COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE
Covid-19/Coronavirus

November 2021 COVID-19 at Lutheran Home
in Arlington Heights, Illinois

RESIDENT CASES

4

TEAM MEMBERS

0

November 26, 2021 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home received a positive COVID-19 test result for one resident. Therefore, all Healthcare residents and team members will undergo testing for COVID-19. One round of testing has been completed with no additional positive cases. Testing will continue per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms.  Team members are asked to not report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms and to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor immediately. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

  • Universal masking, changing of masks as necessary and proper hand hygiene for all team members is required.
     

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols. This includes mask usage in all areas of the community. Visitors do not need to wear a mask inside a resident room if both parties are “fully vaccinated”. Fully vaccinated is defined as, after completion of two (2) weeks following the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and two (2) weeks after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. At this time, all team members and visitors are required to sanitize their hands upon entry into the community at the hand sanitizing stations located at the entry points.

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

November 24, 2021 

 

Lutheran Home identified one team member that tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, November 19th. Per local health department guidelines, Lutheran Home completed COVID-19 testing for team members who have been identified as a close contact. We are pleased to announce that all results were negative. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our Community Transmission Rate remains high. Necessary precautions remain intact.

 

With the holiday season quickly approaching, please continue to be diligent with health and safety precautions. Proper mask usage, hand hygiene and COVID-19 safety precautions are vital to slow transmission. This helps ensure we will be able to enjoy the upcoming holidays, scheduled events and celebrations.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms. Team members are asked to not report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms and to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor immediately. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Universal masking, changing of masks as necessary and proper hand hygiene for all team members is required.

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols. This includes mask usage in all areas of the community. Visitors do not need to wear a mask inside a resident room if both parties are “fully vaccinated”. Fully vaccinated is defined as, after completion of 2 weeks following the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 2 weeks after the Johnson &Johnson vaccine.

  • At this time, all team members and visitors are required to sanitize their hands upon entry into the community at the hand sanitizing stations located at the entry points.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts. We assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

From all of us at Lutheran Home, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

November 19, 2021 

 

Lutheran Home has identified one team member that has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact with other team members has been limited and there has been zero contact with residents. Per local health department guidelines, Lutheran Home will complete COVID-19 testing for team members who have been identified as a close contact. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our Community Transmission Rate remains high. Necessary precautions remain intact.

 

With the holiday season quickly approaching, please continue to be diligent with health and safety precautions. Proper mask usage, hand hygiene and COVID-19 safety precautions are vital to slow transmission. This helps ensure we will be able to enjoy the upcoming holidays, scheduled events and celebrations.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms. Team members are asked to not report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms and to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor immediately. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Universal masking, changing of masks as necessary and proper hand hygiene for all team members is required.

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols. This includes mask usage in all areas of the community. Visitors do not need to wear a mask inside a resident room if both parties are “fully vaccinated”. Fully vaccinated is defined as, after completion of 2 weeks following the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 2 weeks after the Johnson &Johnson vaccine.

  • At this time, all team members and visitors are required to sanitize their hands upon entry into the community at the hand sanitizing stations located at the entry points.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts. We assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

November 19, 2021 

 

Following one positive case of COVID-19 found on November 5th, Hearthstone Assisted Living has complied with local health department guidelines for continued COVID-19 testing for all residents and team members twice weekly for 14 days. Required testing has been completed and we are pleased to report all test results for COVID-19 are negative.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene
     

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are counting on everyone to help us keep our residents and team members safe.
 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

November 16, 2021 

Good Afternoon,
 

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, Lutheran Home has developed a plan to allow for small groups to gather in private spaces to celebrate with friends and family. Per local health department guidelines, the following protocol is in place for Thanksgiving at Lutheran Home:
 

  • Only residents and guests who are fully vaccinated are able to reserve a room. Local health department’s guidelines state that only fully vaccinated residents can remove their mask in the presence of fully vaccinated visitors. Please adhere to this rule.
     

  • For health and safety reasons, gatherings are limited to 6 guests plus the resident for a total of 7 people in the reserved room. For residents with a spouse or family member who is also resident at Lutheran Home, the total group size in the reserved space is still 7 people.
     

  • Availability is limited and rooms will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.
     

  • To allow for as many reservations as possible, reservations are limited to 90 minutes.
     

  • Residents who are entertaining two guests are asked procced with the visit in their room.
     

  • Residents may leave the community for an outing. Please speak with the nursing manager or social worker to make arrangements for holiday outings.
     

  • Food can be brought in to celebrate and share. We are unable to warm or store food items.
     

  • Meals will be available to guests for purchase in the Bistro at Lutheran home from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. The traditional Thanksgiving meal is $10.00. Desserts and beverages will be available for an additional fee. Cash or credit card payment will be accepted at the time of pick up in the Bistro.
     

  • Resident meals will still be provided in the dining room as usual and do not need to be purchased from the Bistro. Resident meals do need to be picked up from the dining room during lunch hour.
     

  • Lutheran Home is unable to provide serving wear or paper products for food brought from home.
     

  • Reserved space will have seating for 7 people. We are unable to provide additional seating.
     

  • Cleaning products will be provided in each reserved space. For health and safety, we kindly ask that each reserved space is wiped down at the start and finish of each gathering by visitors.
     

To make a reservation please contact Beth Gauthier. Beth is the single point of contact for Thanksgiving reservations. Her direct line is (847) 368-7484.

Let’s work together to stay safe and healthy this Thanksgiving. This helps ensure we will be able to enjoy the upcoming holidays, scheduled events and celebrations. 

Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 12, 2021 

 

Following two positive cases found on the evening of October 31, 2021, Lutheran Home has completed the second round of COVID-19 testing for short term rehabilitation guests and team members in Rehab 1. No additional positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified. Per local health department guidelines, unvaccinated team members will continue to undergo weekly testing. Lutheran Home team members have remained COVID-19 free.

 

To ensure health and safety and to align with protocol from the local health department, Lutheran Home will offer reservations for private dining space for Thanksgiving Day. This allows residents to safely gather in small groups to visit and celebrate. Details on reservations for Thanksgiving will be emailed Monday, November 15, 2021. Room reservations are limited and subject to change based on COVID-19 and guidance from the local health department. Residents without isolation needs are permitted to leave the community with a physician’s order.

 

Our “Community Transmission Rate” per the CDC continues to be in the “High” range. The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms. Team members are asked to not report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms and to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor immediately. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Universal masking, changing of masks as necessary and proper hand hygiene for all team members is required.

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols. This includes mask usage in all areas of the community. Visitors do not need to wear a mask inside a resident room if both parties are “fully vaccinated”.

  • At this time, all team members and visitors are required to sanitize their hands upon entry into the community at the hand sanitizing stations located at the entry points.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts. We assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

November 12, 2021 

 

Following one positive case of COVID-19 found on November 5th, Hearthstone Assisted Living has complied with local health department guidelines for continued COVID-19 testing for all residents and team members twice weekly for 14 days. All test results for COVID-19 are negative. We are scheduled to repeat COVID-19 testing on Monday, November 15th, 2021. We will be in contact with more information once the test results are reviewed.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene.

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts. We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and team members. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19 for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

November 9, 2021 

 

Following one positive case of COVID-19 found on November 5th, Hearthstone Assisted Living completed COVID-19 testing on all residents and team members this past Friday November 5th, and completed repeat testing on November 8th. All test results for COVID-19 are negative. Group activities and communal dining have resumed and visitation is open in Hearthstone. Per local health department guidelines, COVID-19 testing for residents and team members will continue twice weekly for 14 days.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene.

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts. We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and team members. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19 for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

November 5, 2021 | IMPORTANT UPDATE 

 

Hearthstone Assisted Living has identified one resident that has tested positive for COVID-19. Per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Local Cook County Health Department guidelines, group activities, communal dining and visitation has been suspend until COVID-19 testing has been conducted for all residents and team members. Testing will begin immediately for all residents and team members, with repeat COVID-19 testing twice weekly for 14 days. 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene.

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts. We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and team members. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19 for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

November 5, 2021

 

Following two positive cases found on the evening of October 31, 2021, Lutheran Home has completed the first round of COVID-19 testing for short term rehabilitation guests and team members in Rehab 1. No positive cases of COVID-19 were identified. Per local health department guidelines, a secondary round of COVID-19 testing will be initiated on 11/7. Testing is expected to be completed by the end of 11/11. We will be in contact with more information once the test results are reviewed.

 

Group activities and communal dining have resumed on MyRehab 1. Visitation is permitted at this time on MyRehab 1 in guest rooms. For health and safety, newly admitted guests to MyRehab 1 may have visitation after 14 days from date of admission. Exceptions may be made in the case of a sudden medical reason. Group activities, communal dining and visitation will continue uninterrupted on all other units at The Lutheran Home.

 

Due to Cook County’s “High Transmission” guidelines, all Lutheran Home team members will use protective face shields in resident care areas. Upon admission to the community, vaccinated and unvaccinated residents will be tested for COVID-19. We will repeat testing within 5-7 days. The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms. Team members are asked to not report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms and to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor immediately. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.
     

  • Universal masking, changing of masks as necessary and proper hand hygiene for all team members is required.
     

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols. This includes mask usage in all areas of the community. Visitors do not need to wear a mask inside a resident room if both parties are “fully vaccinated”. Fully vaccinated is defined as, after completion of 2 weeks following the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 2 weeks after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
     

  • At this time, all team members and visitors are required to sanitize their hands upon entry into the community at the hand sanitizing stations located at the entry points.

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

November 5, 2021
 

Hearthstone Assisted Living had one resident test positive for COVID-19. Per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Local Cook County Health Department guidelines, group activities and communal dining are suspended. Visitation is still open in resident apartments.  All residents and team members will undergo testing for COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 will continue twice weekly for a minimum of 14 days.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms.  Team members are asked to not report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms and to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor immediately. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

  • Universal masking, changing of masks as necessary and proper hand hygiene for all team members is required.
     

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols. This includes mask usage in all areas of the community. Visitors do not need to wear a mask inside a resident room if both parties are “fully vaccinated”. Fully vaccinated is defined as, after completion of 2 weeks following the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 2 weeks after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. At this time, all team members and visitors are required to sanitize their hands upon entry into the community at the hand sanitizing stations located at the entry points.

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

November 1, 2021
 

On the evening of October 31, 2021, The Lutheran Home had two short term rehabilitation guests test positive for COVID-19. Per local health department guidelines, all residents that reside in My Rehab 1 will be tested for COVID-19 on 11/2, with repeat testing within 5-7 days. Team members who worked on MyRehab 1 beyond the date of 10/29 will undergo testing for COVID-19 starting 11/3. Testing is expected to be completed by the end of 11/4. We will be in contact with more information once the test results are reviewed. At this time, group activities and communal dining are suspended. Visitation is not permitted until 11/4. Exceptions may be made in the case of a sudden medical reason. Group activities, communal dining and visitation will continue uninterrupted on all other units at The Lutheran Home.

Due to Cook County’s “Substantial Transmission” guidelines, all Lutheran Home team members will use protective face shields in resident care areas. Upon admission to the community, vaccinated and unvaccinated residents will be tested for COVID-19. We will repeat testing within 5-7 days. The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms.  Team members are asked to not report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms and to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor immediately. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Universal masking, changing of masks as necessary and proper hand hygiene for all team members is required.

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols. This includes mask usage in all areas of the community. Visitors do not need to wear a mask inside a resident room if both parties are “fully vaccinated”. Fully vaccinated is defined as, after completion of 2 weeks following the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 2 weeks after the Johnson &Johnson vaccine. At this time, all team members and visitors are required to sanitize their hands upon entry into the community at the hand sanitizing stations located at the entry points.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

October 29, 2021
 

As recommended by our County Health Department, (due to substantial transmission rates in Cook County) The Lutheran Home has completed two rounds of Covid-19 testing for the week of October 25-29 for unvaccinated team members; all results were negative. To date, all healthcare residents remain COVID-19 free. Unvaccinated team members will continue to undergo twice a week testing until Cook County transmission rates fall to moderate. The Lutheran Home partnered with Walgreens to provide COVID-19 booster shots to team members and residents. Boosters were administered on October 27th.

Due to Cook County’s “Substantial Transmission” guidelines, all Lutheran Home team members will use protective face shields in resident care areas. Upon admission to the community, vaccinated and unvaccinated residents will be tested for COVID-19. We will repeat testing within 5-7 days. The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms.  Team members are asked to not report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms and to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor immediately. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Universal masking, changing of masks as necessary and proper hand hygiene for all team members is required.

