A Message from Carl Tarbell, Executive Director of the Masonic Village at Burlington

Masonic Village family members, loved ones and supporters:

We would like to provide the latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on the Masonic Village at Burlington campus. If you scroll down the page, we post COVID-19 data weekly to our website to keep you updated on staff, residents and programs affected. We also provide a recorded message daily, which you can access by calling 201-340-3928.

We have learned a great deal as a campus and as a team. In our healthcare settings, we are testing residents and staff weekly, and in other areas of the campus, we are testing biweekly. We have started an every other day testing regime as requested by the New Jersey Department of Health. This pilot program is using rapid testing and will last from November 30 to December 14. This program is designed to identify asymptomatic staff and send them home to quarantine. The testing and the related tracing we have in place will continue in partnership with the county Department of Health.

We will remain conservative in opening to larger gatherings of staff and residents to help to curb our cases. We continue to provide dining services to residents’ rooms in the healthcare areas. Our resident committees are meeting via Zoom and Facetime. We continue to refine all our services as we accept the new normal until a vaccine is available.

We have entered into an agreement with CVS for the rapid delivery of a vaccine when it becomes available. They have indicated it will take three days to complete the vaccination at our campus. More details are forthcoming.

Our team and the Masonic Charity Foundation board of trustees are committed to the safety of our team members, residents and families. We thank you for your patience, loving support and encouragement as we navigate these challenging times.

Regards,

Carl Tarbell

Executive Director

Updated December 3, 2020

Masonic Village is currently in Phase 0. 

Families, guardians and the public may call (609) 239-3989 to leave an urgent message or address an issue or complaint. This line will be available 24/7.

COVID Updates

We recently had positive tests for 3 Team members, and 2 Cedar Cove Residents. We must go a full 28 days without any new cases to move to Phase 1. Our new date to reach is 12/31/20.

Deliveries to Residents – Items being dropped off for residents need to continue to go to the Ambulance Entrance located behind the Chapel. We have been informed that items need to “air out” for at least 20 minutes before being brought in to our community. Please keep this in mind for any perishable items brought to the community.  Items need to be in labeled bags that have the Resident’s Name and Room/Apartment number on it. After handling items, the CDC indicates that team members and residents should sanitize or wash their hands thoroughly.

Independent Living

Front Entrance

As the weather has become more inclement, we altered our traffic pattern to enhance customer satisfaction and functionality. We have removed the cones in the front driveway area, allowing for better traffic flow to the main entrance ramp which allows us to keep our elders out of the messy weather.

We will place a sign out front continuing to guide deliveries to the Ambulance Entrance and loading dock areas.

Dining Services

Cornerstone Restaurant will be closed until further notice, we apologize for the inconvenience. Our Holiday pie sale will continue to run through Christmas, call ahead to place you order by dialing 609-239-3994. You can also pre-order your Christmas day meal to be delivered.

Our December “Superfood” is Citrus. Different recipes will be featured throughout the month. New weekly salad specials will be added to our menu in the month of December.  Café 902 will not be open for resident service at this time. More communication will follow as to when we can lift these restrictions.

Our Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing dining services will continue as room service.

Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living

New Guidance

Masonic Village at Burlington is following the guidance issued by the NJ Department of Health requiring every other day COVID testing of all Team members, and professionals for 2 weeks.  This is related to the COVID surge that is occurring in LTC communities in NJ.  Currently 263 LTC communities are experiencing an outbreak. This testing is an antigen test – it is a nasal swab quick test.  This will end December 14 or when supplies are exhausted.

Anyone who enters the building for end-of-life visit or Independent Living Caregiving activities will be required to complete a rapid test before proceeding.

Due to our current outbreak we are required to stop Essential Caregiver visits at this time per the NJ Department of Health.

As a reminder we remain in Phase 0.  Doctors’ Appointments are limited to extremely emergent issues only.  NJ has rising COVID cases and when residents are transported to outside providers it greatly increases their chances of exposure to COVID-19.

Residents entering our community from a hospital stay or returning from an outside doctor’s appointment continued to be quarantined for 14 days and monitored for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. These individuals are considered by the State and CDC to be Persons Under Investigation, (PUI), meaning that they may have been exposed and we need to monitor them for COVID-19 symptoms. You will see this listed our COVID-19 data below.

Activities

  • Holiday decorating has begun with trimming trees throughout the Keystone Center and Cedar Commons neighborhoods along with wreaths on each resident doors. We continue thinking out of the box to bring Joy and Celebration specifically during this year’s Holiday Season! Stay tuned for updates of our events for December.
  • December 4th – Fun Friday Activities Team – Name that Tune/Hummable streamed at 2pm Chapel
  • December 7, 8 & 11 – Holiday Photo Ops all neighborhoods
  • Week of December 7th through December 11th – Holiday Crafts all neighborhoods in resident rooms/doorway
  • Friday December 11th – Afternoon Special Holiday Music with Jimmy Edwards – streamed at 2pm Chapel.

 

  • We continue to provide in room engagement for our residents based on their individualized needs. In room engagement can include: games, crossword puzzles, seek and find, adult coloring/painting, magazines, reading books, jigsaw puzzles, computer/tablet/smart phone surfing the web, reading mail, conversation with Team Member, Music Therapy, Happy Hour and Snack Chats and utilizing the Computerized (It’s Never 2 Late) Activity software programs on 1:1 visits.

Dining

  • Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing – Dining services will continue as room service at the current time.

Visitations

  • Related to the change in weather we are changing our visitation process.  As we are having an outbreak in our community we cannot provide indoor visitation and the weather is too cold for our residents to be outside.  We will continue to schedule facetime visits and also have window visitation occur in several areas on campus.
  • Window visitation will occur in our Memory Care Courtyard for residents that reside in those areas.  This will be located on the North Cape May Porch and the Cedar Cove Patio area.  Residents will remain inside at the window or door.  Family Members will have appointments and be outside for the visit.  Visits will last 15 minutes.
  • Those residents residing in our Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living areas will have visitation at the windows located in our marketing conference area on the first floor.  This patio area can be accessed by families by proceeding up the ramp located to the left of our main entrance.
  • Window Visitations can be scheduled through our Activities Department by calling (609) 239-3822 or (609) 239-3913.  Visitations will be 15 minutes in length and will be scheduled 10 AM – 3:30 PM on specific weekdays with a maximum of two visitors at a time per resident..
  • Visitation areas will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between appointments.
  • In Skilled Nursing for non-urgent end-of-life scenarios, families/responsible parties must schedule an appointment by contacting the Social Services Monday-Friday at (609) 239-3848 or nursing supervisor (after 4 p.m.) at               (609) 239-3840.
  • In Assisted Living, for non-urgent/end-of-life scenarios, families/responsible parties must schedule an appointment by contacting the Robyn Barnes, Administrator Monday-Friday at (609) 239-3844 or nursing supervisor (after 4 p.m.) at 609.239.3840.
  • For urgent requests for Skilled Nursing, please call Cindy Shemansky, Assistant Executive Director/Keystone Administrator at (609)239-3924 or the nursing supervisor at (609) 239-3840.
  • For urgent requests for Assisted Living, please call Robyn Barnes, Assisted Living Administrator at (609) 239-3844 or the nursing supervisor at                         (609) 239 3840.

Essential Caregivers

Essential Caregiver visits are currently on hold related to our current COVID Outbreak status. This is a Department of Health Guideline we must follow.

MVB Resident Care Staffing Report

MVB is required to post our skilled nursing staffing each shift where is can be viewed by the general public. During COVID we are posting our sheets each shift at the Ambulance Entrance Door for you to observe as you come to drop off items for your loved ones.  We will post a weekly report on our website.  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Shemansky at (609) 239-3924.

Questions and Concerns

Please feel free to contact Carl Tarbell, Executive Director, with any questions or concerns at (609) 239-3900, ext. 3919. Again, we thank you for your continued patience and support through these challenging times.

Masonic Village at Burlington COVID-19 Data
November 1, 2020 to Present

Data Updated as of 11/27/2020

Residents

LTC Skilled Nursing Assisted Living Independent Living Cumulative Residents
COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths
1 0 12 0 2 0 11 0 1 1 12 0 4 1 35 0

COVID + Patients admitted from Hospital for Rehab: 1
Number of COVID+ Hospital Patients Recovered: 0

PUI = Persons Under Investigation – includes admissions from hospitals, those returning from ER visits or doctor appointments that require 14 days of isolation, those with symptoms whose test results have not returned yet.

Team Members

Skilled Nursing Assisted Living Independent Living Hospice
COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths
9 2 2 0 4 2 1 0 5 4 0 0 2 0 1 0

 

Cumulative Team Members COVID +: 20 COVID Recovered: 8 Deaths: 0

Masonic Village at Burlington COVID-19 Data
July 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020

Data Updated as of 10/31/2020

Residents

LTC Skilled Nursing Assisted Living Independent Living Cumulative Residents
COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0

COVID + Patients admitted from Hospital for Rehab: 6
Number of COVID+ Hospital Patients Recovered: 6

PUI = Persons Under Investigation – includes admissions from hospitals, those returning from ER visits or doctor appointments that require 14 days of isolation, those with symptoms whose test results have not returned yet.

Team Members

Skilled Nursing Assisted Living Independent Living Hospice
COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths COVID + COVID Recovered PUI Deaths
6 6 0 0 2 2 0 0 6 6 0 0 1 1 0 0

 

Cumulative Team Members COVID +: 15 COVID Recovered: 15 Deaths: 0

Masonic Village at Burlington COVID-19 Data
March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020

Event Declared Closed by Burlington County Board of Health 7/24/2020

Residents

Skilled Nursing Assisted Living Independent Living Cumulative Residents
COVID + COVID-19 Recovered Deaths COVID + COVID-19 Recovered Deaths COVID + COVID-19 Recovered Deaths COVID + COVID-19 Recovered Deaths
50 35 15 8 7 1 4 4 0 62 46 16

Team Members

Skilled Nursing Assisted Living Independent Living Hospice
COVID + COVID-19 Recovered Deaths COVID + COVID-19 Recovered Deaths COVID + COVID-19 Recovered Deaths COVID + COVID-19 Recovered Deaths
51 50 1 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Cumulative Team Members COVID +: 56 COVID Recovered: 55 Deaths: 1