Updates

4-5-21  The Morrison Communities

We are pleased to report that The Morrison Communities continues to be Covid free. This announcement includes The Morrison Skilled Nursing Facility, Sartwell Place Assisted Living and Summit by Morrison. All facilities are delighted to be having indoor visits with families and friends. In order to maintain safety protocols with the required sanitizing and staffing, visits will be on a limited basis with pre-scheduling a must. Your support as we navigate these changes is greatly appreciated. We ask that you call the individual facilities to schedule your visit.

As part of the ongoing safeguards, we will continue to follow strict guidelines including wearing masks in public spaces, social distancing, taking temperatures daily of residents and visitors, and heightened sanitizing to ensure everyone’s continued safety.

3-2-21 (The Morrison Skilled Nursing Facility/Sartwell Assisted Living Update)

Dear Sartwell Residents, Family, and Friends:

We are happy to announce the Morrison Nursing Home and Sartwell staff and residents have all tested negative for COVID-19 two weeks in a row! The Coos County test positivity rate has also dropped and stayed below 10% for the last two weeks. This means we may resume supervised indoor social visitation! This last two months has been difficult for us all, and we welcome you back with open arms (socially distanced, of course). We know you are all anxiously awaiting to see your loved ones again, we ask that you understand dates and times will continue to be limited. We will do our best to ensure each resident is able have a visit, before booking numerous visits for the same resident.

We appreciate your willingness to continue being screened prior to and the day of visitation, wearing a mask properly and maintaining 6-feet distance from your loved one. Our screening guidance has been updated to include asking you if you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days or if you are fully vaccinated. Neither question’s answer can result in you being denied a visit. If you have traveled outside of New England in the last 14-days and are fully vaccinated, you may participate in a visit. However, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14-days, have had direct exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have traveled outside of New England in the last 14-days and are not fully vaccinated, you may be denied an in-person supervised visit. You will have the option of scheduling a window visit or Zoom visit, instead. We recognize these protocols are challenging, but our recent experience has enforced the need to continue such protocols. Please call 603-837-2541 to schedule a visit.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Thank you,

Louise J. Belanger, RN, BS, NHA                                  Liz Hazard, BS, MSG

Executive Director                                                            Director of Sartwell

 

2-12-21 (The Morrison Skilled Nursing Facility/Sartwell Assisted Living Update)

To Morrison Nursing Home and Sartwell Place Residents and Representatives:

On the evening of February 11, 2021, we received notification that an additional resident has tested positive for COVID-19. This resident is on the same wing as the first case we reported to you. All other residents and staff have tested negative. This wing has been on droplet precautions, following the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and CDC response to community exposure guidance. This guidance also included cohorting all residents who reside on this wing, staff wearing full personal protective equipment when interacting with all residents and changing personal protective equipment in between each resident.

As of February 11, 2021, a majority of residents and staff are now vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning 14 days past the 2nd dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The resident who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, is included in this category. We will continue testing for COVID-19, testing 100% of staff and 100% of residents weekly.

We recognize this news is disheartening, and you are concerned about your loved ones. We will be in close communication with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC and follow all guidance that is provided. We will continue to keep you updated on the situation. We ask that you be patient with us as we implement any additional protocols required of our community to further protect your loved ones. We remain dedicated to resident safety being our top priority.

Supervised indoor visitation will be postponed until we have received two weeks of negative COVID-19 test results for all residents and staff. Family members and friends are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through mail, phone calls, window visits, zoom and skype.

You may contact us at 603-837-2541 for updates on your loved one.

Thank you,

Louise J. Belanger, RN, BS, NHA                                  Liz Hazard, BS, MSG

Executive Director                                                      Director of Sartwell Assisted Living

2-10-21 (The Morrison Skilled Nursing Facility/Sartwell Assisted Living Update)

Morrison Nursing Home and Sartwell Place Residents and Representatives,

We want to provide a follow up to our previous letter regarding the quarantined resident who tested positive for COVID-19 and was discharged from the facility last week. As most of you are aware, new residents who are admitted to either facility are required to self-quarantine for 14 days following admission. We treat this person as though they are COVID-19 positive as a precaution, even if recent COVID-19 tests have been negative. This precaution is what kept our community safe during this recent exposure. The resident who tested positive for COVID-19 was from the general population when they were exposed and was quarantined from other residents while they were in the facility, meaning we do not count this case as a facility acquired transmission, instead it is considered a community exposure.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has provided us with community exposure guidance which includes continuing testing 100% of staff twice weekly, testing 100% of residents once a week, and continuing to follow additional infection control precautions, such as cohorting residents and staff. As we stated in our previous letter, resident safety is our top priority. We will continue to follow local, state, and federal health guidance including urging frequent hand hygiene, social distancing, and mask and shield usage. The week of January 31st, 100% of staff were tested twice, and all tests were negative for COVID-19. This is excellent news and an indication that our infection control practices work well.

