To comply with directives from local and state Departments of Health,
WE ARE RESTRICTING ALL VISITATION at our skilled nursing facility and assisted living
community at this time. Independent living residents over age 65 are asked to self-isolate.

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UPDATED 5/26/2020

Letter to Friends of Hearthstone

I reach out today to share many updates with you.

On May 11, 2020, the Heritage Ministries Board of Directors confirmed me to lead as permanent President and CEO for Heritage and its affiliates. I am honored and blessed to have been chosen to lead Heritage through this unprecedented time, and look forward to working with each member of our staff as we continue to promote Hope, Dignity, and Purposeful Living to all those entrusted to our care.

I began my career with Northwest Bank, a ten billion dollar corporation, for over twenty years, prior to joining the Heritage organization, where I have most recently served as the Vice President of Marketing, Development, and Sales. I truly believe in giving back, and have been an active member of the community throughout the years, with involvement ranging from Chautauqua Leadership Network, PTA, St. Susan Center, Family Services, and the Bemus Point United Methodist Church. My husband, Jason, and I reside in Bemus Point, NY, along with our four children, Allison, Brennan, Madelynn, and Michael in Bemus Point. We are active members of the Bemus Point United Methodist Church.

Additionally, Jeremy Rutter, Heritage Vice President of Skilled Nursing Operations and Executive Director of Hearthstone Communities, a Heritage senior living community in Woodstock, IL, has been named Chief Clinical Officer of our organization. He previously served Heritage as the Administrator of Record at The Village in Gerry, NY and Administrator at The Park in Jamestown, NY, two Heritage rehab and skilled nursing communities.

It has now been over two months since our skilled nursing and assisted living facilities have been closed to visitors. Staff are being monitored daily upon arrival for work, continue to wear surgical masks, and are now wearing eye protection, such as face shields, to limit the transmission of COVID-19 from potential asymptomatic employees. We continue to regularly monitor residents for symptoms throughout day.

The health and safety of our staff and residents are of the utmost importance. As we have been directed to move into mandated testing for all employees by Governor Cuomo’s office, we needed to determine how we could implement that efficiently, while complying with all regulations, and preventing any impact to resident care. Our COVID-19 response team is committed to acting in the best interest of all staff and residents.

As a result, Heritage skilled nursing and rehabilitation communities in Chautauqua County temporarily ceased all admissions effective Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in response to the New York State mandate to test all nursing home employees for COVID-19. This temporary admission halt will affect The Village in Gerry, NY, The Park in Jamestown, NY, and The Green in Greenhurst, NY. We will not accept admissions into our skilled nursing communities until we have sufficient test results indicating that our staffing will not be negatively impacted by our compliance with the executive order.

Our COVID-19 task force continues to monitor and implement the ever-changing guidelines and protocols of the CDC as well as local, state, and federal authorities. At this time, the following guidelines have been implemented at all of our communities:

  • Visitation at all skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and independent living communities are suspended until further notice.
  • Common areas, including handrails and door knobs, are disinfected frequently.
  • Masks are being worn in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines at each location.
  • Social distancing must be observed at all times.
  • All pet visits continue to be suspended.
  • We continue to discourage any non-essential trips or errands for our independent living residents. We do have a grocery delivery system in place to protect our residents and staff from exposure. If you are interested in using this service, please contact your community directly.

Our teams continue to provide for both the physical and emotional care of those we serve during these difficult times through various resident engagement activities. Phone calls, video chats, and window visits are being arranged through the social work and activities departments. We are happy to assist in scheduling these visits; however, we do request they be limited to one per day so that we can assure all residents have equal opportunity.

In an effort to offer more expedient and transparent communication, we have implemented an auto call system, so all families can be notified immediately, in the event we have a resident with a confirmed positive COVID-19 test. We ask that you send your current email address to questions@heritage1886.org so we may also contact you via email, or call 1-833-623-0162 with any questions.

We continue to seek God’s wisdom and pray for His supernatural protection for those whom He has entrusted to our care, as we seek to keep them safe and to promote Hope, Dignity, and Purposeful Living in these difficult times.

