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: October 28, 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 5 7 9 0 5 4 21 0
Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill 1 0 0 0 0 0 42 15 4 1 25 1
Masonic Village at Sewickley 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 0
Masonic Village at Warminster 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A 16 7 0 0 12 0

Updated October 28, 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. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

Community-wide

Closures

The following service areas are closed until further notice:

  • The campus remains closed to most visitors. Only residents, staff and essential vendors and visitors and deliveries are allowed on campus at this time, with few exceptions.
  • 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.
  • All public activities and large campus events are canceled until further notice.

Staff

  • All staff are screened with a questionnaire and temperature check upon coming to work each day. All staff in healthcare and personal care areas wear surgical masks and are screened (including temperature checks) at the end of their shift. Other staff must wear masks anytime they may come into contact with a resident. We are following PA Department of Health guidelines for routine staff testing.

Essential Visitors

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.

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 Lancaster 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. 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 in their rooms. 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 Clinical Command/Infection Preventionist. During the steps of reopening, we do not plan to allow volunteers to resume their services.

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.

Below you will find the reopening plan for our Personal Care and Nursing areas, as well as contact information should you have any questions regarding Masonic Villages’ Reopening Process. 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

Masonic Health Care Center

The PA Department of Health completed its Infection Control survey on Tuesday, July 15, with no deficiencies cited. On Aug. 31, we entered Step 3 of reopening.

Testing

Baseline testing of all residents was completed throughout the month of July, with the last testing date July 22, 2020, and all results were negative. Staff were also tested throughout the month of July. Three health care employees tested positive, but were asymptomatic. Appropriate contact tracing and quarantine guidelines were followed. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated COVID retesting for all Masonic Health Care Center employees, which we accomplished by the end of September. Recently, an employee on one of our nursing care neighborhoods tested positive and has been taken off the schedule until a negative test is provided. All staff the neighborhood must wear masks, face shields and gowns; facility testing has moved from monthly to weekly; and visitations, with the exception of end-of-life situations, are closed until Nov. 1 for that neighborhood. Residents on that neighborhood will be tested, and the POAs of any residents who may have been exposed have been contacted. We have a contract with private labs to provide supplies for testing and for processing of samples.

Meals

Beginning Aug. 31, all residents will receive meals in the dining room. Residents will be seated at least 6 feet apart, with plexiglass partitions in place as needed. Alcohol-based hand rub will be readily available in the dining rooms for residents to use before, during and after meals. Residents will be wearing masks to travel to/from the dining rooms. Staff will continue to 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 Therapeutic Recreation team will gradually implement group programs as per the guidance from PA DOH. Initially (in step 2), they will work with 10 or fewer residents, incorporating social distancing (at least 6 feet between participants), masking and frequent hand hygiene into their programs. During Step 3, group size may be increased beyond 10 residents, as appropriate. Activities and groups will occur based on the type of resident and individualized needs of the neighborhoods. Live-streaming of programs will continue, as well. As groups expand, we will continue to promote mask wearing and social distancing throughout all group programs. As in-person activities resume, a gradual phase-out of virtual or live-streaming options will occur; however, Spiritual Care services will continue via live-stream video. Outdoor walks will be incorporated into all steps of reopening for 1:1 activity, as needed/able. Restaurant and shopping outings will remain on hold at this time.

Visitation

Visitation will be held on the ground floor of the Ben Franklin building Monday-Saturday during select/limited times. This space has been redesigned and divided with plastic, a glass window and hands-free intercom system to allow for two separate visiting areas. Visitation appointments will be scheduled and booked as calls are received. Families/responsible parties must schedule an appointment by contacting the Admissions office at 717-367-1121, extension 33045. Due to demand, visitation will be no more than 30 minutes in length. In an effort to maintain appropriate distancing, maximum number of visitors allowed is six. Residents will be and visitors must wear masks at all times. Visiting areas will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly between visits. In-room visitations will be prioritized for end-of-life/urgent needs by contacting the Health Care Services Administration office at 717-367-1121, extension 33027. When in-room visitation occurs, visitors will be asked to wear face shields and gowns in addition to masks. All visitors (regardless of visitation area) will be screened upon arrival (including temperature). Video chats will still be an option for residents and their families.

Any questions related to reopening, contact: Matthew Mayo, assistant executive director/health care administrator, at 717-367-1121, extension 33027.

Personal Care

On Aug. 31, we entered Step 3 of reopening.

Baseline testing of all residents and staff was completed July 27-29, 2020. All residents were negative. One employee tested positive, but was asymptomatic. All quarantine and contact tracing protocols were followed according to DOH/DHS guidance. In the event that 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.

Meals

Residents are served in the Terrace View dining room. There will be two scheduled seatings for breakfast, lunch and dinner to maximize space and allow for appropriate social distancing during meals (at least six feet between residents). Plexiglass dividers will be in place on dining room tables as necessary. Residents will wear masks for travel to/from the dining room, and hand sanitization stations will be available to residents upon entry to the dining room. Staff will continue to use universal personal protective equipment (masks and goggles). All tables, dividers and chairs will be cleaned and thoroughly sanitized between each use according to facility protocols.

Activities

The Therapeutic Recreation team will gradually implement group programs as per the guidance from PA DOH/DHS. Initially, they will work with 10 or fewer residents, incorporating social distancing, masking and frequent hand hygiene into their programs. During Step 3, group size may be increased beyond 10 residents, as appropriate. Activities and groups will occur based on the type of resident and individualized needs of the neighborhoods. Live-streaming of programs will continue as well. As group programs continue to expand, we will gradually begin a phase-out of virtual or live-streaming options, however Spiritual Care services will continue via live-stream video. We will continue to promote mask wearing and social distancing and infection control protocols as groups increase in size. Outdoor walks for groups of five or less will be offered. Residents may take outdoor walks and use outdoor sitting areas as an independent leisure pursuit. Restaurant and shopping outings will remain on hold at this time.

Visitation

Visitation will be held on the ground floor of the Personal Care Freemason Building, Monday-Friday, during select/limited times. This space has been redesigned and divided with plastic, a glass window and hands-free intercom system. Visitation appointments will be scheduled and booked as calls are received. Families/responsible parties must schedule an appointment by contacting Personal Care at 717-367-1121, extension 33145. Due to demand, visitation will be no more than 30 minutes in length. In an effort to maintain appropriate distancing, maximum number of visitors allowed is six. Residents and visitors will be required to wear a mask. Visiting areas will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly between visits. Visitations will be prioritized for end-of-life/urgent needs by contacting the Health Care Services Administration office at 717-367-1121, extension 33027. When in-room visitation occurs (end-of-life/urgent need), visitors will be asked to wear face shields and gowns in addition to masks. All visitors (regardless of visitation area) will be screened upon arrival (including temperature). Video chats will still be an option for residents and their families.

Any questions related to reopening, contact: Kirk Rakos, personal care administrator, at 717-367-1121, extension 15650.

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

Retirement Living

Dining/Grocery Shopping & Delivery

  • As of October 12th all retirement living residents are invited to join us in our cafes and restaurants. Residents may contact the dining venue of their choice to make a reservation. Please bring your MVP card and a mask must be worn to and from the dining room.
  • Deliveries will return to standard procedures as stated in the resident handbook. Residents may place an order for pick up from any restaurant or café free of charge. Delivery for residents residing at James Buchanan, Smith North and South, Brown, Sycamore, and the cottages, will be available from the Restaurant at Clubhouse. Village Green and Village Apartments, delivery service will be provided by the Restaurants at Grand Lodge Hall. A $5 delivery fee will be applied to all deliveries.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Personal Services

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

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

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

Updated August 19, 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 October 22, 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 in the nursing and personal care areas is also screened (including temperature checks) at the end of their shift. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. We are following PA Department of Health guidelines for routine staff testing.

