Coronavirus Updates - Visitor Restrictions
All visitors continue to be prohibited from entering the Villas of Guerin Woods. However, we encourage families to call their elder’s Villa or their loved one directly. We are testing HIPAA-compliant technology that will facilitate video conferencing with elders and texting with our clinical staff. When those technologies are fully functional, I will update this message and our website. I will also send an email to those who have provided their email addresses. If you would like to be included in our email updates, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check on the status of our restrictions via telephone at 812-725-2580.
Know that we greatly appreciate your continued support. Items that are particularly welcomed and we encourage you to drop off at the administration building include: greeting cards and letters, scrapbooking materials and family photos, coloring books, colored pencils and markers, large print word search books, and large-sized dice.
I hope you will follow us on Facebook to monitor some of our activities with your loved ones. This past week we generated quite a few smiles among the elders and staff with our “theme day” attire and activities: staff wore all green on St. Patrick’s Day, superhero costumes on Wednesday, pajamas on Thursday, and their “funkiest” fashions on Friday. It may take me a while to live down my Bob Marley Rasta hat and dreadlocks.
Rest assured we continuously monitor federal, state, and local resources in order to provide the best of care to your loved ones. Last night the Indiana State Department of Health directed all long-term care facilities to begin using masks, and we are complying with their guidance. Please know, however, that we have had no staff or elders test positive for the virus.
Again, thank you for your understanding and support as we make our way through this difficult time.
Susan Gernert, President & CEO
Pursuant to the most recent guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Medicaid and Medicare Services, ALL visitors are now prohibited from entering the Villas of Guerin Woods.
Those for whom a very narrow, “end-of-life,” compassionate exception is permissible have already been contacted directly by management. If you have not been contacted directly by management regarding end-of-life visitation you may not visit at this time.
Based on the progression of the COVID-19 disease, we will revise or suspend this policy of exclusion.
Thank you very much for your understanding. I encourage you to visit the websites of the CDC and CMS if you have questions regarding the rationale for this latest change to our policy.
Your assistance and cooperation are essential to protecting our elders, employees, and the community. Thank you for your support.
Susan R. H. Gernert
President & CEO
March 12, 2020 – Update Regarding Restrictions of Visitation at the Villas of Guerin Woods
Pursuant to guidance from our Medical Director, federal, state, and local public health officials, and Gov. Holcomb’s office, we are strongly discouraging all visitation at the Villas.
Those who believe that their visitation is truly essential to an elder’s emotional well-being and care may request entry from a member of management at the Administration Building. Such requests must be made on a daily basis and will only be considered for those who meet all public health guidelines, satisfactorily completion a short questionnaire, and agree to certain restrictions.
Please be aware that authorization will be denied to the following:
- Those who display signs or symptoms of any illness;
- Those who have traveled internationally in the last 14 days;
- Those who, in the past 14 days, have been in contact with someone with a respiratory illness;
- Those who reside in a community with a known COVID-19 case; and
- Anyone under the age of 18.
Visiting hours are still limited to 9 am to 5 pm, but until we are required to exclude all visitors the Administration Building will remain open 7 days a week to accommodate essential weekend visits.
Based on the progression of the disease, we will suspend or enhance our restrictions on visitation.
Thank you very much for your patience, understanding, and cooperation in helping us protect our elders, employees, and the community.
Susan R. H. Gernert
President & CEO
Restrictions of Visitation at the Villas of Guerin Woods
Dear Guerin Woods Friends & Family Members:
Based on guidance from our Medical Director and Public Health Officials we are, as of Wednesday, March 11th,
- Limiting visiting hours at the Villas of Guerin Woods to 9 am to 5 pm; and
- Restricting entry to:
a. Essential Villa personnel and
b. Family, friends, and other visitors whose entry (i) has been approved by management (in the Administration Building) and (ii) is essential for an elder’s emotional well-being and care consistent with current CMS guidelines.
Again, no visitor, including immediate family, will be permitted to enter the Villas without a signed Entry Authorization, which will only be provided by management (at the Administration Building) to those who meet CMS guidelines.
Based on the progression of the disease, we will suspend or enhance our exclusion of visitors. You can confirm the current status of our restrictions by calling 812-725-2580 or visiting our website, www.guerininc.org.
Thank you very much for your cooperation in helping us protect our elders, employees, and the community.
Susan R. H. Gernert
President & CEO
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Welcome. You’ve arrived at the website for two very different organizations united by a shared vision: to provide members of the communities we serve with their best life, today and tomorrow. An expansive vision that includes a broad spectrum of life from child to elder, in a neighborhood built on care and compassion, hope and healing. One that has touched over 126,000 lives in the past quarter century.
There is a wonderful continuity across these organizations. A volunteer who provided tutoring to the children of Providence House now lives in the Villas at Guerin Woods. A foster child who lived at Providence House may now seek employment at Guerin Woods. We love to see how our missions intertwine in unexpected ways over the years, like different flowers blooming together in a lovely garden shared by all.
We serve children and their parents through Providence House, helping families find a path back to wholeness, with family reunification programs serving DCS-involved families reuniting with children. Simply choose the “Providence House” link above to learn more.
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