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: January 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) 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 3 0 0 0 0 0
Masonic Village at Elizabethtown 0 18 0 1 1 2 116 15 7 22 195 0
Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill 0 4 0 0 0 0 54 15 0 2 42 1
Masonic Village at Sewickley 0 6 0 0 0 1 50 4 1 4 32 0
Masonic Village at Warminster 0 1 0 0 N/A N/A 17 7 0 2 22 0

Updated January 20, 2021

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. All persons entering Masonic Village are screened (including temperature checks) upon entrance to our facility.

In order to enter the Reopening Process as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in the June 26, 2020, update of the “Interim Guidance for Nursing Facilities during COVID-19,” each facility must meet pre-requisites including (but not limited to): completion of baseline testing, completion of Infection Control Survey by Department of Health, plans for re-testing (if needed), screening protocols for staff and residents, plans to manage and obtain personal protective equipment (PPE), a plan to ensure adequate staffing, a written plan to allow for communal dining and resumption of activities, a plan to allow visitation and screening of visitors and a plan to halt all reopening in the event that there is a positive case of COVID-19 and/or the county in which the facility is located is reverted to a Red Phase by the Governor. For further information regarding the Governor’s Reopening plan, please visit: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/Health-details.aspx?newsid=882 or: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/LTCF-Visitors.aspx

Community-wide

Closures

The following service areas are closed until further notice:

  • The campus remains closed to most visitors. Only residents, staff, essential vendors and deliveries and prescheduled visitors are allowed on campus at this time, with few exceptions.
  • Sell Chapel Services are broadcast on the internal television system.
  • The Baird Wellness Center reopened Jan. 6, 2021, for exercise from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. As a courtesy, the wellness center canceled your membership so you were not billed. You must come to the wellness center during staffed hours between Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.,  and Saturdays, 7 a.m. -3 p.m. to reactivate your membership and gain access to the wellness center. Capacity is limited to 15 people. Call 717-361-5699 or ext. 33783 with any questions.
  • Starting Jan. 11, Open Swim at the Patton Pool will be available Monday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m. Call 717-361-4043 or ext. 14043 Wednesday and Thursday of the prior week at to schedule your appointment time. No aquatic classes are being offered at this time.
  • 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.
  • All public activities and large campus events are canceled until further notice.

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 proper protective equipment, in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices, and are also screened (including temperature checks) at the end of their shift. Other staff must wear masks anytime they may come into contact with a resident. Staff are also asked to self-screen during their shift and immediately suspend work should any symptoms occur. Staff symptoms are further monitored by the Clinical Command/Infection Preventionist. We are following PA Department of Health guidelines for routine staff testing.

Masonic Health Care Center

Testing

We are testing residents weekly and staff twice a week. We have a contract with private labs to provide supplies for testing and for processing of samples. Within the past two weeks, we have had some health care employees and residents test positive for COVID-19. We have established a quarantine procedure to isolate residents with positive cases to a specific area of the facility, according to guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Appropriate contact tracing guidelines are being followed, and residents and the POAs of any residents who may have been exposed have been contacted. All staff working on a neighborhood with a positive case must wear masks, face shields and gowns. We continue to monitor our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive cyclical deliveries. We do not currently anticipate a significant shortage of needed items.

Meals

Residents are currently dining in their rooms.

Activities

Residents will be provided recreational opportunities in their rooms. The recreation team will continue to offer video calls and one-to-one visits, as needed.

Visitation

Visitation is limited to end-of-life situations or critical needs only. For urgent requests, please call Matthew Mayo, assistant executive director/health care administrator, at 717-367-1121, extension 33027.

As a reminder, weekly updates regarding the Masonic Health Care Center and Personal Care are recorded and available by calling 717-481-3330.

