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

Dear Masonic Villages Family,

As we welcome 2021 with great hope and anticipation, may we remain diligent in our commitment both to fighting COVID-19 and to finding creative ways to keep life meaningful despite the ongoing limitations to social gatherings and activities.

As the vaccine becomes available, I ask that you strongly consider taking it for your protection, for the safety of our residents and staff, and to help our communities thrive again. There is an end in sight to this pandemic, if we are all willing to do our part. Until the threat of transmission subsides, we must continue to wear PPE, wash our hands and social distance.

I wish to express my gratitude to all of you:

  • To our Masonic Villages’ administrators, staff and health care professionals who have been working around the clock to assess this health care crisis and provide hands-on care and support: Thank you for your dedication, talent, leadership, flexibility, ingenuity, and for always going above and beyond to do everything necessary to safeguard our residents and customers. You are an inspiration to me and indispensable to our Mission of Love.
  • To our residents, customers and families: Thank you for your patience, understanding and adherence to the limitations, postponements and changes we have had to implement throughout this pandemic. I know it is difficult to be separated from your loved ones and miss out on activities and events. Until in-person visits are safe once again, please continue communicating through phone calls, texts, emails, social media, video chat or other creative means. In the meantime, know our team members consider our residents and their families to be part of our family, and we will always strive to treat them with compassion, respect and care.
  • To our volunteers: While we have asked you to suspend your service with us until further notice, please know that we miss your smiles and talents and look forward to your return. Our communities just aren’t the same without you!
  • To our donors: Without your support, we wouldn’t have the wherewithal to implement the precautions we have taken during this national emergency. Being able to provide the necessary PPE and sanitation to ensure the welfare of our residents and staff provides a peace of mind that is priceless during times like these.

Throughout this pandemic, we have experienced suffering and loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 and to those who continue to suffer. We have also seen employees, residents, families, donors and members of our Family of Freemasonry perform selfless, thoughtful and caring deeds that continue to remind me how blessed we are to be a part of this Masonic Villages family. I wish you all a happy, healthy and blessed New Year.

Sincerely,
William L. Kingsbury
Chief Executive Officer

Updated: August 2, 2021

Location Nursing Care Residents (current) Personal Care Residents (Current) Retirement Living Residents (Current) Residents Residents Employees Employees Employee
Pending COVID-19 Positive Pending COVID-19 Positive Pending COVID-19 Positive COVID-19 Positive (Cumulative Since March 27, 2020) COVID-19 Total Deaths Pending COVID-19 Positive COVID-19 Positive (Cumulative Since March 27, 2020) COVID-19 Total Deaths
Masonic Village at Dallas N/A N/A N/A N/A 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Masonic Village at Elizabethtown 0 0 0 0 0 1 155 27 0 0 279 0
Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 15 0 0 48 1
Masonic Village at Sewickley 0 0 0 0 0 0 53 8 0 1 42 0
Masonic Village at Warminster 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A 18 7 0 0 23 0

Updated June 15, 2021

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. Masonic Village continues to regulate visitors and practice recommended social distancing and masking and modified resident activities.Staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

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

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

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

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

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

Community

  • Visitors may use the walking paths, but may not enter buildings unless they are visiting a resident. Visitors must continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines regarding mask wearing and social distancing.
  • All public activities and large campus events are canceled until further notice.
  • The Farm Market and Orchard View Café are open to the public, with guidelines for physical distancing. The Farm Market is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. It is also open for residents and employees only on Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Orchard View Café is open Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Visitations in the Masonic Health Care Center

If your loved one resides in a private room, you no longer need to schedule your visit.  Please visit during the following: Monday – Friday, between 8 a.m. –  7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, between 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
If your loved one resides in a semi-private room, you will need to schedule your visit  by calling 717-367-1121, ext. 33591.

If at any time a positive case is identified, visits on that particular neighborhood will be closed for a period of at least 14 days. You may call our updated hotline for any updates: 717-481-3330.

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

Visitations in the Freemasons Building

If your loved one resides in a private room, you no longer need to schedule your visit.  Please visit during the following: Monday – Friday, between 8 a.m. –  7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, between 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
If your loved one resides in a semi-private room, you will need to schedule your visit  by calling 717-367-1121, ext. 33145.

If at any time a positive case is identified, visits on that particular neighborhood will be closed for a period of at least 14 days. You may call our updated hotline for any updates: 717-481-3330.

We will ask visitors’ vaccination status when scheduling visits and upon entry on screening forms.

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

Visitation Procedure

Our staff will provide you with your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to meet CMS’ guidance of a face covering, including a facemask. Vigorous frequent handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer prior to and after your visit is appreciated. We ask that you do not eat with your loved one while you are visiting.

If both the resident and all of their visitors are fully vaccinated, they may choose to have close contact, including touch, and not wear masks while alone in the resident’s room or the designated visitation room. Visitors should wear masks and physically distance from other health care personnel and other residents/visitors who are not part of their group at all other times while in the building.

If either the resident or any of their visitors are not fully vaccinated, it is safest for everyone to maintain physical distancing and to wear masks. However, if the resident is fully vaccinated, they may choose to have close contact, including touch, with their unvaccinated visitor(s) while both continue to wear well-fitting masks.

