TIMELY UPDATES ON COVID-19

November 20, 2020 — Update

As we manage our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety and health of our residents and staff
remains our top priority. From the beginning of this health crisis, our actions have been guided by our
healthcare professionals and medical director, in compliance with mandates from the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the
State and local departments of Health. We have implemented safety and preventative measures
proactively throughout every department, are providing on-going training to all employees on infectious
disease control procedures and are strictly adhering to guidance from local, state, and federal agencies.
This week, on 11/19, we were inspected by the Department of Health. They focused on our infection
control program and our responses to COVID. I am proud to tell you that we were found to be compliant
with all regulations and no deficiencies were issued (please see attached). I would like to thank the staff
at Princeton Care Center for all of their hard work and dedication. I am honored to lead such an amazing
group of employees. As we’ve come through this demanding experience, our team members are
expressing a strong sense of pride and purpose for rising to the occasion and working together to keep
our resident’s safe during such a challenging time.
We have been conducting weekly testing on our staff. We have no further positive staff case since 11-
11-2020. Residents who were tested this week as of today’s communication results received are all
negative and residents remain asymptomatic. The nursing department will contact you immediately if
your family member has a positive result. The residents will continue to be tested weekly until we reach
twenty-eight COVID free days.
Due to the positive staff member that tested 11-11-2020, PCC is now in Phase 0. Outdoor and indoor
End of Life Visits, Compassionate Care Visits and Essential Care Giver Visits are allowed to continue,
along with limited group activities and meals.
In order to proceed back to Phase One, we need to be COVID free for 28 days, along with the following,
which we are prepared for;
That we have an Outbreak plan in place that meets the guidelines set by the DOH.
That we have proper PPE stockpile.
That we meet the guidelines for having an Infection Control Officer in the facility.
And that we are compliant with testing and reporting protocols
The Department of Health issued new Guidance for Holiday Visitation. The DOH strongly recommends
against families taking residents out of facilities for holiday celebration events or gatherings. The CDC
has reported that a significant driver of the recent case increases is small family gatherings and they
recommend that individuals at increases risk for severe illness from COVID avoid in person gatherings
with individual with whom they don’t live.
If a family insist on taking a resident home for a gathering, the resident must quarantine in the facility
for 14 days. If the resident has a private room, they are allowed to quarantine in that room. If the
resident has a roommate, then that resident must quarantine in separate room. Our policy states that if
you are planning to take a resident out of the facility, you must make the reservation with to Greicy
Macaro 36 hours before the resident leaves the facility. These accommodations are on based on

whether we have a separate room available when the resident comes back. If a resident leaves without
a reservation, the resident may not be guaranteed readmittance to the facility at the end of the visit.
I strongly recommend that you do not take a resident home for a visit. It seems like a great risk.
However, if you do, we will do our best to accommodate. You can contact Grecy Macaro for more
information.
As the weather turns colder, we continue to assess our Outdoor Visitation Program. We are developing
a visitation area on the first floor where the resident and visitor can meet safely, with the resident
remaining inside, while visitor remains stays outside. I will update everyone shortly as we complete this
arrangement.
We are holding the next Facility Information Forum on 11/25/20 at 3pm. This gives us the opportunity
to give updates and answer questions about happenings at the facility. You can email questions ahead of
time to PCCINFO728@GMAIL.COM. The forum can be accessed through the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81084607605?pwd=dFFaa09NUG9WK0cyZnp3OEsxRVZ4UT09

I appreciate your understanding and continued support. This is a difficult time for everyone and your
kind words and encouragement sustained us during the most difficult days and continue to motivate us
as we work to provide an exceptional quality of life for our residents.

All the best,

Ezra Bogner, LNHA

November 15, 2020 — Update

As we manage our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety and health of our residents and staff
remains our top priority. From the beginning of this health crisis, our actions have been guided by our
healthcare professionals and medical director, in compliance with mandates from the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the
State and local departments of Health. We have implemented safety and preventative measures
proactively throughout every department, are providing on-going training to all employees on infectious
disease control procedures and are strictly adhering to guidance from local, state, and federal agencies.

We have been conducting weekly COVID tests on our staff. The last weekly testing was on 11-11-2020
and we received the test result on 11-15-2020 which showed that one of our staff has tested positive for
COVID. The staff member was notified of the positive COVID test, is asymptomatic and will quarantine as
per CDC guidelines. All residents were tested last week with no positive results. Weekly testing will
continue for staff and residents according to the guidelines set by the Department of Health. The
nursing department will contact you immediately if your family member has a positive result. Outdoor
and indoor End of Life Visits, Compassionate Care Visits and Essential Care Giver Visits are allowed to
continue, along with limited group activities and meals.

