Prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Nazareth House Los Angeles had in place an Infection Control and Prevention Program. Since this time, we have significantly expanded our Infection Control Program to protect our residents and assist our staff in the fight again the spread of this virus within our Nazareth Community.
We have implemented the following measures:
- Secured all entrances to the community and limited visitors to only those deemed medically necessary. Exceptions exist for any hospice or actively dying resident: allowing only one family visitor at a time.
- Every individual entering our community is screened for temperature, signs of potential symptoms of illness, recent travel history, and possible exposure to the virus.
- Ongoing training and retraining of all staff to ensure they are following our Infection Control Protocols such as: frequent handwashing and cleaning of high-touched surfaced. Nurses and all Caregivers receive ongoing training about proper use of PPE, (masks, gloves, gowns etc.) and how to deal with contact and airborne pathogens. should an event arise. Community cleaning and sanitation protocols are enforced.
- Should an event arise, an Isolation Unit has been setup in the Auditory for any person showing signs or symptoms of Covid-19 related illnesses.
- To support our residents’ safety, social distancing is required throughout the community. Communal meals and group social activities have been suspended. All meals are delivered to our residents’ rooms.
- All staff and residents are required to wear masks throughout the community.
- To facilitate social and emotional connections, residents are encouraged to maintain digital communication with their family and friends.
- To help prevent the virus from entering our buildings, new move-ins are restricted.
We are doing as much as possible to protect your love ones. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from Covid-19.