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Proper Handwashing Technique

May 22, 2020

Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC),Hand hygiene is an important part of the U.S. response to the international emergence of COVID-19. Practicing hand hygiene, which includes the use of alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) or handwashing, is a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections in healthcare settings. CDC recommendations reflect this important role. Please refer to the handwashing diagram (below) provided by the World Health Organization to learn how to properly and most effectively wash your hands.

What You Should Know About Covid-19

May 8, 2020

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a new infectious disease. Most people that become infected with COVID-19 will experience mild or moderate systems that affect an individual’s respiratory system. Individuals that are at greater risk for severe systems of COVID-19 are those that are older in age and those that have underlying medical problems. Some individuals with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic. Asymptomatic is when an infected person shows no signs or symptoms of the disease.

We have been doing many things to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Taking the temperature of each Care Team Member as they arrive to the facility, providing each Care Team Member and resident with personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing, proper hand washing, and educating everyone how to properly wear PPE that is being provided are ways in which we are preventing the spread of Covid-19 in our communities.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
• cough
• shortness of breath


Or at least 2 of these symptoms:
• fever
• chills
• repeated shaking with chills
• muscle pain


Our team is monitoring all residents for any sign or symptom of COVID-19. Once a concern arises, we are quarantining that individual and increasing our vital and wellness checks. With a physician’s order, we will then place a request for a test. Testing time can vary as it is dependent on the lab and availability of the test. Once a test result is received, any necessary next steps are taken.

In regards to the above information, isolation and quarantine are both used to help decrease the spread but are very different. Isolation is used to keep residents a part from one another. Meals, activities, therapy and other care are being provided in isolation in a Residents room. Quarantine, on the other hand, is used to place an individual that has been exposed to the infection away from other Residents.

During this time, visitation has been suspended for all family members, guests and other visitors. Only essential personnel is allowed in and out of the facility in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, we understand the difficulty and impact this has on family, friends and residents. The facility is happy to arrange other opportunities to visit with residents. We are happy to help a resident with FaceTime, Zoom meetings, Facebook Messenger calls, and other media platforms as we have supplied each of our communities with iPads for this purpose. If you would like to schedule this type of communication, please call the facility and you will be directed to the appropriate Care Team Member. Once notified, we will help any resident with technology or with any adaptive equipment they may need. We are also happy to coordinate window visits and drive through parades to help lessen the strain of visitor restrictions. As always, we encourage notes and letters to be dropped off or sent.

For more information regarding COVID-19 please visit CDC.gov or http://www.coronavirus.in.gov and continue following our COVID-19 updates here.

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. Haycraft’s motivation and determination, he is now able to complete all tasks and mobility without oxygen use and ambulates throughout the facility!

Our Response to COVID-19

March 12, 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. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our greatest concern. At this time, we don’t have any cases in our center. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of steps that we have implemented to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our communities. However, we need your help in battling COVID-19. Below are some examples of how you can help protect the residents, as well as prevent the spread throughout the community.

At this time, we request that you do not visit 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.For routine updates please continue to visit our website.

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.