Coronavirus Updates

COVID Update – October 10, 2020

October 10, 2020

Dear Residents, Families, and Associates,

While this letter pertains to our Independent Living residents only, in the interest of full transparency we continue to share all information with all Seacrest residents and family members.

The past several days have been very challenging as we navigated our most recent situation of having an Independent Living resident test positive for COVID-19. Because the resident was not in the building when testing took place, and thus we did not administer the test ourselves, it was a bit more complicated than usual and took us time to gather all of the necessary data.

With the knowledge that we had, we worked as quickly as we could to see or speak with each of you. The first task, of course, was to communicate with and check the health of those who had recent contact with the resident. While we can always learn and grow from each experience, I am confident that we handled this as best as could be expected with the information that we had, and in the interest of keeping each of you protected. We appreciate how understanding you were and the support you gave us.

After consultation with one of the County of San Diego’s epidemiologists, I am very pleased to tell you that the Independent Living quarantine is over. All necessary testing has been completed and all tests are negative. We were also advised that additional testing next week will not be necessary. Many of you have asked and, in fact, many of you already know that our resident is back in the building, and she is healthy and well. While she will be in her apartment for several more days, we are grateful that she is home and remains asymptomatic.

To our Independent Living residents only:

All Life Enrichment and Fitness Programs will resume Monday, October 12. Our visiting program will resume Wednesday, October 14, so please email Kate Ferris at kferris@seacrestvillage.org to schedule your visits.

To all our residents:

Although the Independent Living quarantine is over, we ask that you please remain on campus unless you have a medical appointment. Wash your hands often, wear your masks when opening your apartment door to receive meals or whenever you leave your apartment, and practice social distancing. Let this experience serve to show us the importance of using precautions.

Please know, too, that our Director of Spiritual Life, Rabbi Leah, is available and would be pleased to speak with you. Her direct line is (760) 632-3700 and her email is lherz@seacrestvillage.org.

To all our families:

We ask for your continued support by not coming into the buildings or onto the campus unless you are here to see your loved one for a pre-arranged scheduled visit or to drop items off at the main entrance. For visits with residents in all other buildings except our Independent Living Residence, please contact Jenny Jacobs at jjacobs@seacrestvillage.org. Please help us to keep our residents free from this virus.

It takes all of us working together, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Stay well,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

 

 

 

 

COVID Update – October 5, 2020 UPDATED SINCE LAST COMMUNICATION

October 5, 2020 UPDATED

 

Dear Residents and Families,

Though you heard good news from us earlier today, unfortunately, this afternoon we learned that a resident in our Independent Living Residence has tested positive for COVID-19.

As of now we are requiring all Independent Living residents in both Buildings A and F to remain in their apartments until we can begin contact tracing and then testing.

The resident, like many, is very social and there are many people who need to be contacted. Again, until further notice, all Independent Living residents are to remain in their apartments.

For the immediate future, please know that until further notice in our Independent Living Residence only there will be:

  • no activities
  • no beauty salon
  • no fitness center, and
  • no family visits

Do not leave your room to go to the mail room, laundry room or the trash room. We will be in touch with you soon as to how these things will be handled.

This recent news is another reminder of how unpredictable this virus can be. To our residents who live in Independent Living, we are pleading with you, that for the benefit of our Seacrest community, you remain in quarantine and follow our protocols, whether you agree with them or not. If you don’t, you put everyone else at risk; your fellow residents, especially those more compromised with their own health issues as well as our dedicated staff members.

Families, we understand how challenging this time is for you yet need your full cooperation, now more than ever. Until you hear further, if you have a resident who lives in our Independent Living Residence, we are pleading with you too, that you please not come onto our campus. We will begin testing our residents and staff soon and promise to keep you informed of any updates.

To those families who have residents in other buildings, our visiting programs, activities, and beauty salons will continue during this time.

Please know we are all in this together and need to do everything possible to keep this virus from infecting any and all others. We truly thank you for your patience and cooperation.

All my best

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation
Presidential Chair

COVID Update – October 5, 2020

October 5, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Associates,

I hope this finds you well. I am pleased to share that since we reported three of our residents were exposed to a Seacrest at Home caregiver who tested positive for COVID-19, two of the three residents were tested after seven and fourteen days, and all results are negative. Further we have been in contact with the family of the third resident who discharged home as scheduled, and learned that that individual is fine as well.

In addition, we tested every resident in our Katzin Residence after 14 days, and they also tested negative. We now consider this case of a positive exposure closed, and are grateful that at this time, we have no known COVID-19 cases on COVID-19 on our campus! October begins a new month of testing and we will continue to apprise you of any new developments.

We ask that residents continue to refrain from leaving the campus except for medical appointments, and strongly encourage families and residents to take advantage of our on-site visiting program that can easily be pre-scheduled.

To schedule visits with residents who live in our Goldberg Residence Court, please email Kate Ferris at kferris@seacrestvillage.org, and to schedule visits with residents who reside in any other buildings, please email Jenny Jacobs at jjacobs@seacrestvillage.org.

Visits are not allowed to occur from resident balconies, in the parking lot or at the main entrance when dropping items off. Many residents continue to complain that not everyone is adhering to our visiting and other protocols which they find very upsetting. They know, like we do, that if everyone does their part, we have a greater chance of keeping COVID-19 out of Seacrest.

Stay well, and please understand we are doing our very best to keep our residents and staff safe. We know this is an extremely hard time for everyone, and ask for your continued support and patience. We truly are all in this together and need everyone’s cooperation!

All my very best,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Presidential Chair
Seacrest Village Retirement Communities

COVID Update – September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

 

Dear Residents and Families,

I hope this letter finds you well. Last evening, we learned that a Seacrest at Home caregiver tested positive for COVID-19.

The families and residents cared for by this individual, of which there were three, were notified immediately as well as the staff involved. Contact tracing continues as the caregiver who tested positive worked just one shift in our Leichtag Family Assisted Living Residence and one shift in our Katzin Residence. The Seacrest at Home caregiver didn’t work in our Goldberg Health Care Center, though escorted one resident to her doctor’s appointment Friday before the resident ‘s previously scheduled discharge home Sunday. The other two residents are in quarantine and will be tested twice in the next 14 days.

Because of the nature of the Katzin Residence, and the difficulty it is for a resident there to remain in quarantine, we want to protect everyone as much as possible. For this reason, we have decided to suspend the Katzin Family Visiting Program effective immediately, until further notice, likely just one week from now. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Our staff have sufficient personal protective equipment, (PPE) and continue to be tested monthly along with our residents. Residents and staff in our health care center are now tested weekly, per county guidelines.

We want to remind everyone again to please adhere to our Seacrest Pledge; wear masks outside our homes, avoid large crowds, stay socially distanced and wash our hands frequently!

We will continue to provide updates and do our best to keep you informed. And as mentioned, if your family member was exposed, you would have already been contacted. Even so, don’t hesitate to call if you have questions.

All my best,

 

President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation
Presidential Chair

COVID Update – September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Dear Residents and Families,

I’m pleased to report that we currently have no known COVID-19 cases on our campus. Our routine testing continues and all test results for both residents and staff who were most recently tested, have been negative. We firmly believe the use of masks and other personal protective equipment have been the best and most effective way to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Though we still discourage residents from leaving the campus, we do hope those who do, will adhere to the Seacrest pledge, the same pledge we expect of our associates. This means to avoid being in large crowds, (especially restaurants, which new reports indicate this is not as safe as it appears, even with social distancing) always wear a mask, wash hands frequently and continue social distancing. If anyone experiences symptoms, contact your health care professional and building director immediately, and self-isolate.