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols. This includes mask usage in all areas of the community. Visitors do not need to wear a mask inside a resident room if both parties are “fully vaccinated”. Fully vaccinated is defined as, after completion of 2 weeks following the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 2 weeks after the Johnson &Johnson vaccine. At this time, all team members and visitors are required to sanitize their hands upon entry into the community at the hand sanitizing stations located at the entry points.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

October 22, 2021
 

The Lutheran Home has completed the weekly round of rapid COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated team members; all results were negative. Healthcare residents also remain COVID-19 free. Unvaccinated team members will continue to undergo weekly testing.

 

The Lutheran Home has partnered with Walgreens to provide COVID-19 boosters to team members and residents on October 27, 2021. To receive the booster, each individual must have received the Pfizer vaccine six months prior to the clinic on October 27, 2021.  To participate, team members and residents must be registered through the Walgreens portal. To register your loved one, please Click Here to Registeror the QR code below: 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed four categories of COVID-19 transmission: High, Substantial, Moderate and Low. Cook County is currently classified as “Substantial.”  At this time, all Lutheran Home team members will use protective face shields in resident care areas.  Upon admission to the community, vaccinated and unvaccinated residents will be tested for COVID-19, and again within 5-7 days. 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms. Team members are asked to not report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms and to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor immediately.

  • Universal masking, changing of masks as necessary and proper hand hygiene for all team members is required.

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident accommodations. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

October 15, 2021
 

COVID-19 testing has continued in the 2AB neighborhood. There have been no additional positive cases. Visitation and group activities have resumed and the Dining Room is open. All neighborhoods of Lutheran Home and Hearthstone are open for visitation.

 

Weekly testing for COVID-19 for unvaccinated team members will continue. Lutheran Home has partnered with Walgreens to provide COVID-19 boosters to team members and residents. To participate, each individual must have received the Pfizer vaccine six months prior to the clinic on October 27, 2021.  Information and instructions to sign up for the booster via the Walgreens portal will be sent out.

 

Flu vaccinations have been administered to residents earlier this week and will be administered to team members next week. Timing and administration of flu vaccination and the COVID-19 booster follows the recommended protocol.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms. Team members are asked to not report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms and to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor immediately.

  • Universal masking, changing of masks as necessary and proper hand hygiene for all team members is required.

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident accommodations. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

October 8, 2021
 

Lutheran Home has confirmed one positive test result for COVID-19. Residents and team members who have been in direct contact have been notified. The return to work procedure for team members testing positive for COVID-19 follow Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

 

Weekly testing of all unvaccinated team members continues. Unvaccinated or vaccinated team members or residents in any area within Lutheran Home where there has been recent COVID-19 exposure, will undergo regular testing.

 

2AB neighborhood within Lutheran Home continues to suspend visitation. Please continue to wear a mask at all times throughout the community and in resident accommodations.  All vaccinated residents, including new residents and those returning from a hospital stay, are not required to quarantine, if asymptomatic. Unvaccinated residents will quarantine in individual accommodations.

 

Lutheran Home has partnered with Walgreens to provide COVID-19 boosters to team members and residents. It is anticipated that a clinic for booster shots will be held at Lutheran Home at the end of October.  Information will be shared with residents, representatives and team members as it becomes available.

 

Lutheran Home has received flu vaccines for residents. Next week, flu vaccines will be administered to residents who have provided consent.  Flu vaccine clinics will be available to team members within the month.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follow:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms. Team members are asked to not report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms and to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor immediately.

  • Universal masking, changing of masks as necessary and proper hand hygiene for all team members is required.

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident accommodations. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

October 4, 2021 

 

A resident of the Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home has tested positive for COVID-19.  As a 

result, we have begun testing all residents and team members on the 2AB neighborhood for COVID-19.  We will continue testing all residents and team members through Tuesday, October 5th.   

 

Per guidance from the Local Health Department, we are required to restrict visitation on the 2AB 

neighborhood for 14 days. The 2AB neighborhood is currently on isolation, which restricts the residents in this area from participating in communal dining or group activities.

 

Visitors from other locations of the community are asked not to pass through the 2AB neighborhood at this time. Please seek direction from a team member for assistance navigating within the community. While on-site at the Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home, please remember to follow all safety precautions, including proper hand hygiene and the use of a mask.  Residents should wear a mask when team members and visitors are in their residence. Individuals who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 may transmit COVID-19 to another person.   

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows: 
 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms upon arrival to the community. Team members are asked not to report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms.  Team members and guests are asked to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure immediately. 
     

  • Lutheran Home requires universal masking for all team members and as well as proper hand hygiene.
     

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols. Masks should be worn in all areas of the community, including resident rooms. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. 
     

We will share this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts. We assure you that the Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home is taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety and well- being of our residents and team members. Thank you for your cooperation.  

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

October 1, 2021 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home has completed the weekly round of rapid COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated team members; all results were negative. Healthcare residents remain COVID-19 free as well. Team members will undergo weekly testing as per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance. Community transmission rate, which is the rate published on the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, for Cook County is below 5 % positivity.  

 

Additionally, as an enterprise, Lutheran Life Communities is acting in accordance with the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in all healthcare settings. The stated deadline for all team members to complete a second dose of the MRNA vaccine or single Johnson & Johnson vaccine is Nov 15, 2021. Communication regarding vaccination sites in and around the Arlington Heights area has been provided to all team members and is posted at multiple sites within the premises. Any team members requesting an exception to the mandate, need to submit an application for review by the October 7, 2021 deadline for consideration. We are working with Walgreens to secure COVID-19 vaccination clinics onsite for Pfizer booster shots for residents and team members who qualify. This Clinic will likely take place in late October. Information will be distributed as available.

 

Visitation: Lutheran Home continues to be open to visitation at this time. Please continue to wear a mask at all times throughout the community and in resident accommodations, while visiting your loved one. All vaccinated residents, including new residents and those returning from a hospital stay, are not required to quarantine, if asymptomatic. Unvaccinated residents will quarantine in their individual accommodations.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continue to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the CDC and IDPH as follow:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms. Team members are asked to not report to work when sick or experiencing any related symptoms and to report any incidents of COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor immediately.

  • Universal masking, changing of masks as necessary and proper hand hygiene for all team members is required.

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident accommodations. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

September 27, 2021 

 

As you may be aware, MyRehab patients recently admitted to Lutheran Home were required to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.  Per new guidance, those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are no longer required to quarantine for 14 days upon admission.  Fully vaccinated patients are able to participate in the visitation program, communal dining and other programs and activities outside of the patient’s suite.   

 

Those who are not fully vaccinated are required to quarantine for 14 days upon admission.

