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Lighthouse is Successfully Handling the Current COVID-19 Pandemic
Since mid-March 2020, everything about community senior living has changed. With the onset of COVID-19, the day-to-day operation of senior care communities must be approached from a different standpoint. I can state, with confidence, that Lighthouse owners and Leadership Team responded to the virus proactively. We quickly implemented all the precautions, guidelines, and protocols as recommended by the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We currently continue to exercise all those same precautions with residents, employees, families, friends, and guests. The restricted visitation and infection control/prevention guidelines we have followed from the beginning of this crisis have proven to be effective and have prevented any of our residents or employees from contracting the virus.
We would like nothing better than to be able to return “to normal” and relax our restrictions, however, we must continue to follow the criteria for “re-opening” as outlined by the Department of Health & Human Services.
At this time, we cannot open for business as usual. We will follow the Reopening Recommendations as outlined by the Department of Health & Human Services, these guidelines are developed through CMS and our Health Department stresses that Lighthouse follow their guidelines for re-opening in phases.
When we do eventually re-open, family visits will initially be limited to certain hours and strict sanitation practices. Upon entering the building, families will be required to have their temperatures recorded and masks must be worn. All visits will be held in the resident’s suite. Detailed information on visitation will be provided when we have progressed to that stage.
With that being said, we are excited to formally announce the opening of our beautiful, new “Visitation Room”. Due to the safe, germ-free setting, we not only allow but encourage extended family, grandchildren, great-grands, church family, neighbors, and friends to visit their loved one. We request that you call and schedule an appointment.
We continue to promote outdoor activities for all our residents. Social distancing and staggered mealtimes will continue to be the routine for a while.
Please be patient; this is new to all of us. Currently, the virus remains very active. We do not want to move too quickly or hastily and jeopardize the safety and well-being of our residents.
As always, we are putting your loved one first while trying to move forward.