September 15, 2020
Dear Residents, Families and Friends
We have been COVID-free for several weeks and are in Phase 2 of reopening. As per our last letter, the Residents are enjoying communal dining and some limited group activities, but Residents from different areas of the Home cannot yet mingle with each other.
Although Mayor Bowser has extended the Public Health Emergency status here in the District until October 9, 2020, we are happy to inform you at this time that we have received the approval from DC Health to begin outdoor visits with your loved one! Window visits, Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom contacts will still also be available. These can continue to be arranged through Francine Whitley, Activity Director as you have been doing.
We appreciate your understanding and thank you in advance for your patience and collaboration with the new family visitation guidance. We do not want anything to jeopardize these visits. Our main goal is to focus on everyone’s safety and well-being. If someone becomes COVID-positive, we will be mandated to return to the lockdown mode, so we need to adhere closely to what is being asked of us. (Click here for a copy of our guidelines/policy).
Here are some helpful hints and reminders as we begin this next phase:
We hope that you are excited about this good news! May the possibility of these in-person visits bring much joy to both you and your loved one in the Home. Please keep in mind that window visits and video chats are still possible, and may be a better option in some circumstances, for example in inclement weather or if you wish to bring more than two people to visit.
As Little Sisters we always keep in mind the words of our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, “Making the elderly happy, that is what counts!” We know you feel the same way and we look forward to working with you to keep making your loved one happy.
Sr. Mary Michael and all the Little Sisters
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