Updated January 28, 2022
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.
The Masonic Village at Burlington – Skilled Nursing and Rehab is pleased to announce that we have achieved CMS 5-Star Rating Status!
COVID Updates – Please read – There have been changes from last week.
The COVID Investigation has turned into a COVID Event # 21419. We currently have eight (8) Independent Living residents, (8 recovered), thirteen (13) assisted living residents, (12 recovered), tweleve (12) long term care residents, (4 recovered) and seventy-two (72) team members, (64 recovered) that are COVID positive.
We are continuing with campus wide COVID-19 testing of residents, team members and contractors We will continue to pause in-person group activities, and in-person dining Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing. In-person dining in Café 902 restarted for Independent Living residents on Monday, 1/24/22. Small group activities, (30 people or less), for Independent Living also restarted on Monday,1/24/22.
CMS and the CDC requires that our community monitor the county transmission rate for COVID-19. Our county is considered in a high activity level. Our community must test unvaccinated team members according to the community transmission level as reported by the CDC. Currently this requires testing twice a week. This can be viewed at: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view Related to the high level, the CDC is recommending that all individuals wear masks when indoors in public settings.
COVID cases have risen sharply in NJ in the recent weeks and hospitalizations in the state are on a rise also. The CDC indicates that the fast spreading highly contagious Omicron variant is being detected in NJ & NY at rate about 4 times higher than the rest of the country. CDC and CMS are pushing for everyone to receive their booster shots. Please follow all COVID precautions, wear a mask and get vaccinated!
Revision to CMS Nursing Home Visitation – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, (CMS), has revised QSO-20-39-NH – which addresses Nursing Home Visitation – COVID-19. CMS has indicated that facilities can now allow indoor visitation for all residents at all times. We are no longer required to limit the length of visits, or require advance scheduling of visits.
Although CMS has lifted some visitation restrictions, the NJ Department of Health, (NJDOH), in their recent Executive Directive, NO. 21-0121 still requires us to screen visitors, obtain consents, ensure that masks and eye protection are worn and that physical distancing can be maintained during peak times of visitation. Visits must occur in the resident’s room. No large gatherings or parties are permitted at this time. Please see the full letter regarding these changes as posted in the Executive Director’s message on our COVID website page.
COVID-19 Activity in Region – As our region is in a high activity level we are required by the NJ Department of Health, (NJDOH) to wear eye protection of a face shield or goggles in addition to our medical masks. This includes all team members, contractors and visitors in independent Living, Assisted Living, Rehab and Skilled Nursing. No cloth masks will be permitted. Masks and face shields must be worn at all times.
Vaccine Mandate for Team Members – Governor Phil Murphy has enacted legislation requiring all health care workers to be fully vaccinated and boostered for COVID-19 by February 28, 2022.
COVID-19 Testing – Any Unvaccinated residents, unvaccinated team members and partially vaccinated individuals are required to continue with weekly COVID-19 testing based on the community transmission rate as posted by the CDC for our county. Our current outbreak and current transmission rate requires testing twice a week. Unvaccinated team members are required to wear mask and face shields in the community. Unvaccinated residents are required to wear a facemask when out of their room.
Deliveries to Residents – All items for drop off to residents should be directed to the Main Entrance. Items need to be in labeled bags that have the Resident’s Name and Room/Apartment number on it. Please keep in mind for any perishable items brought to the community that we cannot guarantee that items are immediately delivered. After handling items, the CDC indicates that team members and residents should sanitize or wash their hands thoroughly.
General Indoor Visitation. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, (CMS), has revised QSO-20-39-NH – which addresses Nursing Home Visitation – COVID-19. CMS has indicated that facilities can now allow indoor visitation for all residents at all times. We are no longer required to limit the length of visits, or require advance scheduling of visits.
Although CMS has lifted some visitation restrictions, the NJ Department of Health, (NJDOH), still requires us to screen visitors, obtain consents, monitor visitation, ensure that masks and eye protection are worn and that physical distancing can be maintained during peak times of visitation.
CMS acknowledges that there are still risks associated with visitation and COVID-19. However, the risks are reduced by adhering to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention. (See Core Principles). Visitors, residents, or their representative will be made aware of the potential risk of visiting and necessary precautions related to COVID-19 in order to visit the resident. If a visitor, resident, or their representative is aware of the risks associated with visitation, and the visit occurs in a manner that does not place other residents at risk (e.g., in the resident’s room), the resident will be allowed to receive visitors as he/she chooses. There is no limit as to the number of visitors a resident can have at one time, however visits must still be conducted in a manner that adheres to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention and does not increase risk to other residents.
CMS strongly encourages all visitors to become vaccinated. Visitors are required to occur in the resident’s room, or in MVB’s designated visitation area in the Chapel or outside. Visitors must take the most direct route to a resident’s room. Visitors should not be in common areas. Pets are allowed for outdoor visits only at this time. If you would like to have your pet visit inside the community, please contact our Activities Department at (609) 239-3913 so they can review requirements with you.
CMS indicates that we should avoid large gatherings (e.g., parties, events) where large numbers of visitors are in the same space at the same time and physical distancing cannot be maintained.
CMS indicates if the nursing home’s county COVID-19 community level of transmission is substantial to high, all residents and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, should wear masks and physically distance, at all times. As of 1/28/2022, our county’s transmission rate is HIGH at 19%. The NJ Department of Health also requires eye protection of goggles or face shield to be worn related to the county transmission rate.
CMS indicates that visitation can be conducted through different means based on a facility’s structure and residents’ needs, such as in resident rooms, dedicated visitation spaces, and outdoors. Core principles and best practices reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and should be adhered to at all times.
- Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, should not enter the facility.
- Facilities must screen all who enter for these visitation exclusions.
- Frequent Hand hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred).
- Face covering or mask (covering mouth and nose) and physical distancing at least six feet between people, in accordance with CDC guidance.
- Visitor education on COVID-19 signs and symptoms, infection control precautions, vaccination, other applicable facility practices, (use of face shields, specific entry and exit, direct route to rooms, hand hygiene, no use of communal areas, social distance from other residents and team members)
- Vaccination should be encouraged for all visitors, team members and residents.
CMS indicates that visitors that are unable to adhere to these core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention should not be permitted to visit or should be asked to leave.
CMS also acknowledges that there is no substitute for physical contact, such as the warm embrace between a resident and their loved one. Therefore, if the resident is fully vaccinated, the resident can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor in accordance with the CDC’s “Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.”
CMS strongly recommends that visitors wear face masks when visiting residents in a private setting, such as a resident’s room. However, when alone, they may choose not to wear a mask.
While not recommended, if a resident (or responsible party) is aware of the risks of close contact and/or not wearing a face mask during a visit, and they choose to not wear a facemask and choose to engage in close contact, the facility cannot deny the resident their right to choose, as long as the residents’ choice does not put other residents at risk.
Visitors should be made aware of the risks of engaging in close contact with the resident and not wearing a face mask during their visit.
Can a visitor share a meal with or assist the resident they are visiting with eating?
Visitors may assist a resident with eating or share a meal in the resident’s room as long as the resident (or representative) and the visitor are aware of the risks of potentially contracting COVID-19 and adhere to the core principles of infection prevention.
Visitation for those on Quarantine
While not recommended, residents who are on transmission-based precautions (TBP) or quarantine can still receive visitors. In these cases, visits should occur in the resident’s room and the resident should wear a well-fitting facemask (if tolerated). Before visiting a resident on quarantine, visitors should be made aware of the potential risk of visiting and precautions necessary in order to visit the resident. Visitors should adhere to the core principles of infection prevention.
Indoor Visitation during an Outbreak Investigation
An outbreak investigation is initiated when a new nursing home onset of COVID-19 occurs among residents or staff. While it is safer for visitors not to enter the facility during an outbreak investigation, visitors will still be allowed in the facility.
Visitors will be made aware of the potential risk of visiting during an outbreak investigation and adhere to the core principles of infection prevention. If residents or their representative would like to have a visit during an outbreak investigation, they should wear face coverings or masks during visits, regardless of vaccination status, and visits should ideally occur in the resident’s room.
Compassionate Care Visits
As visitation is now allowed at all times for all residents, CMS expects Compassionate Care visits to be rare events, however they will be allowed at all times.
Suggested Visitation Hours/Entrance
Masonic Village is suggesting that visits be made during the following hours, 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM, to allow us to ensure we are meeting the screening, consents, physical distancing and education requirements. All visitors for Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living are to continue to enter through the Chapel Entrance. If your loved one is at our community for Short-Term Rehab we suggest that visitation occur in the afternoon to allow for their therapy services to be completed. You can call (609) 239-3979 to find out specific therapy times for an individual.
While visitation is now allowed at all times, we are requesting that visitors for Rehab contact the neighborhood after 8:00 AM at (609) 239-3979 to determine time frames for visiting that will not conflict with the individual’s physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions.
Communal Activities, Dining and Resident Outings
While adhering to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention, communal activities and dining may occur. The safest approach is for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face covering or mask while in communal areas of the facility. Visitors should not be using communal areas during visitation.
