Letter to Our Friends of Skylark: Reopening Plan

Friends of Skylark:

Last night (6/11/2020), Governor Kemp issued his newest executive order relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic. In it he relaxed the shelter in place order for those over the age of 65; although, he maintained the shelter in place order for the following:

  • Those persons who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, including inpatient hospice, assisted living communities, personal care homes, intermediate care homes, community living arrangements, and community integration homes.
  • Those persons who have chronic lung disease.
  • Those persons who have moderate to severe asthma.
  • Those persons who have severe heart disease.
  • Those persons who are immunocompromised. Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medication.
  • Those persons, of any age, with class III or severe obesity.
  • Those persons diagnosed with the following underlying medical conditions: diabetes, liver disease, and persons with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.

    With this change in the executive order, let me share our current thoughts on reopening:

Reopening: July 6, 2020

Our current plan is to begin reopening on July 6, 2020. We will share additional information about this process in the week or two. We expect to have a phased reopening with different centers opening at different times. Here are some expectations:

  • All Skylark Members and Associates will need to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test prior to starting with a test date on or after June 27, 2020. You can go to CVS or other locations found on the Georgia Department of Public Health Web Site. The GA DPH site also has a Map locator tool.
  • You will receive communication from our nurses and our program coordinators to discuss how your loved is doing and if there are any additional requirements before starting.
  • We anticipate that some Members will have specific requirements which will preclude them from returning to the center initially. The reopening will be phased so individuals may return as it is appropriate.
  • For those not able to return initially, we will work with families to determine appropriate care options.

Veterans

At this time, the Veteran Administration has not authorized the return of Veterans to adult day centers. We expect the Atlanta VA Medical Center to issue expectations and requirements for reopening soon. This is a metro Atlanta restriction. We are hopeful that we will be allowed to resume services to our Veterans.

We’ve been told that we should have more information on June 24. In the meantime, they have asked for additional reopening details from us.

Expanded Services: Home Care

Our home care services are an increasingly used option for families as our centers begin the resumption of normal operations. This is an especially useful service for Members who will not be able to return immediately.

We’re excited about how our home care has grown and the options it will provide new and existing members. We think it will help us become even better at achieving our mission: Inspiring Freedom, Hope, and Joy in our Elders and Those Who Love Them.

If you’re interested please contact Fran Weigard on her cell 404-617-5851, by email at fweigard@skylarkseniorcare.com, or the main number 404-410-1510.

Safety:

As we have talked with our members and families, safety is top of mind. We want to keep our members healthy, safe, and strong. COVID-19 is a difficult challenge. Please know we have been working steadily on this. We have learned more about how to meet these challenging times by considering recommendations from the CDC, the Georgia Department of Health, Governor Kemp’s executive orders, our attorney, and our insurance companies. There’s a lot of information and almost none of it directly discusses adult day. While we will continue to improve our efforts, let me share some current thoughts:

  • Screen all Members and Associates: This will include taking temperatures and asking questions about symptoms daily. Those not meeting the standards of the screening will need to stay home. We will recommend that the individual see their physician to determine next steps. We know that a fever may indicate COVID-19 or a sinus infection or something else. We will follow the physician’s directions for the resumption of service to include possible self-quarantine.
  • Personal Protective Equipment: All Members and Associates will wear masks at the center. Our Associates will wear a mask in the home. Different levels of PPE will be required depending on care provided and the proximity of the Member and Associate.
  • Social Distancing: We expect to run our programs while respecting social distancing needs. We will manage our daily programs differently to allow for distancing.
  • Sanitizing/Disinfecting: Before closing we began sanitizing the centers on a regular basis. We are considering a range options to improve our infection control policies. We are confident that we can keep the centers safe for our members.
  • Visitors: Visiting will be severely limited beyond the front reception areas.

The Associates of Skylark look forward to welcoming you back to the center.

Ned Morgens, CEO
Skylark Senior Care

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