I appreciate your understanding and continued support. This is a difficult time for everyone and your
kind words and encouragement sustain us during this challenging time. We remain hyper vigilant and
will do our best to keep communication flowing as the situation evolves.

All the best,

Ezra Bogner, LNHA

 

November 20, 2020 — Update

As we manage our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety and health of our residents and staff remains our top priority. From the beginning of this health crisis, our actions have been guided by our healthcare professionals and medical director, in compliance with mandates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the State and local departments of Health. We have implemented safety and preventative measures proactively throughout every department, are providing on-going training to all employees on infectious disease control procedures and are strictly adhering to guidance from local, state, and federal agencies.

On 10/29/20 we conducted our weekly COVID test for our staff. On 11/2/20 we received the result that one of our staff has tested positive for COVID. The staff member is asymptomatic and has completed their quarantine according to the guidelines set by the Department of Health.

All residents who have had contact with the positive employee have been tested. I am pleased to announce that the results of the test show that these residents are COVID negative. The residents will continue to be tested weekly until we reach twenty-eight COVID free days. The nursing department will contact you immediately if your family member has a positive result. I would like to thank the staff at Princeton Care Center for all their hard work and dedication. I am honored to lead such an amazing group of employees. As we have come through this demanding experience, our team members are expressing a strong sense of pride and purpose for rising to the occasion and working together to keep our resident’s safe during such a challenging time.

As a result of this positive staff member, PCC is now in Phase 0. Outdoor and indoor End of Life Visits, Compassionate Care Visits and Essential Care Giver Visits can continue, along with limited group activities and meals.

In order to proceed back to Phase One, we need to be COVID free for 28 days, along with the following, which we are prepared for;

That we have an Outbreak plan in place that meets the guidelines set by the DOH

That we have a proper PPE stockpile

That we meet the guidelines for having an Infection Control Officer in the facility

And that we are compliant with testing and reporting protocols.

We are holding the next Facility Information Forum on 11/18/20 at 3pm. This gives us the opportunity to give updates and answer questions about happenings at the facility. You can email questions ahead of time to PCCINFO728@GMAIL.COM. The forum can be accessed through the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81084607605?pwd=dFFaa09NUG9WK0cyZnp3OEsxRVZ4UT09

Meeting ID: 810 8460 7605
Passcode: U4DHY1

I appreciate your understanding and continued support. This is a difficult time for everyone, and your kind words and encouragement sustained us during the most difficult days and continue to motivate us as we work to provide an exceptional quality of life for our residents.

All the best,

Ezra Bogner, LNHA

November 6, 2020 — Update

As we manage our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety and health of our residents and staff remains our top priority. From the beginning of this health crisis, our actions have been guided by our healthcare professionals and medical director, in compliance with mandates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the State and local departments of Health. We have implemented safety and preventative measures proactively throughout every department, are providing on-going training to all employees on infectious disease control procedures and are strictly adhering to guidance from local, state, and federal agencies.

On 10/29/20 we conducted our weekly COVID test for our staff. On 11/2/20 we received the result that one of our staff has tested positive for COVID. The staff member is asymptomatic and will quarantine according to the guidelines set by the Department of Health.

All residents who have had contact with the positive employee have been tested. I am pleased to announce that the results of the test show that these residents are COVID negative. I would like to thank the staff at Princeton Care Center for all of their hard work and dedication. I am honored to lead such an amazing group of employees. As we’ve come through this demanding experience, our team members are expressing a strong sense of pride and purpose for rising to the occasion and working together to keep our resident’s safe during such a challenging time. 

As a result of this positive staff member, PCC is now in Phase 0. Outdoor and indoor End of Life Visits, Compassionate Care Visits and Essential Care Giver Visits are allowed to continue, along with limited group activities and meals.

In order to proceed back to Phase One, we need to be COVID free for 28 days, along with the following, which we are prepared for;

That we have an Outbreak plan in place that meets the guidelines set by the DOH

That we have a proper PPE stockpile

That we meet the guidelines for having an Infection Control Officer in the facility 

And that we are compliant with testing and reporting protocols.

