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

Dear Masonic Villages Family,

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

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

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

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

I wish to express my gratitude to all of you:

  • To our Masonic Villages’ administrators, staff and health care professionals who have been working around the clock to monitor and guide us through this public health emergency: Thank you for your dedication, talent, leadership, flexibility, ingenuity, and for always going above and beyond to do everything necessary to safeguard our residents and customers. You are an inspiration to me and indispensable to our Mission of Love.
  • To our residents, customers and families: Thank you for your patience, understanding and adherence to the limitations, postponements and changes we have had to implement during this time. I know it is difficult to be separated from your loved ones, miss out on scheduled activities and events, alter your schedules and modify your routines. I hope you have found alternate ways to connect, whether through phone calls, texts, emails, social media, video chat or other creative means. In the meantime, know our team members consider our residents and their families to be part of our family, and we will always strive to treat them with compassion, respect and care.
  • To our volunteers: While we have asked you to suspend your service with us until further notice, please know that we miss your smiles and talents and look forward to your return. Our communities just aren’t the same without you!
  • To our donors: Without your support, we wouldn’t have the wherewithal to implement the precautions we have taken during this national emergency. For example, being able to pre-purchase additional supplies to ensure the welfare of our residents and staff provides a peace of mind that is priceless during times like these.

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

Sincerely,
William L. Kingsbury
Chief Executive Officer

Updated: August 14, 2020

Location Nursing Care Residents (current) Personal Care Residents (Current) Retirement Living Residents (Current) Residents Residents Employees Employees Employee
Pending COVID-19 Positive Pending COVID-19 Positive Pending COVID-19 Positive COVID-19 Positive (Cumulative Since March 27) COVID-19 Total Deaths Pending COVID-19 Positive COVID-19 Positive (Cumulative Since March 27) COVID-19 Total Deaths
Masonic Village at Dallas N/A N/A N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Masonic Village at Elizabethtown 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 2 13 0
Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill 1 0 0 0 0 0 42 15 0 0 24 1
Masonic Village at Sewickley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 0
Masonic Village at Warminster 0 0 0 1 N/A N/A 15 7 0 0 12 0

Updated August 14, 2020

While Governor Tom Wolf moved Lancaster County from the Yellow to Green phase on June 26, we will follow government recommendations to relax restrictions following a longer waiting time.

The campus remains closed to visitors until further notice. All persons entering Masonic Village’s grounds are screened. Employees in the health care and personal care areas are screened (including temperature checks) at the beginning and end of their shift. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

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

As part of these efforts, we will begin Universal COVID-19 testing for all residents and staff in skilled nursing care areas in accordance with Department of Health requirements. Costs for the testing will be covered by the county. Testing is scheduled to start on July 5, and families will be notified in advance. The Governor’s order is to identify asymptomatic COVID carriers of the virus. Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have been testing symptomatic residents and have had no positive cases. If any residents must be relocated to another part of the health care center based on test results, we will follow the PA Department of Health’s recommendations. Anyone with questions or concerns about this process may call Matthew Mayo, Assistant Executive Director, at 717-367-1121, ext. 33027; Ted Clay, Director of Nursing, at ext. 33183; or Kirk Rakos, Personal Care Administrator, at ext. 15650.

The safety, protection and well-being of all residents and staff remain our top priority. We are asking everyone to do their part to keep our community safe. Masonic Village is implementing services to accommodate residents’ needs so they do not have to leave their homes and risk infection. Throughout this challenging time, our staff are doing their best to provide creative means for safe recreation and socialization, including televised activity programs on our in-house channels that provide a balance of spiritual, physical, cognitive and social opportunities.

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

Community-wide

Closures

The following service areas are closed until further notice:

  • The campus remains closed to visitors. Only residents, staff and essential vendors and deliveries are allowed on campus at this time, with few exceptions.
  • Three Loaves Café
  • Sell Chapel Services are broadcast on the internal television system.
  • The Pharmacy will accept orders for home delivery. The driver will knock on the resident’s door, and step back to wait for them to retrieve their prescription, as they cannot leave prescriptions unattended. Curb side pick-up is also available. Let the pharmacy know when you phone in your prescription that you will be picking it up at the Pharmacy, and they will bring your medication to your car.
  • Adult Daily Living Center
  • All public activities and large campus events are canceled until further notice.

Medical Appointments

  • The Outpatient Medical Clinics at the Masonic Health Care Center open the week of July 6: White Dental, Bouquet Mulligan Eye Professionals, Hearing and Ear Care Center, Mount Joy Foot and Ankle Associates and Outpatient Rehab. Additional sanitation will be completed daily. Social distancing, masks, pre-screening and temperature checks and appointments are required.
  • Services may also be provided through our Home Health team. If an appointment is medically necessary, residents may drive themselves or our Transportation Services team will be glad to help with transportation arrangements; call ext. 33031 to schedule.