Personal Care

We are presently in Step 1 of reopening. For information related to Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Long-term Living (DHS/OLTL) guidelines for Personal Care, please visit: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/coronavirus/Pages/OLTL-Interim-Guidance-for-PCH-ALR-ICF.aspx

We have had some residents and staff test positive for COVID-19. We are testing residents and staff weekly. We have a contract with private labs to provide supplies for testing and for processing of samples. We have established a quarantine procedure to isolate residents with positive cases to a specific area of the facility, according to guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Appropriate contact tracing guidelines are being followed, and residents and the POAs of any residents who may have been exposed have been contacted. All staff working on a neighborhood with a positive case must wear masks, face shields and gowns. We continue to monitor our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive cyclical deliveries. We do not currently anticipate a significant shortage of needed items.

Meals

Residents are currently dining in their rooms.

Activities

Residents will be provided recreational opportunities in their rooms. The recreation team will continue to offer video calls and one-to-one visits, as needed.

Visitation

Visitation is limited to end-of-life situations or critical needs only. For urgent requests, please call the Health Care Services Administration office at 717-367-1121, extension 33027. When in-room visitation occurs (end-of-life/urgent need), visitors will be asked to wear face shields and gowns in addition to masks. All visitors (regardless of visitation area) will be screened upon arrival (including temperature). Video chats will still be an option for residents and their families.

Any questions related to reopening, contact: Kirk Rakos, Personal Care Administrator, at 717-367-1121, extension 15650.

As a reminder, weekly updates regarding the Masonic Health Care Center and Personal Care are recorded and available by calling 717-481-3330.

Retirement Living

Dining

  • On Monday Dec. 7, dine-in services will no longer be available at the Restaurant at Clubhouse, Courtyard Café or the Restaurant at Eisenlohr. At this time, we are unable to project a reopening date. The restaurants will provide residents a choice of menu items, packaged hot and ready to go, to be picked up at their designated time and location. Delivery will cost $5.
  • The Grand Lodge Hall Restaurants closed on Nov. 14. Residents who had standing reservations at the Grand Lodge Hall Restaurant and live in the Village Green area or Village Apartments are receiving meal deliveries at no charge.  Menus are sent out in advance to allow residents an opportunity to select their menu items. Residents who had standing reservations at the Grand Lodge Hall Restaurant and live outside the Village Green Area may order a take-out meal from either the Clubhouse Restaurant 717-361-4507 or ext. 14507 (pick-up in the Keystone room)  or Eisenlohr Restaurant at 717-367-1121 ext. 33627 (pick-up at the lobby of the Eisenlohr Restaurant).
  • Deliveries will return to standard procedures as stated in the resident handbook. Residents may place an order for pick up from any restaurant or café free of charge. Delivery for residents residing at James Buchanan, Smith North and South, Brown, Sycamore and the cottages will be available from the Restaurant at Clubhouse. For residents in the Village Green and Village Apartments, delivery service will be provided by the Restaurants at Grand Lodge Hall. A $5 delivery fee will be applied to all deliveries.

Grocery Shopping & Delivery

  • The Farm Market is open for residents and employees, with guidelines for physical distancing while shopping. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon – 5 p.m.
  • 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. Residents may use their dining dollars, direct bill or credit card to purchase groceries from the Farm Market. The delivery fee is $5. To avoid delivery fees, free pickup locations are available at James Buchanan Clubhouse Keystone Room, Sycamore North and South lobby areas and the Grand Lodge Activities Room. Orders may be picked up between 10 a.m. –11 a.m. Please let us know when placing your order which pick-up option you prefer.

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.
  • Residents are provided updated information on the availability of the Patton and Brossman Pools, Baird Wellness Center and other clubs, programs and services, as well as guidelines for mask wearing, hand washing and social distancing.
  • We have canceled all recreational outings and large group events until further notice.

Travel

  • It is important that residents complete a vacation form and submit it to the Retirement Living Administration Office prior to planned overnight travel. Quarantine upon return will depend upon the location and mode of travel. Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing and good hygiene.
  • If residents travel out of Pennsylvania for any period of time (except for medical treatment or for work-related business), they will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of their return to Pennsylvania, or until they test negative for COVID-19 by a test administered within 72 hours prior to their return to Pennsylvania.

