I hope this finds everyone healthy and safe. The days and weeks have quickly slipped by, but COVID-19 is still impacting our lives. Evans Memorial Home and Cresco Assisted Living continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and local guidance. 

As the temperatures rise and the warmth of the sun draws us outside, I want to review visitor restrictions. Unfortunately, at this time we must continue to adhere to guidelines that prohibit all visitors, exceptions are granted for end of life visits. Visitors allowed into the building for such circumstances will be screened at the door, are required to wear a mask, and remain in the resident’s room. If the visitor fails the screening, they will not be allowed to enter. We will continue to offer video chats, phone calls, and window visits. Please make sure to keep the windows closed during your visits, and if we are outside enjoying the sun, the same guidance applies – no visitors.

The safety and wellbeing of the residents, tenants, and staff are a top priority. We are diligent in our efforts to keep COVID-19 out of the facility. Staff is screened at the beginning and end of their shift, as well as receiving ongoing education. The residents and tenants are screened twice daily, and we have a dedicated isolation area that is used for new admissions or residents who have been out of the facility. These precautionary measures are in place to quickly identify and appropriate address any respiratory symptoms. 

A common theme of many questions I have received revolves around doctor appointments. We understand that essential appointments are necessary and unavoidable; however, we ask any nonessential appointments to be rescheduled. In the event there is a necessary appointment, we will provide the resident/tenant a mask to be worn. Upon return we will screen at the door and take necessary precautions, including a 14-day isolation period. During this time staff will use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as precautionary measures. The local clinic has transitioned routine visits to telehealth services. Telehealth connects the doctor and resident through secure internet connection. 

We appreciate the kind words and gestures many of you have offered during this time. We live in an amazing community that has shown an outpouring of support by sharing their talents. Volunteers have spent countless hours sewing masks and gowns. We are beyond grateful for these efforts! 

As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. 

Amy Murphy, Administrator