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COVID-19 Recorded Update Line: 402-504-6215

Update 12-18-20:

We are preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination and details are rapidly developing. Please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) flyer for more information about the vaccine. Our campus is registered for the vaccine, which includes the nursing home and all staff.

What we know from the state of Nebraska.

There are 3 phases:

Phase 1

• Potentially limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses available means that segments of the population must be prioritized to receive the vaccine.
• Vaccine type, dose lot size, and opportunity should influence local COVID-19 providers when phase population progression is necessary.

➢ Phase 1A

• Healthcare personnel (hospitals, home health care, pharmacies, EMS, outpatient, public health)
• Long-term Care Facility residents and staff, early stages of supply should go ONLY to those staff providing direct patient care AND/OR are exposed to infectious materials.
• Initial supplies of vaccine should NOT go to:
• Administrative staff
• Staff working remotely
• Staff not in direct contact with COVID patients or infectious materials

➢ Phase 1B
• First responders
• Education sector
• Food/Agricultural
• Utilities
• Transportation

➢ Phase 1C
• 65 years of age
• Vulnerable populations (disabled, homeless, etc)
• Congregate settings (incarcerated, colleges/universities, etc)

Phase 2

• Large number of vaccine doses available, sufficient to meet the demand of general population.
• Adhere to all applicable Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) COVID-19 testing requirements for LTCF staff.

Walgreens – Community Pharmacy will be our provider of the COVID-19 Vaccine for residents and staff. At this time we do not know when the clinics will be on-site.

Maple Crest is preparing for these clinics by doing the following:

• Staying engaged and current with our providers, local health department, and the state
• Working with Community Pharmacy about their timeline for the clinics
• Planning on assigning staff to assist pharmacy with the vaccination clinic
• Planning on dates when the vaccine clinics will be held
• Planning on staffing strategies to ensure we have adequate staff
• Calling families and updating them when we are informed when our clinic days will be

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


 

Residents, Staff and Families,

There have been a lot of questions, comments and concerns from residents, families, employees, and those in our communities about the COVID-19 Vaccine. This vaccine is important in saving lives and reducing the transmissions of the virus.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively reviewing the COVID-19 vaccine for Emergency Use Authorization in the United States.  ABHM operates in six states and those states have told the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) they want nursing home/assisted living providers to be a priority.

ABHM’s mission is to create caring Christian communities that empower older adults, families, and people with disabilities and receiving this vaccine for our residents, members, and staff is a priority.  We, as an organization, support the federal vaccine effort for COVID-19.

It is important residents, members, staff, and families know that ABHM has registered, on behalf of all of our nursing homes, assisted living communities, and homes for the developmentally disabled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine that the federal government will be disbursing in the near future. Please note, this does include all of our employees working at all of our locations across ABHM.

Distribution of the vaccine has yet to be determined.

Individual states will decide how to roll this large initiative in the healthcare sector

We will use our ABHM website, each community’s website, Facebook pages, and other methods to communicate changes and updates as they occur.

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

It is our duty to stay focused on our residents, members, staff and loved ones during this time of uncertainty. All of us have been impacted by the pandemic but we will continue to persevere. We urge you to join us in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, influenza vaccine, wear masks, avoid large gatherings, and stay six feet apart-especially through the holidays.

Thank you for your understanding, kindness, and prayers for those we serve.

There will be more information related to the vaccine as it is released by the government.

Stay Safe!

Jeff Hongslo
ABHM President/CEO

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ABHM Covid-19 Vaccine Information Video

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ABHM is very excited about the COVID-19 vaccine coming to our communities.

Each community will receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as each state sets up their own vaccination process.