Our social distancing family visits recently resumed after we had suspended them when the County’s number of positive cases increased. Our beauty shop, fitness center and pool are available now to residents too. As you can imagine, these programs, in addition to the family visits, have provided our residents a greater sense of normalcy. There is no question these past several months have been extremely challenging, and we truly appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to do our best to keep our residents and staff safe from COVID-19.

As we approach the High Holy Days, we want you to know you are more than welcome to join us for the many services scheduled. To view schedules and services, please visit: www.seacrestvillage.org/HighHolyDays.

On behalf of our Seacrest Family, I want to wish each of you and your families a New Year filled with good health, happiness and peace.

Shana Tova,

President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation
Presidential Chair

COVID Update – September 6, 2020

September 6, 2020

Dear Seacrest Residents, Families and Associates,

I am pleased to share that since our communication of August 27th when we explained a series of tests would occur with our Independent Living residents in the 14 days following exposure to COVID-19 by one of our servers, all residents in Independent Living have twice tested negative for COVID-19! In addition, all staff exposed by this server who work in the Culinary Department have also tested negative for COVID-19. 

Other great news is that our beauty salons will re-open Tuesday September 9th. The Katzin residents will be served on Mondays, Goldberg Healthcare residents on Tuesdays, AL Living residents on Wednesdays and IL residents on Thursdays and Fridays. Seacrest will schedule appointments in collaboration with the Building Directors. If you have questions, please contact Marisa Rosenberg at mrosenberg@seacrestvillage.org or call 760-516-2025.

Lastly, as the Presidential election is upon us, many have questioned how our residents’ ballots will be handled. Please know that those who are registered should receive absentee ballots by mail in early October. If you aren’t sure if you are registered, please go to www.sdvote.com. or feel free to ask your building director for assistance. We encourage all residents to vote! To assure all our residents’ ballots are received timely, a Seacrest staff member will collect all ballots and securely deliver them to the polling place closest to Seacrest Village.

Wishing you all a safe and relaxing Labor Day. Hats off to our incredible associates for the work they do each and every day to serve our residents!

Most sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair
Seacrest Village Retirement Communities

 

COVID Update – September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

Dear Residents and Families,

We are pleased to share some exciting news about our campus-wide visiting program which will resume Tuesday, September 8, 2020. In order to schedule your visit, which needs to be limited to no more than three people, please contact the specific staff member below who will be scheduling the visits for our various buildings.

The Katzin Residence and Leichtag Family Assisted Living Residence

The contact person is Jenny Jacobs who can be reached at jjacobs@seacrestvillage.org or 760-516-2007. Visits in these residences will take place on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 30-minute increments. Assisted Living visits will be held outside near the front desk and Katzin visits will be held outside the entrance of the Katzin Residence.

Joseph & Dorothy Goldberg Healthcare Center

The contact person is Jenny Jacobs who can be reached at jjacobs@seacrestvillage.org or 760-516-2007. Visits for the healthcare center (Entrance of Joseph & Dorothy Goldberg Healthcare Center) will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 30-minute increments.

Lee & Frank Goldberg Residence Court

The contact person is Kate Ferris who can be reached at kferris@seacrestvillage.org or 760-632-3704. Visits for GRC (the A Building entrance near Marisa’s office) will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 30-minute increments.

Please take some time to review the attached Family Visit Protocols for additional information and be advised that should there arise a case of COVID-19 in any building, that building will be shut down to family visits immediately.

Please note that we will not have family visits on the following day:

  • Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28, 2020

We are excited to resume our visiting program and please remember to adhere to our Seacrest Pledge: wear a mask, stay socially distanced, avoid large crowds and wash your hands frequently.

Best regards,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation
Presidential Chair

COVID Update – August 27, 2020

August 27, 2020

Good afternoon Seacrest Family –

Today we are writing to share the good news that both our Leichtag Family Assisted Living Residence and our Katzin Residence are no longer in quarantine. If you recall, the AL quarantine was due to a caregiver who had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and in Katzin, a server tested positive to COVID-19. As of today, all residents and staff who work in those buildings have tested negative.

In our IL Residence, we are taking precautionary measures until September 7th to ensure the residents are free of COVID-19 after being potentially exposed to a different server who tested positive August 20th to COVID-19. Testing of residents will occur today and Friday this week, and again next week on the same days. We will notify everyone after the second round of test results are in, unless after the first test, there are any new positive cases. If that is the case, you will be notified immediately.

Please be reminded too, that we continue to follow all guidance set forth for privacy, patient care, employee safety, and efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 as provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We also continue to stay abreast of regulations, requirements and recommendations from the County of SD, CDPH, CMS and the Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) as they are frequently revised. As we have shared previously, we also have our own stringent protocols, and are adamant about being risk averse when it comes to each of you.

I want to thank each of you for your continued patience and understanding. You will hear more from us next week as plans to resume our visiting program once again, are underway.

We’re all in this together and need to stay healthy.

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation
Presidential Chair

COVID Update – August 21, 2020

August 21, 2020

Good afternoon Seacrest Family,

As you know, we are continually testing all residents and staff on a monthly basis. I am writing to share that late yesterday we learned another member of our Culinary staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee, who is asymptomatic, is a server in our Independent Living residence. Contact tracing is underway and those potentially exposed either were already contacted or will be contacted by the end of business day. I can assure you that we are taking every measure possible to protect our residents and staff.

Residents, please remember to always wear your mask when opening the door to receive your meals, and to refrain from going into each other’s apartments. We encourage you to socialize outside while wearing your mask and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet apart.

As we have previously shared, we will continue to follow the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19” guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This new positive test result reminds us that we as a Seacrest community are not in any way free of the need to continue, and even enhance, our strict practices.

Again, we ask your full cooperation as we continue to restrict all visits to the Seacrest community and request that residents not leave the campus. We know how difficult this is and continue to ask for your patience and support as we go through this together.

Please rest assured, if a situation directly impacts you, you will be contacted as soon as possible.

I want to thank each of you for your continued trust and understanding.

Do not hesitate to call me should you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation
Presidential Chair

COVID Update – August 15, 2020

August 15, 2020

Dear Seacrest Residents, Families and Associates,

Yesterday morning we received test results and were saddened to learn that another one of our Leichtag Family Assisted Living Residence caregivers tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee had also recently worked a shift in the Katzin Residence. Several hours later we were notified that two of our culinary employees tested positive as well. To say that yesterday was not the day we had hoped for is an understatement. Our Executive Team, the entire staff, and our residents are feeling the weight of this but I assure you that we are doing everything possible to mitigate the spread of this virus. As is our protocol, we immediately began contact tracing of our staff and residents, and I assure you that we are taking every measure possible to provide protection. Please know that if the situation directly impacts you, you will be notified immediately.

At this point, both our Leichtag Family Assisted Living Residence and Katzin Residence are in isolation and we are monitoring all residents closely for symptoms and continuing our testing protocol until these buildings can be cleared according to San Diego County guidelines.