Visitations

  • Residents who wish to request a visitation from a family member may call the office at extension 15282 or 14504 or their social worker to schedule.
  • Up to four family members at one time are permitted to visit during the day in the resident’s apartment, cottage or outdoor areas of campus. Visitors coming to an apartment building must go directly to the resident’s apartment. No visitation is permitted in lobbies, common areas or at any of the restaurants.
  • All visitors must wear a mask, practice hand hygiene and follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Visitors are not permitted to stay overnight unless there are medical reasons and must be specially approved by administration.
  • If residents have anyone visiting from another state, visitors must have a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to entering the state. If visitors do not show proof of a test, then they cannot visit in residents’ homes or on the campus.

Personal Services

  • Hair salons must operate at 50% capacity, by appointment only and with sanitation, mask requirements and other precautions in place.

Deliveries

  • The U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, grocery, restaurant and Pharmacy deliveries can deliver to residents’ homes. We recommend you disinfect deliveries upon receipt and wash your hands immediately afterward.
  • Family members are permitted to drop off groceries or other items.

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

Updated December 29, 2020

On behalf of the staff and administration at the Masonic Village at Dallas, we would like to thank families and friends for their support during this fall and winter COVID-19 season. Luzerne County’s daily numbers of positive cases have warranted the Dallas Walther Apartment Building to remain closed to visitors, unless essential for residents’ health and safety. The administration recommends residents limit family’s and friends’ visits to their villa community, located at the end of Wedgewood Way. The administration recommends residents limit family’s and friends’ visits to outside patios, front porches and gazebos. We require a face mask and social distancing.

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

Visitors

  • If you plan to visit, please make sure in advance that your family member wishes for you to visit. Call them before arriving and when you arrive. In the Walther Apartment Building, your family member will need to meet you at the lobby entrance doors. We ask residents to sign in all visitors in the Guest Log, located at the front entrance, which we maintain for tracing purposes in the event a case develops.
  • In the Walther Apartment Building, we request you use the sanitizer spray or gel before touching the elevator buttons. Please do not sit on the lobby furniture and do not plan to use the lobby, the resident lounge or other common space as a family gathering spot.

Travel

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

Irem Clubhouse

  • Dining at the Clubhouse Restaurant and Pub is closed until further notice. Deliveries of hot and cold meals and groceries is available weekdays, with cold meals delivered for the weekends.
  • Meeting rooms, the 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

  • Currently, all resident programs and meetings are cancelled or postponed.
  • 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.

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 January 13, 2021

Masonic Village continues to regulate visitors and practice social distancing, universal masking and restricted resident activities.

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. All persons entering Masonic Village are screened (including temperature checks) upon entrance to our facility. Every staff member in the nursing and personal care areas 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 following PA Department of Health guidelines for routine staff testing.

In order to enter the Reopening Process, as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in the June 26, 2020, update of the “Interim Guidance for Nursing Facilities during COVID-19,” each facility must meet pre-requisites including (but not limited to): completion of baseline testing, completion of Infection Control Survey by Department of Health, plans for re-testing (if needed), screening protocols for staff and residents, plans to manage and obtain personal protective equipment (PPE), a plan to ensure adequate staffing, a written plan to allow for communal dining and resumption of activities, a plan to allow visitation and screening of visitors and a plan to halt all reopening in the event that there is a positive case of COVID-19 and/or the county in which the facility is located is reverted to a Red Phase by the Governor.

The PA Department of Health (DOH) completed its Infection Control survey on Wednesday, July 8. Below you will find the reopening plan for our nursing and personal care areas. During the phased reopening process, we cannot permit any non-staff to provide transportation off campus to any residents.

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

Please feel free to contact Adrienne Staudenmayer, Executive Director, with any questions or concerns at 610-825-6100, ext. 1200. Thank you for your continued patience and support through this unprecedented, challenging time.

Community-wide

Staff

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

Travel

  • Anyone who has traveled and remained off-campus overnight should notify administration prior to returning to campus so they can be screened upon return.

