UPDATE – 9/14/2021
Hello EHL community, it is with great sorrow that we let you know our Executive Order will not be lifted this week. We had one vaccinated staff member test positive today. We will continue to be transparent with all updates and progress throughout our COVID journey. Please call us, at 541-747-4858, with any questions.
UPDATE – 8/9/2021
Our Memory Village has been placed back under Executive Order from the State of Oregon. We have one fully vaccinated resident who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means we will be canceling all in-person visits and will be doing weekly COVID-19 testing until all staff and residents test negative for two consecutive weeks. Until then we have FaceTime, Zoom and telephone calls available for communication with your loved one. We will keep you posted when things change.
UPDATE – 6/3/2021
Our village has had two consecutive weeks of negative COVID test results and as of Thursday, June 3rd, our Executive Order has been lifted! We are now allowing in-home visits (anytime of day, with no limit on time or number of visitors and the visits do not need to be scheduled). We still have some rules to keep everyone safe:
- We are asking visitors for patience as opening up will most likely cause a surge of visitors.
- We would like to encourage visitors to take their loved ones out for a car ride, walk in the park, out for a haircut etc., to avoid large groups of visitors in the home at one time.
- All visitors and the resident they are visiting, must wear a mask at all times.
- Visits must occur in the resident’s bedrooms. If this cannot be accommodated (roommate upset by the visit or asleep in the other bed), we will find a secluded area for the visit to occur.
- Movement throughout the home must be avoided. Visitors may not walk around the living room, dining room or approach other residents and staff.
- If resident is vaccinated, they may sit close, touch/hug like a normal visit.
- Upon arrival: visitors will go to the home, ring the bell, staff will make sure you have a mask, check your temperature, sign you in (will be asked about symptoms or possible COVID exposure), sanitize your hands, and escort you to the resident’s room for your visit.
- After the visit has ended staff will disinfect all areas where the visit occurred.
UPDATE – 5/13/2021
We are disheartened to report we have another positive COVID case in our Birch home. One resident (resident doesn’t have symptoms at this time) tested positive from the test done on Tuesday the 11th. This will now restart the two-week testing period before our Executive Order is lifted. So, if we test everyone next Tuesday the 18th and the following Tuesday the 25th and all results come back negative, our Executive Order will be lifted and in-person visitation will resume.
We appreciate your patients and please know that we are in constant communication with the State of Oregon Licensing department regarding any updates to the Executive Order process. If any changes or updates are made, families will be notified immediately.
UPDATE – 4/7/2021
We here at EHL Memory Village, along with many of our families are challenged again by COVID. Please know we are doing everything in our powers to encourage all residents and staff become vaccinated. One day this pandemic will be gone and life will return to normal. Please be patient with us as we meet each new challenge and know that we are always striving to have an open Village for everyone to enjoy each other’s company.
UPDATE – 4/5/2021
Our Memory Village has been placed back under Executive Order from the State of Oregon. We have one staff member who has been exposed to COVID-19 and is most likely positive for the virus. This means we will be canceling all in-person visits and will be doing weekly COVID-19 testing until all staff and residents test negative for two consecutive weeks. Until then we have FaceTime, Zoom and telephone calls available for communication with your loved one. We will keep you posted when things change.
UPDATE – 3/29/2021
We are so excited to announce, beginning Tuesday March 30th, we are allowing IN-HOME VISITATIONS (any time of day, no limit on time and do not need to be scheduled). We do have some rules attached to this visit. Please be patient as opening up will most likely cause a surge of visitors for our homes which have been shut down for over a year. We encourage families take their loved one out for visits for things like, a walk outside, in the park, for a haircut, a car ride etc.
Upon arrival, go to the home, ring the bell, staff will make sure you have a mask, will check your temp, sign you in (ask about symptoms or possible COVID exposure) and then escort you to your loved one’s room for the visit.
Visits must occur in the resident’s bedroom, if this cannot be accommodated (roommate upset by the visit or asleep in the other bed), we will find a secluded area for the visit to occur.
Families and the resident they are visiting, must wear a mask at all times.
Movement throughout the home must be avoided. Do not walk around the living room, dining room, or approach other residents and staff.
UPDATE – 3/23/2021
Our Executive Order has been lifted! We are now officially 2 weeks beyond any positive COVID-19 test results. Beginning next week we will start indoor and outdoor visits under the guidelines of the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services. See below for infomation on how to schedule a visit.