We remind and encourage family members to communicate regularly through email, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and traditional phone calls. Again, I cannot stress enough the importance of staying on campus and protecting yourself and others.

I want to thank each of you for your continued patience and prayers. You will hear more from us as information becomes available. We’re all in this together and need to stay healthy.

Pam Ferris,
President/CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID Update – August 15, 2020

August 15, 2020

As we reflect on the previous “normal” for Seacrest we are immediately reminded that something has not changed—something is still normal. Something so important as saving lives and taking care of those who came before us remains the “normal” and only because of our Jewish community. It is a blessing to have this support and now more than ever we are grateful to you and we need you.

COVID-19 has shaken our worlds in many ways. For children and teens, it means one thing, for those in college another, for those with small children yet another, and for those in their 90s and 100s it means something profoundly different. Those of us living in our own homes have a choice to wear a mask and run into Target or Sprouts—and as of this writing perhaps get take-out from a restaurant. But for Seacrest residents, choices were suddenly taken away. They cannot choose to run into Target or Sprouts.

Those of us in our homes can take the risk and choose to broaden our Quaranteem, those at Seacrest cannot. By protecting them from the virus, and doing what is deemed critical, their choices have been take away thus further isolating them. Some may ask, “How is this right?” “How is this fair?” As one resident recently said, “Seacrest is keeping us inside and we can’t see our families in person, but Seacrest is keeping us alive and for now, until we know more, that’s got to be good enough.”

And so, what can Seacrest do for residents right now? Seacrest can serve special meals, bring a hairdresser to the campus when possible, afford five residents at a time in the living room for cocktails, and continue to connect them to their families through technology, social media, distanced outside limited visits when it is safe, and by becoming the closest thing to family that many have. And very critically, by providing personal protective equipment to them and to the staff caring for them. These things are done each day.

In the past weeks Seacrest Village began testing all residents and associates. And just days ago Seacrest experienced its first situation of a resident testing positive for COVID-19. Prior to this several employees had tested positive. Grateful beyond words are the families of the residents and associates as everyone is doing well. But Seacrest is in no way out of danger.

And while Seacrest awaits the time when residents can safely return to “normal” perhaps with proper testing and other means, the love and care for them will continue—the same way this Jewish community has taken care of Seacrest since 1945—with compassion, love, dignity and respect. This we know for sure that a pandemic cannot change.

And as one day passes to another for the residents of Seacrest, we ask you to please consider a gift to Seacrest Foundation to help bring personal protective equipment and other critical elements to their lives. Help us make sure they are as safe as possible. Make your gift to the Seacrest Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund today and help keep the residents and associates safe. There is no greater gift; there is no greater mitzvah.

As we approach the High Holy Days, we hope for a time of renewal, an opportunity to seek a better and brighter future, and a time to embrace the values of Bittachon, Emunah, and Tikvah—of trust, faith, and hope.

We wish each of you and those whom you hold dear a Shana Tova U’metuka, 

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair

Seacrest Foundation remains steadfast in our commitment to provide resources for Seacrest Village and Seacrest at Home. With your support, we can continue to make life better for the frail and elderly in our community, especially during these challenging times. Please consider those in need—you can change someone’s life.

COVID Update – August 12, 2020

August 12, 2020

Dear Seacrest Residents, Families and Associates,

I am writing to share that last night we received results indicating that five of our Assisted Living Residents have tested positive for COVID-19. You will recall we recently reported that nine residents had been exposed. Upon initial testing all nine tested negative.

After waiting an incubation period, all nine residents were retested and five of the nine have now tested positive for the virus. What this further reinforces is that the incubation period is critical in determining infection. I also want to tell you that none of the residents have symptoms at present time. I assure you that we have the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and staffing to do whatever is required to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible.

As we have said many times, as a Seacrest community we are in no way free from the need to continue and even enhance our strict practices. Every staff member on the campus is affected in some way when one of our residents tests positive. I assure you that today, while we are supporting one another, we are all feeling the weight of this. And I assure you that our residents are equally concerned for one another and the staff. We are indeed one family and one community.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to restrict all visits to the Seacrest community. We have and will continue to ask those who are not following this practice to leave the campus; there is just no room for risk. Some of our residents and families are questioning our strict practices. I must tell you that we intend to enforce restrictions and that these five new resident cases should serve as a call to action for all who are questioning us to instead support us. We do what we do for our residents; it is that simple and we need to know you support us.

I also want to address the request for residents to leave the community. If you feel you need to leave Seacrest to visit with your family, we are suggesting that you stay with them for an extended period of time. The coming and going from the campus is what is making us more vulnerable. Our staff must come and go because they are the ones providing your care, cooking your meals, cleaning your homes, and providing activities and support. They do not have a choice but to come and go; our residents do have a choice. We understand and agree that this is taking a toll on our residents. We are hurting for everyone we fully support residents going to stay with families during this time. Upon return we will require a 14-day quarantine in your apartment along with testing.

None of us has ever been through a pandemic and we are confident that we will receive full support for trying to keep our 250 residents and the same number of employees safe with these practices.

I want to thank each of you for your continued patience, trust, and understanding.

Do not hesitate to call me should you have any questions.

 

 

 

Pam Ferris,
President/CEO
The Mel Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID Update – August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020

Dear Seacrest Family, Residents, and Staff –

Today we were notified that one of our Leichtag Family Assisted Living caregivers has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. We immediately began contact tracing of our staff and residents, and assure you that we are taking every measure possible to provide protection. The few residents who were exposed to this employee have already been tested as have several employees. Fortunately, the scope of contact was minimal though we are taking every precaution.

As we have shared several times, we will continue to follow the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19” guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in addition to our own protocols, which we believe are even more stringent.

Please also know that we continue to follow all guidance set forth for privacy, patient care, employee safety, and efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 as provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We remain in constant contact with CDPH and CMS. As written above, we have our own stringent protocols; we are adamant about being risk averse when it comes to each of you. This new positive test result reminds us that we are not in any way free of the need to continue our strict practices.

We ask our residents to stay on campus. We ask you not to allow others onto the campus. Each time someone who does not have to be on campus for the sole purpose of caring for the residents and our operation, we open ourselves to unnecessary risk. 

We remind and encourage family members to communicate regularly through email, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and traditional phone calls. Again, I cannot stress enough, bringing guests onto campus or leaving the campus is a great risk. If you take this risk, you open us all up to the possibility of contracting the virus. Please choose not to.

I want to thank each of you for your continued patience and prayers. You will hear more from us as information becomes available. We’re all in this together and need to stay healthy.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Mel Garb Foundation
Presidential Chair

 

 

COVID Update – July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020

Dear Seacrest Residents, Families and Associates,

I hope this finds you well. I am pleased to report that after our July testing of all residents and staff we have no known cases of COVID-19 on our campus!
The one resident who tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days has been cleared in accordance with the County Guidelines.

While this is great news, we must continue to be mindful of what is happening in San Diego County and around the country. The County reports a decrease in the number of cases yet an increase in the number of deaths. We know our residents are vulnerable and will continue to do all we can to keep them and our employees safe. We ask that residents continue to refrain from leaving the campus, and that families not come onto our property unless dropping off packages at our main entrance. Many residents have complained that not everyone is adhering to our visiting protocols which they find very upsetting. They know, like we do, that if everyone does their part, we have a greater chance of keeping COVID out of Seacrest.

