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Special procedures related to the Coronavirus



March 13, 2020

To our residents, their friends and families, and our partners,

Effective today, Governor Carney has declared a State of Emergency in Delaware due to the Coronavirus. This declaration includes special provisions for health care facilities that serve the elderly, including skilled nursing facilities such as the Delaware Veterans Home (DVH.) These provisions are in keeping with the recommendations of public health professionals to limit the spread of the virus and protect at-risk populations to the greatest extent possible.

Before the emergency declaration, DVH began to implement a proactive plan to limit visitation, as advised by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control.

Until further notice, DVH is closed to visitors and volunteers, with very limited exceptions. Personnel providing essential services to residents will be allowed into the facility, including approved paid caregivers, hospice staff, x-ray and lab technicians. All such persons will be screened by DVH personnel upon arrival.

Families of DVH residents have been notified of this decision and their compliance and support has been appreciated. At this time, we cannot predict how long these restrictions will remain in place, but we pledge to keep residents, family members and the community informed.

The DVH team is working diligently to facilitate continued communication among residents, families and friends using technology. More details are to come.

In addition, all non-urgent, off-site resident appointments have been cancelled or rescheduled. When a resident must leave the facility for an appointment, the resident will wait in the DVH transport vehicle and not in a public waiting room. Residents who leave the facility will be closely monitored upon their return.

If you have any questions regarding these plans and procedures, please feel free to contact Assistant Director of Nursing/Infection Preventionist Dotti Dunham at 302-424-8778. If you have resident-specific questions, please contact your loved one’s Unit Manager.

At the Delaware Veterans Home, our highest priority is always the safety and health of our Veterans. We thank you in advance for your patience and support as we do everything in our power to keep them safe during this trying time.

Sincerely,

Tina Foskey, LNHA
Administrator, Delaware Veterans Home


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