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: April 16, 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 2 3 0 0 1 1 146 26 1 5 262 0
Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill 0 0 0 0 0 0 55 15 0 1 47 1
Masonic Village at Sewickley 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 8 0 1 38 0
Masonic Village at Warminster 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A 18 7 0 0 23 0

Updated April 6, 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. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

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.

Community-wide

Closures

  • 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.
  • All public activities and large campus events are canceled until further notice.

Masonic Health Care Center and Freemasons Building

Visitations

To schedule a visit with a resident in the Freemasons Building (personal care), please call 717-367-1121, ext. 33145, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. -3 p.m.

Unfortunately, through our required ongoing weekly testing of Masonic Village staff and residents, we have identified positive COVID-19 cases in the Masonic Health Care Center. As the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guideline states, we need to suspend all visitation immediately on those neighborhoods, with the exception of end-of-life visits. Visitation will be able to resume once the CMS criteria is met as follows: When a new case of COVID-19 among residents or staff is identified, a facility should immediately begin outbreak testing and suspend all visitation until at least one round of facility-wide testing is completed.The following Masonic Health Care Center neighborhoods are open for visitations: Roosevelt 4, Washington 2 and 3 and Transitional Care. Please call 717-367-1121, extension 33591 to schedule a visitation; please leave a message, and someone from our scheduling team will return your call.

We continue to appreciate your continued trust in our team and overall patience during this extremely challenging time. We will provide you with an update as soon as we are able. As reminder, you can always call our resident and family hotline for up-to-date announcements at 717-481-3330.

Parking

Visitors to the Masonic Care Center may park in the front of the building by the Gift Shop and be greeted and screened by staff at that entrance. There is also overflow parking below the gift shop.

Visitors to the Freemasons Building may park by and enter through the Terrace entrance to be greeted and screened by staff.

Procedure

Our staff will provide you with your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to meet CMS’ guidance of a face covering, including a facemask for both your and your loved ones’ protection, to be worn throughout your visit. 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.

Although being close to your loved one is a desire at this time, we ask you remain six feet from physical contact. We do acknowledge that there is no substitute for physical contact, such as a hug. If your loved one is fully vaccinated, you may choose to have close contact (including touch) while wearing a facemask.

Visits are limited to the resident’s room or designated location on the neighborhood (if your loved one lives in a semi-private room). 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.).

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). 

Thank you for helping us by following these guidelines; we and look forward to seeing you.

As reminder, you can always call our resident and family hotline for up-to-date announcements at 717-481-3330.

Retirement Living

Dining

  •  The restaurants and cafes reopen on March 1, 2021. All residents are invited to dine-in at any of these locations during normal operating hours. Health and safety precautions will be enforced (mask wearing and distancing).
  • The restaurants will also continue to provide a pickup and delivery option. Menus for pickup provide residents a choice of menu items, packaged hot and ready to go. They may choose a time that is most convenient for them and are asked to select their menus a week in advance at the location assigned to them according to their living area. Delivery cost is $5
  • Café 1911 and Courtyard Café will be offering takeout.
  • Menus are available on Village Connect and distributed by dining services email weekly. All residents will continue to receive a copy of their assigned pickup location’s menu. The menus offer the opportunity for residents to choose their menu items a week in advance. Drop off instructions and locations were provided in a recent memo.

Grocery Shopping & Delivery

  • The Farm Market is temporarily closed to the public. The market is open for residents and employees, with guidelines for physical distancing while shopping. Winter hours are Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 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, Covid 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.

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.

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

Updated February 12, 2021

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 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.

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

  • Irem Clubhouse restaurant is open for limited dining on Thursdays for lunch and dinner, and on Fridays and Saturdays or dinner. Reservations are required. Please call 570-674-2812 for more information. All guests will have their temperature taken upon entrance.
  • Deliveries of hot and cold meals and groceries are available for residents weekdays, with cold meals delivered for the weekends.
  • Irem Clubhouse remains closed for private events.
  • CIP Rehab is open for physical therapy, as prescribed. Please use the east entrance (far right door) to the CIP waiting room.

Recreation

  • Starting February 15, small group activities for residents will resume. Restrictions for social distancing allow for 10 or fewer in the Walther Apartment Building resident lounge, four or less in the two lobbies of the apartment building and 25 or less in the Irem Clubhouse Grand Ballroom.
  • All group activities are by sign up only.  Temperature checks and screening will precede the group gathering.
  • Staff sanitize all rooms/common areas/buildings, especially following an activity or meeting.
  • 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 March 19, 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. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

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.

Nursing Care and Personal Care Visitations

To schedule a visit with a resident in nursing care, please contact Lori Steward at 610-825-6100, ext. 1271 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or the nursing supervisor at ext. 1308 in the evening and on weekends.

To schedule a visit with a resident in personal care, please contact Jessica Crabill at 610-825-6100, ext. 1214, Monday – Friday, -9 a.m. – 3 p.m.. To schedule a visit for hours other than those listed above, contact the nurses’ station at ext. 1321

We are scheduling visits and 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)

• In resident’s room

• Inside in other Masonic Village provided area(s)

Visits are limited to one hour.

