A message from William Kingsbury, CEO of the Masonic Villages of Pennsylvania

Dear Masonic Villages Family,

As we welcome 2021 with great hope and anticipation, may we remain diligent in our commitment both to fighting COVID-19 and to finding creative ways to keep life meaningful despite the ongoing limitations to social gatherings and activities.

As the vaccine becomes available, I ask that you strongly consider taking it for your protection, for the safety of our residents and staff, and to help our communities thrive again. There is an end in sight to this pandemic, if we are all willing to do our part. Until the threat of transmission subsides, we must continue to wear PPE, wash our hands and social distance.

I wish to express my gratitude to all of you:

  • To our Masonic Villages’ administrators, staff and health care professionals who have been working around the clock to assess this health care crisis and provide hands-on care and support: Thank you for your dedication, talent, leadership, flexibility, ingenuity, and for always going above and beyond to do everything necessary to safeguard our residents and customers. You are an inspiration to me and indispensable to our Mission of Love.
  • To our residents, customers and families: Thank you for your patience, understanding and adherence to the limitations, postponements and changes we have had to implement throughout this pandemic. I know it is difficult to be separated from your loved ones and miss out on activities and events. Until in-person visits are safe once again, please continue communicating through phone calls, texts, emails, social media, video chat or other creative means. In the meantime, know our team members consider our residents and their families to be part of our family, and we will always strive to treat them with compassion, respect and care.
  • To our volunteers: While we have asked you to suspend your service with us until further notice, please know that we miss your smiles and talents and look forward to your return. Our communities just aren’t the same without you!
  • To our donors: Without your support, we wouldn’t have the wherewithal to implement the precautions we have taken during this national emergency. Being able to provide the necessary PPE and sanitation to ensure the welfare of our residents and staff provides a peace of mind that is priceless during times like these.

Throughout this pandemic, we have experienced suffering and loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 and to those who continue to suffer. We have also seen employees, residents, families, donors and members of our Family of Freemasonry perform selfless, thoughtful and caring deeds that continue to remind me how blessed we are to be a part of this Masonic Villages family. I wish you all a happy, healthy and blessed New Year.

Sincerely,
William L. Kingsbury
Chief Executive Officer

Updated: October 22, 2021

Location Nursing Care Residents (current) Personal Care Residents (Current) Retirement Living Residents (Current) Residents Residents Employees Employees Employee
Pending COVID-19 Positive Pending COVID-19 Positive Pending COVID-19 Positive COVID-19 Positive (Cumulative Since March 27, 2020) COVID-19 Total Deaths Pending COVID-19 Positive COVID-19 Positive (Cumulative Since March 27, 2020) COVID-19 Total Deaths
Masonic Village at Dallas N/A N/A N/A N/A 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
Masonic Village at Elizabethtown 0 1 0 4 0 1 187 28 0 5 352 0
Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill 0 0 0 0 0 0 59 15 0 0 48 1
Masonic Village at Sewickley 0 0 0 0 0 0 57 8 0 4 53 0
Masonic Village at Warminster 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A 18 7 0 0 25 0

Updated October 21, 2021 

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. 

Staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases across the state and within our local communities, and at the recommendation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks are required for all employees, regardless of vaccination status, at all times while indoors at Masonic Villages (all campuses), except when in work spaces or offices alone. In addition, all employees are required to mask when driving with others in Masonic Village vehicles. We also continue to encourage physical distancing in all areas where possible. 

Retirement Living 

  • Residents are required to wear masks in public/common spaces.

Campus Guests and Visitors 

  • Guests of residents are required to wear masks when visiting any indoor area on campus other than the resident’s home. We strongly encourage residents to ensure visitors have been vaccinated. 
  • All business-related visitors are required to wear masks when visiting any indoor area on campus. 
  • Resident guests may continue to dine in any of the campus dining restaurants. 
  • Resident guests may not use the Wellness Center. 