Although ABHM is not requiring staff to get vaccinated, we strongly encourage all employees to get the vaccination. Not only to safeguard your own health but to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

We realize some individuals may be apprehensive about getting the vaccination and have questions on how the vaccine works as well as side effects. Here is a link to a video message from Dr. Sing Palat, MD addressing some of the concerns regarding the vaccine.  https://vimeo.com/493717413

Sing Palat, MD, is an internist and geriatrician of 14 years and is a certified medical director.  As an associate of LTC Rehab Consultants, she provides care in nursing facilities and currently collaborates with Mountain Vista medical director Dr. Reza Esfahani on the COVID-19 response.   Dr. Palat is on the Board of CMDA The Colorado Society of Post-acute and Long-term Care.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to email us at COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


Update 2-5-21

It is an exciting and uncertain time now that many of us have received our first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. There are many questions regarding what this means for American Baptist Homes of the Midwest’s (ABHM’s) residents, families, and staff. With the vaccination rolling out to our residents and staff, we are entering a promising new phase in ending this pandemic.

How COVID-19 response will change after vaccination:

Vaccines are powerful tools in the fight against COVID-19. We hope to see enough people vaccinated to greatly reduce the COVID-19 disease. Until that happens, everyone who has received one or both vaccine doses must continue to carry out the same preventive measures in the community as they did before vaccination. We will continue to encourage mask wearing, social distancing, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, stay away from others when not feeling well and ALWAYS wash your hands.

Why infection control measures cannot change as soon as people are vaccinated:

Before the CDC or health department’s recommendations can change, we need to learn more about the protection COVID-19 vaccines provide after a full vaccine series is completed. We do not know if, or the rate at which, people may still get infected after they are vaccinated, or if they can spread the virus without feeling sick or having symptoms. Because not all members of the community have had COVID-19 or been vaccinated, many residents and health care workers may still be at risk for infection. Until we know that vaccinated health care workers and residents cannot spread the virus to others, the following measures should be followed.

Do I still isolate or quarantine?

At this point, isolation and quarantine recommendations for health care workers and residents have not changed, even if the person has received one or two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This includes quarantine for health care workers and residents after an exposure, and residents after admission to the facility.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

Until more data is collected and the CDC updates its guidance, all health care workers and residents must continue to take the same preventive measures they did prior to vaccination (i.e., wearing a mask in the community, social distancing, hand hygiene). These measures are intended to protect others as well as yourself. ABHM Staff must continue to follow current state and federal guidelines for use of personal protective equipment when working.

If I had my vaccine do I still need to test?

Testing will continue as currently recommended by state or federal guidelines, regardless of vaccination status for individual residents or health care workers.

➢Test all residents and health care workers with symptoms.

➢Continue routine testing of health care workers at the frequency dictated by the percentage of people in the county who test positive for the virus among those who have been tested overall (positivity rate).

➢Perform outbreak testing when a new COVID-19 infection is found in a resident or health care worker to help stop the spread.

Will I still be screened for COVID-19?

Screening residents, health care workers, and visitors for signs and symptoms of illness will continue after vaccination. There have been no changes to recommendations for screening for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in health care facilities.

Will visitation still be restricted or limited?

Visitation with friends and family is very important. We are hopeful that the local, state and federal health departments, as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decrease the restriction and change the guidance around visitation.

Remember to encourage everyone to get vaccinated!

Please feel free to contact the administrator and/or ABHM at COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


Update 12-31-20:

We are preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination and details are rapidly developing. Our campus is registered for the vaccine, which includes the nursing home and all staff. 

As a reminder, Phase 1A is as follows:

➢Phase 1 A 

• Healthcare personnel (hospitals, home health care, pharmacies, EMS, outpatient, public health) 

• Long-term Care Facility residents and staff, early stages of supply should go ONLY to those staff providing direct patient care AND/OR are exposed to infectious materials.

• Initial supplies of vaccine should NOT go to:
• Administrative staff
• Staff working remotely
• Staff not in direct contact with COVID patients or infectious materials

Community Pharmacy will be our provider of the COVID-19 Vaccine for residents and staff. 


Maple Crest Update:

➢ Maple Crest was one of the first Nursing Homes in Omaha, NE to get the vaccine for residents and staff. 

➢ We were allotted the Pfizer vaccine by the state. 

➢ Our first clinic was on 12/28/2020.
• The clinic was run by Community Pharmacy in conjunction with Maple Crest staff. The pharmacy provided all supplies for the vaccine and Maple Crest provided the manpower. 

