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

Dear Masonic Villages Family,

At this time of year, our campuses would normally be bustling with activity: We would be planning for and participating in club meetings, wellness classes, intergenerational projects, educational initiatives, donor appreciation dinners, and other spring celebrations and social gatherings.

Unfortunately, due to the continuously evolving public health care crisis, we have instead been forced to limit, suspend or cancel many of our most cherished activities.

Over the past week, many of our residents, team members, board members, Pennsylvania Masons, donors and volunteers have shared with me and others their suggestions to protect our residents and team members. In listening to you, I am reminded that, despite the limitations, restrictions and “social distancing,” we are and will remain a warm, caring and loving organization.

We are carefully monitoring the public health crisis and all official guidance and directives. We will remain nimble in order to quickly adapt to changes, and endeavor to always keep you up-to-date concerning our policies. Be assured that during this trying time, we are committed to making sound decisions calculated first and foremost to protect our residents and team members.

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 monitor and guide us through this public health emergency: 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 during this time. I know it is difficult to be separated from your loved ones, miss out on scheduled activities and events, alter your schedules and modify your routines. I hope you have found alternate ways to connect, whether 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. For example, being able to pre-purchase additional supplies to ensure the welfare of our residents and staff provides a peace of mind that is priceless during times like these.

I have seen and heard about many selfless, thoughtful and caring deeds at our campuses during the last several days. While our employees and residents are being conscientious and responsible, they are always willing to help their neighbor, coworker, or a community member in need. With a family like this, I know we will get through these unprecedented times.

Sincerely,
William L. Kingsbury
Chief Executive Officer

Updated: June 1, 2020

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) COVID-19 Total Deaths Pending COVID-19 Positive COVID-19 Positive (Cumulative Since March 27) COVID-19 Total Deaths
Masonic Village at Dallas N/A N/A N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Masonic Village at Elizabethtown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0
Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill 2 2 1 0 0 0 41 14 1 4 23 1
Masonic Village at Sewickley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Masonic Village at Warminster 1 1 0 0 N/A N/A 11 6 0 2 11 0

Updated May 11, 2020

Please, STAY HOME!

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all residents to STAY HOME unless someone’s life is in danger.

The campus is closed to visitors until further notice. All persons entering Masonic Village’s grounds are screened (including temperature checks) upon entrance to our campus. Employees in the health care and personal care areas are also screened (including temperature checks) at the end of their shift. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. Masonic Village is implementing services to accommodate residents’ needs so they do not have to leave their homes and risk infection. We are asking everyone to do their part to keep our community safe.

We have communication processes in place should any positive cases of COVID-19 occur on our campus, as well as plans to take appropriate measures for our residents’ and employees’ protection and well-being. Masonic Village is in continuous communication with public health officials and is following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

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

Throughout this challenging time, our staff are doing their best to provide creative means for safe recreation and socialization, including:

  • Beautiful music provided by our talented music therapists
  • Spiritual care services, recreational and wellness programming provided through the in-house TV
  • In-person pastoral visits (with optional Communion)
  • Portable tablets on each neighborhood allow residents to connect with families and friends.  Our therapeutic recreation team is assisting in more than 200 ‘video-chatting’ connections a week.
  • Virtual BINGO on Fridays for over 250 residents weekly
  • Newly enhanced Virtual Reality programming to help alleviate the feeling of social isolation.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our Sending Smiles program!

Community-wide

Closures

The following service areas are closed until further notice:

  • The campus is closed to visitors. Only residents, staff and essential vendors and deliveries will be allowed on campus at this time.
  • The Outpatient Medical Clinics at the Masonic Health Care Center closed on March 19. The providers will continue to provide services in their other practice locations in Lancaster County on an emergent basis.
  • The Baird Wellness Center, including the pools and all exercise programs
  • Three Loaves Café
  • Farm Market and Orchard View Café – although the  building is closed, residents may place orders for Friday delivery (see Deliveries below).
  • Retirement Living hair salons.
  • Sell Chapel Services were discontinued as of March 14, but services are broadcast on the internal television system.
  • The Pharmacy will accept orders for home delivery. The driver will knock on the resident’s door, and step back to wait for them to retrieve their prescription, as they cannot leave prescriptions unattended. Curb side pick-up is also available. Let the pharmacy know when you phone in your prescription that you will be picking it up at the Pharmacy, and they will bring your medication to your car.
  • Adult Daily Living Center
  • All public activities and large campus events are canceled until further notice.

