This holiday season is looking merry and bright for residents at Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. thanks to their new Cozy Cottage visits. The Cozy Cottage projects were launched as a means to provide residents an opportunity to visit loved ones while maintaining safe, social distancing and masking practices. Family and friends are able to schedule a 20 minute visit with their loved one in a warm, well-lit, cozy area that will be sanitized between visits. Plexiglas barriers enable residents and visitors to see each other while maintaining social distancing, proper masking, and responsibly abiding by cottage rules.
The Cozy Cottage project was funded though the generosity of the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation in honor of Howard Fesenmyer. Mr. Fesenmyer has been a Chapel Ridge resident for three years and was the first resident to use the Cozy Cottage to visit with friend and Executive Director of the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, Ron Orris.
Mr. Fesenmyer and Mr. Orris enjoyed their first visit on Friday, December 11th. Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. staff is pleased to assist residents with future Cozy Cottage visits. Conveniently located just outside the entrance of each building, staff will escort residents to and from each visit. Appointments are scheduled in advance and can be made between 1-4 pm, seven days a week. Temperatures will be taken and COVID screenings of residents and visitors will be mandatory before every visit, along with hand sanitizing. Strict House Rules apply to ensure the health and safety of residents and visitors.
Currently, Chapel Ridge is offering two visitors per resident during a Cozy Cottage visit. Due to the increased community positivity rate, Bradford Ecumenical Home has not begun visitations. We appreciate everyone’s diligence to practice proper masking, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and limit social gatherings to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in hopes that our community positivity rate will decrease.
Chapel Ridge resident, Howard Fesenmyer (left) and Executive Director of the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, Ron Orris (right) enjoyed the first Cozy Cottage visit on December 11th.
Responding to the spread of coronavirus, Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. is activity preparing to prevent and contain cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel virus.
“The health and wellness of our residents and the caregiving teams who support them is our top priority,” said Lisa Johnson, CEO. “Our team is concerned, we are informed, and we are providing education and resources. This is a fast-changing situation, and we are committed to ensuring residents, their families, our dedicated staff, and community are aware of our efforts and the precautions required for COVID-19 prevention and containment.”
Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. leadership is in regular communication with local and state public health officials, including Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services as well as with officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Continuing Care Retirement Community has also implemented its emergency preparedness plan advising all friends and family of our residents to refrain from visiting at this time. We understand the importance of communicating with loved ones and encourage folks to use other means such as telephone, video chat, e-mail or social media.
“Adhering to these precautions are vital to helping us avoid and minimize the possible spread of coronavirus,” said Johnson, CEO.
She added: “At this time, we do not have any diagnosed cases of residents or staff being infected with coronavirus. Open communication is crucial. We will provide regular updates via our website, email and social media platforms regarding our community’s status.”
Bradford Ecumenical Home has consistently been rated as a Five Star Facility since April 30, 2017!
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses a five-star quality rating system to measure the experiences Medicare beneficiaries have with their health plan and health care system – the Star Rating Program. Health plans are rated on a scale of 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.