➢ Two more clinics are scheduled 21 days apart and are set for:
• January 18, 2021
• February 8, 2021

➢Our goal is to vaccinate all residents and staff that are eligible. 

• The resident participation rate was around 85%. Some residents want to wait until the second clinic to get the vaccine.

• At this time, the vaccine is voluntary for staff as well. The staff participation rate was 25%. Like the residents, some employees want to wait until the second clinic.

➢ We continue to provide education to staff and residents and encourage them to receive the vaccine.

 

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


 

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Is the vaccine safe?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC)] review vaccine safety data. For COVID-19, ACIP has formed a separate Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) to provide timely evaluation of vaccine safety, both pre- and post-licensure.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is adding further monitoring programs to health care workers to analyze results six weeks after vaccination. Long-term Care is required to report all vaccinations through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Most adverse side effects occur within six weeks of vaccine administration, and the FDA has required eight weeks of safety monitoring so it can track any side effects. FDA advises a minimum of 3,000 participants to assess safety. The current phase 3 trials have 30,000 to 50,000 participants. This really demonstrates how safety is a top priority for the FDA and the medical community.

Is ABHM requiring employees and their residents to take the vaccine?

Staff and residents are not required to take the vaccine.

Will personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines be relaxed if the staff, residents and members are vaccinated?

Until ABHM knows the effectiveness of the vaccine, PPE guidelines will not be relaxed.

Is the vaccine one dose or a series?

The two initial vaccines projected for release are two-dose series vaccines and are not interchangeable. It’s important you schedule your second dose while getting your first dose because your booster must be from the same manufacturer.

Why can’t I have the vaccine now when others are receiving it?

At this time, there is not enough vaccine for everyone requesting it. Our state health departments are working with Walgreens or CVS to distribute the vaccine to those most at risk, including those living in long-term care facilities. The best way to prevent COVID-19 is by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently.

If I already contracted COVID-19, do I need a vaccination?

ABHM is recommending all residents and employees get the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of whether they have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection. According to the CDC, there is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. This is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed for a better understanding.

Does insurance cover the vaccine?

Private health insurance companies, as well as government insurance programs like Medicare, will cover the vaccination cost. You will need to have your insurance information when getting your vaccine.

 


 

COVID-19 Vaccine: Is It for You?

Travis LaCore, PharmD, BCGP, NREMT, FF2. ABHM Subject Matter Expert of Pharmacy

A COVID-19 vaccine has the potential to bring the pandemic to an end at a greater speed than any other intervention available. Vaccination will provide protection to an individual and reduce the chances of spreading as more people get the vaccine.

Despite the potential benefit of the COVID-19 vaccine to drastically reducing the spread of infection, there remains a high level of apprehension among the public regarding the safety of the vaccine. Although the development of a COVID-19 vaccine has been rapid, the research and development on a coronavirus vaccine is not new, nor are the methods used to produce the vaccine. The vaccine approval process also remains fundamentally unchanged and must include strong evidence of vaccine safety and effectiveness. Research and development of coronavirus vaccines date as far back to 2002 and 2012, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak of 2002, and MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak of 2012. Researchers’ directed the development of the COVID-19 vaccine utilizing the prior research on these outbreaks. One type of vaccine being developed, the mRNA vaccine, is a type of vaccine that has not been used in the US vaccine market previously, however it has been researched for decades in other areas such as cancer treatments.

The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a 2-dose series, with an estimated effectiveness rate of 95% at 28 days after the initial dose. The most common adverse reactions reported were injection site reaction, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever, which are common reactions with any vaccine.

The next COVID-19 vaccine to be considered for an FDA EUA is the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is scheduled to be reviewed by the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on December 17, 2020.

For questions and concerns about the vaccines, please contact your health care provider.

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Update 2-25-21:

Recently the COVID-19 positivity rate in the county has decreased and many of our residents have received their second COVID-19 vaccination. With this news we are eager to provide a welcomed update on visitation. This has been a long time coming and we are thrilled to finally get going.

