COVID-19

Update (4/8/20): Transportation is being temporarily discontinued except for essential medical trips and trips to/from The Embassy or around the Asbury campus. Due to visitor limitations, front door drop offs/pick ups are nonw occurring foro resident items. Staff will work with residents individually regarding any grocery or other needs. To avoid possible cross-contamination, staff who had been working in multiple areas/facilities are now limited to working in one designated location. 

Update (4/3/20): On Thursday, April 2, UPMC Senior Communities began to require universal masking for all staff. Staff will be provided a mask to wear throughout their shift to help reduce the potential exposure of the virus to residents. We are continuing to screen all of our staff at the beginning and end of their shift as well as all healthcare professionals coming into the buildings.

Another Tele-Town Hall is planned for Thursday, April 23. Look for more details soon.

We are creating a board for the staff to show appreciation for their hard work and dedication. If you have any inspiring words you’d like included please, email ebeljt@upmc.edu by Monday, April 6.

Video Chats

If you would like to have a video chat with your loved one, please email their Activities professional to schedule a time. FaceTime and Google Duo are both options. We ask for your flexibility with the timem of your video chat visit since the volume of requests are exceeding our capacity.

Independent Living (Main campus apartments, The Embassy, and Carriage Homes)
Lynn Gallo 412-571-5183

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation (Evergreen, Redwood, and Willow Communities)
Teresa Valentino 412-571-5190

Spring Lane/Laurel Lane
Andrea Eisaman 412-571-5174

Asbury Villas
Linda Campbell 412-571-5353

Asbury Place
Lori Miller 412-571-5667

Update (3/20/20): Residents and staff are encouraged to practice social distancing (keeping at least six feet apart at all times) to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Congregate dining has been postponed. The nursing center and personal care areas will have tray service. Independent residents are receiving to-go packages to take to their rooms (or to be delivered).Common gathering areas such as our Social Room and Beauty Shops have been closed. Group activities have been eliminated campus wide. 

Please join us for one of our upcoming telephone question and answer sessions on Friday, March 27.  A panel of doctors and administrative experts from UPMC Senior Communities will provide the latest updates and answer your questions. There will be a session for residents and families of Independent Living facilities and another for residents and families of our skilled nursing and personal care communities. Open the PDFs below for more information.

Independent Living (PDF)

Skilled Nursing and Personal Care (PDF)

We hope you will join us for this important discussion.

 

Update (3/14/20):  Visitor limitations are temporarily being enacted at all UPMC Senior Communities.

 

Keys and fobs are not operational. Please go to the main entrance of your loved one's building or call 412-341-1030. 

UPMC Senior Communities is temporarily limiting visitation at all long-term care facilities, including skilled nursing, personal care, and independent living. Visitors will only be permitted in special situations, approved by the facility administrator or designated manager. Special situations may include end-of-life visitation and when a visitor is essential for the resident’s emotional well-being and care.

Any approved visitors must be screened at the designated facility entrance by a staff member. The entrance screener will ask each approved visitor four questions, below, documenting their name and “yes” or “no” responses on a sign-in log:

  1. Signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.
  2. In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with respiratory illness.
  3. International travel within the last 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission. 
  4. Residing in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.

If the visitor answers “yes” to any of the screening questions, and/or appears to be ill, they will not be allowed to enter the facility and will be directed to see their primary care physician.

We appreciate your cooperation in helping to keep our residents safe and healthy.

Asbury Visitor Restrictions (PDF)

 

Update (3/12/20):  To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the following measures are effective immediately:

  • Transportation outside of Asbury will be limited to scheduled grocery shopping trips, doctor visits, and pharmacies that do not deliver.
  • Transportation will still be available within campus and to/from The Embassy.
  • Asbury-organized group activities are on hold within and outside of Asbury. This includes SeniorFIT classes.
  • In the Café and Main Dining Room, all condiments (including salt and pepper) will be available from the staff.
  • The salad bar in the Main Dining Room will be served by staff from the cold buffet.
  • An enhanced cleaning/sanitizing process has been implemented campus wide in food preparation areas.

As part of UPMC Senior Communities,  Asbury Heights is also part of a world-class health system.  We have many resources and supplies at a local and system level available. Although no COVID-19 cases have been identified in the Pittsburgh area, a multi-dimensional UPMC Team has been specifically designated to be involved in all aspects of the COVID-19 situation. And we have direct access to expert advice from Dr. David Nace, our Medical Director, who has been working closely with the CDC.  We have already begun adding to our on-hand supplies, providing additional staff education and awareness training, reviewed and enhanced our cleaning protocols, and provided additional staff screenings for those that have traveled internationally.

Cover Your Cough

 

Dr. Nace, encourages those experiencing cold symptoms to not visit their loved ones residing in long-term care and skilled nursing communities. Read the full story here.

“This will help us avoid accidentally spreading not only COVID-19, but any of the many respiratory viruses currently circulating in our communities to our vulnerable elderly population," says Nace.

We will keep you updated as this situation unfolds. In the meantime, visit CDC.gov and UPMC’s HealthBeat blog at share.upmc.com for the latest updates regarding COVID-19.

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