Community 

  • Visitors may use the walking paths, but may not enter buildings unless they are visiting a resident. Visitors must continue to follow the CDC guidelines regarding mask wearing and social distancing. 
  • The Farm Market and Orchard View Café are open to the public, with guidelines for physical distancing. The Farm Market is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. It is also open for residents and employees only on Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Orchard View Café is open Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Masonic Health Care Center/Freemasons Building 

We continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS) for COVID-19 testing of staff and residents, visitation, small group activities and dining services. Screening of residents, including symptom and temperature monitoring, is ongoing and will continue at least daily. Screening of staff (direct care, contracted staff) is also ongoing at the beginning of each shift, including symptom and temperature monitoring. Staff are also asked to self-screen during their shift and immediately suspend work should any symptoms occur. 

Visitations in the Masonic Health Care Center and Freemasons Building

Based on the Department of Health’s recommendations, contact tracing will still be conducted when a case of COVID-19 is identified; however, only those affected will be quarantined instead of entire neighborhoods, as was previously required. At this time, the Roosevelt 4 neighborhood is quarantined due to multiple positive cases. Therefore, visitation will be on hold, with the exception of  compassionate care needs, for a period of 14 days of no new positive cases.  The following is in effect for all other neighborhoods: 

  • Visitation: If your loved one is not in a quarantined room, you may visit.

o   If your loved one resides in a private room, visits do not need to be scheduled.  

o   If your loved one resides in semi-private room, visits still need to be scheduled in order for our team to provide a private space. 

  • PPE:  PPE requirement for a non-quarantined room is a surgical mask that we will provide for you.  You will see staff wearing both a surgical mask and eye protection. 
  • Testing:  Residents will now be tested less frequently.

If your loved one is in a room that is quarantined, visits can only occur if your loved one meets the criteria for a compassionate care visit.  If you have any questions regarding the compassionate care criteria and/or if your loved one qualifies, please call our scheduling hotline (717-367-1121, extension 33591) and someone on our team will contact you.  PPE requirements for a quarantined room, if your loved one meets the criteria, is a surgical mask, face shield and gown. 

Visitation Procedure 

  • Please park in front of the building by the gift shop; there is also overflow parking below the gift shop.  Enter through the gift shop entrance to get screened, go to your loved one’s room, and transport them back downstairs to enjoy your visit outside anywhere on campus. Please visit during the following: Monday – Friday, between 8 a.m. –  7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, between 8 a.m. –7 p.m. 
  • Our staff will provide you with your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to meet CMS’ guidance of a face covering, including a facemask. Vigorous frequent handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer prior to and after your visit is appreciated. We ask that you do not eat with your loved one while you are visiting. 
  • Visitors should wear masks and physically distance from other health care personnel and other residents/visitors who are not part of their group at all other times while in the building. 
  • Regardless of vaccination status, it is safest for everyone to maintain physical distancing and to wear masks. When visiting in a resident’s room, if all parties are vaccinated and the resident is in agreement, they do not need to wear a mask and may have physical contact (hug) during their visit.
  • Visits are limited to the resident’s room or designated location on the neighborhood (if your loved one lives in a semi-private room). If you choose to take your loved outside, you may do so. 
  • When traveling to your loved one’s room, we ask that you walk directly there versus stopping elsewhere (i.e. other resident rooms or common areas such as our Village Café). Please limit touching surfaces (handrails, bedside table, doorknobs, etc.). 
  • You may call our hotline for any updates: 717-481-3330. If you have any questions, please call 717-367-1121, ext. 33027. 

Following Your Visit 

  • Please monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of any respiratory infection for the next 14 days, including fever, shortness of breath, cough, nausea, vomiting, and/or sore throat. If symptoms occur, please call us at 717-367-1121, ext. 33049 for further screening and instructions. If you are calling off-hours, please call  ext. 72305 (Masonic Health Care Center visitors) or ext. 72318 (Freemasons Building visitors). 

Updated August 6, 2021

On behalf of the staff and administration at the Masonic Village at Dallas, we would like to thank our residents, families and friends for their support during the pandemic. As we enter the summer season, we request that residents continue to remain careful while socializing with family and friends who live outside of Masonic Village at Dallas. Over 98% of our residents are fully vaccinated; however, there is still a risk of getting sick from a variant of the coronavirus and/or spreading it to neighbors on campus.

Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases across the state and within our local communities, and at the recommendation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks are required for all employees, regardless of vaccination status, at all times while indoors at Masonic Villages (all campuses), except when in work spaces or offices alone. In addition, all employees will be required to mask when driving with others in Masonic Village vehicles. We also continue to encourage physical distancing in all areas where possible.

