Beacon Hill COVID-19 Response

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UPDATED 06/01/2020
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

Starting June 2, 2020 residents may:

  • get their mail from the mail room wearing a face mask
  • drop off/pick up dry cleaning wearing a face mask
  • take trash to their designated trash rooms on their floor while wearing a face mask

Starting June 8th 2020, we will be working to reopen our dining rooms, bistro and café with mandatory social distancing guidelines. Starting Wednesday, June 3rd, residents may make reservations for the week of June 8th.

Wellness classes and activities will also begin the week of June 8, with proper social distancing required. We will be sending out more details on classes and activities by the end of this week.

Visitors that are not medically necessary are not permitted in the building, based on the current executive order which lasts until June 26th, 2020.

 

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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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