Let me preface by saying COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions are still changing as the number of cases in the State and County fluctuate. As a result, visitation schedules related to visitation in long term care may vary depending on situation within Maple Crest and the county positivity rate, as outlined in the Center for Disease Control and the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

 Visitation Dates

  • Starting March 1st , 2021 you may call to schedule your visit.
  • Starting March 8th, 2021 in-person visitation will begin.

 The guidelines for visitation at this time are:

  • Adhering to COVID -19 guidelines Maple Crest will create a designated visitation area.
  • All safety protocols will be maintained – temperature and symptom screening, wearing of masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing before entering the visiting area.
  • Visits must be scheduled by calling ahead to make an appointment

 

  • Scheduling a visit:
    Call Keya Brown at 402-551-2110 ext. 217 Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Visitation will be on first-come first-serve basis.
  • Testing documentation for visitors:
    Within the last three days prior to your visit you must present:
    A negative test result for a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test performed days

OR

Within the last 30 days prior to your visit you must present:
A positive result for a COVID-19 antibody (serology) test performed (You can use Test Nebraska website to schedule your appointment or chose a testing site of your choice)

  • Visitation Details:
    – Visits are a maximum of 45 minutes in length.
    – Time spent screening for check and check are not included in the 45 min. visit
    – Only two visitors are permitted to visit a resident at one time
    – Visitors should be restricted to children 12 years or older.
    – Special family circumstances warranting children under age 12 to visit can be
    approved by management staff on a case-by-case basis.

As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Naomi or Eugenie at
402-551-2110 ext. 224 for Eugenie and 233 for Naomi.

Thank you so very much for your understanding and support along this long journey.

Sincerely,

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Health Center

 

Please click here for prior Maple Crest Covid-19 updates.

 

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Update 2-25-21:

Recently the COVID-19 positivity rate in the county has decreased and many of our residents have received their second COVID-19 vaccination. With this news we are eager to provide a welcomed update on visitation. This has been a long time coming and we are thrilled to finally get going.

Let me preface by saying COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions are still changing as the number of cases in the State and County fluctuate. As a result, visitation schedules related to visitation in long term care may vary depending on situation within Maple Crest and the county positivity rate, as outlined in the Center for Disease Control and the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

 Visitation Dates

  • Starting March 1st , 2021 you may call to schedule your visit.
  • Starting March 8th, 2021 in-person visitation will begin.

 The guidelines for visitation at this time are:

  • Adhering to COVID -19 guidelines Maple Crest will create a designated visitation area.
  • All safety protocols will be maintained – temperature and symptom screening, wearing of masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing before entering the visiting area.
  • Visits must be scheduled by calling ahead to make an appointment.
  • Scheduling a visit:
    Call Keya Brown at 402-551-2110 ext. 217 Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Visitation will be on first-come first-serve basis.
  • Testing documentation for visitors:
    Within the last three days prior to your visit you must present:
    A negative test result for a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test performed days

OR

Within the last 30 days prior to your visit you must present:
A positive result for a COVID-19 antibody (serology) test performed (You can use Test Nebraska website to schedule your appointment or chose a testing site of your choice)

  • Visitation Details:
    – Visits are a maximum of 45 minutes in length.
    – Time spent screening for check and check are not included in the 45 min. visit
    – Only two visitors are permitted to visit a resident at one time
    – Visitors should be restricted to children 12 years or older.
    – Special family circumstances warranting children under age 12 to visit can be
    approved by management staff on a case-by-case basis.

As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Naomi or Eugenie at
402-551-2110 ext. 224 for Eugenie and 233 for Naomi.

Thank you so very much for your understanding and support along this long journey.

Sincerely,

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Health Center

 

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Update 7-31-20:

Through the coordinated efforts of many people and organizations the residents at Maple Crest are free from COVID-19. We encourage you tostay in contact with loved ones by using: Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype,and phone calls.Please contact our community and one of our staff members will be happy to help you.

At this time we remain under visitation restriction as stated below

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

If your loved one exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have.