I would like to end by thanking the Leichtag Foundation, Robin and Leo Eisenberg and the Cushman family for supporting our new monthly recognition program that sends a Shabbat dinner home with each of our incredible Seacrest and Seacrest at Home staff to share with their families. Needless to say, this program has been extremely well received! If you or someone you know would like to provide one of these monthly meals prepared by our wonderful Culinary team, please contact Robin Israel at risrael@seacrestfoundation.org or by calling 760-271-1351 to speak with her directly.

August begins a new month of testing and we will continue to apprise you of any new developments. As always, please don’t hesitate to call if you have questions.

 

Stay well everyone and Shabbat Shalom,

 

 

President and CEO
The Mel Garb Foundation
Presidential Chair

 

 

COVID Update – July 15, 2020

July 15, 2020

 

We hope you had a restful weekend and good beginning of the week.

I am writing to share that we were recently notified by Lightbridge Hospice that one of their employees has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

This employee was in three of our buildings prior to testing positive and has not returned since receiving test results. As we gathered the information to make sure we were reporting accurate data to you, we began immediate testing and contact tracing. We will report all tests results back to you when we have them.

Because this employee saw five residents within our Assisted Living, Memory Care Residence, and Skilled Nursing buildings, we have subsequently made the decision to stop visits into all our buildings from outside hospice providers for two weeks. Please know that we have the skill and capability to take care of our residents and we will do so with the love, care, and compassion they so deserve. Nothing is more important to us. In addition, and as a result of the recent county guidelines, we have closed the pools and the beauty salons on our campus.

As I said in my last correspondence, this new positive test result reminds us that we as a Seacrest community are not in any way free of the need to continue, and even enhance, our strict practices. Residents, we care about you and ask that you, just as our employees, wear your masks around campus and practice social distancing. We also respectfully request that you don’t leave the building for medical or any other appointments unless it is truly essential, and if that occurs, please discuss your need with your building director.

Families, we ask that you continue to support us and encourage your loved ones to adhere to our protocols. Coming onto the campus, even in our parking lot to speak with your loved one is not allowed right now, nor is having a visit with your loved one when you drop off items. It makes it very tough for other residents when they see this happening for some, and they don’t have the same opportunity. Your cooperation is very much appreciated.

I want to thank each of you for your continued patience, trust, and understanding. This is not easy for any of us, and I assure you that our executive team with the support of our Board of Trustees, is doing everything in your best interest.

Please do not hesitate to call me should you have any questions.

Sincerely,

 

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Mel Garb Foundation
Presidential Chair

 

COVID Update – July 12, 2020

July 12, 2020

 

Good afternoon Seacrest Family,

We hope you are having a restful weekend.

As you know, we are continually testing all residents and staff on a monthly basis. Through this effort, I am writing to share that we now have an additional employee in our Katzin Residence (Memory Care) who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Our testing program and contact tracing will continue, and I can assure you that we are taking every measure possible to protect our residents and staff.

As we have previously shared, we will continue to follow the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19” guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This new positive test result reminds us that we as a Seacrest community are not in any way free of the need to continue, and even enhance, our strict practices.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to restrict all visits to the Seacrest community. Those who visit the campus for any other reason than to drop off items at our main entrance (Saxony Ln.) will be asked to leave the campus. This is not a time to visit your family member; there is just no room for risk. We know how difficult this is, we truly do, and continue to ask for your patience and cooperation as we go through this unsettling time together.

Going forward, we will be providing regular updates by way of our voice messaging system, emails, and printed letters so that we can keep you as informed as possible. Please rest assured, if a situation directly impacts you, you will be contacted immediately.

I want to thank each of you for your continued trust and understanding.

Do not hesitate to call me should you have any questions.

Sincerely,

COVID Update – July 8, 2020

July 8, 2020

 

As you know, Seacrest has implemented routine testing of our residents and staff. I’m writing to share that last evening we learned that a resident and staff person in our Katzin Residence, our memory care center, both tested positive for COVID-19 and both are asymptomatic. Contract tracing and testing are currently being performed, and all Katzin residents and staff will be retested in the days ahead.

  • The resident is now in quarantine in the Katzin Residence and is being strictly monitored.
  • The employee is not on the campus and will not return until all mandated guidelines are met.

We have notified public health officials as required and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. We are taking every step as recommended by authorities to prevent further infection. We want to make residents, their families, and our dedicated associates aware of this situation and reassure everyone that we are doing everything possible to take care of you.

Developments are changing day-by-day, minute-by-minute. Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our residents and associates. We must also recognize and show our appreciation to our team for the concern and commitment they have shown to our residents every moment during these challenging months. Our mission has never been more meaningful.We ask that our residents and associates do all that they can to support our Seacrest community by following the recommendations set forth by the CDC:

  • Physical distancing at all times
  • Notifying your supervisor or building director if you’re not feeling well
  • Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water frequently
  • Self-isolating if showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Seeking medical assistance as necessary

We ask that our residents please stay on campus and that family members not come to the campus unless dropping packages off at our main entrance. Each time someone leaves and returns, it only makes it harder for us to control the spread of the virus and to keep everyone safe. When you take these risks, you expose the whole Seacrest community to the outside. None of us knows who is carrying the virus and it is up to each of us to care about one another. There is no question that what each of us does impacts the other.

We know these are trying times and appreciate everyone’s cooperation so together, we can keep everyone safe. We will provide updates regularly. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Best regards,

COVID Update – July 2, 2020

July 2, 2020

 

Good afternoon Seacrest Family,

Yesterday we were notified that a Seacrest at Home employee who serves clients on our Seacrest campus has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

We immediately began contact tracing of our own staff and residents, as well as the Seacrest at Home employee, and assure you that we are taking every measure possible to provide protection. The few residents who were exposed to this employee in our independent living residence have already been tested, and thankfully all test results were negative.

As we have previously shared, we will continue to follow the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19” guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the case for Seacrest at Home as well.

Please also know that we continue to follow all guidance set forth for privacy, patient care, employee safety, and efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 as provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We remain in constant contact with CDPH and CMS. As you know, Seacrest has its own stringent protocols; we are adamant about being risk averse when it comes to each of you. This new positive test result reminds us that we are not in any way free of the need to continue our strict practices.

As the number of overall cases rise in our country and in California, we expect there could be additional cases at our community as this disease especially impacts people who live in communal settings. As San Diego attempts to open up, we hope everyone will be mindful of the added repercussions that will occur if we are not diligent. We have already seen setbacks as a result of the public’s non-compliance and thus the spread of the disease. Just yesterday Governor Newsom issued new restrictions throughout the State.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to enforce the State’s decision, as well as our own decision, to restrict all visits to the Seacrest community. We remind and encourage family members to communicate regularly through email, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and traditional phone calls.

I want to thank each of you for your continued patience and prayers. You will hear more from us as information becomes available. As a reminder, please be overly cautious this holiday weekend. We’re all in this together and need to stay healthy.

Sincerely

COVID Update – June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020

My hope is that this letter finds you all well and managing as best as possible.

I will start by sharing the good news that at the present time we have no known cases of COVID‑19 on our Seacrest Campus. I remain confident that this is, in part, the result of the work we are doing together.