There is light at the end of the tunnel! A majority of residents and staff will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of February 11th. We should have results from four rounds of 100% staff testing and two rounds of 100% resident testing by February 19th. Coos County’s test positivity rate is also under 5%! Once we have all test results during the exposure protocol period and the additional protocols are lifted, we can resume our general COVID protocols, allow supervised indoor social visitation, and test 10% of staff for 3 weeks then 100% of staff during the 4th week.

We sincerely appreciate everyone’s support during this recent situation. We understand our previous letter held distressing news, but our hope is that this letter will provide comfort, along with a better understanding of the situation. You may contact us at 603-837-2541 for updates on your loved one.

Thank you,

Louise J. Belanger, RN, BS, NHA                                  Liz Hazard, BS, MSG

Executive Director                                                            Director of Sartwell Assisted Living

2-2-21 (The Morrison Skilled Nursing Facility/Sartwell Assisted Living Update)

We want to inform you that we have received confirmation that a resident at the Morrison Nursing Home or Sartwell Place has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This resident was immediately discharged from the facility. This resident had been in quarantine since their admission and had no contact with other residents. Staff caring for this resident used full personal protective equipment during all interactions with said resident. Resident safety is our top priority. We will continue to adhere to preventative guidance by urging frequent hand hygiene, social distancing and mask usage.

We will follow the state’s recommendations, which continues to restrict visitors during this time. We understand that you are concerned about your loved one and connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through mail, phone calls, window visits, zoom and skype.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available. Please know that we are strictly adhering to all directions from the local and state health department.

You may contact us at 603-837-2541 for updates on your loved one.

 

Thank you,

Louise J. Belanger, RN, BS, NHA                                  Liz Hazard, BS, MSG

Executive Director                                                            Director of Sartwell Assisted Living

 

1-13-2021 (Summit by Morrison Update)

As of today, we are happy to report that Summit by Morrison is COVID free and is accepting new residents!

Staff will continue to be tested once a week for COVID, and a vaccine clinic is scheduled.

We encourage all staff, residents, and those reading this to continue using good precautionary measures: wear a mask, physically distance, and only go out for essential needs.

12-15-20 (Summit by Morrison Update)

On Monday, December 14th, we were alerted that one of our part-time, direct care staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during our routine staff testing on December 10, 2020.

The staff member consistently and properly wore personal protective equipment (PPE) – a face shield and a surgical mask.

We have asked this employee to not return to work until a 14-day quarantine is complete. We have also contacted the NH Bureau of Infectious Disease Control and will follow all guidance provided by them and the NH Division of Public Health Services. We have made arrangements for all residents and staff to be tested this week.

Our number one priority is to maintain the health and safety of our residents and staff. We are taking every measure possible to mitigate any possible consequences and will provide timely updates to our residents and their families.  

Shannon Lynch, Executive Director

The post above is specific to the Summit by Morrison campus and does not apply to any other facility of The Morrison Communities.

 

11-17-20 (Morrison Communities Update)

As Thanksgiving approaches, we at The Morrison Communities would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all our wonderful staff and our local healthcare providers and first responders. Thank you for working so hard to keep our residents safe and healthy during this difficult time. We recognize the sacrifices that each of you have to make—from social distancing to missing out on events—to maintain your health to keep us safe. As of November 17, 2020, The Morrison Communities remains COVID free in large part due to your diligence. Thank you!

8-12-20 (Morrison Communities Update)

We are happy to report that The Morrison Communities continues to remain COVID free!

Outdoor visits with residents are still available at both campuses. Please call the receptionist at the appropriate campus to schedule a visit with your loved one.

Lastly, we encourage everyone reading this to continue to keep the Three C’s in mind: avoid CROWDS, CLOSE CONTACT, and CLOSED rooms. Continue to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. Everyone has a part to play in keeping our communities healthy and safe.

7-11-20 (Morrison Communities Update)

We are happy to announce that the State of NH Department of Health and Human Services is now allowing senior living facilities to provide outdoor visitation opportunities! The Morrison Communities is following strict health policies and procedures to ensure the safety of all involved in these visits. If you would like to schedule an outdoor visit with your loved one, please call the receptionist at either campus to do so.

5-14-20 (Morrison Communities Update)

As the governor has released Stay at Home 2.0, we want to remind you that there have been no changes for senior living communities. The same precautions remain in place to protect your loved ones and those caring for them.

4-17-20 (Summit Update)

Dear Family and Friends of Summit,

Thank you so much for your continued support, flexibility, and encouragement during these difficult days.

