COVID-19 Visitor Update
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 zero deaths. This is due in part to staff vigilance in strict infection control procedures to keep residents safe, and your sacrifice not to visit your loved ones in our care. The Cove and The Willows will remain at Level 3 until we receive further guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Rhode Island Department of Health, and we deem it safe to resume outside visitation. Thank you for your continued understanding and compliance.
In the meantime, we continue to coordinate telephone, Skype, FaceTime and Zoom communications with families as often as possible to help lessen the isolation our residents may experience during this pandemic. Feedback from residents and family members to this program has been quite positive. Many enjoy the opportunity to connect and catch up, like what used to happen in households on Sunday afternoon dinners back in ‘the old days.’
Our Activities Department staff has been busy conducting games, exercises and programs in smaller, properly-distanced groups to keep residents engaged for their social, physical and mental enrichment. Now that the weather is nice, they’ve brought residents outdoors for Bingo, lunches and other activities to enjoy the fresh air and warm sunshine. Please note that family members are still prohibited to visit outside or at a window with their loved ones.
We are preparing a plan for what visitation will look like in the future once we are given the approval to lift restrictions. We will remain cautious and proceed slowly in order to continue to keep those in our care very safe and not let our guard down too quickly.