Coronavirus Update

Mennonite Home in Preopening Stage

Mennonite Home is currently in a preopening stage in both Skilled Nursing and Personal Care. Mennonite Home can reenter the opening stage when two weeks have elapsed with no new positive COVID-19 cases.

Mennonite Home’s status does not affect Woodcrest Villa which remains in the Green Phase.

October 23, 2020

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 40
  • Personal Care residents – 20
  • Personal Care staff – 10
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

October 16, 2020

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 40
  • Personal Care residents – 20
  • Personal Care staff – 10
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

October 14, 2020

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 40
  • Personal Care residents – 20
  • Personal Care staff – 10
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

October 11, 2020

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 40
  • Personal Care residents – 19
  • Personal Care staff – 10
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

October 9, 2020

Compassionate Care Visits

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has imposed limitations on visits to nursing home residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While general visitation is prohibited, compassionate care visits, including end-of-life visits are permitted under certain conditions. Compassionate care visits have stringent requirements and are not permitted unless these requirements are met. If you wish to visit your resident but they do not meet the requirements for a compassionate care visit, please arrange for a window visit or an outdoor visit following the information located on the Mennonite Home website.

Persons wishing to request a compassionate care visit should contact their social worker. The social worker will review your request and notify you if it has been approved. If approved, a date and time for your visit will be arranged and the requirements associated with your visit will be reviewed with you, including providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days prior to the visit (preferably within 72 hours prior to the visit), if available.

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 40
  • Personal Care residents – 18
  • Personal Care staff – 10
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

October 3, 2020

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 39
  • Personal Care residents – 18
  • Personal Care staff – 9
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

October 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 39
  • Personal Care residents – 17
  • Personal Care staff – 9
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

September 26, 2020

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 39
  • Personal Care residents – 15
  • Personal Care staff – 9
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

September 25, 2020

Compassionate Care Visits

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has imposed limitations on visits to nursing home residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While general visitation is prohibited, compassionate care visits, including end-of-life visits are permitted under certain conditions. Compassionate care visits have stringent requirements and are not permitted unless these requirements are met. If you wish to visit your resident but they do not meet the requirements for a compassionate care visit, please arrange for a window visit or an outdoor visit following the information located on the Mennonite Home website.

Persons wishing to request a compassionate care visit should contact their social worker. The social worker will review your request and notify you if it has been approved. If approved, a date and time for your visit will be arranged and the requirements associated with your visit will be reviewed with you, including providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days prior to the visit (preferably within 72 hours prior to the visit), if available.

Mennonite Home in Preopening Stage

Mennonite Home is currently in a preopening stage in both Skilled Nursing and Personal Care. Mennonite Home can reenter the opening stage when two weeks have elapsed with no new positive COVID-19 cases.

Mennonite Home’s status does not affect Woodcrest Villa which remains in the Green Phase.

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 39
  • Personal Care residents – 12
  • Personal Care staff – 9
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

September 21, 2020

Mennonite Home in Preopening Stage

Mennonite Home is currently in a preopening stage in both Skilled Nursing and Personal Care. Outdoor and window visits are cancelled, as are resident activities. Mennonite Home can reenter the opening stage when two weeks have elapsed with no new positive COVID-19 cases.

Mennonite Home’s status does not affect Woodcrest Villa which remains in the Green Phase.

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 38
  • Personal Care residents – 12
  • Personal Care staff – 8
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

September 19, 2020

Mennonite Home in Preopening Stage

Mennonite Home is currently in a preopening stage in both Skilled Nursing and Personal Care. Outdoor and window visits are cancelled, as are resident activities. Mennonite Home can reenter the opening stage when two weeks have elapsed with no new positive COVID-19 cases.

Mennonite Home’s status does not affect Woodcrest Villa which remains in the Green Phase.

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 38
  • Personal Care residents – 11
  • Personal Care staff – 8
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

September 18, 2020

Mennonite Home in Preopening Stage

Mennonite Home is currently in a preopening stage in both Skilled Nursing and Personal Care. Outdoor and window visits are cancelled, as are resident activities. Mennonite Home can reenter the opening stage when two weeks have elapsed with no new positive COVID-19 cases.

This change at Mennonite Home does not affect the status of Woodcrest Villa which remains in the Green Phase.

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 35
  • Personal Care residents – 11
  • Personal Care staff – 7
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

September 12, 2020

Mennonite Home in Preopening Stage

Mennonite Home is currently in a preopening stage in both Skilled Nursing and Personal Care. Outdoor and window visits are cancelled, as are resident activities. Mennonite Home can reenter the opening stage when two weeks have elapsed with no new positive COVID-19 cases.

This change at Mennonite Home does not affect the status of Woodcrest Villa which remains in the Green Phase.

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 35
  • Personal Care residents – 11
  • Personal Care staff – 7
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

September 11, 2020

On Friday, September 4, 2020, we received updated guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health related to compassionate caregivers/visitation procedures for limited situations as defined by the Department of Health.

The Department of Health refers to this parameter for visitation as “compassionate caregivers”. The guidance requires the development of a protocol and systematic approach to facilitate these visits for your safety and the safety of our residents and team. One significant piece of the guidance is that “compassionate caregivers” will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 7 days.

We are working to develop the visitation system/protocol and will publish details for utilization as soon as they are available. We look forward to the opportunity to further support our residents and families in this unprecedented time with this new option for visitation and psychosocial support.

Please feel free to contact Jennifer Eslinger, NHA (717-391-3620) with questions or requests to be reviewed.

Mennonite Home in Preopening Stage

Mennonite Home is currently in a preopening stage in both Skilled Nursing and Personal Care. Outdoor and window visits are cancelled, as are resident activities. Mennonite Home can reenter the opening stage when two weeks have elapsed with no new positive COVID-19 cases.

This change at Mennonite Home does not affect the status of Woodcrest Villa which remains in the Green Phase.

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 34
  • Personal Care residents – 11
  • Personal Care staff – 7
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

September 6, 2020

On Friday, September 4, 2020, we received updated guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health related to compassionate caregivers/visitation procedures for limited situations as defined by the Department of Health.

The Department of Health refers to this parameter for visitation as “compassionate caregivers”. The guidance requires the development of a protocol and systematic approach to facilitate these visits for your safety and the safety of our residents and team. One significant piece of the guidance is that “compassionate caregivers” will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 7 days.

We are working to develop the visitation system/protocol and will publish details for utilization as soon as they are available. We look forward to the opportunity to further support our residents and families in this unprecedented time with this new option for visitation and psychosocial support.

