COVID-19

Seabury’s Response To COVID-19/Coronavirus

Seabury Weekly Services Schedule

Updated: August 7, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

Dear Seabury Residents, Members, and Families:

We hope you and your family are well. We continue to enjoy a welcomed reprieve with no active COVID cases or any positive tests for Residents or employees, including all results from the July 23 testing event.

Friday, August 14 Testing Event:
We are holding another mass testing event next week. Due to power outages that are still impacting several areas around the state, our schedule with DOCS Urgent Care has shifted. The testing event is now scheduled for Friday, August 14, beginning at 10:45 AM for Residents and Members. Specifics are outlined below. Docs Urgent Care will use a rapid test in the hopes for more timely results to help our goal for testing the entire resident population monthly.

All specimens collected that day will be processed on-site and the results shared after the event. If anyone is positive, they will receive a call from a member of the COVID team that day. If you don’t receive a call, you can be assured you are negative!

#1. Please plan to participate in the testing event on August 14 if you’ve participated in the previous four outdoor events on May 28, June 19, July 9 and July 23. Please note, we do have an alternative plan for residents that can’t participate in the outdoor testing on Friday. Those residents will be called separately for instructions.

#2. The testing event begins at 10:45 AM! Here’s the schedule by last name and time:

  • Last names starting with the letters A-G need to arrive at 10:45 AM.
  • Last names starting with the letters H-O need to arrive at 11:30 AM.
  • Last names starting with the letters P-Z need to arrive at 12:15 AM.
  • All Seabury At Home Members, please report at 12:45 PM.

Bistro Online Ordering System:
Thank you all for testing, we have been receiving test tickets all day!! The system is working!

You may place your “live” orders for Monday, August 10 starting at 12 noon on Sunday, August 9 when our testing phase ends. Any orders placed before noon on Sunday will not be processed. Please note, the pricing for all the menu items will be live when you order on Sunday at noon. We pulled the pricing out for these few days of testing so accounts are not charged during the testing phase.

One common troubleshooting tip: after you activate your account, please access the login page for the ordering system via the portal, don’t go back to the activation link in your email. Submit your email and password again. If you run into an error with a password, you can reset it. For troubleshooting questions over the weekend, please contact Erik Meischeid at x6060 or erikmeischeid@seaburylife.org.

August Events!!
We are in the midst of planning some exciting, outdoor events for the latter half of August and beginning of September. Not all the details are firmed up as of the writing of this communication, but we are making plans to enjoy the following line up:

  • A “sweet summer treat” for the testing event on Friday, August 14.
  • We will be meeting with members of the Encore Resident Group to plan an outdoor Tag Sale, under the same pavilion where we host testing. We hope to plan for a day during the month of August
  • We are planning for an Outdoor Movie series, under the testing pavilion. Materials for the outdoor movie (e.g. the screen, sound, etc.) are arriving today and we will do a test run next week to be sure we have a good setup for our first outdoor movie later this month.
  • Seabury At Home Annual Meeting via Zoom on August 20 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Community Forum via Zoom on August 26 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Lastly, we are planning to host an outdoor concert in coming weeks. We are in planning discussions with Simply Swing and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Housekeeping:
The housekeeping team, under the direction and guidance of Kristian Goodbout, is preparing for a second round of apartment and cottage cleaning.

  • There will be a total of approximately 16 apartments or cottages/villas cleaned per day.
  • Cleaning of the guest rooms & conference rooms that are being used as waiting areas for the Residents will have to be cleaned in between each use, just as we did for the first round of cleaning.
  • We will continue to clean the clinic 3 times per day and maintain the sanitization of our common spaces & laundry rooms each day.
  • We ask that folks be mindful that there will be set times for these cleanings. All Residents are on the list and will be called by Kristina Godbout or Holly Granito from the Housekeeping department to schedule the appointments beginning the week of August 24.

Note from Accounting:
The monthly statements are being distributed today. Please be aware, there is a line item on the August campus bills that says “ancillary” are additional food plan charges. There is an issue with our software that changed the description on the bills. If there are any questions, please contact either Samantha King at x6030 or David Greenblatt at x6055.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information. Please leave a message at 860-243-6001, if you do not have email.

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: July 22, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

Dear Seabury Residents, Members, and Families:

Hope everyone is well and staying cool in this heat!

Seabury Memorial Service:
A virtual memorial service honoring the residents we have lost since March 2020 will debut on Ch. 918, Saturday, July 25 at 1:00 PM. This truly special, inclusive and thoughtful online service has been hours in the making, featuring scriptures, songs, and poems that were all selected by Seabury Residents. The service also features guest readers, poets, and singers, including Hannah Gundersheim, who will perform The Mourner’s Kaddish. The service will run for about 45 minutes.
Bulletins for the service are available and will be printed and distributed to all homes on Friday, July 24. Chaplain Jenn’s YouTube channel will begin carrying the memorial service next week, so everyone can re-watch or share with friends and family. Chaplain Jenn will email the link on the evening of Sunday, July 26.
We encourage everyone to watch the service to help heal us as a community, as we honor those we have lost. We will honor all, including those who passed as a result of COVID and those who passed from unrelated illnesses.

CT Travel Advisory and Quarantine:
In an effort to exercise the most caution and protect our campus, we will echo the State of Connecticut advisory requiring visitors to Connecticut from the impacted states to quarantine and self-monitor for 14-days. Those travelers coming to Connecticut for shorter stays can quarantine and self-monitor for less time if their stay is shorter. We will make arrangements for you to be tested as well, during the quarantine period. The following states are currently under Connecticut Quarantine Advisory:

• Alaska
• Alabama
• Arkansas
• Arizona
• California
• Delaware
• Florida
• Georgia
• Iowa
• Idaho
• Indiana
• Kansas
• Louisiana
• Maryland
• Missouri
• Mississippi
• Montana
• North Carolina
• North Dakota
• Nebraska
• New Mexico
• Nevada
• Ohio
• Oklahoma
• South Carolina
• Tennessee
• Texas
• Utah
• Virginia
• Washington
• Wisconsin

Thursday, July 23 Testing Event:
As noted in our July 17th communication, we are holding another mass testing event this Thursday, July 23, beginning at 10:45 AM, for residents and members. We have contracted Docs Urgent Care for this round of testing, as Hartford Healthcare currently does not have availability. Docs Urgent Care will use a rapid test in the hopes of more timely results to help our goal for testing the entire resident population monthly.

All specimens collected that day will be processed on-site, and the results shared after the event. If anyone is positive, they will receive a call from a member of the COVID team that day. If you don’t receive a call, you can be assured you are negative! We intend to have every testing event run as smoothly as possible but, as different vendors are used, processes change.

#1. Please plan to participate in the testing event on July 23 if you’ve participated in the previous three outdoor events on May 28, June 19, and July 9. Please note that we do have an alternative plan for residents who can’t participate in the outdoor testing on Thursday. If you are a resident that has never participated in the outside testing events, you will be called separately for instructions.

#2. The testing event begins at 10:45 AM! Here is the schedule, organized by last name and time. We’ve already made a note of some exceptions for different times due to scheduling conflict:

Last names starting with the letters A-G need to arrive at 10:45 AM.
Last names starting with the letters H-O need to arrive at 11:30 AM.
Last names starting with the letters P-Z need to arrive at 12:15 AM.
All Seabury At Home Members, please report at 12:45 PM.

#3. If we encounter an unforeseen problem with paperwork, etc. during the event, we have back up support with our clinicians in the clinic and Seabury Visiting Nurse and will get you tested, no worries!

#4. We will have a water station set up, as we are expecting warm and humid temperatures. We may need to postpone, day of, if we have thunderstorms and can’t safely proceed.

#5. You will only receive a consent form if you didn’t participate with Docs Urgent Care on July 9. Please place the forms outside on your ledge for collection on Wednesday, July 22.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.
Please leave a message at 860-243-6001, if you do not have email.

Thank you!

Seabury Executive Team

 

 

Updated: July 17, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

Dear Seabury Residents, Members, and Families:

We’d like to begin our communication this week with some exciting news. We are officially cleared of all active COVID cases in all levels of care and all employees on Campus.

We took steps to verify the last asymptomatic positive which has been ruled a FALSE positive. Let’s take a breath and enjoy that good news for as long as possible!

We are benefiting from a reprieve in the spread of this virus in our State and on our campus, but we must not let our guard down! Our increased testing, in addition to the mask-wearing, social distancing, and sanitizing, have become effective tools during this pandemic. With increased testing, we can pinpoint any activity in real-time and further investigate, quarantine, and stop any potential spread.

We must emphasize, the NO VISITOR restrictions have not been lifted for Seabury. The only exceptions for “in-building” visitors would be end of life situations that receive approval by the Executive Team. The COVID Team will address individually any visitors coming through side doors without permission. Thank you for your cooperation and efforts in keeping our community safe!

Only with the greatest restrictions in place, permission may be provided to family member(s) that have tested negative and are scheduled to access an apartment or cottage for clearing purposes or to help a new resident move-in. In these cases, the adult children are asked to access the home via the porch, if it is ground level, or through the closest pedestrian door, etc. All exceptions must be planned and cleared with a member of the COVID Team ahead of any visit.

The Department of Public Health (DPH) notified us that we will no longer be allowed to test asymptomatic residents (through the Clinic or Visiting Nurses), using the state lab to process these specimens. We must use our designated testing vendor to test all employees and residents moving forward.

Our clinical staff will only be allowed to test residents with symptoms from this point forward. Please note that the change in DPH protocol has the following impact:

  • Anyone returning from vacation, especially if you’ve traveled outside of Connecticut, will need to get tested at a local, off-campus testing site (e.g. CVS) once one has returned home and remain in one’s home until the results have come back negative. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
  • If all test results from this week’s resident Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) and yesterday’s staff testing are negative, this will be the last time we are required by DPH to have asymptomatic staff and healthcare residents tested for now. The Seabury COVID Team; however, will determine the frequency of testing moving forward.
  • We will develop a method to test independent residents who’ve been tested in their residences for the last three testing events. Plans are in development to either transport residents with the van or set-up a testing area in the Chapel. More to come next week, as we get closer to the testing event on Thursday, July 23.

Residents, Members and Employees will be tested on Thursday, July 23 10:45 AM – 1:30 PM (a more detailed schedule in alphabetical order by time will be provided next week). Consent forms will be provided to only those residents who need them ahead of time. We will distribute Tuesday, July 21, and pick-up forms on Wednesday, July 22. All specimens collected that day will be processed on-site and the results shared after the event. If anyone is positive, they will receive a call from a member of the COVID Team that same day. If you don’t receive a call, you can be assured you are negative! It is our intent to have every testing event run as smoothly as possible, but as different vendors are used, the processes change. Thank you for your patience!

Testing Data – Residents:
Total Tests – 1243

  • Active – 0
  • Positive – 61
  • Negative – 1153
  • Pending – 29

Cumulative COVID Positive Results – 61

  • Independent – 9
  • Skilled – 33
  • Views – 19
  • Meadows -0

COVID Deaths – 15

  • Independent – 2
  • Skilled – 10
  • Views – 3
  • Meadows – 0

Testing Data – Employees:

  • Total Tested – 677
  • Total Active – 0
  • Total Positive – 43
  • Total Negative – 454
  • Total Pending – 180 (from 7/16 required testing event; we believe all are negative)
  • Total Deaths – 0

2021 Budget:
The Budget for Fiscal Year 2021 will be presented by Craig Scott, Treasurer, Board of Directors, CHHI on July 27 at 3PM via Zoom. This notice serves as your official invitation to participate in the Budget meeting, as required by the Resident Bill of Rights, Department of Social Services (DSS). Zoom information to follow at a later date. We are also trying to find a solution for those that don’t have computers, but are interested in participating.

For Seabury At Home, please save the date of August 20 at 10AM for our Annual Meeting, where the budget for Fiscal Year 2021 will be presented. More to come on those details for each meeting.

Staffing Announcements:
As you know, operations have changed significantly with COVID. Circumstances have changed for many employees and the structure of some departments have also been impacted. To help everyone understand the changes, we are preparing a separate communication that will address the changes that cover everything from recent retirements to new hires. More to come.

Mask Development:
We support the growing initiative to create fabric masks for residents. Staff are now required to wear surgical/medical masks but we are researching to see if the Bloomfield school district would be interested in fabric masks as the schools look to open in a few months.

Conversation Areas:
The sitting and conversational area just outside the 100 cottages is a hit! We are working to add a few more areas around campus, including within the 300 cottages and other courtyards around campus. Outdoor furniture is taking a little time to be delivered, but you can expect to see more sitting areas soon!

Pedestrian Traffic – Loop Road:
We are developing a plan to address safety and access concerns around the loop road. A plan is being finalized and will be presented to the resident council in coming days.

Fitness:
Fitness participation continues to climb. We currently have 138 residents participating in our fitness offerings, with some participating in multiple offerings. These numbers do not include residents participating in our virtual classes.

  • 30 total personal training clients
  • 76 residents are participating in outdoor fitness classes
  • 52 are using the pool

It is not too late to get into a class, if you are looking for a class please contact Matt or Brian and they will be able to guide you to the appropriate offering.

  • mattmcgowan@seaburylife.org or 860-243-6007
  • brianharris@seaburylife.0rg or 860-243-6019

Pickle ball started back on Monday 7/13. We currently have 12 residents signed up to play. Please contact the fitness staff if you are interested.

Most of you probably remember that part of the annual fitness assessment included completing a “Wellness Profile”, which had you answer questions about your overall health. The purpose of completing the profile is to give each individual a comprehensive look at their overall wellness and lifestyle that could be a contributing factor. We will be sending out information shortly that will give directions on how to log on and complete the profile on your own. After completing the profile it will provide you a summary based on your answers.

The fitness team will start resume fitness assessments again and catch up on those we have missed over the past several months. We are still working on a process that will accomplish this efficiently. More to follow.

Here is a list of the fitness class schedule that plays on 918 – M-F

  • Cardio w/ Matt at 8:15
  • Fitness w/Brian 9:15
  • Chair Yoga 10:00
  • Tai Chi 11:00
  • Yoga 12:00

Salon/Spa/Massage Therapy:

The PS salon remains busy and will now be able to provide manicures and pedicures. Please call Penny at the salon directly at (860)286-4273 to schedule appointments.

A Cut Above Salon is set to reopen once the DPH has lifted restrictions on salon services for residents in licensed areas such as the views and skilled nursing. We hope to welcome Candace and her team back to Seabury soon.

Lastly, we are hoping to have Tria Anderson back on campus providing massage therapy at the end of July. Tria will be contacting existing clients first and hopes to look at taking on new clients in the near future.

Library:
Just a reminder: the library will remain closed for the time being. Please note your access to books, eBook downloads, and several other services are offered by Bloomfield Public Library (Prosser) 860-243-9721. They have a wonderful curbside service. For those who are unable to pick up the books themselves, please call Mara Whitman at the library. Mara will fill your request and Tiffany Smith will pick up and return books once a week. If you need help in making a choice of books, call Mara. She is more than happy to help by making suggestions about books, authors, and what’s new, etc.

Culinary:
It is our hope to open the Bistro with pickup in the Bistro parlor starting Monday, August 3. There will be lunch and dinner hours. Residents will be able to order hot items including Seabury’s favorite Turkey Rachel or cold items like our popular specialty salads.

We have been working with our Point of Sale vendor Visual Touch to implement the online ordering system. This will allow residents to order your meals online and request a time for pick up. Marketplace items will also be available to order online for pick up. Look for more detailed information regarding this next week.

We are also happy to announce we will be implementing the pick-up service with reusable to-go containers. This has been the aim of the department for some time and supports Seabury’s mission toward sustainability. I would like to thank Davida Crabtree, Shirley Dudley, Ginny Allen, Betsy Tonkin, Alyce Hild and Carol Keefe for their time and energy in advocating and researching different materials and systems to help make our goal of implementing a reusable system a reality.

We will have a process in place for those without a computer. Please contact Catherine at x6061 if you are not able to order online.

Carillons:
The Carillon extension is up and running. It is located on the pool roof near the east wing. We are finalizing music selections, and frequency of play. We will be working to adjust the volume accordingly.

Geissler’s:
A reminder that Geissler changed its delivery process as of July 1. They will be offering curbside contactless pick-up or will deliver themselves as they have hired a delivery person. Based on their new structure, Seabury will no longer be able to pick-up groceries from Geissler’s. We understand that there will be a charge of $6.95 for the delivery.

Mail/Newspaper Delivery:
The Seabury ground crew is continuing to deliver both the Hartford Courant and the New York Times. Please know that we have had days where the newspaper arrives between 9:00 and 10:00 AM. It takes approximately 90 minutes to deliver to the entire campus. We do not have any control of the time of delivery and do our best to get the paper out to you as soon as it arrives. If it is after 12:00 PM and you have not received your paper please call x6045 and report this so we can troubleshoot the issue.

Storage units:
If you need to access your storage unit please email Tiffany Smith at tiffanysmith@seaburylife.org or x6065 for those without email.

Resident Shop:
We are reopening the resident woodworking shop next week. The Committee has safety and sanitation protocols in place and will be managing the process.