Mail

  • The U.S. Postal Service delivers mail to residents’ mailboxes. Package and prescription delivery will continue until further notice.

Nursing Care

We are testing residents weekly and staff twice weekly. Routine/screening testing of residents and staff is being completed through use of point-of-care antigen testing as recommended by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We have established a quarantine procedure to isolate residents with possible exposure, according to guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). Appropriate contact tracing guidelines are being followed, and residents and the POAs of any residents who may have been exposed have been contacted. Any residents showing potential signs/symptoms of illness are tested (if ordered by the provider) through a private contracted lab and are being quarantined as per PA DOH recommendations.

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 Pennsylvania DOH (PA-HAN-509). Also, in the event of a positive case(s) or in the event that Montgomery County enters the Red Phase according to Governor Wolf, we will plan to close to all visitations, re-implement in-room meal service and discontinue out-of-room activities. We will promptly notify residents, families and responsible parties of the need to reverse reopening strategies and implement restrictions.

Screening of residents is ongoing and will continue at least daily. Screening includes symptom and temperature monitoring. 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. Staff symptoms are further monitored by the Director of Nursing/Infection Preventionist.

We continue to monitor our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive cyclical deliveries. We do not currently anticipate a significant shortage of needed items. Staff are utilizing a face shield, N95 mask, where appropriate, and gowns.

Meals

  • Residents receive meals in their rooms. Staff wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while assisting with feeding and perform hand hygiene prior to assisting with meals and frequently throughout the meals, as necessary. All dining areas are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between meals/seatings. Alcohol-based hand rub is readily available for use by residents prior to, during and after meals.

Activities

  • Residents are provided recreational opportunities in their rooms. The recreation team will continue to offer video calls and one-to-one visits, as needed.

Visitations

  • Visitation is limited to end-of-life situations or critical needs only. For urgent requests, please call Adrienne Staudenmayer, Executive Director, at 610-825-6100, ext. 1200, or Melissa Sudduth, Assistant Executive Director, ext. 1275, or the nursing supervisor at ext. 1308.

Personal Care

We are in Step 2 of reopening. For information related to Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Long-term Living (DHS/OLTL) guidelines for Personal Care, please visit: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/coronavirus/Pages/OLTL-Interim-Guidance-for-PCH-ALR-ICF.aspx

We are testing staff weekly. Baseline testing of all residents and staff was completed July 7-8, 2020, and all results were negative. We currently do not have any positive cases in our personal care area. We have a contract with a private lab to provide supplies for testing and for processing of samples.

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 Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA-HAN-509). Also, in the event of a positive case(s) or in the event that Montgomery County enters the Red Phase according to Governor Wolf, we will plan to close to all visitations, re-implement in-room meal service and discontinue out-of-room activities. We will promptly notify residents, families and responsible parties of the need to reverse reopening strategies and implement restrictions.

Screening of residents is ongoing and will continue at least daily. Screening includes symptom and temperature monitoring. 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. Staff symptoms are further monitored by the Director of Nursing/Infection Preventionist. During the steps of reopening, volunteers will not be utilized.

We continue to monitor our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive cyclical deliveries. We do not currently anticipate a significant shortage of needed items.

Meals

  • Residents will receive meals in the dining room twice a day. Staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and will perform hand hygiene prior to assisting with meals and frequently throughout the meals, as necessary. All dining areas are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between meals/seatings. Alcohol-based hand rub will be readily available for use by residents prior to, during and after meals.

Activities

  • The Recreation team is implementing small group programs as per guidance from PA Department of Health. Initially, they will work with 10 or fewer residents, incorporating social distancing, masking and frequent hand hygiene into their programs. Activities will be offered in hallway, living room and/or country kitchen areas (non-meal times). Items used during activities will not be shared between residents or will be disposable. Any non-disposable items will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between residents. As we move through the steps of reopening, programs will be expanded to more than 10 residents (as appropriate) with previously mentioned precautionary measures remaining in place.

Resident Services

  • Hair care services will resume Jan. 1, 2021.

