Updated: March 27, 2020, 3:57 p.m.

March 27, 2020

Dear Fieldstone Residents, Family & Partners,

In this difficult time, many of us are experiencing a range of emotions from loneliness to anxiety to grief and disbelief.  Daily we are processing major changes and most of us have been disconnected, at least in part, from our support systems.  So how do we move forward in the most healthy way possible?

The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission has provided some helpful tools pertaining to social distancing and mental health, including how to acknowledge and manage anxiety and depression in this time of isolation.  The Commission encourages everyone to “pay attention to these emotions and take action” in the following ways:

  • Avoid watching, reading, or listening to news reports that cause you to feel anxious or distressed. A near-constant stream of news reports is not calming. Seek out information from reliable sources like [your] State Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just a couple times a day. Fact check what you see on social media. Spread good information.
  • Stay connected with others and maintain your social networks. Go for a walk and wave to your neighbors from six feet away. Ask them if they are well and if they need anything. 
  • Introduce structure into your day. Structure and routine may be helpful for people with mental health vulnerabilities, especially during times of uncertainty. Even if you are working from home or if your life looks completely different right now, try to maintain familiar routines in daily life as much as possible. Maybe we’ll feel better if we shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast.

The Commission also recommends the following resources to help support your mental health or that of a loved one:

If you are in a crisis, don’t hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.

COVID-19 Specific Resources:

 


 

Updated: March 24, 2020, 10:40 a.m.

Dear Fieldstone Residents, Family, and Partners. 

Yesterday evening Gov. Inslee issued a “stay at home, stay safe” order imploring Washingtonians to stay in as much as possible. This came as a result of many citizens not following social distance recommendations and gathering in large numbers at beaches and parks. 

Similarly, in Oregon Gov. Brown issued a “stay at home” order prohibiting non-essential social gatherings. Both orders can now be enforced by law. 

Gov. Inslee and Gov. Brown restated that non-essential businesses must close their doors. We want to remind you that because of the essential nature of the care we provide, Fieldstone staff continue working their regular schedules to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. 

We continue to have no COVID-19 cases in any Fieldstone community.

For more information on the new stay at home orders:

Oregon Update

Washington Update


 

Updated: March 18, 2020, 2:43 p.m.


Updated: March 17, 2020, 5:19 p.m.

Dear Fieldstone Family,

Governor Inslee’s amended proclamation prohibits ALL visitors to assisted living facilities, which includes all Fieldstone communities. This proclamation does not apply in end-of-life situations.

We want to help connect you with your loved ones, and we’ll continue to facilitate interaction however we can.  Please contact your community, and we’ll help you set you up phone calls or Skype sessions with your loved one.


Updated: March 17, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

Dear Residents, Families & Partners,

What happens in the next few weeks depends on what each of us does today.

We are all in this together and can each do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19, protecting our most vulnerable friends, family & neighbors.

Social distancing – standing 6 feet apart, not gathering in large groups, and leaving home only for absolutely essential reasons – makes a difference.  In fact, outside of infection control, it is the most proactive thing we can do to flatten the curve of the disease and keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. 

At Fieldstone, our mission is all about working together to create joyful & vibrant communities.  And we continue with that mission in the midst of what is a difficult time for so many.

We want to thank you again for your partnership.  We will get through this time together. 


Updated: March 13, 2020

Dear Residents, Families & Partners,

We feel so fortunate to have you all as part of the Fieldstone family. We continue to report that we have no cases of COVID-19 in any Fieldstone community. Your commitment to work with us to prevent the spread of illness has made a real difference. We’re a team and we can only keep our communities safe & healthy by working together.

Up until now we have asked that all non-essential visits be limited for the health and safety of our residents and we continue to do so. 

Some of us have less risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, but ALL of us are invested in keeping the most vulnerable members of our community, our friends, neighbors & loved ones, as healthy as possible. We continue to ask each and every person to practice good infection control measures like those outlined below in the CDC’s guidelines.

As we work on keeping everyone healthy, we are also working on keeping everyone’s spirits up. Many families have connected with loved ones via Skype, phone, or even snail mail. In addition, communities have gotten creative with streaming live music and religious services, variety shows by staff, planting seedlings to prepare for spring planting, s’mores roasting on the patio, and much more. 

We are grateful for the tremendous dedication from our community staff members. They have worked hard to implement new protocol, participate in new training, maintain an engaging environment & continue to provide loving and compassionate care. We are deeply thankful for each person on the Fieldstone team.

Though we have some challenging days ahead, we will continue to come together to navigate the changes as they come. Most recently we are all absorbing the news of school closures in Washington & Oregon. In Washington, superintendents have been tasked with providing paid childcare for healthcare workers. We are waiting to hear how Oregon will come alongside and support, and we will continue to provide updates as we learn more. 

