Updated March 21, 2022

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

Staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. Effective February 27, masking is no longer required indoors for residents, staff and residents’ guests, except in the Masonic Health Care Center, Freemasons Building or Clinics areas. Staff providing care such as home health, home care or hospice services, will need to mask when providing services and as determined by Department of Health guidelines. We continue to encourage routine hand hygiene and practicing social distancing, when possible.

Community

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

Masonic Health Care Center/Freemasons Building

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

Visitations in the Masonic Health Care Center and Freemasons Building

  • Based on the Department of Health’s recommendations, contact tracing will still be conducted when a case of COVID-19 is identified; however, only those affected will be quarantined.
  • Refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or if you meet the criteria for quarantine in accordance with CDC guidance.
  • Visits do not need to be scheduled and may occur in a resident’s room.
  • If your loved one resides in a room that is quarantined, you may still visit; however, you will be asked to wear additional PPE.
  • When you visit, we have any isolated areas posted; please ask the receptionist if you have any questions. 

Visitation Procedure

  • Please park in front of the building by the gift shop; there is also overflow parking below the gift shop.  Enter through the gift shop entrance to get screened, go to your loved one’s room, and transport them back downstairs to enjoy your visit outside anywhere on campus. 
  • Complete the screening process (which includes your temperature).
  • Vigorous frequent handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer prior to and after your visit is appreciated.
  • Our staff will provide you with yourPersonal Protective Equipment (PPE) to meet CMS’ guidance of a face covering, including a facemask. Visitors should wear masks and physically distance from other health care personnel and other residents/visitors who are not part of their group at all other times while in the building. Regardless of vaccination status, it is safest for everyone to maintain physical distancing and to wear masks. When visiting in a resident’s room, we ask that you wear a mask your entire visit while the local community spread of COVID-19 is considered “substantial or high” according to the CDC.
  • Avoid visiting and congregating in common areas such as the living room or dining room and limit movement throughout the facility (i.e. visitors should not walk around the halls).
  • You may call our hotline for any updates: 717-481-3330. If you have any questions, please call 717-367-1121, ext. 33027.

Following Your Visit

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

Updated March 21, 2022

As we move into the Spring months, we request that residents and staff continue to remain careful while socializing with family and friends who live outside of Masonic Village at Dallas. Over 95% of our residents & 100% of our staff at Masonic Village and Irem Clubhouse are fully vaccinated and have had their booster shot; however, there is still a risk of getting sick from a variant of the coronavirus and/or spreading it to neighbors on campus. 

Luzerne County continues to have a high level of new COVID-19 cases daily with a high level of hospitalizations and deaths. With this level of virus spread, visitors must continue to follow the CDC guidelines regarding mask wearing and social distancing.

Masking is no longer required indoors for residents, staff and residents’ guests. The same guidelines apply to residents and their guests/visitors for on-campus social events and programs. We continue to encourage routine hand hygiene and practicing social distancing and encourage those who are not feeling well to refrain from attending group activities, dining in the clubhouse or socializing in the common areas.

At this time and continuing through the spring of 2022: 

  • If residents and staff are experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus, we ask that they self-quarantine and call their primary care physician and the Dallas administration office to report any symptoms. 
  • Essential guests (healthcare providers, service technicians, housekeepers, etc.), are not required to wear a mask when in the Walther Apartment Building or in a residents’ villa home; however, they are required to sign in/out of the visitor log. 

Irem Clubhouse 

  • Irem Clubhouse restaurant and pub is open for in-house dining during hours of operation Wednesday Lunch, Thursday Lunch and Dinner, Friday Dinner, Saturday Dinner and Sunday Brunch. 
  • Our staff can accommodate guests so a dining table remains 6 feet apart to maximize the safety from other guests and to minimize potential transmission. 
  • The clubhouse continues to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness to keep patrons safe. 
  • Fully vaccinated residents, patrons and employees are no longer required to wear masks in the clubhouse. Masks are recommended for older adults when walking throughout the clubhouse. 
  • Irem Clubhouse is open for private parties of 50 guests or less. There will not be any large private events throughout the remainder of 2022. 
  • CIP Rehab is open for physical therapy, as prescribed. Please use the east entrance (far right door) to the CIP waiting room. 

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

Updated March 11, 2022

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. Staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. 