Visitations

  • Visitation is limited to end-of-life situations or critical needs only. For urgent requests, please call Adrienne Staudenmayer, Executive Director, at 610-825-6100, ext. 1200, or Melissa Sudduth, Assistant Executive Director, ext. 1275.

Any questions related to reopening may be directed to Melissa Sudduth, Director of Nursing, at 610-825-6100, ext. 1275.

Retirement Living

General

  • All residents are required to wear a mask when leaving their apartment. If a resident needs a mask, they may obtain one from the receptionist.

Recreation

  • Recreational activities; are offered on a limited basis and with a maximum of 10 participants.
  • Trips have resumed to local markets with a maximum of eight residents and assigned seating. Masks must be worn on all trips for the duration of the bus ride, and the bus will be sanitized between trips.
  • The Wellness Center is closed until Jan. 4, 2021.

Restaurants

  • Takeout and meal delivery are available.

Services

  • Hair care services are by appointment only. Masks must be worn at all times by the resident and the hair care provider while in Hair Works. There is no additional seating to wait as we will be adhering to social distancing requirements.

Visitors

  • Effective Monday, Aug. 24, we will be open for visitors to retirement living residents. Visitors must enter through the main lobby, stop at the screening table, complete the screening form and have their temperature taken. They will be asked the name of the resident they are visiting, which will be written on the form. After screening, staff will direct visitors to the entrance closest to the residents’ apartment. All visitors are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Initially, visitors will need to arrive between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; we hope to expand those hours shortly.
  • Visitors may not go anywhere else in the building except to the apartment of the resident whom they are visiting. At this time, we are not permitting visitors to eat in the Bistro.

Travel/Visitations

  • It is important that residents complete a vacation form and submit it to the reception desk prior to planned overnight travel. Quarantine upon return will depend upon the location and mode of travel. Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing and good hygiene.

Updated December 29, 2020

Allegheny County Health Director Dr. Deborah Bogen recommends that residents stay home and limit visitors to essential workers only. The exceptions to this stay-at-home advisory are for getting medical care, filling prescriptions or buying groceries. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has ordered that masks be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth, whenever residents are in their home or car with someone who is not a member of their immediate household. These same requirements apply to both visitors and staff members who are on the Masonic Village property.

Campus-wide

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. All persons entering Masonic Village are screened (including temperature checks) upon entrance to our facility. Every staff member in nursing and personal care areas 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 following PA Department of Health guidelines for routine staff testing.

Residents, staff, contractors, care providers and others are asked to wear masks on campus and practice social distancing as much as possible.

In order to enter the Reopening Process as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in the June 26, 2020 update of the “Interim Guidance for Nursing Facilities during COVID-19,” each facility must meet pre-requisites including, but not limited to: completion of baseline testing; completion of Infection Control Survey by Department of Health; plans for re-testing, if needed; screening protocols for staff and residents; plans to manage and obtain personal protective equipment (PPE); a plan to ensure adequate staffing; a written plan to allow for communal dining and resumption of activities; a plan to allow visitation and screening of visitors; and a plan to halt all reopening in the event that there is a positive case of COVID-19 and/or the county in which the facility is located is reverted to a “Red Phase” by the Governor.

Below you will find individualized strategies/plans for Masonic Village at Sewickley, as well as contact information should you have any questions regarding Masonic Village’s Reopening Process. During the phased reopening process, we cannot permit any non-staff to provide transportation off campus to any residents.

For information on the Governor’s Reopening, plan please visit: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/Health-details.aspx?newsid=882 or https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/LTCF-Visitors.aspx

Health Care

For further 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

On Oct. 22, Masonic Village at Sewickley received confirmation that a health care resident tested positive for the coronavirus. This follows the news of a positive staff case on Oct. 4 and 21. Appropriate contact tracing has been completed, and guidelines are being followed per PA Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) at this time. In addition to weekly staff and resident COVID-19 testing, we will continue to practice diligent infection control procedures to ensure the safety of our residents and staff. We are presently using point-of-care antigen tests to test asymptomatic residents and staff during routine screening as required by PA DOH and CMS. We have a contract with Heritage Valley Health System Laboratory to obtain supplies for testing and for processing of samples in the event that a resident has symptoms indicative of COVID-19.