 

The entrance to MyRehab is open 9:00 am-7:00 pm daily.  Upon arrival to Lutheran Home, visitors will participate in a health screen and temperature check.  Visitors do not need to schedule visits in advance. 

 

All visits should be conducted outdoors in the patient’s suite.  To ensure patients and guests are able to maintain six feet of distance, a maximum of two visitors are permitted in the patient’s suite at the same time.  All visitors are required to wear a face mask for the duration of the visit whether visiting indoors or outside.  Visitors must perform hand hygiene upon arrival to MyRehab, before contact with the patient, as exiting the patient’s room and as needed throughout the visit. 

 

MyRehab dining rooms are open for fully vaccinated patients as of Monday, September 27th.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follow:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas of the community including resident accommodations. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual.

 

 

We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

September 24, 2021 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home completed another round of rapid COVID-19 testing this week of unvaccinated team members.  All results were negative for COVID-19. Lutheran Home residents remain COVID-19 free as well. Testing of unvaccinated team members will continue weekly, per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance. Community transmission rate, which is the rate published on the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for Cook County, is at 2.78 % positivity.  

 

Additionally, as an enterprise, we are acting in accordance with the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in all healthcare settings. The stated deadline for all team members to complete the second dose of MRNA vaccine or single Johnson & Johnson vaccine is Nov 15, 2021. Lutheran Home team members are aware of this mandate via several town halls, individual discussions and written communication. Communication regarding vaccination sites in and around the Arlington Heights area has been provided to all team members and is posted at multiple sites within the campus.

 

Additionally, all team members are responsible for consistently following appropriate infection control practices to prevent risk to others and themselves. This includes, but is not limited to, frequent hand washing, masking, changing masks frequently and when they become moist, covering coughs and sneezes, disinfecting equipment and workstations and not reporting to work when ill. Team members are asked to provide any incidents of COVID-19 exposure immediately to supervisors.

 

Visitation: Lutheran Home continues to be open to visitation at this time. Please continue to wear a mask at all times throughout the community and in resident accommodations, while visiting your loved one. 

 

The Healthcare Center and Hearthstone Assisted Living at Lutheran Home continue to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the CDC and IDPH as follow:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident rooms. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

September 17, 2021 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home has completed another round of testing this week for unvaccinated team members.  All results were negative for COVID-19.  We will continue testing only unvaccinated team members weekly per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance. We have been testing based on the County test rate positivity. At this time, the regulatory authorities are asking to us to use the Community transmission rate to determine testing frequency. Our community transmission rate, which is the rate published on the CDC website, shows Cook County at 3.64% positivity.  

 

Additionally, as an enterprise, we are acting in accordance with the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in all healthcare settings. The stated deadline for all team member to complete the second dose of the MRNA vaccine or the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine is Nov 15, 2021. Our team members have been informed of this mandate. All team members are responsible for observing appropriate infection control practices to prevent risk to others and themselves. This includes, but is not limited to frequent hand washing, masking, changing masks frequently and when they become moist, covering coughs and sneezes, disinfecting equipment and workstations and not reporting to work when ill.

 

Visitation: Lutheran Home continues to be open to visitation at this time. Please continue to wear a mask at all times throughout the community and in resident room, while visiting your loved one. 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas of the community including resident accommodations. Please do not visit your loved one if you are ill or have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

September 10, 2021 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home has completed another round of testing this week for unvaccinated team members.  All results were negative for COVID-19.  We will continue testing only unvaccinated team members weekly per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance. The positivity rate in our community is 3.85%, which is below the 5% rate that dictates more stringent measures.

 

We, as an organization, are acting in accordance with the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in a healthcare settings. This week the deadline for the first vaccine has been extended by 2 weeks.  The stated deadline for all staff to complete their second dose of the MRNA vaccine or the single J&J vaccine is Oct 31, 2021. We await policy guidance from Centers of Medicare and Medicaid and will provide an update as information becomes available. Our team members have been informed of this mandate.

 

Lutheran Home continues to be open to visitation at this time. Please continue to wear a mask at all times throughout the community and in resident room, while visiting your loved one. 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident rooms

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation.

September 3, 2021 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home has completed another round of testing for unvaccinated team members.  All results were negative for COVID-19.  We will proceed with testing only unvaccinated team members next week per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance. 

 

We are aware of Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order which was released earlier this week and included information about vaccinations for those employed in a healthcare setting. Our organization has taken a stand to act in accordance with this order and corresponding guidance from our health departments. We await policy guidance from Centers of Medicare and Medicaid and will provide an update as information becomes available. Our team members are well aware of this stance through town hall meetings, written, and verbal communication from our CEO and our community leaders. The stated deadline for all team members to complete the second dose of the MRNA vaccine, or the single Johnson and Johnson vaccine, is Oct 31, 2021.

 

Lutheran Home continues to be open to visitation at this time. Please continue to wear a mask at all times throughout the community and in resident accommodations while visiting your loved one. 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continue to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the IDPH as follow:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident rooms.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

 

September 2, 2021 

 

Lutheran Home has completed a third round of testing over the last two weeks, with no additional positive cases of COVID 19 to report today.  Lutheran Home continues to follow Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Local Cook County Health Department guidance to ensure the safety of residents and team members.

 

Based on extensive discussion and resident advocacy with our local health department today, our guidelines will change as follows, effective September 3, 2021:

 

  • Hearthstone will resume communal dining.

  • Hearthstone residents can participate in group activities.

  • Residents may resume in room visitation.  Residents and visitors should wear a properly fitted mask for the duration of the visit.

  • Residents may leave the community for social and medical appointments.

  • Those residents who have tested positive for COVID 19 will isolate in their apartment based on health department guidance.

 

Lutheran Home Healthcare Center and Hearthstone Assisted Living continue to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follow:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members, proper hand hygiene and physical distancing when possible

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts. We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding in keeping everyone safe.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

September 1, 2021 

 

During required scheduled testing, a Hearthstone resident has tested positive for COVID-19.  We are still in the process of completing this round of testing and hope to have results for all team members and residents this evening.    

 

Hearthstone has continued to follow Illinois Department of Public Health and Local Cook County Health Department guidance to ensure the safety of residents and team members.

 

Based on discussion with our local health department, our guidelines remain as follows:

 

  • We will conduct weekly COVID-19 testing of team members and residents for 14 days starting 8/31/21.

  • We continue to pause communal dining, activities, and visits until further notice and are focused on 1:1 interactions with team members in resident apartments.

