Beacon Hill COVID-19 Response

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UPDATED 05/12/2020
For more information, please continue to watch this web page, or call our dedicated hotline at:

(616) 734-9544

We are taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of you and your loved ones. We would like to reassure you that our residents and employees health and safety are our number one priority and we are doing everything we can to ensure everyone at Beacon Hill stays healthy. We are keeping up with all new information coming out and we’ll be sure to share it with you.

Many people are concerned about what to do about the COVID-19 virus (or Coronavirus). Please be assured that we have been working quickly to put safety measures in place.

FAQs

Where can I find the latest information on COVID-19?

  • For information specific to Beacon Hill, please check back for updates on this page
  • For information on COVID-19 in the entire United States, visit the CDC website

For Residents of 1845

Residents at 1845 Boston St are required to remain in the building, with the exception of health appointments and medical emergencies. 
   
We are pursuing all efforts to open up lines of communication to make residents feel more connected to and supported by their family and friends outside of Beacon Hill. We are increasing our Life Enrichment staff to provide one-on-one activity, like spiritual discussion, reminiscing, providing enrichment tools through books, reading aloud, magazines, activity books, puzzles, coloring pages, playing card games, virtual family visit set-up, and coordination of family phone calls. We’ll be providing increased access to family members through additional phone calls and video chats.
   
Compassionate visits will continue; the visitor will be screened and given access for a visit in the resident’s room to provide comfort for both the family and resident. Compassionate visits will be approved and coordinated by Amanda Daggett, Director of Nursing on a case-by-case basis. Chaplain Travis will also be available to the family. At Beacon Hill, our residents’ physical, mental, and spiritual health is our top priority, and we will continue to keep our residents connected to the outside world.
   
Because we know how the virus spreads, we also know the best ways to prevent it. Residents in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory Support are going through routine assessment on a daily basis by the clinical care team.
  • We have recently added an oxygen saturation level assessment twice daily to monitor for “silent hypoxia” which studies are showing to be a potential early symptom.
  • All resident and visitor COVID-19 screenings have been updated to meet the newest CDC recommendations for symptom monitoring.
  • We are continuing to monitor physical health and psychosocial well-being as we know how important social engagement is to overall well-being of a person. We’ve added more muscle building activities, added an afternoon snack cart, changed the food delivery containers to keep food hotter for longer, and updated our pantries with a wide variety to choose from.
  • We now have a means to commercially decontaminate N95 respirators.

 

 

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For Residents of 1919

Due to the positive coronavirus test in Independent Living we are in a state of quarantine. Quarantine means that you should not leave your apartment unless it is medically necessary. Please stay in your apartment.
Please see details of new procedures below:
Screenings
Regular screenings will continue to take place at the scheduled times.
Please have a mask on covering both your nose and mouth when answering your door.
Trash
Trash will be picked up in the afternoon Monday-Friday. Please place trash outside of your door between 1:00-1:30 pm for pick up. In consideration of the other residents, please do not place your trash outside your door prior to 1:00 pm.
If you have any recyclables, please place them in a paper bag.
Mail
Mail will be delivered to residents in the afternoons Monday-Friday.
If you have any outgoing mail, please place it on your ledge with a note stating “outgoing mail”.
As we rely on ledges for mail and meal delivery, we are asking residents to please clear off their ledges.
Groceries
We have increased the ability to provide you with personal grocery shopping.
Contact the concierge via phone at 616-608-8236 or email 1919concierge@beaconhillgr.org to make arrangements. Or you can leave your grocery list on your ledge.
Housekeeping and Maintenance
We will be suspending housekeeping for the remainder of the quarantine period. If there is a safety concern, please contact the concierge desk.
We will only be handling emergency maintenance issues at this time.If you plan to quarantine outside of Beacon Hill, please contact the Concierge Desk.
As a Reminder:
• If you choose to leave the community at this time, you must stay offsite for 14 days for the quarantine period – May 24. Should you decide to return, you must call the COVID-19 hotline at 616-734-9544 to receive permission to return to the community.
 • The Pool and Fitness center is closed

 

• Hallway Activities are cancelled

 

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Appointments and Screenings

Regularly scheduled visits: if you have scheduled upcoming visits, please call your physician’s office to confirm that they are accepting in-person visits. Health related appointments, including elective surgeries, routine procedure, some ambulatory clinic visits and routine diagnostic studies are being canceled, so please call the office in advanced to confirm your appointment before leaving. 

Kent County is recommending people use telehealth (distance) monitoring. This is available through Spectrum Health at 616-391-2380 and electronically at Metro Health.

If you believe you may have been exposed to someone with COVID or are experiencing symptoms, please call our hotline: (616) 734-9544

The screening form is solely used as a self-reporting tool provided to help you assess your current health symptoms. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or call our COVID-19 hotline 616-734-9544 with any questions you may have regarding your symptoms. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.

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For Visitors

Across our entire campus, including independent living, visiting hours are restricted to essential medical personnel only. You may arrange a drop-off of items for your resident. Please contact the Concierge at (616) 608-8236, Monday – Friday during regular business hours (8a-5p) to arrange a time 24 hours in advance.

The screening form is solely used as a self-reporting tool provided to help you assess your current health symptoms. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or call our COVID-19 hotline 616-734-9544 with any questions you may have regarding your symptoms. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.

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Events

  • Based on the latest recommendations from the CDC and CMS, we are canceling all unit activities. Activities will take place individually in resident rooms. 
  • External events are canceled.
  • Communal events will be canceled, and activities will be scheduled on the unit.

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Resources

To provide more information for our residents and staff, here are some additional resources that you may find helpful

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Employees

The screening form is solely used as a self-reporting tool provided to help you assess your current health symptoms. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or call our COVID-19 hotline 616-734-9544 with any questions you may have regarding your symptoms. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.

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616-608-8254

1919 Boston Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

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