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Current News and Activities

3/1/2021

Good news! 

We are back open to INDOOR visits as of today! 

     3 Visits a week per Resident with 3 Visitors at a time in our lobby.

     Hours Mon.-Fri. 9AM to 3PM, by appointment, 1 hour or less.

 

Designated Essential Caregiver visits remain the same.

     Still any days of week, any time of day, with appointment, 2-hour visits.

     Still screening/testing and going to resident’s apartment.

     Visits are in addition to the lobby visits.

 

Better news!

 VISITS WILL BE CHANGING!  Probably within the next 7-10 days!  What does that mean?

This will include screened visitors going to the resident’s private apartment!

This will include any children who can follow infection control guidelines with parental assistance

 

2/23/2021

Just received some good news reference visitation this afternoon!   Will post new information after webinar with Department of Health later this week. 

 

2/22/2021

Designated Essential Care Visits, outside visits and window visits are still ongoing.  Indoor visits hopefully starting very soon once our county positivity rates get below 10% and remains at 10% or lower for two weeks.   Positivity rate for February 10th was 8.6%, but rate for February 17th was 11.5%.  Trending lower into the safer ranges for our County.

Our second vaccination clinic was held on the 17th.  No residents reported any significant side effects.   Our third vaccination clinic for those residents or staff still needing their 2nd shot will be on March 10th.  All our vaccinated residents should be experiencing the full immunity response of the vaccine by the 1st of March, other facilities across the state may still be a week or two behind us yet.

We started a new exercise class at Jonesbrook Estates this week called fitness drumming.   This involves chair exercise with rhythmic drumming on exercise balls to music.   So far, the residents have really enjoyed it and we plan to add it to our calendar of weekly activities.

We are all perched on the edge of our seats waiting to find out what will be changing at Jonesbrook Estates as well as other facilities across the State including me!   We have seen positive changes already including, lessened rigid quarantines, residents with more group activities (masked), essential caregivers being able to come inside for private visitation in resident’s apartments and so on.   We are moving in the right direction…. but never as fast as we would like.   We will update the website as soon as we are notified of changes.

 

 

January 27th, 2021

Our State approved Designated Essential Caregiver program has started and we are so excited!  Remember until we reopen for visitation this Essential Caregiver is ONE person only, once per week for up to 2 hours.  This person does not change from week to week etc.   This is a resident decision or sometimes family decision based on resident’s needs and the availability of the Essential Caregiver.  This allows for more open access which is great for our residents!  

Visits may not occur during mealtime:  Breakfast 6:45 to 9:30, Lunch 12:00 to 12:30, Supper 5:30 to 6:00. 

Evening & Weekends:   We can only have one Essential Caregiver in the building per staff shift (7-3 & 3-11)

Weekdays:   9:30am to 3:00 pm we can have two Essential Caregivers in the building.  

 

Our outside visitation schedule is unchanged.  Although our community spread percentages have come down drastically over recent weeks, they must get lower and remain steady for two weeks for us to be allowed to have inside visits.  *see percentages being updated below.

 

January 20, 2021

We had a fun, although delayed Christmas Party Last week.  We were able to have everyone social distanced together in the dining room.  We played some games, had prizes and gifts for all.  We had a contest drawing Christmas items on a paper plate while holding it to our foreheads which was got a lot of laughs and had creative winners.  Residents enjoyed fruit & cheese kabobs, cookies, wine, beer, soda and sparkling grape juice.

We had a good turnout for our Covid-19 vaccine clinic on Jan. 18th.  Lynette was our pharmacist from Walgreens in Lincoln.  Lynette was extremely sweet and patient with our residents and we look forward to having her back for our next clinic date.   Our 2nd dose clinic will be held on Feb. 17th.