Medical Appointments

  • We recommend residents cancel routine appointments and reschedule for a later date, if possible. Services may also be provided through our Home Health team. If an appointment is medically necessary, residents may drive themselves or our Transportation Services team will be glad to help with transportation arrangements; call ext. 33031 to schedule.

Staff

  • All staff are screened with a questionnaire and temperature check upon coming to work each day. All staff in healthcare and personal care areas wear surgical masks and are also screened upon leaving each day. Other staff must wear masks anytime they may come into contact with a resident.
  • No staff will be eliminated based on operational changes or due to COVID-19-related illness.

Visitors

  • Although we understand the importance of spending time with loved ones, our campus is closed to all visitors until further notice. We understand the importance of visiting with loved ones, but we must maintain the safety and health of our residents and staff as our top priority. Exceptions will be considered under extraordinary circumstances and will be screened at the campus entrance.

Volunteers

  • While vital to our mission, we are asking all non-resident volunteers to suspend their service until further notice.

Travel

  • We strongly discourage non-essential travel to reduce the opportunity for exposure to the virus. Ideally, all residents should choose to refrain from all overnight travel during the Stay-at-Home order. Anyone who has traveled out of the area or stayed off campus overnight should notify administration at ext. 14504 so they can be screened upon return, after which they will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Masonic Health Care Center

  • To lessen the chances of infection, we have canceled all group events, outings, activities and gatherings until further notice.
  • All residents in the Masonic Health Care Center and Freemasons Building dine in their rooms.

Retirement Living

Recreation

  • We request that all residents wear a mask when leaving their apartment or cottage. If residents need a mask, they may obtain one at the Freemasons Cultural Center Visitors Center or the Retirement Living Administration Office in the Clubhouse.
  • We have canceled all recreational activities, outings and events until further notice.
  • We discourage residents from leaving campus except for essential purposes (to grocery stores and the pharmacy, although delivery is a preferred option; and urgent medical visits). In lieu of going to the grocery store, residents may order essential items from the Farm Market at ext. 33582 for weekly home delivery (For more information, see Deliveries below.)
  • Anyone who has traveled and remained off-campus overnight should notify the Retirement Living Office at extension 14504 prior to returning to campus so they can be screened upon return. Ideally, all residents should choose to refrain from all overnight travel during the Stay-at-Home order. Each resident is now required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days upon return to campus.

Restaurants

  • All Retirement Living dining locations are closed. The dining team is providing meal delivery service for all residents once daily. Residents participating in the meal plan will be able to roll over dining dollars.

Deliveries

  • The U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx and Pharmacy deliveries can make deliveries to residents’ homes. Grocery store deliveries and Amazon deliveries will be accepted at the front of the campus and delivered to residents’ homes by Masonic Village staff. We recommend you disinfect deliveries upon receipt and wash your hands immediately afterward.
  • Residents may place orders from the Farm Market on Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., for delivery to their apartment or cottage the following Friday between 9 a.m. – noon. Orders may be placed via phone (717) 367-1121, ext. 33582, email at farmmarket@masonicvillages.org or fax (717) 361-5592. Effective May 1, residents may use their dining dollars to purchase groceries from the Farm Market until further notice.

Again, thank you in advance for your cooperation with these matters to safeguard our community.

Updated May 11, 2020

Please, STAY HOME!

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all residents to STAY HOME unless someone’s life is in danger. Masonic Village is implementing services to accommodate residents’ needs so they do not have to leave their homes and risk infection. We are asking everyone to do their part to keep our community safe.

We take these measures out of an abundance of caution to safeguard the well-being of all our residents, youth, families, volunteers, visitors and staff.

Visitors

  • Although we understand the importance of spending time with loved ones, our campus is closed to all visitors until further notice.
  • No outside groups will be permitted on campus during this time.
  • Unnecessary vendors will be restricted.

Travel

  • We strongly discourage non-essential travel to reduce the opportunity for exposure to the virus. Anyone who has traveled out of the area or stayed off campus overnight should notify administration so they can be screened upon return.

Irem Clubhouse

  • Dining at the Clubhouse Restaurant and Pub is closed.
  • Meeting Rooms, Grand Ballroom and Acacia Room are closed.
  • CIP Rehab is open for physical therapy, as prescribed. Please use the east entrance (far right door) to the CIP waiting room.

Recreation

  • We have canceled all recreational activities, outings and events until further notice.
  • We discourage residents from leaving campus except for essential purposes (to grocery stores and the pharmacy, although delivery is a preferred option; and urgent medical visits).