Please feel free to contact Jennifer Eslinger, NHA (717-391-3620) with questions or requests to be reviewed.

Mennonite Home in Preopening Stage

Mennonite Home is currently in a preopening stage in both Skilled Nursing and Personal Care. Outdoor and window visits are cancelled, as are resident activities. Mennonite Home can reenter the opening stage when two weeks have elapsed with no new positive COVID-19 cases.

This change at Mennonite Home does not affect the status of Woodcrest Villa which remains in the Green Phase.

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 37
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 34
  • Personal Care residents – 11
  • Personal Care staff – 7
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

September 4, 2020

On Friday, September 4, 2020, we received updated guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health related to compassionate caregivers/visitation procedures for limited situations as defined by the Department of Health.

The Department of Health refers to this parameter for visitation as “compassionate caregivers”. The guidance requires the development of a protocol and systematic approach to facilitate these visits for your safety and the safety of our residents and team. One significant piece of the guidance is that “compassionate caregivers” will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 7 days.

We are working to develop the visitation system/protocol and will publish details for utilization as soon as they are available. We look forward to the opportunity to further support our residents and families in this unprecedented time with this new option for visitation and psychosocial support.

Please feel free to contact Jennifer Eslinger, NHA (717-391-3620) with questions or requests to be reviewed.

Important Notification

Due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19, Mennonite Home has reverted to a preopening stage in both Skilled Nursing and Personal Care. The staff member did not have direct contact with residents. All residents and staff members at Mennonite Home have been tested for COVID-19, and will be tested again next week. Outdoor and window visits are cancelled, as are resident activities. Mennonite Home can reenter the opening stage when two weeks have elapsed with no new positive COVID-19 cases.

This change at Mennonite Home does not affect the status of Woodcrest Villa which remains in the Green Phase.

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

We have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 36
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 33
  • Personal Care residents – 11
  • Personal Care staff – 7
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

We are deeply saddened to report that one resident in Skilled Nursing, who we previously reported had tested positive for COVID-19, passed away. Our hearts and prayers are with their family members, and also with our team members, who cared for this resident.

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

September 1, 2020

Important Notification

Due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19, Mennonite Home is reverting to a preopening stage in both Skilled Nursing and Personal Care. The staff member did not have direct contact with residents. Government requirements dictate that all residents and staff members at Mennonite Home must be tested for COVID-19, outdoor and window visits are cancelled, as are resident activities. Mennonite Home can reenter the opening stage when two weeks have elapsed with no new positive COVID-19 cases.

This change at Mennonite Home does not affect the status of Woodcrest Villa which remains in the Green Phase.

COVID-19 Update

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 36
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 33
  • Personal Care residents – 11
  • Personal Care staff – 7
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

We are deeply saddened to report that two residents in Skilled Nursing, who we previously reported had tested positive for COVID-19, passed away. Our hearts and prayers are with their family members, and also with our team members, who cared for these residents.

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

August 28, 2020

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 36
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 32
  • Personal Care residents – 11
  • Personal Care staff – 7
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

August 26, 2020

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Mennonite Home Communities regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had the following number of cases in our nursing home:

  • Skilled Nursing residents – 35
  • Skilled Nursing staff – 32
  • Personal Care residents – 11
  • Personal Care staff – 7
  • We have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other

In addition, we have had the following cases at Woodcrest Villa, our independent living community:

  • Woodcrest Villa residents – 4
  • Woodcrest Villa staff – 3

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Mennonite Home Communities is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Information about how to schedule a visit is available on the Mennonite Home Communities website or by contacting us.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 717-393-1301.

 

 

August 23, 2020

We reported on August 21, 2020, that Personal Care at Mennonite Home experienced two positive cases of COVID-19, one resident and one staff member. As a result, Personal Care reverted to its pre-opening stage and all residents and staff members were retested for COVID-19. This testing revealed that two additional residents tested positive for COVID-19.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, MHC is following the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, PA Department of Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, MH’s medical director, and other healthcare resources.

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

August 21, 2020

The weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, August 21, 2020, is:

  • Residents who tested positive:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 1
    • WCV = 0
  • Staff who tested positive:
    • Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 1
    • WCV = 0
  • Residents who died after testing positive for COVID-19:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • Woodcrest Villa = 0
  • Staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, MHC is following the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, PA Department of Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, MH’s medical director, and other healthcare resources.

MH Reverts to Pre-opening Stage

A few weeks ago, nursing homes in PA were permitted to begin lifting restrictions (“reopen”) if they met certain benchmarks. MH met the benchmarks and moved to reopen. Nursing homes are able to remain in a reopen posture as long as they do not have additional positive cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents. Unfortunately, the positive cases in Personal Care means that MH must revert back to its pre-opening stage. Among other things, this means that outdoor visits, meals in dining rooms and beauty salon appointments are cancelled for Personal Care residents. MH Personal Care will move to reopen when circumstances warrant, which cannot occur until September 2, 2020, or later. This action does not affect the lifting of restrictions at WCV.

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

August 14, 2020

The weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, August 14, 2020, is:

  • Residents who tested positive:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • WCV = 0
  • Staff who tested positive:
    • Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • WCV = 0
  • Residents who died after testing positive for COVID-19:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • Woodcrest Villa = 0
  • Staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

August 7, 2020

The weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, August 7, 2020, is:

  • Residents who tested positive:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • WCV = 0
  • Staff who tested positive:
    • Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • WCV = 0
  • Residents who died after testing positive for COVID-19:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • Woodcrest Villa = 0
  • Staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

August 3, 2020

On June 26, 2020 (updated July 20, 2020), the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued guidance for nursing homes to begin lifting restrictions. To safely lift restrictions, nursing homes must:

  • Publish a Reopening Implementation Plan on its website.
  • Have an absence of any COVID-19 outbreak in the facility for 14 consecutive days.

We are pleased to share with you that Mennonite Home met the requirements and began to lift restrictions on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. A copy of our Reopening Implementation Plan is available here (will download as a pdf file).

Although the state is referring to this as a “reopening” plan, there continue to be significant restrictions on residents and family members. These restrictions are based on the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and other governmental and healthcare agencies intended to keep residents and staff as safe as possible. Please continue to be patient as the various stages of reopening unfold. We are lifting restrictions as quickly as possible with resident safety remaining our highest priority.

There are a few items that are of particular importance and/or interest that we want to highlight:

  1. The reopening guidelines require that if the facility experiences one positive case of COVID-19 among residents or staff, we are required to cease reopening activities and reimpose our previous restrictions. Should this occur, it is likely that the restrictions would be in place for at least 14 days before we could consider entering the reopening phase again.
  2. Visitors continue to be restricted at this time; however, the reopening guidelines permit in person, outdoor visits where a cell phone is not needed to communicate. Information about how to arrange an outdoor visit is available here.

