A message from our CEO and Executive Director, Joe X.:
Florida Presbyterian Homes, like many of you, has been gathering information regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19 each day. Our focus, as it has always been, is on the wellbeing of our residents. Our clinical leadership team has been following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) as our primary sources of information. We have reached out to our area Emergency Operations Center, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, and other area healthcare providers. Our state associations have presented regular updates and weekly calls with providers so we can learn from each other. We also have an experienced clinical leadership team, a diligent infection control nurse, a professional and compassionate nursing team, and dedicated and knowledgeable employees in every department. Our focus is on prevention for every resident living in our community. Our Life Enrichment team is doing a great job providing programming in every level of living during this time.
Older populations are especially at risk for the flu and viruses like COVID 19. We ask people who are ill (especially those who have symptoms such as respiratory difficulties, fever, persistent coughing, and other flu-like symptoms), those who have visited one of the countries experiencing major challenges with COVID 19 (Italy, China, Japan, South Korea, Spain), have been on a plane or cruise within the last 14 days, and/or have been in close proximity to someone who is ill, to please avoid our campus at this time. The Governor’s Executive Order prohibits any visitors to our Porter McGrath Health Center and Assisted Living. We have recommended that residents living in our Residential Living Houses and Independent Living Apartments refrain from having visitors from the broader community at this time and do not visit other areas of living on our campus. Presently, we are requiring all staff, vendors, and delivery people to our campus to enter through one entrance and be screened each time they enter the building. We have also implemented protocols with our employee team members to assure that should they become ill, they remain away from the community until they have the appropriate clearance.
We are following time tested protocols and procedures for the flu as well as implementing “best practices” and recommendations from the CDC and FDOH, based on what we are all collectively learning each day. All medical professionals advise that prevention is the best form of protection: wash hands thoroughly (20 seconds or more) and more often than usual, use hand sanitizer, refrain from touching your face, and avoid, or at a minimum, keep a social distance of 6-feet from other people, and do not gather in groups of more than 10 people (and if you do, remain 6 feet apart).
Our prayers are that those who are suffering from COVID-19 are healed and that the virus is contained and managed as soon as possible. We will continue to be diligent in our preparation.