IMPORTANT STATEMENT ON COVID-19
March 10, 2020
As of yesterday, The Cove at Grace Barker Health is now operating voluntarily at the Level 3 visitor restrictions as outlined by the Rhode Island Department of Health.
This level of restriction allows for no visitation to our residents other than those essential to resident care and who are free of any exclusion criteria including: under the age of 18; feeling sick; or having cough/shortness of breath, fever, chills, runny nose, stuff nose, or sore throat symptoms.
It is out of an abundance of caution that we have voluntarily raised the visitor restrictions to Level 3, because our population is elderly and frail. That is what is at the root of this decision. We are taking every precaution we can to keep our residents healthy and safe from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
For all staff and others who are essential to care of our residents, we are conducting advanced screening protocols such as asking questions about their symptoms and travels, taking temperatures and monitoring them closely. All staff are remaining vigilant about hand washing and remaining cognizant of what they are touching. We have plenty of hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies on-hand and in use.
As some of our dietary and health aide staff are under the age of 18 (as is the case with other nursing facilities in R.I.), The Cove’s nursing staff is monitoring and screening these employees at every shift to ensure they do not pose a risk.
For the well being of our residents, we have postponed outside trips and activities, particularly those run by outside entertainers or providers who travel from facility to facility, until further notice. Our activities staff has increased the number of indoor programs, games, entertainment and arts/crafts planned to keep residents busy and engaged.
We continue to implement creative ways of dealing with the restrictions on visitors, including exploring the use of technology such as Skype or FaceTime to connect our residents with their loved ones.
Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our residents and staff. We will always err on the side of caution as we take the measures necessary to prevent the spread of this virus. As we learn more about COVID-19 in the ensuing weeks, we will continue to monitor, review and revise our visitor restriction protocols that are currently in place. We thank our residents, their families, staff and vendors for their understanding.Ï
Mark Lescault, Administrator
Mary Beth Lescault, Director of Nursing
Benjamin Lescault, Assistant Administrator