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October 21, 2020

Dear family and friends,

Unfortunately, I need to inform you that we have positive COVID-19 resident and employee cases at Evergreen Senior Living Decatur. The direction from the Macon County Health Department is a continuation in Phase 1 for the utmost safety precautions of our residents, families, and team members.

As a reminder, Phase 1 includes the following restrictions:

  • Indoor visitation is prohibited, with the exception of end of life compassionate care visits, and is considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Outdoor visitation is prohibited.
  • Stylists/Salons are not permitted.
  • Virtual visitation is available to all residents via several video conferencing platforms.

Per the guidance of the Macon County Health Department, along with the recommendations of the CDC, IDPH, and CMS, our nurses will continue conducting weekly mass testing on Thursdays for both our residents and team members until we have two consecutive weeks of negative results. We anticipate having results within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when test results are received. 

At this time, we continue to follow the direction of the health department and IDPH; it is their continued recommendation to ‘shelter in place’ in an attempt to control the spread of the virus. For our residents, this means staying in their apartment. We are continuing to screen temperatures of residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start of shift and mid-shift. Infection control and prevention procedures are common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time.
 

Because we have paused all communal meals and small group activities, the need for emotional, spiritual, and social support is great. We encourage you to spread the word to your family, friends, church groups, volunteers, neighbors: please give your loved ones who reside at Evergreen a call! We are also happy to deliver mail, pictures, letters, email messages, and cards to brighten our residents’ day.  Additionally, feel free to call the front desk and arrange a virtual visit via FaceTime, Skype, or Google Duo… we need to help our residents and families connected. 

Thank you all for your support and understanding. Please use this page to keep informed, and I am also happy to take your calls and questions. 

Please help us stay positive: prayers, affirmations, and good vibes... whatever you’ve got, we will gladly accept. We appreciate it all as we continue to fight the spread of this horrible disease.

Sincerely,

Johna McFadden

Director



October 15, 2020

Family and Friends,

Regrettably, we need to inform our residents and families that an employee of Evergreen Senior Living Decatur has tested positive for COVID-19. Because of this and other variables, the direction of the Macon County Health Department and Illinois Department of Health and Family Services is to downgrade to Phase 1 for Reopening. This is for the health and safety of our residents and team members.

As a reminder, Phase 1 includes the following restrictions:

  • Indoor visitation is prohibited, with the exception of end of life compassionate care visits, and are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Outdoor visitation is prohibited.
  • Stylists/Salons are not permitted.
  • Virtual visitation is available to all residents via several video conferencing platforms.

Per the guidance of the Macon County Health Department, who follows CDC, IDPH, and CMS recommendations, our nurses will continue conducting weekly mass testing on Thursdays for both our residents and staff members until we have two consecutive weeks of negative results. We anticipate having results within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when test results are received. 

At this time, we continue to follow the direction of the health department and IDPH; it is their continued recommendation to sheltering in place to attempt to control the spread of the virus. For our residents, this means staying in their apartment. We will continue to screen temperatures of residents throughout the day and employees at the start of shift and mid-shift. Infection control and prevention procedures are common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time. 

Because we have paused all communal meals and small group activities, the need for emotional, spiritual, and social support is great. We encourage you to spread the word to your family, friends, church groups, volunteers, neighbors: please give your loved ones who reside at Evergreen a call!  We are also happy to deliver mail, pictures, letters, email messages, and cards to brighten our residents’ day. Additionally, feel free to call the front desk and arrange a virtual visit via FaceTime, Skype, or Google Duo. We need to help our residents and families connected. 

Thank you all for your support and understanding. Please use the link to this page to keep informed; I am also happy to take your calls and questions. 

Very thankful for your continued trust,

Johna McFadden

Director, Evergreen Decatur




September 24, 2020

We are thrilled to announce we have had two consecutive weeks of negative COVID-19 test results! We will continue to test our staff weekly, as recommended by the Macon County Health Department, IPDH, and Heritage Operations Group COVID-19 Task Force. Because of this result and many other variables, we have entered into Phase 2 of Reopening! We can now resume a few of our eagerly awaited hospitality services: communal dining and outdoor visits. 

The noon meal will now be offered in the dining room at 11:15 am. and12:15 pm. for groups of ten, chosen by a lottery system. Breakfast will be offered in the same manner starting Friday, October 2, unless communicated otherwise. Our apartment delivery services continue as well.   