Unfortunately, despite the great results within our Seacrest community, there has been a huge rise in the positive cases reported in San Diego County and, as a result, we have decided to temporarily suspend our in-person visiting program. We sincerely hope you understand and agree that the increased risk to our residents and staff under these circumstances should be avoided. You may continue to schedule ZOOM calls.

As a reminder, please contact:

Marisa Rosenberg (mrosenberg@seacrestvillage.org) to schedule Independent Living and Goldberg Healthcare ZOOM calls

Katie Park (kpark@seacrestvillage.org) for Katzin ZOOM calls

JoJo Mitrano (jmitrano@seacrestvillage.org) for Assisted Living ZOOM calls

As my previous letter indicated, in July and each month thereafter, we will begin COVID-19 testing of residents and staff in all buildings. While Seacrest will administer the testing for all buildings, please know that the County has its own test processing laboratory for the testing of residents and staff who live/work in the skilled nursing facility. Test results from the County take 5-10 days. For all other residents and staff on the campus we are often able to have results within 2-4 days as we use an independent laboratory. Please be advised that we will only provide the results to the residents themselves unless another name is on file as the person to be notified in such circumstances.

COVID-19 testing will take place

Monday-Thursday between the hours of

10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

We will advise residents when their specific time will be and we will bring the test to them.

Residents who reside on the first floors of both Independent and Assisting Living will be tested the first week of the month.

Residents who reside on the second floors of both Independent and Assisted Living will be tested the second week of the month.

Residents in the Katzin Residence (Rooms 1-12) will be tested the first week of the month.

Residents in the Katzin Residence (Rooms 13-24) will be tested the second week of the month.

The nursing home residents have their own schedule.

Staff whose last names begin with A-L will be tested the first week of the month.

Staff whose last names begin with M-Z will be tested the second week of the month.

All resident tests will be billed to Medicare; no co-pay is required. We will provide the testing company with the resident’s Medicare number for processing.

In the event that someone misses his/her designated testing time, we will use the third week of the month to make sure we have tested everyone.

On another important topic, we have seen families coming to Seacrest unannounced, particularly on weekends. Please know that this is not permitted and if you are seen on the property (other than dropping things off for your loved one at our main entrance) you will be asked to leave the premises. We understand how important it is for families and residents to reunite and, in response, did our best to institute a program that we hoped would be safe, fair and responsible. Though we are temporarily suspending this program, we do intend to resume it once the positive COVID-19 cases begin to decrease.

We need your support now more than ever, to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and staff. We have done so well thus far, and as I’ve said before, it takes a village. Please do your part to help us keep everyone safe!

Please do not hesitate to call me should you have any questions.

Most sincerely,

 

COVID Update – June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Associates,

I hope you and your family are well. I am pleased to share the following topics with you in hopes they will provide some comfort and reassurance:

COVID CASES

 

We currently have no known cases of COVID-19 at this time. To date, we have had 3 staff members test positive. All are fine and have returned to work, after testing negative and taking the appropriate amount of time to quarantine. Residents and staff who were possibly exposed in each of those situations were tested and all results were negative.

TESTING INFO

 

Effective July 1, we will begin a monthly Preventative COVID Screening Program campus-wide. All residents and employees will be screened using either a saliva or nasal swab test (which is less invasive than the nasal pharynx test). Routine testing is required by the County for residents and staff in nursing homes, though we have decided to implement this program campus-wide as a precautionary measure to keep everyone as safe as possible.

As always, if anyone exhibits COVID symptoms, isolate immediately and contact your healthcare professional. Our testing of staff and residents is only for routine screening and not for diagnostic purposes.

VISITING INFO

 

Our Seacrest Social Distancing Visiting Program began June 8 and has been very successful. The joy these visits bring to residents and families is extremely touching to witness. To schedule an appointment, please email Jenny Jacobs, Executive Assistant at jjacobs@seacrestvillage.org.

It is critical that families do not come to our campus unannounced as these visits need to be coordinated given the number of residents who reside here.

Because so many have signed up for visits, it is important for guests to arrive 5-10 minutes ahead of your scheduled time so that you can complete the form and have your temperature taken without interfering with your visit.

It is also important that you arrive and depart timely so we can stay on track, as we have a large number of visits scheduled daily.

Our Zoom Visiting Program has also been a huge success and we encourage you to take advantage of remote visiting. Please contact Marisa Rosenberg mrosenberg@seacrestvillage.org if you want to schedule an appointment.

CAMPUS PROGRAMMING

 

Our beauty salons have reopened and each building director is working directly with the residents to schedule appointments. Please be patient as we do our best to accommodate everyone.

Our pool and fitness center have also reopened with protocols, initially for the independent living residents only. For questions, please contact Lori Officer at lofficer@seacrestvillage.org.

On Friday July 3, we will celebrate Independence Day campus-wide, with special events and meals scheduled in each of our residences. Unfortunately, families cannot attend, and we certainly hope next year will be a different story!

CLOSING COMMENTS

 

To our associates, we thank you for upholding the Seacrest pledge and for making your work and your families your priority. You are helping to keep our residents and one another healthy by these actions and we are all grateful.

To our residents, we know being apart from your families these past many months has been extremely difficult; and yet, we need to ask that you please adhere to our strong recommendation that you not leave the campus, despite so many public places reopening. Every time anyone leaves and returns, the risk of getting COVID and/or exposing others is greatly enhanced.

To our family members, we know that being apart from your loved one(s) is very hard on you too. We ask for your continued support in adhering to our protocols and encouraging your relative(s) to do the same! We are doing our best to gradually reopen programs and services on the campus. We still strongly discourage residents from leaving the property. With businesses reopening and many protests occurring, sadly COVID cases are spiking again. So far, staying the course has worked for our small but mighty village, and with everyone’s help, we hope that will continue!

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please direct all questions to me at pferris@seacrestvillage.org or call 760-632-0081.

Wishing everyone a Happy Father’s Day!

Shabbat Shalom and stay well,

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID Update – June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Associates,

As always, I hope you and your family are managing as best as possible. I am pleased to share with you the following topics that I hope will provide some comfort and reassurance.

I am pleased to report that ALL of the 313 COVID-19 tests of the residents and staff from the most recent round of testing in the Dorothy & Joseph Goldberg Health Care Center are negative. In accordance with the county guidelines, all residents and staff were retested approximately 7 days after the first test. As we continue to practice social distancing and routine washing of hands, please be mindful that whatever we do as a community affects others. Our choice not to be in large public spaces and to always wear a mask around others (outside of those with whom we live) can have a profound impact on all of us. It is for this reason we still strongly discourage residents and staff from going out to public places such as stores, restaurants, hair dressers, beaches, etc. We are proud of our results and remain steadfast in our desire to keep our practices in place as they appear to be working!

Our Seacrest Social Distancing Visiting Program will begin Monday, June 8th. To schedule an appointment, please email Jenny Jacobs, Executive Assistant at jjacobs@seacrestvillage.org. It is critical that families do not come to our campus unannounced as these visits need to be coordinated given the number of residents who reside here. Click here to view our Family Visiting Protocols.

Family visits will occur:

Independent Living:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

 

Goldberg Health Care Center:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

 

Katzin Memory Care:
Tuesday & Thursday
9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

 

Assisted Living:
Tuesday & Thursday
9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

Our beauty salon has also opened and each building director will work directly with the residents to schedule appointments. Please be patient as we do our best to accommodate everyone.