 

 

January 11, 2021

Recent Richardson County percentage rates from HHS for Long Term Care

For the two week period ending on: 

12/2/2020   22.3%

12/9/2020   20.5%

12/23/2020 20.1%

12/30/2020 29.8%

1/6/2021     12.4%     

1/13/2021    8.6%

1/20/2021    10.7%

1/27/2021    11.0%

2/3/2021       7.4%

2/10/2021     8.6%

2/17/2021    11.5%

2/24/2021     10.8%

 

January 7, 2021

I just found out moments ago that our first Covid-19 vaccine clinic will be held on January 18th

We will not have outside visits in the afternoon of Tuesday, January 12th.     We are conducting our postponed Jonesbrook Christmas Party that day for residents with games, presents, food, drink and laughs.   

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December 31, 2020

     We have completed our covid-19 outbreak testing with Great results.  Outdoor visitation can resume Monday the 4th of January.   Residents are back in the dining room. 

     Looking forward to our Christmas Party next week!   We still have not been given our Clinic date for Vaccine yet.   Will update here as soon as I receive that date.

 

12/4/2020

Visitation

  You can still do window visits at any time of your choosing.  If apartment window does not work for your resident, they can also sit at window in the lobby or dining room areas also.  As always, we can also still do Zoom visits online during the week.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

 

November 9, 2020

 

Attention Residents & Families: Jonesbrook Estates will conduct voluntary surveillance testing to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our facility. Testing primarily just involves testing of staff. However, if a resident has symptoms or if we have a positive case of Covid-19 in the facility residents will also be tested. Jonesbrook Estates will utilize the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Test for this purpose. This is a nasal swab that goes less than 1” into your nose and we get a test result in 15 minutes. This test will be conducted by a licensed healthcare professional at Jonesbrook Estates. All local Doctors have provided a written order to have this test performed when needed in accordance with Jonesbrook Estates Policy and Nebraska Department of Health. These are the four components for testing or testing triggers: 1. Routine Testing based on community spread percentages <5% Test staff once a month 5-10% Test staff every three weeks >10% Test staff every 7 to 10 days 2. Symptomatic Individual Staff with signs or symptoms will be tested Residents with signs or symptoms will be tested 3. High Risk Resident (resident who leaves facility often, like a dialysis patient) If community spread is higher than 5% the resident will be tested once a week. 4. Outbreak Testing Outbreak is defined as one new Covid-19 infection in any healthcare staff or resident. Testing requires all staff and residents be tested every 3-7 days, until no new cases are identified in staff or residents for at least 14 days. Considerations: A positive result should have a confirmation PCR type test performed at Community Medical Center to confirm. If there is already a positive case in the facility no PCR confirmation testing of a positive result is necessary. A symptomatic resident or staff with a negative rapid test should have a confirmation PCR test performed to confirm their negative status. Resident Refusal of Testing Residents who have signs and symptoms of Covid-19 and refuse testing must be quarantined until the criteria for discontinuing quarantine have been met. If outbreak testing is being performed and a resident refuses testing the facility will be extremely vigilant to establish additional monitoring, to ensure the resident maintains appropriate distance from other residents, wears a mask outside their apartment, and practices effective hand hygiene until the procedures for outbreak testing have been completed. 

 

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October 12, 2020

We were told last week on a webinar with Department of Health that Nebraska has adopted CMS guidelines as far as visitations are concerned.    Thus far CMS guidelines only pertained to Nursing Homes and from them the State would give Assisted Living similar guidelines.  Assisted Living is not mandated Federally, but only by Nebraska.   

This affects visitations at Jonesbrook Estates based on what our County COVID percentages are.  It is not based on numbers of new cases but rather percentage of all tests given that are positive.  To have inside visitations County percentage must be below 5%.  If it is over 5% only outdoor visitation will occur.  If it reaches 10% no visitations will occur (except for compassionate care).   In addition, changes to indoor/outdoor visitation can only occur after the percentage lowers and remains lower for two consecutive weeks.   Our last 2-week percentages were 6% and then 5.6% so we are conducting only outdoor visits.

Segment from those guidelines:

• Low (<5%) = Visitation should occur according to the core principles of COVID19 infection prevention and facility policies.

•Medium (5% – 10%) = Visitation should occur according to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention (outdoors) and facility policies (beyond compassionate care visits)

• High (>10%) = Visitation should only occur for compassionate care situations according to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention and facility policies.

