COVID-19

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

After careful consideration, the management team at Holdrege Memorial Homes has decided to continue closure to visitors until the end of August.  The staff member that tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago did not infect any residents or any other staff, so our facility remains free of the virus.  However, there has been a significant increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in our public health district that includes Buffalo, Dawson, Kearney, Harlan, Franklin, Gosper, and Phelps counties.  Two Rivers Public Health has raised our caution level as a result.  In addition, area schools are set to open this week, and we have several staff members with school age children.  Since we have thus far kept all residents safe, we opted to err on the side of caution until the health district is able to report a decrease in new cases.  The protection of your resident's health and that of our staff continue to remain our highest priority.

We will continue to provide assistance with visiting your loved one via phone, FaceTime, Skype, and window visits.  We are asking that you schedule a time to communicate with your family member during regular business hours: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday and Sunday morning.  Given the multiple arrangements we are making, we are also asking that you give us at least 24 hours notice to set up a call, and your conference time will be limited to 30 minutes.  Please contact the facility at 308-995-8631 to arrange your conference time.

We will do everything we can to assure you have contact with your loved one for the next couple of weeks.  We will be closely monitoring our health district for any changes and hope that visitation will be able to resume in the very near future.

We continue to be so grateful for your support, patience, and understanding.  Please relay this information to other family members.

Holdrege Memorial Homes Management Team

 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Effective immediately, Holdrege Memorial Homes is closed to visitation due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19 as well as the increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the Two Rivers Health District.   We are working closely with Two Rivers for direction on phasing and when we might be able to open to visitation again.

Contact tracing of the positive employee is in the process of being compelted and this staff member's role did not include prolonged contact with residents.  Screening of residents and staff is completed daily to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.  All staff are encouraged to stay home if they are ill.  All staff must enter Holdrege Homes with a face mask and surgical masks are required when providing care to residents.  All staff are also encouraged to wear face masks while in public and practice social distancing at all times.

We understand that it is difficult not to visit your loved ones during this Pandemic.  If you need assistance visiting with your resident by phone, FaceTime, Skype, window visits, etc., please let staff know and we will work to assist you.

Protecting your resident's health and wellbeing, and that of our staff, remain our highest priority.  We appreciate your help and understanding during this unprecedented time and situation.  Thank you for your patience, support, and prayers during this time.

Thank you!  The Holdrege Memorial Homes Management Team

 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Holdrege Memorial Homes is excited to announce that all staff have tested negative for COVID-19.  We have been working closely with Two Rivers Public Health to ensure we meet the criteria to move to Phase III.   We are now able to begin limited visitation beginning on Monday, July 6, 2020

We have established procedures for limited visitation as follows:

  • Visiting hours will be 9-11am and 1-5pm Monday through Friday, and 1-4:30pm on Sunday.
  • Visitation must be scheduled be calling the business office during normal business hours, which are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
  • You will need to enter the building through the North entrance on 11th Avenue.
  • You will be screened, including a temperature check and a series of questions related to COVID signs and symptoms.
  • You will need to wear a mask your entire visit - if you do not have a mask, one will be provided and we ask taht you keep this mask for future visits.
  • You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entrance and exit.
  • You will be escorted by a staff member to your resident's room, where you must remain for the duration of your visit.
  • Please refrain from stopping to visit with other residents and/or staff on your route in and out of the building.
  • Please be mindful that visiting hours mean you should exit the building by the end time.
  • CDC is recommending social distancing throughout the visit and that masks are worn throughout the visit.
  • We are limiting the number of visitors to any one resident to three per visit.
  • Children under the age of 8 are not allowed to visit.
  • Pets are not allowed to visit.
  • It is not permissible for residents to leave the facility at this time for non-medical purposes.
  • You cannot visit multiple residents during your time in the facility.
  • At this time no guest meals will be allowed and we discourage sharing of a meal during a visit since you need to be masked the entire time.
  • Please monitor your health for the next 14 days after your visit and report any signs or symptoms related to COVID-19 to the facility immediately.

We continue to thank you all for your understanding and patience as we work throough this pandemic.  Our priority will always be to keep your loved ones safe to the best of our ability.

‚ÄčMonday, June 22, 2020

Per our guidelines from the CDC and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, all staff at our facilitymust be tested for COVID-19 before we can move into phase III.