In the event of 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 Pennsylvania DOH (PA-HAN-509). Also, in the event of positive case(s) or in the event that Allegheny County enters the “Red Phase” according to Governor Wolf, we will plan to close to all visitation, re-implement in-room meal service and discontinue out-of-room activities.

Screening of residents is ongoing and will continue at least daily. Screening includes symptom and temperature monitoring. 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. Staff symptoms are further monitored by the Director of Nursing/Infection Preventionist. During the steps of reopening, we do not plan to allow volunteers to re-enter the building.

We continue to monitor our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive cyclical deliveries. We do not currently anticipate a significant shortage of needed items.

Meals and Activities

Residents will be served all meals in their rooms and will be provided recreational opportunities in their rooms. The recreation team will continue to offer video calls and one-to-one visits, as needed.

Visitation

Visitation is limited to end-of-life situations or critical needs only. To schedule visitation, please contact Tracy Leja at 412-741-1400, extension 3220. Each visitor will be required to complete a screening process prior to visitation, which will include temperature monitoring. Masks will be required at all times during visitation.

Personal Care

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

Personal care is in step 1 of reopening.

Baseline testing of all residents and staff was completed July 13 and July 27, 2020. All residents and staff tested negative. At this time, we do not have any cases of COVID-19 among residents or staff. In the event that further testing of residents or staff is required, due to symptoms or asymptomatic screening, we have a contract with Heritage Valley Health System Laboratory to obtain supplies for testing and for processing of samples.

In the event of 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 Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA-HAN-509). Also, in the event of positive case(s) or in the event that Allegheny County enters the “Red Phase” according to Governor Wolf, we will plan to close to all visitation and re-implement in-room meal service and discontinue out-of-room activities.

Screening of residents is ongoing and will continue at least daily. Screening includes symptom and temperature monitoring. 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. Staff symptoms are further monitored by the Director of Nursing/Infection Preventionist. During the steps of reopening, we do not plan to allow volunteers to re-enter the building.

We continue to monitor our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive cyclical deliveries. We do not currently anticipate a significant shortage of needed items.

Meals and Activities

Residents are served all meals in their dining room and are provided recreational opportunities in their rooms. The recreation team will continue to offer video calls and one-to-one visits, as needed.. Staff will be utilizing PPE, as per facility policy, during meals.

Visitation

Visitation is limited to end-of-life situations or critical needs only. To schedule visitation, please contact Cindy Stefl at 412-741-1400 extension 3600. Each visitor will be required to complete a screening process prior to visitation, which will include temperature monitoring. Masks will be required at all times during visitation.

Any questions related to reopening, contact Cindy Stefl at 412-741-1400 extension 3600.

Retirement Living

Visitors

The county continues to recommend that you limit visits to essential visitors. Visitors must be screened and have their temperature taken in the clubhouse prior to entering resident areas. All visitors are required to wear a mask while on campus. Should you have a visitor from out of state, if they were not tested for COVID-19 prior to coming to Masonic Village, residents are asked to quarantine for 10 days in their dwelling unit. If after 10 days, you have had not experienced symptoms, your quarantine will be complete, but we ask that you continue to take your temperature and monitor for symptoms through day 14. Residents now have a second quarantine option as well. If after five days of quarantining, you have no symptoms, you may get tested for COVID-19, and if you get a negative test result, your quarantine will end as of day seven. COVID-19 testing is the responsibility of the resident, as Masonic Village does not have the facilities or the supplies to do COVID-19 testing for retirement living residents.

Travel

Should you travel out of state for any period of time, Dr. Levine requires that you be tested for COVID upon your return to the state. Masonic Village has a restricted supply of COVID-19 tests, so you would need to work with your physician or with an outside testing facility to get your test.