Masking is no longer required indoors for residents, staff and residents’ guests, except in the personal care and health care areas. Masking is optional for staff who are vaccinated; staff who have an approved vaccination exemption are required to continue to wear a mask within indoor common areas. The same guidelines apply to retirement living residents, their guests/visitors and groups/programs that have been approved. Visitors are welcome to dine in the Bistro and Village Restaurant. We continue to encourage routine hand hygiene and practicing social distancing, when possible, and encourage those who are not feeling well to refrain from attending dining or other group activities.

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

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

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

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

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

Nursing Care and Personal Care Visitations  ​

Based on the Department of Health’s recommendations, contact tracing will still be conducted when a case of COVID-19 is identified; however, only those affected will be quarantined.

  • Refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well, or have recently tested positive for COVID-19. If you have recently tested positive (within the past 14 days) please check with staff to ensure you meet the criteria to visit.
  • Visits do not need to be scheduled and may occur in a resident’s room.
  • If your loved one resides in a room that is quarantined, you may still visit; however, you will be asked to wear additional PPE.
  • Upon entrance, please complete the screening process (which includes your temperature).
  • Hand hygiene must be performed prior to visitation, as well as pre and post contact with a resident.
  • If needed, our staff will provide you with your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to meet CMS’ guidance of a face covering, including a facemask. Visitors should wear masks and physically distance from health care personnel and other residents/visitors who are not part of their group at all times while in the building. Regardless of vaccination status, it is safest for everyone to maintain physical distancing and to wear masks. When visiting in a resident’s room, we ask that you wear a mask your entire visit while the local community spread of COVID-19 is considered “substantial or high” according to the CDC
  • Avoid visiting and congregating in common areas such as the living room or dining room and limit movement throughout the facility (i.e. visitors should not walk around the halls).
  • 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.

Updated March 11, 2022

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

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

Star Points and Sturgeon Health Care Center

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

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

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

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

Visitation

We continue to try to maintain a delicate balance between resident health and well-being however, please be reminded COVID-19 is still in the community. Based on the Department of Health’s recommendations, contact tracing will still be conducted when a case of COVID-19 is identified; however, generally only affected individuals will be quarantined instead of entire neighborhoods. The updated visitation guidelines are as follows:

  • Refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or if you meet the criteria for quarantine in accordance with CDC guidance.
  • Visits do not need to be scheduled and may take place in the resident’s room or outdoors. Open visitation is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special exceptions will be made when necessary.
  • You must enter and exit through the front door of the Star Points building by the reception desk.
  • All visitors MUST be screened and have their temperature taken when arriving at this facility. If there is an issue with your screening form or temperature, you will be asked to postpone your visit.
  • PPE requirement for a non-quarantined room is a surgical mask that we will provide for you.  You will see staff wearing both a surgical mask and eye protection.
  • If your loved one resides in a room that is quarantined, you may still visit; however, you will be asked to wear additional PPE.
  • Sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the building and as necessary.
  • Visitors are not permitted to attend activities with the residents or sit in the common areas, dining rooms or other resident rooms.
  • You are able to bring packages and food items for your loved one. We do request that you do not consume food items with the resident in an attempt to decrease infection control risks.
  • Residents not up to date with CDC recommended COVID 19 vaccinations will self-quarantine per CMS guidelines.

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

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Retirement Living

Visitors

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

Dining

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

Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Updated March 11, 2022

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. Staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. 

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

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

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

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

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

Visitations

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

  • Refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or if you meet the criteria for quarantine in accordance with CDC guidance.
  • Visits do not need to be scheduled and may occur in the resident’s room or outside.
  • If your loved one resides in a room that is quarantined, you may still visit; however, you will be asked to wear additional PPE.
  • Hand hygiene must be performed prior to visitation, as well as pre and post contact with a resident.
  • Visitors must complete a screening form and have their temperature taken prior to the visit.
  • All visitors and residents must wear a tight-fitting mask in public/common areas at all times. If you do not have proper personal protective equipment (PPE), our staff will provide it for you to meet CMS’ guidance.
  • 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.).
  • Visitors are requiredto wear masks, and we recommend maintaining physical distance during their visit, regardless of vaccination status. Residents are also strongly encouraged to wear masks during visits. 

Following Your Visit

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

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