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

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

For 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 Care

Nursing Care is in Step 1 of reopening.

Baseline testing of all residents and staff was completed July 7-8, 2020, and all results were negative. We currently have one staff who has tested positive. Nursing care staff and residents will be tested weekly for at least two weeks. 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. Staff are utilizing a face shield, N95 mask, where appropriate, and gowns.

Meals

  • Residents will receive meals in their rooms. 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

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

Visitations

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

Personal Care

Personal Care is in Step 3 of reopening.

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

  • Residents will be served breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room, seated at least six feet apart.
  • 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.
  • Beginning Aug. 24, residents may go on scenic rides in our vehicles. 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).
  • Effective Monday, Aug. 24, nursing care residents will be able to receive hair care in the Hair Works salon.

Visitations

  • Visitations resumed 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 and social distancing will be strictly maintained. Visitations will be held in the auditorium, with areas specifically marked to maintain adequate distancing. All visitors must enter through the main entrance and 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 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

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

Travel/Visitations

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

Updated October 23, 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

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. All persons entering Masonic Village are screened (including temperature checks) upon entrance to our facility. Every staff member in nursing and personal care areas is also screened (including temperature checks) at the end of their shift. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. We are following PA Department of Health guidelines for routine staff testing.

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

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

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

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

Health Care

The Health Care area is in Phase 1 of reopening. PA Department of Health completed its Infection Control survey on June 24.

Baseline testing of all residents and staff was completed June 24-25, 2020; all residents and staff tested negative. On Oct. 22, Masonic Village at Sewickley received confirmation that a health care resident tested positive for the coronavirus. This follows the news of a positive staff case on Oct. 4 and 21. Appropriate contact tracing has been completed, and guidelines are being followed per PA DOH and CMS at this time. In addition to weekly staff and resident COVID-19 testing, we will continue to practice diligent infection control procedures to ensure the safety of our residents and staff. We 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, re-implement in-room meal service and discontinue out-of-room activities.

Screening of residents is ongoing and will continue at least daily. Screening includes symptom and temperature monitoring. Screening of staff (direct care, contracted staff) is also ongoing at the beginning of each shift, including symptom and temperature monitoring. Staff are also asked to self-screen during their shift and immediately suspend work should any symptoms occur. Staff symptoms are further monitored by the Director of Nursing/Infection Preventionist. During the steps of reopening, we do not plan to allow volunteers to re-enter the building.

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

Meals and Activities

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

Visitation

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

Personal Care

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

Visitors must be screened and have their temperature taken in the clubhouse prior to entering resident areas. All visitors will be required to wear a mask while on campus. Residents who host out-of-town visitors from a known high-COVID area should quarantine for the two weeks following their departure.

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 on the COVID hot list, we continue to ask for a two-week quarantine upon your return.

Dining

The Grill Room and main dining room are open and operating at 50% capacity. To offset this limit in usable space, we have expanded our dining facilities out into the Great Room. The dining team remains focused on sanitation and cleanliness; we have purchased a fogging machine that sanitizes the air and dining surfaces in between seatings. If visiting from a state that is not on the COVID hot list, residents’ guests may dine in the grill room for breakfast or lunch. Residents and guests are asked to wear a mask when not seated at their table. The hearth oven is open for pizza orders. Residents can order a pizza between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and pick it up at the hostess stand outside the dining rooms. Meal delivery service will continue, but a fee will apply. The pub will remain closed.

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 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.

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 September 28, 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. We are following PA Department of Health guidelines for routine staff testing.

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

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

We are in Step 3 of Reopening. 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 resumed 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. In-room visitations will be prioritized for end-of-life and urgent needs only and scheduled by contacting Kelly Weaver, Executive Director, at 215-672-2500, ext. 112. Visitors will be asked to wear goggles or face shields and gowns in addition to masks.

Other

  • Barber/beautician services: 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.