Should you have any questions, please contact Josh Bashore-Steury, Director of Personal Care (717-391-3661) or Jennifer Eslinger, Nursing Home Administrator (717-391-3620).

 

 

July 31, 2020

The weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, July 31, 2020, is:

  • Residents who tested positive:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • WCV = 0
  • Staff who tested positive:
    • Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • WCV = 0
  • Residents who died after testing positive for COVID-19:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • Woodcrest Villa = 0
  • Staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

July 28, 2020 – pm

On June 26, 2020 (updated July 20, 2020), the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued guidance for nursing homes to begin lifting restrictions. To safely lift restrictions, nursing homes must:

  • Publish a Reopening Implementation Plan on its website.
  • Have an absence of any COVID-19 outbreak in the facility for 14 consecutive days.

We are pleased to share with you that Mennonite Home meets the requirements and will begin to lift restrictions on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. A copy of our Reopening Implementation Plan is available here (will download as a pdf file).

Although the state is referring to this as a “reopening” plan, there continue to be significant restrictions on residents and family members. These restrictions are based on the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and other governmental and healthcare agencies intended to keep residents and staff as safe as possible. Please continue to be patient as the various stages of reopening unfold. We are lifting restrictions as quickly as possible with resident safety remaining our highest priority.

There are a few items that are of particular importance and/or interest that we want to highlight:

  1. The reopening guidelines require that if the facility experiences one positive case of COVID-19 among residents or staff, we are required to cease reopening activities and reimpose our previous restrictions. Should this occur, it is likely that the restrictions would be in place for at least 14 days before we could consider entering the reopening phase again.
  2. Visitors continue to be restricted at this time; however, the reopening guidelines permit in person, outdoor visits where a cell phone is not needed to communicate. These visits will start after August 5. Information about how to arrange them will be available here closer to the date.

Should you have any questions, please contact Josh Bashore-Steury, Director of Personal Care (717-391-3661) or Jennifer Eslinger, Nursing Home Administrator (717-391-3620).

Please note: We are no longer holding resident mail and packages for 24 hours prior to delivering to residents per CDC revised guidelines.

Visitor restrictions remain in effect at Mennonite Home; however, we have provided drop off locations for you to drop off non-perishable items for residents:

  • Mennonite Home – Non-perishable items for residents may be left on the drop off cart located outside the Welcome Center between the hours of 8 am – 4:30 pm. Please clearly label items with the name of the resident and the date you dropped them off. The cart is not monitored. Mennonite Home Communities assumes no responsibility for items left on the cart. Items on the cart will be retrieved a few times each day and delivered to residents.

 

 

July 24, 2020

The weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, July 24, 2020, is:

  • Residents who tested positive:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • WCV = 0
  • Staff who tested positive:
    • Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • WCV = 0
  • Residents who died after testing positive for COVID-19:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • Woodcrest Villa = 0
  • Staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

July 22, 2020

On June 8, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an Order mandating that all nursing home staff and residents be tested for COVID-19 no later than July 24, 2020. We are pleased to report that the Skilled Nursing Department at Mennonite Home has completed this testing, which means that all residents and staff have received negative test results for COVID-19.

Final test results for Personal Care residents and staff are pending.

 

 

July 17, 2020

The weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, July 17, 2020, is:

  • Residents who tested positive:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • WCV = 0
  • Staff who tested positive:
    • Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • WCV = 0
  • Residents who died after testing positive for COVID-19:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • Woodcrest Villa = 0
  • Staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

July 10, 2020

The weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, July 10, 2020, is:

  • Residents who tested positive:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 1
    • MH Personal Care = 4
    • WCV = 2
  • Staff who tested positive:
    • Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 3
    • WCV = 0
  • Residents who died after testing positive for COVID-19:
    • MH Skilled Nursing = 0
    • MH Personal Care = 0
    • Woodcrest Villa = 1
  • Staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

As was reported July 8, 2020, the Personal Care residents and staff reported above resulted from baseline testing required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. All seven of these persons are asymptomatic (no symptoms of COVID-19).

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

July 8, 2020

On June 8, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an Order mandating that all nursing home staff and residents be tested for COVID-19 no later than July 24, 2020. The Mennonite Home has begun this testing.

Although all of the testing results have not yet been received, three Personal Care staff members and four Personal Care residents tested asymptomatically (no symptoms) positive for COVID-19. The staff members are quarantining at home for the required period of time, and the residents are isolating per Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines.

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

July 7, 2020

Since our last report on July 3, 2020, a resident in Skilled Nursing at Mennonite Home tested positive for COVID-19.

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

July 3, 2020

The weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, July 3, 2020, is:

  • Residents in MH Skilled Nursing who tested positive = 0
  • Residents in MH Personal Care who tested positive = 0
  • Residents at WCV who tested positive = 2
  • Staff at MH who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Residents or staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

To learn more about what life has been like at Woodcrest Villa during the pandemic, please read this letter written by a wonderful resident.

 

 

June 29, 2020

Since our last report on June 26, 2020, a married couple at Woodcrest Villa tested positive for COVID-19. The residents are in quarantine. Residents and staff who have had close contact with the COVID-19 positive residents will be notified. (Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more.)

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

June 26, 2020

The weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, June 26, 2020, is:

  • Residents in MH Skilled Nursing who tested positive = 0
  • Residents in MH Personal Care who tested positive = 0
  • Residents at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at MH who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Residents or staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

June 19, 2020

The weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, June 19, 2020, is:

  • Residents in MH Skilled Nursing who tested positive = 0
  • Residents in MH Personal Care who tested positive = 1
  • Residents at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at MH who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Residents or staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

June 12, 2020

The weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, June 12, 2020, is:

  • Residents in MH Skilled Nursing who tested positive = 0
  • Residents in MH Personal Care who tested positive = 0
  • Residents at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at MH who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Residents or staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

June 5, 2020

The weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, June 5, 2020, is:

  • Residents in MH Skilled Nursing who tested positive = 0
  • Residents in MH Personal Care who tested positive = 0
  • Residents at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at MH who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Residents or staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

Website updates will occur as required by government health care guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

June 2, 2020

Gov. Wolf has announced that Lancaster County will move from the Red Phase to the Yellow Phase on Friday, June 5, 2020. At this time, there are no changes at Mennonite Home due to current government guidelines.