On a lighter note on September 23rd we had our last of two yearly dreaded night-time fire drills. We picked a warm evening and tried to spice it up a little with a glow party.  During the day we sneakily placed blue twinkle lights in the trees out front.  When the sun went down, we spaced lawn chairs 6ft apart in parking lot.   Staff had glow sticks laying all over in the parking lot and grass.  As each resident exited the building, they got their own glow bracelet to hold or wear.  A few came right back inside afterwards but many chose to sit outside a while and enjoy the show.   Not, a big deal but certainly a new twist to brighten their evening.

We continue exercise classes in the hallways.  We have been doing Bingo back in the dining room for those who prefer a group, with masks and social distancing of course.  For those that prefer not to wear a mask we are still doing hallway Bingo as well.   Residents have completed several crafts for fall including decorations for their tables, scarecrows, and candy corn sunflowers.

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September 28th, 2020

Our Assisted Living Week party themed ‘Rolling with the Waves’ went off superbly.  This is the first time we have had all residents in the dining room together for months.  We had a huge circle to fit everyone in and still be socially distanced from each other.  

Many decorations brightened the place up including bright tablecloths, streamers, center pieces, and balloons.  We had napkins and plates sporting cute fish and sharks.   We served meat, cheeses, tropical fruit, and cookies shaped like fish, and starfish that the residents decorated as well as a blue ocean water drink. 

We divided up in teams and battled it out playing Family Feud.   We also taught them the dance for Baby Shark and danced it numerous times and had a blast.   If you have not heard or seen the popular Baby Shark from any little ones in your family, you are missing out!  One of the residents mentioned it is kind of like a modern version of the Hokey Pokey.

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September 17, 2020

In August, our raised garden bed construction was completed.  We are looking forward to our new garden club activities come Springtime at Jonesbrook.   This week residents planted mums in the front of our raised beds for some seasonal color and fun outdoors.

We began prepping last week for Assisted Living Week, September 13th-19th.  We decided our theme would be “Rolling with the Waves” considering all the ups and downs the residents and families have had with covid-19 this year.

Assisted Living week will be a busy week for our residents.  They are, filling out information about themselves to share with others, like “Favorite place I have visited?”   Residents and staff are helping to decorate for the party, decorating cookies for the party, making center pieces etc.  Last week residents began coloring, cutting, glittering, and gluing all kinds of fish, jellyfish, turtles etc. for our walls.    Our hallways look like a glitter bomb went off!  

Each resident got a new Jonesbrook Estates T-shirt for Assisted Living week.  The shirt is black with bright colors and says, “In a world where you are our everything”.

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September 10, 2020

A few weeks ago, we began taking residents one at a time for an hour-long outing.  We have been doing this as time allows and are down to our last four.  Residents can choose where they want to go within the hour.  We have been out in the county, to Rulo, to the Hiawatha Lake, Humboldt Cancer garden, Dawson, Shubert, and Indian Cave.   When all have had the opportunity to go, we plan to start over and do it again.

At the end of August, we had the tropical snow cone truck arrive at Jonesbrook.  It was a hot day and most all the residents were outdoors in the shade enjoying a large snow cone and some sunshine.  Some of the favorite flavors of the day were pina colada, rainbow, and tiger’s blood.

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September 1, 2020

Jonesbrook Estates, LLC is still in Phase III of our visitation plan, no changes.  We hope to take visits back to resident apartments soon depending on Richardson County’s Covid-19 numbers.  Visits are taking place in our airconditioned lobby with the established visitation schedule.  Online Zoom visits are also available by request and window visits are always available.

Last month we hired a new full time Activity Director, Rebecka Hutfles.   We are excited to welcome her to our Jonesbrook family.   

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Do You Have Any Questions?

We are happy to assist, you can contact us at:

 

Jonesbrook Estates
1010 E 21st St
Falls City, NE 68355

 

Phone: (402) 245-6033
Fax:     (402) 245-2096
E-mail: jonesbrook@sentco.net

 

Or use our contact form.

Openings

Call and check for availability.  Call Sherry at 402.245.6033 for questions, tours, information!

 

 

 

 

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