  • Residents need to quarantine in their apartments.

  • Residents may only leave for essential doctor’s appointments.

 

Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms.

  • Universal masking for all team members, proper hand hygiene and physical distancing when possible.

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts. Please stay tuned for further details tomorrow. We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are counting on everyone to help us keep our residents and team members safe.

August 27, 2021 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home has completed another full round of testing for team members and residents.  All results were negative for COVID 19.  We will proceed with testing only unvaccinated team members next week per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance. 

 

We are aware of the Executive Order Governor Pritzker released earlier this week which included information about vaccinations for those employed in a healthcare setting.  We await additional guidance from IDPH and will provide updates as information becomes available. 

 

Please continue to wear a mask at all times while visiting a resident at Lutheran Home. 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follow:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

  • All visitors, team members and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident rooms.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

August 27, 2021 

Luther Home completed a follow up round of testing for all Hearthstone residents and team members this week, after the initial round of testing last week.  All residents and team members have tested negative and there are no new cases to report. 

 

Hearthstone continues to follow Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and local Cook County Health Department guidance to ensure the safety of residents and team members. We are testing all residents and team members weekly.

 

Based on discussion with our local health department, our guidelines remain as follow:

 

  • We will conduct weekly COVID 19 testing of team members and residents for 14 days.

  • We have stopped communal dining, activities, and visits until further notice.

  • Residents need to quarantine to their apartments due to possible staff exposure.

  • Residents may leave for only essential doctor’s appointments.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follow:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are counting on everyone to help us keep our residents and team members safe.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

August 20, 2021 (2)

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home completed a follow up round of testing all residents and team members this week, following the initial round of testing last week. All residents and team members tested negative, therefore there are no new Healthcare Center cases to report this week.  

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health has released new guidance and recommendations which have been adopted at Lutheran Home for the safety of our team members and residents.   These recommendations come following increased positivity rates in the community and information about the Delta variant. At this point we are below the 5% positivity rate for the county and that rate is on the rise.

 

Effective August 13, 2021, any patient or resident who is admitted or readmitted to Lutheran Home will be required to quarantine for 14 days.  This means the resident will be on transmission based precautions and will not be eligible to participate in group activities, communal dining or the visitation program for 14 days.  In the event that a long term care resident went to the hospital or left the community for 24 hours, they will be required to quarantine upon return to Lutheran Home.  It may be necessary for a long term care resident to quarantine somewhere other than their permanent room depending on the situation. 

 

We are also encouraging all residents to wear their masks regardless of vaccination status.  Masks should be worn during communal dining unless the resident is actively eating or drinking. 

Visitors need to wear masks at all times while at Lutheran Home.  Masks must be worn even when the resident and visitor are alone in the resident’s room and both parties are vaccinated. 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

  • All Visitors, team members and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident rooms.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

August 20, 2021

 

Through testing, an additional Hearthstone Assisted Living resident has been identified as COVID positive.  There are currently a total of three Hearthstone residents and one Hearthstone team member who are COVID positive.

 

Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continue to follow IDPH guidance to ensure the safety of the residents. We are testing all residents and all team members weekly.

 

Based on discussion with our local health department, we are setting up revised guidelines, as follows:

 

  • We will conduct weekly COVID 19 testing of team members and residents for 14 days.

  • We have stopped communal dining, activities, and visits until further notice.

  • Residents need to quarantine to their apartments due to possible staff exposure.

  • Residents may leave for only essential doctor’s appointments.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. Continued thanks for your cooperation and understanding. We are counting on everyone to help us keep our residents and team members safe.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

August 19, 2021

Hearthstone has completed testing for residents and team members. We have not identified any additional positive residents or team members.

 

Hearthstone has continued to follow IDPH guidance to ensure the safety of the residents. We are testing all residents and all team members weekly.

 

Based on discussion with our local health department, we are setting up revised guidelines, as follows:

 

  • We will conduct weekly COVID 19 testing of team members and residents for 14 days.

  • We will have to stop communal dining, activities, and visits until further notice.

  • Residents need to quarantine to their apartments due to possible staff exposure.

  • Residents may leave for only essential doctor’s appointments.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are counting on everyone to help us keep our residents and team members safe.

August 18, 2021

Hearthstone has identified one additional COVID positive resident (total of two residents). During testing we identified one team member that is positive. Testing for residents is complete.  We anticipate that staff testing will be completed by August 19th.

 

Hearthstone has continued to follow Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance to ensure the safety of all residents. We are testing all residents and staff weekly.

 

Based on discussion with our local health department, we are setting up revised guidelines as follows:

 

  • We will conduct weekly COVID 19 testing of team members and residents for 14 days.

  • We will suspend communal dining, activities, and visits until further notice.

  • Residents need to quarantine to their apartments due to possible staff exposure.

  • Residents may leave only for essential medical appointments.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continue to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are counting on everyone to help us keep our residents and team members safe.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

August 17, 2021

 

Hearthstone has identified one COVID Positive resident.

 

Hearthstone has continued to follow IDPH guidance to ensure the safety of the residents.  We are testing all residents and are testing all staff.

 

Based on discussion with our local health department, we are setting up revised guidelines, as follows:

 

  • We will conduct weekly COVID 19 testing of team members and residents for 14 days.

  • We will have to pause on communal dining, activities, and visits until all results are back                         

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory systems

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

 

 We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members.  We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  We are counting on everyone to help us keep our residents and team members safe.

August 12, 2021 (2)

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released new COVID-19 guidance and recommendations which will be adopted at Lutheran Home for the safety of our team members and residents.   These recommendations come following increased positivity rates in the community and with increasing information about the Delta variant.

 

Effective August 13, 2021, any patient or resident who is admitted or readmitted to Lutheran Home will be required to quarantine for 14 days.  This means the resident or patient will be on transmission based precautions and will not be eligible to participate in group activities, communal dining or the visitation program for 14 days.  In the event that a long term care resident went to the hospital or left the community for 24 hours, they will be required to quarantine upon return to Lutheran Home.  It may be necessary for a resident of Residential Healthcare (long term care), returning from a hospital stay, to quarantine somewhere other than their permanent suite depending on the specific situation. 

 

We are also encouraging residents to wear masks for all activities regardless of vaccination status.  Masks should also be worn during communal dining unless the resident is actively eating or drinking. 

 

Visitors will need to wear masks at all times while at Lutheran Home.  Masks must be worn even when the resident and visitor are alone in the resident’s accommodation and both parties are vaccinated. 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone Assisted Living continue to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms.

