Givens Estates is paying close attention to the emerging COVID-19 situation. Because we care about our community of residents and employees, their safety and well-being are our top priority. We would like to share what we are doing to monitor the situation and safeguard our community while encouraging our community members to prepare for a potential outbreak.
How are we monitoring the situation?
On the morning of March 13th, administration of Givens Estates participated on a webinar that involved representatives from the NC Dept of Health and Human Services, NC Dept. of Health Services Regulation, and the State Emergency Preparedness Agency. In this meeting it was communicated that Governor Roy Cooper has provided Guidance that all nursing homes and assisted living facilities in North Carolina should restrict all visitation in order to prevent the spread of this virus. Givens Estates will comply with the Governor’s guidance, and visitation will no longer be able to occur in Wood Assisted living and Givens Estates Health Center. We are aware of how this impacts our residents and families, but in this historic time, having these restrictions is the responsible thing to do.
Our RN Infection Control Specialist is monitoring infections among residents and team members’ organizations to identify trends. Along with our Medical Director, this specialist recommends when certain portions of our infection control procedures should be implemented. At the present time, we are using this process to monitor current influenza activity.
How are we safeguarding our community?
We have in place an All Hazards Plan which includes policies and procedures for an infectious disease outbreak and a Pandemic Plan.
We are currently prohibiting all visitors to the Givens Estates Health Center and Wood Assisted Living per the recommendation by Governor Roy Cooper.
We are screening all team members across the campus daily. If a team member indicates symptoms or potential exposure to COVID-19, they will be sent home immediately. These measures are our first step in prevention of this contagious disease.
Residents and team members are encouraged to continue to practice good basic infection control which means frequent and thorough handwashing, staying at home when feeling sick, and letting us know when experiencing flu-like symptoms so we can track the prevalence on campus, etc.
How should our community prepare?
Independent living residents and team members are encouraged to make a personal plan that they can depend on should there be a widespread Coronavirus outbreak in the Asheville area. Many residents and team members have developed their personal plans and are prepared. If you have not made plans you can find information about developing such a plan from the Red Cross and Ready.gov.
We encourage residents and team members to secure an ample supply of medications, groceries, etc. if required to remain at home for an extended period. As we have seen in other parts of the world, services and product supply chains can be interrupted.
In addition to being aware of on-campus updates from our leadership team, we recommend our residents and team members stay informed with the latest information from reputable sources like the CDC and the World Health Organization.
Givens Estates is aware of the associated risks with a widespread infectious disease outbreak. We have measures in place to respond to and manage the impacts from such events. We appreciate the efforts of residents and our many dedicated team members to be prepared for times like these. When each of us does our part, it makes us better able to respond to anticipated and unexpected impacts.