However, a Plan to Lift Restrictions at Woodcrest Villa (WCV) has been developed. The changes occurring on June 5, 2020, are being communicated to residents this week.

Some of the key changes for visitors are:

Visitation

Visitation continues to be highly discouraged because our residents are considered a vulnerable population in light of the coronavirus. If you have an essential reason to visit, you may do so beginning Friday, June 5, 2020, under the following conditions:

  1. Regardless of where or what time you are visiting you must check in at the VIVA Centre. There you will have your temperature checked and must answer a series of screening questions. (After hours visitors should contact Campus Security using the communication box located inside the VIVA Centre vestibule.)
  2. You must sanitize your hands and agree to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering throughout your visit.
  3. Once you are eligible, the receptionist will contact your resident and announce your arrival. At that time, you may drive over to your resident’s apartment wing or villa where they will let you in.

Grocery Deliveries

The vehicle checkpoint currently in place will be removed on June 5, 2020. This means you may check in at the VIVA Centre and then deliver the groceries to your resident instead of dropping them off at the checkpoint.

Marketing Activities

Marketing activities are resuming! If you are interested in learning more about the wonderful services, amenities and apartments or villas available at WCV please contact our Marketing Department.

 

 

May 29, 2020

Based on the new CMS reporting guidelines, the weekly COVID-19 report ending Friday, May 29, 2020, is:

  • Residents in MH Skilled Nursing who tested positive = 0
  • Residents in MH Personal Care who tested positive = 0
  • Residents at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at MH who tested positive = 1
  • Staff at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Residents or staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 0
  • Did three or more residents or staff have new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other? No

Website updates will occur as required by CMS/PA DOH guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

 

May 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update

In accordance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) COVID-19 reporting requirements, we are reporting that since our previous update:

  • Staff at MH who tested positive = 1

Website updates will occur as required by CMS/PA DOH guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

May 22, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have issued new guidance for the reporting of COVID-19 data. Specifically, the guidance states that long term care facilities are to:

Inform residents, their representatives, and families of those residing in facilities by 5 p.m. the next calendar day following the occurrence of either a single confirmed infection of COVID-19, or three or more residents or staff with new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other. This information must—

  1. Not include personally identifiable information;
  2. Include information on mitigating actions implemented to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission, including if normal operations of the facility will be altered; and
  3. Include any cumulative updates for residents, their representatives, and families at least weekly or by 5 p.m. the next calendar day following the subsequent occurrence of either: each time a confirmed infection of COVID-19 is identified, or whenever three or more residents or staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms occur within 72 hours of each other.

We have shared numerous updates on the website, Coronavirus Information Line, resident and family member memorandums, etc., about how MHC has implemented actions to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission (#2 above). We will continue to provide new actions as they occur.

Based on these new guidelines, our weekly report for May 22, 2020 is:

  • Residents at MH Skilled Nursing who tested positive = 0
  • Residents at MH Personal Care who tested positive = 0
  • Residents at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at MH who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Residents or staff who died after testing positive for COVID-19 = 1 MH Skilled Nursing resident

Also, we did not experience three or more residents or staff with new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other.

A number of government agencies have recently proposed testing of all nursing home residents and staff for COVID-19. At this time, there continue to be many unanswered questions. MHC will monitor the situation and make a determination at the appropriate time. It is unclear whether the call for universal testing applies to WCV residents or staff.

Visitor restrictions remain in effect at both Mennonite Home and Woodcrest Villa; however, we have provided drop off locations for you to drop off non-perishable items for residents:

  • Mennonite Home – Non-perishable items for residents may be left on the drop off cart located outside the Welcome Center between the hours of 8 am – 4:30 pm. Please clearly label items with the name of the resident and the date you dropped them off. The cart is not monitored. Mennonite Home Communities assumes no responsibility for items left on the cart. Items on the cart will be retrieved a few times each day and placed in a storage area for 24 hours prior to delivery to the resident.
  • Woodcrest Villa – Non-perishable items for residents may be left with the attendant at the checkpoint located at the front entrance off of Harrisburg Pike. Please drop off groceries during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Weekend grocery deliveries may be refused due to lack of available personnel to deliver them to residents.

Website updates will occur as required by CMS/PA DOH guidance, with a weekly summary report on Fridays. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

May 18, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have issued new guidance for the reporting of COVID-19 data. Specifically, the guidance states that long term care facilities are to:

Inform residents, their representatives, and families of those residing in facilities by 5 p.m. the next calendar day following the occurrence of either a single confirmed infection of COVID-19, or three or more residents or staff with new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other. This information must—

  1. Not include personally identifiable information;
  2. Include information on mitigating actions implemented to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission, including if normal operations of the facility will be altered; and
  3. Include any cumulative updates for residents, their representatives, and families at least weekly or by 5 p.m. the next calendar day following the subsequent occurrence of either: each time a confirmed infection of COVID-19 is identified, or whenever three or more residents or staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms occur within 72 hours of each other.

Although not required, we will also be reporting COVID-19 deaths. We have shared numerous updates on the website, Coronavirus Information Line, resident and family member memorandums, etc., about how the MHC has implemented actions to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission (#2 above). We will continue to provide new actions as they occur. Based on these new guidelines, since our last report on May 15, 2020:

  • Residents at MH Skilled Nursing who tested positive = 0
  • Residents at MH Personal Care who tested positive = 0
  • Residents at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at MH who tested positive = 0
  • Staff at WCV who tested positive = 0
  • Residents or staff who died from COVID-19 = 0

Also, we have not had three or more residents or staff with new-onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other.

Visitor restrictions remain in effect at both Mennonite Home and Woodcrest Villa; however, we have provided drop off locations for you to drop off non-perishable items for residents:

  • Mennonite Home – Non-perishable items for residents may be left on the drop off cart located outside the Welcome Center between the hours of 8 am – 4:30 pm. Please clearly label items with the name of the resident and the date you dropped them off. The cart is not monitored. Mennonite Home Communities assumes no responsibility for items left on the cart. Items on the cart will be retrieved a few times each day and placed in a storage area for 24 hours prior to delivery to the resident.
  • Woodcrest Villa – Non-perishable items for residents may be left with the attendant at the checkpoint located at the front entrance off of Harrisburg Pike. Please drop off groceries during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Weekend grocery deliveries may be refused due to lack of available personnel to deliver them to residents.

Website updates will occur as required by the new CMS/PA DOH guidance. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for similar information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

May 15, 2020

Since our last report on May 13, 2020, we are pleased that no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported among residents or staff at Woodcrest Villa or Mennonite Home.

