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Our Response to COVID-19

November 28, 2020

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We know some of you may be concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) being reported in the media and how it may impact us here at the center.

Our top priority is keeping our residents and Care Team Members safe and we feel these measures are needed to ensure their safety. We understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important and there are a variety of other ways you might consider connecting with them. These may include telephone, email, text or through Skype or Facebook. Our Care Team Members are happy to help facilitate these alternative methods.

Our center is following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict hand-washing procedures, and in many circumstances, wearing gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who are sick. We also are staying up-to-date with the CDC recommendations as they are updated. In addition, the center is in close contact with the local and state health department and are following their guidance.

We will notify you if any residents or Care Team Members are diagnosed with COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Executive Director.

Highlands Defense Program

Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our greatest responsibility. ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜†-๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด-๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€. As part of the โ€œHighlands Defenseโ€ program, we follow a scientific approach using rigorous measures and our industryโ€™s best products. We closely monitor recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our extensive efforts include:


Weekly COVID-19 Testing: All Care Team Members are tested at a minimum of every week.

Sign-In Kiosks and Temperature Monitoring: We utilize a digital system to screen guests and Care Team Members for symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing) before entering our community.


Personal Protective Equipment: Care Team Members and residents have access to masks (surgical, N95), gloves, gowns, face shields, and hand sanitizer. Care Team Members are required to wear a mask at all times.


Recycled Air Ionizer: Air Ionizers are installed directly into air ducts, producing positive and negative ions that neutralize harmful pollutants and odors in our buildings.

Plexiglass at Check-in and Nurses Stations: Plexiglass Shields at reception and nurses stations provide a physical barrier to reduce exposure and cross-contamination.


Electrostatic Sprayers:ย Sprayers provide a uniform and wraparound layer of germ-killing power, providing maximum efficiency disinfecting surfaces.


Deep-Clean Sanitization: Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level.

Daily Communications with Families:ย Our automated system keeps families and loved ones informed on COVID19 cases.


Thank you Care Team Members for all your hard work!

RESIDENT SPOTLIGHT | Sam

August 17, 2020

Sam admitted to Highlands Nursing and Rehab due to the progression of Parkinson’s disease. With speech therapy, Sam went from pureed diet and nectar thick liquids to now being on a regular diet and thin liquids. His cognition has become more clear and improved his memory and his ability to carry conversations and let his needs known. With occupational and physical therapy, Sam is currently dressing himself and preforming other daily tasks independently. Sam continues to participate in therapy to further progress his ambulation and mobility without any devices. He is well on his way to reach that goal! Congrats Sam on all your successes!


Please note this photo was taken prior to Covid-19 rules & regulations.

RESIDENT SPOTLIGHT | Mr. Malone

August 10, 2020

Mr. Malone came to Highlands for short term rehab after a hospital stay. He was previously living by himself so his goals were to be independent, safe, and return to his active lifestyle. With the help of our physical, occupational, and speech therapy, Mr. Malone has progressed to using a cane from a walker and even starting to ambulate without any devices! He continues to work on stair management. He is independent in his ADLs, medication management, and working on meal preparation. With the help from our social worker, community resources are being setup for a safer and more independent way of life. He is scheduled to go back home soon! Congratulations, Mr. Malone!

Resident Success Story: Mr. Haycraft

March 25, 2020

Mr. Haycraft came to Highlands Nursing and Rehabilitation after hospitalization for shortness of air/hypoxia due to pleural effusion and trauma with several rib fractures. At the time of admission, Mr. Haycraft was dependent on oxygen, experienced generalized weakness and could only ambulate 15 feet. With the assistance of physical therapy and Mr. Haycraftโ€™s motivation and determination, he is now able to complete all tasks and mobility without oxygen use and ambulates throughout the facility!

Resident Success Story: Mitzi

March 11, 2020

Mitzi came to us due to a stroke and hemiplegia resulting in deficits in all areas. With the help of therapy and her strong work ethic and motivation, she has made big gains in her recovery. She has progressed through different adaptive equipment to be able to ambulate with a straight cane with contact guard assist, transfer with stand by assist, undergoing stair training and is now completing dressing and toileting tasks with supervision/setup. With therapy, Mitzi is still working to improve to her maximum potential and plans to return home.

Congrats, Mitzi on all that you have accomplished!

Resident Success Story: Michael

February 25, 2020

Michael came to us in October due to having a stroke and right leg fracture. Michael was non-weight bearing, hemiparesis with abnormal muscle tone, generalized weakness, and aphasia. With these deficits, he was total assist in all areas. Through the help of the therapy team he is now able to feed himself, has no abnormal tone and full use of hands, able to sit up in a wheelchair for most of the day, and his speech and memory are clear. Michael continues to be on physical therapy as he recently was cleared by ortho to be weight bearing as tolerated to which treatment has focused on standing, balance, transfers, and proprioception of leg.