Staff

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

Visitors

  • Although we understand the importance of spending time with loved ones, our campus is closed to visitors until further notice. We understand the importance of visiting with loved ones, but we must maintain the safety and health of our residents and staff as our top priority.

Masonic Health Care Center

  • All residents in the Masonic Health Care Center and Freemasons Building dine in their rooms.
  • To lessen the chances of infection, we have canceled all group events, outings, activities and gatherings until further notice. Throughout this challenging time, our staff are doing their best to provide creative means for safe recreation and socialization, including:
  • Beautiful music provided by our talented music therapists
  • Spiritual care services, recreational and wellness programming provided through the in-house TV
  • In-person pastoral visits (with optional Communion)
  • Portable tablets on each neighborhood allow residents to connect with families and friends.  Our therapeutic recreation team is assisting in more than 200 ‘video-chatting’ connections a week.
  • Virtual BINGO on Fridays for over 250 residents weekly
  • Televised activity programs on our in-house channels provide a balance of spiritual, physical, cognitive and social opportunities.
  • Newly enhanced Virtual Reality programming to help alleviate the feeling of social isolation.
  • We elected our new 2020-2021 Resident Council representatives and have held our Resident Council meetings with our neighborhood representatives via ZOOM.
  • We have celebrated several centennial birthdays during our closure!

Retirement Living

Dining/Grocery Shopping & Delivery

  • Residents on a meal plan should call the restaurant they are temporarily assigned to for reservations. All meals are full service. Social distancing is required, and masks must be worn prior to entering and after leaving the restaurant.
  • Those on a meal plan who wish to have their meal delivered must call Catering at ext. 33501 prior to 6 p.m. the day before; there is no delivery fee.
  • Residents who opt out of the meal plan may continue to receive meals delivered to their home if they are ordered through Catering by 6 p.m. the day prior; no delivery fee.
  • The Farm Market reopened for residents and employees on July 3, with guidelines for physical distancing while shopping. The Orchard View Café will have hand-dipped ice cream for sale. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon – 5 p.m.
  • Beginning July 4, the Farm Market experience will be recreated every Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., in the Freemasons Cultural Center Atrium for residents and employees. Contactless service, masks worn, physical distancing required.
  • Through September 20, 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 to purchase groceries from the Farm Market until December 31, 2020.

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.
  • The Patton Pool open swim is open to residents only from Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 2 p.m., and to residents and employees, 2 – 6 p.m. Capacity is limited to 10 people at a time to be compliant with social distancing. On July 14, morning Patton Pool Group Fitness Classes for residents will begin Monday – Friday. There is a fee, and registration is required through the Baird Wellness Center. Capacity is limited to 15.
  • The Brossman Pool open swim is open to residents from noon – 6 p.m. daily. Capacity is limited to 25 people at a time to be compliant with social distancing.
  • The Baird Wellness Center is open to residents Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Capacity is limited to 10. Personal training by appointment only. On July 21, some Land Group Fitness Classes will be offered; each will have a specified capacity, some require registration and some a fee. Massage therapy, chiropractic and naturopath services will be available in July. Call to schedule an appointment at the center 717-361-5699.
  • The following activities and services are available:
    • Busy Bee Coloring Club – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. Call ext. 33277 to register.
    • Low Vision Support Group, date and time TBA. call ext. 39930 to register.
    • Ceramics, Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call ext. 33277 to register.
    • Sensory Garden Work, date and time TBA. Call ext. 39930 to register.
    • Resident-directed club information will be provided soon.
    • Computer/Technology Support for personal computers and other technology is allowed on campus on a pre-planned basis. Please check with the Retirement Living office.
  • We have canceled all recreational outings and large group events until further notice.

Travel/Visitations

  • 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.
  • Exceptions to the campus visitation policy must be pre-planned in advance with the Retirement Living office.

Personal Services

  • Hair salons opened June 29, but must operate at 50% capacity, by appointment only and with sanitation, mask requirements and other precuations in place.
  • Bi-weekly housekeeping services began June 29.

Spiritual Services

  • Coming soon! In-person spiritual care services for 20 people per gathering (must social distance and wear masks) including: Bible Study Groups, Church Committees and other groups, such as the Jewish Group, the Men’s Support Group, the Book Club and Pastor Deborah’s Women’s Group. The location of the groups may have to change.

Deliveries

  • The U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx and Pharmacy deliveries can make deliveries to residents’ homes. Grocery store deliveries and Amazon deliveries will be accepted at the front of the campus and delivered to residents’ homes by Masonic Village staff. We recommend you disinfect deliveries upon receipt and wash your hands immediately afterward.