I appreciate your understanding and continued support. This is a difficult time for everyone and your kind words and encouragement sustained us during the most difficult days and continue to motivate us as we work to provide an exceptional quality of life for our residents.

All the best,

Ezra Bogner, LNHA

 

November 2, 2020 — Update

As we manage our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety and health of our residents and staff remains our top priority. From the beginning of this health crisis, our actions have been guided by our healthcare professionals and medical director, in compliance with mandates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the State and local departments of Health. We have implemented safety and preventative measures proactively throughout every department, are providing on-going training to all employees on infectious disease control procedures and are strictly adhering to guidance from local, state, and federal agencies.

 

On 10/29/20 we conducted our weekly COVID test for our staff. On 11/2/20 we received the result that one of our staff members in the Physical Therapy Department has tested positive for COVID. The staff member is asymptomatic and will quarantine at home according to the guidelines set by the Department of Health. As a result of this positive case, PCC is now in Phase 0. No residents are currently symptomatic, however all residents who have had contact with the positive employee will be tested. The nursing department will contact you immediately if your family member has a positive result. Outdoor and indoor End of Life Visits, Compassionate Care Visits and Essential Care Giver Visits can continue, along with limited group activities and meals.

 

I appreciate your understanding and continued support. This is a difficult time for everyone, and your kind words and encouragement sustain us during this challenging time. We remain hyper vigilant and will do our best to keep communication flowing as the situation evolves.

All the best,

Ezra Bogner, LNHA

 

October 30, 2020 — Update

The safety and well-being of our residents and staff is of utmost importance. At Princeton Care Center, we carefully review all federal and state guidance on an ongoing basis as we continue to learn more about the nature of COVID-19 transmission. We have implemented safety and preventative measures proactively throughout every department, are providing on-going training to all employees on infectious disease control procedures and are strictly adhering to guidance from local, state, and federal agencies.

One of the directives from NJDOH is to update our website with COVID-19 updates and pertinent information pertaining to any emergency response situations within the facility. Please visit our website at www.princetoncarecenter.com where you will notice the new “COVID-19” tab. Click on the tab and discover all the useful, necessary and mandated information that has been provided.

This past week we held our third Facility Information Forum, giving us the opportunity to give updates and answer questions about happenings at the facility. We are holding the next Facility Information Forum on 11/4/20 at 3pm. You can email questions ahead of time to PCCINFO728@GMAIL.COM. The forum can be accessed through the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81084607605?pwd=dFFaa09NUG9WK0cyZnp3OEsxRVZ4UT09

Meeting ID: 810 8460 7605
Passcode: U4DHY1

On 10/21, we received an updated version of Executive Order NO. 20-0261. The update redefines the qualifications for indoor End of Life Visits, Compassionate Care Visits and Essential Care Giver Visits. We will continue to assess and review our residents and see if they would benefit from these visits and we will contact you to see if you are interested. If you feel your family member would qualify for one of these visits, you can contact our Social Worker, Grecy Macaro, to discuss.  The visitor will be screened for illness, they will use PPE and they will be instructed on proper infection control procedures. The visitor and resident will have to practice social distancing and remain six feet apart during all visits. The visiting area will be sanitized after each visit. The purpose of the visit is to spend time with the resident; therefore, you cannot spend time talking to the staff, interaction is solely with the resident.  The visitor needs to advance from the entrance of the building, where they will be screened, and will then be directed to the resident’s room if the resident is in a private or the designated visiting area.

I appreciate your understanding and continued support. We know this is a difficult time for everyone.  We remain hyper vigilant and will do our best to keep communication flowing as the situation evolves.

All the best,

Ezra Bogner, LNHA

 

 

October 23, 2020 — Update

The safety and well-being of our residents and staff is of utmost importance. At Princeton Care Center, we carefully review all federal and state guidance on an ongoing basis as we continue to learn more about the nature of COVID-19 transmission. We have implemented safety and preventative measures proactively throughout every department, are providing on-going training to all employees on infectious disease control procedures and are strictly adhering to guidance from local, state, and federal agencies.

One of the directives from NJDOH is to update our website with COVID-19 updates and pertinent information pertaining to any emergency response situations within the facility. Please visit our website at www.princetoncarecenter.com where you will notice the new “COVID-19” tab. Click on the tab and discover all the useful, necessary and mandated information that has been provided.