 New Communication Schedule

Moving forward will be posting COVID updates to our Website every three weeks. If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols please feel free to contact the community and we will be happy to answer your questions.

For future updates please continue to visit our website.

Thank you for your supporting Maple Crest.

 

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Health Center

 

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Update 7-9-20:

Once again Maple Crest would like to thank everyone for their continued support during this difficult time. Through the coordinated efforts of many people and organizations the residents at Maple Crest are free from COVID-19.

New Communication Schedule

Moving forward we are changing our COVID website updates to every three weeks. If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols please feel free to contact the community and we will be happy to answer your questions.

CDC recommended protocols that remain in place:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Staying in Touch

To stay in contact with loved ones you can use one of the follow methods: Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype,and phone calls.Please contact our community and one of our staff members will be happy to help you.

If your loved one exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have. We realize this situation is challenging for the families and friends of Maple Crest residents and we thank you for understanding.

Resident COVID-19 Information

At this time there are no COVID cases in the Community and we anticipate moving to Phase 2 of re-opening middle of July.

For future updates please continue to visit our website.

Thank you for your supporting Maple Crest.

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Health Center

 

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Update 6-30-20:

At this time Maple Crest has one resident that has tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19). The individual has been isolated from the resident population and will be continually monitored until they recover. We will continue to closely monitor all residents and test them as needed to reduce the risk of further infection. Moving forward the staff will continue to work diligently to keep the remaining residents healthy and safe.

We continue to follow all CDC recommendations regarding Personal Protective Equipment, sanitation procedures and visitation restrictions.

CDC recommended protocols that remain in place:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

If your loved one exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have. We realize this situation is challenging for the families and friends of Maple Crest residents and we thank you for understanding.

Staying in Touch

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with loved ones via  Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype and of course phone calls.Please contact our community and one of our staff members will be happy to help you.

For future updates please continue to visit our website.

Thank you for your supporting Maple Crest.

 

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Health Center

 

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Update 6-25-20:

Maple Crest wants to thank everyone for the overwhelming support during this difficult time. We have received countless notes and phone calls of encouragement which kept us coming to work each and every day. Words cannot express how your support has made a difficult time better with the donations of supplies, food and of course financial gifts. We are so fortunate to have an amazing group of residents and family members.

We are happy to say that our efforts are working and the residents and staff at Maple Crest are free from COVID-19. To ensure the continued safety and well-being of all concerned we will continue to follow CDC recommendations regarding Personal Protective Equipment, sanitation procedures and visitation restrictions.

CDC recommended protocols that remain in place:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with loved ones via  Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skypeand of course phone calls.Please contact our community and one of our staff members will be happy to help you.

If your loved one exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have. We realize this situation is challenging for the families and friends of Maple Crest residents and we thank you for understanding.

Resident COVID-19 Information

At this time there are no COVID cases in the Community and we anticipate moving to Phase 2 of re-opening in the beginning of July.

For future updates please continue to visit our website.

Thank you for your supporting Maple Crest.

 

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Health Center

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Update 6-18-20:

We want to thank all the residents, families and staff for their continued effort during this time of uncertainty. The precautions you have taken to protect yourself and others have been effective and Maple Crest is now free from COVID-19 cases. This is very good news for residents and families and we hope to see an easing of restrictions in the future.

We anticipate receiving additional guidance from our state and federal government agencies as we learn more about COVID-19, and how we can best protect residents, families and staff.

CDC recommended protocols that remain in place:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with loved ones via  Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype and of course phone calls.Please contact our community and one of our staff members will be happy to help you.

If your loved one exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have. We realize this situation is challenging for the families and friends of Maple Crest residents and we thank you for understanding.

Resident COVID-19 Information

At this time there are no COVID cases in the building. To date we have had thirty three residents test positive at Maple Crest.

For future updates please continue to visit our website.

Thank you for your supporting Maple Crest.

Sincerely,

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 6-3-20:

With the first part of June arriving we see communities around the country ease COVID restrictions. As a senior health care center we understand our path will continue to be a balance between the safety of isolation and the unfortunate stress isolation can cause residents and families.