Visitor restrictions remain in effect at both Mennonite Home and Woodcrest Villa. We understand this is disappointing to many family members and residents. Please use alternative forms of communication such as the telephone, Facetime, Skype, or Zoom to communicate with your loved one.

Drop Off Locations

  • Mennonite Home – Non-perishable items for residents may be left on the drop off cart located outside the Welcome Center between the hours of 8 am – 4:30 pm. Please clearly label items with the name of the resident and the date you dropped them off. The cart is not monitored. Mennonite Home Communities assumes no responsibility for items left on the cart. Items on the cart will be retrieved a few times each day and placed in a storage area for 24 hours prior to delivery to the resident.
  • Woodcrest Villa – Non-perishable items for residents may be left with the attendant at the checkpoint located at the front entrance off of Harrisburg Pike. Please drop off groceries during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Weekend grocery deliveries may be refused due to lack of available personnel to deliver them to residents.

The next website update will occur on Monday, May 18, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

Happy Nurses Week! We love and appreciate our outstanding nursing team members!

May 13, 2020

Since our last report on May 11, 2020, we are pleased that no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported among residents at Woodcrest Villa or in Personal Care, or among staff at Woodcrest Villa. One resident in Skilled Nursing at MH and one MH staff member tested positive.

Visitor restrictions remain in effect at both Mennonite Home and Woodcrest Villa. We understand this is disappointing to many family members and residents. Please use alternative forms of communication such as the telephone, Facetime, Skype, or Zoom to express your sentiments to your loved one.

The next website update will occur on Friday, May 15, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

May 11, 2020

Since our last report on May 8, 2020, we are pleased that no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported among residents at Woodcrest Villa or in Personal Care, or among staff at Mennonite Home or Woodcrest Villa. Two residents in Skilled Nursing tested positive. We are deeply saddened to report that one of the two residents passed away. Our hearts and prayers are with their family members, and with our team members, who cared for these residents.

Visitor restrictions remain in effect at both Mennonite Home and Woodcrest Villa. We understand this is disappointing to many family members and residents. Please use alternative forms of communication such as the telephone, Facetime, Skype, or Zoom to express your sentiments to your loved one.

The next website update will occur on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

May 8, 2020

Since our last report on May 6, 2020, we are pleased that no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported among residents or staff at Woodcrest Villa or Mennonite Home.

Important Notice: While warmer weather and sunshine bring on the urge to be outside and return to life as normal, we must remain vigilant on behalf of our residents. In keeping with Gov. Wolf’s orders, visitor restrictions remain in effect at both Mennonite Home and Woodcrest Villa. This means that family members may not visit in person for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10th. We understand this is deeply disappointing to many family members and residents. Please use alternative forms of communication such as the telephone, Facetime, Skype, or Zoom to express your sentiments to your loved one.

The next website update will occur on Monday, May 11, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

May 6, 2020

Since our last report on May 4, 2020, we are pleased that no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Woodcrest Villa among residents or staff, nor have there been any reported cases among residents in Personal Care or Skilled Nursing at Mennonite Home. One staff member at Mennonite Home tested positive. The staff member has been self-isolating since they developed symptoms.

Important Notice: While warmer weather and sunshine bring on the urge to be outside and return to life as normal, we must remain vigilant on behalf of our residents. In keeping with Gov. Wolf’s orders, visitor restrictions remain in effect at both Mennonite Home and Woodcrest Villa. This means that family members may not visit in person for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10th. We understand this is deeply disappointing to many family members and residents. Please use alternative forms of communication such as the telephone, Facetime, Skype, or Zoom to express your sentiments to your loved one.

The next website update will occur on Friday, May 8, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

May 4, 2020

Since our last report on May 1, 2020, we are pleased that no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Woodcrest Villa among residents or staff, nor have there been any reported cases among residents in Personal Care or Skilled Nursing at Mennonite Home. Two staff members at Mennonite Home tested positive. The staff members have been self-isolating since they developed symptoms.

We are deeply saddened to report that one Skilled Nursing resident, who we previously reported had tested positive for COVID-19, passed away at Mennonite Home. Our hearts and prayers are with their family members, and also with our team members, who cared for this resident.

Important Notice: Visitor restrictions remain in effect at both Mennonite Home and Woodcrest Villa. This means that family members may not visit in person for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10th. We understand this is deeply disappointing to many family members and residents. Please use alternative forms of communication such as the telephone, Facetime, Skype, or Zoom to express your sentiments to your loved one.

The next website update will occur on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

May 1, 2020

Since our last report on April 29, 2020, we are pleased that no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Woodcrest Villa or at Mennonite Home.

The next website update will occur on Monday, May 4, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 29, 2020

Since our last report on April 27, 2020, we are pleased that no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Woodcrest Villa or at Mennonite Home.

The next website update will occur on Friday, May 1, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 27, 2020

Since our last report on April 24, 2020, we are pleased that no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Woodcrest Villa or at Mennonite Home.

We are deeply saddened to report that two Skilled Nursing residents, who we previously reported had tested positive for COVID-19, passed away at Mennonite Home. The deceased residents had underlying health conditions. Our hearts and prayers are with their family members, and also with our team members, who cared for these residents.

We have been so blessed by the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from residents, family members and community members during such a challenging time. Your support is making a huge difference for our team members. And, thank you also for those who include Mennonite Home Communities and its staff in your prayers. It is deeply appreciated.

The next website update will occur on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 24, 2020

Since our last report on April 22, 2020, we are pleased that there are no new cases of COVID-19 reported at Woodcrest Villa among residents or staff, or among Mennonite Home residents. Two Mennonite Home staff tested positive. The two staff members have all been self-isolating since they developed symptoms.

We have been so blessed by the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from residents, family members and community members during such a challenging time. Your support is making a huge difference for our team members. And, thank you also for those who include Mennonite Home Communities and its staff in your prayers. It is deeply appreciated.

The next website update will occur on Monday, April 27, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 22, 2020

Since our last report on April 20, 2020, we are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Woodcrest Villa or Mennonite Home among residents or staff.

We have been so blessed by the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from residents, family members and community members during such a challenging time. Your support is making a huge difference for our team members. And, thank you also for those who include Mennonite Home Communities and its staff in your prayers. It is deeply appreciated.

The next website update will occur on Friday, April 24, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

Click on the image below for a video message from Mennonite Home Communities President John Sauder.

April 20, 2020

Since our last report on April 17, 2020, we are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Woodcrest Villa among residents or staff, nor have there been any reported cases in Personal Care. Two Skilled Nursing residents and one staff member at Mennonite Home tested positive. The staff member has been self-isolating since they developed symptoms.