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene.

  • All Visitors, team members and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident accommodations.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are counting on everyone to help us keep our residents and team members safe.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

August 12, 2021

Lutheran Home has completed a full round of testing of residents and team members.  Testing resulted in the identification of two COVID-19 positive team members, cases that were communicated in previous memos dated August 10 and August 11. There are no additional COVID positive cases to report.

 

Upon review with the local health department and per guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Lutheran Home will resume communal dining, group activities and visitation.

 

We will be testing all residents and team members weekly and will continue communicating updates to guidelines as appropriate. Please note that reopening plans and procedures are very specific and a positive COVID case at any point may result in different outcomes or restrictions based on contact, exposure or location of the positive COVID case.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone Assisted Living continue to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms.

  • Universal masking and proper hand hygiene for all team members and guests.

  • All Visitors, team members and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident rooms.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are counting on everyone to help us keep our residents and team members safe.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

August 11, 2021

Lutheran Home has continued to follow the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance to ensure the safety of residents and team members. We have been able to test the majority of our team members and all residents.  We will continue to test all team members until we reach 100%.  All residents have been tested with none testing positive for COVIID-19. Lutheran Home has identified one additional COVID positive team member. Team member testing will be completed on August 12 and any necessary updates to guidelines based on those findings will be distributed.

 

Based on discussion with our local health department, we are setting up revised guidelines, as follows:

 

  • We will conduct weekly COVID 19 testing of team members and residents for 14 days.

  • We will have additional guidance on visitation, communal dining and activities on August 12.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms.

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene.

  • All Visitors making “compassionate visits” and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident room.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are counting on everyone to help us keep our residents and team members safe.

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

August 10, 2021

Lutheran Home has continued to follow Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance to ensure the safety of the residents and team members including monthly testing of unvaccinated members. Today, a team member tested positive for COVID-19 during routine testing.

 

Based on guidance from IDPH, effective immediately we are taking additional necessary steps to ensure safety of residents and team members. At this time, we regret to inform you that we have to temporarily suspend all visitation except those visits deemed as “compassionate visits”. We have initiated house wide testing of all vaccinated and unvaccinated team members and residents.  In keeping with the guidance received, we are temporarily suspending community dining, group activities and visitation, with the exception of compassionate visits.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members and proper hand hygiene

  • All Visitors making “compassionate visits” and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all areas in the community including resident room.

 

We will be sharing this information with all residents and identified emergency contacts this evening and will keep you posted of our next steps as we learn more in the next couple of days.  The COVID positivity rate has been rising in our county and there has been an increase of patients being treated for COVID-19 in the nearby hospitals.  We would like to assure you that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are counting on everyone to help us keep our residents and team members safe.

For details regarding compassionate visits, please ask to speak with Lesley White or any member in the administration team. Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

August 06, 2021

Lutheran Home continues to have no cases of COVID-19 to report.  This includes team members and residents.  Regularly scheduled testing of unvaccinated team members occurred this month and we have zero positive cases at this time. Lutheran Home is continuing with monthly testing of unvaccinated team members.

 

Senior living communities at this time continue with current guidance from IDPH and CMS.  We are monitoring the situation with the Delta Variant and will keep you abreast as we receive more information. Currently Cook County has moderate transmission rates with a positivity rate of 3.42%.  We are seeing the COVID cases increase in the county and the positivity rates are slowly going up but we remain below the 5% positivity rate. We anticipate increased safety guidelines and restrictions from IDPH if the positivity rate goes above 5% or if there is a positive case of COVID in our community. We encourage you to continue to follow safety precautions and refrain from visiting if you are ill and/or experiencing any COVID related symptoms. We count on everyone to keep our residents and team members safe.

 

VISITATION: IDPH has provided guidance with lifting of some restrictions with regards to visitation guidelines. Effective August 14th, MyRehab entrance will be open to visitors from 9:00am-7:00pm. The main Oakton Entrance will continue with its regular operating hours. Starting August 14th, appointments will no longer be needed. Visitation restrictions continue for residents that are on any quarantine/ infection protocols.  Lutheran Home will continue to screen all team members and visitors upon arrival.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms.

  • Universal masking for all team members. 

  • Visitors and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all common areas. You may choose to unmask in your loved ones room, if you are fully vaccinated.

  • Please see safety handouts at entry points for more information about mask usage, hand hygiene and overall infection prevention measures.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

July 30, 2021

 

Lutheran Home continues to have no cases of COVID-19 to report.  This includes team members and residents.  Regularly scheduled testing of unvaccinated team members occurred this month and we have zero positive cases at this time. Lutheran Home is continuing with monthly testing of unvaccinated team members.

 

Please note that while the state of Illinois has entered Phase 5 of the reopening plan, senior living communities will continue with current guidance from IDPH. As you are aware Delta variant has been seen across the state in increasing numbers. We are monitoring the situation and will keep you abreast. Stay tuned for details in the next memo.

 

Lutheran Home has partnered with the Village of Arlington Heights for vaccinations.  For more information, please contact a nursing supervisor or social worker at Lutheran Home.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members.  Visitors and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all common areas.  Please see safety handouts at entry points for more information about mask usage, hand hygiene and overall infection prevention measures.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

July 23, 2021

 

Lutheran Home continues to have no cases of COVID-19 to report.  This includes team members and residents.  Regularly scheduled testing of unvaccinated team members occurred this month and we have zero positive cases at this time. Lutheran Home is continuing with monthly testing of unvaccinated team members.

 

Please note that while the state of Illinois has entered Phase 5 of the reopening plan, senior living communities will continue with current guidance from IDPH. As you are aware Delta variant has been seen across the state in increasing numbers. We are monitoring the situation and will keep you abreast. Stay tuned for details in the next memo.

 

Lutheran Home has partnered with the Village of Arlington Heights for vaccinations.  For more information, please contact a nursing supervisor or social worker at Lutheran Home.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members.  Visitors and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all common areas.  Please see safety handouts at entry points for more information about mask usage, hand hygiene and overall infection prevention measures.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

 

July 16, 2021

Lutheran Home continues to have no cases of COVID-19 to report.  This includes team members and residents.  Regularly scheduled testing of unvaccinated team members occurred this week and we have zero positive cases at this time.

 

Please note that while the state of Illinois has entered Phase 5 of the reopening plan, senior living communities will continue with current guidance from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). 