Movies:
We are hoping to have movies available on 918 next week. Please watch 918 for more details. We are also looking at the possibility of having outdoor movies in August. More to come….

Housekeeping:
The housekeeping team is hard at work resuming cleanings. The team has been completing approximately 5 apartments per day. There is a process in place which includes the residents needing to vacate for the duration of the cleaning, which can last about 2-3 hours. An air scrubber will be utilized for the day of your cleaning. Second cleanings will take place once those who wanted the initial clean have been completed. Kristina and her team will reach out to schedule your cleanings if she has not already contacted you.

Work orders:
The maintenance team has been completing some work orders, and requests are prioritized based on need and severity. Social distancing and mask protocols are in place for the duration of the work. Please continue to submit your request through the portal and the work order system. If you do not have a computer please call Security at 6045 and they can submit a work order for you. Thank you.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information. Please leave a message at x6001, if you do not have an email address.

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: July 10, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

Dear Seabury Residents, Members, and Families:

We want to provide a brief communication today following our mass testing event yesterday. We tested a total of 218 independent residents and members, in addition to 177 employees and contractors. We have all the results back for the resident and member testing, with one asymptomatic positive result for a resident in the South Wing and 217 results that came back negative. We will investigate this asymptomatic positive result by testing the individual two more times in order to establish whether or not it is a true positive result. In the meantime, all precautions are in place.

As reported in our July 3rd communication, we were in the middle of actively investigating two positive cases in the West Wing. Both residents received two negative tests following their first reported positive, which means that these have been ruled a FALSE positive. These two individuals are considered Negative!

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: July 3, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

We are happy to announce 259 employee tests from our mass testing events on Monday, June 22, and June 29, were negative. We’ve had four employees that tested offsite and came back with asymptomatic positive results. They are quarantining at home and remain asymptomatic.

We are currently planning another employee, resident and member testing event on Thursday, July 9.

All Independent Residents will be tested for the 3rd time (those who can be tested outside):
Thursday, July 9 from 10:45 AM – 2:45 PM (a more detailed schedule in alphabetical order by time will be provided next week)

We are using a different rapid test vendor for this event to help meet our testing goals for testing the entire resident population every 14-21 days. Hartford Healthcare may not be available again for testing this summer.

Consent forms will be provided ahead of time. We will distribute Tuesday, July 7 and pick up Wednesday, July 8. For this event, we ask that you attend with your license and insurance cards. The vendor will make copies during the registration and verification process.

All specimens collected that day will be processed on-site and the results shared after the event. If anyone is positive, they will receive a call from a member of the COVID team that day. If you don’t receive a call, you can be assured you are negative! It is our intent to have every testing event run as smoothly as possible but, as different vendors are used, processes change.

As reported on June 24, we had one positive case in Independent Living under investigation following our June 19 testing event. We are pleased to note that we received a second negative test for this individual, which means that this has been ruled a FALSE positive. This individual is considered Negative!

Seabury is actively investigating two positive cases in the West Wing, one was communicated on Sunday, June 28. We are carefully monitoring this situation and testing in an effort to confirm these initial results are false positives. We have our first negative test on one individual and awaiting results on the second person. We will proceed with this method each time we receive an asymptomatic positive test result. Our intent is to test two more times after the first result to either confirm a positive or rule out a positive.

IT IS CRITICAL THAT ALL RESIDENTS AND STAFF CONTINUE TO WEAR MASKS (COVERING NOSE AND MOUTH) AT ALL TIMES.

We further recommend that you continue to utilize delivery services or contactless curbside options for grocery shopping, takeout meals, etc. For your safety, group gatherings and singalongs are not recommended unless social distancing can be adhered to and masks remain on the entire time, even while singing.

Please note we are not allowing visitors into the building, including porches. If you intend to have a visitor in Independent Living, please meet with them outside, wear your masks and keep six feet of distance between everyone. We are scheduling window and outdoor visits with residents and families in The Views, Meadows, and Skilled Nursing, as permitted by DPH.

Those who do not reside in the same household shouldn’t be in a car together. If this does occur, they should wear masks!

Testing Data:

Total Tests – 941
Positive – 61
Negative – 864
Inconclusive – 4
Pending – 12

Cumulative COVID- 61
Independent – 9
Skilled – 33
Views – 19
Meadows -0

COVID Deaths – 15
Independent – 2
Skilled – 10
Views – 3
Meadows – 0

Testing Data:
While Seabury has been testing its employees on a regular basis, on June 14 and June 28 respectively, DPH now mandates that all Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and Managed Residential Care (Independent Living) employees be tested weekly. The Department of Public Health (DPH) established that it is the staff’s right to refuse a test. If that does occur, we believe it is in our right to remove them from the schedule to ensure a safer, compliant environment.

Total employees tested – 453
42 Positive (4 active cases, all asymptomatic)
233 Negative Tests
178 Pending Tests (all asymptomatic)

It’s important to note that testing is not as accessible as it appears in the media. Off-site testing has identified a few asymptomatic positive results for staff. Those employees have been off-campus since receiving their diagnosis and check-in with their managers routinely.

Seabury is exploring testing options that would allow us to test our entire workforce independently and regularly on-site. We spend every day working toward the testing for the following week; transporting to off-site CVS locations, on-site Hartford Healthcare, and Urgent Care, etc.. We are often limited to a certain number of tests for each campus event, based on what the vendor or lab can handle that day. Test results that are supposed to return in 48-72 hours may take up to 5-7 days or more if the labs are overwhelmed.

Seabury is on two separate lists for testing machines, including one list since early March, which can also be used for Covid 19, Flu and Strep diagnosis. While we are hopeful about obtaining a testing machine(s), we are likely at least 4-6 weeks away.

Preventative Measures:
Seabury is using this time to prepare for a possible second wave of the virus in the fall by stockpiling PPE, working aggressively to acquire testing machines, and adding ionization to the HVAC systems.

This also includes the deep cleaning of the Main Lobby, Health Services Lobby, and all common areas of skilled nursing and The Views. All areas had their carpets cleaned by an external vendor 6/27 and 6/28, with an antimicrobial agent.

2021 Budget Meeting with CHHI Board Treasurer:
We will be hosting the formal budget presentation on July 27 at 3 PM via Zoom to all Seabury IL Residents. As per the Bill of Rights, this serves as your formal notice of this meeting to discuss the budget and proposed monthly fee increase. Please save the date! More information to follow.

We plan to hold our annual Seabury At Home meeting, featuring the 2021 budget presentation and other agenda items in August. More to come on the date and time.

Seabury’s Employee Furniture Sale:
This week, Seabury held a furniture sale, which included some inventory from Encore, to raise funds specifically for Encore, which funds the Resident Association Committees. We are pleased to announce we raised just over $300 for the fund!

We chose to keep this an employee-only event to control the crowd size and maintain social distancing, etc. We hope to hold another sale again for both employees and residents when appropriate.

Memorial Service:
Chaplain Jenn is planning a virtual Service of Remembrance for those who have died in the past few months. We are planning for an interfaith service via Zoom – recorded so that we can share it with families/folks without the internet – that includes prayers, scripture, poetry, music, art, etc… created and shared by residents and staff. Please Note: we will honor all who have died during this time, regardless of whether it was COVID-related. More to come on the date of the service and how you access the service, both the live and recorded service.

2020 Seabury Charitable Golf Tournament:
The golf tournament, originally scheduled for June 22 and rescheduled to August 25, has officially been canceled. We were allowed to push our deposit to June 21, 2021, so mark your calendars and save the date!

Fitness:
Fitness is back in full swing on the Seabury campus! A total of 123 residents are participating in the following offerings. Some are participating in multiple. This does not include residents participating in our virtual classes or any sports and games.

27 total personal training clients
68 residents are participating in outdoor fitness classes
46 are using the pool

It is not too late to get into a class, if you are looking for a class please contact Matt or Brian and they will be able to guide you to the appropriate offering at mattmcgowan@seaburylife.org or 860-243-6007, or brianharris@seaburylife.org or 860-243-6019

Please remember the recommendations for physical activity are:

Strength training 2-3 times per week
Moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise (walking) 5 or more times per (can be broken down into 10-minute bouts)
Don’t forget to add in some flexibility training as many days per week as possible

Salon:
We have had a fully booked salon all week! Please call Penny at the salon directly at (860) 286-4273 to schedule appointments.

Library:
The library will remain closed for the time being. Please note your access to books, e-book downloads and several other services are offered by Bloomfield Public Library (Prosser) 860-243-9721. They have a wonderful curb side service. For those who are unable to pick up the books themselves, please call Mara Whitman at the library. Mara will fill your request and Tiffany Smith will pick up and return books once a week. If you need help in making a choice of books, call Mara. She is more than happy to help by making suggestions of books, authors, and what’s new, etc.

Bistro:
Once we are through a complete round of resident and employee testing with negative results for at least 14 days, we will consider opening the Bistro with limited hours and a specific schedule for residents. To start, it will be grab and go only, featuring a daily rotation of hot and cold menu items. The culinary team has been hard at work planning and purchasing new items for the The Marketplace reopening, as well.

Geissler’s:
Please note that Geissler has changed its delivery process as of July 1. They will be offering curbside contactless pick-up or will deliver themselves as they have hired a delivery person. Based on their new structure, Seabury will no longer be able to pick-up groceries from Geissler’s. We understand that there will be a charge of $6.95 for the delivery.

Introducing the COVID Team!
While this group has been out in front of this healthcare crisis; these experts have worked behind the scenes to protect the Seabury Residents, Members, and Staff! Thank you!

Renée Bernasconi, MBA, LNHA, President & CEO

Jake Bompastore, LNHA, VP of Health Services & Administrator

Beth Caponera, RN, Intake Nurse & Clinical Documentation Coordinator, Seabury Care Now and Visiting Nurses

Gwynne Deveau, VP of Human Resources

Linda Diggins-Domina, RN, Home Health Aide Supervisor

Tina DuPont, VP of Marketing & Communications

Heather Gryskiewicz, Director of Operations, Meadows

Rus Kuzmenko, CPA, CFO & VP of Finance

Renaud Le Pape, IT Director

Lori Maglieri, RN, Supervisor of Assisted Living Services

Heather Mudano, RN, Supervisor of ALSA Services Designee

Amy Neri, RN, Director of Nursing

Mike Oakes, VP, Engineering & Security

Nick Olear, MBA, Director of Community Outreach Services (Seabury At Home, Seabury Visiting Nurses, and Seabury Care Now)

Sheri Shaw, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing

Heather Stanton, VP, Resident & Member Services

Diane Surrett, Administrator & Clinical Nurse Supervisor, Seabury Visiting Nurses

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

Please leave a message at 860-243-6001, if you do not have email.

When you email the COVID Team, responses will come from one of the individuals above! The email reply doesn’t come from the COVID Team email address.

Thank you!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: June 24, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

Today’s communication will be brief, as we need a little more time to complete a comprehensive document covering several resident life topics, including upcoming July events and future testing capabilities, etc.

We are happy to announce 236 tests from our mass testing event this past Friday were negative. One Independent Living resident in the West Wing tested positive and is asymptomatic. We have since retested this individual to rule out the possibility of a false positive. All necessary quarantining precautions and protocols for symptom monitoring have been put into place.

Further, all Independent Living residents and Seabury At Home members that were tested by Seabury Visiting Nurse or our Clinic team have come back negative!

At the time of this publication, we do not have our results from the employee testing event on Monday. We will report out employee testing data in the next communication.

Testing Data:

Total tested = 916

  • 61 positive
  • 843 negative
  • 4 inconclusive
  • 8 pending (asymptomatic)

Cumulative COVID Positive – 61

  • Independent – 9 (4 active cases)
  • Skilled – 33 (5 active cases)
  • Views – 19 (5 active cases)
  • Meadows – 0
  • Graduates – 29

COVID Deaths – 15 (included in 61 positive cases)

  • Independent – 2
  • Skilled – 10
  • Views – 3
  • Meadows – 0

Seabury Salon & Spa:
In the interest of time, the one Resident Life item we would like to address is that we have a confirmed opening date for the Salon, Monday June 29. Penny will be calling back residents to make appointments and set the schedule for the end of June and beginning of July. Representatives from PS Salon were onsite today, cleaning and sanitizing the equipment and reorganizing the salon for the opening. If you have a new appointment request to make, please email Heather Stanton at hstanton@seaburylife.org.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

Please leave a message at 860-243-6001, if you do not have email.

Thank you!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: June 17, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

It looks like warmer weather is upon us! Please enjoy safely with a mask and physical distancing, and remember to hydrate and pace yourself with any outdoor activity.

We want to begin today’s communication with the highest commendation for the COVID Team for the report we received over the weekend from the Department of Public Health (DPH).

All four DPH visits to Skilled Nursing and both visits to the Views/Meadows over the last couple of months came back with zero deficiencies. Given the required infection control protocols necessary during a Healthcare crisis, we are incredibly pleased with the results and impressed with our team! Thank you to our Healthcare Heroes!

June 19 Testing Event:
Our next mass testing event is scheduled for Friday, June 19, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The time has changed since our last report. The testing will be under the Employee Solar Parking Pavilion on the East-side of campus (in front of the loading dock).

Our goal is to complete 275 COVID-19 tests on Friday. You will receive a consent form today if you are scheduled for 6/19/20 and did not participate in the 5/28/20 event. We will provide results as soon as they are available to us.

If you elect to drive to our testing site on campus, a Seabury employee will manage the traffic and direct people to park in the front of the healthcare building.

1. Consent forms are being completed for “new” participants for the outdoor testing event. “New” participants include those that were tested in May for fitness clearance reasons, medical appointment requirements, or initially seen by Seabury Visiting Nurse, etc. but are now able to join in the outdoor testing event. For Seabury At Home members, please fill out the consent form that was emailed to you and bring the copy to the event on Friday.

Anyone who attended the outside event on 5/28 does not need to fill out a new consent form.

The new consent forms will be delivered to only those residents who need them today. Please review, sign and immediately return to your shelf outside your door.

2.Please arrive at the testing site based on the alphabetical order below:

  • Last names starting with the letters A-G need to arrive at 8:00 AM.
  • Last names starting with the letters H-O need to arrive at 9:00 AM.
  • Last names starting with the letters P-Z need to arrive at 10:00 AM.
  • All Seabury At Home Members, please report at 11:00 AM.

3. Please bring your driver’s license or some other form of ID.

4. You must wear a mask and will be placed in locations with appropriate distancing. We will provide chairs along the waiting line route so one may sit while they wait their turn, if necessary. We will also have water available during the entire testing event, as we are expecting a warmer, more humid day on Friday.

5. Please do not arrive early, so that we can keep everyone appropriately spaced. You will be turned away if you arrive well before your scheduled time.

Testing Data:

Total tested = 624

  • 60 positive
  • 525 negative
  • 35 pending (asymptomatic)
  • 4 inconclusive, re-testing

Cumulative COVID Positive – 60

  • Independent – 8 (2 active cases, 1 in skilled)
  • Skilled – 33 (6 active cases)
  • Views – 19 (6 active cases)
  • Meadows – 0
  • Graduates – 29

COVID Deaths – 15 (included in 60 positive cases)

  • Independent – 2
  • Skilled – 10
  • Views – 3
  • Meadows – 0

Employee Testing Data:
The state mandates that all Skilled Nursing employees be tested at least once a week (first round has to be complete by the end of this week) and that all Assisted Living employees be tested by the week of June 28.

Seabury is exploring testing options that would allow us to test our entire workforce independently, on-site, and weekly or as necessary. Those testing options may be leased or purchased, and can also be used for testing for the Flu and Strep.

Many employees have secured testing off-site or were tested through our last Hartford Healthcare testing event. To date, the employee testing data is as follows:

  • Total employees tested – 229
  • 37 Positive (1 active case)
  • 175 Negative Tests
  • 17 Pending Tests (all asymptomatic testing)
  • 0 Deaths

Gratitude Fund Wrap Up Notice:
Checks were distributed to all eligible employees on Friday, 6/12. The total fund amounted to $57,650. Special thanks to everyone that donated! Your contributions truly make a difference in the lives of our employees.

Trash Pick-up:
We will continue to adhere to the trash and recycling schedule put forth in April. As a reminder, please follow this schedule below. Please do not put out trash or recycling on “off” days.

  • All trash materials are picked-up weekly on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, beginning at 10:00 AM, outside your door. Please double bag, seal, and do not put liquids in the trash.
  • All recycled materials are picked-up at 10:00 AM weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, and now Sunday.
  • As a reminder, you can deposit your trash bags while walking in the outdoor dumpsters located outside of the South wing or in the Hilltop Garden and Gaming parking lot area.

Outdoor conversational areas:
We have expanded outdoor conversational areas by adding chairs near the 100 cottages, and will add additional chairs outside the South Wing and Chapel, and next to benches all along the loop road.

Outdoor Visiting:
Per the Department of Public Health, each healthcare area is actively coordinating window visits at the ground level between residents and resident families. All visiting parties and residents are required to wear masks, even for the window visits. We are adding more chairs to accommodate these visits as well. Our next step will be to schedule outdoor family visits once all active cases have been cleared, and we have received negative results from the upcoming testing event. Again, this will be done in a controlled manner with all necessary precautions in place.