Sincerely,
Lisa Haglund
President and CEO

View previous communications below

COVID-19 Positive Case

Heritage President and CEO, Lisa Haglund, and Heritage Chief Clinical Officer and Hearthstone Executive Director, Jeremy Rutter, confirmed today that Hearthstone, a Heritage senior living community in Woodstock, IL, has a resident that tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in their senior living community.

Rutter stated, “The resident, an 85 year old female, is believed to have been exposed to COVID-19. At this time, the resident is hospitalized, and we are working closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health to monitor the situation. The resident’s family has been informed. In accordance with HIPPA requirements, no further details will be released.”

Lisa Haglund shared, “At Hearthstone, the health and safety of both our residents and staff is of the utmost importance, and we are taking action to reduce the risk of exposure for all. The steps we are implementing are directly tied to the recommendations and guidelines of the CDC, WHO, and state, local, and federal regulations, and we will adjust these steps if those recommendations change. To date, we consider ourselves fortunate to have limited our exposure as a result of the proactive efforts of our staff working in conjunction with our COVID-19 task force.”

Hearthstone has taken multiple steps to help prevent exposure for residents, including restricting all visitors, daily employee and resident health screenings in accordance with CDC guidelines, and no group activities.
Rutter continued. “Our COVID-19 task force has been preparing for this eventuality, and we believe our incredible team of caregivers is well trained and ready to support our residents.”

COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents, Families, and Community Members,

We are grateful to report that as of this writing, none of our Heritage or Heritage affiliated communities have any positive cases of COVID-19. We continue to work diligently to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff.

As mentioned in my last communication, residents of our skilled nursing facilities are being closely monitored for any signs or symptoms. We continue to check temperatures three times per day. The same is true in our assisted living communities with temperatures being taken twice daily. We continue to reach out to those who reside in our independent living communities to check on their health and have expanded our services to include meal delivery and grocery pick up.

The leadership teams of our communities have completed table top drills and each community currently has the necessary personal protective equipment in place for the safety of our staff, should we have a positive case. In the event of a positive case, each skilled nursing facility has a dedicated location for those individuals. Staff are aware of the procedures that will be followed to assure their safety and to avoid any potential spread throughout the facility.

I want to remind you that we are now going on 18 days since our communities essentially went into a quarantine scenario. All visitation was stopped and all congregate dining and large group activities were discontinued. Staff have been wearing surgical masks anytime they are working in direct care areas. All of these steps have been taken to avoid unknowingly introducing COVID-19 into our facilities.

In addition to the steps being taken to assure the health of your loved ones, our teams are working diligently to provide opportunities for life enrichment and connection with those under our care. Please feel free to contact the appropriate facility if you want to arrange a virtual visit. Additionally, in some of our communities, window visits may be possible.

We have been blessed to receive many donations from the community, and we know that many of you are praying for our residents and staff. Words cannot express how important your support is to our care teams! We continue to seek God’s supernatural protection for our residents, staff, and communities.

Sincerely,
David Smeltzer
Heritage President and CEO

ELC Update

Dear Hearthstone ELC Families and Staff,

Effective end of the business day Friday, March 20, 2020, Hearthstone Early Learning Center will be closed. At this time our tentative plan is to re-open when Woodstock District 200 re-opens.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. This was not an easy decision, and the health and safety of our ELC families and staff remains our priority. Please be ce1tain we have your most up to date email and contact information on file by emailing us at Hearthstoneelc@hearthstonewoodstock.org

Working together, we can minimize the impact of this disease on our community and continue to promote Hope, Healing, and Purposeful Living to each and every resident in our care.

Sincerely,
Jeremy Rutter
Hearthstone executive director
Heritage vice president of skilled nursing operations

Estimadas Familias y trabajadores de ELC, Apartir del final del dia, Viernes 20 de Marzo Hearthstone Early Learning Center va estar cerrado. En este momenta nuestro plan es reabrir cuando el Districto 200 de Woodstock reabra

Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones estan contigo y sus familias. Esta no fue una decision facil, la salud y segunidad de nuestras familias y trabajadores de ELC permanecen nuestra prioridad.

Por favor asegurense que tengamos sus mas recientes correos electornicos y informacion de contacto en nuestros sistemas por mandandonos un correo electronico a, Hearthstoneelc@hearthstonewoodstock.org

Trabajando juntas, podemos minimizar el impacto de la enfermedad en nuestra comunidad y seguir promoviendo la esperanza, recuperacion, y viviendo con intencion para cada persona y residente en nuestro cuidado.