We have been following closely the Safe Re-Opening Plan for Pools and intend to reopen our pool once we receive approval from the State Health Order.

To our associates we thank you for upholding the Seacrest Pledge and for making your work and your families your priority. You are helping to keep our residents and one another healthy by these actions and we are all grateful.

To our residents and families, we know and feel the desire to reunite and there is nothing we want more. It will be our greatest joy to start these family gatherings (with social distance practices of course).

Please be patient with us as we seek to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. Please direct all questions to me at pferris@seacrestvillage.org or call (760) 632-0081. Thank you!

Shabbat Shalom,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Visit Protocols

Family Visit Protocols
June 2020
Please Read the Following in its Entirety

ALL visits must be arranged in advance through Jenny Jacobs (jjacobs@seacrestvillage.org). We are unable to accommodate drop-in visits and you will not be allowed on campus without an appointment.

Family visits will occur:

Independent Living:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

 

Goldberg Health Care Center:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

 

Katzin Memory Care:
Tuesday & Thursday
9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

 

Assisted Living:
Tuesday & Thursday
9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

Due to the heightened interest and anticipated number of visits scheduled each day, it is imperative that you are on time.

No more than 3 family members are allowed to visit at once and visits will last no more than 20 minutes.

It is extremely important that there is no exchange of items during this visit. All items must continue to be dropped off at the main entrance off Saxony Lane on the table outside.

Where to Arrive for On-Campus Visits:

For Nursing Home visits:

Please go to the entrance of the Dorothy and Joseph Goldberg Healthcare Center, your temperature will be taken, you will need to wear a mask, apply hand sanitizer, complete a form, and your loved one will be brought out to see you. Seating will be provided and a protective plexi-glass screen will be placed between you and your loved one.

For Independent Living visits:

Please go the entrance of the A building (the Saxony Road entrance by Marisa’s office), your temperature will be taken, you will need to wear a mask, apply hand sanitizer, complete a form, and your loved one will meet you at the entrance outside. Seating will be provided and a protective plexiglass screen will be placed between you and your loved one.

For Assisted Living visits:

Please go the main entrance reception area (on Saxony Lane), your temperature will be taken, you will need to wear a mask, apply hand sanitizer, complete a form, and your loved one will be brought outside to you at the assisted living door. Seating will be provided, and a protective plexiglass screen will be placed between you and your loved one.

For Katzin Memory Care visits:

Please go the entrance of the Katzin building where David or another staff member will meet you, your temperature will be taken, you will need to wear a mask, apply hand sanitizer, complete a form, and your loved one will be brought outside to you. Seating will be provided, and a protective plexiglass screen will be placed between you and your loved one.

We appreciate your attention to these specific details in order to make this program a success as everyone strives to remain healthy and vigilant during these unique circumstances.

Please do not hesitate to call Jenny Jacobs with any questions: (760) 632-0081

 

COVID Update – May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

 

TO: SEACREST RESIDENTS, FAMILY MEMBERS, AND ASSOCIATES

RE: New Positive Employee Case of COVID-19

Good afternoon Seacrest Family,

Today we need to inform you that a second employee who works in our skilled nursing community has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee is now home and in quarantine. Subsequently, an additional employee in the skilled nursing community has been sent home to quarantine after being closely exposed to the employee who tested positive. We have begun contact tracing as well as additional testing of any employees who may have come in contact with the employee who tested positive. As we stated in our last letter, we have already tested all residents and employees in the nursing home. Of the 48 residents tested last week, we have negative results back for 47 and are awaiting the remaining one. Of the 139 employees who were tested, we have results from 90, and all are negative except for the one positive. Results are coming in gradually from the county. As additional results are received, we will share any pertinent information. Containment of the virus is critical and our number one priority. As of this moment, there are no known cases among our residents.

As previously stated, we are currently following the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19” guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please know that we have followed, and will continue to do so, all guidance set forth for privacy, patient care, employee safety, and efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 as provided by the California Department of Health (DOH) and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We remain in constant contact with DOH and CMS. As you know, Seacrest has its own stringent protocols, and we are adamant about being risk averse when it comes to our residents and staff. This additional positive test result of one of our employees reminds us that we are not in any way free of the need to continue our strict practices. On that note, I will share with you that until all tests results are back, we must postpone the family visits we had begun.

We remind and encourage family members to communicate regularly through email, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and traditional phone calls. Please know that sessions scheduled with the assistance of our staff will be on hold until all employee test results are returned.

You will hear more from us as information becomes available. Please trust that we are doing our best and we appreciate your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID Update – May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020

Dear Seacrest Residents, Families, and Associates,

As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, we want to thank you for the week behind us and say how fortunate we feel to have your continued support and understanding.

As we see San Diego opening up let us be mindful of what we are seeing in communities who have also begun opening. Certainly not everyone has the same level of risk tolerance but I can assure you that unnecessary risk is not something Seacrest is willing to take, as keeping our residents and staff well will always be our number one priority.

There is a lot of news about re-opening nursing homes. Until there is a well-articulated process and pathway from our local, state and federal advisors, Seacrest will continue current protocols. While there is also discussion that testing is plentiful, the reality is that it is not. Further, of the testing that is possible, nothing can give us the certainty that we need to keep our residents and staff safe. Right now, the most important tools that we have to prevent the spread of the disease are the same ones we have been using for the past two months: wearing masks when out of your living space, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day and especially after returning to your living space, and practicing social distancing of 6-12 feet.

Our construction of the Main Kitchen for the campus continues and we are scheduled for completion in June. In the meantime, the Living Room outside of the Lee & Frank Goldberg Resident Court Dining Room will open this coming Tuesday, May 26th. While social distancing will be required and only five people at a time in each of the two rooms, we know this will be a welcome addition to the community.

This image shows Seacrest Village celebrating one of its residents' 94th birthday

Bernie Guss celebrates his 94th birthday with his socially-distanced family

Family visits are beginning and we are just as happy about this as you will be. This week we had a family visit for a very special birthday. It was a short visit but the emotion filled all of us and we look forward to many more. This program is starting first for our nursing home residents and will continue with the rest of the community shortly following.

We ask for your continued patience and understanding during this difficult time. We still have no known cases of the virus and are working very hard to keep it that way. With everyone doing their part, we continue to be hopeful.
I wish you a Shabbat Shalom and a good and safe holiday weekend,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Presidential Chair

COVID Update – May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

Dear Seacrest Residents, Families, and Associates,

We hope you had a peaceful week and that you and your loved ones are all healthy. This week brings us some additional comfort as all COVID test results have come back negative.

While these test results continue to bring sighs of relief, the number of new incidents in San Diego County, and more specifically the number of senior housing communities affected, is concerning. Therefore, it is critical that each of you follow Seacrest’s “Stay at Home” orders. We stand by our mission to protect and keep each of you safe and we can only do that with your support!

In my last letter I wrote that the actions you take can have a profound impact on others on our campus, including our staff who are caring for you and your loved ones. I must say that again. Each of us has a part in this.  Families and residents, we ask again that you please not violate what is permitted; this only brings potential compromise to the health and safety of those we need on the front lines at Seacrest.

