One of the most recognized phrases from Mari de Villa's founder, Mrs. Linneman, was: "No news is good news". We are very fortunate that all residents and staff have not indicated any signs and/or have tested positive of Covid-19.
We are continually thankful for everyone’s understanding during this period. While we understand these are unprecedented times, please know that our mission is to take care of your loved one.
Every day we all continue to build on our policies and precautions. When we make a decision, our first priority is the safety and welling being of our residents and staff. Once we identify what needs to be completely to ensure everyone's safety, we then ask the question "what is everything we need to do to preserve human dignity?"
PPE and Testing
As we have mentioned, we have the ability to perform on-site, rapid result, serology tests for Covid-19 as well as on-site, rapid result tests for influenza A & B. To date, we have not administered any Covid-19 tests ourselves to residents or staff. It is worth noting that as testing capabilities are increasing, if someone is admitted to a hospital it is likely that person will be tested for Covid-19 regardless. Should a resident require hospital care, once that resident returns to Mari de Villa, that individual will remain on precautionary isolation for 14 days. Again, we have not had anyone test positive as of this point and we are doing everything we can to continue as such.
Over the previous months we have been acquiring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our residents and staff in response to Covid-19. Earlier this week we began implementing for all staff to wear surgical masks throughout their shift. This decision was made to follow suggestions by different health organization as well our medical team. Based on the recommendations, the use of masks is intended to prevent the spread of the virus as opposed to protecting against contracting it. While many health experts are trying to identify the actual impact of asymptomatic individuals, it is advised to wear a mask to contain the virus should someone be asymptomatic.
It is also worth noting, we are continuing to perform temperature and question screenings on all employees at the beginning of their shift as well as temperature screenings and questions for residents two times per day.
Events and Activities
If there is one thing that is one thing more uncertain than Coronavirus, it is St. Louis weather! As we have enjoyed near 90 degree days immediately followed by highs in the mid 40s, we are moving in the right direction towards warmth and sunshine! When we have opportunities to have events or even one-on-one walks outside with residents, we will be doing so.
We have established a video call schedule that we know we can manage every day. With that said, we will modify the schedule to add more time slots when we have availability. Keep up with the website MDVcontact.com calendar for additional dates and times.
Please feel free to share this email with other family members to allow them to sign up for our newsletter and emergency contact. While we are preparing for different scenarios, we are hopeful that we can continue to remain healthy! We will remain in close communication with all of our families throughout this process.
At some point, all storms end and the sun will shine.
While the uncertainties remain, we will remain vigilant in caring for and protecting all residents and staff of Mari de Villa.
All of us at Mari de Villa understand this is a very difficult time for our families and we want to do everything we can to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of. We are continuing to provide the same level of care, and then some! Please reach out at anytime for updates, questions, concerns.
As always, we can be reached 24 hours per day. Do not hesitate to reach out at anytime.