Sincerely,
Jeremy Rutter
Hearthstone executive director
Heritage vice president of skilled nursing operations

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Melissa Norman
Director of Hearthstone ELC

Letter to Independent Living Residents

Dear Prairie Home and Garden Home residents,

Last week I sent you a letter outlining our current steps to prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19.  As this is an ever-changing, fluid situation, I want to provide an update of new precautions that will be implemented immediately.

We will be offering pickup and delivery of essential items to our Independent Living residents. This can include:

  • Groceries
  • Prescriptions
  • Essential household items

Jewel-Osco & Walmart both offer online grocery shopping with the option of selecting a pickup time.  We can assist with this and ask that you coordinate with Angela Standish 815-321-4024.

Additionally, we are recommending that you follow current CDC recommendations:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid group gatherings of over 10 people
  • Self-Isolation if over the age of 65 as recommended by Leading Age
  • Reduce unnecessary travel and appointments
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

I would like to reaffirm that our main goal is to ensure your safety.  The steps we are implementing are directly tied to the recommendations of the CDC, as well as state and local Health Departments, and we will continue to adjust our policies and procedures as needed. I encourage you to monitor our website and Facebook page for the latest updates. I will also be communicating updates as they occur.

We are committed to the safety and well-being of our residents and have put these measures in place to first and foremost keep our resident safe. We have a team in place that is diligently monitoring news updates and guidance from local, state, and federal agencies on an hourly basis and will make any necessary updates to continue to ensure the health of our residents. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the facility with any questions or concerns you may have and bear with us as we work to take quick action when needed while trying to keep our residents and families well informed of these changes. Working together, we can minimize the impact of this disease on our community and continue to promote Hope, Healing, and Purposeful Living to each and every resident in our care.

Sincerely,
Jeremy Rutter
Hearthstone executive director
Heritage vice president of skilled nursing operations

Letter to Friends of Hearthstone

Dear Friends of Hearthstone,

Last week I sent you a letter outlining our current steps to prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19. As this is an ever-changing, fluid situation, I wanted to provide an update of new restrictions that will be implemented immediately.

  • Visitor restrictions will be extended until such time as lifted by all regulatory agencies (CMS, CDC, IDPH).
  • No group dining
    • Residents who are able to eat independently will be served in their rooms
    • Residents who need assistance will be served in dining spaces with at least 6 feet between each resident.
  • No group activities
  • Prairie Home and Garden Home residents are not allowed to enter the Village or the Manor
  • Prairie Home and Garden Home residents may order take-out meals which can be picked up outside the main entrance of the Village.
  • No cross-site use of staff

I would like to reaffirm that there are no suspected or confirmed cases here in our community at this time. The steps we are implementing are directly tied to the recommendations of the CDC, as well as state and local Health Departments, and we will continue to adjust our policies and procedures as needed. The facilities will continue to reach out to families with any changes as able, but we encourage you to monitor our website and Facebook page for the latest facility updates.

Hearthstone Communities is committed to the safety and well-being of our residents and has put these measures in place to first and foremost keep our residents safe. We have a team in place that is diligently monitoring news updates and guidance from local, state, and federal agencies on an hourly basis and will make any necessary updates to continue to ensure the health of our residents. Please do not hesitate to reach outto the facility with any questions or concerns you may have and bear with us as we work to take quick action when needed while trying to keep our residents and families well informed of these changes. Working together, we can minimize the impact of this disease on our community and continue to promote Hope, Healing, and Purposeful Living to each and every resident in our care.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Rutter
Hearthstone executive director
Heritage vice president of skilled nursing operations

Letter to Friends of Hearthstone

Dear Friends of Hearthstone,

As you are aware from news reports, there are confirmed cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 occurring in our state. Hearthstone Communities is committed to taking the appropriate steps and precautions in order to keep our residents and employees safe. Although there are no suspected or confirmed cases here in our community at this time, we are taking proactive steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our residents and staff.  The steps we are implementing are directly tied to the recommendations of the CDC, as well as state and local Health Departments, and we will continue to adjust our policies and procedures as needed.