Screening will continue for all visits. Hand hygiene must be performed prior to visit, as well as pre and post contact with resident. All visitors and residents must wear a tight-fitting mask at all times. Visitors must also have eye protection (goggles, face shield). If you do not have proper personal protective equipment (PPE), our staff will provide it for you to meet CMS’ guidance of a face covering, including a facemask and eye protection for both you and your loved one’s protection, to be worn throughout your visit. After the visit, please return the eye protection to the area where you received so it can be sanitized. 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.

Maintaining six feet between people is the safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19; however, if a resident is fully vaccinated, they may choose to have close contact, including touch with their visitor, with both parties wearing a well-fitting face mask (covering both your mouth and your nose) and performing proper hand hygiene before and after. During the remainder of the visit, we ask visitors to continue to maintain social distance (sit six feet apart). There should be no eating or drinking during a visit.

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

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 number of participants.
  • Trips have resumed to local markets with a maximum number of 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 with practices for limited use and proper sanitation and cleaning practices in place.
  • Religious services are offered with proper masking and physical distancing at all times.

Restaurants

  • Takeout and meal delivery are available. The dining room has reopened with a limited number of residents per seating. The Bistro is open for dining in for residents only.

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

  • We are 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 March 23, 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. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

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.

Visitation

With the recent guidance provided by CDC, CMS, PA Department of Human Services and the PA Department of Health, we are able to resume visitation with less restrictions.

We are recommending visitation as follows:

• Families of residents with the last name between A and L visit on the odd days of the month, 1, 3, 5, etc.

• Families of residents with the last name between M and Z visit on the even days of the month, 2, 4, 6, etc.

• 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 upon arrival. If there is an issue with your screening form or temperature, you will be asked to postpone your visit.

• Visitors are required to sign in and out in the log book.

• Visits are limited to two people at a time. Visit with your loved one in their room or outdoors.

• Sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the building and during your visit with soap and water when necessary.

• Masks and face shields MUST be worn at all times when in the building. You can obtain a face shield when you come to visit and keep it for future visits.

• Limit your visit to a half hour, if possible. Your visit should not extend past one hour.

• Visitation will be limited at this time to the hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. If possible, try to visit between 9 – 11 a.m., 1 -4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m.

• Visitors are not permitted to attend activities with the residents, sit in the common areas, dining rooms or other resident rooms.

• You are able to bring packages and food items for your loved one, but do not consume food items with the resident in an attempt to decrease infection control risks.

• YES, YOU MAY HUG YOUR LOVED ONE! Please ensure you both have your masks on and you wash your hands prior to and after any resident contact.

• New admissions and residents out of the facility for any reason are unable to have visitors for 14 days due to the self-quarantine requirement.

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 all residents. If at any point, we identify a resident or employee case of COVID-19, visitation will need to be suspended again immediately.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the extremely challenging last year.

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 open with pre-arranged seating times for residents. 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 is open Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m., for four participants at a time. Participants must schedule their weekly appointments in advance by calling 412-741-1400 ext. 3931 on Monday morning (8 a.m.).

The pool/spa is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Golden Aerobics class is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m., and Water Exercise class is Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m.

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 March 19, 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. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

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

We are very excited to resume visitation with less restrictions, effective immediately. We welcome you back to our community with established parameters to continue to attempt to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Contact the Activities Department at 215-672-2500, ext. 115 to schedule your visit. Visits are being scheduled daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please limit your visit to no more than one hour.

You must enter and exit the facility through the side ramp door, and you must wear a well-fitted facial mask that covers your nose and mouth. You must be screened and have your temperature taken upon arrival. If there is an issue with your screening form or temperature, you will be asked to postpone your visit. You are required to sign in and out of the log book.

Visits are limited to one person if visiting in a resident’s room; more visitors are allowed with prior consent at the time of scheduling an appointment if visiting in the multi-purpose room or out-of-doors. During visits, you must keep six feet of social distance.

Sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the community. Wash your hands during your visit with soap and water when necessary.

Visitors are not permitted to attend activities with residents, sit in the common areas, dining rooms or other resident rooms.

You may bring packages and food items for your loved one. If you handle your loved one’s laundry, you no longer need to schedule laundry pick-up and drop-off (just bring it or take it during your scheduled visit).

YES, YOU MAY HUG YOUR LOVED ONE! You both need to wear your masks, and please wash your hands prior to and afterward.

New admissions and residents out of the facility for greater than four hours are unable to have visitors for 14 days due to the self-quarantine requirement. We continue to strongly discourage off-campus trips; please visit with your loved one here safely.

We respectfully request that our defined parameters be followed in order to prevent the discontinuing of visitation for all residents. Should a resident or employee test positive for COVID-19 at any time, visitation will again be suspended immediately.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the extremely challenging past year. Please contact Kelly Weaver, Executive Director, at 215-672-2500, ext. 112 if you have any questions or need additional information. We are excited to be able to see everyone again!