Please call us at (217) 864-4300 to schedule outdoor visitation appointments beginning tomorrow, Friday, September 25. The visits will be offered in thirty-minute increments at 9:00 am. and 10:00 am. in the morning, as well as 5:00 pm. and 6:00 pm. in the evening, Monday through Friday.  Saturday and Sunday will start with morning visits at 9:00 am. and 10:00 am.  We are grateful for the beautiful weather to accommodate our outdoor visits, and we are all looking forward to seeing everyone!

We remain vigilant in continuing to regularly assess temperatures, signs, and symptoms of our residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start and middle of every shift. Infection control and prevention procedures continue to be a frequent routine in our community, however, heightened at this time.

Thank you all for your support and understanding during these times. Please use the link to this page www.EvergreenSLC.com/decatur/updates to keep informed; I am also happy to take your calls and questions. 

Very thankful for your continued trust,

Johna McFadden

Director
Evergreen Place



September 10, 2020

Greetings residents, families, and friends,

It’s been a while since our last communication, and we want to share some updates. We conducted COVID-19 mass testing last week on all of our residents and employees, and we’re happy to report that all of our resident test results came back negative. Unfortunately, we do have to report that one employee’s results came back positive, and they are currently self-isolating at home. Privacy laws prevent us from sharing details with you, the names of the team member, areas of the building, etc. Thank you for your understanding as we preserve our team members’ privacy and dignity.

 

Per the guidance of the Macon County Health Department, who follows the recommendations of the CDC, IDPH, and CMS, our nurses will continue conducting weekly mass testing until we have two consecutive weeks of negative results.We anticipate having results within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when test results are received.  


At this time, we continue to f
ollow the direction of the health department and IDPH.It is their continued recommendation to sheltering in place to attempt to control the spread of the virus.  For our residents, this means staying in their apartment. We will continue to screen temperatures of residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start of shift and mid-shift. Infection control and prevention procedures are common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time.  


Because we have paused all congregate meals and small gr
oup activities, the need for emotional, spiritual, and social support is great.We encourage you to spread the word to your family, friends, church groups, volunteers, neighbors:  please give your loved ones who reside at Evergreen a call!  We are also happy to deliver mail, pictures, letters, email messages, and cards to brighten our residents’ day.  Additionally, feel free to call the front desk and arrange a virtual visit via FaceTime, Skype, or Google Duo. We would love to help our residents and families connected.  


Continue to use this link www.EvergreenSLC.com/decatur/updates for regular communication.  Thank you for your continued support; well wishes, and prayers.  


Sincerely, 

Johna McFadden

Director


August 25, 2020

Greetings, residents, families, and friends of Evergreen Senior Living Decatur.

Following the directions of the Macon County Health Department, as well as the Heritage Operations Group COVID-19 Task Force, we will continue to complete mass testing weekly for all residents and staff. The tests will be administered by our licenses nursed here at Evergreen Senior Living Decatur. Residents will be educated on the purpose of testing and strongly encouraged to test. We anticipate having results within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when test results are received.

Please be assured we are taking great precaution to keep your loved one safe; they are members of our Evergreen family and our loved by our team. At this time, we will continue to pause any move-ins to our community. Our light and fresh dinner feature is also delivered to the apartment with the noon meal. We will continue to bundle as many services as we can to decrease exposure. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we remain vigilant in this ever-changing journey.

Unless urgent, please use this link, https://www.evergreenslc.com/decatur/updates, as I will be focusing on leading our team and residents through this uncharted territory. I realize how unsettling this time is; rest assured; we have never worked harder to protect your loved ones. We love them too.

Sincerely,

Johnna McFadden
Director



August 14, 2020,

Greetings residents, families, and friends of Evergreen Place,

We hope you find this communication easy to access, as well as providing you with solid information and education to continue entrusting us with the care of your loved one.

We realize watching everything unfold from home can evoke feelings of helplessness and create confusion. Please have confidence and trust in us. We are taking our direction from the experts: The Center for Disease Control (CDC), Macon County Health Department, and our corporate office COVID-19 Task Force. We also ask that you use these sources for education vs. the general media.

Emotions are high, and understandably so. As a reminder, privacy laws prevent us from sharing details with you, for example, names of residents, areas of the building, apartment numbers, etc. in which we have positive cases. Thank you for your understanding as we preserve our residents’ and team members’ privacy and dignity. As the virus accelerates, we need your help now more than ever: we ask for your support in emphasizing the importance of ‘sheltering in place’ with your loved ones through increasing your calls, virtual visits, and emails. Please call us so we may help coordinate any virtual visits. They love to hear from you!

Our team members are positively outstanding. They have put concern for your loved ones over everyone else, their own families, and self. During this time, it’s easy to think selfishly; and they have not. We are so grateful they stay committed to us in this battle.