New Admissions to Healthcare Areas:
We are beginning to plan new admissions into all our healthcare areas and have targeted early July for potential move-ins. We will only proceed as planned if we continue to see a sharp decrease in the remaining active cases and subsequently clear all areas in the next two weeks. We will use the same moving and access protocols for our healthcare admissions as we’ve done for our independent living move-ins this month. All new healthcare residents will be tested before admission, quarantined for a designated time, and frequently re-tested to ensure we do not expose any residents or employees.

Pool/Fitness Classes/Walking Team:
The pool is scheduled to open next week. Matt and Brian are calling residents to inform them of their time slots, and all-new protocols for pool use. If you’re interested in using the pool, please reach out to Matt to schedule a time.

Last week, we successfully kicked-off our outdoor fitness class schedule with one strength training class at Hilltop. This week, we are adding tai chi, yoga, and one more strength training class to the mix. We are averaging about 15 residents per class!

Last week, The Seabury walking team achieved the highest participation in the entire program (42/44 – 95.4%)! We are proud to say that we reached our goal in each of the twelve weeks that we walked.

In week twelve, Team Seabury walked a total of 664.01 miles, beating our goal by 4.01 miles.

For the entire program, Team Seabury walked a massive 7,345.43 miles. To put this into perspective, this is about 100 miles more than it takes to travel to England AND back from Washington, DC!

Team Seabury’s top walkers achieved the total number of miles listed below:

1. 496.76 – Average of 41.39 miles per week
2. 430.12 – Average 35.84
3. 376.39 – Average 31.37
4. 370.48 – Average 30.87
5. 332.65 – Average 27.72
6. 331.47 – Average 27.62
7. 302.99 – Average 25.24
8. 267.59 – Average 22.30
9. 259.67 – Average 21.64
10. 250.20 – Average 20.85

Bistro:
Once we are through a complete round of resident and employee testing with negative results, we will look to revert to the Bistro opening with limited hours and a specific schedule for residents. To begin, this will not be a dine-in option, it will be grab and go only, but feature a rotation of hot and cold menu items each day.

The culinary team has been hard at work planning and purchasing new items for the re-opening of The Marketplace as well.

Seabury Salon & Spa:
We are working on a plan to open the Seabury Salon & Spa. We are targeting June 29 as the opening and residents can expect to adhere to the following protocols:

  • Enter the Salon from the exterior door, if possible. We will put chairs outside the Salon door for those waiting for their appointment to begin. We will not be able to allow residents to remain inside if they are early to an appointment.
  • There will be 15 minutes to ½ hour between spacing out appointments to allow for time to clean and sanitize for the arrival of each new resident or employee.
  • We will add an air scrubber to the Salon to clean the air, four times per hour.
  • Our stylist, Penny, will be tested, within 48 hours of coming back and will be regularly tested, just like all Seabury employees.
  • After two weeks of being open, we will explore massage therapy, with all the same protocols listed above.
  • If you’re interested in setting up an appointment, please call and leave a message (860) 286-4273, Penny will call you to begin setting up the appointment schedule once we have finalized the date.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: June 9, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

Let’s begin by announcing some great news! In addition to all independent living residents that we reported on last week, all employees tested at the Hartford Healthcare mass testing event on May 28 tested NEGATIVE! This was a total of 235 people! We are prepared to deliver individual printouts of results and will be available by request. Please email Ashley Richard at ashleyrichard@seaburylife.org.

With one very successful mass testing event behind us, we are actively preparing for our next mass testing event scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2020, from 9 AM – 1 PM. We will invite both Independent Living Residents and Seabury At Home Members to attend, but these groups will be scheduled at different times. We will register all Independent Living Seabury Residents, except for those being served by Seabury Visiting Nurses. Yes, we will make some adjustments to include the handful of residents that are able to attend outside, but were assisted by Seabury Visiting Nurses, due to paperwork issues. As for Seabury At Home, we will coordinate with the Personal Health Coordinators to assemble a list of all members that choose to participate in this event. Consent forms and parking instructions will be provided closer to the event.

We will also use a self-swabbing kiosk model for employees, stationed under a separate solar array. Employees will self-swab with a trained observer from either the Hartford Hospital or the Seabury Clinical Team overseeing the specimen collection. We intend to put this self-serve, kiosk model in place to satisfy the new Department of Public Health requirements that all Skilled Nursing employees are to be tested weekly. Furthermore, many staff members are tested weekly offsite and report results to their supervisors.

**Please note, although we are seeing increasing “COVID-negative” results, we must still be vigilant about social distancing and wearing masks, including while walking outside!

Opening of The State of Connecticut and Seabury:
We are well aware that The State of Connecticut is beginning to open up and Phase 2 has been adjusted to June 17th. We will continue to proceed with caution and open slowly, most likely slower than many of you would prefer. We will repeatedly test our resident and employee population to be sure that we do not have any new COVID-positive cases.

Please note, we are making progress in re-opening the campus and resuming some semblance of normalcy. Let’s review what has opened here at Seabury.

  • We are approaching our third full week of personal training with approximately 20 Seabury Residents.
  • We held our first outdoor, strength training fitness class at Hilltop today!
  • The Clinic and Outpatient Therapy opened on Thursday, June 4, under a new set of safety protocols. It was a very smooth re-opening and everyone adhered to the new protocol. Please remember, one has to make an appointment as we cannot accept walk-ins at this time.
  • There are increasing requests for transportation, as doctor’s offices are beginning to open and accept appointments.
  • We are welcoming three new move-ins to Independent Living this month. All new moving protocols are in place and we’ve had good success with collaborating with each moving company.
  • The pool is tentatively scheduled to open on 6/22/20, with a defined schedule and protocols for use forthcoming.

Testing Results:

Total tested = 534

  • 60 positive
  • 435 negative
  • 11 pending

Cumulative COVID Positive – 60

  • Independent – 8 (2 active cases, 1 in skilled)
  • Skilled – 33 (11 active cases)
  • Views – 19 (8 active cases)
  • Meadows – 0
  • Graduates – 21

COVID Deaths – 15 (included in 60)

  • Independent – 2
  • Skilled – 10
  • Views – 3
  • Meadows – 0

Please note, the numbers above do not include retested residents for clearance. We’ve conducted over 130 retests and will continue to until we can clear all active cases and return residents to their homes.

WOW’s:
Thank you to everyone that has already sent in some excellent “Wow’s”. We plan to publish a mid-month special edition, please send in your “Wow” by Friday, June 12 to Tina Dupont at christinedupont@seaburylife.org.

The Disaster Response Fund (COVID):
Thank you again to all those who have given so generously! We thank the Residents, Members, and Families who care greatly for the well-being of all the staff and want to make a difference in their lives at this challenging time! Funds will be distributed by June 15. Thank you for your kindness!

Graduates:
We celebrated four residents last week and two over the weekend, for a total of 21, as they graduated off the COVID isolation unit. There are several more residents from Skilled Nursing and The Views that we re-tested for their second negative.

Hair Salons and Barber Shops:
We’ve held regular calls with PS Salon to review their specific reopening guidelines. We are looking to open the salon towards the end of June. More to come soon!

As far as the healthcare areas are concerned, the Department of Public Health (DPH) is not in favor of opening salon services at the moment. We will open PS Salon first, make sure all these guidelines are in place and working well, then we will apply to “A Cut Above” with Candace Owens on Level 5 once DPH allows for this service.

Testing after vacation:
The current Department of Public Health guidance officially notes that anyone who leaves the state must be quarantined for 14 days upon return. We expect to receive word today or tomorrow that all travel within the United States will not require a 14-day quarantine upon return.

Please get tested before coming back to campus and provide test results to the clinic before you arrive home. If negative, please self-monitor (not isolate) for symptoms for 14 days and always wear your mask outside your home. If positive, the COVID Team must provide further instructions before your return to Campus. It would be helpful to research your testing options before going away. For example, CVS has been a significant provider of COVID testing in CT.

If you are unable to get tested, please call the clinic immediately. Arrangements will be made for you to be tested when you return. You must adhere to the strict guidelines established by the COVID Team upon your return. At the very least, you will need to self-quarantine until NEGATIVE test results have been confirmed, and self-monitor for 14 days to be sure no new symptoms arise during that time. Again, if positive, the COVID Team will provide further instructions.

Visitors on Campus:
We’re beginning to receive guidance from the Department of Public Health on visitors and resuming activities. Although we do not have the green light to allow visitors into the building, we are planning to start with supervised and scheduled “window” visits with families in designated areas for healthcare residents.

For independent residents, we ask that you continue to limit visits with friends or family. If a visit is necessary, one must visit outdoors, preferably from your balconies or spaced apart in open lawn or hilltop areas. We strongly encourage that your family and friends be tested frequently and visit you only if they are negative. Also, masks must be worn at all times.

Monthly Statements:
The monthly statements for June were delivered on Friday, June 5. We will make a formal pass through all apartments and cottages on Wednesday, June 10, for anyone that would like to submit payment this week. We are aware that not everyone will be ready for pick up tomorrow and we will continue to help along in that process throughout the week and month.

Cleaning Apartments and Commons:
We are beginning our plans to slowly resume housekeeping services to residents. We will begin with a first pass through all participating homes to conduct a more in-depth cleaning and then, a more regular schedule will be put back into place. All housekeeping teams have tested negative for COVID, will be tested weekly, and will be wearing personal protective equipment for each cleaning. In addition, we will use air scrubbers in each location, as an added layer of protection.

We are targeting the week of June 15 to begin the process. We will start by having five teams of 2 people that will clean one apartment or cottage, per day. All residents will be scheduled ahead of time and we will notify you of the guest room, unoccupied apartment home, or lounge that you may use while your home is being cleaned. Please notify Kristina Godbout at x6057 or kristinagodbout@seaburylife.org. If you do not wish to have your home cleaned at this time; we will continue to place your services on hold.

Medical Appointments and Transportation:
As we noted earlier in the communication, Seabury re-opened the clinic on June 4. Please call the clinic to make an appointment, even if you need to be seen right away, we cannot accept walk-ins, as we must follow a new set of guidelines.

The Department of Public Health has advised healthcare facilities that medical appointments should be considered a low exposure level. The office should be operating with caution and PPE.
Transportation to MD appointments will need to be with Seabury staff for now. Family members are more than welcome to meet Seabury staff at the appointment. Most doctor’s offices make an exception for patients that have dementia and/or need assistance to allow one person to accompany them into the appointment.

Fitness:
Thank you for connecting with our fitness team about interest in outdoor classes and pool use. We have been calling those of you who expressed interest in times and dates for classes next week. We will ease into this process and add more classes and times as interest increases.

Our hope is to open the pool with a limited use schedule the week of June 22. We will be contacting those individuals directly with guidelines and schedules. The gym use will be the last phase. Our hope is to have that available by the end of the month.

Please continue to reach out to our fitness team if you would like to be on the schedule for any of these offerings. We will also continue to run the fitness programming on CH 918 or you can access the classes’ on-demand on the resident portal.

In week eleven, Team Seabury again topped our goal of 655 miles by walking 677.18! With 38/40 (90.5%) residents reporting their miles, we had another great total of respondents. Last week saw 10 walkers post personal bests! (10/42 – 23.81%)

In total, Team Seabury has walked an amazing 6,681.42 miles! This week, we raise the bar yet again with a goal of walking 660 miles.
Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

While I have enjoyed almost 24 years at Seabury, today marks my first anniversary as President & CEO. To quote Mark Twain, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” It’s difficult to say when Seabury became such an important part of my life, but there is no question Seabury is “my why”. I always had the feeling that I was destined for something great, and Seabury’s success and great legacy are my personal greatness and mission.

It is personally tempting to devote this entire communication as a tribute to those responsible for Seabury’s success and leaders who led Seabury before me – first, CEO, John Mobley, my mentor and Resident, Ann Winship, and former CEO, Rick Health. A long-term Resident recently commented that I perhaps had adopted the best of all those that preceded me. This may be true; however, what I do know to be true is that I learned from the best.

My sincere appreciation and thanks go to Seabury’s Residents, Members, and Families for their unwavering confidence in Seabury, its Leadership Team and staff, and faith about its future. Thank you for your inspiring messages and support especially, over the last couple of months!

To my dearest friend, Ann Winship. Happy Birthday!

Respectfully, Renee J. Bernasconi, President & CEO
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The Disaster Response Fund (COVID):

As of today, we have reached approximately $43K! We are requesting that if you haven’t already donated, please consider a gift by June 6, 2020. Thank you again to all those who have given so generously!

The Disaster Response Fund (COVID-19) will be given to staff by June 15, 2020. We thank the Residents, Members, and Families who care greatly for the well-being of all the staff and want to make a difference in their lives at this challenging time.

The Seabury Charitable Foundation will use a distribution model similar to the Resident Association Staff Appreciation Fund. Each employee will receive a check based on hours worked from March 23, 2020, through May 23, 2020.

Governor Lamont’s Reopening Plan:
Phase 1: Guidelines in place during Seabury’s reopening phases for 65+ and high risk:

  • Large-scale testing, social distancing, use of facemasks (that cover your mouth and nose at all times), and best hygiene practices/hand washing, are our critical path to a continued effective response.
  • Testing of targeted at-risk asymptomatic infected individuals is essential to reducing transmission and preventing outbreaks.
  • Screening of all staff will be required to protect individuals and staff that are more at risk of infection and severe illness, particularly in our health care areas.
  • Stay home, stay safe recommendations are in place for at-risk individuals.

Testing results from HH event and SVN Testing:
Please note: Based on the volume of tests that Hartford Healthcare is processing, they will not have the results until tomorrow. You may be able to view your own results through the HH portal if you have access. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Total tested = 464 (testing symptomatic and asymptomatic residents)

  • 59 positive
  • 226 negative
  • 179 pending

Cumulative COVID Positive – 59

  • Independent – 7 (1 active case, 1 in hospital)
  • Skilled – 33 (17 active cases, 1 in hospital)
  • Views – 19 (8 active cases)
  • Meadows – 0
  • Graduates – 14

COVID Deaths – 15 (included in 59)

  • Independent – 2
  • Skilled – 10
  • Views – 3
  • Meadows – 0

Please note, the numbers above do not include retested residents for clearance. We’ve conducted 72 retests and will continue the practice until we can clear all active cases and return residents to their homes.

Move-in protocols for June:
As we’ve noted in several communications, we are expecting and will welcome three new resident households in June! We want to share our plans and protocols for our first move-in scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, when we welcome George and Carolyn Engelhardt into apartment 4191. Thank you to Lynn and Sharon Scull, who have agreed to be their hospitality sponsors during this transition.

We’ve done quite a bit of planning leading up to this moment and will work together for a safe and efficient move. Here are some of the particulars that may be of interest to all of you:

  • The residents moving into 4191 have tested negative for COVID, as of 5/28/20.
  • Their one adult child who will be present for the move was tested, as well, this week (5/27) and is negative.
  • We held a conference call with their moving company, Siracusa Movers, and reviewed all Seabury’s required move protocols, and their moving protocols.
  • Movers will be masked and gloved and have access to hand sanitization during the day. They will be moving the resident’s belongings to the curb of Door 18, and our Environmental Services team, who have tested negative for COVID, will bring the items into the apartment.
  • We have one exception at this moment, as the movers from Siracusa are trained to handle and install a grand piano that will be coming with the Engelhardt’s; they will access the building and apartment for this task only.

COVID Protocols: Day of Move

  • The movers must be symptom-free, day of the move, and will have their temperature taken and be screened by our Seabury Move Team and will be required to wear masks, face shields, and gloves.
  • Handling of fragile items: If there are items, like a piano, that requires special handling, the future residents will need to review special moving requirements with their Marketing Counselor and get approval to access the apartment.
  • Disinfecting the Moving Van: Movers are required to complete disinfecting the moving truck right before it begins.
  • Important: 6’ distancing at all times during move day.
  • No boxes or other materials stored in the hallway.
  • No use of apartment facilities is allowed.
  • We request that they use new boxes and packing materials.

Seabury’s Mover Team:

  • All employees helping will be tested and be negative before the day of the move.
  • All residents within the corridor of a new resident’s apartment will have been recently tested.
  • Request that each new resident provides a floor plan with the placement of furniture before move day, so it’s an organized effort.
  • The corridor will be deep cleaned before, during, and after the move.
  • Door 18, the hallway, elevator, and atrium on level 4 will be sanitized by the Seabury Housekeeping team before, during, and after the move. We will follow the same protocols for apartment 4191.
  • The new residents will follow the same shelter-in-place protocols everyone is following and will be allowed to walk outside, with masks and proper social distancing, as long they continue to test negative.

Fitness Update:
Our first full week of Personal Training with the new schedule and protocols was a success. We’re working through a plan and protocols for upcoming outdoor classes and the scheduled use of the pool. If you’re interested in outdoor classes and the pool’s scheduled use, please reach out to Matt or Brian via email mattmcgowan@seaburylife.org or brianharris@seaburylife.org.

