How CarDon & Associates is responding to the COVID-19 virus
As a family-centered organization, we value the lives and safety of our residents. Throughout the entirety of the COVID-19 pandemic, our dedicated associates have taken extraordinary measures to ensure the health and safety of our residents. Our COVID-19 preparedness and response plans were created under guidance from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
Below you will find details regarding our mitigation actions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Additional information can be found in our FAQ’s section.
Knowing that asymptomatic individuals can be carriers, the health and safety of our heroic associates is a top priority and we screen them daily for fever and any other signs or symptoms of respiratory illness. As part of our contact tracing, if a resident tests positive, contact tracing will be done to determine any associates that should be tested. Our procurement teams have secured ample Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and residents and families can rest assured that appropriate PPE is always worn whenever we are caring for a resident. Every nursing associate has an N95 mask and all other associates wear standard surgical masks while working. In addition, our associates have also been given masks to wear when they are away from work.
We have expanded our testing capabilities through a partnership with IU Health. This is a proactive measure on our part that allows us to confirm both positive and negative cases quickly and make timely and appropriate decisions regarding isolation and cohort care to help minimize the spread of the virus and protect our residents and associates. This additional testing can be used in combination with contact tracing to help isolate the virus.
Residents in the skilled nursing setting are being cared for in color coded cohort zones recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Indiana State Board of Health (ISDH) in order to isolate the virus, minimize the spread and protect our residents and associates.
- Green zones are for residents showing no signs or symptoms, those who have tested negative and those who have recovered.
- Yellow zones are for new admissions or residents returning from the hospital that are not COVID-19 positive.
- Red zones are for residents who are currently COVID-19 positive.
Residential residents (those living in independent and assisted living communities) who test positive will be quarantined in their apartment unless their medical needs necessitate skilled nursing care.
Should staffing shortages occur, the following strategies will be put in place:
- All non-essential business will be canceled and associates who work in these areas will be shifted to support patient care.
- Our Human Resources department will work with associates to address social factors that might prevent them from reporting to work, such as transportation or housing if the associate lives with vulnerable individuals.
- We will seek to identify additional health care professionals to work in the facility. State-specific emergency waivers or changes to licensure requirements or renewals for select categories of health care professionals may affect these opportunities positively.
- We may request that associates postpone elective time off from work.
You may continue to reach us at 812-961-2326 or email [email protected] with questions or concerns.