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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 team members 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.

Join Us In A Shared Prayer Today at 2 p.m.

Join Us In A Shared Day Of Prayer

We are continuing to pray for the health of all of Westminster, and the world. As we move forward in this journey together, we are reminded that in the face of uncertainty, we must join together in our efforts and put our faith in God. We must look to the power of faith, hope, and love through all of this. Join us today, May 26, at 2 p.m., in this week's shared prayer, which was written by the Rev. Carmelo Mercado, Chaplain at Magnolia Towers and Westminster Plaza.

Download the prayer now

May 21, 2020

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Florida, Westminster Communities of Florida is taking active measures to limit the risk to our residents and staff, as well as looking for opportunities to enhance residents’ quality of life. Today we are publishing several letters to residents and team members.

We will also be joined Tuesday, May 26 to share a prayer led by Rev. Carmelo Mercado, Chaplain at Magnolia Towers and Westminster Plaza, which you can also read in the News section of our website.

 

Join Us In A Shared Prayer Today at 2 p.m.

Join Us In A Shared Prayer Today

We are continuing to pray for the health of all of Westminster, and the world. As we move forward in this journey together, we are reminded that in the face of uncertainty, we must join together in our efforts and put our faith in God. We must look to the power of faith, hope, and love through all of this. Join us today, May 19, at 2 p.m., in this week's shared prayer, which was written by the Rev. Steven Bell, Chaplain at Westminster Palms, St. Petersburg.

Download the prayer now

May 13, 2020

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Florida, Westminster Communities of Florida is taking active measures to limit the risk to our residents and staff, as well as looking for opportunities to enhance residents’ quality of life.

Today we are publishing a letter to residents about the reopening of housekeeping services and beauty salons.

May 11, 2020

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Florida, Westminster Communities of Florida is taking active measures to limit the risk to our residents and staff, as well as looking for opportunities to enhance residents’ quality of life.

Today we are publishing several letters from our new CEO, Terry Rogers, to introduce himself to residents and our team members:

We will also be joined tomorrow to share a prayer led by Rev. Holly Wildhack, Chaplain at Westminster Manor, which you can also read in the News section of our website.

 

May 5, 2020

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Florida, Westminster Communities of Florida is taking active measures to limit the risk to our residents and staff, as well as looking for opportunities to enhance residents’ quality of life. To keep ongoing communication with updated information to our residents and their families, today we are publishing several letters to residents:

We were also joined today to share a prayer led by Rev. Taylor Phillips, Chaplain at Westminster Oaks, which you can also read in the News section of our website.

 

April 29, 2020

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Florida, Westminster Communities of Florida is taking active measures to limit the risk to our residents and staff, as well as looking for opportunities to enhance residents’ quality of life. To keep ongoing communication with updated information to our residents and their families, today we are publishing a letter to residents:

We were also joined this week to share a prayer led by Rev. Patricia Vann, Chaplain at Westminster Gardens, which you can also read in the News section of our website.

April 21, 2020

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Florida, Westminster Communities of Florida is taking active measures to limit the risk to our residents and staff, as well as looking for opportunities to enhance residents’ quality of life. To keep ongoing communication with updated information to our residents and their families, today we are publishing several letters to residents:

We were also joined today to share a prayer led by Rev. Canon Dennis Kezar, Chaplain at Westminster Point Pleasant, which you can also read in the News section of our website.

 

April 14, 2020

We are living through a very challenging time. Today, our Chief Operating Officer, Garry Hennis, wrote a letter to our residents thanking them for their support and for looking out for each other.

We will also join at 2 p.m. today to share a prayer. This week's was offered by Chaplain Steve Coss of Westminster Suncoast.

April 7, 2020

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Florida, Westminster Communities of Florida is continuing to take active preventive and precautionary measures to limit the risk to our residents and staff. To keep ongoing communication with residents and their families, today we are publishing several letters to residents:

In addition, today we will join in prayer at 2 p.m. throughout the state, as we have each week. Today's prayer is an interfaith prayer in honor of two major holidays this week: Wednesday is the first night of Passover and Holy Week began with Palm Sunday. It is provided by Rabbi Sanford Olshansky. Download today's prayer so you may join in:

April 3, 2020

For those with kids who are home from school, finding activities to help them keep engaged is hard. At Westminster Communities of Florida, meanwhile, residents are self-isolating and a personal touch can go a long way to brightening someone’s day. We put the two together with our new Kids Activity Pack, a downloadable nine-page pack of fun activities for kids to enjoy. They include games and activities, but also a template for writing letters, thank you cards and drawings to send to residents at Westminster communities.

Download the activity pack now!

March 31, 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), and we have taken a variety of preventive and precautionary measures.

At this difficult time we are continuing to look for new opportunities to provide residents with opportunities to enjoy additional safety and social connection. Today, we distributed the following communication:

We are continuing to pray for the health and safety of every resident and employee of Westminster Communities of Florida, and the whole world. Today we held another shared prayer with residents and staff in every community. This week's was provided by the Rev. Brenda Loyal, Ph.D., Chaplain at Westminster Towers in Orlando. Download your copy of the prayer now.

March 30, 2020

For older adults throughout the country, as we watch the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), a simple trip to the grocery store can induce anxiety. But at Westminster Communities of Florida, residents have lots of ways to make sure they get nutritious food and basic staples. For those essential items, we’re opening up new “pop-up” grocery stores for residents to shop.

Read more about our pop-up grocery stores in our News section.

March 27, 2020

Residents at Westminster Towers are so thankful for the medical professionals all throughout Orlando who are working hard to keep all of Central Florida safe. To show their gratitude, at 9 p.m. tonight the entire community joined in flashing all of their lights on and off. The south side of Westminster Towers faces Orlando Regional Medical Center, and the north side faces downtown Orlando.

We hope you enjoy the video on our News section.

March 26, 2020

Today more than 100 million Americans are under some type of “stay at home” order, but residents at Westminster Communities of Florida are touring the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta — without leaving the comfort of their own homes! This week we’re rolling out exciting new “Virtual Experiences,” through the award-winning My W Life app. In the app or on www.MyWLife.org, we’re offering residents a variety of enriching experiences to enjoy using their phone, tablet or computer. 

Learn more about our Virtual Experiences program in our News section.

March 25, 2020

We find ourselves in uncharted waters, as we watch the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the world. Our communities have taken a variety of preventive and precautionary measures, in the interest of the health and safety of all residents. At the same time, Westminster Communities of Florida isn’t alone in a struggle to obtain personal protective equipment like masks and gloves, to ensure the safety of employees and residents.

But we have a few guardian angels looking out for us. Our communities have been given hundreds of handmade, cloth masks for our employees and residents to use. These amazing donations have come from all around the state, from residents, church groups, employees’ families, and more, and they may truly save lives.

Read more about the folks making these donated masks and how you can help on our News section.

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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