Although some general restrictions are now being lifted across our state for citizens, we are mindful that we continue to serve a defined, vulnerable population and are aware of our responsibilities to mitigate risk to that end and to the best of our ability. Therefore, as of today, our restrictions remain in place. However, we are currently reviewing options on how and when to lift some of the restrictions that are possible, within our Life Plan Communities. More details about these changes will follow.
During the Week of May 11th, five of our communities participated in The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC’s) recommendation to test all residents and employees who work in the Nursing Home areas of our communities in their Phase One initiative.
We are pleased to announce that both the employees and residents tested in the health care centers of the following communities all tested negative.
- Clinton Presbyterian Community
- Florence Presbyterian Community
- Laurel Crest
- The Village at Summerville
Sadly we learned that 4 employees and 3 residents associated with the Columbia Presbyterian Community tested positive. These employees were not working in the skilled nursing facility. Of the residents, 2 were in independent living and 1 was in assisted living. Residents were sent to the hospital, where they tested positive and now, are recovering in that setting. All employees are recovering at home.
Yesterday, May 21st, The Foothills Health Center participated in DHEC’s Phase 2 of the testing initiative. Results of those tests are expected next week. We currently serve 1 resident (not a new case) in our short-term rehabilitation unit at Foothills Retirement Community.
We continue to work diligently, but are prepared to address cases if and when they do occur. An additional layer of testing requirements and protocols for any agency staff that work in our buildings has been implemented, as well.
Our Management Services Office team members provide extra support and guidance for our communities during this global pandemic.
We are grateful for your continued support, prayers, and understanding as we strive to fulfill our mission of enriching our residents’ lives, while keeping their safety top of mind.