Visits are limited to the resident’s room or designated location on the neighborhood (if your loved one lives in a semi-private room). When traveling to your loved one’s room, we ask that you walk directly there versus stopping elsewhere (i.e. other resident rooms or common areas such as our Village Café). Please limit touching surfaces (handrails, bedside table, doorknobs, etc.).

Following Your Visit

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

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

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

Retirement Living

Dining

·         All residents are invited to dine-in at any of the normal operating hours. Beginning June 21, Clubhouse Restaurant, Eisenlohr Restaurant, Cornerstone Restaurant, Café 1911 and Courtyard Café will offer take-out.

Grocery Shopping & Delivery

  • Residents may place orders from the Farm Market on Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., for delivery to their apartment or cottage the following Friday between 9 a.m. – noon. Orders may be placed via phone (717) 367-1121, ext. 33582, email at farmmarket@masonicvillages.org or fax (717) 361-5592. Residents may use their dining dollars, COVID dining dollars, direct bill or credit card to purchase groceries from the Farm Market. The delivery fee is $5. To avoid delivery fees, free pickup locations are available on Farm Market Saturdays in the Freemasons Cultural Center from 10 a.m. – noon and in James Buchanan from 2- 4 p.m. Please let us know when placing your order which pick-up option you prefer.

Recreation

  • 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.

Visitations

  • Residents’ guests are welcome in residents’ homes and in common areas. Those who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face mask in common areas; those who have not been fully vaccinated are required to wear a face mask indoors at all times.
  • Beginning June 21, residents’ guests are welcome to dine at any of our campus restaurants or cafes, as well as for special events and holidays. The Masonic Health Care Center Village Café is currently unavailable. Unaccompanied visitors are restricted from Franklin’s Press until further notice.
  • Visitors are permitted at the Brossman outdoor pool if accompanied by a resident; they are required to sign in at the gate.

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

Updated June 8, 2021

On behalf of the staff and administration at the Masonic Village at Dallas, we would like to thank our residents, families and friends for their support during the pandemic. As we enter the summer season, we request that residents continue to remain careful while socializing with family and friends who live outside of Masonic Village at Dallas. Over 98% of our residents are fully vaccinated; however, there is still a risk of getting sick from a variant of the coronavirus and/or spreading it to neighbors on campus.

At this time and continuing through the summer of 2021:

  • Fully vaccinated residents and employees are no longer required to wear masks in the Walther Apartment Building or in the residential villa area.
  • If residents are experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus, we ask that they self-quarantine and call their primary care physician to report any symptoms.
  • Visitors to the Walther Apartment Building and villas should wear a mask in common areas. Essential guests (healthcare providers, service technicians, housekeepers, etc.), are required to wear a mask when in the Walther Apartment Building or in a residents’ villa home and are required to sign in/out of the visitor log.
  • The volunteer transportation service remains unavailable at this time.

Irem Clubhouse

  • Irem Clubhouse restaurant is open for in-house/patio dining during hours of operation.
  • Our dining tables will remain separated by 6 feet to maximize your safety from other guests and to minimize potential transmission.
  • The clubhouse continues to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness to keep patrons safe.
  • Fully vaccinated residents, patrons and employees are no longer required to wear masks in the clubhouse. Masks are recommended for older adults when walking throughout the clubhouse.
  • Irem Clubhouse remains closed for private event throughout the summer.
  • CIP Rehab is open for physical therapy, as prescribed. Please use the east entrance (far right door) to the CIP waiting room.

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

Updated July 29, 2021

Masonic Village continues to regulate visitors and practice recommended social distancing and masking and modified resident activities.

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. Visitors to nursing care and personal care areas are screened (including temperature checks and vaccination status) upon entrance to our facility. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

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

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

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

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

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

Nursing Care and Personal Care Visitations  ​

To schedule a visit please call 610-825-6100, ext. 1271 for nursing care, and 1214 for personal care, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or the nursing supervisor at ext. 1308 for nursing care and ext. 1320 for personal care in the evening and on weekends.

We are scheduling visits and limiting the number of visitors at any given time, as this process allows us to appropriately screen, disinfect and clean residents’ rooms/designated areas in a timely manner following each visit, per CMS’ guidance. We strongly recommend limiting visitations to two visitors at a time, based on the need for continued social distancing. If needed, we can schedule available space for larger gatherings. When scheduling your visit, please let us know from the following options where you plan to visit:

• Outdoors (weather permitting, this option is preferred)

• In resident’s room

• Inside in other Masonic Village provided area(s)

• Visits are limited to one hour.

Hand hygiene must be performed prior to visitation, as well as pre and post contact with a resident. All visitors and residents must wear a tight-fitting mask in public/common areas at all times. If you do not have proper personal protective equipment (PPE), our staff will provide it for you to meet CMS’ guidance. We ask that you do not eat or drink with your loved one while you are visiting.

If both the resident and all of their visitors are fully vaccinated, they may choose to have close contact, including touch, and not wear masks while alone in the resident’s room or the designated visitation room. Visitors should wear masks and physically distance from other health care personnel and other residents/visitors who are not part of their group at all other times while in the building.

