How we handle cases of coronavirus at SLR communities
This is a challenging time. As the prevalence of Covid-19 has grown, we have responded with vigorous action to protect our residents and associates.
Our Protocol for Handling Resident Cases
- If a resident exhibits symptoms of coronavirus we contact the resident’s family and physician immediately. We follow the physician’s directions with respect to emergency room visits, hospitalization, Covid-19 testing and care. In some cases testing has been conducted onsite at our communities.
- If a resident’s physician or a hospital confirms the presence of Covid the resident is treated in accordance with their direction and that of local public health authorities.
- Occasionally, Covid-positive residents remain in the community for care (with symptoms awaiting a test result or with a positive test result and no/mild symptoms). They are in isolation in their apartment and treated under “full precautions”, meaning that only essential personnel enter the apartment and do so garbed in full Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) that includes a gown, mask, gloves, goggles and booties. The resident remains under care in isolation for 14-21 days, until they are symptom-free or are declared virus-free in writing by their physician or with a negative test result.
- Residents being discharged back to the community with a positive and/or presumed COVID19 diagnosis must be cleared of and/or deemed “recovered from” Covid-19 prior to moving back, following CDC guidelines on testing and resolution of symptoms. In an overabundance of caution, even after being cleared of Covid, we still require the resident to be in quarantine for 14 days, with our staff in full PPE for the first 7 days
- A new resident moving in who has had a Covid diagnosis, symptoms or recent direct exposure must be cleared of and/or deemed “recovered from” Covid-19 following CDC guidelines. Please review our Move-In Guidelines for specific details on the CDCs test-based and symptom-based strategy. We require all new residents, whether they have had Covid or not, be in quarantine for 14 days, with our staff in full PPE for the first 7 days
Our Protocol for Handling Associate Cases
- All associates starting their work day undergo our daily health screening which includes taking their temperature.
- If an associate has an elevated temperature or exhibits any symptoms of Covid, we send them home and urge them to see their health care provider and be tested.
- If an associate has a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, we are following strict CDC guidelines on when healthcare personnel are allowed to return to work, based on symptoms or testing:
- Symptom-based strategy. Associates may not return to work until: (1) At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and (2) At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
- Test-based strategy. Exclude from work until: (1) Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and (2) Improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), and (3) 2 negative test results collected at least 24 hours apart
- Associates are assured of receiving their regular rate of pay during the full length of their imposed absence through the use of their accrued “Paid Time Off” (PTO). If an associate’s accrued PTO is not sufficient, then additional PTO hours will be advanced so that he or she will receive the same rate of pay they would have received working their regular hours.
Our Universal Infection Control Practices
We are intensely focused on infectious disease prevention and mitigation targeted at the specific threat of Covid-19. In addition to frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high touch and high traffic areas, we have increased staff training to reinforce universal precautions and infection control protocols. Visit this page for more specific information.
Additonal Information about our Precautions
Our Q&A provides answers to your most-frequently asked questions.
We continue to follow state-mandated visitor restrictions, but are easing up on outdoor family visits.
Even during these unprecedented times, seniors being discharged from the hospital, living at home alone or temporarily with family, may benefit from a supportive living arrangement. Our move-in guidelines are designed to protect everyone’s safety.
Helpful Resources for our Associates
Please visit our Associate Covid Resource Page for information on best practices at work, and how to take care of yourself during the pandemic. Here is a sampling of what you’ll find: