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. This year has been quite a year for all of us. Late in March and into April, 12% of our residents and 15% of our team members contracted the virus. We are happy to report that we have only one case currently.

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. The testing and the related tracing we have in place has really had a positive impact on our ability to determine when and how to open services and provide guidance on best practices for protecting ourselves and others from infection.

We have been conservative in opening to larger gatherings of staff and residents, and it has helped 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 ours services as we accept the new normal until a vaccine is available.

With protocols for screening in place, we are now accepting admissions to our cottages, apartments, healthcare, homecare and hospice services on campus. We have resumed outdoor visitation for families of residents in our healthcare settings, following the Department of Health guidelines.

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 Sept. 17, 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 and issue or complaint. This line will be available 24/7.

We want to update you on the progress of reopening our community according to New Jersey Department of Health Executive Directive No. 20-026, Directive for the Resumption of Services in all Long-Term Care Facilities. In order to reopen our community, we must meet specific requirements.

We have been working on the requirements to move to Phase One. Our Outbreak Plan has been updated and posted through a link on our website. Our urgent call number, (609) 239-3989, is also listed on our website. We are meeting staffing requirements as well as testing and data reporting requirements of residents and team members as outlined in ED 20-026. Any new cases are reported through our notifications to residents, families and team members on our hotline and to required health officials. Our community was on the verge to move to Phase One when we had three (3) team members test positive, two (2) of which tested positive within in a 2-week period. This is considered an outbreak event and places us at Phase 0 for at least 28 days, (until October 7th).

Masonic Village has registered with the National Health Safety Network and we report our data in the required COVID-19 Module daily even though it is only required twice a week. MVB has an emergency PPE stockpile that will carry us through 2 months. This is in addition to the PPE that we use on a daily basis.

As required of all Long-term care communities the NJ DOH has conducted a COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey in our community. We are pleased to report that we were found to be deficiency free. This is further testament to the diligent work of our community leadership, including our Infection Preventionist, Monica Diehl, RN, to assure that we are following the required regulations and protocols.

Masonic Village has developed protocols in compliance with ED 20-026 regarding Essential Caregivers. An Essential Caregiver is an outside individual who was previously actively engaged with the resident and is committed to assisting and encouraging with activities of daily living and other care needs. The decision to designate an Essential Caregiver will be individualized and integrated with resident centered care planning. Please note, per the ED 20-026, the Essential Caregiver visitation is not to solely provide social visits.

For further information regarding the Governor’s Reopening, plan please visit:

https://nj.gov/health/legal/covid19/8-20_ExecutiveDirectiveNo20-026_LTCResumption_of_Svcs.pdf

We would be remiss not to acknowledge the letters, emails and calls received requesting a more aggressive approach. Our return to normalcy must be cautious and comply with the Executive Directive 20-026 as the health and well-being of our residents and our team members must continue to be our number one priority. We understand that this can be a frustrating process, but given the vulnerability of many who live in our community, we believe that this approach provides the greatest level of protection.
Please feel free to contact Carl Tarbell, Executive Director, with any questions or concerns at (609) 239-3900, ext. 3919. Thank you for your continued patience and support through this unprecedented, challenging time.

Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living

Baseline COVID-19 testing of all our residents and staff has been completed and weekly testing continues. We currently have no new positive cases among residents or staff. MVB does have a contract with a private lab to provide supplies for testing and for processing of samples.

In the event of a positive case(s), we have established a quarantine procedure and will isolate residents on campus and require team members to quarantine at home according to guidance from the CDC and the NJ Department of Health.

Residents entering our community from a hospital stay or returning from an outside doctor’s appointment are quarantined for 14 days and monitored for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

In the event of a positive case(s) on campus or in the event that our Governor pauses or moves NJ back a stage related to an increase in cases in the State, we will plan to close to all visitations. We will promptly notify residents, families and responsible parties of the need to reverse any reopening strategies and implement restrictions.
Screening of residents is ongoing and will continue each shift. Screening includes symptom and temperature monitoring. Screening of staff (all team members and contracted staff) is also ongoing at the beginning of each shift, including symptom and temperature monitoring. Team members are also asked to self-screen during their shift and immediately suspend work should any symptoms occur. Staff symptoms are further monitored by our Infection Preventionist. During the steps of reopening, volunteers will not be utilized.

We continue to monitor our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive cyclical deliveries. We do not currently anticipate a significant shortage of needed items.

Meals

  • All meals will continue to be delivered as room service until we are prepared to move into our first phase of reopening. Menus are updated weekly on our website and hard copies are also available. As communal dining is reintroduced, please understand that certain infection prevention protocols will be in place and are required to be followed for the health and safety of our entire community.
  • During Phase 1, residents may eat in the same dining area while practicing the measures that are implemented. These measures include a limited number of people at each table and maintaining separation of space by at least 6 feet.
  • Seating times and service times will be determined to accommodate all as fairly as possible. Residents will be required to eat with the same small group each day. Staff will be assigned to specific groups of residents during each meal period to minimize the number of residents they interact with. Single serve condiments will be distributed individually upon request and disposable tableware will be utilized. Procedures will be in place for the proper sanitizing and cleaning of all high touched surfaces (e.g. chair, tables) between each seating and meal period.”
  • Staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while assisting with feeding and will perform hand hygiene prior to assisting with meals and frequently throughout the meals, as necessary.

Activities

  • The Activity Department team is currently following the phase 0 guidelines. Communal dining and all group activities and large campus events are canceled until further notice.
  • Residents are staying in their rooms as much as possible.
  • We are currently providing in room engagement for our residents based on the type of resident and 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.
  • Live-streaming of programs from our chapel occurs weekly with morning daily chronicles including: on this date, quote of the day, history and current events, announcements; exercise; Spiritual Services such as devotionals; Sunday Church Service; live music; Fun Friday skits and games. Video Chat is provided for residents who enjoy chatting with family/friends. Outdoor walks are not permitted at this time. Trips will remain on hold.

Visitations

  • Outdoor Visitations for Skilled Nursing Residents can be scheduled through our Activities Department by calling (609) 239-3822 or (609) 239-3913. Outdoor Visitations for Assisted Living Residents can be scheduled by contacting Robyn Barnes, Assisted Living Administrator at (609) 239-3844. 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. Masks will be required at all times.
  • Outdoor visitations areas are designated at the Chapel Patio and Memory Care Courtyard, with social distancing strictly maintained. All visitors will be screened (including temperature) prior to allowing visitation. Hand hygiene using alcohol-based hand rub will be required. 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.
  • We are currently finalizing our policies related to Essential Caregivers.

Any questions related to reopening may be directed to Carl Tarbell, Executive Director.

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

Data Updated as of 9/17/2020

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
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0

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
1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0

 

Cumulative Team Members COVID +: 3 COVID Recovered: 3 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 51 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Cumulative Team Members COVID +: 56 COVID Recovered: 56 Deaths: 0