At this time and continuing through the summer of 2021:

  • If residents are experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus, we ask that they self-quarantine and call their primary care physician to report any symptoms.
  • Visitors to the Walther Apartment Building and villas should wear a mask at all times.  Essential guests (healthcare providers, service technicians, housekeepers, etc.), are required to wear a mask when in the Walther Apartment Building or in a residents’ villa home and are required to sign in/out of the visitor log.
  • The volunteer transportation service remains unavailable at this time.

Irem Clubhouse

  • Irem Clubhouse restaurant is open for in-house/patio dining during hours of operation.
  • Our dining tables will remain separated by 6 feet to maximize your safety from other guests and to minimize potential transmission.
  • The clubhouse continues to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness to keep patrons safe.
  • Fully vaccinated residents, patrons and employees are no longer required to wear masks in the clubhouse. Masks are recommended for older adults when walking throughout the clubhouse.
  • Irem Clubhouse remains closed for private event throughout the summer.
  • CIP Rehab is open for physical therapy, as prescribed. Please use the east entrance (far right door) to the CIP waiting room.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with these matters to safeguard our community. If you have any questions, please contact Noah Davis, Executive Director, at 570-675-1866.

Updated October 14, 2021

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. Staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases across the state and within our local communities, and at the recommendation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks are required for all employees, regardless of vaccination status, at all times while indoors at Masonic Villages (all campuses), except when in work spaces or offices alone. In addition, all employees will be required to mask when driving with others in Masonic Village vehicles. We also continue to encourage physical distancing in all areas where possible.

We continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS) for COVID-19 testing of staff and residents, visitation, small group activities and dining services. Screening of staff (direct care, contracted staff) is also ongoing at the beginning of each shift, including symptom and temperature monitoring. Staff are also asked to self-screen during their shift and immediately suspend work should any symptoms occur.

In the event of a positive case(s), we have established a quarantine procedure and are able to isolate residents to a specific area of the facility, according to guidance from CMS and PA DOH.

For information regarding the current Interim Guidance for Skilled Nursing Facilities during COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, please visit: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/SNF-Guidance.aspx or https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/LTCF-Visitors.aspx

For information related to Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Long-term Living guidelines for Personal Care, please visit: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/coronavirus/Pages/OLTL-Interim-Guidance-for-PCH-ALR-ICF.aspx

Thank you for your continued patience and support through this unprecedented, challenging time.

Nursing Care and Personal Care Visitations  ​

Based on the Department of Health’s recommendations, contact tracing will still be conducted when a case of COVID-19 is identified; however, only those affected will be quarantined instead of entire neighborhoods, as was previously required. The following is now in effect: 

 

If your loved one is not in a quarantined room, you may visit.

To schedule a visit for a resident in nursing care, please call 610-825-6100, ext. 1271, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. At all other times, contact call ext. 1308.

To schedule a visit for a resident in personal care, please call 610-825-6100, ext. 1214, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At all other times, call ext. 1320.

We are limiting the number of visitors at any given time, as this process allows us to appropriately screen, disinfect and clean residents’ rooms/designated areas in a timely manner following each visit, per CMS’ guidance. We strongly recommend limiting visitations to two visitors at a time, based on the need for continued social distancing. If needed, we can schedule available space for larger gatherings. When scheduling your visit, please let us know from the following options where you plan to visit:

  • Outdoors – Weather permitting, this option is preferred; we ask that you let the nursing staff know.
  • In resident’s room
  • Inside in other Masonic Village provided area(s)

If your loved one is in a room that is quarantined, visits can only occur if your loved one meets the criteria for a compassionate care visit.  If you have any questions regarding the compassionate care criteria and/or if your loved one qualifies, please call Lori at ext. 1271 or Jasmine at ext. 1214.  PPE requirements for a quarantined room, if your loved meets the criteria, is a surgical mask, face shield and gown.

 

Hand hygiene must be performed prior to visitation, as well as pre and post contact with a resident. Visitors must complete a screening form and have their temperature taken prior to the visit. All visitors and residents must wear a tight-fitting mask in public/common areas at all times. If you do not have proper personal protective equipment (PPE), our staff will provide it for you to meet CMS’ guidance. 

Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks and physically distance during their visit, regardless of vaccination status. Residents are also strongly encouraged to wear masks during visits. However, if you and the resident are both vaccinated, you may remove your mask in a private room.

When traveling to/from your loved one’s room, we ask that you walk directly there versus stopping elsewhere (i.e. other residents’ rooms or common areas). Please limit touching surfaces (handrails, bedside table, doorknobs, etc.).

Following your visit, please monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of any respiratory infection for the next 14 days, including fever, shortness of breath, cough, nausea, vomiting and/or sore throat. If any symptoms occur, please call us at 610-825-6100, ext. 1234, or ext. 1275 for further screening and instructions. If you are calling off hours, please call ext. 1242 or ext. 1308.

Thank you for helping us by following these very important guidelines. We look forward to seeing you.

Retirement Living

Recreation

  • Trips have resumed.
  • The Wellness Center is open for limited use with proper sanitation and cleaning practices in place.
  • Religious services are offered with proper masking.

Restaurants

  • The dining room and bistro are open for residents and their guests.
  • Takeout and meal delivery are available.

Visitors

  • We are open for visitors to retirement living residents. Masks are strongly encouraged when indoors in common/public areas.
  • At this time, we are not permitting visitors to eat in the Bistro.

 

Updated October 8, 2021

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. Staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases across the state and within our local communities, and at the recommendation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks are required for all employees, regardless of vaccination status, at all times while indoors at Masonic Villages (all campuses), except when in work spaces or offices alone. In addition, all employees will be required to mask when driving with others in Masonic Village vehicles. We also continue to encourage physical distancing in all areas where possible.

Thank you for your continued patience and support through this unprecedented, challenging time.

Star Points and Sturgeon Health Care Center

We continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS) for COVID-19 testing of staff and residents, visitation, small group activities and dining services. Screening of residents, including symptom and temperature monitoring, is ongoing and will continue at least daily. Screening of staff (direct care, contracted staff) is also ongoing at the beginning of each shift, including symptom and temperature monitoring. Staff are also asked to self-screen during their shift and immediately suspend work should any symptoms occur.

In the event of a positive case(s), we have established a quarantine procedure and are able to isolate residents to their room with dedicated caregivers according to guidance from CMS and PA DOH.

For information regarding the current Interim Guidance for Skilled Nursing Facilities during COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, please visit: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/SNF-Guidance.aspx or https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/LTCF-Visitors.aspx

For information related to Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Long-term Living guidelines for Personal Care, please visit: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/coronavirus/Pages/OLTL-Interim-Guidance-for-PCH-ALR-ICF.aspx

Visitation

We continue to try to maintain a delicate balance between resident health and well-being however, please be reminded COVID-19 is still in the community. Based on the Department of Health’s recommendations, contact tracing will still be conducted when a case of COVID-19 is identified; however, generally only affected individuals will be quarantined instead of entire neighborhoods, as was previously required.  Visitation may occasionally need suspended based on circumstance, but this should occur minimally and for less length of time than in the past. Only directly affected neighborhoods may be quarantined; whole house restriction is extremely unlikely at this time. The updated visitation guidelines are as follows:

  • If your loved one is not in a quarantined room, you may visit. Visits do not need to be scheduled. 
  • If your loved one is in a room that is quarantined, visits can only occur if your loved one meets the criteria for a compassionate care visit.  If you have any questions regarding the compassionate care criteria and/or if your loved one qualifies, please call Tracy Leja at extension 3220.  PPE requirements for a quarantined room, if your loved meets the criteria, is a surgical mask, face shield and gown which we can provide
  • You must enter and exit through the front door of the Star Points building by the reception desk.
  • All visitors MUST be screened and have their temperature taken when arriving at this facility. If there is an issue with your screening form or temperature, you will be asked to postpone your visit.
  • Sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the building and as necessary.
  • PPE requirement for a non-quarantined room is a surgical mask that we will provide for you.  You will see staff wearing both a surgical mask and eye protection. 
  • Please limit the length of your visit when possible.
  • Open visitation is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special exceptions will be made when necessary.
  • Visit with your loved one in their room or outdoors.
  • Visitors are not permitted to attend activities with the residents or sit in the common areas, dining rooms or other resident rooms.
  • You are able to bring packages and food items for your loved one. We do request that you do not consume food items with the resident in an attempt to decrease infection control risks.
  • YES, YOU CAN STILL HUG YOUR LOVED ONE!Just ensure you both have your mask on at the time and you wash your hands prior to and after any resident contact.
  • Unvaccinated new admissions or unvaccinated residents who have been on a leave of absence will continue to self-quarantine for 14 days, which would include no visitors.

