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Family Update

June 9, 2021 

At Nazareth Living Center, our priority is the health and wellness of our residents and employees. We continue to do all we can to prevent the spread of this virus onto our campus. We also are committed to keeping you updated. Please check our hotline – (314) 207-6180 – and our website for the latest information. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Harold Lutz, interim executive director.   

Our COVID-19 Update: 

Because our residents and associates health and safety is important, Nazareth Living Center is currently offering coronavirus testing weekly and as needed to residents and employees with symptoms. This testing helps to identify those who may have the virus and many not show symptoms so we can care for them and potentially limit transmission to others.  

Testing was provided on June 1 with all negative results. Our next testing date is June 14. We will update our hotline – (314) 207-6180 – if our testing identifies any new positive results.  

As required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, we are reporting our total number of COVID-19 cases. From March 2020 until September 2020, we had a total of 131 residents and 39 employees who tested positive for COVID-19. Since September 2020, we have had 17 residents and four employees who have tested positive. We are grateful that 124 residents and 42 employees have recovered and returned to their normal activities.  

We are thankful to our community for their 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 neighbors 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.    

Face masks still required to be worn on our campus: 

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued good news for those who are fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated (meaning that you have completed the full series of the vaccine and two weeks have passed since the last dose), the CDC says you can resume activities without wearing a face mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, or local law.  

Unfortunately, healthcare is one of those exceptions in which wearing a face mask is still required except in certain circumstances. While face masks are required to be worn in most areas of our campus, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does allow for fully vaccinated residents to visit in person with fully vaccinated visitors without wearing face masks and within close contact when in a private room or apartment. Face masks must be worn in common areas or when an unvaccinated person is in the room or area. 

Employees who are fully vaccinated may remove their face masks in break rooms or meeting rooms when all present are fully vaccinated. All employees must continue to wear face masks and eye protection when in care or common areas. 

If you are unvaccinated and are interested in vaccination, the COVID-19 vaccine is readily available. Not sure where? Check out vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find a location near you. If you still have questions, please go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.  

We look forward to the day when COVID-19 is vanquished. Until then, we appreciate your cooperation as we comply with the requirements applicable to senior care facilities.

Infection Control Measures: 

Since March 2020, we have followed all recommended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CMS, and our state and local health departments. We have implemented enhanced infection control measures, including extra efforts to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building and the following measures: 

For all Residents: 

  • Monitor and screen all residents daily for symptoms of respiratory illness, temperature and oxygen levels. 
  • Provide a face mask to wear when staff are in their room or they leave their room for any reason. 
  • Encourage health care providers to use telehealth when possible.  

For COVID-19 positive Residents: 

  • Move them to specially designated unit where they are isolated and designated employees to care for them. Their condition is closely monitored. Family and their physician are notified.  

For Associates: 

  • Screening staff prior to beginning work for symptoms. Employees are not allowed in the building if they are ill. Any employee who exhibit 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. 

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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Our Care & Quality are Evidenced by Our Prestigious Awards

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