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

Updated August 14, 2020

On behalf staff and administration at the Masonic Village at Dallas, we would like to thank families and friends for their support during the Red and Yellow phases. Luzerne County has been in the Green phase since June 19.

Masonic Village at Dallas reopened on July 1. The villa community, located at the end of Wedgewood Way, and the Walther Apartment building are open for families to visit. However, the administration recommends residents limit family’s and friends’ visits to outside patios, balconies, 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 you to sign in all visitors in the Guest Log located at both front and back entrances. We are keeping a log for tracing purposes in the event a case develops.
  • In the Walther Apartment Building, we request you use the sanitizer spray or sanitizing 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. Anyone who has traveled out of the area or stayed off campus overnight should notify administration so they can be screened upon return.

Irem Clubhouse

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

Recreation

  • Effective June 15, resident programs or meetings of 10 people or fewer resumed indoors, with groups of 20 or fewer permitted outside. Proper social distancing and face masks are required.
  • We discourage residents from leaving campus except for essential purposes (to grocery stores and the pharmacy, although delivery is a preferred option; and urgent medical visits).

Staff

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

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

Kind regards,

Noah Davis, MPA, NHA
Executive Director

Updated August 14, 2020

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 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. Through the measures that have been taken, we have seen great progress.

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 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 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

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/Personal Care

Reopening is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 10 (Step 2). The PA Department of Health (DOH) completed their Infection Control survey on Wednesday, July 8.

Baseline testing of all residents and staff was completed July 7-8, 2020, and all results were negative. We continue to have no positive cases among residents or staff. In the event further testing of residents or staff is required (due to symptoms or asymptomatic screening), 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

  • In Nursing Care, residents will continue to receive breakfast in their rooms. Residents will be served lunch and dinner in the dining room, seated at least six feet apart, and will be asked to wear masks to travel to/from the dining room.
  • In Personal Care, residents will be served breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room, seated at least six feet apart.
  • In both areas, country kitchens will be used for seating and overflow as needed, maintaining at least six feet between residents. Staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while assisting with feeding 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 will gradually implement 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. Outings may resume in Step 3 of reopening (at least 14 days after initial reopening in Step 2). Residents will be socially distanced on the bus, one resident per row/seat. Alcohol-based hand rub will be readily available and used prior to boarding, throughout the trip and at the end of each trip. Residents and staff must wear a mask at all times during the trip. The bus will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to use, once arriving at destination and upon return (once all residents and staff have exited).

Visitations

  • Visitations will resume effective Monday, Aug. 10. Visitation appointments will be scheduled and booked as calls are received and will be prioritized by campus leadership for any end-of-life or individualized situations. Visitations will be 25 minutes in length (maximum) and will be scheduled 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., seven days/week with a maximum of two visitors at a time per resident. Masks will be required at all times. Outdoor visitations will be designated at tables with umbrellas, with social distancing strictly maintained. For inclement weather, visitations will be held in the nursing “octagon” area, with areas specifically marked to maintain adequate distancing. All visitors will be screened (including temperature) prior to allowing visitation. Hand hygiene using alcohol-based hand rub will be required. Visitation areas will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between appointments. When in-room visitation resumes (at least 14 days after Step 2 reopening), visitors will be asked to wear goggles or face shields in addition to masks, and private rooms will be reserved for this purpose.
  • In Nursing Care, for non-urgent/end-of-life scenarios, families/responsible parties must schedule an appointment by contacting the Social Services/Resident Services desk Monday-Friday at 610-825-6100, ext. 1271, or nursing (after 4 p.m.) at ext. 1308.
  • In Personal Care, for non-urgent/end-of-life scenarios, families/responsible parties must schedule an appointment by contacting the Social Services/Resident Services desk Monday-Friday at 610-825-6100, ext. 1214, or nursing (after 4 p.m.) at ext. 1320.
  • 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.

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

  • Recreation has introduced more activities; however, they are on a limited basis and with a maximum of 10-12 participants. Recreation will be providing additional details.
  • 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 has reopened with limited capacity. Our Wellness Manager will provide additional information to members.

Restaurants

  • Meal plans resumed on July 1. Due to limited seating capacity per Governor Wolf, we have implemented three seatings with staff sanitizing between seatings. Meals are served buffet style with staff serving from the line to expedite service.
  • Takeout and free meal delivery are still available.
  • The Bistro has resumed normal hours; however, due to the mandate by the Governor, we can only seat up to 25% capacity.

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

  • Retirement living residents may visit with visitors outdoors, on their patio or in their apartment if they have an exterior entrance to their apartment. We encourage the continued practice of social distancing and wearing a mask. Authorized visitors are to enter through the main lobby for proper screening. Again, thank you in advance for your cooperation with these matters to safeguard our community.