Clinic and Outpatient Opening:
The clinic and outpatient therapy will reopen this Thursday, June 4. To keep everyone healthy and comply with CDC recommendations the following procedures will be in place:

Any visits to the clinic must be by appointment only. Appointments will be spaced in 45-minute intervals to avoid having any residents in the waiting room. When residents arrive at the Health Services Entrance, they will be buzzed in by Security.

Residents must have a face mask to enter Health Services, and one’s temperature will be taken upon entering. If the resident does not have a face mask, one will be provided by the clinic. To get to the clinic the resident must be able to drive or walk outside to the Health Services Entrance. If one is unable to drive or walk outside to Health Services, arrangements will be made for Security to pick-up the resident and drive them to Health Services.

Walking through the Views and/or skilled is strictly prohibited at this time. Security must make sure the resident has a face mask when picking them up. Both Security and the resident must be wearing a face mask. Any resident that is COVID positive or has s/s of COVID will not be able to come to the clinic. The clinic nurse will see them in their apartment.

The day before their scheduled appointment at the clinic, the clinic staff will call the resident with an appointment reminder and review the above procedures. If Security needs to pick up the resident, Security will be notified the day before the scheduled appointment.

Adherence to the scheduled time is important to ensure proper disinfecting procedures are done before the next resident arrives. Please call the clinic at 860-243-6071, with any questions that you have.

Summer Vacation and Away Protocols:
With our increased capacity and frequency in testing, we hope to use that tool so residents can start to engage in activities outside their homes. As we move into the summer, we’ve heard from several residents asking about what they should expect when they return from a vacation or being away for the summer?

You should expect to be tested before returning and providing a negative result. When one returns from being away, please check in with the clinic and isolate in your home for 72 hours to monitor for any potential symptoms.

Once the isolation period is over, and one continues to be asymptomatic or continues to test negative, you will be able to walk outside (with a mask and proper social distancing practices).
As you know, these protocols change frequently. Please contract Seabury at least 48 hours before your return, so that we can discuss the requirements at that time.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

Updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

Let’s open today’s communication with some breaking news! We held a separate, mass testing event at the Meadows this past Tuesday, May 26. Every resident was tested and all returned NEGATIVE for COVID!

We want to applaud the Hartford Healthcare team for a successful first day of mass testing yesterday at Seabury. It was a resounding success and we look forward to more testing dates in the near future. Thank you to those who participated in the testing. This is a big step forward for our community as we tested a total of 235 Residents and Staff!

Thank you for your flexibility related to the testing times. To be considerate of Hartford Healthcare’s nurses’ time, we requested that everyone arrive earlier than planned due to how quickly the testing process flowed. We now know that we can complete many more tests than initially planned.

We expect to receive all of the results over the weekend. You will receive a phone call from a Hartford Healthcare representative if your test returns as COVID positive. If we have an email on file for you, your negative result will be sent via email by Hartford Healthcare. Further, Seabury will communicate with everyone individually via phone call or mass communication. Our greatest hope is that we have a complete, COVID-negative testing group, and we can communicate with one, mass communication!

Seabury will distribute hard copies of your test results as soon as Hartford Healthcare shares them with our team. You can share your results with your physician to prepare for upcoming medical appointments or keep for your records.

We do have a group of residents that are being served by either our Seabury Visiting Nurses team or the Clinic Nurse team. Many of you have been contacted or have reached out to the team for testing. Please understand the teams are working hard to get appointments for all remaining residents and will complete all the testing by early next week.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: May 26, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

In observance of Memorial Day yesterday, let us remember those who sacrificed their lives and paid the ultimate price to protect our country.
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We are excited to report that we have not experienced any new cases of COVID in 10 days, both in our resident and employee populations. However, this does not mean it is time to let our guard down. We need to remain vigilant in our approach to stopping the spread of this virus.
Widespread Testing:

We are pleased to announce that Hartford Healthcare will be on campus Thursday, May 28, at 10 AM for widespread testing. The testing will be under the Employee Solar Parking Pavilion on the East-side of campus (in front of the loading dock).

Our goal is to complete 230 COVID-19 tests on Thursday. You will receive a consent form if you are scheduled for 5/28/20. We expect all results to come back 24-48 hours after testing!

Seabury Visiting Nurses are scheduled to see approximately 30 Residents this week as well. If you have just been swabbed or are scheduled with Visiting Nurses, you will not be included in the testing on 5/28. There have been 56 asymptomatic IL Residents tested in the last two weeks, all results have come back negative.

1. Consent forms are being completed as we type and will be available to sign as soon as possible. These forms will be delivered to your doors today or tomorrow. Please review, sign and immediately return to your shelf outside your door.

2. Please arrive at the testing site on-time based on the alphabetical order below:

  • Last names starting with the letters A-C need to arrive at 10 AM.
  • Last names starting with the letters D-G need to arrive at 10:30 AM.
  • Last names starting with the letters H-K need to arrive at 11 AM.
  • Last names starting with the letters L-O need to arrive at 11:30 AM.
  • Last names starting with the letters P-S need to arrive at Noon.
  • Last names starting with the letters T-Z need to arrive at 12:30 PM.

3. Please bring your driver’s license or some other form of photo ID.

4. You must wear a mask and will be placed in locations outside with appropriate distancing. We will provide chairs along the waiting line route so one may sit while they wait their turn, if necessary. We will also have water available during the entire testing exercise, as we are expecting a warmer, more humid day on Thursday.

5. Please do not arrive early, so that we can keep everyone appropriately spaced. You will be turned away if you arrive well before your scheduled time.

6. Hartford Healthcare will hold additional testing days, which will be announced as soon as possible.

7. Seabury Visiting Nurses will also provide additional testing.
We started testing our asymptomatic workforce last week and our goal is to complete testing in a phased approach. Our goal is to include 50 of the 230 total tests for employees on 5/28/20.
Testing is a critical piece of the puzzle to understand our level of exposure. With widespread testing now more available, we believe we can be more effective in slowing the spread on campus!

Contact Tracing:
It’s nearly impossible to pinpoint exposure to the degree that we would prefer and be comfortable with at this time. We have employees and residents that leave campus, and however careful one is with “contactless” behavior, no one truly knows enough about how this virus spreads.

Journaling/SARA Pendant:
Social distancing is not always practiced, as well as we can hope. Please write down at the end of every day, while it’s fresh in your mind, where you have been, exactly who you have been in contact with and the date. For example, maybe you went hiking or went for a walk, or you went to the grocery store, or had contact with your family, an employee, or other residents. Please remember to wear your SARA pendant, as the technology can help us track where you were over the last two weeks. All of these strategies will help to open Seabury over time.

Graduates:
We saw a record number of graduates from Skilled Nursing last week – 12! Please visit the Seabury Facebook page for the video and photos! Our heartfelt thanks and sincerest appreciation to the Seabury Heroes for making this possible!

COVID Disaster Fund Update:
The Seabury Staff Disaster (COVID) Gratitude Fund through the Seabury Charitable Foundation has drawn approximately $38k. The purpose of this fund is to help employees at Seabury with unexpected financial challenges. These include expenses incurred by working from home, dependent care, medical costs not covered by insurance, or family members becoming unemployed. Funds will be distributed similarly to the Resident Association Staff Appreciation Fund. Each employee will receive a check based on the number of hours worked from the end of March through a yet to be determined date. Please consider a gift if you haven’t given yet! Thank you! Your generosity makes a real difference in the lives of our employees!

Testing Data:
Active cases = 29

Total tested = 227 (testing symptomatic and asymptomatic residents)

  • 59 positive
  • 158 negative
  • 10 pending

Cumulative COVID Positive – 59

  • Independent – 7 (1 active case, 1 in hospital)
  • Skilled – 33 (18 active cases, 1 in hospital)
  • Views – 19 (8 active cases)
  • Meadows – 0
  • Graduates – 12, 3 pending

COVID Deaths – 15 (included in 59)

  • Independent – 2
  • Skilled – 10
  • Views – 3
  • Meadows – 0

Please note, the numbers above do not include retested residents for clearance. We’ve conducted 56 retests and will continue the practice until we can clear all active cases and return residents to their homes.
Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

Thank you!
Seabury Executive Team

Updated: May 19, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

We hope all is well and you’re enjoying the lovely weather. We have many positive items to report today, including the following:

  • Skilled Nursing completed the first round of Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) Testing, and established appropriate cohorting based on test results.
  • The Views completed the first round of Point Prevalence Survey Testing. All asymptomatic tests completed last week returned with negative results.
  • Meadows is still negative, and PPS testing will occur this week.
  • Independent Living residents will be tested this week, based on additional precautions taken and an effort to open a few outdoor activities possibly.

As with any new testing or new positive tests, we all make assumptions on how employees and residents have been exposed. It’s nearly impossible to pinpoint exposure to the degree that we would prefer and can be comfortable with at this time. We have employees and residents that leave campus, and however careful one is with “contactless” behavior, no one truly knows enough about how this virus spreads.

Graduates:
Last week, we celebrated our second graduate from the isolation unit in Skilled Nursing. Please see the Seabury Facebook page for the video and photo! Click here to see!

We are excited to announce we expect several more individuals to graduate from the COVID isolation unit and move back to their homes this week! Our heartfelt thanks to the Seabury Heroes for making this possible!

COVID Disaster Fund Update:
The Seabury Staff Disaster (COVID) Gratitude Fund has drawn approximately $31k. Again, our thanks to those who have contributed, and we are encouraging those who have not to consider a gift at this time. Thank you!

Carillons & Celebration of Staff:
A recommendation has been made by and to several members of the Board of Directors to honor Seabury staff by featuring a more glorious carillon bell ringing at 3 PM. This would be performed every day in recognition of and as a symbol of our community’s gratitude and appreciation for our dedicated staff. This would be similar to Seabury’s mid-afternoon celebration last month, but in concert with the carillons. The 7 PM carillon selection would be more reflective. Jim Trail and Nancy Kline are making bell ringing selections. New Carillon speakers will be added to the top of the pool roof to ensure all can enjoy the carillon bells. More to come!

Testing Data:
Active cases = 41
Total tested = 173 (testing symptomatic and asymptomatic residents)

  • 59 positive (12 deaths, 28 active in skilled, 4 in hospital, 9 in The Views assisted living, 2 Graduates, 4 pending)
  • 94 negative
  • 18 pending
  • 2 inconclusive

Cumulative COVID Positive – 59

  • Independent – 7
  • Skilled – 33
  • Views – 19
  • Meadows – 0

COVID Deaths – 12 (included in 59)

  • Independent – 1
  • Skilled – 8
  • Views – 3
  • Meadows – 0

Please note, the numbers above do not include the continued retesting of residents for clearance. We’ve re-tested 42 times and will continue the practice until we can clear all active cases and return residents back to their homes.

East Wing:
The COVID Team has received many emails about possible COVID-19 cases in the East Wing. Please note, we have three confirmed COVID cases spread between two homes. We understand this is a concerning development. Let’s begin by reviewing the facts and how we are proceeding.

All impacted parties have been asked to isolate for two weeks, which includes no walks outdoors. All three residents have been placed under the care of Seabury Visiting Nurses. They have elected to stay in their own homes to see through the illness, as long as that remains medically appropriate.

We strongly recommend that you continue your vigilance, and as noted on many occasions, you must treat everyone as if they have COVID. As you know, the virus spreads through asymptomatic and symptomatic carriers. Please remain home as much as possible, continue to wash and sanitize your hands often, and always wear a face-covering when you’re not in your residence. Also, keep your distance from each other.

In regards to increased sanitizing, all floors will continue to receive carpet cleanings several times a week, in addition to constant wiping down of handrails, elevators, and elevator buttons. The impacted homes have been set up with air scrubbers that process and clean air particles four times per hour, similar to the isolation rooms in Skilled and The Views. These scrubbers have proven to be very effective in our healthcare areas, and there is no exhaust and no risk involved. The scrubber pulls the infected air in from the room and ionizes it with ultraviolet light. The Ion Generating Ultraviolet Air Scrubber includes a better-than HEPA air filtration system.

We have no concerns about this virus spreading through the HVAC system in the East Wing. By design, this system is exhaust-only that travels out through the roof.

Widespread Testing:
Given the recent cases, we will schedule testing for those in the East Wing. All lab requisitions have been completed and Seabury Visiting Nurses will call to schedule appointments.

We have begun to test our asymptomatic employees. It is our goal to complete testing in a phased approach. If the staff is positive, the CDC requirements for returning to work are ten days after a positive test. Employees continue to wear personal protective equipment in all areas and departments. We have continued oversight by the Department of Public Health for infectious control protocols.

Resident Council:
As discussed during the virtual Council meeting, Seabury will consider cautiously reopening certain activities on the campus. Everyone’s health and safety remain our number one concern, and all plans will be carefully reviewed by the COVID Team. Please present reopening proposals for each area of interest to the COVID Team. All plans must include the following:

  • COVID-19 asymptomatic testing of all residents involved.
  • Face masks and or face shields must be worn at all times.
  • No more than 5 people in any gathering.
  • Social distancing must be maintained.
  • Disinfecting protocols.
  • Contactless activities; use of gloves (if appropriate).

Fitness:
The Fitness Team has been tested (all negative) and we will test independent residents that have signed up for personal training and those interested in the use of the gym spaces (by appointment only) or outdoor fitness classes. All plans are being considered and planned for.

Pickleball:
As with Fitness, COVID testing will be completed on all pickleball players through Seabury Visiting Nurses. The COVID Team is reviewing all other recommendations before playing can resume.

Walking Challenge:
As if there was any doubt, week eight was our best week yet. Again, with 90% (36/40) of walkers reporting their miles and steps this week, Team Seabury walked a tremendous 665.82 miles! This gives Team Seabury an eight-week total of 4557.62 miles. Amazing!

This week has brought excellent walking weather so keep up your daily routine and enjoy the sunshine! Remember, there are a few workout videos posted on YouTube and 920. Follow along with those workouts as much as you can and be on the lookout for additional information about fitness activities in the coming weeks.

Storage Access:
The team will review protocols for accessing storage areas. A message was placed on Ch. 918 yesterday – asking for interested parties to email Tiffany Smith, tiffanysmith@seaburylife.org. She will build a schedule, by wing and floor, based on the requests she receives. We will create protocols for using available carts and how all items will be sanitized between each use.

Clinic Medical Appointments:
We are currently reviewing podiatry services and MD appointments in the Clinic. The appointments would be spaced apart so that no one is in the waiting room together, and everyone, when they arrive, would be reviewed for symptoms and temperature and must wear a mask. More to come.

Memorials:
Chaplain Jenn is planning a memorial service. More to come.

Duck Crossing:
We are delighted to report that we have a family of ducks in the TOS courtyard. A mother duck and five hatchlings so far, and upon further investigation, we found there are several more eggs that will hopefully hatch this week! All are successfully sheltering in place! We’ll continue following the progress of the new family and put up periodic posts to Facebook and Connected Living.

Last call for Wow’s:
Thank you for all your submissions, we have a great May “Wow” document almost ready for publishing. Please submit final WOWs, by email or note, by Thursday, May 21 to Tina DuPont christinedupont@seaburylife.org.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

We look forward to imagining our new normal together, keeping everyone safe and happy (while 6-feet apart)!

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: May 12, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

Graduations!
We are pleased to begin this report by celebrating our first graduate from the positive COVID wing this past weekend and will be celebrating up to five (5) graduates this week! These recoveries are so gratifying for families, our staff, and for all of you!

COVID Testing – Residents and Employees:
Early on in this pandemic, the priority was to test hospitalized patients. Now, there’s a growing recognition that it’s also essential to test in higher-risk communities, where there may be people infected who may not be symptomatic.

As you know, Seabury instituted widespread testing across Skilled Nursing, The Views, and The Meadows based on the availability of tests.

Seabury completed the testing in Skilled Nursing and, having received the final results yesterday, we will further cohort Healthcare Residents into three separate areas; COVID Positive, COVID Negative and Persons Under Investigation. The second round of testing in Skilled Nursing will be completed using Point Prevalence Surveying (PPS) testing in the near future.

During a WebEx meeting on Saturday, May 9, with the Department of Public Health (DPH) and Members of the National Guard, CT nursing homes will have to test all residents by the end of May. The State of CT has an increased supply of tests and a guaranteed and rapid turn-around-time to accommodate this demand.

Seabury contacted DPH on Monday to be first in line for mass testing on campus. An official from the State of CT applauded our efforts and noted an Epidemiologist from the Department of Public Health would contact us immediately to assess our readiness (ability to cohort and take care of additional cases).

Our goal is to complete all asymptomatic testing in Assisted Living (Views and Meadows) over the next two weeks.
If it is possible, we hope to have tests available for Residents in Independent Living by the end of May.

As resources allow, we will consider testing all staff. Resident PPS is the priority and will not be delayed while planning for staff testing. To date, nearly 59 employees have been tested through their own providers or designated testing sites off campus, with a near 1:1 positive to negative ratio. Many employees who contracted COVID have recovered and returned back to work during this two month period.