If you have been away overnight, we ask that when you return to campus, you stop to get your temperature taken at the Clubhouse front desk. For 13 days after that, we ask that you get your temperature taken. The front desk will continue to be staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you are returning from a hospital stay or if you are returning from an extended stay in another state on the COVID hot list, we continue to ask for a 10-day quarantine upon your return.

Dining

The restaurants are closed until Jan. 4, 2021. Meal deliveries will be offered once a day.

Services

The Administration and Marketing Office are open. We encourage residents to continue to call or email as an alternative to in-person visits to the office.

All medical providers who operate on campus have been notified that they may resume scheduling routine appointments at the Retirement Living Medical Clinic. The re-opening dates and times will differ for each provider; residents are encouraged to contact their medical provider to schedule an appointment.

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

The wellness center and pool are closed until at least through Jan. 3, 2021. Exercise classes are available for 10 or fewer people at a time in the Assembly Room and Activity Rooms with masks required and with appropriate social distancing among residents.

The General Store is open with limited hours. We ask that only one resident at a time shop in the store.

Transportation has resumed for regularly scheduled shopping trips to malls and grocery stores as well as medical appointments. Seating will be limited to ensure social distancing, so pre-registration for these trips is required. The bus will be sanitized in between trips.

All resident deliveries (pharmacy, UPD, FedEx, Amazon, etc.) are received at the desk at the clubhouse entrance. Calls will be placed to residents when the prescriptions arrive for pickup.

The Art Room is open for classes and other types of usage. The capacity is limited for proper social distancing. Masks must be worn.

Updated January 20, 2021

Below you will find the current information for our nursing and personal care areas.

For further 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

We are presently in Step 1 of reopening. For information related to Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Long-term Living (DHS/OLTL) guidelines for Personal Care, please visit: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/coronavirus/Pages/OLTL-Interim-Guidance-for-PCH-ALR-ICF.aspx

At this time, there is one confirmed staff case in personal care, one staff case in nursing care and zero confirmed positive residents. In the event further testing of residents or staff is required (due to symptoms we have a contract with a private lab to provide supplies for testing and for processing of samples. Routine COVID screening/testing of personal care and health care staff is being completed through point-of-care antigen testing on a monthly basis as per Department of Health (DOH) and DHS/OLTL guidelines.

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 Pennsylvania DOH (PA-HAN-509). Also, in the event of a positive case(s) or in the event that Bucks County enters the Red Phase according to Governor Wolf, we will plan to close to all visitations, re-implement in-room meal service and discontinue out-of-room activities. We will promptly notify residents, families and responsible parties of the need to reverse reopening strategies and implement restrictions.

Screening of residents is ongoing and will continue at least daily. Screening includes symptom and temperature monitoring. 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. Staff symptoms are further monitored by the Director of Nursing/Infection Preventionist. During the steps of reopening, we do not plan to allow volunteers to re-enter the building.

We continue to monitor our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive cyclical deliveries. We do not currently anticipate a significant shortage of needed items.

Meals

Residents are served meals in their room. Staff wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while assisting with feeding and perform hand hygiene prior to assisting with meals and frequently throughout the meals, as necessary.

Activities

The Recreation team provides activities in residents’ rooms..

Visitations

Visitation appointments may be scheduled for end-of-life or urgent situations only at this time by contacting Kelly Weaver, Executive Director, at 215-672-2500, ext. 112. All visitors will be screened (including temperature) prior to allowing visitation. Visitors will be asked to wear goggles or face shields and gowns in addition to masks. Hand hygiene using alcohol-based hand rub will be required. Virtual visits and window visits can be arranged for non-urgent situations.

Other

Barber/beautician services are currently suspended.

We are also taking the following precautionary measures:

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.

No staff will be eliminated based on operational changes or due to COVID-19-related illness.

Unnecessary vendors are restricted.

Any questions related to reopening may be directed to Kelly Weaver, Executive Director, at 215-672-2500, ext. 112. Please continue to communicate with your loved ones during this unprecedented, challenging time. Thank you for your support and cooperation.