We are deeply saddened to report that one Skilled Nursing resident, who we previously reported had tested positive for COVID-19, passed away at Mennonite Home. Our hearts and prayers are with their family members, and also with our team members, who cared for this resident.

We have been so blessed by the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from residents, family members and community members during such a challenging time. Your support is making a huge difference for our team members. And, thank you also for those who include Mennonite Home Communities and its staff in your prayers. It is deeply appreciated.

The next website update will occur on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 17, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Woodcrest Villa among residents or staff, nor have there been any reported cases in Personal Care. One Skilled Nursing resident and three staff members at Mennonite Home tested positive. The three staff have all been self-isolating since they developed symptoms.

We have been so blessed by the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from residents, family members and community members during such a challenging time. Your support is making a huge difference for our team members. And, thank you also for those who include Mennonite Home Communities and its staff in your prayers. It is deeply appreciated.

The next website update will occur on Monday, April 20, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 15, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Woodcrest Villa among residents or staff, nor have there been any reported cases in Personal Care. Three Skilled Nursing residents and two staff members at Mennonite Home tested positive.

We have been so blessed by the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from residents, family members and community members during such a challenging time. Your support is making a huge difference for our team members. And, thank you also for those who include Mennonite Home Communities and its staff in your prayers. It is deeply appreciated.

The next website update will occur on Friday, April 17, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 13, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Woodcrest Villa among residents or staff, nor have there been any reported cases in Personal Care. Two Skilled Nursing residents and one staff member at Mennonite Home tested positive.

We are deeply saddened to report that two Skilled Nursing residents, who we previously reported had tested positive for COVID-19, passed away at Mennonite Home. The deceased residents had underlying health conditions. Our hearts and prayers are with their family members, and also with our team members, who cared for these residents.

We have been so blessed by the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from residents, family members and community members during such a challenging time. Your support is making a huge difference for our team members. And, thank you also for those who include Mennonite Home Communities and its staff in your prayers. It is deeply appreciated.

The next website update will occur on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 10, 2020

Unless circumstances significantly change, the next website update will occur on Monday, April 13, 2020.

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Mennonite Home or Woodcrest Villa among residents or staff; however, we are deeply saddened to report that one Skilled Nursing resident, who we previously reported had tested positive for COVID-19, passed away at Mennonite Home. Our hearts and prayers are with their family members, and also with our team members, who cared for this resident.

We have been so blessed by the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from residents, family members and community members during such a challenging time. Your support is making a huge difference for our team members. Thank you to the many persons who have made and donated dozens of masks for our residents to wear. And, thank you also for those who include Mennonite Home Communities and its staff in your prayers. It is deeply appreciated.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 9, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 among residents at Woodcrest Villa or among residents in Personal Care at Mennonite Home. In addition, there are no new cases among staff at either Mennonite Home or Woodcrest Villa. One resident in Skilled Nursing at Mennonite Home tested positive.

We have been so blessed by the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from residents, family members and community members during such a challenging time. Your support is making a huge difference for our team members. Thank you to the many persons who have made and donated dozens of masks for our residents to wear. And, thank you also for those who include Mennonite Home Communities and its staff in your prayers. It is deeply appreciated.

We have been and will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s recommended protocols and control measures. In addition, we continue to work with and receive support from a coalition of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and leading nursing home and hospital associations, a public health specialist with the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology, and local and state health departments, and medical experts to manage the spread of exposure.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 8, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 among residents or staff at Woodcrest Villa and no new cases among Personal Care residents. Two staff and one resident in Skilled Nursing at Mennonite Home tested positive. The staff have been self-isolating from the time they developed symptoms.

We have been so blessed by the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from residents, family members and community members during such a challenging time. Your support is making a huge difference for our team members. Thank you to the many persons who have made and donated dozens of masks for our residents to wear. And, thank you also for those who include Mennonite Home Communities and its staff in your prayers. It is deeply appreciated.

We have been and will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s recommended protocols and control measures. In addition, we continue to work with and receive support from a coalition of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and leading nursing home and hospital associations, a public health specialist with the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology, and local and state health departments, and medical experts to manage the spread of exposure.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 7, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 among residents or staff at Woodcrest Villa, no new cases among staff at Mennonite Home, and no new cases among Personal Care residents. One resident in Skilled Nursing at Mennonite Home tested positive.

We have been and will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s recommended protocols and control measures. In addition, we continue to work with and receive support from a coalition of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and leading nursing home and hospital associations, a public health specialist with the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology, and local and state health departments, and medical experts to manage the spread of exposure.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 6, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 among residents at either Mennonite Home or Woodcrest Villa. Four staff members at Mennonite Home and one staff member at Woodcrest Villa tested positive. The five staff have all been self-isolating since they developed symptoms.

We are, however, deeply saddened to report that one resident, who we previously reported had tested positive for COVID-19, passed away at Mennonite Home.  An additional resident, who had not been tested for COVID-19, has passed away at Mennonite Home and was presumed positive for COVID-19. The deceased residents had underlying health conditions. Our hearts and prayers are with the family members of these residents during this difficult time.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 5, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents at Woodcrest Villa. Four staff, 1 Skilled Nursing resident and 1 Personal Care resident tested positive at Mennonite Home. The four staff have all been self-isolating since they developed symptoms.  No new tests have been sent out today for Skilled Nursing or Personal Care residents. At this time, we have no pending tests in Personal Care and only one pending test in Skilled Nursing.

We are, however, deeply saddened to report that four residents, who we previously reported had tested positive for COVID-19, have passed away at Mennonite Home.  Our hearts and prayers are with the family members of these residents during this difficult time.

We have been and will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s recommended protocols and control measures.  In addition, we continue to work with and receive support from a coalition of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and leading nursing home and hospital associations, a public health specialist with the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology, and local and state health departments, and medical experts to manage the spread of exposure.

It is our intention to remain as transparent as possible during this unprecedented situation, while also being careful to protect the privacy of our residents, as we are required to do.  Family members of Mennonite Home residents may direct questions to Jennifer Eslinger, Nursing Home Administrator at (717) 391-3620 or Josh Bashore-Steury, Director of Personal Care at (717) 391-3661.  If your phone call is not answered immediately, please leave a message and we will return your call on a timely basis.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 4, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents at Mennonite Home in Skilled Nursing or Personal Care, or at Woodcrest Villa.