Testing Data:
Active cases = 37
Total tested = 114 (please note, we are testing symptomatic and asymptomatic residents)

  • 50 positive (1 graduate, 29 active in skilled, 4 in hospital, 4 active in The Views assisted living, 12 deaths)
  • 59 negative
  • 3 pending
  • 2 inconclusive

Cumulative COVID Positive – 50

  • Independent – 4
  • Skilled – 32
  • Views – 14
  • Meadows – 0

COVID Deaths – 12 (included in 50)

  • Independent – 1
  • Skilled – 8
  • Views – 3
  • Meadows – 0

Antibody Testing:
The Executive Team has been tested through Quest Diagnostics (Hartford Healthcare Partner) as a trial to determine the viability of antibody testing for our workforce. The data showed that one-of-nine of us are carrying antibodies for COVID. Two (2) results are pending, and six (6) members of the team were negative for antibodies. This is consistent with the fact that we knew one (1) member tested positive and went through the COVID illness during the last two months. Seabury has placed an order for antibody tests that are awaiting Emergency Authorization Approval (EAU) from the FDA.

DPH Visits/ Members of the National Guard:
Leading up to our call this past Saturday to discuss mandated testing for all residents in nursing homes, the Department of Public Health and several members of the National Guard visited Skilled Nursing and The Views. The purposes of the visit were to assess our infection control protocol, personal protective equipment (PPE) supply and use, staffing levels, contingency staffing plan, staff morale, and the reporting of cases to all Seabury constituents. No concerns were found in either area!

Our most profound appreciation and thanks again go to our healthcare heroes on the Seabury campus!

COVID Disaster Fund Update:
The Seabury Charitable Foundation Board of Directors developed a new, redefined purpose that will align with Seabury’s strategic plan and initiatives. Please note that this mission still includes resources to those Residents who experience financial hardship through no fault of their own.

The Seabury Staff Disaster (COVID) Gratitude Fund has drawn approximately $24k. A heartfelt thank you to those who have contributed. We are encouraging those who have not to consider a gift at this time! Thank you!

Monthly Statement:
The May monthly statements were delivered late last week. Many have already submitted payment through the ground team. We will make a formal pass through all apartments and cottages on Wednesday, May 13, for anyone that would like to submit payment this week. We are aware that not everyone will be ready for pickup tomorrow and will continue to help with that process throughout the month.

PPP/Seabury Workforce:
Seabury was approved for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on 4/28. PPP provided $3.2M on 5/12 and funds will be used to cover payroll and debt service, while Seabury will stabilize its financial health in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. This loan could be forgiven if certain conditions are met, and we expect to meet those conditions.

The debt service coverage ratio for three months ended 3/31/20 was 1.23 out of 1.20 required.

Days Cash on Hand as of 3/31/20 is 202, out of 180 required.

Fitch published an annual rating report on 5/6/2020, maintaining the BB rating and an overall positive outlook despite the current COVID-19 pandemic. Please click on the link and read the report. https://www.fitchratings.com/research/us-public-finance/fitch-affirms-church-home-of-hartford-inc-d-b-a-seabury-ct-revs-at-bb-outlook-stable-06-05-2020

All staff under the Shared Work Program will return to their regular hours as scheduled, including most of those who were furloughed. We will stagger office hours for safety and will continue to allow work from home options where possible.

Tax Update:
Thank you for participating in a letter-writing campaign in March and early April to the Bloomfield Mayor and Town Council.

  • The Pre-Trial Hearing scheduled for April 21, 2020, was canceled when the Court system closed due to the pandemic. The Judge did not respond to our request to set the Trial date (likely due to the closing of court).
  • Due to COVID, our attorney requested an extension relative to the April 10 delivery of Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents.
  • Governor Lamont’s Executive Order provides property tax relief for individuals and businesses if they can attest that they have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Municipalities have the option to elect a Deferment Program, Low-Interest Rate Program, or both. The Town of Bloomfield elected both programs. Seabury is considering the Deferment program, which allows us to defer the June 2020 tax payment by 90 days (without grace period).

Campus activities:

  • Please keep in mind that Seabury falls within Phase 3 of the Governor’s Reopening Plan, which involves easing of restrictions on a gradual and cautious basis. Those 65+ and older or with high-risk factors are encouraged to stay home.
  • Residents and staff will be required to wear face masks.
  • We will reopen Seabury in a phased, proactive approach that safeguards the health of all residents and staff. Our strategy will rely on testing, public health guidance and the ability to manage logistics from an operational perspective.
  • We have received emails from representatives of various activities (e.g., pickle ball, library, woodshop, Encore, etc.) and need a comprehensive, campus-wide plan before we begin a phased reopening. Reopening will include new processes for scheduling, capacity monitoring, sanitation and use of masks and other personal protective equipment. We ask that each group submit a proposal for opening their areas. Fitness and outside activities will be reviewed first.

Fitness:

  • The fitness team has been reaching out to all residents who have shared an interest in personal training and gym use. A schedule is being completed this week, and we hope to open with limited access soon.
  • We will establish a new process for this first residential area of campus that we’re opening. We will move to test the fitness staff and all the residents that have expressed interest in personal training and use of the gyms.
  • If you are interested and have not communicated with the team yet, please do so via email at brianharris@seaburylife.org.
  • Brian’s functional strength video and Kirsten’s chair yoga will soon be airing on CH 918 beginning Thursday, 5/14. The classes will be Brian at 9:00 AM and Kirsten at 10:00 AM daily.
  • Thai Chi video is also being filmed today and will move into the rotation at the end of the week. All videos can also be accessed on the resident’s portal.

Encore:
The Resident Association will develop a virtual or contactless process for Encore and present to Administration.

Seabury At Home Building Lease:
The former Seabury At Home Building (located at 222 Wintonbury Ave) is entering a 5-year lease beginning May 15, 2020, with Cattleya, a for-profit, Connecticut based services agency for people of all ages with disabilities. Amodio & Co. listed the property and negotiated an “as-is” lease. Cattleya intends to make significant improvements at their cost (all to be pre-approved by Seabury). We believe this is a good fit for the property.

WOW’s:
Our hearts are full, and we would really like to share the wonderful notes and heartfelt “Wow’s” from all around the campus. We will distribute our May “Wow’s” next week. If you have a “Wow” you’ve been holding onto, please send in via email or hand-written note to christinedupont@seaburylife.org.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

We look forward to imagining our new normal together, keeping everyone safe and happy (while 6-feet apart)!

Thank you!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: May 5, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

We hope everyone safely enjoyed the summer-like weather this weekend as it seems warmer days are upon us! As everyone enjoys the sunshine and the beautiful weather, we ask you to please wear your masks for walks outside and keep a reasonable distance (6-feet) from others as you walk or garden.

The heartfelt “thank you” notes that many of you have sent by email or handwritten notes have been incredibly uplifting. We’re collecting and organizing all the letters into a binder and sharing it with staff all around campus. Please keep them coming; we love to hear from you!!

COVID Gratitude Fund:
Thank you to everyone that has already contributed to the Seabury Staff COVID gratitude fund outlined in the May 2020 Seabury Charitable Foundation newsletter. The Seabury Charitable Foundation Board has been at the forefront of this crisis to assure that Seabury Staff is recognized and rewarded for their resolute commitment and dedication to this organization. We all thank you for your support!

COVID Testing:
Our widespread, intensified approach to testing continues as we begin another month. We are testing three categories of residents, including – symptomatic residents, asymptomatic residents, and residents that need a re-test to determine if they are now COVID-negative and can be transferred back to their home. We are seeing an approximate 1:1 ratio of negative to positive results from swab specimens sent to the state lab.
Due to this approach, Seabury’s numbers will likely appear as more significant compared to other communities. Again, increased testing will result in increased confirmed cases, which is attributed to the testing providing new information about existing conditions, not that the virus is spreading faster inside the community.

We will present our test data in the same manner as the Department of Public Health and Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan:

Total tested – 76

  • 34 positive
  • 28 negative
  • 14 pending
  • 8 re-tests (6 pending) – Re-tests are not included in total tested

Cumulative COVID Positive – 34

  • Independent – 4
  • Skilled – 20
  • Views – 10
  • Meadows – 0

COVID Deaths – 8 (included in 34)

  • Independent – 1
  • Skilled – 5
  • Views – 2
  • Meadows – 0

COVID Graduates:
We are hopeful that by the end of this week we will have our first set of graduates from the COVID isolation unit. The residents we’ve identified are stable, no longer symptomatic, and will be tested for a second (in some cases, a third time) before being allowed back to their homes. Even with an additional layer of testing, they will quarantine for 14 days upon their return. We are planning a graduation ceremony, including (Social Distancing) signs, balloons, music, and all-around general fanfare, as we celebrate each of these resident’s incredible resilience and the team that got them through! Kudos to Seabury’s Healthcare Heroes!

Antibody Testing:
As mentioned in our previous communication, the COVID team is pursuing additional information about the spread and management of the virus. We’ve conferred with Quest, a Hartford Healthcare Partner, to develop a plan for antibody testing. For Seabury, widespread antibody testing may also give us a clearer picture of the scope of the disease.

According to the NY TIMES.COM:
Results from random Antibody testing of 3,000 people in New York City suggested that as many as one in five residents — or about 2.7 million people — might have encountered the disease without realizing it. When describing the results, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that because the rate of infection might be far higher than initially thought; the death rate of the virus might be far lower than we thought.

Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and Shared Work Program:
As we endeavor to balance increasing expenditures related to the surge of medical equipment, the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and loss of revenue (decreased occupancy), we have sought assistance from state and federal programs.

We are delighted to announce that Seabury has been approved for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The federal government is allocating funds to businesses with under 500 employees to help them during the Pandemic to keep everyone employed or bring those that were laid off or furloughed back to work.

The low-interest rate and deferral period are attractive, but the program’s real appeal is that a PPP loan is a “loan” in name only. For the first eight weeks after the loan is granted, any amount the business spends on payroll costs, rent, mortgage interest, and utilities will be forgiven by the lender on a tax-free basis. We hope that the funding will provide a much-needed offset of expenses and losses over the last quarter.

The state’s Shared Work Program, through the Department of Labor, was designed to retain employees and offered an alternative to layoffs by allowing Seabury to temporarily reduce employee hours and supplement lost wages with partial unemployment benefits. We are pleased to note that due to the PPP funding, employees under this program will resume regular hours starting next week. Work duties will vary and are designed to keep employees safely separated from one another.

Campus Loop Road:
On Monday, May 11, we will return to regular traffic at both Main and Service Entrances. Our Security Team will no longer monitor the entrance/exits, and we expect all residents, visitors, and guests to continue keeping travel to a minimum.

This level of precaution and monitoring has served its purpose. We now have a real sense of the traffic coming on- and off-campus, and we’re not finding any alarming trends that would lead us to continue this type of monitoring. Additionally, the number of outdoor activities will only continue to increase in the warmer days ahead, and we would like a clearer, obstacle-free loop road. Last, more Seabury staff will be coming back to campus in the coming weeks, staggered in phases. With that increased traffic, it makes sense to open up both entrances for ease of flow and safety.

Fitness Response/Walking Team:
Following our last communication, we received a good response from residents seeking to resume personal training and structured times to use the gyms in the East and South wings. The Resident Services team is actively developing a schedule based on the response and will look to publish as soon as possible.

In the meantime, please continue to utilize the fitness videos we are posting to the portal and Ch. 920. We are adding a new functional strength video led by Brian Harris. The Seabury Walking Team is still posting excellent numbers. The goal in Week Six was to walk 560 miles as a group. With 90.2% of participants reporting their miles this week, the group accomplished 578.48 miles! This gives Team Seabury a grand total of 3,268.35 miles in just six weeks! Depending on the route you look at on a map, Team Seabury has essentially walked clear across the country. Amazing! For Week Seven, Brian Harris bumped up the goal yet again to 565 miles.

Our upcoming phases of reopening the campus will include allowing SAH Members back to campus for fitness. However, we don’t have a specific time identified yet.

Marketing Update:
The Seabury Marketing team is preparing to bring our marketing business back to campus this month, full-time. We are taking extra measures to ensure this is a safe development, with no exposure for residents and limited contact for staff and prospects.

Cottages 104 and 112 are being prepared as our primary sales offices where team members will hold one-on-one meetings, process applications, and hold contract signings for Life Care on-campus or new closings establishing Seabury At Home memberships. We don’t plan to tour prospects in the main building right away and will rely on virtual content to show photos and residence styles.

One of the first set of priorities with the team coming back to campus will be to close the 5-8 prospects in the queue for new memberships in Seabury At Home; finalize details for the two (2) new households scheduled to move during June, and secure two (2) additional sales for the campus, both prospects are targeting a move to campus this summer!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

We look forward to imagining our new normal together, keeping everyone safe and happy (while 6-feet apart)!

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: April 29, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

We want to open this communication with a salute to Seabury’s Heroes!

The Department of Public Health visited Skilled Nursing and Seabury’s COVID isolation wing last week. Under the direction of Governor Lamont, the primary purpose of their visit was to carefully evaluate our infection control protocol, our personal protective equipment (PPE) supply, and usage, how we are maintaining staffing levels, review our contingency staffing plan, staff morale, and the reporting of cases to all Seabury constituents.

Seabury hit the mark in all areas, particularly with transparency on reporting out our data and the frequency of our communications. We are proud to recognize Seabury’s nursing, recreation, pastoral, culinary, maintenance and housekeeping staff on a job well done!!

This week we want to focus our efforts on bestowing as much gratitude on the people and professions around us that keep everyone safe and well taken care of during this time.

It is true, globally and locally, here at Seabury, you see the best in humanity in times of crisis.

Gratitude Initiative:
You can expect to see more signage around campus, both the main entrance and employee entrance extending our deepest gratitude and thanks to Seabury employees. If you’d like to express your appreciation or encouragement with a hand-written letter to Seabury employees, local hospital, and emergency personnel, delivery drivers, etc., we would be happy to deliver these notes to the designated recipient, either by hand or via mail.

We will be publishing a limited edition “Wow’s” communication to share with everyone the positive feedback the COVID-19 team has received! It’s time for our community to celebrate as many wins as possible and honor all the good that has taken place in these last several weeks.

The Seabury Charitable Foundation Board has been at the forefront of this crisis to assure that Seabury Staff is recognized and rewarded for their resolute commitment and dedication to this organization. Please look forward to the SCF Newsletter to follow with the COVID Crisis Gratitude Initiative, which will provide a gift of gratitude to Staff!

COVID Testing:
Join us as we celebrate the return of some nursing and CNA personnel that have recovered from COVID this week!

Aggressive testing among our resident population continues, resulting in increases in our overall count of positive cases, negative cases, and one new death due to COVID complications. While test kits remain in short supply across the country, we believe that early detection of the virus, isolation, and judicious treatment is key to the prevention and protection of our community.

Due to this approach, Seabury’s numbers will likely be greater than other communities of similar size are reporting, where this approach is not embraced. Increased testing will likely result in increased confirmed cases, which is attributed to the testing providing new information about existing conditions, not that the virus is spreading faster inside the facility.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently emphasized the importance of testing for COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. State surveyors are increasingly looking for evidence that nursing facilities are testing symptomatic residents and isolating them while results are pending. Further, a growing number of states now require testing of all residents and staff. Unfortunately, CT continues to have extremely limited testing supplies, and these shortages mean that it is still not possible to test everyone.

After a full month of testing – 45 total tests, since March 27, 2020:

  • Active Cases – 14 (we have 13 residents that we are serving in the Skilled Nursing isolation wing, one hospitalized)
  • Negative Cases – 19
  • Deaths – 6
  • Pending test results – 6

We must continue to stress; not all deaths are associated with a COVID diagnosis. Additionally, if you are cross-referencing our data with data captured and reported through Gov. Lamont’s office, please note the data from the state is typically 1-2 weeks behind, for all sites. Seabury adheres to the required daily reporting to DPH. https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/News/20200424-Nursing-Homes-with-COVID19.pdf?la=en

Antibody Solutions and Tracing:
The Seabury COVID-19 team is actively researching methods for ongoing testing, so we can adequately protect residents and staff and make plans for a phased, re-opening of campus to some level of normalcy. As a result, we need to develop a plan and procedures to test on a grander scale than what’s been available thus far. We are having discussions with trusted vendors and local hospital systems about the viability of antibody testing. We’re cautious of partaking in an unproven process that may cause more confusion than answers. We will only consider tests approved by the FDA. These tests detect prior infection and are NOT able to diagnose an active COVID-19 infection.

SARA Status Solutions: We are excited to report that we are further upgrading the SARA system, which will now have enhanced tracing capabilities. Hopefully, new testing methods for the virus or antibodies, and the SARA technology will provide the perspective we need to help understand the spread of COVID around our campus and, ultimately, control it better. Please wear your pendant for safety and NOW COVID precautions. This is one-step that we are taking toward slowly reopening the campus.

Fitness/Telehealth Updates:
We are preparing ways to re-introduce a version of our much needed and beloved fitness back into the lives of residents! The focus is taking a look at the mental and physical deconditioning that has occurred among some of our residents and offering fitness visits or Physical Therapy where appropriate.

Let’s begin with a look at how we will phase back fitness options across campus. Please note, this is Phase 1. We will live in Phase 1 until we’re comfortable moving forward with any additional plans. Anyone that is interested in the offerings below is asked to reach out to Brian Harris at x6019 or brianharris@seaburylife.org.

  • The Fitness Team is putting together a list of residents that have received personal training in the past (all levels of care). We are looking for safe, socially distant ways to begin offering personal training for those that are interested. One-on-One fitness appointments will feature masks, plenty of distance and added sanitation of equipment.
  • We will look to re-open the South Wing and East Wing fitness centers in a controlled manner. We will schedule personal workout times for individuals and couples with 15 minutes in-between appointments for cleaning and sanitizing all the equipment. Times slots will be dependent on how much interest we have among residents.
  • Please take a look at the addition of pre-recorded videos on Ch. 920 and the Portal. A new video will be featured each week, beginning this week with a Chair Yoga class, instructed by Kirsten Benson. Next week, the video will feature Matt McGowan and Brian Harris leading a class in functional strength. These videos will run on a continuous loop, so residents can participate at any time of day.
  • Beginning this week, Kirsten Benson, a member of our Fitness Team, will be providing one-on-one training with residents in The Views. Kirsten will be outfitted in personal protective equipment (PPE) and lead contactless fitness four times a week, from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Telehealth: The need for more telehealth visits is overwhelming the capacity of what the current clinic staff can facilitate at this time. In response, we’ve decided to bring back a member of our Community Outreach Services team to campus full-time, starting this week. Lisa Duncan, Outreach Specialist Home Health Care, will assist residents with executing telehealth appointments with their doctors. Please continue to schedule your appointments through the clinic by calling x6080.

Planned Re-Entry & Re-Opening:
We are having planning discussions with individual residents that have been off-campus since before our shelter-in-place to review re-entry plans and precautions. All residents fitting this profile will be screened by the COVID Team before coming back to campus.

Seabury is actively and cautiously planning our phased re-opening and what that looks like across all services and programming. For now, we will focus on fitness and telehealth services and will continue to take this slow. Please maintain your vigilance on social distancing, wearing your masks when walking or in public, and as always, no visitors. This for your protection and the protection of others.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

We look forward to imagining our new normal together, keeping everyone safe and happy (while 6-feet apart)!

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: April 22, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

We’ve been looking forward to the day where we could report that we have our first cases of residents and/or employees that have recovered from a COVID-positive illness and were able to either go back to their residence or return to work! For this week, we are happy to report two skilled nursing employees have recovered, and we celebrate their return to work!

Testing Data:
The testing continues among residents this week, and the results are as follows:

  • Negative – 3 (2 Independent Living, 1 Skilled Nursing)
  • Positive – 2 (Skilled Nursing)
  • Pending – 6 tests (Skilled and Assisted Living Residents); One test is a retest to confirm recovery!
  • Overall, we’ve tracked a total of 14 negative cases and 14 positive cases among our resident population.
  • Currently, there are no tests pending for Independent Living Residents! Thank you for your continued vigilance!

Therapeutics:

  • All residents in The Views, The Meadows, and Skilled Nursing have been started on Zinc, Vitamin C, and are receiving baseline EKG’s.
  • Positive Residents have also been started on Azithromycin and Hydroxychloroquine (requires EKG), when appropriate.
  • Ion Generating Ultraviolet Air Scrubbers, have been placed in every resident room on the isolation wing. Again, these Air Scrubbers include a better than HEPA air filtration system, disinfecting all surfaces and the air.

It is our opinion that the shortage of tests, and the strict requirements to get testing, and the time it takes to process results all significantly contribute to the pandemic and spread, especially in nursing homes. It is our goal to continue to research the latest tests available and its accessibility and accuracy.

Antibody Testing:
The Seabury COVID-19 team held multiple meetings with providers and healthcare professionals this week to check the validity of antibody testing and the ability to test large numbers of people quickly. The delay (3-4 weeks) in receiving these test kits causes us some concerns. The World Health Org (WHO) has recently studied one test kit that we are investigating.

American Red Cross- Convalescent Plasma Therapy:
We have made contact with the American Red Cross. More to come on this intervention.

Exposure:
We’ve received some emails suggesting the most likely cause for the virus entering the campus, especially in healthcare, must be asymptomatic staff. Although we’ve been closed to visitors for nearly a month, many services are still required to enter Seabury, such as lab services, radiology, private aides, mental health providers, physicians, etc. We also have Residents who have had to go out to the hospital, or medical appointments, and may get exposed there.

As you know, we have been screening all employees and contracted services daily for weeks. One of the most challenging elements of this virus is that people can be completely asymptomatic and have the virus and or the symptoms don’t appear for up to 15 days after exposure.

Staff is given priority access to testing, but they must go through their own providers. DPH doesn’t handle non-nursing home/congregate living individuals. A rapid testing center in New Haven recently opened offering priority access to healthcare employees, and one location for regular testing has opened in West Hartford, in which results come back in approximately 5-7 days.

Mental Health Resources:
The length of this crisis has certainly impacted all of us by drastically changing our daily routines and limiting the personal connections we have with other residents, staff, friends, and family. We want to remind you that resources are available to help you talk through what you’re feeling and to help build coping strategies moving forward.

Pastoral Care with Chaplain Jenn:
If you need ANYTHING, please feel free to call Chaplain Jenn at 860.808.8919. She is rarely in the office, so calling her cell phone is best. She will get back to you ASAP. Chaplain Jenn has also been hosting virtual happy hours, 3 times a week, on Thursday, Saturday, and Tuesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. in her Virtual Zoom Office. The group will chat and sip a beverage. Please join them here:

Chaplain Jenn is looking to expand her group meetings to include a “Chatting with the Chaplain” series from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. If you would like a beverage-free, daytime meeting, please plan to join using the same Zoom set up referenced above. The first meeting will be Monday, April 27 at 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Joe Cherepon of Harvest Medical Services is available to Seabury residents every other Wednesday for telehealth appointments. Our clinic staff will help you make an appointment and facilitate the appointment using an iPad from the clinic. Please call Susie Washington at x6071 to schedule.

Dr. Joe also noted that he is willing to host group therapy sessions on Zoom, to help navigate the feelings of isolation and change, which are some of the most common mental health challenges right now. Again, please call the clinic if you have an interest, we will work with Dr. Joe to schedule a time for the group session.

Please note: New patients, either individual or group therapy will have to register through the Seabury clinic and provide insurance information.

Car Health – Preserve Batteries:
Please remember to check on the health of your car and take some time to run your car battery. We have noticed that most cars are just sitting because of the need for isolation, and we don’t want you to be surprised when you go out in the future. If you require battery assistance, please call security, they can jump start vehicles.

Campus Loop Road:
Thank you for your continued feedback on the new tracking protocol established a few days ago. We have a better sense now of who is coming on and off-campus, and that level of understanding helps with our virus tracing and containment.

We understand this is not ideal, and we appreciate your patience. This measure will be lifted as soon as we begin to slowly reopen the campus. Please note: we are not discouraging leaving campus to take a drive, change of scenery, etc.

Fitness Update – Walking Program, New Classes:
In week five, our goal was to walk 555 miles. With 85.7% of walkers reporting in this week, we have walked a total of 567.1 miles. Through the wind, rain and bitter cold temperatures this week, we pushed on!! Our total team mile count stands at 2678.67 miles. For week 6, the goal will increase another five miles to 560.

  • Walking is the safest activity you can do on campus. Remember to keep your six-foot distance from others while you are out and about and to practice proper handwashing techniques when you come back inside. Masks are a must!
  • We are beginning to introduce some fitness programming back into the schedule next week. The fitness team will be filming two videos this week, and they will be ready for use on Monday, April 27. The videos will be placed on Ch. 920 and a link on the portal.

Mask Distribution:
We believe by this point; each resident has at least one surgical mask to use for walking outside, etc. The response to our call for cloth mask making has been so successful that we are ready to distribute cloth masks to residents! The process will begin on Thursday and will finish when we have provided one to every home. If you DO NOT need a cloth mask, please call or email Tina DuPont at x6080 or christinedupont@seaburylife.org.

Mass Notification Purpose:
Thank you to everyone who either emailed Tina DuPont or returned the green card back with a designated family, friend, or attorney contact. The purpose of the SARA Mass Notification system is to alert this group of a significant event or change, not only during the COVID crisis, but any possible future notifications of an urgent nature. We understand many of you would be more comfortable addressing news from Seabury directly to your family and friends. Still, if we need to contact this group in an emergency, it behooves us to have a complete list for quick, real-time alerts.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

The Seabury COVID Team

 

Updated: April 18, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

Thank you for your patience as we make our way through all of your questions. We continue to be in awe of and applaud the work of our Seabury Heroes! Thank you for your very kind notes on their behalf.

Developments are changing day by day, minute by minute. Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our community, both Residents and Staff. Our mission has never been more meaningful.

Please know, while we strive for transparency in everything we do, we are bound by federal guidelines under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA protects the privacy of our residents, who may not want their condition known. This includes any identifier that would potentially reveal a specific individual.

Due to our increased testing this week, with a low threshold of symptoms, we expected to see more positive cases. As you know, it’s possible to catch COVID, and not know it, because not everyone infected with the virus has symptoms. This is why, in part, we are electing to be more aggressive in our testing to define the level of exposure on campus, which is contingent upon the availability of test kits. It’s important to note that Families are notified in real-time of any change in the medical condition of their loved ones.

The time it takes to process the tests improved somewhat, but can vary significantly (2-7 days). If one has been tested, it is expected they will be quarantined until the results are received. At that time, the COVID Team will determine the appropriate setting for isolation.

We want to report that 16 tests were completed this week and results are as follows:

  • 4 returned with a negative result;
  • 9 returned with a positive result (1 independent living, 1 assisted living, 7 skilled nursing);
  • 3 results are pending.

While these numbers are significant, this allows us to immediately start critical isolation protocols and treatments. We view this level of defense as a win. We look forward to rotating these residents out of isolation when they recover. The team is focused and committed to fiercely protecting all Residents.

Out of respect for family members, the formal notification* of a COVID-related death will come at the time it is comfortable for the family, definitive results have been received, and DPH has been notified. Our report this week includes:

  • Male, 95, passed away. Long-Term Skilled Nursing Resident;
  • Female, 93, passed away. Long-Term Skilled Nursing Resident.

*Red rose notifications continue for all Life Care Residents, regardless of the cause of death, at the time of one’s passing.

Both Residents had underlying medical conditions and received comfort support before passing away. Family members were allowed to visit with their loved ones after a screening process and were provided with personal protective equipment. This process is within state guidelines for the safety of residents, families and staff.

We continue to offer every assurance that Seabury will be following all recommendations from the CDC and Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), and will act in the best interests of our entire community.

As required, Seabury reports all data to DPH, including the number of tests, results, and deaths. These numbers have been reported on the following site: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/CTDPHCOVID19summary4162020.pdf?la=en. This is a source that we have cited on many occasions. Seabury is not listed yet, as we believe the information is about a week behind. Keep in mind that eventually, the number of Seabury’s cases may look high on the nursing home list, as DPH does not differentiate between levels of care. Our numbers will also increase as we complete more aggressive testing over the next couple of weeks.

It’s our opinion that widespread testing is essential, but not possible. Early recognition of new cases is critical, and an understanding of who may have immunity. At this point, our Medical Director is working with the CDC to try to obtain more test kits. Additionally, Seabury has been on the list for a Rapid Test Kit, and we are in touch with the company that sells the COVID Antibody Rapid Test Kit that was also just approved by the FDA.

Unless you’re under quarantine, it’s still fine to enjoy the outdoors so long as you keep your distance from anyone who’s not in your household. When outside of your residence, please wear a mask, scarf, or bandana over your nose and mouth. A single surgical mask will be distributed on Monday to those Residents who emailed us last week. Please email christinedupont@seaburylife.org, to request a mask.

According to the Governor’s order, which goes into effect at 8 PM on Monday, any person in public who cannot be at least six feet away from everyone must cover their nose and mouth with a mask or face covering.

US Mail and Packages:
We’ve instituted a new process for mail and package deliveries. All delivered items (except groceries) will be placed in a holding area with an Ion Generating Ultraviolet Air Scrubber that includes a better than HEPA air filtration system. The Scrubber will disinfect all surfaces over 24-hours. We will delay the delivery of these items by one day. This new process is effective immediately; there will be no mail or package deliveries this weekend. Mail and package deliveries will resume on Monday, 4/20. Again, groceries (or any packages that contain perishable items) will still be delivered the same day.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. The COVID Team is responding to emails as they are received 7-days a week. As noted, continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

The Seabury COVID Team

Updated: April 16, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

Thank you again for the beautiful notes and kind words received over the last couple of days about the Seabury Staff. We can certainly appreciate the stressful nature of the situation at hand and share your gratitude towards our staff. There is nothing more important than the care and well-being of the residents we serve on this campus and in the community! This has been our mission all along!

We are actively testing (based on the supply of test kits) using a low threshold for symptoms to be able to definitively confirm cases as they arise, to respond aggressively with treatment, and to reduce possible exposure to others. Recently, we started testing asymptomatic Residents in Skilled Nursing to establish if they could return to a recent level of care or be discharged home.

While we are experiencing many negative results, which we are thankful for, we have seen a slight rise in positive cases in Skilled Nursing and one case in Assisted Living. Please note, these family members have already been notified. A definite case requires that one be moved to an Isolation Area immediately and started on treatment. As established early on, all healthcare areas are restricted from any visitors. The only exception to the visitor order by the Department of Public Health is if one is at the end of life. Thank you for your understanding.

We have experienced some Life Care Residents (long-term skilled) non-COVID passings recently. We noted in our communication on Tuesday that we will not distinguish between COVID-related deaths and those from natural causes. Please don’t assume all passings are related to the transmission of the COVID virus.

The COVID Team continues to have conference calls daily, which often include our Medical Director and the medical team from UCONN John Dempsey Hospital. We can assure you that everything humanly possible has been done and continues to be done when it comes to battling this virus.

Long before the first case in the United States, Seabury’s Executive leadership has been proactively ordering PPE, medical equipment, and strategizing preventative policies and procedures to combat and limit the overall impact of COVID-19 on this campus. Additionally, we have taken the aggressive steps of screening every employee as they enter the building and sending them home if they exhibit any symptoms, limit only essential staff to enter the building and permit those who can work from home to do so until further notice.

We are proud to be a part of the solution in this fight and we are holding up the long-term care component of healthcare, along with many others in the senior living field. Our job is to serve residents who need our care and we are prepared to do just that. This is what we do. The very pernicious nature of this disease has been a challenge. Recommendations from scientists and governing bodies on a state and federal level, including the CDC, change almost daily.

While we have been working diligently, 24-hours a day and 7-days a week, to protect the Seabury Residents, the COVID Team has established that we need to monitor the comings and goings of the campus at the Main Entrance driveway. Security will be stopping vehicles at the Main Entrance to establish the purpose for being on campus or leaving and will track the activity, and monitor via the cameras, as well. The Service Entrance will be closed to all traffic starting Friday, April 17.

As a reminder, the no visitor policy on campus remains strictly in place, which includes in-person outdoor visits with family or friends. Every interaction offers a way for the virus to enter our community. Again, it’s crucial not to lose sight of the fact that these strict measures are being enforced to ensure every residents’ safety!

SARA Mass Communication
Thank you to everyone who has filled out the green cards or emailed Tina DuPont (christinedupont@seaburylife.org) with your designated family member, friend, or attorney for the Mass Communication list. Please keep the information coming!

We have and will continue to be aggressive in our approach to mitigate the spread of the virus on our campus. This is really an unprecedented time in our history.

Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have and continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information. Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

The Seabury COVID Team

Updated: April 14, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members and Families

Thank you for an excellent Gratitude Event today! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We are gathering photo and video content and will share soon on the portal (as a YouTube link), Facebook, Ch. 918, etc.

Our communication today focuses on the continued feedback and follow-up questions from our weekend communications. We are happy to maintain an open dialogue and work through questions as they arise.

The following is a summary of answers that came out of some of the more general questions posed since the weekend.

Red Rose Policy:
We are using our standard red rose protocol for Life Care Residents (it will be displayed virtually on the portal and on Ch. 918) to inform residents of all passings, making no distinction between COVID-related cases or natural causes, during this time period so residents and members can continue to console and support one another as always.

Sharing notes or letters of condolences:
Moving forward, if you want to send a card to a resident or family member, we would be happy to pick up the card/note with the out-going mail. We will hand-deliver to the resident or place in the mail (please include a stamp on out-going mail). Thank you.

Leaving campus for a period of time:
Some residents and resident family members have reached out to us asking about our policy on a resident temporarily leaving campus. We’ve advised, in each case, that you can certainly choose to live off-campus. We will require residents to stay off-campus for the duration of the pandemic and return once Seabury lifts its visitor restrictions. We have no definitive date as to when that might be, but would be in constant communication.

Cloth Mask guidance:
Thank you to our entire Seabury sewing team. We continue to receive beautifully crafted masks each day. The masks we’ve received to date have been laundered, labeled, and distributed to all ancillary employees who do not provide direct care. We expect to start making cloth masks that could be delivered to residents who would like one for walking within the building (to the closest exit) or for outdoor walks. We have a limited supply right now, and we will hand out to interested residents, as requests come in.

