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Coronavirus (COVID-19) News

Westminster Communities of Florida is actively monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking a variety of preventive, precautionary steps to ensure the safety of our communities. The health and wellbeing of our residents and employees is our top priority. We will be updating this page with additional information and communication to residents and their families here, as well as on MyWLife and via mail, e-mail and posting in the communities.

March 23, 2020

Westminster Communities of Florida continues to receive additional guidance from state and federal regulatory agencies to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We have taken a variety of preventive and precautionary measures in our communities, as recommended by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA).

Recently we received additional information from AHCA regarding the possibility of conducting random tests of individuals who are asymptomatic in communities, in Assisted Living and Health Center. Please see today's letter to family members of Assisted Living and Health Center residents:

We are continuing to pray for the health and safety of every resident and employee of Westminster Communities of Florida, and the whole world. On Tuesday, March 24, we begin our first shared hour of prayer, where residents and staff in every community will join in saying a prayer. At 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, join us in reading this shared prayer. The first was composed by the Rev. Jan Banker, Chaplain at Westminster Shores. Please join us in prayer tomorrow — download your copy of the prayer now.

March 23, 2020

Throughout the world, we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation. We continue to take important preventive and precautionary measures, and receive guidance from state and federal regulatory agencies. Westminster Communities of Florida is complying with this guidance, which is in the interest of the health and safety of all residents and staff.

Today we are publishing an open letter from our CEO, Roger Stevens, to all residents, making them aware of the current status and how they can help each other and our staff stay well.

Letter from CEO Roger Stevens to Residents

March 19, 2020

Westminster Communities of Florida is actively monitoring the spread of COVID-19. At this time, we have no known cases of COVID-19 at our communities. The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff is always our first priority, so we are taking a variety of precautionary measures.

Our communities are implementing a variety of preventive measures and recommended practices, consistent with Governor DeSantis’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). For example:

  • We are no longer permitting any visitors to the community. We encourage residents to hold virtual visits by video chat or phone call with their friends and family instead.
  • We have discontinued large group activities and visits by volunteers and vendors.
  • We are discontinuing all service in our dining rooms and in-home housekeeping services. Beginning tomorrow, we will begin providing in-home meal delivery.
  • We have closed our Fitness Centers and Beauty Salons.
  • All essential personnel are being screened upon arrival to the community for the signs and symptoms of illness or risk of exposure.
  • We have placed hand sanitizer stations with alcohol-based sanitizer at appropriate locations throughout the community, and reinforcing the importance of frequent hand-washing.
  • We are discouraging residents from leaving the community, in order to minimize the risk that they may bring back any illness. Upon their return, they must be screened.

These procedures meet or exceed the recommendations of the CDC and CMS, as well as orders by the Florida Department of Emergency Management, DOH and AHCA.

Today, we distributed a letter to this effect to all Residential Living residents. Read the letter.

Westminster Communities of Florida will continue to monitor developments and follow the recommendations of the state and federal governments.

We are praying for the continued health and safety of Westminster and the world.

March 17, 2020

We are continuing to monitor the news and receive updates from the state and federal government on how we can best ensure your safety. Today we have sent a new letter to residents:

Today, we also held a call with our Resident Council representatives to keep them informed, and provided additional communication to all employees.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact the Executive Director or Administrator at your community.

March 16, 2020

As we continue to monitor and minimize exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation. We received additional guidance from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) over the weekend. Westminster Communities of Florida is complying with this guidance, which is in the interest of your health and safety.

We also have published an open letter today from our CEO, Roger Stevens, thanking our residents and staff for their efforts to ensure the health and safety of all.

Today's new communications are below:

If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact the Executive Director or Administrator at your community.

March 13, 2020

Westminster Communities of Florida is continuing to monitor the news and receive updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health. As of today, March 13, 2020, please be advised that visitors are no longer permitted in Assisted Living and the Health Center.

We do not take these measures lightly. Please know that the most important thing we can do is limit the risk of exposure to the residents who are most vulnerable.

Today we have several new communications to residents and family members:

If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact the Executive Director or Administrator at your community.

March 9, 2020

We are continuing to monitor the news and receive updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health. Today we have updated several items:

Today, we also held calls with our Resident Council representatives to keep them informed, and provided additional communication to all employees and asking them to take additional precautions.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact the Executive Director or Administrator at your community.

 

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