We urge you to continue:

  • Enjoying the Fitness Center in small groups distanced apart
  • Social distancing and wearing masks when outside of your apartment. Please, do it for everyone else.
  • Washing hands often and for 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Self-isolating if showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Notifying your supervisor (associates) or building director (residents) immediately if you are not feeling well.
  • Congregating, but six feet apart from each other, in Annette’s Village Square. This is only for Independent and Assisted Living Residents.
  • Enjoying some fresh air and a little exercise; it helps to lift our spirits.
  • Following our drop-off policy using our main entrance off Saxony Lane.

The following remain NOT permitted:

  • Bridge, mahjong, puzzles, and other games – If you cannot sit six feet apart, activities like this are not permitted.
  • Visiting in apartments – This is a very easy way to spread the virus and we cannot take this risk.
  • Leaving the campus – if you have an appointment that must take place please notify the building director.
  • Entering other buildings – we are still asking that everyone please only enter the one you live in.

Please watch your email as within the coming weeks we will be communicating about our “Family Visiting from a Distance Program.” We eagerly hope to allow all families the opportunity to drive onto the campus where loved ones will be waiting for a short visit. We are keenly aware of the positive and uplifting impact these visits will have, and very much want to do this for all of you, but we ask that you work with us as well. We need to stay COVID free for this to work. Remember, it takes a village.  

We are committed to taking care of you so please stay the course with us; we can and will do this together!

Sincerely,

Pam Ferris

President and CEO

The Melvin Garb Presidential Chair

COVID Update – May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020

Today’s communication brings us great comfort. As of this morning we would like to report the following statistics to you with regard to our testing measures for the COVID-19 virus:

We have now tested a total of 125 people and we have results back for 104.

Each resulted test is negative for the COVID-19 virus.

We expect the remaining 21 test results within the coming days and will report back to you as soon as possible.

While this information brings a sigh of relief for our Seacrest Family, the number of new incidents in San Diego County does not bring the same sigh of relief. It is therefore critical that each of you follow the Seacrest and governmental “Stay at Home” orders. Governor Newsom has not lifted the “Stay at Home” order and neither has Seacrest. We stand by our mission to protect and keep each of you safe and we can only do that with your support.

While businesses gradually open, please realize that they are doing so for take-out and curb-side pickup only. This is very different than thinking that it is business as usual in Encinitas and elsewhere.

I want to also recognize our dedicated team for the concern and commitment they have shown our residents and their family members during this challenging time. The actions that you take can have a profound impact on those on our campus including our staff who are caring for you and your loved ones. Families, please we ask again that you not go outside of what is permissible; this only brings potential compromise to the health and safety of those we need on the front lines caring for your family members who live at Seacrest.

In light of our test results thus far, we would like to reinstitute the following:

  • Fitness Center and Life Enrichment programs can now be enjoyed in small groups of 5-or-less if six-feet apart
  • Residents of Independent and Assisted Living buildings can congregate in Annette’s Village Square if six-feet apart
  • Walks outside for exercise around the Seacrest campus; we are blessed to live in a wonderful climate, get out and enjoy the fresh air

And we would like everyone to continue to do the following:

  • Please do not leave campus; if there is a mandatory appointment, notify your Building Director
  • Maintain social distancing and wearing masks when outside of your apartment for the good of your fellow neighbors
  • Families please continue to utilize the item drop-off station at the main entrance, wear a mask, maintain social distance, and refrain from visits at that time
  • All residents or associates feeling flu-like symptoms, notify Building Director or Supervisor immediately
  • Residents feeling flu-like symptoms, please self-isolate in your apartment
  • Mahjong and/or card games are not allowed. It is nearly impossible to sit 6-feet apart. If a six-foot distance cannot be maintained, the activity is not permitted
  • Residents are asked not to go into one another’s apartments; this is still too risky and a very easy way to spread the virus
  • Residents and staff are asked not to go into another building on campus other than the one in which you live or work; this is also still too risky
  • And remember wash your hands often and for 20 seconds with soap and water

We know this Mother’s Day will be different and more challenging given the restrictions. We must ask that you please refrain from physically visiting your loved ones this year. It is still too risky. That said, in honor of this special day, we will be sending our resident ladies flowers and a card.  We sincerely wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all.

Thank you for your continued support in following the Seacrest campus guidelines. It takes all of us abiding by the protocols established to make Seacrest as safe as possible for each and every one of our residents and associates. In short, it takes a village.

Sincerely,

Pam Ferris

President and CEO

Seacrest Village Retirement Communities

The Melvin Garb Presidential Chair

COVID Update – May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020

Dear Seacrest Residents, Families, and Associates,

Today’s communication brings information that we are very pleased to share with you.

As you know, when we received information on April 29 that we had an employee in the culinary department test positive for COVID-19 we immediately informed you. We learned at that time that the last day of work for that employee was Friday, April 24. Per CDC recommendations, this began our 14-day monitoring period which ends this Friday, May 8th.

On April 30 and May 1, we began testing employees in the culinary department as well as several residents in the independent living community. A total of 100 tests were administered to the culinary staff and the IL residents who had contact with the employee. To date, of the initial 100 tests, we have received 51 results, all of which are negative.

On Monday May 4, when additional kits were received, an additional 15 residents and 8 staff were tested. We will share these results with you as soon as we receive them.

For the safety of our residents, and out of deep respect for the dedicated staff who are working on the front lines to ensure our care and services continue, we earnestly request that you please abide by the following guidelines for a bit longer:

RESIDENTS:

  • When you leave your home/apartment, you must wear a mask.
  • When you leave your home/apartment, you must social distance. YOU MUST stay AT LEAST six-feet apart.
  • You are encouraged to conduct your daily activities (mail, walks, laundry, etc) but please, DO NOT congregate with others in close proximity.
  • Please make every attempt to wash your hands as frequently as possible. You cannot wash them too much.
  • If ANY Residents or staff are feeling flu-like symptoms, YOU MUST notify your building director or supervisor immediately

FAMILIES:

  • Please continue to utilize the item drop-off station at the main entrance and REFRAIN from visits at that time. Please, please, please maintain social distancing and wear a mask when dropping off items.

As you are aware, some businesses have reopened. We believe this will cause a false sense of hope. Predictions are that more cases will surface and many more will be affected by this virus. Please know that regardless of what the greater community does in response to COVID-19, our focus continues to remain on the health and well-being of our own Seacrest community. Our staff are our heroes, our residents are our greatest priority, and our mission has never been more meaningful.

Please continue to stay strong with us. We understand the immense strain this puts on everyone. We will provide updates regularly. Provided Friday arrives with no positive results we will begin evaluating steps to cautiously ease some restrictions. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Pam Ferris

President and CEO

Melvin Garb Presidential Chair

COVID Update – April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020

Dear Seacrest Community Members,

We hope this finds you well and we thank you for your calls and support since our communication last evening. We know you have questions and we are here to answer them as best we can with the information we have available.

As our nation, California, and local communities continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, we want to provide you with an update on where we are today, how this has impacted our community, and the steps we’re taking to address it.

As of today, April 30, 2020, one staff member working in our Culinary Department has tested positive and is quarantined at home. We are currently following the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19” guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since we learned of this yesterday, and shared with you immediately, we have begun contacting all people who have come into contact with this employee, and as a result, several more employees have been tested. In addition, as this employee did have direct contact with residents in our Independent Living Community, we began testing residents in that building today.