SARA Mass Notification System – Family:
We’ve had several opportunities to test and then subsequently use our mass notification system with various audiences or groups across the Seabury community, including employees, residents, Board members, and Seabury At Home Members. We’d like to expand the use of our system to reach family members of our residents. In the event that we have to send a communication to them.

We ask that you provide a cell phone number and an email address for a designated person from your family, friends or attorney/trustee, etc. In the coming days, we will provide a form on your ledge with instructions on what to fill out. Please note, we did not ask for an email address when you filled out your updated emergency contacts, which is why we are asking at this moment.

Thank you for your vigilance in following the recommended guidelines for staying at home. It’s crucial to not lose sight of the fact that these strict measures are being enforced to ensure every resident’s safety! Even if you’re asymptomatic, you may still be a carrier of the virus. Protect Seabury and please stay home!

The Seabury Community is strong and resilient.

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

Updated: April 12, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents and Seabury At Home Members and Seabury Staff:

It is with great sadness that we report an Independent Living Resident passed away yesterday at the hospital related to COVID suspected complications. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this resident and the family.

There are no words to describe the loss that the Seabury Team is experiencing at this moment. We share in the loss and pain that you are feeling as well, as many of you are closely connected. We take comfort in the fact that the support and friendship you’ve all shown them since they have moved to Seabury will continue now and carry the family during this incredibly difficult time.

We want you to know that we remain committed to mitigating the spread of this virus and will remain vigilant in our efforts. We continue to follow the protocols identified by the CDC and the CT Department of Public Health to ensure your safety and well-being.

We will continue to update you on any news or changes in our regular operations. Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team at covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have.

Please continue to check this page, www.seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

We are all in this together, and together we will persevere. The Seabury Community is resilient.

Sincerely,

The Seabury COVID Team

Updated: April 11, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents and Seabury At Home Members:

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members, Family Members, and Seabury Staff:

It is with regret that we inform you that we have three residents positive for COVID-19. The residents are in quarantine, either in a hospital setting or in one of our dedicated isolation areas on campus that were prepared for this very need. Please note: Appropriate precautions were taken during the investigation phase leading up to these results. This further triggers heightened infection control practices, personal protective equipment (PPE), and protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

We have notified public health officials as required and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. We want to make residents, their families, and our dedicated staff aware of this situation and reassure everyone that we are on top of it.

We are taking steps to prevent the further spread of this illness and have responded quickly and effectively to minimize the impact on others.

While we have some staff members who have tested positive, we are strictly adhering to a rigorous set of criteria based on federal guidance, for all staff members:

  • Temperature is taken upon entering the employee entrance.
  • All staff coming from another healthcare environment have to change their clothes, shoes, and showering is recommended.
  • The staff has to share signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.
  • The staff has to confirm if, in the last 14 days, they have had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with respiratory illness.
  • There are clear protocols for staff to stay home and not come to work if they are ill or symptomatic.
    Seabury’s nurse determines if one should proceed to their department or be sent home.
  • All individuals are monitored through Seabury’s Disease Control module and only allowed to return to work with Seabury’s approval.

Please know that maintaining your health or the health of your family member(s) is our number one priority.

We will continue to update you on any news, emerging issues, or changes in our regular operations. Please do not hesitate to contact Seabury’s COVID Team at covidteam@seaburylife.org with questions or concerns you may have. Please continue to check seaburylife.org/covid-19/ for the latest information.

The Seabury Community is strong, and we will get through this together! Thank you to our Residents, Members, Board, and Staff for their incredible efforts in keeping our community safe. It truly takes a village!

Sincerely,

Seabury’s Executive Team

 

Updated: April 8, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents and Seabury At Home Members:

We want to begin this communication with a big thank you to our staff, working each day to keep everyone safe!

Since we are all feeling inspired by the commitment of our AMAZING Seabury employees, we want to let them know how much they are appreciated! We are holding a Seabury-wide CHEERING MOMENT on Tuesday, April 14, from 3:15-3:30 PM. Residents and staff are encouraged to participate. Please open your balcony doors and your windows and cheer them on safely from your apartment! Make signs, ring bells, and make as much noise as possible! We want to be so loud that all employees hear us! (Disclaimer: we will not be handing out any art supplies, so if you would like to make a poster, please use what you have on-hand in your home.) A roaming cheer squad will be coming to a courtyard near you to photograph and film your great cheer and positive messages! All of the content will be placed into a photo and video collage that will be shared with all employees, residents, and At Home members. Thank you for your participation!!

COVID Update:
We’re happy to report, to date, there are no COVID-positive cases among residents.

  • We have minimal positive cases among employees in healthcare (who have had limited contact with residents). These employees remain home in isolation, and the clinic staff continues to monitor these folks.
  • All staff have their temperature taken before entering the building and go through a series of questions about possible exposure. Seabury’s nurses immediately speak to the employees that answer “yes” to the questionnaire before the staff member can report to work.
  • Staff who work in other healthcare environments and come directly to Seabury must change their clothes and shoes; showers are recommended.
  • We continue to aggressively explore how to reduce any exposure to the Seabury campus.

PPE and Cloth Mask Initiative:
As noted in previous communications, we continue to order and add to our overall Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supply.

  • We’ve added over 300 cloth masks to our supply, with contributions coming in from residents, At Home members, and staff. The students from Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) donated 50 masks on Monday and will be delivering more masks as soon as possible.
  • The mandate that is upon us now from CDC and DPH is that all staff working in clinical areas are to be outfitted with a surgical mask, and all remaining ancillary staff be provided a cloth mask for use while working on campus.
  • Mask distribution to employees (and residents, if possible) will take place in a tiered approach, based on the need and protection of our clinical staff, and those residents who are at high risk.
  • Please continue to make masks to assure the safety of all staff and residents! Thank you to our mask makers!
  • We have developed systems to extend the useful life of all PPE by sanitizing and laundering a small personal supply for each staff member.

Seabury Walking Team Update:
In week three, our team goal was to walk a total of 425 miles. So far, with 61% of walkers reporting steps/miles/minutes for week three, we have totaled 460.24 miles (this will change – we tend to receive a few more totals after this email goes out)!! This places the total miles walked at an amazing 1,424.98 miles!!
We think Team Seabury is ready for a real challenge. In week two, we had the highest total of respondents (80%) and walked a total of 521.18 miles. In week four, our challenge will be to walk 550 miles. We will each need to take a couple of extra walks this week to achieve it!

Trash and Recycling:
We are adding Recycling materials pick-up for every Sunday, moving forward. As a reminder, please adhere to this schedule below. Please do not put out trash or recycling on “off” days.

  • As a reminder, all trash materials are picked-up Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, beginning at 10:00 AM, outside your door. Please double bag, seal, and do not put liquids in the trash.
  • All recycled materials are picked-up at 10:00 AM on Sunday** (new), Tuesday, and Thursday of each week.

Marketing Update:
We want to take this opportunity to report that our marketing efforts have not ceased during this time and that we have some encouraging news to report out! Yes, we are working under a different set of circumstances these days. Although information sessions, events on campus, and tours are temporarily suspended, we press on with alternative methods. We are working with leads and prospects via email or conference call and GoToMeeting. In addition, we continue to receive in-bound inquiries via the website and phone calls, as we have an active and current online marketing campaign in place. Proactively, we are sending out e-newsletters to prospects regularly with content about our preparedness and actions to protect campus residents, in addition to content centering on what they can do while staying home.

The precautionary measures came at a neutral time in regards to move-ins. We had a natural gap in our move-in schedule, as the next set of move-ins are scheduled for June. Our first order of business was to immediately confirm and retain each sale. In the short-term, two sales have been retained, contracts signed, and move-in dates established for June. We are working through the finishes and refurbishment details, and all is working well. For our third sale, they have decided to put their move on campus on hold until the crisis passes. We are hopeful they will move to campus, perhaps even before the close of this fiscal year.

New business is developing, as we continue to foster leads. The newfound downtime has prompted some prospects to seriously consider a move to campus or to join Seabury At Home, and we’re jumping on each opportunity, managing all the components of the application process remotely. We have two households (in addition to the two June move-ins already scheduled) actively going through the application process now and three households that are preparing for a Seabury At Home membership. We are working around components of our application process by planning for and setting up medical assessments via telehealth. We expect to secure several new sales within the coming weeks. We look forward to reporting out our results!

Telehealth:
Heather Mudano arranges the visits needed directly with one’s physician’s office and time for the scheduled appointment. The visit is accomplished using the physician’s IPHONE and using Facetime on the IPAD. Heather goes to the resident’s apartment slightly ahead and takes any needed vital signs and stays through the duration of the visit to assist, for example, a wound or a rash, etc. If the visit does not require a nurse visit, Heather is setting up the IPAD and giving the resident and physician privacy. This is most helpful with Carol Tuller, APRN with Harvest Medical Mental Health Services.

Of course, the IPAD and any other equipment brought into the resident apartment would be cleaned before being used for another resident.

Passover and Easter:
We will all experience a very different Passover and/or Easter holiday this year. Please plan to “visit” with your family virtually this year. Unfortunately, the strict “no visitor” policy remains in effect.

  • This is not the time to relax current “shelter-in-place” requirements. It’s critical to be vigilant in our current protocols to keep everyone safe.
  • Families should not deliver homemade Easter baskets or meals; this creates significant and additional stress on staff. Again, we apologize for these restrictions.
  • Easter flowers will be sanitized and delivered.
  • Easter Services will be pre-recorded by Chaplain Jenn and will be played on Ch. 920 on Easter Sunday.

Culinary:
As a reminder, the culinary team is doing their very best to get Marketplace orders out as quickly as possible. Currently, we have 70 orders in the queue, waiting to be filled. On average, we are receiving 40 new orders per day. Due to this high demand, we ask residents to limit your order to (1) once per week, and the delivery of your order could take up to three days. If you’re waiting on an order, please call first before putting in a duplicate order, x6060. We continue to pick up from Geissler’s, Monday through Friday, so please consider utilizing that service as well.

Thank you all for your emails and notes. We appreciate all your support and suggestions. Meal delivery continues to happen each day between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. I am happy to report, we have tightened the process but we are not perfect. We will have moments where human error comes into play and we may deliver the wrong order or miss something. We do want to fix those errors and correct those as soon as possible. In order to do this, we ask that you call the culinary department between 2:00-3:00 p.m. at x6060 or x6061 and let us know. After 3:00 p.m., please call the front desk number and report your errors and we can continue to troubleshoot until 4:00 p.m. After 4:00 p.m., we are not able to staff and correct errors.

Outgoing Mail:
Please note: Outgoing mail will be picked up between 8:00-9:00 AM with newspaper distribution. Please have outgoing mail ready for 8:00 AM.

April Monthly Fee Statement:
The monthly statements were delivered today with the USPS mail delivery. Payments will be collected on Sunday morning, April 12, during newspaper distribution. Please check with accounting if you didn’t receive your statement.

Please remember, you can make a switch to automatic bill payment. Our Accounting team withdraws the money on the 20th of each month. Given how the calendar falls for April, as long as we have your form by the 15th, we will be able to withdraw. If you’re interested, please contact your ambassador for the necessary paperwork to fill out to set up the process.

Walking Loop Enhancement:
We will be distributing benches and chairs around the campus walking loop and the perimeter road over the next couple of weeks. Take a walk; it’s excellent for your emotional and physical health!

Tax campaign – Letter writing:
This would be a great time to write or call the Mayor and Bloomfield Town Council Members regarding Seabury’s Tax Dispute. Your letters and calls make a difference! Thank you!

Seabury Charitable Foundation:
The Charitable Foundation has been active during this unprecedented time. Please be on the lookout for the next newsletter and the Coronavirus Crisis Gratitude Initiative.

Seabury Finances:
On April 3, 2020, Seabury applied for the Paycheck Protection Program through Webster Bank. This program was part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The federal government allocated funds to the Small Business Administration to guarantee loans to businesses with under 500 employees to help them during the Pandemic to keep everyone employed or bring those that were laid off or furloughed back. A portion of the loan, up to the full amount, can be forgiven.

Thank you again for your commitment to keeping the Seabury Community safe!

Stay safe. Stay home.

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: April 3, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents and Seabury At Home Members:

Thank you for your continued vigilance in following the recommended guidelines for staying at home! It is now more critical than ever to remain safe at home over the next couple of weeks, as the number of COVID cases in CT is expected to increase exponentially.

Also, thank you for all the positive feedback you have shared via letters, emails, or out on the walking paths, we appreciate it very much!

We thought, perhaps with this communication, we should address how Seabury is managing elements of our overall business operations during this unprecedented time.

In addition to prudent business practices, we are taking advantage of state and federal programs that will keep Seabury and our employees financially stable. We must take care of our staff; please note, this is one of our top priorities!

For our front line staff and healthcare personnel that have the greatest potential for exposure, we have been preparing and stocking up on all our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The ordering of PPE has not ceased, and we continue to add to our stockpile each week.

We have identified isolation areas to treat COVID-positive cases (if and when they arise). We have developed a copious amount of new policies covering everything from the screening of all employees upon entry to work each day to the consumption and sanitizing of PPE. We are in constant communication with the CDC and State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, regarding the latest planning and preparation strategies. We are confident that we’re doing everything we can to keep everyone protected!

Many of our administrative employees (Human Resources, Marketing, Accounting, etc.) can work from home. We instituted this flexible work arrangement right from the beginning. Other employees have shifted to essential on-site duties and are acting as the daily operations ground team, fulfilling newspaper, package and grocery deliveries, etc.

We are pleased to note that we will be participating with the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Shared Work Program, and Seabury is enrolling a group of administrative and non-clinical employees into this program from several departments whose hours will be reduced (in most cases 8 hours weekly or less), on a temporary basis.

Essentially, the Shared Work program will support our employees who work a slightly reduced number of hours in the workweek. Furthermore, they retain all of their benefits through Seabury! If you’re interested in the specifics, please visit the Shared Work website at https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/bussrvce/shared_work/.

We do have a small group of employees that have been temporarily put on furlough with a defined “return to work” date on April 20. We expect to bring them all back full-time, once we’re up in full operation.

We learned in recent days that Seabury also qualifies for relief under the emergency legislation that went into effect on March 27. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes specific provisions that Seabury is applying for through local banks, including:

Paycheck Protection Program Loans: An emergency loan program providing loans for eligible nonprofits and small businesses, permitting them to cover costs of payroll, operations, and debt service, and ensures loans will be forgiven in whole or in part under certain circumstances.

Thank you again for your commitment to keeping the Seabury Community safe.

Seabury is secure, and together we will get through this pandemic. Be safe; stay home.

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: March 31, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents and Seabury At Home Members:

Thank you for your vigilance in following the recommended guidelines for staying at home. We thought it best if perhaps a more detailed set of guidelines, in the form of “Do’s and Don’ts” be provided as well, for clarity.

Please remember, you are in the high-risk category and you are putting yourself and others at risk based on your behavior (even if you’re asymptomatic, you may be a carrier of the virus) – Protect Seabury and please stay in!

Stay Safe, Stay Home: The Governor signed an executive order directing Connecticut residents titled “Stay Safe, Stay Home.” It orders all nonessential businesses statewide to prohibit in-person functions. This order is in effect until April 22, unless modified.

The results for staff and residents who underwent COVID-19 testing in recent days have come in.

  • 2 healthcare residents – NEGATIVE for COVID-19
  • 1 healthcare employee – NEGATIVE for COVID-19
  • 1 healthcare employee – POSITIVE for COVID-19. We want to report that this person is isolated at home and being tracked by our Clinic. The potential exposure to residents was also low, as this person is not involved in direct personal care.

We expect testing will continue with residents and staff, as needed. We will provide periodic updates, as we are anticipating our need for testing and possible cases will increase.

Our Do’s and Don’ts

Q. Can we drive to a restaurant for curbside pick-up?
A. We don’t recommend it. Please call for delivery to main entrance, we will bring items to you!

Q. Can we open our hall doors to say hello?
A. Yes, stay in your doorways, please don’t congregate in the hallways!

Q. Can we drive in our cars around the block to ensure the car is not sitting for long periods?
A. Yes, for sightseeing purposes and to get out of the house, please don’t take this opportunity to visit with friends, grandchildren, etc.

Q. Can we go to the grocery store?
A. We recommend you don’t go, if you don’t have to. Please take advantage of local delivery services and the Marketplace.