To comply with directives from Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health we are restricting all visitation at our Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facility at this time. We are actively trying to reach out to families personally to inform them of this change. The facilities will continue to reach out to families with any changes as able but encourage you to monitor our website and Facebook page for the latest facility updates.

At the moment, dining services are continuing to function as normal. We are encouraging healthy residents to eat in the dining facilities with their friends, while asking those who are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness to have their meals delivered to them in the comfort of their room. Any changes to this will be communicated to residents and then to families. Independent Living residents are welcome to continue to utilize the Village for meals, activities, and entertainment, however, we are asking that you compete the questionnaire at the front desk prior to your visit.

Enrichment activities continue to be a priority, though we have limited activities outside of the facility, due to no outside volunteers or helpers coming in to assist with activities, and no intergenerational activities.

Hearthstone Communities is committed to the safety and well-being of our residents and has put these measures in place to first and foremost keep our residents safe. We have a team in place that is diligently monitoring news updates and guidance from local, state, and federal agencies on an hourly basis and will make any necessary updates to continue to ensure the health of our residents. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the facility with any questions or concerns you may have and bear with us as we work to take quick action when needed while trying to keep our residents and families well informed of these changes. Working together, we can minimize the impact of this disease on our community and continue to promote Hope, Healing, and Purposeful Living to each and every resident in our care.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Rutter
Hearthstone executive director
Heritage vice president of skilled nursing operations

Visitation Update

To comply with directives from local and state Departments of Health, WE ARE RESTRICTING ALL VISITATION at our skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities at this time. Visitation hours for independent living communities are 10am to 7pm.

 

Visitor Restriction Now Effective

Jeremy Rutter, Heritage vice president of skilled nursing operations and executive director at Hearthstone, a Heritage senior living community, has announced today that the Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed a case of COVID-19 coronavirus in McHenry County.

Rutter stressed that while Hearthstone currently has NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, they are taking precautions.

“At Hearthstone, our residents and those we serve are our highest concern. The health and safety of both our residents and staff is of the utmost importance, and we are taking action to reduce the risk of exposure for all. The steps we are implementing are directly tied to the recommendations of the CDC andIllinois Department of Public Health, and we will adjust our steps if those recommendations change. Our staff have been well trained in preparation to support our residents.”

Effective immediately per the Illinois Department of Public Health, through March 18, 2020, Hearthstone will restrict all visitors except for those visiting end-of-life residents or those residents with dementia needing emotional support. End-of-life residents and dementia residents needing emotional support may have one visitor per day, ages 18 or older. All visitors will be screened for illness before being allowed to visit using a screening questionnaire. To reduce the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses, Hearthstone is restricting all visitors younger than 18 years of age until further notice.

Presently, any individuals, including vendors and employees, are being screened daily before Hearthstone buildings. Those who exhibit any symptoms, have recently traveled, or have been near anyone ill with symptoms are not currently being granted entrance.

Hearthstone staff, Rutter explained, has prepared extensively for any potential cases in the area and has confidence in the team. “Hearthstone and Heritage have taken a proactive approach to prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19 within its communities. Heritage has formed a COVID-19 task force including experts in the fields of nursing homes, senior housing, and includes a CDC certified infection preventionist. I have the utmost confidence that this team of experts has prepared Hearthstone and Heritage to respond in a manner that will keep our residents, staff, and families safe.”

Statement from Hearthstone
Regarding COVID-19

At Hearthstone, our residents and those we serve are our highest concern. We would like to assure the public that we currently have no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Hearthstone. The health and safety of both our community members and staff is of the utmost importance, and we are taking action to reduce the risk of exposure for all.

The steps we are implementing are directly tied to the recommendations of the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health, and we will adjust our steps if those recommendations change.

  • Effective immediately, we are asking visitors to not enter our communities if they are exhibiting any type of symptoms or have recently traveled to any area of concern.
  • We are limiting events that bring outside groups of people to Hearthstone communities and are minimizing large group and outside trip activities to lessen the chance of exposure.
  • Our staff has been well trained in preparation to support our residents.

We thank everyone for their patience and cooperation. Working together we can minimize the impact of this disease on our community.

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