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.
  • Exceptions to the campus visitation policy must be pre-planned in advance with the Executive Director’s office.

Updated August 14, 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf moved Allegheny County to the Green phase on June 5. We will proceed with a re-opening strategy that focuses on maintaining a COVID-free campus while beginning to allow safe resident interaction.

Campus-Wide

  • We are not holding worship services per the direction of the Governor and CDC recommendations. We are working to establish live streaming of services.

Precautions

  • Residents who exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) should contact their primary care physician and also call the nurse response phone number (412-749-6868).
  • In accordance with Department of Health requirements, we will begin Universal COVID-19 testing for residents and staff in nursing care on June 24 and 25. The Governor’s order is to identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus. The test will be done by Masonic Village employees and sent to a laboratory designated by the state. It is expected that we will receive test results in less than 48 hours. Costs for the testing will be covered by the state.
  • Residents, staff, contractors, care providers and others are asked to wear masks on campus and practice social distancing as much as possible.

Visitors

  • We are not yet accepting visitors at this time. Exceptions are rare and involve an end-of-life situation. These visitors will be screened prior to entry. To obtain special permission to visit a loved one, contact Eric Gross, Executive Director, 412-741-1400 ext. 3030, or Tracy Leja, Assistant Executive Director, at 412-741-1400 ext. 3220.

Travel

  • 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, we continue to ask for a two-week quarantine upon your return.

Retirement Living

  • We request that all residents wear a mask when leaving their apartment or villa.
  • Anyone who has traveled and remained off-campus overnight should notify the Retirement Living Office prior to returning to campus so they can be screened upon return.
  • 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 initially for residents only, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Residents must schedule an appointment at ext. 3931 due to reduced capacity requirements. Residents will have their temperature taken pre-workout and are encouraged to wear a mask and hand sanitize (pre- and post-workout.) Exercise classes are available in the Assembly Room with masks required and with appropriate social distancing among residents. The pool is open for resident use, initially on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 11:30 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.
  • Pharmacy prescriptions will be 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.
  • Various groups will begin meeting and recreational opportunities scheduled with masks required and appropriate social distancing.

Personal Care/Nursing

  • All meals are being delivered to residents’ rooms.
  • Medical appointments are being re-scheduled unless they are urgent.

Staff

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

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

Updated August 14, 2020

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 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.

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 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 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

Reopening is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 11 (Step 2). PA Department of Health completed its Infection Control survey the week of July 27.

Baseline testing of all residents and staff was completed June 29-30, 2020. In the Nursing Care area, one staff member and one resident tested positive, but were asymptomatic. In Personal Care, two residents tested positive, but were asymptomatic. At this time, there are no confirmed positive residents or staff. In the event further testing of residents or staff is required (due to symptoms or asymptomatic screening), 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 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 will be served meals in either the main dining room or the East Hall lounge. Residents will be seated at least six feet apart. Staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while assisting with feeding 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.

Activities

The Recreation team will gradually implement group programs per guidance from PA Department of Health. Initially, they will work with five or fewer residents, incorporating social distancing, masking and frequent hand hygiene into their programs. Items used during activities will not be shared between residents or will be disposable. As we move through the steps of reopening, programs will be available to 10 or more residents, with previously mentioned precautionary measures remaining in place. Outings will remain on hold at this time. Outside entertainment may resume at least one month after reopening (Step 3) and as determined by leadership.

Visitations

Visitations will resume effective Aug. 11. Visitation appointments will be scheduled and booked as calls are received and will be prioritized by campus leadership for any end-of-life or individualized situations. For non-urgent/end-of-life scenarios, families/responsible parties must schedule an appointment by contacting the front desk Monday-Friday, between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (215-672-2500). Visitations will be 30 minutes in length (maximum) and will be scheduled between 9-11 a.m. and 1-3:15 p.m., seven days/week. Masks will be required at all times. Outdoor visitations will be located in the West courtyard (six visitors maximum to maintain appropriate social distancing). For inclement weather, visitations will be held in the Multipurpose Room porch, with a maximum of two visitors per resident. To maintain social distancing during visitations, spaces will be visibly marked. All visitors will be screened (including temperature) prior to allowing visitation. Hand hygiene using alcohol-based hand rub will be required. Visitation areas will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between appointments. When in-room visitation resumes (at least 14 days after Step 2 reopening), visitors will be asked to wear goggles or face shields and gowns in addition to masks.

Other

Barber/beautician services will resume at least 14 days after entering reopening. Once services resume, the barber/beautician will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow infection control guidelines.

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.