 

Lutheran Home has partnered with the Village of Arlington Heights for vaccinations.  For more information, please contact a nursing supervisor or social worker at Lutheran Home.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continue to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members.  Visitors and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all common areas.  Please see safety handouts at entry points for more information about mask usage and overall infection prevention measures.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

 

 

July 2, 2021

Lutheran Home continues to have no cases of COVID-19 to report.  This includes team members and residents.  Lutheran Home continues testing unvaccinated team members as directed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

 

 

 

July 9, 2021

Lutheran Home continues to have no cases of COVID-19 to report.  This includes team members and residents.  Lutheran Home continues testing unvaccinated team members as directed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

 

June 18, 2021

Lutheran Home continues to have no cases of COVID-19 to report.  This includes team members and residents.  Lutheran Home continues testing unvaccinated team members as directed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

 

Please note that while the state of Illinois has entered Phase 5 of the reopening plan, senior living communities will continue with current guidance from IDPH. 

 

Lutheran Home has partnered with the Village of Arlington Heights for vaccinations.  For more information, please contact a nursing supervisor or social worker at Lutheran Home.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms.

  • Universal masking for all team members.  Visitors and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all common areas.  Please see safety handouts at entry points for more information about mask usage and overall infection prevention measures.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

 

June 11, 2021

 

Lutheran Home continues to have no cases of COVID-19 to report.  This includes team members and residents.  Lutheran Home will proceed with testing unvaccinated team members as directed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) this coming week.

 

As discussed in the memo last week, IDPH announced reduced restrictions for residents as we continue to see improved COVID numbers in our state and local community.  IDPH has released guidance which states that when vaccinated residents are together, residents may remove their mask and do not need to adhere to physical distancing when in an activity or during communal dining.  In the presence of an unvaccinated resident, all residents, regardless of vaccination status, will need to adhere to social distancing and wear a face mask.

 

Visitors need to wear masks in all common areas regardless of vaccination status. Please remember that if you are visiting an unvaccinated resident or patient, masks must be worn and physical distancing must be maintained for the entire visit.

 

Lutheran Home has partnered with the Village of Arlington Heights for vaccinations.  For more information, please contact a nursing supervisor or social worker at Lutheran Home.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members.  Visitors and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all common areas.  Please see safety handouts at entry points for more information about mask usage and overall infection prevention measures.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at the Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

June 4, 2021

 

Lutheran Home continues to have no cases of COVID-19 to report.  This includes team members and residents.  Lutheran Home will proceed with testing unvaccinated team members as directed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) this coming week.

 

May 27, 2021

 

Lutheran Home continues to have no cases of COVID-19 to report.  This includes team members and residents. 

 

We are excited to announce some reduced restrictions for residents as we continue to see reduced COVID numbers in our state and local community.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released new guidance which states that when vaccinated residents are together, residents may remove their mask and do not need to adhere to physical distancing when in an activity or during communal dining. 

 

Dining: If your loved one is not vaccinated, they will be offered to dine in their room or for their own safety, we will offer a designated distanced space. During meal time, vaccinated residents may still sit next to one another in the presence of an unvaccinated team member and remove their masks while eating.

 

Activity/Programming: In the presence of an unvaccinated resident or team member, all residents, regardless of vaccination status, will need to adhere to social distancing and wear a face mask during the program. Residents will be required to wear source control for all chapel programs.

 

Lutheran Home has partnered with the Village of Arlington Heights for vaccinations.  For more information, please contact a nursing supervisor or social worker at Lutheran Home.

 

Visitors need to wear masks in all common areas regardless of vaccination status.

 

Lutheran Home has altered the health screen process at the main entrance for visitors.  We now have a wall mounted thermometer and visitors will complete their own health screen. Following the temperature check and completion of the health screen, the visitor should check in with the receptionist to confirm appointment and confirm compliance.  Educational handouts are available at all visitor entrances to help facilitate a safe visit.

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all team members.  Visitors and residents must adhere to masking protocols.  This includes mask usage in all common areas.  Please see safety handouts at entry points for more information about mask usage and overall infection prevention measures.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at the Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

May 21, 2021

Lutheran Home continues to have no cases of COVID-19 to report.  This includes team members and residents. 

 

May 14, 2021

Lutheran Home has received 100% of results from testing this week.  All results for team members are negative. At this time, we will begin monthly testing of unvaccinated team members based on the county positivity rate and our great success with having no new recent positive cases.

 

MyRehab Entrance-Effective Monday, May 17, 2021: 

  • We are pleased to announce the re-opening of the MyRehab entrance on Monday, May 17, for visitors to the MyRehab building.  You will see on the Lutheran Home website that in addition to scheduling visits at Lutheran Home and Hearthstone, you can now select MyRehab for a scheduled visit.  The MyRehab entrance will be open for screening visitors from 10 am-5pm daily. 

  • Only visitors to the MyRehab building should schedule their visits at MyRehab.  We are able to accommodate more visitors and manage the flow of traffic through the building by utilizing separate entrances. 

  • Visitors to the MyRehab building are now able to use the MyRehab entrance to take a patient outdoors during their scheduled visit between 10 am-5pm.  The visitor and patient will be able to re-enter through the MyRehab entrance and be screened during open hours. 

  • If your visit ends after 5:00 pm, please exit the MyRehab building through the door just to the right of the MyRehab entrance.  This side door is available for visitors to exit and is locked from the outside so re-entry though the side door is not possible.

 

Pre-Screen Information: 

  • Visitors are no longer required to complete the pre-screening form prior to a scheduled visit.  Screening questions will continue to be asked upon arrival to the community.  Visits still need to be scheduled in advance via the online platform.

 

Mask Usage:

  • The CDC has released information this week about mask usage amongst those who are vaccinated.  We are awaiting guidance from IDPH on this topic.  Please know that Lutheran Home is constantly reviewing guidance from the CDC and IDPH regarding the health and safety of our residents, staff and visitors.  We are working to update our policies and will let you know as changes occur. 

  • At this time, masks are required for all residents, patients, visitors and staff. 

 

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follows: 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all residents, team members and guests

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at the Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

May 3, 2021

Lutheran Home has received 100% of results from the testing of all residents and team members with no new positive cases from the week of April 25. As stated in my last communication, we needed to have no additional positive cases for 14 days to resume visitation, communal dining, small group activities and beauty salon. I am pleased to announce the resumption of all of the above beginning Wednesday, May 5.

 

We continue with weekly team member testing as per the guidance from IDPH related to the county positivity rate.

 

Lutheran Home offers an online visitation reservation system and health pre-screen platform for our entire campus. To access the site to make reservations or complete your health pre-screen please visit Lutheran Home’s website or https://lhvisits.simplybook.me & https://www.lutheranhome.org/healthscreen.

