Updated Information/COVID-19 Virus

Updated Information/COVID-19 Virus

April 3, 2020

We write to update the community on the status of the COVID-19 situation at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation. We can confirm that we do have residents who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and those COVID positive patients who remain in the building at this time are receiving care from the Riverbend clinical team. The treatment plan for these residents is being directed and overseen by the attending physician; is being continuously monitored by the clinical staff at Riverbend; and is being managed consistent with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I am pleased to report that we are seeing improvements in several of these patients, and so appreciate our talented Facility team for their focused delivery of care.

As far as actions we are taking relative to infection prevention and management, generally, Riverbend is carefully and consistently following the direction issued by the CDC, CMS, and the State of Kansas (including Wyandotte County Health Department). A sampling of our interventions include universal masking; full PPE when interacting with COVID-positive or COVID-suspected residents; frequent handwashing; frequent use of hand sanitizer; screening and assessing employees and essential medical personnel prior to entry; Facility-wide infection surveillance; and restricting visitation as per the CMS directive of March 13, 2020. While the Facility has always had a comprehensive infection prevention program in place, we escalated our interventions early in the month of March when news of the Coronavirus began circulating; infection control remains our highest priority in the current environment.

We are fully committed to the health and welfare of the residents, families and staff whom we have the privilege to serve and who comprise the Riverbend family, and will continuously act in a manner consistent with that commitment. We are grateful to the healthcare providers who are working tirelessly to take care of our patients during these challenging times, and for the support we feel from the community.

 

Cory Schulte
Executive Director

 

Updated Information Regarding Visitation

UPDATED INFORMATION REGARDING VISITATION

EFFECTIVE MARCH 14, 2020

(*updated information is in red)

 

Dear Residents, Family and Friends:

On behalf of the entire team, we want to thank you for allowing us to care for you or your loved one.  We recognize the high level of trust that you place in us, and we are committed to providing excellent care to those whom we have the privilege to serve. Read more

COVID-19 Virus and Visitation Limitation

March 12, 2020

Re: COVID-19 Virus and Visitation Limitation

Dear Residents, Family and Friends:

On behalf of the entire team at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation, we want to thank you for allowing us to care for you or your loved one.  We recognize the high level of trust that you place in us, and we are committed to providing high quality care to those whom we have the privilege to serve.

As you are most likely aware, the country is currently united in its attempt to navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 virus. Of course, we at Riverbend have consistently been following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including following strict handwashing procedures and wearing personal protective equipment when indicated by the resident’s presenting condition. We update our infection prevention protocols as new information becomes available.  Likewise, we remain in close contact with the local and state health departments, and appreciate their ongoing guidance and support.

You may also have read or heard that there has been a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in Wyandotte County which has caused us to revisit our visitation policy. Although the patient with the positive diagnosis was not and is not in our Facility, we are taking every precaution to protect our current residents, staff and visitors.  As part of our efforts to manage this development, and in accordance with the recent guidance provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, we will be limiting visitation at this time and until further notice.  By this, we mean that individuals will not be allowed to come into the Facility, except under certain limited circumstances, such as end-of-life situations or when a visitor is essential for the resident’s emotional well-being and care. Of course, we are happy to facilitate virtual visitation by phone or FaceTime, and encourage you to remain in contact with your loved ones without in-person visitation until such time as we are able to welcome you back.

In addition to the above limitation on visitation, we are continuing to be proactive regarding any infections that could impact our community.  Please know that we are all fully engaged in taking action to minimize the possible exposure associated with this and other viruses.

We thank you for your continuing confidence, and for helping us in our attempts to keep our residents and staff safe.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns or requests for assistance.  We will keep you updated as additional information becomes available.

 

~The Team at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation

COVID-19 Virus Information and Update

Re: COVID-19 Virus Information and Update

 

Dear Residents, Family and Friends:

On behalf of the entire team, we want to thank you for allowing us to care for you or your loved one.  We recognize the high level of trust that you place in us, and we are committed to providing excellent care to those whom we have the privilege to serve. Read more

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