Welcome to the Friendship Villages’ February 24, 2022 COVID-19 update.
As we approach the second anniversary of encountering COVID-19 in our area, we are pleased to report that there has been a significant reduction in the number of COVID cases on campus. Virtually zero new cases, except in the increasingly rare instance when someone brings it back from a stay in the hospital.
For this reason, Friendship Villages has now changed the mask and screening policy that pertains to Independent Living on our campuses.
Masks are now optional for all residents, guests and employees in Independent Living, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are no longer required for those who have not been vaccinated.
In addition, there is no longer a temperature and exposure screening requirement upon entering the Independent Living buildings.
All residents, guests and employees are on the honor system to know if they are symptomatic and to take the appropriate measures to self-restrict and/or quarantine if indicated.
This policy change does not pertain to residents, guests or staff of Assisted Living and Memory Care or Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation facilities. These licensed facilities must continue to adhere to State and County guidelines for these types of facilities and policies there have not changed.
We celebrate this welcome change as we strive to get back to some degree of normalcy at the villages.
Welcome to the Friendship Villages’ January 3, 2022 COVID-19 update.
Happy New Year! 2022 is coming in with a bang!
With the increased prevalence of COVID all around, we are making a temporary policy change for residents, guests and staff of the Villages as a mitigating precautionary measure.
Both campuses have had several residents report that they have been exposed to friends and family who have subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. A few of these residents have now tested positive, though generally the symptoms have been relatively minor, and we thank our Good Lord for that.
Effective Tuesday, January 4th, we are asking all residents, guests and staff to resume wearing snug-fitting, two-layer masks in all public spaces on campus except when seated at a table dining.
At this time, we have set Tuesday, January 25th, (three weeks from now) as the end date for this policy, depending on the situation then.
Thank you for cooperation and continued prayers.
Welcome to the Friendship Villages’ December 28, 2021 COVID-19 update.
Happy Holidays! We hope everyone had a good Christmas, celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We hope you are looking forward to a fresh start in 2022, as are we.
With the increased news about the high prevalence of COVID all around, we wanted to provide an update as to where Friendship Villages stand currently (understanding that this is a constantly fluid situation). Please note that we do not have data on which variant of COVID a person might have. All are cared-for in the same manner.
As of this moment at Sunset Hills, of approximately 700 total residents:
- Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation: No residents are currently positive and five employees are positive and quarantined at home.
- Assisted Living and Memory Care: No residents are currently positive and one employee is positive and quarantined at home.
- Independent Living: One resident brought COVID back from visiting family for Christmas but has been under quarantine since their return and we pray for them while we monitor their condition.
As of this moment at Chesterfield, of approximately 500 total residents:
- Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation: One resident is currently positive and in quarantine and two employees are currently positive and quarantined at home, and we pray for each of them.
- Assisted Living and Memory Care: No residents are currently positive and three employees are positive and quarantined at home. Prayers for their rapid recovery, as well.
- Independent Living: Four residents are currently positive and doing well under quarantine while two additional residents are positive and undergoing treatment in the hospital.
FV at Home Private Duty and Supportive Services: One employee is positive and under treatment in the hospital and we pray for their recovery.
Virtually all residents received the full regimen of vaccinations last winter and, since then, more than 1,000 residents, including all levels of care on both campuses, have received COVID vaccination booster shots. Many others sought boosters on their own and would add to this number.
As we all know, COVID appears to be surging across the U.S. during this season and our teams are performing all of the protocols prescribed by public health authorities, and then some. Still, COVID-19 remains a challenge.
In independent living, we continue to strongly encourage the wearing of masks, washing of hands and social distancing, whether vaccinated or not. Higher levels of care exercise more stringent measures.
With all of this, our staff is constantly working hard to create as much of an enjoyable atmosphere as possible and looking forward to safe New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events. We cannot be paralyzed by fear as long as we can maintain a controlled environment. We pray that we will be out of this soon!
We continue to praise God for the mercies He has shown to Friendship Villages, and we thank all of our friends and family for your prayers and support during all of this time. Help us to pray for a better 2022!
March 8th, 2021
Friendship Village is pleased to announce that we are offering a continuous, ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program for all new residents and staff at all levels of care beginning in April, 2021. With vaccination clinics alternating between the two campuses every Thursday, all new residents and all new employees and their friends and family who meet criteria set by the State of Missouri (currently those over the age of 65) will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations on campus. Please contact either Village for details.