Abernethy Laurels COVID-19 Update

March 31, 2020

Residents and Family members:

The safety and health of our residents and staff is paramount during this COVID-19 outbreak. We know prevention is key, and our team is doing everything they can to create a caring and safe environment. We value our medical professionals, culinary teams, housekeeping staff and maintenance team members – all of whom are essential to the safety and security of our residents. At this time, we do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this ever-changing situation. We are committed to keeping you up-to-date with all pertinent information.  Please check our website periodically for News updates.

We encourage you to follow the community on Facebook to see amazing work being shared by our team members and residents.  We cannot fill the void of “no outside visitors,” but we are keeping residents engaged, happy and loved.  If you have an idea that you would like to share to bring joy to our residents, we would love to hear from you. 

Many of you have asked - How can I help? 

  • We are now accepting prepackaged, non-perishable food/beverage items and toiletry items if you wish to provide those for residents or team members.These will be held in a temporary holding location before being distributed.
  • Our residents and team members love hearing from you and welcome calls and video chats.
  • We welcome masks (homemade or other) and will put them to good use.
  • A donation to UCHS Foundation for the Employee Assistance Fund which provides support to team members who may face a financial hardship. You may contribute at: https://www.uchas.org/uchs-foundation.
  • Most of all, prayers for the safety and well-being of our residents and team members are always needed.

Our community is staying up to date with regulatory agency guidelines and CDC recommendations and will keep you updated as issues change. Most recently, the NC Department of Health and Human Services and CDC has recommended that healthcare facilities consider routine use of face masks and gloves for all patient interactions if supplies are sufficient.  This recommendation may become effective this week within all UCHS health centers, so please do not be alarmed if you begin to routinely see staff wearing masks.

Please note that the Executive Director or Administrator at your location may need to impose additional restrictions as necessary at your specific community.

We are grateful that you have entrusted us to take care of your loved one. The safety of those we serve and our team members continue to be our number one priority. Thank you for your commitment and understanding.

 

Lee Syria

President/CEO

United Church Homes and Services

 

3.30.2020