Staff

  • All staff are screened with a questionnaire and temperature check upon coming to work each day.

Again, thank you in advance for your cooperation with these matters to safeguard our community. If you have any questions, please contact me at 570-675-1866.

Kind regards,

Noah Davis, MPA, NHA
Executive Director

Updated May 11, 2020

Please, STAY HOME! Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all residents to STAY HOME unless someone’s life is in danger.

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority.  Therefore, our campus is closed to visitors. All entrances are closed and locked, except for the front entrance, which is staffed when the building is open so that only employees and residents (as required) may enter or exit. All persons entering Masonic Village are screened (including temperature checks) upon entrance to our facility. Every staff member is also screened (including temperature checks) at the end of their shift. All members of staff are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

We have implemented a broad array of services and programs to allow our residents to stay in their living accommodations, and to otherwise keep our community safe. For example, all residents are provided meals in their apartments, and we have stocked on-site essential grocery and personal items for us to deliver on order. All group activities are suspended.

We are pleased to report that many previously reported cases of COVID-19 have made a full recovery and others are doing well. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of our residents who have succumbed to the virus, as well as our employees who loved and cared for them.

Please continue to communicate with your loved ones during this challenging time. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Community-wide

Closures

The following service areas are closed until further notice:

  • The Village Restaurant is closed for dining in, but available for takeout service.
  • The Pub
  • The Wellness Center
  • The Bistro will offer takeout meals only.
  • Hair salons
  • All public activities and large campus events are canceled until further notice.
  • No outside groups will be permitted on campus during this time.
  • Unnecessary vendors will be restricted.

Medical Appointments

  • Non-essential physician, medical and rehabilitation appointments should be rescheduled until further notice. For those with urgent needs, arrangements and transportation, if needed, will be provided to off-campus office locations.

Staff

  • All staff are screened with a questionnaire and temperature check upon coming to work each day.
  • No staff will be eliminated based on operational changes or due to COVID-19-related illness.

Visitors

  • As a result of the emergency closure of Montgomery County by Governor Wolf, the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill is closed to ALL visitors until further notice in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and PA Department of Health. We understand the importance of visiting with loved ones. Exceptions will be considered under extraordinary circumstances and will need to be scheduled and approved in advance. These visitors will be screened prior to entry. To obtain special permission to visit a loved one, please call Adrienne Staudenmayer, Executive Director, at 610-825-6100, ext. 1200, or Melissa Sudduth, Director of Nursing, ext. 1234, or the nursing supervisor at ext. 1308. Families may also contact us with questions and/or concerns.

Travel

  • We strongly discourage non-essential travel to reduce the opportunity for exposure to the virus. Anyone who has traveled out of the area or stayed off campus overnight should notify administration so they can be screened upon return.

Mail

  • Our staff are delivering mail and any packages to residents’ living accommodation.

Volunteers

  • While vital to our Mission, we have asked volunteers to suspend their services until further notice.

Nursing/Personal Care

  • To lessen the chances of infection, we have canceled all group events, outings, activities and gatherings until further notice.
  • All residents in the personal care and nursing areas will dine in their room and are limited to their living area.

Retirement Living

Recreation

  • We have canceled all recreational activities, outings and events until further notice.
  • We request that all residents wear a mask when leaving their apartment.
  • We discourage residents from leaving campus except for essential purposes (to grocery stores and the pharmacy, although delivery is a preferred option; and urgent medical visits).
  • Anyone who has traveled and remained off-campus overnight should notify the Retirement Living Office prior to returning to campus so they can be screened upon return. Ideally, all residents should choose to refrain from all overnight travel during the Stay-at-Home order. Each resident is now required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days upon return to campus.

Restaurants

  • The Village Restaurant is closed; however, we are delivering dinner meals to retirement living residents daily.
  • A marketplace is available on campus for residents to buy a variety of groceries they have told us they want to minimize their need to go to the grocery store.
  • We will extend unused dining dollar credits until further notice.

Again, thank you in advance for your cooperation with these matters to safeguard our community.

Updated May 11, 2020

Please, STAY HOME!

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all residents to STAY HOME unless someone’s life is in danger. Masonic Village is implementing services to accommodate residents’ needs so they do not have to leave their homes and risk infection. We are asking everyone to do their part to keep our community safe.

We take these measures out of an abundance of caution to safeguard the well-being of all our residents, youth, families, volunteers, visitors and staff.

