Members, Friends, and Neighbors
In an effort to be transparent, but not overwhelming, we have posted all the key messages below for our members, friends, and neighbors so you can keep up to date with us here at The Birches. We will also make every effort to answer questions as they come in as well. In a time where there are more questions than answers, we will continue to take it one day at a time together.
COVID-19 Cases (as of 07/14/21)
No concerns or cases at this time.
Our residents are 98% vaccinated, and Team Members are 92% vaccinated. Team members continue to be tested according to the Guidelines, residents are continuously monitored, we have enough PPE, and additional staffing measures are in place. As the case count continues to decline in our region, we are thankful and proud of our team’s unwavering support for our seniors and their families.
Visitation Guidelines as of 07/14/21
All Visitors are required to self-screen at home prior to their visit using our Birches' screening tool, and attest in writing upon visiting The Birches' that they meet our requirements. All visitors must leave a contact number in case of contact tracing.
The below is the summary of the IDPH guidelines in place, and our Visitation Fact Sheet that gives all the details at this time within the new guidelines (when applicable) related to our small community:
MASKS are required for all team members, visitors, and residents in the common areas/ groups at this time. We require 3-ply medical grade masks, and have some available at our front desk if needed.
INDOOR VISITATION: Visitation is available for guests of residents with no limitation to length of time. All indoor visits must be in the resident apartment or outdoors. All visitors must be the ages 12 and older to enter indoors at this time except for approved compassionate care situations.
OUTDOOR VISITATION: Visitation outdoors is highly encouraged all the time. No age limit or time limit, but masks are required.
WINDOW BOOTH VISITS: The Birches has created a Luxury Winter Window Visiting space for our family members to see their loved ones comfortably during this season (shown in the photo above!) Book as often and as frequent as you'd like! The more our seniors see their friends and family, safely, the merrier! See our Visitation Fact Sheet listed above for more specifics.
ESSENTIAL DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS: No quarantine upon return to Birches regardless of vaccination status
NEW MOVE INS OR RESIDENTS RETURNING FROM REHAB/HOSPITAL:
NON-ESSENTIAL TRIPS OUTSIDE BIRCHES (i.e. shopping, restaurants, family visits, etc.):
Our policies are subject to change as we learn best practices and/or receive updates or guidance from our State licensing agency. We will continue to post essential policies related to COVID19 here on our website. All of the above visitation guidelines are subject to change if there is a concern or case within the community or the Region is forced into Tiered Mitigation.
Should we have a concern or case, all visitation is suspended until we are 14 days with no new cases or concerns validated by testing residents and team members every 3-7 days per the guidelines. Once we are 14 days free of no new cases or concerns, the above visitation guidelines take effect along with all recommended infection control mitigation strategies set by the CDC.