We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC and NH Department of Health and Human Services have implemented several new guidelines to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering or spreading in facilities such as ours. Here are the new measures we will be implementing:

  • Residents in our Assisted Living and Memory Care communities MUST wear a cloth mask whenever they leave their rooms OR if a staff member enters the room. Residents in Independent Living are strongly encouraged to follow the same policy.
  • Masks for residents in Assisted Living and Memory Care communities: These will now be washed in each wing at the end of the day. Staff will collect their masks at the end of the day.
  • Due to the new mask wearing guidelines for residents, meals will be changing for our Assisted Living and Memory Care communities as of tomorrow (April 17):
    • All meals will now be taken in resident rooms. Meal trays will be provided for those who do not have a table in their room.
    • Starting Sunday, April 19, breakfast service will change. The main kitchen will send family style breakfast offerings. Scrambled eggs and bacon will be offered everyday along with one other hot choice.
    • Assisted Living lunch and dinner: Meals will still be chosen by residents; however, their meals will come boxed to the wings.
    • Memory Care lunch and dinner: Meals will still come family style. Staff will serve to residents on disposable dinnerware.
    • There will be NO dinnerware or silverware going back to the main kitchen.
  • If any resident goes to an inpatient or outpatient visit, they must wear a SURGICAL mask when leaving the building which will be provided by Summit. Upon their return, they will be quarantined to their room for fourteen days. Please note that Sue Shevlin, Resident Care Director will be working with Assisted Living and Memory Care community residents’ physicians to see if some procedures can be completed here in the vestibule to try to avoid having residents isolated in their rooms. Independent Living residents are strongly encouraged to use Telehealth options. Please call your care provider for more information.
  • We are no longer accepting admissions to Assisted Living or Memory Care. We do have a Memory Care resident potentially joining us at the end of the month. She currently lives at The Morrison Skilled Nursing Facility where they are following the same safety measures as us.
  • If a positive case is identified here, the State will be notified, and residents and staff will be tested for COVID per CDC/DHHS guidelines.

We would like to remind you that creative solutions are available to help you stay in touch with your loved ones. Window visits can be scheduled, and we are happy to assist your loved ones with their technology if they would like to Skype or Facetime. Please remember that family and friends should not visit in the parking lot or in other outdoor spaces with their loved one in person.

Our residents’ well-being is our top priority. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure their safety and happiness during this difficult time.

Thank you for your understanding and your encouragement to residents to adhere to these guidelines. We can only keep our residents and staff safe as a team effort.

 

Sincerely,

Shannon Lynch, Executive Director

 

 

3-20-20 Update

We are continuing to respond to this rapidly changing situation.  Over the past week, we have instituted a no visitor policy, have closed the dining room and instituted meal delivery, structured the facility to maintain social distancing and are working to meet and exceed the new guidelines.  Our community continues to be healthy. The safety of our residents and staff are the priority.

We are sad to say that we can no longer allow visiting with family and friends anywhere on the campus outside the main building, i.e. the “front porch” or walks around the grounds. This is per CDC recommendations.

We will continue to participate in the daily conference calls with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control in order to receive the most up to date information. As we progress, we will continue to update you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call.

The Morrison Skilled Nursing Facility and Sartwell Place Assisted Living (603) 837-2541

Summit by Morrison (603) 837-3500

3-13-20 Update

This is part of the Emergency Declaration that Governor Sununu issued on March 13, 2020:

Beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 15th, all assisted living facilities, long term care facilities, nursing facilities, residential care facilities . . . or any other similar facilities providing residential care to elderly or infirm patients shall prohibit visitor access to reduce facility-based transmission of COVID- 19. This prohibition shall not apply to medically necessary personnel, visitors for residents receiving end of life care, or visitors necessary to provide for residents [sic] psychosocial needs as determined by a licensed medical care provider.

Due to the recent pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the frailty of our residents, our facility is closed to visitors until further notice.

The State of New Hampshire has mandated that our facility limit visitation to ONLY residents receiving hospice or end-of-life care, and those visitors will be thoroughly screened prior to entering our facility.

We understand that this is going to be a frustrating and frightening time for families. Please know that this protocol is being initiated to ensure that the health and well-being of our residents and caregivers is protected. Staff members are available to help residents receive phone calls, as well as Skype and Facetime with their loved ones until this restriction is lifted.

You can protect your own health and safety by performing the following basic precautions:

  • Wash your hands, FREQUENTLY! (for 20 seconds – sing Happy Birthday twice during washing)
  • Avoid contact with your face (particularly mouth, nose, and/or eyes)
  • Use proper respiratory etiquette (cover your coughs and sneezes)
  • If you’re are sick, STAY HOME!
  • Perform routine cleaning for frequently used areas at home, your workspace, and in your car!

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and THANK YOU for your patience and support to guarantee the safety to our residents and your loved ones. If you have any questions, please contact our facilities.

The Morrison Skilled Nursing Facility and Sartwell Place Assisted Living (603) 837-2541

Summit by Morrison (603) 837-3500