updates and interesting tidbits In this issue: Why hearing loss raises the risk of falls Diabetes and the coronavirus Telecommuting? How are your eyes? New Insights Into Hearing Loss and Fall Risk It’s long been known that vision loss raises the risk of falls. Studies show that hearing problems, too, can make it more... Read More

Infographic: 10 Great Ways to Stay Engaged While Socially Isolating

May 2, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic has brought changes to our lives we could not have imagined a few months ago! This too shall pass, but we just don’t know when. Taking care of our health at this time is vital—and that includes our mental health. If you are quarantining, here are 10 ways to lift your spirits.