All staff will be tested this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The tests will be sent to the lab via a courier, and we should have our results early next week.  If we have all negative results, and meet the criteria from the Nebraks Department of Health and Human Services, we can then begin to open for limited visits by family members.  We are very excited and encouraged to be at this point, and we will keep you informed of all developments.

We have been successful at keeping everyone safe, but we also could not have done this without the support of you, our wonderful residents, and the staff.

 

Friday, May 29, 2020 - Letter to families

As we approach the end of yet another month in our battle to prevent COVID-19 from entering Holdrege Memorial Homes, we also want to recognize the frustration and difficulty you and your loved one are facing with the continued separation.  We too are very frustrated and heartbroken and do see the toll this is taking on the well-being of our residents.

We are bound by law and licensure to comply with the requirements from the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid services and the CDC.  Our management team has weekly conferences with the governor's office, Nebraska Health Care Association, and Leading Age to work on balancing the safety of the residents, with the need to be re-united with families.  CMS has issued recommendations for the gradual re-opening of long term care facilities.  State and local health departments will be determining how these actions should be implemented in their areas.  Unfortunately, it seems that this process moves at a snails pace.

We're sure you have all seen the stories regarding some of the long term care facilities in our state that have been ravaged by this virus.  The difficulty with COVID-19 as opposed to the flu, is that people can show no symptoms of being infected with the disease, but, because they are actually infected, they are carriers of this very contagious illness.  Sadly, the majority of deaths have been residents of long term care facilities, or individuals that have underlying medical conditions, and that describes most of the people we care for.  HMH has been diligent to date, and have kept everyone here safe and healthy.  That is the problem for us, balancing the need for safety, with the need for loving contact with family.  Having all private rooms at HMH is a major benefit for preventing widespread infection, and we do have an emergency plan in place to immediately implement if it is ever needed.

We truly believe, that every day moves us closer to resolution, but we're not there yet.  Again, we thank you for your patience, understanding, and determination to assist us in keeping everyone healthy.

 

 Friday, April 24, 2020    COVID-19 Update

To date, we have been very fortunate to not have any cases of COVID-19 in either our residents or our staff, but we must remain vigilant.  In light of the recent outbreaks in Dawson and Hall counties, we must be even more careful in the coming days.  Also, with the weather beginning to warm, we have had multiple inquiries about visiting our facility outside.  We are asking for your assistance in continuing to keep our residents safe by adhering to the following:

  • If you are visiting your resident's window, the windows cannot be opened.  This virus is spread through droplets, and a screen does not provide adequate protection.
  • Room 106 on the North side of the building has been reserved for Assisted Living family visits.  You may talk to each other on the phone through the window.
  • If you are dropping something off, please bring it to the North entrance and leave your items on the cart, labeled with the resident's name.  Our staff will make certain it is delivered.
  • We will make FaceTime or Skype available for you.
  • Until the CDC and the Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services give us a green light, we cannot authorize any face to face visits, even outside.

Please know that we are aware this situation is so difficult for everyone, but we are committed to keeping your loved ones healthy.   This will end at some point, and our main goals is to have it end with NO cases of COVID-19 at Holdrege Memorial Homes.

We are asking that you share this information with other family and friends.  We will keep you posted on all developments, and let you know as soon as it is safe for you to visit.

Thank you for your help and understanding!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holdrege Memorial Homes is now closed to all visitors per recommendation from the CDC. If you want information on alternate ways to communicate with your loved one, please call the front office at 308-995-8631 and we will make arrangements to assist you. Be assured that HMH is taking every precaution to maintain the health and safety of your loved ones.

Monday, March 30,2020

Per continuing recommendation by the CDC and Center for Medicare and Medicaid services, Holdrege Memorial Homes will remain closed to all visitors. There are several ways to communicate with your loved one:  FaceTime, Skype, letters and phone calls.  If you are needing assistance with arranging any social media communications, please call the facility at 308-995-8631, ask to speak to Amy Rademaker, or the business office.  We will make every effort to have some face-to face time.   Also consider sending a care package.  This can include favorite snacks, crossword or other puzzle books, slipper socks, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, lotions, note cards - virtually anything that is non-perishable.  Please bring your items to the North Entrance during business hours, M-F, 8am-5pm.  We will be certain your package is delivered.

We are so appreciative of the understanding and support you have all shown during this difficulty.  We know it will come to an end sometime soon, and we will keep you informed of any developments.  We are determined to keep your loved ones safe and healthy!!