Masonic Village will permit residents to leave the facility as they choose. Should a resident choose to leave, Masonic Village will remind the resident and any individual accompanying the resident to follow all recommended infection prevention practices including wearing a face covering or mask, physical distancing, and hand hygiene and to encourage those around them to do the same.
Upon the resident’s return, Masonic Village will take the following actions:
- Screen residents upon return for signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
- If the resident or family member reports possible close contact to an individual with COVID-19 while outside of the nursing home, we will test the resident for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
- Place the resident on quarantine if the resident has not been fully vaccinated.
- If the resident develops signs or symptoms of COVID-19 after the outing, we will test the resident for COVID-19 and place the resident on Transmission-Based Precautions, regardless of vaccination status.
- Masonic Village will test unvaccinated residents without signs or symptoms if they leave the nursing home frequently or for a prolonged length of time, such as over 24 hours.
- Masonic Village will consider quarantining unvaccinated residents who leave the facility if, based on an assessment of risk, uncertainty exists about their adherence or the adherence of those around them to recommended infection prevention measures.
- Monitor residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 daily.
- Residents who leave the facility for 24 hours or longer will be managed as a new admission or readmission, as recommended by the CDC’s “Interim Infection Prevention and Control recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes.”
Visitors, must adhere to COVID-19 precautions of wearing tight fitting mask and face shield at all times, performing hand hygiene, and social distancing. NO PETS are permitted for indoor visits at this time.
Outdoor Visitation is available daily, weather permitting. Visitors age 2 and above can visit, however they must adhere to COVID-19 precautions of wearing tight fitting mask and face shield, performing hand hygiene, and social distancing. Pets are permitted for outdoor visits but must be on a leash. Visitors are responsible for any pet clean-up required.
End-of-Life or Compassionate Care Visits
As visitation is now allowed at all times for all residents, CMS expects Compassionate Care visits to be rare events, however they will be allowed at all times.
For Skilled Nursing Contact Keystone Administration Office Monday-Friday at (609) 239-3871 or (609) 239-3924. On weekends contact the nursing supervisor at (609) 239-3840.
For Assisted Living contact Robyn Barnes, Administrator Monday-Friday at (609) 239-3844. On weekends contact the nursing supervisor at (609) 239-3840.
Visitors for Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living are requested to park in the parking lot located off Oxmead Road and proceed to the Chapel doors for screening.
All deliveries should be directed to the Main Entrance.
The Wellness Center and Independent Salon has reopened for IL Residents. IL Residents can participate at in-person Chapel services with masks and social distancing.
Café 902/Cornerstone Restaurant
In-person dining in Café 902 for Independent Living will resume on Monday 1/24/22. Dining in the Cornerstone Restaurant is currently paused.
Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living
Residents entering our community from a hospital stay or returning from an outside doctor’s appointment are assessed to determine if they need to be quarantined for 14 days to be monitored for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. We need to provide information to the State regarding the number of Persons Under Investigation, (PUI), we have in our community. A PUI means that they may have been exposed and we need to monitor them for COVID-19 symptoms.
We continue to provide in room engagement, based on a resident’s individualized need, for our residents who prefer to stay in their rooms. 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, 1:1 visits.
At this time the Neighborhood In-Person Group Activities are currently on pause due to the recent COVID outbreak. Events will be broadcast from the Chapel.
The following events will be broadcast from the Chapel this month.
Monday through Saturday
9:30 am – Daily Chronicles, Today In History, Announcements
10:00 am – Exercises
9:30 am & 10:45 am Sunday Church Service
1:30 pm Afternoon Music with Gloria Turk, Music Therapist
Entertainers for the month
1/1/22 – Happy New Year Celebration “Kirk Mauer” 1:30 pm
1/14/22 – music by “Jack Piccari” 2:00 pm
1/17/22 – Martin Luther King Day music by “Fancis Hinshillwood” 6:30 pm
Week of January 11th – Ice Cream Cart to all neighborhoods
Week of January 25th – Ice Cream Cart to all neighborhoods
Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing – Bistro dining is currently paused.
MVB Resident Care Staffing Report
MVB is required to post our skilled nursing staffing each shift where is can be viewed by the public. As visitation is now open, the resident care staffing reports are now posted outside the Nursing Administration Office located on the 3rd floor. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Shemansky at (609) 239-3924.
Questions and Concerns
Please feel free to contact Cindy Shemansky, Assistant Executive Director, with any questions or concerns at (609) 239-3924. Again, we thank you for your continued patience and support through these challenging times.