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Rogerson House Response to COVID-19

The mission of Rogerson House has always been to provide the highest quality of professional care for Assisted Living residents and Day Program participants living with memory loss, in addition to support for their families. During this time, we are committed to providing the same high level of care, comfort and safety that you expect, while promoting a positive emotional environment for our residents.

STEPS ROGERSON HOUSE HAS TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Rogerson House began in-servicing staff on COVID-19 and reinforcing policies on infection control and proper handwashing in January.

On March 10th, Rogerson House began screening all visitors and visits were restricted to members of the immediate family.

On March 14, a STRICT NO VISITORS policy was put in place – no family or NON-ESSENTIAL care providers could enter the building.

On March 17, the Adult Day Program at Rogerson House was closed.

WHAT ROGERSON HOUSE IS DOING TO KEEP STAFF AND RESIDENTS SAFE

All residents are assessed multiple times a day for fever and symptoms.

Staff temperatures are taken twice during each shift. They are asked to stay home if they experience any symptoms, contact their doctor, and are quarantined from the building for 14 days.

Staff assist residents with hand washing and use hand sanitizer for residents who frequently wander within their neighborhood.

All staff use PPE per guidance from the CDC and Boston Public Health Commission.

(BPHC) with anyone experiencing any symptoms.

Deep cleaning and sanitizing is ongoing at Rogerson House to clean and disinfect.

An additional staff person has been added on each floor, to sanitize high touch surfaces and bathrooms.

Rogerson House has designated a private room to quarantine any resident who might exhibit symptoms of coronavirus, or who has tested and is waiting for test results.

GIVEN THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF THOSE WITH MEMORY LOSS, HOW IS ROGERSON HOUSE SUPPORTING THE RESIDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS?

Given the nature of those with memory loss, residents at Rogerson House safely reside in their distinct and secure “neighborhoods”, each located on a separate floor. We have reduced the amount of exposure our residents and associates have with one another, while safely allowing residents who “wander” to do so within their designated neighborhood.

If residents are able to take meals in their rooms, staff will deliver meals to them. While residents who require more supervision and assistance, will take meals in the dining room, practicing social distancing.

Programmed activities will be open only to residents who are unable to remain in their room due to their dementia. Some residents are unable to remain in their room as they require increased supervision due to poor safety awareness.

Staff continually help our residents practice social distancing when possible.

During this time when families can no longer visit their loved one, staff are facilitating Virtual Visits through FaceTime, Skype and phone calls, between residents and their friends and families. To schedule a virtual visit email Cassi.

Efforts to post on Instagram and Facebook have increased to allow families to see their loved ones during the day at Rogerson House.

Families and Friends are receiving email updates regularly and are in constant communication via email and phone with the Executive Director of Rogerson House.

HOW IS ROGERSON HOUSE ENGAGING RESIDENTS WHILE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING?

Programming and activities are still happening at Rogerson House. Small groups of activities are open to residents who are unable to remain in their room due to their dementia. Programming assistants and Care Partners help residents maintain social distancing.

Residents are regularly getting the opportunity to have Virtual Visits with their loved ones with assistance from staff.

Therapeutic programming continues with our Art Specialist and Music Therapist’s working one-on-one with residents or in small groups when appropriate.

Staff are assisting each resident to find activities or projects they enjoy – crossword and other puzzles, Opera and other musical performances on YouTube, poetry, music, books, handyman projects and providing stationary for letter writing are just a few examples.

Virtual field trips to Yellowstone National Park, San Diego Zoo, The Vatican Museums, NASA and many more destinations, are keeping our residents busy exploring the world.

When weather permits residents head outside to take a walk, do some gardening or just relax on the patio.

Our Fitness Specialist and Programming Assistants are getting creative keeping everyone active – from lunges or sprints down the hallway, balancing and strengthening work, to leisurely strolls in the backyard.

Check out our Instagram and Facebook pages to see some of what our residents are doing each day.

CAN RESIDENTS AT ROGERSON HOUSE STILL RECEIVE PACKAGES AND DELIVERIES?

Absolutely! Families and friends can either have the package mailed to Rogerson House or coordinate with the receptionist on when it can be dropped off in the lobby and we will make sure the resident receives it.

You can also send a letter in the mail or email us a note, video and pictures for us to share with your loved one! Please email to Michele.

CAN ROGERSON HOUSE GET RESIDENTS TESTED FOR COVID-19?

While we might want all our residents to be tested for COVID-19, not all of our residents NEED to be tested, nor do we want to put our residents at additional RISK by sending them to a hospital to get tested if they are not showing signs of infection. Testing will not change the treatment which is to keep residents in isolation and monitor temperature and symptoms throughout a 24-hour period.

Even if a resident tested positive, the hospital would return them to Rogerson House where they would be isolated.

Rogerson House is following the guidelines set by BPHC which is handling the overall response and coordinating testing and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE). Guidelines from BPHC are as follows:

  • Do NOT bring residents to the hospital for testing if they do not need medical care. Hospitals will turn them away.
  • Keep all residents isolated.
  • If there are residents who wander, “do the best you can.”

Physicians who are overseeing the care of individual residents, are directing us along the same BPHC guidelines: “If a resident is resting comfortably in isolation, and is not having respiratory stress, do not risk sending them out for testing.”

Over the past few weeks we have lobbied for testing of residents and staff reaching out to elected officials and government organizations. As you may have heard, the MA Department of Public Health announced that nursing homes and rest homes will receive on-site testing through the National Guard. We are working with various partners to extend this to assisted living communities and will continue to reach out to state and local leaders to secure the very best for those we serve.

IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS PLEASE REACH OUT TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, REBEKAH LEVIT.

Contact Details

Rogerson House

Address:
434 Jamaicaway
Boston, MA, 02130
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Phone:
617-983-2300
Email: info@rogersonhouse.org