 

If you require an outdoor visit, please contact Beth Gauthier at (847) 368-7484.

 

If you do not have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone, please contact Beth and she will assist in making your reservation.

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all residents, team members and guests

 

We do appreciate your partnership in helping Lutheran Home to vigilantly navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Thank you so much for your continued prayers, support and understanding.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at the Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

April 22, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming two team members have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and team members who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for team members who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

 

April 16, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming two team members have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and team members who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for team members who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

 

April 12, 2021

 

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one healthcare center resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The family of this individual, as well as those who had direct contact, have been notified.

April 9, 2021

 

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one team member has tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and team members who had direct contact with this individual have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for team members who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

The Healthcare Center at Lutheran Home continues to actively follow the guidelines for senior living communities as directed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH as follows:

 

  • Active screening of team members and guests for fever and respiratory symptoms

  • Universal masking for all residents, team members and guests

 

We do appreciate your partnership in helping Lutheran Home to vigilantly navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Thank you so much for your continued prayers, support and understanding.

 

Please visit www.LutheranHome.org/covid19  for cumulative information on COVID-19 at the Lutheran Home, as well as future campus updates regarding our COVID-19 response.

April  1, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one team member has tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and team members who had direct contact with this individual have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for team members who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

March 25, 2021

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We are very excited to announce that the Illinois Department of Public Health has released new
guidance for nursing homes and other long-term care communities which have participated in
COVID-19 vaccinations. As you will read in this update, there are some meaningful changes that
should greatly enhance the experience of Lutheran Home residents and their families. We truly
appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding as we have worked through the reopening
guidance. This good news is a direct result of our associates’, residents’, and visitors’ continued
diligence and smart routines to minimize infection risk. Thank you for all that each of you are
doing to protect your health and the collective health of this community.
Highlighted below are some of the most important changes that this updated guidance will allow
for our residents and their families.

  •  Visitation: In-room and outdoor visitation is now permitted. Visits will be scheduled

daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM in ten minute intervals. Visits will be limited to two
guests at a time and for one hour. Please coordinate with your famlies and loved ones so
visits don’t overlap. All current reservations will be canceled due to a change in the
reservation platform beginning Friday, March 26th.
In-room visitation is also allowed, and will comply with the following:
Please do not enter Lutheran Home if you have any respiratory symptoms, including:
fever, cough or shortness of breath.

  • You must have completed your online health screen within 24 hours of your visit on

Lutheran Home’s website.
Each visit is one hour in length.

  • Please go directly to the room or apartment of the resident that you are visiting and

remain there for your entire visit. However, you may take your loved one to visit outside
via the nearest exit. Masks are required for all outdoor visits.
You must wear your mask properly throughout your entire visit.

  • Remind your loved one that they must also wear their mask properly throughout the

entire visit.

  • Please practice proper hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water for at

least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
before and after contact.

  • Each visitor must follow Cook County travel guidance. Please refer to Cook County

website for additional information:
 

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travelorder.html#cds-tabs-1447250451-6

  • Please maintain at least six feet of social distancing with your loved one and any team

members of Lutheran Home.
 

March 18, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one team member has tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and team members who had direct contact with this individual have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for team members who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

March 13, 2021

For the week ending Saturday, March 13th, Lutheran Home has zero positive cases of COVID-19.

March 12, 2021

Lutheran Home thanks you for your partnership in community health as, together, we’ve navigated the most difficult past twelve months we could have imagined. 

 

Please be assured, as we have been since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to be in consistent communication with local, state and national health agencies. When national agencies outpace the easing of restrictions, we must wait for Illinois Department of Public Health updates. As guidelines are updated, our community must ensure a successful plan is in place to safely accommodate the new guidelines on our campus. As restrictions lessen, we thank you for understanding that campus implementation may not happen immediately. We will continue to share all updates in the same avenues in which you have seen this past year.

 

We, too, celebrate the recent opportunities to reconnect with the most important people in our lives. With community health our priority, we will continue to make every effort to promote those reconnections in every way we can safely do so.

March 4, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one team member has tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and associates who had direct contact with this individual have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

February 22, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming three team members have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and associates who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

January 31, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one healthcare center resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The family of this individual, as well as those who had direct contact, have been notified.

January 28, 2021

 

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one healthcare center resident and one short-term rehabilitation patient in our healthcare center have tested positive for COVID-19. The families of these individuals, as well as those who had direct contact, have been notified.

January 25, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one short-term rehabilitation patient in our healthcare center has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual’s family, as well as those who had direct contact, have been notified.

January 24, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one short-term rehabilitation patient in our healthcare center has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual’s family, as well as those who had direct contact, have been notified.

January 23, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one team member has tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and associates who had direct contact with this individual have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

January 21, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming six team members have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and associates who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

January 18, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one short-term rehabilitation patient in our healthcare center has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual’s family, as well as those who had direct contact, have been notified.

January 17, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one team member has tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and associates who had direct contact with this individual have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

January 14, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming two residents and one short-term rehabilitation patient in our healthcare center have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals’ families, as well as those who had direct contact, have been notified.

 

Lutheran Home has also received test results confirming one team member has tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and associates who had direct contact with this individual have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

January 9, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming two team members have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and associates who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

 

Lutheran Home has also received test results confirming two team members have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and associates who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

January 7, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one short-term rehabilitation patient in our healthcare center and one healthcare center resident have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals’ families, as well as those who had direct contact, have been notified.

 

Lutheran Home has also received test results confirming two team members have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and associates who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

January 5, 2021

 

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming one short-term rehabilitation patient in our healthcare center has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual’s family, as well as those who had direct contact, have been notified.

January 4, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming two team members have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and associates who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

January 2, 2021

Lutheran Home has received test results confirming nine team members have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and associates who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified. The return to work procedure and timing for associates who test positive for COVID-19 follows Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and Lutheran Home policy.

> NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2020 Cases of COVID-19 at Lutheran Home

Total Cases of COVID-19 at Lutheran Home

RESIDENT CASES

78

TEAM MEMBERS

123

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COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE:

Lutheran Home is currently accepting new residents and patients with advanced screening, recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in place.

ATTENTION VISITORS:

In an effort to protect our residents, team members and patients we are asking for your help.

 

Please consider sending a "Thinking of You" e-greeting.

  We are also utilizing Facetime and other creative ways to connect families.
  Please call if you're interested in learning more.

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