Campus-Wide

Closures

  • Medical Clinic. Non-essential physician, medical and rehabilitation appointments should be re­scheduled until further notice. The blood lab will continue to operate as needed. Residents who have an urgent appointment and require transportation may contact the Transportation Department.
  • Wellness Center and Pool are closed until further notice.
  • Hair salons are closed until further notice.
  • No religious services will be held until further notice.
  • No large or small group events or recreational activities will be held until further notice.

Visitors

  • We understand the importance of visiting with loved ones, but we must maintain the safety and health of our residents as our top priority. The campus is closed to visitors until further notice. From midnight through 5 a.m., the campus is closed to all traffic; at all other times, security staff track everyone who enters.  All staff have parking passes on their dashboards, home care providers are all registered, and residents coming in are asked for identification.
  • Exceptions to the current visiting policy are rare and involve an end-of-life situation. These visitors will be screened prior to entry. To obtain special permission to visit a loved one, contact Eric Gross, Executive Director, 412-741-1400 ext. 3030, or Tracy Leja, Assistant Executive Director, at 412-741-1400 ext. 3220.
  • All contractors who are on campus completing essential functions will be screened and will have their temperature taken as they come through the Clubhouse.
  • While vital to our mission, volunteers have been asked to suspend their services until further notice.

Travel

  • We strongly discourage non-essential travel to reduce the opportunity for exposure to the virus. Anyone who has traveled out of the area or stayed off campus overnight should notify administration so they can be screened upon return.

Retirement Living

  • All dining rooms are closed for service until further notice. Dinner meals will be delivered daily to all Retirement Living residents, along with a breakfast and lunch supplement for the following day.
  • We request that all residents wear a mask when leaving their apartment or villa.
  • Anyone who has traveled and remained off-campus overnight should notify the Retirement Living Office prior to returning to campus so they can be screened upon return. Ideally, all residents should choose to refrain from all overnight travel during the Stay-at-Home order. Each resident is now required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days upon return to campus.
  • The community store will remain open to the extent volunteers are available and groceries are in stock.
  • The pharmacy will continue to deliver to our campus. Prescriptions will be received at the desk at the clubhouse entrance. Calls will be placed to residents when the prescriptions arrive.
  • Residents who exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) should contact their primary care physician and also call the nurse response phone number (412-749-6868).

Personal Care/Nursing

  • All meals are being delivered to residents’ rooms.
  • Medical appointments are being re-scheduled unless they are urgent.
  • Residents who exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) should contact their primary care physician and also call the nurse response phone number (412-749-6868).

Staff

  • All staff are screened (with temperature taken) upon coming to work each day.
  • No staff will be eliminated based on operational changes or due to COVID-19-related illness.
  • Employees who call off sick will be screened to check for symptoms that would preclude them from coming back into the work environment.
  • Staff conferences, work-related travel and large group meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

Again, thank you in advance for your cooperation with these matters to safeguard our community.

Updated May 11, 2020

Please, STAY HOME!

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all residents to STAY HOME unless someone’s life is in danger. We are asking everyone to do their part to keep our community safe.

The campus is closed to visitors until further notice. All persons entering Masonic Village are screened (including temperature checks) upon entrance to our facility. Every staff member is also screened (including temperature checks) at the end of their shift. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

We are pleased to report that several previously reported cases of COVID-19 have made a full recovery and others are doing well. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of our residents who have succumbed to the virus, as well as our employees who loved and cared for them. We have contacted anyone who may have had contact with those who tested positive and are taking appropriate measures for their protection and the well-being of our community. We are carefully monitoring all residents and staff for symptoms. Masonic Village has notified public health officials and is following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to contain any possible spread.

The safety, protection and well-being of all residents and staff remain our top priority. We are taking the following precautionary measures:

  • We have canceled all group events, outings, activities and gatherings until further notice.
  • All residents are dining in their rooms.
  • While vital to our mission, we are asking all non-resident volunteers to suspend their service until further notice.
  • Visitations will only be considered under extraordinary circumstances and will need to be scheduled and approved in advance. These visitors will be screened prior to entry. To obtain special permission to visit a loved one, please call Kelly Weaver, Executive Director, 215-672-2500 ext. 112. Families may also call with questions and/or concerns.
  • We strongly discourage non-essential travel to reduce the opportunity for exposure to the virus. Anyone who has traveled out of the area or stayed off campus overnight will be screened upon return and quarantined for 14 days.
  • No staff will be eliminated based on operational changes or due to COVID-19-related illness.
  • Unnecessary vendors are restricted.

Please continue to communicate with your loved ones during this challenging time. Thank you for your support and cooperation.