Click on the links below for important rules for indoor and outdoor visits:
UPDATE – 3/9/2021
Our final round of COVID-19 vaccinations happend today! We vaccinated 19 staff and 9 residents. Lots of smiles…even though you can’t see them!
UPDATE – 2/25/2021
We learned this morning that one of our staff has tested positive for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic. We are canceling all indoor and outdoor visits. We are currently testing all staff and residents today and will continue to test weekly to comply with all state and county Long Term Care Guidelines. We will keep you updated with new information as it comes in. We continue to screen residents and staff for symptoms daily.
Thank you for your patience. We will keep everyone updated on when we can resume visits.
UPDATE – 2/18/2021
Last Tuesday was our second COVID-19 vaccination day! 83 residents and 54 employees were vaccinated! Thanks again to Walgreens for coming for the day and being so gentle and caring.
UPDATE – 1/27/2021
First round of COVID-19 vaccination was a success! Thanks to Walgreens pharmacy for coming out to, gently and efficiently, poke 79 residents and 40 staff in just 3 hours!
UPDATE – 1/20/2021
Our memory village is scheduled to receive the Pfizer vaccine from Walgreens pharmacy on Tuesday, January 26. Walgreens personnel will administer the vaccine to our residents in their homes.
If your loved one does not end up getting the vaccine on January 26th, they will be scheduled for the next round in 3 weeks. We have three vaccination days scheduled three weeks apart to be sure we get everyone vaccinated with their first and second doses.
Trying to procure the COVID-19 vaccine has been a dizzying effort. We appreciate all of our families and their support through this unprecedented endeavor. Please call if you have any questions.
UPDATE – 1/5/2021
We have been notified that we are switching back to Walgreens and the Pfizer vaccine because it will be available sooner than the vaccine through Managed Healthcare Pharmacy. The Resident Coordinator of your loved one’s home will be in contact to get verbal consent for the administration of the Pfizer vaccine. Sorry for the everchanging information! We want to get our village vaccinated as soon as possible. Please call if you have any questions. Click these links for the Pfizer Fact Sheet and Walgreens Consent Form.
UPDATE – 11/25/2020
We learned this morning that 4 residents in our memory village have tested positive for COVID-19. We are currently testing all staff and residents today and will go back to weekly testing to comply with all state and county Long Term Care Guidelines. We will keep you updated with new information as it comes in. We continue to screen residents and staff for symptoms daily.
UPDATE – 11/13/2020
Sad news, our state will be on lockdown from November 18th to December 2nd. We are canceling all indoor and window visits. Thank you for your patience. We will keep everyone updated on when we can resume visits.
In accordance with an executive order 20-03, issued by the governor on March 8, 2020 we are immediately adopting the following policies. *We are restricting visitation of all non-essential individuals.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A VISITOR:
Exceptions may be made for “essential” visitors. An essential visitor is defined by the following: – Facility staff
-Outside medical personnel
-Vendors as needed
-Adult protective services staff
-Long-term care Ombudsman and deputies (not volunteers)
-Family or friends visiting during end of life stages
-Friends or family who are essential for the resident’s emotional well-being and care
TO DETERMINE IF YOU MAY QUALIFY AS AN ESSENTIAL VISITOR:
• Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, come to the main office to be screened. On weekends or after hours, call 541-852-3232 to reach our after hours supervisor, who will screen you and give you instructions to follow
•There may only be two essential visitors per resident at any given time
WHAT ABOUT COMMUNITY OUTINGS?
• We are discontinuing all community outings
• We are strongly recommending residents DO NOT leave EHL except for medical and emergency needs
HOW DO I COMMUNICATE WITH MY LOVED ONE?
• By phone
• FaceTime or other messaging applications (call Destiny Owens at 541-747-4858 to discuss specific visual communication methods)
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A STAFF MEMBER:
• All staff must be screened prior to entering any home to work a shift. See the clipboard posted on the gate/entry to building for instructions.
• We are restricting and limiting entry to our homes
• We are limiting all community activities
These actions are being taken to limit the potential for resident’s exposure to novel COVID-19.
The actions above are required until further notice with the understanding that guidance from the Department of Human Services may change as the situation evolves.
In addition to visitor restrictions, we need to announce that The Club and Support Groups will be cancelled until further notice, as ordered by the State of Oregon. While it breaks our heart to mandate such restrictions and cancellations, we do this for the ultimate protection of our beloved residents.