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Family Update

February 15, 2021

Important message from Cindy Woods, Executive Director:

At Nazareth Living Center, our priority is the health, wellness and safety of our residents and associates. We are in very close communications with the Benedictine COVID-19 Task Force and our state and local health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on our campus.

COVID-19 Update:

Currently we have 1 resident in our nursing home recuperating from COVID. We will continue testing residents in the nursing home weekly. There are no residents or staff in Carondelet Manor who have tested positive. There are no active cases of residents or staff at St. Joseph Manor or at the Village.

Due to the increase in the number of cases in St. Louis County, the results are taking longer than our previous testing. We will continue to notify everyone as we receive the results from the lab. In response to the county positivity rate, we continue to test all staff at the nursing home twice per week using a rapid response testing system.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires us to provide our total number of COVID cases for both residents and employees. Since March, we have now had a total of 92 residents in our nursing home who have tested positive for coronavirus. Sixty-seven residents have recovered and returned to their normal activities. In Assisted Living, we have had 17 residents to date who have tested positive for COVID. To date, we have had 42 total staff members test positive. Forty one staff members who had tested positive have recovered. We mourn the 25 residents and one associate who passed.

In accordance with the CDC guidelines, we will continue testing all residents in the nursing home weekly until we receive two negative results on each resident. Until then, any outside visitations for the residents residing in these areas must be suspended until further notice.

We are thankful to our community for its support and for all our employees who are dedicated to providing quality care to all on our campus. As we have for the past few months, we continue to monitor all residents and associates for signs and symptoms of the virus. We remain in close communication with our local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps to prevent the virus from spreading.

Infection Control Measures:

Since March, we have followed all recommended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and our state and local health departments. Because we have taken this situation very seriously, our campus has been:

  • Monitoring and screening residents daily for symptoms of respiratory illness, temperature and oxygen levels.
  • Providing masks to all residents to wear when caregivers are in their rooms.
  • Offering socially-distanced meal service and activities.
  • Encouraging health care providers to use telehealth when possible.
  • Restricting visitors per our state guidance. Visitors must be screened and free of symptoms before they are allowed to enter with protective precautions in place.
  • Screening staff prior to beginning work for symptoms. Employees are not allowed in the building if they are ill. Any employee who exhibits symptoms is instructed to self-quarantine at home and/or seek medical care.
  • Requiring all employees to wear face masks and eye protection while providing care.
  • Implementing enhanced infection control measures, including extra efforts to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building.

We encourage loved ones to keep in touch via phone, mail, email or video chat.

As we navigate this challenge, we are especially grateful for our dedicated caregivers who are working tirelessly to ensure a clean, safe environment for all who live and work here. We all remain focused on providing exceptional care and services for all our residents.

Please check our hotline, 314-207-6180, and our website for urgent updates on our situation. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Cindy Woods, Executive Director, at 314-649-4645.

Our State is opening up, why can’t we?

Our residents are most vulnerable to COVID-19. All the advanced infection control measures we have put in place – face masks for all, social distancing, no outside visitors and more – has been done to protect our residents’ and associates’ health and wellness. These measures also follow the current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments.

States like Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Missouri that have begun removing restrictions and their stay at home orders are in Phase I of the reopening process. These states are allowing limited types of businesses to reopen only with social distance and infection control measures in place, as required by CDC guidance. States also must have plans in place to monitor, limit and mitigate any rebounds or outbreaks of the virus as a result of their reopening.

With the coronavirus still a threat to our residents, the CDC has not reduced the protections for those who reside in skilled nursing and assisted living communities like ours, which are in Phase III of the government’s reopening process. Because the health and safety of our residents and associates is our priority and we must adhere to federal and state guidelines, all our efforts to protect our residents and associates will remain in place until directed to change by the CDC or state and local health departments.

Sadly, this does mean our strict visitor and social distancing restrictions will continue. We encourage family members to connect with their loved ones via allowed window visits (with a closed window), by mail, email, phone or video chat.

We all look forward to the day when we can once again visit in person. At this time, we can only ask for your patience and understanding as we comply with the government’s requirements for protecting the health and safety of our residents.

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My experience at Nazareth is excellent

I love this place! I came out of a big home and there was always something that needed to be repaired, but here at Nazareth Living Center there is none of that. I have such a free mind here and I just call and get help with anything that needs to be done. The staff is very responsive, and there’s someone at the concierge desk all of the time.

As far as entertainment, Mondays and Tuesdays are busy with group activities such as Bingo and Left, Center, Right; they also show movies and you can sign up at the concierge’s desk to go see them. I also think the food is very good. Yesterday I had a tuna fish casserole that I thought was excellent. There are also stuffed green peppers and all different kinds of foods. There’s a wide selection here that takes care of a lot of special diets and needs.

In terms of cleanliness, I think it is very good. They do house cleaning twice per month. I like my apartment very much and get lots of compliments. The Holy Spirit led me here and I couldn’t be happier.

Anna Marie H.

St. Louis, MO     08/09/2016

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American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) - Silver Quality Award
Only community in St Louis to achieve this demonstrated quality.

US News and World Report - Top Performer, US News Best Nursing Homes
Top 15% skilled nursing center nationwide.

Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS)- Five Star Rated, 7 Years in a Row