To make sure residents and families have an opportunity to connect with one another we want to remind you that we have several communication avenues available to you, Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype and of course phone calls. Please contact our community and one of staff members will be happy to help you.

Moving forward we will continue to work with state and federal agencies to shape our plans and ensure the wellbeing of our residents and staff.

CDC recommended protocols that remain in place:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

If your loved one exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have. We realize this situation is challenging for the families and friends of Maple Crest residents and we thank you for understanding.

 Informational Conference Calls

Maple Crest will be conducting informational conference call every Wednesday at 3:30 pm. The call will be hosted by Administrator Eugenie Ahounou,Director of Nursing Naomi Kamoro, and Nurse Liaison Joey Burt. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Maple Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

To join the call at the time noted above please call-in using the following:

– Call in number 1-877-668-4490
– Enter Passcode 287-455-213
– If necessary you may also need to enter a meeting Password: abhm2020

Resident COVID-19 Information

We are currently monitoring 12 COVID-19 positive residents. To date, 33 residents have tested positive at the Maple Crest Health Center. We will be retesting residents as needed and taking the appropriate steps to ensure their wellbeing. The residents that have tested positive are in isolation and will remain separate from the main resident population until they recover.

For future updates please continue to visit our website.

Thank you for your supporting Maple Crest.

Sincerely,

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-28-20:

During the past week, as businesses begin to re-open across the state and restrictions are relaxed, we are encouraged to a see aspects of life return to normal. However for us in healthcare, particularly senior living, it will take some time before we see a full return to “business as usual”. As a result we must continue to adhere to federal and state guidelines that restrict us from relaxing rules for visiting the community and other group activities at this time.

For residents, the staff is working hard to enhance their lives through new and innovative activities that are mindful of social distancing and other requirements. Hallway bingo, doorway singing, and virtual museum tours are just a few of the ways that we are supporting and engaging our residents. Our community has received gifts of puzzles, crossword, word search or adult coloring books and flowers. We are so grateful to families and friends of Maple Crest for their generosity in supporting our residents

CDC recommended protocols that remain in place:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

If your loved one exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have. We realize this situation is challenging for the families and friends of Maple Crest residents and we thank you for understanding.

 Informational Conference Calls

Maple Crest will be conducting informational conference call every Wednesday at 3:30 pm. The call will be hosted by Administrator Eugenie Ahounou,Director of Nursing Naomi Kamoro, and Nurse Liaison Joey Burt. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Maple Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

To join the call at the time noted above please call-in using the following:
– Call in number 1-877-668-4490
– Enter Passcode 287-455-213
– If necessary you may also need to enter a meeting Password: abhm2020

Resident COVID-19 Information

We are currently monitoring 28 COVID-19 positive residents. To date, 33 residents have tested positive at the Maple Crest Health Center. We will be retesting residents as needed and taking the appropriate steps to ensure their wellbeing. The residents that have tested positive are in isolation and will remain separate from the main resident population until they recover.

For future updates please continue to visit our website.

Thank you for your supporting Maple Crest.

 

Sincerely,

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-21-20:

Over the past week Government Officials have taken initial steps to re-open business and establishments throughout the State of Nebraska. Like you, Maple Crest is anxious for a return to normalcy where visitors are warmly welcomed into our Community and residents, families and friends can interact without restrictions.

However, because seniors are considered high-risk for COVID-19 infection, federal and state guidelines restrict us from relaxing rules for visiting and other group activities at this time. Please understand this is a difficult time for all concerned and we will continue to do all we can to keep our residents and families connected in a way that is safe for everyone.

CDC recommended protocols that remain in place:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

If your loved one exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have. We realize this situation is challenging for the families and friends of Maple Crest residents and we thank you for understanding.