Additionally, we are a part of a larger community, Heritage Operations Group. They are a resource for providing reinforcements of caregivers, nurses, and culinary team members. This also affords us the use of a hospital-grade sanitation system for use in at Evergreen Place. They are giving us additional guidance and direction on how to best disinfect high-touch areas throughout the building.

Unless urgent, please use this link, https://www.evergreenslc.com/decatur/updates, as I will be focusing on leading our team and residents through this uncharted territory. I realize how unsettling this time is; rest assured; we have never worked harder to protect your loved ones. We love them too.

Sincerely,

Johnna McFadden
Director



August 7, 2020

It is a daily-changing healthcare climate as the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues in our cities, across the country, and the world. Thank you for your patience, as it is our priority to directly care for your loved ones at Evergreen Senior Living in Decatur. We understand the importance of timely communication and education moving forward and intend to give multiple updates weekly regarding COVID-19. 

We can share with you that our community has an outbreak of COVID-19. Privacy laws prevent us from sharing details with you, for example, names of residents, areas of the building, apartment numbers, etc. Thank you for your understanding as we preserve our residents’ and team members’ privacy and dignity.

We can also share that we are in constant communication with the Macon County Health Department, following their guidance and ensuring the proper protocols are being followed to minimize the additional risk of exposure to our residents as well as our team members. We regularly screen temperatures of residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start and middle of every shift. Infection control and prevention procedures are common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time. As an added measure to control the virus's spread, residents have been ‘sheltering in place.’ For our residents, this means staying in their apartment. We ask for your assistance in emphasizing the importance of this measure with your loved one through your calls, virtual visits, and emails. They truly love hearing from you!

Unless urgent, please use this link, https://www.evergreenslc.com/decatur/updates, as I will be focusing on leading our team and residents through this uncharted territory. I realize how startling this communication may be; rest assured, we have never worked harder to protect your loved ones. We love them too.


Sincerely,


Johna McFadden

Director



August 5, 2020

Following the direction of the Macon County Health Department, COVID-19 testing will be completed on all residents and staff on Thursday, August 6.  The tests will be administered at Evergreen Senior Living by our licensed nurses.

 

Residents will be educated on the purpose of the testing and strongly encouraged to participate. We anticipate having results received within 72 hours; however, it could take longer. We will update residents and families when the test results are received.

 

We continue to regularly assess temperatures, signs, and symptoms of our residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start and middle of every shift.  Infection control and prevention procedures are common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time.  To contain the spread of the virus, it is our continued recommendation to shelter in place.

 

We continue to help keep our residents in touch with their loved ones through virtual visits using FaceTime or Skype. Please call us at (217) 864-4300, so we may coordinate. They love to hear from you!

 

Please continue to use this link https://www.evergreenslc.com/decatur/updates for regular updates; however, I’m happy to take your calls and questions at any time.

 

Johna McFadden

Director, Evergreen Senior Living



July 28, 2020

Greetings residents, families, and friends of Evergreen Senior Living,

It is an ever-changing healthcare climate as the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues in our cities, across the country, and the world. Thank you for your patience, as it is our priority to directly care for your loved ones at Evergreen Senior Living in Decatur. We do understand the importance of timely communication and education and intend to give regular updates.

We can share with you that our community has had a positive COVID-19 test result received. Privacy laws prevent us from sharing details with you, for example, names of residents or team members, areas of the building, apartment numbers, etc. Thank you for your understanding as we preserve our residents’ and team members’ privacy and dignity.

We can also share that we are in constant communication with the Macon County Health Department, following their guidance and ensuring the proper protocols are being followed to minimize the additional risk of exposure to our residents as well as our team members. We are regularly screening temperatures of our residents throughout the day, as well as employees at the start of every shift and mid-shift. Infection control and prevention procedures are common and routine in our community, however, heightened during this time. To attempt to control the spread of the virus, it is our continued recommendation to sheltering in place. For our residents, this means staying in their apartment. We ask for your assistance in emphasizing the importance of this measure with your loved one through your calls, virtual visits, and emails. They love hearing from you!

Our hospitality services that were introduced in the past few weeks, which included small group activities and outdoor visitation, have been suspended at this time. As our situation changes, we will re-evaluate when we can safely attempt to introduce those services again. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Please use this link, https://www.evergreenslc.com/decatur/updates to gain regular updates; however, I am happy to take your calls and questions if urgent. I realize how startling this communication may be; rest assured, we have never worked harder to protect your loved ones. We love them too.

Johna McFadden
Director, Evergreen Senior Living