This past week we held our second Facility Information Forum, giving us the opportunity to give updates and answer questions about happenings at the facility. We are holding the next Facility Information Forum on 10/28/20 at 3pm. You can email questions ahead of time to PCCINFO728@GMAIL.COM. The forum can be accessed through the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/81084607605?occurrence=1609963200000
Meeting ID: 810 8460 7605

Passcode: U4DHY1

This week, on 10/21, we received an updated version of Executive Order NO. 20-0261. We are revising our Policies and Procedures concerning indoor visitation appointments. I will send you an update next week to apprise you of the changes.

I appreciate your understanding and continued support. We know this is a difficult time for everyone.  We remain hyper vigilant and will do our best to keep communication flowing as the situation evolves.

All the best,

Ezra Bogner, LNHA

October 16, 2020 — Update

The safety and well-being of our residents and staff is of utmost importance. At Princeton Care Center, we carefully review all federal and state guidance on an ongoing basis as we continue to learn more about the nature of COVID-19 transmission. We have implemented safety and preventative measures proactively throughout every department, are providing on-going training to all employees on infectious disease control procedures and are strictly adhering to guidance from local, state, and federal agencies.

One of the directives from NJDOH is to update our website with COVID-19 updates and pertinent information pertaining to any emergency response situations within the facility. Please visit our website at www.princetoncarecenter.com where you will notice the new “COVID-19” tab. Click on the tab and discover all the useful, necessary and mandated information that has been provided.

 This week we held our first Facility Information Forum, giving us the opportunity to give updates and answer questions about happenings at the facility. We are holding the next Facility Information Forum on 10/21/20 at 3pm. You can email questions ahead of time to PCCINFO728@GMAIL.COM.

As our staff prepares for advancement to further phases of reopening, I am trying to gauge how many visitors are interested in “in building visits”. Please email me at PCCINFO728@GMAIL.COM and tell me if you plan on scheduling visits in the facility when we are given permission to do so.

I appreciate your understanding and continued support. We know this is a difficult time for everyone.  We remain hyper vigilant and will do our best to keep communication flowing as the situation evolves.

All the best

Ezra Bogner, LNHA

October 8, 2020 — Update

Princeton Care Center believes that keeping everyone informed and updated is important. Regular communication builds trust. As we respond to the coronavirus pandemic, there is information that is important for residents and families to know.  We are pleased to announce that we are accepting new admissions into our facility and working on a plan to the “Road Back”. 

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has recently issued guidelines for the reopening of Long-Term Facilities.  Our team is working diligently on reviewing the guidelines and developing policy and procedures to adhere to each directive to advance to the next phase.

Currently, Princeton Care Center is at phase one which compares to most facilities. During this phase, Princeton Care Center is permitted to conduct outdoor, indoor end-of-life, and essential caregiver/compassion visitation. 

  • Outdoor Visitation- In-person scheduled visitation in a designated outdoor visitation space. To schedule outdoor visit contact s.hill@princetoncarecenter.com.
  • End-of-life Visitation- A resident receiving hospice care or a resident whose health is rapidly declining and not on hospice. To schedule End-of-Life visit contact gmacaro@princetoncarecenter.com.
  • Essential Caregiver/ Compassion Care – A resident who was living with their family before recently being admitted to Princeton Care Center. The sudden change in environment and lack of family could be a traumatic experience for a loved one. Allowing a visit from a family member in this situation would be consistent the intent “compassion care situations.”  To schedule Essential Caregiver/ Compassion Care contact gmacaro@princetoncarecenter.com.

All visitations are conducted as safely as possible and require infection control practices, hand washing and appropriate PPE in accordance with CDC and NJDOH guidelines.  All visitors must comply with the guidelines.

Also, in phase one, which is the most exciting, residents are returning to limited communal dining and small group activities with social distancing at reduced capacity and essential medical personnel are permitted to enter. Essential personnel are categorized as physicians, laboratory, x-ray technician.

We are striving to move forward through the phases and will be updating you as we receive approvals from the NJDOH to proceed to the next phase.  Princeton Care Center is confident with our plan to ensure that all residents, families, and staff safety and needs are met. Our Administrator is in constant contact with the Princeton Local Department of Health and the NJDOH to ensure timely and accurate information is provided. Below you will find a link to Princeton’s Outbreak Response Plan.  These documents convey the process of what is planned and what to expect when we reopen with the focus of reducing the spread of infection and addressing residents’ needs. We understand how important this is to everyone and appreciate your patience as we are working forward to the “Road Back”.

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