If either the resident or any of their visitors are not fully vaccinated, it is safest for everyone to maintain physical distancing and to wear masks. However, if the resident is fully vaccinated, they may choose to have close contact, including touch, with their unvaccinated visitor(s) while both continue to wear well-fitting masks.

When traveling to/from your loved one’s room, we ask that you walk directly there versus stopping elsewhere (i.e. other residents’ rooms or common areas). Please limit touching surfaces (handrails, bedside table, doorknobs, etc.).

Following your visit, please monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of any respiratory infection for the next 14 days, including fever, shortness of breath, cough, nausea, vomiting and/or sore throat. If any symptoms occur, please call us at 610-825-6100, ext. 1234, or ext. 1275 for further screening and instructions. If you are calling off hours, please call ext. 1242 or ext. 1308.

Please remember when scheduling an outing with your loved one to give a week’s notice in order for the interdisciplinary team to review and approve the outing.

Thank you for helping us by following these very important guidelines. We look forward to seeing you.

Retirement Living

General

  • Fully vaccinated residents are not required to wear a mask in common areas.

Recreation

  • Trips have resumed to local markets with a maximum number of residents and assigned seating.
  • The Wellness Center is open for limited use with proper sanitation and cleaning practices in place.
  • Religious services are offered with proper masking and physical distancing at all times.

Restaurants

  • The dining room and bistro are open for residents and their guests.
  • Takeout and meal delivery are available.

Visitors

  • We are open for visitors to retirement living residents. Masks are strongly encouraged when indoors in common/public areas.
  • At this time, we are not permitting visitors to eat in the Bistro.

Updated July 2, 2021

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. Masonic Village continues to regulate visitors and practice recommended social distancing and masking and modified resident activities. Staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

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

Star Points and Sturgeon Health Care Center

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

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

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

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

Visitation

We continue to try to maintain a delicate balance between resident health and well-being however, please be reminded COVID-19 is still in the community. The updated visitation guidelines are as follows:

You must enter and exit through the front door of the Star Points building by the reception desk.

  • All visitors MUST be screened and have their temperature taken when arriving at this facility. If there is an issue with your screening form or temperature, you will be asked to postpone your visit.
  • Sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the building.
  • Wash your hands during your visit with soap and water when necessary.
  • Masks MUST be worn at all times when in the building.
  • Please limit the length of your visit when possible.
  • Open visitation is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special exceptions will be made when necessary.
  • Visit with your loved one in their room or outdoors.
  • Visitors are not permitted to attend activities with the residents or sit in the common areas, dining rooms or other resident rooms.
  • You are able to bring packages and food items for your loved one. We do request that you do not consume food items with the resident in an attempt to decrease infection control risks.
  • YES, YOU CAN STILL HUG YOUR LOVED ONE! Just ensure you both have your mask on at the time and you wash your hands prior to and after any resident contact.
  • Unvaccinated new admissions or unvaccinated residents who have been on a leave of absence will continue to self-quarantine for 14 days, which would include no visitors.

Failure to follow the above increases the risk to our residents and failure to abide by the steps above could result in the discontinuing of visitation for all residents. If at any point, we identify a resident or employee case of COVID-19, visitation will need to be suspended again immediately.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Retirement Living

Residents who have been vaccinated are not required to wear a mask and social distance in common areas; residents who are unvaccinated are required to continue to wear a mask when not in their living unit and inside the clubhouse/hallways around others.

Visitors

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

Dining

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

Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Updated June 14, 2021

Masonic Village continues to regulate visitors and practice recommended social distancing and masking and modified resident activities.

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. All persons entering Masonic Village are screened (including temperature checks) upon entrance to our facility. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices.

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

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

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

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

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

Visitations

We welcome visitors to our community with established parameters to continue to attempt to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Contact the Activities Department at 215-672-2500, ext. 115 to schedule your visit. Visits are being scheduled daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Enter through the main entrance. You must wear a surgical mask that covers your nose and mouth. You must be screened and have your temperature taken upon arrival. If there is an issue with your screening form or temperature, you will be asked to postpone your visit.

Visits are limited to one person if visiting in a resident’s room; more visitors are allowed with prior consent at the time of scheduling an appointment if visiting in the multi-purpose room or out-of-doors.

All visitors are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing when indoors in common/public areas.

Sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the community and during your visit as necessary.

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

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

If both the resident and all of their visitors are fully vaccinated, they may choose to have close contact, including touch, and not wear masks while alone in the resident’s room or the designated visitation room. Visitors should wear masks and physically distance from other health care personnel and other residents/visitors who are not part of their group at all other times while in the building.

If either the resident or any of their visitors are not fully vaccinated, it is safest for everyone to maintain physical distancing and to wear masks. However, if the resident is fully vaccinated, they may choose to have close contact, including touch, with their unvaccinated visitor(s) while both continue to wear well-fitting masks.

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

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the extremely challenging past year. Please contact Kelly Weaver, Executive Director, at 215-672-2500, ext. 112 if you have any questions or need additional information.