We have been following the CDC’s recommended protocols and control measures since first learning of the novel coronavirus. In addition, we have received support from a coalition of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and leading nursing home and hospital associations, a public health specialist with the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology, and local and state health departments, and medical experts to manage the spread of exposure. Resident safety remains our top priority.

It is our intention to remain as transparent as possible during this unprecedented situation, while also being careful to protect the privacy of our residents, as we are required to do.  Family members of Mennonite Home residents may direct questions to Jennifer Eslinger, Nursing Home Administrator at (717) 391-3620 or Josh Bashore-Steury, Director of Personal Care at (717) 391-3661.  If your phone call is not answered immediately, please leave a message and we will return your call on a timely basis.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 3, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents in Personal Care or at Woodcrest Villa. Although one additional skilled nursing resident tested positive, we are grateful that in the last two days no new COVID-19 tests have been sent out for either Personal Care or skilled nursing residents.

We are grateful that two of our employees who tested positive have been medically cleared and returned to work. A third employee has been cleared to return to work on Monday. A total of 12 staff have had negative tests. Since our last update we had four staff test positive, two of whom are in non-clinical roles and two are in clinical roles.  As is always the case, staff immediately discontinue work and isolate themselves until test results are received.

We have been following the CDC’s recommended protocols and control measures since first learning of the novel coronavirus.  In addition, this past Tuesday, March 31, 2020, a coalition of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and leading nursing home and hospital associations conducted an onsite assessment and validated our infection prevention processes and control measures to limit the spread of exposure within our facility.  On a daily basis, our team has been working closely with our Medical Director who is consulting with experts in infectious disease to confirm that we are doing all that we can.  We continue to consult with a public health specialist with the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology. In addition, we will remain in close contact with our local and state health departments, medical experts, and the CDC, to stay up to date on new information to limit and manage the spread of exposure.  Resident safety remains our top priority.

It is our intention to remain as transparent as possible during this unprecedented situation, while also being careful to protect the privacy of our residents, as we are required to do.  Family members of Mennonite Home residents may direct questions to Jennifer Eslinger, Nursing Home Administrator at (717) 391-3620 or Josh Bashore-Steury, Director of Personal Care at (717) 391-3661.  If your phone call is not answered immediately, please leave a message and we will return your call on a timely basis.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 2, 2020

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 within our Personal Care facility at Mennonite Home.

As you have heard in the news, federal, state, and local authorities are reporting a projected surge of positive COVID-19 cases in the United States over the next two weeks.  Since our last update, despite our team’s incredible and tireless efforts at control and mitigation, we have experienced a surge in new cases with 11 additional residents within our Skilled Nursing facility, two Woodcrest Villa staff members, one Mennonite Home staff member and one WCV resident (who has transferred to Mennonite Home) testing positive for COVID-19.  Staff are isolating at home, while residents were placed in isolation as soon as they presented with symptoms, and remain in isolation per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols.  In addition to these residents, two Woodcrest Villa staff members and one Mennonite Home staff member have also tested positive for COVID-19.

We have been following the CDC’s recommended protocols and control measures since first learning of the novel coronavirus.  In addition, this past Tuesday, March 31, 2020, a coalition of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and leading nursing home and hospital associations conducted an onsite assessment and validated our infection prevention processes and control measures to limit the spread of exposure within our facility.  On a daily basis, our team has been working closely with our Medical Director who is consulting with experts in infectious disease to confirm that we are doing all that we can.  We continue to consult with a public health specialist with the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology. In addition, we will remain in close contact with our local and state health departments, medical experts, and the CDC, to stay up to date on new information to limit and manage the spread of exposure.  Resident safety remains our top priority.

We know that the news of these additional cases may cause concern and expect there will be family members of residents who will have questions and will want to ensure their loved one is safe, and that their needs are being met.  It is our intention to remain as transparent as possible during this unprecedented situation, while also being careful to protect the privacy of our residents, as we are required to do.  Family members of Mennonite Home residents may direct questions to Jennifer Eslinger, Nursing Home Administrator at (717) 391-3620 or Josh Bashore-Steury, Director of Personal Care at (717) 391-3661.  If your phone call is not answered immediately, please leave a message and we will return your call on a timely basis.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

March 31, 2020

We have been notified of two additional positive cases of COVID-19 in our Personal Care facility at Mennonite Home. There are no new cases at Woodcrest Villa.

We will implement any instructions provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in addition to the procedures we are already following as recommended by the CDC to contain any possible spread.

We know this is a disconcerting and frightening time for residents and their families. We are doing everything possible to provide the highest level of care and protection for residents, and we understand how difficult this situation is for residents and their families. Truly, these are unprecedented times.

Our esteem is growing for our staff. We are very proud of our professional, caring team members who are working under very challenging conditions. As you can imagine, our team members have similar concerns about the safety of themselves and their families. Truly they are heroes in all aspects of that term and we appreciate them very much. Please pray for these conscientious team members and their families.

Please be patient with us. We know how important open, transparent communication is; however, we may not be able to return your call as quickly as we may otherwise. Also, we are cognizant of the privacy of our residents and may not be able to share all the information you request.

Numerous measures have been taken at both Mennonite Home and Woodcrest Villa to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The key measures are:

  1. Cancellation of all non-essential visitation at both campuses. All visitors are screened at the entrance and asked to leave if they do not have an essential reason to be on campus.
  2. Residents are strongly urged to remain in their apartments. We have instituted meal delivery, grocery delivery, mail delivery, news delivery and trash pickup so residents do not need to leave their apartments/villas.
  3. Housekeeping services and transportation to the grocery stores has been cancelled. The Marketplace is maintaining regular hours and is stocking additional items residents may need. Grocery delivery services are facilitate by staff if available from local grocery stores.
  4. All staff are screened at start of shift and end of shift for signs of illness and fever. Staff are wearing masks at all times when they are out of their offices.
  5. We have added daily programming to our in house channel to help residents with social isolation.
  6. We are calling residents on a frequent basis to provide wellness checks, see how they are doing, ask if they need anything, and inquire as to their general welfare.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

March 30, 2020

Today, we were notified of two additional positive cases of COVID-19 at Mennonite Home. The first is a non-clinical staff member who has been isolating at home for the past 10 days, while the other is a resident in skilled nursing. There are no new cases of COVID-19 at Woodcrest Villa.

We will implement any instructions provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in addition to the procedures we are already following as recommended by the CDC to contain any possible spread.