 Informational Conference Calls

Maple Crest will be conducting informational conference call every Wednesday at 3:30 pm. The call will be hosted by Administrator Eugenie Ahounou,Director of Nursing Naomi Kamoro, and Nurse Liaison Joey Burt. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Maple Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

To join the call at the time noted above please call-in using the following:
– Call in number 1-877-668-4490

– Enter Passcode 287-455-213
– If necessary you may also need to enter a meeting Password: abhm2020

Resident COVID-19 Information

We are currently monitoring 27 COVID-19 positive residents. To date, 30 residents have tested positive at the Maple Crest Health Center. We will be retesting residents as needed and taking the appropriate steps to ensure their wellbeing. The residents that have tested positive are in isolation and will remain separate from the main resident population until they recover.

For future updates please continue to visit our website.

Thank you for your supporting Maple Crest.

Sincerely,

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-13-20:

The Maple Crest Health Center continues to adhere to the CDC and Nebraska Department of Health guidelines in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID -19 virus. Maple Crest is closely monitoring residents who have tested positive or exhibited symptoms of the COVID-19 and has implement recommended healthcare protocols.

The CDC guidelines include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Should your loved exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have. We realize this situation is challenging for the families and friends of Maple Crest residents and we thank you for understanding.

Informational Conference Calls

Maple Crest will be conducting informational conference call every Wednesday at 3:00 pm. The call will be hosted by Administrator Eugenie Ahounou,Director of Nursing Naomi Kamoro, and Nurse Liaison Joey Burt. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Maple Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

To join the call at the time noted above please call-in using the following:
-Call in number 1-877-668-4490
-Enter Passcode 287-455-213
-If necessary you may also need to enter a meeting Password: abhm2020

Resident COVID-19 Information

We are currently treating eighteen COVID-19 positive residents. To date, twenty residents have tested positive at the Maple Crest Health Center. This includes the eighteen residents currently being treated. The residents that have tested positive are in isolation and will remain separate from the main resident population until they recover

For future updates please continue to visit our website.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Sincerely,

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-5-20:

Maple Crest Health Center continues to follow all CDC and the Nebraska Department of Health guidelines to treat those residents who have tested positive for the COVID-19 and are monitoringother residents who have exhibited symptoms of the virus.

These guidelines include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We understand this is a difficult time for the families and friends of residents and you can be certain we are doing everything we can to create and maintain a healthy and safe environment. However, if your loved exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have.

Please visit our website for future updates.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Sincerely,

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Senior Living Community

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Update 4-28-20:

At this time no residents at Maple Crest have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19). The staff continues to work diligently to keep the Community clear of the virus and we appreciate the understanding from resident’s families and friends.

Maple Crest continues to follow recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State Officials to keep residents and staff healthy, safe and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. The recommendations include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.

Information Conference Call to be held on May 6th, at 3:30 CST.

Maple Crest understands that open communication is an essential part of the care and services we provide, and we are committed to keeping family and friends informed and connected to loved ones. For that reason we are holding an informational call on May 6th, 2020 at 3:30 CDT.

The call will be hosted by our Director of Nursing, Naomi Kamoro. Naomi will be available to answer questions from callers about how Maple Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you are interested in attending the please call 402-551-2110 to RSVP.

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Health Center

 

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Update 4-21-20:

 At Maple Crest Health Center our first and primary priority is the health and well-being of our residents and staff. To ensure their protection we are taking all necessary precautions recommended by the CDC and the Nebraska Department of Health.

– Maintaining social distancing and visitation restrictions
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff and essential workers health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessment for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

At this time, we are pleased to say there are no residents at Maple Crest that have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19). The staff is working hard to keep the Community clear of the virus and we appreciate your support and understanding.

We recognize communication is vital and are committed to keeping residents and families connected and informed. Our clinical teams are contacting family members to share information about their loved ones and respond to questions. We will also provide regular updates to family members on the status of the Community via our website and one-on-one communication.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Eugenie Ahounou
Administrator
Maple Crest Health Center

 

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Questions & Answers:

American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM) understands the concern family members have for their loved ones. The COVID-19 outbreak only heightens that concern. Hopefully, the answers to the questions below give you peace of mind that ABHM is doing everything possible to keep your family member safe.

How is ABHM monitoring and keeping residents from being exposed to COVID-19?

