Update at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation
April 18, 2020
To the Community and Members of the Media:
Good afternoon and Happy Saturday~
- I know we have shared this previously, but we really continue to be encouraged and energized by what we are seeing in our residents who were previously experiencing functional challenges as a result of the virus. On both the first and second floors of the Facility, there is resident activity, participation in therapy, consistent ingestion of food and fluids, and an overall sense of optimism about what is happening. While we are, and will remain, on high alert for changes in condition, we are celebrating these changes.
- In addition to the impact of COVID-19 on our residents, our staff were also affected by the virus over the past couple of weeks. A number of our team members were diagnosed as positive, and not able to work pending their own recovery. However, as of today, we have welcomed back nearly 40% of these staff following their confirmed negative status. Further, and based on information available to us in this moment, we are hoping to see another significant percentage of residents return to us over the course of the next week.
- As I am sure all can appreciate, this pandemic has changed the course of our lives at Riverbend… we have experienced loss, fear, disruption, and anxiety on a large scale and on a big stage. All of us, including residents, families and staff, have been tried. No one is the same as we were before, we know that. But we are committed to formalizing the turning of the tide here, and are working as a leadership team to design a way to reintroduce the Facility as “HOME” moving forward. We think it is integral to identify steps we can take to write the next chapter for the Riverbend family, which will support our collective emotional recovery.
- Finally for today, we are grateful for another anonymous food donor, who treated our staff to a “Live Mas” lunch with Taco Bell. It is hard to argue with the curative properties associated with a good bean and cheese burrito, and keeping our team nourished benefits our residents as well. We are thankful for those who help us take care of the staff who take care of our residents.
We wish you a restful remainder of the weekend, and will plan on reporting again on Monday.
Cory Schulte Maureen Purvis, RN
Administrator Director of Nursing