Failure to follow the above increases the risk to our residents and failure to abide by the steps above could result in the discontinuing of visitation for certain residents. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Retirement Living

Visitors

Visitors are screened (including temperature) when entering the campus; they are permitted in the Grill Room (for breakfast and lunch only) and have no restriction in their visitation hours. Visitors are not yet permitted to join the residents in scheduled activities.

Dining

The Grill Room and the main dining room have returned to 100 percent capacity.

Services

The hair salon is open with some modifications to ensure social distancing among customers.

The wellness center is open for residents Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m., and the pool/spa is open 8 – 11:30 a.m. A variety of exercise classes is available to residents Monday – Friday in the Assembly Room.

Full transportation services have been restored, and seating on the vehicles is now back at full capacity.

Our primary care physicians and our podiatrist are seeing residents in the medical center, and the blood lab has restored its regular hours. The eye doctor and audiologist have not re-commenced services on campus at this time.

The art room, puzzle room and Assembly Room are all back to full capacity.

The general store is open three days a week, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Hair Salon is seeing residents by appointment on Thursdays and Fridays.

Resident deliveries continue to be dropped off at the front desk of the clubhouse because the exterior doors to all apartment buildings are locked.

Updated October 8, 2021

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. Staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases across the state and within our local communities, and at the recommendation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks are required for all employees, regardless of vaccination status, at all times while indoors at Masonic Villages (all campuses), except when in work spaces or offices alone. In addition, all employees will be required to mask when driving with others in Masonic Village vehicles. We also continue to encourage physical distancing in all areas where possible.

We continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS) for COVID-19 testing of staff and residents, visitation, small group activities and dining services. Screening of residents, including symptom and temperature monitoring, is ongoing and will continue at least daily. Screening of staff (direct care, contracted staff) is also ongoing at the beginning of each shift, including symptom and temperature monitoring. Staff are also asked to self-screen during their shift and immediately suspend work should any symptoms occur.

In the event of a positive case(s), we have established a quarantine procedure and are able to isolate residents to a specific area of the facility, according to guidance from CMS and PA DOH.

For information regarding the current Interim Guidance for Skilled Nursing Facilities during COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, please visit: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/SNF-Guidance.aspx or https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/LTCF-Visitors.aspx

For information related to Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Long-term Living guidelines for Personal Care, please visit: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/coronavirus/Pages/OLTL-Interim-Guidance-for-PCH-ALR-ICF.aspx

Thank you for your continued patience and support through this unprecedented, challenging time.

Visitations

Based on the Department of Health’s recommendations, contact tracing will still be conducted when a case of COVID-19 is identified; however, only those affected will be quarantined instead of entire neighborhoods, as was previously required. The following is now in effect: 

  • Visitation: If your loved one is not in a quarantined room, you may call to schedule your visit.
  • Visitors should wear well-fitted masks and physically distance from other health care personnel and other residents/visitors who are not part of their group at all other times while in the building.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, it is safest for everyone to maintain physical distancing and to wear masks. When visiting in a resident’s room, if all parties are vaccinated and the resident is in agreement, they do not need to wear a mask and may have physical contact (hug) during their visit.
  • Visits are limited to the resident’s room or designated location on the neighborhood (if your loved one lives in a semi-private room). If you choose to take your loved outside, you may do so. 

Following Your Visit

  • Please monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of any respiratory infection for the next 14 days, including fever, shortness of breath, cough, nausea, vomiting, and/or sore throat. If symptoms occur, please call us for further screening and instructions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please contact Kelly Shrum, Executive Director, at 215-672-2500, ext. 112 if you have any questions or need additional information.