As the number of overall cases in our country and California increases exponentially, we expect there could be additional cases at our community as this disease especially impacts people who live in communal settings.

Please know that we have followed, and will continue to do so, all guidance set forth for privacy, patient care, employee safety, and efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 as provided by the California Department of Health (DOH) and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We remain in constant contact with DOH and CMS.

Prior to each shift, staff are required to wash their hands, take their temperatures, and answer a series of questions to ensure they are not exhibiting any known COVID-19 symptoms. Any employees who develop symptoms during a shift are immediately sent home. At that point, they are directed to quarantine at home. This process is also followed for outside homecare, healthcare, and Hospice providers, though these visits have been curtailed.

We also conduct a rigorous sanitation regimen that follows, and in some cases exceeds, all state and federal guidelines. We have increased the daily volume of cleaning done in common, medical and residential areas. All protective and medical equipment are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Although this can be a challenge at times when providing medical care, our facility continues to practice safe distancing guidelines by limiting the number of people in one area and maintaining 6 feet of separation.

All dining areas are closed with the exception of the Katzin Residence and a part of the skilled nursing dining room for residents who require significant assistance in a supportive setting. As of today, we are requiring that all Independent Living Residents remain in their apartments for the next ten days or until further notice. This is a precaution for their safety. There can be no exceptions to this protocol.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to vigorously enforce the state’s decision to restrict all visits into the facility at this time. This is certainly frustrating when wanting to see loved ones, but we want to do everything in our power to continue to keep our residents healthy. We encourage family members to communicate regularly through FaceTime or Skype calls, phone calls, and emails. For more information on scheduling virtual visitation, please contact mrosenberg@seacrestvillage.org at 760-632-0081.

We will continue to provide you with updates with as much information as we can on our efforts to combat COVID-19. On behalf of the entire Seacrest Family, I want to thank each of you for your continued patience and prayers. It means a great deal to us.

Sincerely,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

PS: While this may seem trivial in the current situation, I want to address the fact that many of you will be receiving a rental increase letter within the next day. We are required by law to give a 60-day notice and thus required to do so now. This is no different than in past years; however, for all of us this feels uncomfortable as we are grappling with the situation at hand. Please support us as we follow our Seacrest Family rules and also the laws by which we are governed as a senior housing and healthcare provider.

COVID Update – April 29, 2020

April 29, 2020

Dear Residents, Family Members, and Seacrest Village Associates,

I hope you and your families are well.

To begin, I want to again share that, to date, there are no known resident cases of the virus in our community.

However, I am writing to tell you that, as of today, we have one employee in our Culinary Department who has tested positive for COVID-19.

We are working on a plan with the County Department of Public Health to test all residents and staff, and again, we will communicate with you as necessary. I realize that this information may cause upset and concern; please know that we are here for you and will continue to protect and keep all of you as safe and healthy as possible.

I am confident in the plan that our executive team has in place and we will communicate with you as information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation
Presidential Chair

COVID Update – April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020

Dear Residents and Families,

You may have already learned that effective yesterday, we are asking residents to wear masks when they leave their apartments. In addition, we will begin taking their temperatures once a day.

While we were unsure of how residents would respond, we were so grateful for the underlying message of “thank you for doing everything you are doing to keep us safe.”  Indeed, that is our goal and has been throughout this entire ordeal!

Please know that at this time there are still no known cases of COVID-19 on our campus. This decision to issue masks and take temperatures was made as the incidence rate in San Diego is rising and we want to take every precaution to take care of our residents.

We apologize that you are receiving this communication after we began distributing masks to you, our residents. We are working as quickly and efficiently as possible to take care of you. We are also requesting that you not only wear your mask when outside your apartment, but that you strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain at least 6 feet apart from others while on the patio or walking around the campus.

We know that parts of the country are starting to relax a bit in their effort to avoid the virus, we strongly believe this would be a terrible mistake for Seacrest. We pray that everyone will continue to do what we are asking so that you, your neighbors, and our entire Seacrest community can get through this successfully without anyone becoming ill.

Please feel free to call if you would like to discuss this further; I would be happy to speak with you. For now, please stay well, wash your hands frequently, and stay positive. We will get through this together!

With tremendous gratitude for hanging in there with us,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation
Presidential Chair

COVID Update – April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020

Dear Residents and Families,

I hope you are all well and have been enjoying the Passover holiday. I want to thank Rabbi Leah and our wonderful Culinary Team for making the Seacrest Seders so beautiful for our residents and for those who joined us through our livestream channel.

The following are some important things for you to know:

  • There will be a planned power outage this Friday, April 17th during business hours. This is necessary as part of our construction project, and inspectors will be here to monitor this effort. Please know if you have phones and/or computers plugged in, they will not work during the outage.
  • Seacrest still has no known cases of the COVID-19 virus. A tremendous thanks to everyone for doing your part to self-quarantine and following the protocols established. All staff have been issued reusable masks and will be wearing them at all times when in resident areas.
  • I am pleased to share that our ZOOM/FaceTime/Skype program has been very well received. This is a wonderful opportunity to stay connected to your loved ones! Residents need not have a computer or iPad, as we were able to purchase additional devices for this important program due to the generosity of those who participated in the Seacrest Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund Campaign. If you would like to schedule a time to connect, please email Wendy Vurik at wvurik@seacrestvillage.org.

Lastly, the information in this letter will be shown on channel 1390 throughout campus and on channel 70 for the residents of Goldberg Healthcare Center. If others are interested, please click here.

Again, thank you for your tremendous support as we all work together to stay happy and healthy during this most difficult time.

Warmly,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

Proper Body Mechanics

Proper body mechanics is crucial when it comes to keeping your client comfortable and making sure you stay safe and healthy. This website has a good acronym that we like to use when we’re thinking about the correct way to do a transfer or similar action. It is B.A.C.K.:

  • Balance – Feet, shoulders, and hips should be wide apart
  • Align – your back over your hips
  • Contract – your abdominal muscles
  • Knees – make sure to bend them (and not your back)

Always think about your posture (the way you arrange your body when you work) when you are engaging your clients. Just because a client doesn’t have a lot of weight to move, it is good practice to ALWAYS keep your body and muscles in the habit of maintaining a good posture all the time. If you’re looking for something that provides a little more information about body mechanics during a transfer, check out these videos of transfers — one using a gate belt and one without a gate belt. By the way, if you need a gate belt, let us know.

Remember, a transfer can take place anywhere (from bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to toilet, etc.) so it is important to consider your surroundings before engaging in a transfer. Also, if you need help, ASK! That is what we’re here for!

And lastly, a word on the subject of exercise. It is as important for YOU as it is for anyone; in fact, maybe even more since you need to maintain your health in order to do that for others successfully. We know you all work very hard, we really do, and we know you have a lot of other commitments like family, school, and more in addition to your clients, but please try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. The National Academy of Sports Medicine says that “30 minutes a day is where we see great health benefits” in this article in the Washington Post. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be strenuous. Even a brisk, daily walk (a little faster than you walk normally) for 30 minutes will reduce blood pressure and help with neurological performance. Again, we know you’re busy, but please promise you will try. It would mean a lot to us, your clients, and your families.