The measures taken to date are continuing as outlined in previous updates; however, in light of the positive cases we are experiencing, the following additional measures have being taken:

  1. All vehicular traffic into WCV must enter at the Harrisburg Pike entrance. Vehicles will be stopped to verify that occupants have an approved reason to enter the campus. The McGovernville entry and exit will be closed.
  2. The daily meal is being delivered to apartment residents.
  3. Housekeeping services within apartments is cancelled.
  4. Transportation to grocery stores is cancelled; transportation to the Health Campus remains in operation.
  5. The Marketplace will maintain regular hours and is stocking additional items residents may need. Grocery delivery services will be facilitated by staff if available from local grocery stores.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

March 29, 2020

Today, we were notified of three additional positive cases of COVID-19. All three are at Mennonite Home: two are non-clinical staff members who have not had recent contact with residents and one is a resident in skilled nursing.

We will implement any instructions provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in addition to the procedures we are already following as recommended by the CDC to contain any possible spread.

The measures taken to date are continuing as outlined in previous updates; however, in light of the positive cases we are experiencing, the following additional measures have being taken:

  1. All vehicular traffic into WCV must enter at the Harrisburg Pike entrance. Vehicles will be stopped to verify that occupants have an approved reason to enter the campus. The McGovernville entry and exit will be closed.
  2. The daily meal is being delivered to apartment residents.
  3. Housekeeping services within apartments is cancelled.
  4. Transportation to grocery stores is cancelled; transportation to the Health Campus remains in operation.
  5. The Marketplace will maintain regular hours and is stocking additional items residents may need. Grocery delivery services will be facilitated by staff if available from local grocery stores.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

March 28, 2020

Today, we were notified of three additional positive cases of COVID-19. All three are at Mennonite Home: one is a resident in skilled nursing, the second is a resident in Personal Care, and the third is a staff member.

We will implement any instructions provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in addition to the procedures we are already following as recommended by the CDC to contain any possible spread.

The measures taken to date are continuing as outlined in previous updates; however, in light of the positive cases we are experiencing, the following additional measures have being taken:

  1. Vehicular traffic into WCV will be stopped near the Harrisburg Pike entrance to verify that occupants have an approved reason to enter the campus. The McGovernville entry and exit will be closed.
  2. The daily meal is being delivered to apartment residents.
  3. Housekeeping services within apartments is cancelled.
  4. Transportation to grocery stores is cancelled; transportation to the Health Campus remains in operation.
  5. The Marketplace will maintain regular hours and is stocking additional items residents may need. Grocery delivery services will be facilitated by staff if available from local grocery stores.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

March 27, 2020

Today, we were notified of two additional positive cases of COVID-19: one is a resident in skilled nursing at Mennonite Home, and the second is a Mennonite Home staff member.

We have notified the Pennsylvania Department of Health and will implement any instructions they may have, in addition to the procedures we are already following as recommended by the CDC to contain any possible spread.

The measures taken to date are continuing as outlined in previous updates; however, in light of the positive cases we are experiencing, the following additional measures have being taken:

  1. Vehicular traffic into WCV will be stopped near the Harrisburg Pike entrance to verify that occupants have an approved reason to enter the campus. The McGovernville entry and exit will be closed.
  2. The daily meal will be delivered to apartment residents beginning Friday, March 27, 2020.
  3. Housekeeping services within apartments is cancelled.
  4. Transportation to grocery stores is cancelled; transportation to the Health Campus remains in operation.
  5. The Marketplace will maintain regular hours and is stocking additional items residents may need. Grocery delivery services will be facilitated by staff if available from local grocery stores.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

March 26, 2020

We received notification today that two residents at Woodcrest Villa (WCV) have been diagnosed with COVID-19. One resident is in the hospital, while the other resident is almost fully recuperated in an apartment at WCV. There are no staff at either campus, and no residents at Mennonite Home, who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

We have notified the Pennsylvania Department of Health and will implement any instructions they may have, in addition to the procedures we are already following as recommended by the CDC to contain any possible spread.

The measures taken to date are continuing as outlined in previous updates; however, in light of the two positive cases at WCV, the following additional measures have been taken:

  1. Vehicular traffic into WCV will be stopped near the Harrisburg Pike entrance to verify that occupants have an approved reason to enter the campus. The McGovernville entry and exit will be closed.
  2. The daily meal will be delivered to apartment residents beginning Friday, March 27, 2020.
  3. Housekeeping services within apartments is cancelled.
  4. Transportation to grocery stores is cancelled; transportation to the Health Campus remains in operation.
  5. The Marketplace will maintain regular hours and is stocking additional items residents may need. Grocery delivery services will be facilitated by staff if available from local grocery stores.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Hotline at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

March 25, 2020

Mennonite Home Communities (MHC) is actively preparing to prevent cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel virus. Because the people we serve are typically more vulnerable to the virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, we are taking action.

At this time we have no diagnosed cases of residents or staff being infected with coronavirus.

MHC leadership is receiving regular communication from local and state public health officials, including the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Keystone Health Care Coalition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as well as with officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following general measures have been taken:

  • We have emergency preparedness and infection prevention and control plans in place. These provide detailed instructions for staff on how we address and manage infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Our staff is trained in infection control practices and follows established protocols based on that training. We have experience managing illness outbreaks and have a heightened awareness of the possible risk to our residents and staff posed by viral illnesses, such as flu, norovirus, and COVID-19.
  • We have strengthened environmental cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, furniture, etc.
  • We are regularly communicating to residents, family members and staff about the importance of washing hands, covering cough/sneezes with elbow or tissue, etc.

In addition, the following specific measures have been taken:

  • Temperature checks and screening questions are being asked of all MHC staff at both the beginning and end of shifts. Staff who are unable to pass the screening are not permitted to work.
  • Visitation at Mennonite Home is restricted which means all non-essential visitation is cancelled. Essential visits will only be permitted when a resident has a significant issue. In such cases, family members are required to contact us in advance to review the issue and obtain approval before coming to the facility. If you wish to discuss this option, please call Brandi Rager, Director of Social Work at (717) 390-7991.
  • All non-care related activities at Mennonite Home and Woodcrest Villa are cancelled including activities, church services, etc.
  • Guidelines from the CDC include limiting all unnecessary contact to prevent possible exposure to COVID-19. To that end, MH will no longer permit families to drop off laundry, food or personal items for residents, with the exception of medications and incontinence supplies, preferably at least a 30 day supply to limit unnecessary contact. Please contact the Unit Assist on your household or Brandi Rager, Director of Social Work (717-390-7991) if you wish to discuss how this applies to you.
  • All non-essential visitation at Woodrest Villa is cancelled. Residents are no longer able to “buzz in” guests at resident entrances.
  • Dining is also being adjusted to promote social distancing.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Hotline at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov