COVID-19 Updates

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.

COVID-19 Testing Results

May 2, 2020 — We have great news to share! All residents at The Cove and The Willows have tested negative for COVID-19. As you know, on Tuesday we completed onsite state-mandated testing of all our residents and staff.  All staff at The Willows have tested negative.  On Monday, our screening process revealed that an employee with no direct... Read More

Do Your Part to Stem Covid-19: An Intergenerational Call to Action

May 1, 2020 — Older adults, especially those with chronic health conditions, are the most vulnerable to experiencing severe complications from COVID-19. But it is everyone’s responsibility to slow the outbreak and protect ourselves and our older loved ones, neighbors, and friends. Here are 5 ways you can help. Health first! The most important first step is to protect... Read More

Family Caregiver Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 1, 2020 — Now that most of us have been practicing social distancing for more than a month, it’s becoming apparent that our experience depends in part on our life circumstances. People who still must work around others—healthcare workers, grocery workers, mail carriers, bus drivers—are all heroes, and let’s not forget to honor and thank them! Parents are... Read More

COVID-19 Testing Program Update: April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020 — As of today, all residents and staff at The Cove and The Willows have been swabbed and screened for COVID-19.  Results of this onsite testing mandate, per the Rhode Island Department of Heath (DOH), are expected to be returned to us on or before May 1, 2020. No one in either building is exhibiting symptoms... Read More

COVID-19 Testing Program: April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020 — We have learned that the Rhode Island Department of Health (RI DOH) will be conducting coronavirus testing of all nursing home and assisted living residents and staff.   To date, no resident or staff member of The Cove has tested positive for COVID-19, nor has exhibited any symptoms that have resulted in a positive test... Read More

UPDATED STATEMENT ON COVID-19

April 6, 2020 — Dear Staff, Family and Friends of Grace Barker Health: As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact our world, we are pleased to report that, to date, there are no cases of the coronavirus at The Cove or The Willows at Grace Barker. As you know, we implemented Level 3 visitor restrictions at The Cove a... Read More