COVID-19 Update #6

March 24, 2020

Dear Family and Friends:                          

We are extremely grateful for all of your cooperation during this very challenging time.

Thankfully, we do not have any cases of the Coronavirus on our campus at this time. Given the high fatality rate in the elderly, we know you understand that we all must work together to prevent this deadly virus from entering our campus.

We continue to prohibit any visitation to the Samson Nursing Center or The Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence. The only exception to this is if there is a major change in your loved one’s condition, such as a significant decline; this will be determined on a case by case basis.

As of today, the Weissman Adult Day Center is closed; we are so sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

Social gathering is a primary means of transmitting the virus. You will not be allowed to attend any of our resident activities or dine with residents. For the foreseeable future, any large group resident activities, such as religious services, Shabbat dinners and resident birthday parties have been cancelled. Our Passover Seders will be conducted on the resident floors for residents only. The Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence will conduct Passover Seders for residents only, with social distancing enforced. Of course, the food for Passover will be “kosher for Passover” as always.

Despite the challenges created by social distancing, we are pleased to report that there are still so many wonderful activities occurring on campus. Our therapeutic activity staff is busy live-streaming activities, conducting one on one visits and taking advantage of the beautiful weather by having small group activities outside. And, since BINGO is so popular, there is now “hallway BINGO!” We are live-streaming all spiritual care activities, including the Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Aaron Lever, our director of spiritual care.

Care Plan meetings are being conducted by phone; our staff will be calling you to schedule an appointment.

You must refrain from taking your loved one out to any unnecessary appointments. Lunch or dinner out, shopping trips, or even visits to your home, may introduce unnecessary exposure. There is a risk of acquiring the virus in the community.

We understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important. We ask you to consider other ways of connecting with them, which may include telephone, email, text, Skype, WhatsApp, or Google Duo. If you would like to set up a Skype, WhatsApp or Google Duo session, please call (727) 302-3710 and leave your name and number; someone will call you to set up an appointment. Please have the App downloaded to your device before we set up the first call.

We continue to receive daily guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Florida Department of Health, Agency for Health Care Administration and LeadingAge Florida. Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to keep your loved ones healthy.

Rob Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer
David LeVine, MD, Chief Medical Officer