  • We are delivering items from Geissler’s 5 days a week now, it’s easier to get groceries in a timely fashion! Please call their main office at 860-623-0176, to place your order. Please refrain from ordering from Geissler’s online during this time.
  • In Hartford County, Shoprite in Canton allows online ordering and will place your groceries in your trunk curbside. Hall’s Market in West Hartford delivers 6 days a week (closed Sundays) and Fitzgerald’s in Simsbury also has curbside pickup available.
  • In New Haven County, Ferraro’s Market allows online ordering and curbside pick-up at the New Haven location. The Whitneyville Food Center in Hamden is available for curbside pick-up and delivery. Shoprite in Hamden, as in Canton, is open for curbside pick-up with online ordering. Bishop’s Orchard in Guilford is also an option for curbside pick-up.
  • For our residents and Seabury At Home members throughout the state, ctbites.com has compiled a comprehensive list of restaurants and their hours/capabilities. The restaurants are categorized by county. Click here to visit the website and order from your favorite local restaurant! For more information on these resources, please contact your Personal Health Coordinators.
  • The Culinary team filled delivered over 100 Marketplace orders yesterday, in addition to regular meal deliveries to all of the residents. (Fun fact: We are fulfilling and delivering 300 – 375 entrees and sandwiches, 80-110 desserts and approximately 100-120 salads per day!) They are filling 100+ orders today. Orders are being filled as quickly as possible. We thank you for your continued patience. Any questions or concerns can be directed back to the culinary department.

Q. Can we continue with outdoor sing-a-longs?
A. We recommend that these in-person gatherings cease. It’s natural for all of us to gravitate closer than 6’ apart. If there are to be sign-a-longs, it should be from your doorway or balcony only.

Q. Can people still walk together in pairs or groups outside?
A. Again, outdoor activity and walking is highly encouraged, but not in groups or pairs. Please keep your distance, even outside!

If you have any additional questions or would like some points clarified, please communicate with your ambassador.

Thank you!!

Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: March 29, 2020

New Temperature Screening Procedure:

Seabury has implemented a mandatory temperature-screening policy. The goal of this policy is to monitor staff for potential COVID 19 infection and to lower the risk of exposure to Seabury residents and employees per CDC and State of CT DPH recommendations.

All staff must check-in to the designated check-in point prior to the start of their shift for screening by a trained employee.

If an employee has a temperature of 100 ?F or higher, or answers yes to or displays either a new or changing cough, sore throat or SOB (shortness of breath), they should remain outside and call the appropriate clinical manager for further instruction. All employees are also encouraged to take their temperatures regularly at home.

All hands on deck!

Seabury staff, residents and Seabury At Home members have all generously offered their services, and their sewing machines, to help create facemasks for our employees. As you may have heard, surgical masks are scarce. According to the CDC, homemade facemasks can be worn as a substitute when recommended masks are unavailable. Since their protective abilities are relatively unknown, we will be distributing to staff that are not involved in direct patient care.

We currently have 23 members of this team producing these homemade facemasks for our community. If you’d like to volunteer or learn more about this venture, please contact Jodi Morrissey at jodimorissey@seaburylife.org.

 

Updated: March 20, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents and Seabury At Home Members:

With concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 Virus heightened throughout the nation, Seabury is closely following Best Practices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the State of CT Department of Public Health on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

We want to assure residents that the safety and security of those in our care remain our highest priority.

As of today at 5 PM, we are mobilizing Seabury’s “shelter-in-place” requirements for all Independent Living Residents for the next 14-days (until April 3).

This means that all common areas and corridors (should only be used for egress to the outside) are now closed until further notice. All services, including meals, groceries, packages, and mail, will be delivered to your residences. Please clear off the shelf outside your door to make space for deliveries.

Meals and Groceries:

You will receive a phone call from your assigned Ambassador this afternoon/evening to take your order on the heat and serve options we are prepared to make and deliver tomorrow between 12:00-2:00 PM. We will expand the options to include sandwiches and wraps starting next week.

You have the option to order groceries online and through meal delivery services (e.g., Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, etc.). Many restaurants are open as well and will be happy to deliver food. With any of these options, we ask that deliveries are made to the Main Entrance. From there, our employees will deliver the items to your residence.

US Mail, Packages, and Prescriptions:

Your packages and any medications that are normally delivered to the front desk will be delivered each day; times will vary. US Mail will be delivered, as well. The US Mail protocol does not impact Cottage residents, please continue to collect your mail in your outdoor kiosks. Your Seabury Ambassador will be in touch to help you navigate any special services that you need assistance with during this time as well.

Please note, you can walk outside or walk your dog. We recommend using the closest exit door to your residence when going out. During emergencies, please use the nearest exit door.

Please know that the news about the spread of this Virus is a concern for us all. Staff have been trained on the symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), CDC recommended infection prevention techniques, and have clear protocols for staff to stay home and not come to work if they are ill or symptomatic.  Seabury has been ordering PPE (N95 masks, gowns, gloves, eye protection) in abundance, since January, in addition to the government stockpile that will be distributed to us, if needed.

Remember that you are a vital partner in keeping yourself and others healthy—wash your hands often; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; notify staff if you feel sick.

In regards to the SARA Mass Communication test conducted this morning, we gather that many people did not get the test at 11:00 AM. It’s not unusual in the conversion of data that one’s first few tests have issues. We will continue to adjust and test until it’s correct.

Again, for those of you who did not, please contact Nick Olear at (860) 243-4032 or nicholasolear@seaburylife.org. If you already have reached out to Nick about missing the alert, please assume he has received your message as he will not be able to return the message immediately.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are keeping your safety as our number one priority.  Communication is key, and we will continue to update you on any news, emerging issues, or changes in our regular operations. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact your Ambassador at any time with questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you, and be well!

Sincerely,

The Seabury Executive Team


Updated: March 16, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents and Seabury At Home Members:

As a new week begins, we continue to monitor the fluid situation that is our current reality. As more and more COVID-19 cases start to be uncovered, and experts report that we’re potentially in a moment of acceleration, we are further tightening our protocols around campus. The following is in effect Monday, March 16 at 5 PM:

Visitor Protocol, All of Campus:

  • Please note, we are closing and locking all entrances, including the main entrance, until further notice. We are only allowing residents that live on campus and essential personnel in the building. Seabury At Home Members, in addition to family and friends for Independent Living Residents, will not be able to access campus.
  • The Executive Team has identified those IL Residents who are receiving caregiving support from one family member, and those individuals will be screened and provided approval, as appropriate.
  • The visitor restrictions for all of healthcare remain in place. This extends to no visits in the lobby between residents and family, etc.
  • These measures are necessary to protect everyone – Thank you for your understanding.

Mass Notification:

  • We have fast tracked the development of our new mass notification system, populating excel sheets with phone and email contact information for all our
    sub-groups that will need to be contacted quickly, in the event of an emergency.
  • We conducted our first successful test (with senior staff) this past Saturday morning. We are close to rolling this out for all of campus this week!

Seabury Staff:

  • We are shifting non-essential employees to work from home, including Marketing, Human Resources, IT, and Accounting. These staff members will be connected via computers and online connections, including forwarding work phones to their cell phones. Please call them (using regular extensions) and email for any questions that you might have!
  • We are working on assigning all staff to other duties (e.g. such as disinfecting many common areas) as their responsibilities change due to current protocols. Should a staff member decide not to take on new responsibilities, they will be placed on furlough temporarily and their benefits will remain in place.
  • Child Support for Staff is available to essential staff, at no cost to the employee.
  • Seabury Staff Ambassadors will be in contact via phone with all Residents for welfare checks to ensure everyone continues to be well.
  • The Executive Team and Senior Management will be on and off-site and will be scheduled for SOS.

Resident Services:

  • We believe it is prudent (given the 6 ft rule/social distancing) to close all salon and massage services until further notice.
  • Windsor Federal Bank will be closed indefinitely.
  • We must also close the fitness centers and pool to Residents, Members, and Guests.  Personal Training and Fitness assessments will also be suspended.
  • Please note that public restaurants will be closing as of 8 PM tonight as required by the Governor. All to-go orders from outside restaurants will be delivered to the Main Entrance and Security will call you to pick it up.
  • 4 half-hour times for to-go meal pick-up will go into service in the Bistro tomorrow 3/17 to limit the number of residents congregating at one time. The following time frames should be adhered to as much as possible (11:30am – 12pm – West Wing) (12:00pm – 12:30pm East Wing) 12:30pm – 1:00pm – South Wing) (1:00pm – 1:30pm – Cottages and Villas). Again, please adhere to the six foot rule to distance yourself from each other.
  • The Marketplace will continue to be open for additional grocery items during this time.
  • If you require additional assistance with food pick up, please contact the Culinary Dept. at X 6060.
  • Packages, prescriptions, newspapers, grocery delivery services and restaurants to go orders must all come through the main entrance and will be picked-up at the main desk.
  • Thank you to those who agreed to give-up housekeeping-we will not be going into any apartments.
  • Remember: A walk outside will go a long way for your physical and emotional health! The fitness team will be rolling out a walking program today. Look to 918 and the Resident Portal see more details.

Healthcare Updates and Staff Screening:

  • We are following the CDC guidelines and CMS (Centers of Medicaid and Medicare Centers) – restricting visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain situations, such as end-of-life support. This extends to no visits in the lobby between residents and family, etc.
  • Cancelling communal dining and all group activities for SNF, Views, and the Meadows.
  • Screening all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever and respiratory symptoms. (Skilled Nursing Staff Only)
  • Rehab will be conducted in rooms, not in the rehab gym, unless needed on an individual basis.
  • Outpatient Therapy will be closed to those from the greater community.

Telehealth and Technology:

  • We are setting-up Telehealth services in a private space (exam room off the Health Services lobby), for those who are able to access i.e., Teledoc (Hartford Hospital). Please call the clinic at 860-243-6070.
  • IPads have been set-up in the Views, Meadows, and Skilled Nursing for facetime between residents and their family members.
  • Please call the Seabury Clinic for any health related questions at 860-243-6070.
  • Additionally, the State of CT set-up their phone hotline for Coronavirus at 2-1-1. The hotline is available 24-7.

Staying Safe At Home:

    The following information from the CDC is recommended to help ensure a clean, safer environment:

  • place hand sanitizer at the front door;
  • disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables and handrails;
  • increase ventilation by opening windows;
  • make sure all utensils and eating surfaces are clean;
  • and conduct yourself as if you are a risk to others.
  • Creating safe habits and routines will go a long way to creating safe and clean environments!

Thank you for your continued support and adherence to guidelines as we take measures that we believe help protect Seabury from COVID-19 exposure. Our on-going communications will be posted to Ch. 918, the portal, via the listserv, in paper-based form and through your assigned ambassadors. Please check these sources, daily. Also, please remember, you are all personally responsible for self-quarantining and protecting yourselves and your neighbors.

Sincerely,
The Seabury Executive Team

 

Updated: March 11, 2020

Dear Seabury Residents, Seabury At Home Members, Families, and Employees,

Our latest communication on the COVID-19 for Seabury reflects the fact we are now seeing our first reported cases in Connecticut, and there could be more, once the state has access to more test kits and we have a better idea of the scale of our impact. As a result, we’re accelerating our emergency preparedness planning and launching a fairly aggressive prevention campaign today.

We’ve been reporting out, all along, the measures we’ve put in place in regards to reporting on travel outside the United States, stocking up on food and medications for an emergency situation, diligently following hand washing protocol, and employing extra disinfecting and cleaning procedures.

Now, we are in agreement with many of best practices being employed on a state-by-state and global level in regard to “Social distancing” and prevention. In lieu of real time testing, the following prevention tactics will be best way to limit our exposure to the virus. The following items will be in place for a minimum of two weeks and a weekly communication will be sent out via all our communication platforms.

Healthcare Visitor Restrictions:

  • Per the Connecticut Department of Public Health, we are restricting all external and internal visitors, except when a current health state (e.g. end-of-life care, hospice) is in question. Click here for State documents. We will be activating our standard infectious control protocol in all health services areas, closing all doors and adding signage. For example, the facility may allow a visitor(s) to a resident who is on hospice or end-of-life care as long as the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is used in accordance with CDC guidance documents and when the resident meets the criteria based on exposure to COVID-19.
  • We are directing all other traffic (non-health care related) coming into the main entrance, health services entrance, and Meadows entrance to sign in at the desk and complete a COVID-19 questionnaire before proceeding into the building.
  • If any visitor answers “yes” to a question on COVID-19 questionnaire, they will be asked to leave. If they are a resident, they will be directed to check in with the clinic.

Independent Living Visitor Protocol:

  • We strongly suggest residents limit visitors, especially children, and outside vendors and contractors.
  • All visitors must come in through the main entrance and follow the screening measures in place. We are reprogramming badge access to limit access to pedestrian doors, and security will no longer buzz in guests at doors outside the main entrances.

Events and Programming:

  • All outside programming will be cancelled beginning Tuesday, March 10. Events that qualify include, but are limited to: ALP, guest lecturers, Encore, religious services provided by Chaplain Jenn, musical groups, etc.
  • For all internal programming such as committee meetings, resident council, support groups, etc., we strongly suggest you consider rescheduling meetings for a later date or holding meetings via phone conferencing or emailing, etc.

Services:

  • The clinic and health services, such as out-patient rehabilitation, will remain open, with no disruption to treatments or scheduled appointments.
  • Windsor Federal Bank will remain open, but that is subject to change if Windsor Federal Bank issues a notice for their employees to work from home.
  • The Seabury Salon and Spa and A Cut Above will remain open.

Culinary Services:

  • The Main Dining Room and Bistro will be moving to a “to go” format with a limited menu beginning on Tuesday, March 10. All meals will be packaged and served from the bistro.
  • Lunch pick-up service will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner pick-up service will be from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Bistro.
  • The Marketplace will also be fully-stocked and open during lunch and dinner service periods.
  • We are suspending the morning coffee and tea service in the bistro parlor.
  • The Mixer Dinner scheduled for Thursday, March 19 will be postponed.
  • Now would be a good time to make sure your home pantries and refrigerator and freezers are well-stocked as well, in case of an emergency. We will overstock The Marketplace with supplies. Residents can take advantage of delivery services through Stop & Shop Pea Pod and Geissler’s Order to Go.

Fitness:

  • We are suspending Independent Living and At Home Member group fitness classes beginning Tuesday, March 10.
  • The Pool and Fitness center will remain open and residents and members are welcomed to use them.
  • Our fitness team will wipe down the fitness equipment three-times per day. However, please be vigilant about wiping down the equipment before and after each use.

Transportation:

  • Essential offsite trips such as medical appointments (unless offices require otherwise) and grocery shopping, will keep going, as planned.
  • We are going to suspend use of the bus for recreational, offsite trips, such as Hartford Symphony Orchestra Masterworks for this Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 and the Lunch Bunch trip scheduled for Wednesday, March 18. We encourage residents to postpone their plans for attending events with large crowds.
  • Our drivers will be taking extra steps for sanitizing all our vehicles, again, with each use.

Guests Rooms:

We are temporarily closing the use of our guest rooms and will not accept any new bookings for the month of March. We will discuss and adjust, on a case by case basis, with all parties that have already made arrangements for visitors in March.

Cleaning:

We are being extra vigilant with cleaning and sanitizing frequently touched objects and surfaces, as well as painting or treating various surfaces to make them more hygienic moving forward. Our housekeeping team is extending their hours and cleaning overnight, during off hours for an extra level of sanitation. In addition to the standard cleaning solutions and methods we use, Seabury is employing a Protexus Sprayer, a tool that uses an electrostatic charge that allows the droplets (a disinfection solution) to attach to the surface, rather than float in the air. This touchless technology wraps around surfaces, providing 3x more coverage and sanitation in the same amount of time as spray bottles, buckets, and rags.

Travel Protocol:

Residents who are not exhibiting any symptoms and have not traveled to any countries with a high rate of incidence.

Recommendation: The clinic staff is requiring individuals to self-isolate for 72 hours. 

 If you traveled outside CT and the United States and have not knowingly come in contact with the virus and are asymptomatic, we will follow the protocol below:

  • One’s temperature will be taken on re-entry (the clinic staff will come to you).
  • We strongly recommend that you self-isolate for 72 hours.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms over 14-days 

 If you knowingly traveled to areas reported to have the COVID-19, or believe you may have come into contact with someone that has the virus and/or you have symptoms: 

  • Seabury’s Medical director will determine the necessity to have you tested at the hospital for confirmation of COVID-19. 
  • You will be placed into quarantine for 14 days (not necessarily in your own home). 
  • Seabury will call the CDC for further instructions. The clinic staff will coordinate with local health authorities.
  • We will call your primary care physician to alert them of your status. 
  • We will call culinary to arrange for tray/meal service.

Offsite Medical Appointments:

  • We are asking residents in all levels of care and residents in independent living to cancel non-essential or elective surgeries or procedures. The nursing staff in the clinic or health care areas will make the determination as to what is essential versus non-essential.

Communication:

In addition to sharing the most up-to-date information on our website, portal, Connected Living, Ch. 918 and paper-based methods, we will be using our pre-recorded “the mail is in” phone line to keep guests informed on our current COVID-19 protocol. The phone number is (860) 243-6037.

Sources for Information:

Please remember, everyone should follow the Respiratory/Cough Etiquette as described below.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; dispose of tissue in the nearest waste receptacle.
  • Perform often, hand hygiene (e.g., hand washing with antimicrobial soap and water, alcohol-based hand rub, or antiseptic hand-wash) after having contact with respiratory secretions and contaminated surfaces.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the health care professionals in our Clinic at 860-243-6070.

Thank you!
Sincerely,
Renée J. Bernasconi, LNHA, MBA
President & CEO

General COVID-19 Information