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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.

October 1, 2020

October 1, 2020

Last week, Governor DeSantis issued an executive order permitting a Phase III reopening of many services, such as restaurants opening at full capacity. The current number of new COVID-19 cases has remained low in Florida for the last several weeks, with a 7-day average of approximately 2,500 new cases per day. This is good news for many. However, the risk to the residents we serve remains great. Therefore, Westminster will continue to take a cautious approach to resuming services and reopening amenities at our communities.

Today, we published a letter to residents from Chief Operating Officer Garry Hennis, describing our ongoing efforts to keep residents safe, including regular testing of our team members.

Download the full letter here:

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Today, we are writing with an update on our COVID-19 testing and our visitation program for Assisted Living and Health Center residents. There are many new requirements for COVID-19 testing imposed by the state and federal governments.

We understand that residents and their family members want to be able to visit and we regret any hardship these new regulation may cause. Our first priority is to ensure the safety of our residents, families and team members through appropriate testing and visitation requirements.

Today we published a letter to all residents and family members. For more information, read the letter.

September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

We know that many residents are anxious to have visitors again and we want to assure you that our communities are working to put in place the procedures to do so safely. We have been actively working in consultation with our Resident Council and medical director on updating our visitation guidelines.

Recently Governor DeSantis permitted the limited re-opening of Long-Term Care communities for visitation, pursuant to the Governor’s Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities. We have been working diligently to put in place the necessary safety protocols to keep residents, visitors and our team members safe.

Our communities are now accepting visitors for limited outdoor visits, with a variety of safety protocols in place, such as the length of visits and the number of visitors permitted at one time. Pursuant to regulations issued by the State of Florida, visitation is not permitted to Assisted Living residents or Health Center residents if there has been a new case of COVID-19 identified within the previous 14 days.

For more detailed information about our visitation program, please contact the Executive Director.

September 2, 2020

September 2, 2020

We are actively working on establishing appropriate guidelines to re-open our communities for visitation. As you may be aware, on September 1, Governor DeSantis signed an order permitting visitation to Assisted Living and the Health Center, based on the recommendations of Florida’s Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities. While Westminster Communities of Florida wants to welcome visitors back to our communities, we will always prioritize the safety and wellbeing of residents and team members. We also must follow the direction of the State of Florida and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

We look forward to providing you with more specific information and further details about visitation in the very near future. Initially, visits will be conducted outdoors with appropriate screening, social distancing, masks and hand sanitizer stations. Rest assured that we are following all guidelines and consulting with our medical directors and Resident Councils to develop appropriate visitation policies for all levels of care. More information about how these guidelines will apply to specific communities will be provided by each community’s Executive Director.

Today we published a letter to all residents and family members. For more information, read the letter.

August 24, 2020

August 24, 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 our Residents.

August 7, 2020

August 7, 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 our team members, residents and their families.

July 16, 2020

July 16, 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 our Residents.

July 1, 2020

July 1, 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 our Residents and Team Members.

June 24, 2020

June 24, 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 our Team Members.

June 18, 2020

June 18, 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 our Team Members.

 

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