  • ABHM is in contact with our state Health Departments and Centers of Disease Control (CDC).
  • Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) sends out communications and updated information.
  • The Medical Director and Medical Team verify our current medical treatment plans are aligned with current clinical guidance and standards of practice.
  • Transportation is only provided for essential doctor appointments.
  • Social gatherings have been discontinued until further notice.
  • Proper Hygiene and social distancing is being taught to and implemented by our members, residents, employees and vendors.
  • Deep cleaning schedules have increased at all levels of care at ABHM Communities.
  • All employees and essential visitors/vendors are screened prior to entering our Communities.
  • Communal dining has been discontinued until further notice.

What are the signs and symptoms COVID-19 and will my loved one go to the hospital if diagnosed?

  • The signs and symptoms are similar to the A/B Flu: difficulty breathing, cough, fever (100 degree F), a general feeling of being sick or having no energy, or an uncomfortable feeling that something is wrong (malaise).
  • We will place the positive COVID-19 loved one (pending or positive test results) in isolation to prevent spreading it to other residents.
  • ABHM will care for your loved one as long as their symptoms remain mild and their other medical conditions do not flare-up, which could complicate the recovery process.
  • If symptoms do become severe and require more hours of nursing and medical team attention, the resident may be transferred to the hospital.

What happens if an ABHM employee gets COVID-19?

  • ABHM is following all CDC recommendations related to employee and COVID-19.Unfortunately if one of our employee does become ill with COVID-19 that employee will need to be quarantined at home and recover under the care of their physician.  Once recovered that employee will be screened prior to coming back to work to assure that he/she is ready to return to work per the CDC guidance and approval of their physician.

Is there COVID-19 test kits readily available at ABHM communities?

  • At this time test kits are not available at ABHM communities. The local health department and the primary care physicians will decide who should be tested based on the symptoms of the resident.
  • The health department will provided the test kits or instruct a private lab to deliver the test kit to the community.

Are there concerns with medical/cleaning, food supplies or deliveries?

  • On a daily basis ABHM Teams consisting of the Administrator, Director of Nursing and Infection preventionist discuss and review food service, supplies and all other community needs to ensure we have ample supply to serve residents .
  • There have been reported shortage of personnel protection wear (PPE). However at this time ABHM is experiencing routine deliveries and is in continuous contact with suppliers.

Does the CDC recommend the use of a facemask to prevent COVID-19?

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
  • You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it.
  • A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms.
  • The use of facemasks is crucial for health workers and other people caring for someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings.

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March 13, 2020

Dear ABHM Residents and Families:

Although there is no presence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, Maple Crest Health Center is taking a proactive approach to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Age is a risk factor for COVID-19, so that makes the population at our communities vulnerable to this illness. Underlying medical conditions can also increase the risk and severity of the sickness so we encourage residents to assess your individual situation and limit your exposure as you see fit.

In addition to the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and in an effort to keep people safe, healthy and prevent the spread of all communicable illnesses, Maple Crest has adopted a “no visitor policy” as follows:

  • All doors will remain locked at all times.
  • All vendors and essential healthcare personnel will have to enter through the main entrance and will have to answer the questions recommended by the CDC.
  • Exceptions will be made for families during major change in condition of their loved one and/or during end of life process.
  • Any visitor who has traveled to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan or Hong Kong in the last 14 days must stay out of the building and self-quarantine for at least 14 days.
  • Any visitor who has traveled to Seattle, Washington, New York, California, Singapore, Thailand or Taiwan must monitor yourself for symptoms and wear a mask while at our community.
  • Any visitor with signs or symptoms of respiratory infection may not enter the building.

The facility will be available to answer any questions and address any concerns. Facetime, Skype and telephones will be available for you to keep in touch with your loved ones while we are going through this evolving situation. We will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

Common sense approaches we use to combat influenza will be some of the most effective prevention methods for COVID-19. The safety of the residents and staff remain our top priority.

Click here for more information from the CDC.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Hongslo
President and C.E.O.
American Baptist Homes of the Midwest

 

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