We appreciate your continued partnership. If you have questions, please reach out to the Executive Director at your community.

THE CDC’S INFECTION CONTROL GUIDELINES:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth
  • Clean & disinfect frequently touched objects & surfaces
  • Stay home when you’re sick, except to get medical care
  • Wash your hands often (& thoroughly) for at least 20 seconds

 

Updated: March 11, 2020

Dear Fieldstone Residents, Families & Partners

We continue to have no COVID-19 cases in any Fieldstone community.

Today the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. We don’t say this to frighten anyone, but to underscore the critical importance of effective infection control.

In addition, yesterday, Governor Inslee issued an emergency proclamation providing minimum expectations for assisted living and skilled nursing facilities to continue to safely operate. His proclamation is in line with our current visitation and screening policies with a few additional requirements. 

Up until now we have asked that all non-essential visits be limited for the health and safety of our residents and we continue to do so. 

Here are some key mandates from the Governor’s proclamation:

Visitation

  1. Each resident may have a maximum of only one visitor each day. The visitor must be an adult. 
    1. Some exceptions are being made for residents in “end of life situations.”  If you have questions about this, please call the Executive Director at your community.
  2. Each visitor to the facility must sign in, show their I.D. and be screened upon entry for symptoms. 
  3. Visitors must follow the facility’s efforts to minimize spread of illness, which includes social distancing of at least six feet, and may include wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) where appropriate. 

Employees

  1. Employees coming on shift must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms including cough, shortness of breath & fever. 

Fieldstone visitor & employee screening was implemented prior to the governor’s proclamation and we will continue these efforts.

We ask for your help in doing everything YOU can to keep our communities infection free by limiting all non-essential visits and refraining from leaving the community or taking your loved one outside of the community. Knowing that seniors have been designated as high-risk for the virus, we feel great responsibility to make decisions that will create the safest environment possible for each and every resident entrusted to our community. Please contact the Executive Director at your or your loved one’s community to discuss other ways of connecting such as phone, email, Skype, or LifeLoop.

Thank you! 


At this time, we don’t have any cases of COVID-19 in any Fieldstone community.

Updated: March 9, 2020

Dear Fieldstone Residents, Families & Partners,

We wanted to provide a quick update to let you know that, at this time, we do not have any cases of COVID-19 at any Fieldstone community. We are continuing our proactive approach to infection control outlined below.

Thank you for your patience during this time and for your ongoing commitment to help us keep our communities safe and healthy.


Updated: March 5, 2020

Dear Fieldstone Residents, Families & Partners,

We understand that many of you have questions regarding the new coronavirus, COVID-19, and how it may impact us here at Fieldstone. The health and safety of our residents and staff is our greatest concern, and that is why we are taking proactive steps and a cautious approach to this virus.

At this time, we don’t have any cases of COVID-19 in any Fieldstone community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of steps that we have implemented to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our building. 

We also need your help in keeping COVID-19 out of our communities. Knowing that seniors have been designated as high-risk for the virus, we feel great responsibility in doing everything we can to create a safe environment. For the safety of our residents and because we believe it is the most reasonable, prudent & proactive approach, we are restricting all non-essential visits. 

We understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important, and we want you to connect. We’ll do whatever we can to help you touch base via telephone, email, text, or through Skype, Facebook or LifeLoop. We are here to help you keep your connections strong during this time.

Though strongly discouraged, if you do enter the community, all visitors and providers are required to check in and complete a screening tool. This helps us assess if an individual is displaying identified COVID-19 symptoms or has recently traveled from one of the CDC’s high-risk locations.

Our approach to infection control includes:

  • Following CDC recommendations and training staff on prevention steps. We are staying up-to-date as they change their recommendations.
  • Staying in close contact with the local and state health department and following their guidance.
  • Consulting with a national infection control specialist who focuses on long term care communities. This input is helping to shape our decisions with the most up-to-date, data-driven information.
  • Following a thorough sanitizing protocol multiple times per day.
  • Coordinating with other providers and vendors to reduce the amount of traffic in and out of the community.
  • Focusing on life enrichment activities that engage residents in smaller groups. Larger group events and meetings have been cancelled for the time being.

We will continue to provide updates so that you have the comfort of knowing what is going on in our communities and how your loved ones are doing. If you have questions in the interim, please reach out to the Executive Director at your community.

Thank you for joining with us in maintaining safe & healthy communities!

Each of us plays an important part in helping to stop the spread of disease. Here are the CDC’s key guidelines:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth
  • Clean & disinfect frequently touched objects & services
  • Stay home when you’re sick, except to get medical care
  • Wash your hands often (& thoroughly) for at least 20 seconds

Other helpful resources:

King County Public Health has recommended that even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible.”