COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

NOTICE: Please note, all new admissions to The Gardens at Monroe are required to be quarantined/isolated for 14 days. We cannot allow any visitors to a resident during the isolation. This is an important step in keeping our residents and staff safe as we move forward. We thank you for your understanding.

November 27, 2020 Update

November 27, 2020

 

To Our Residents and Family Members:

 

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. As of today, November 27, 2020 all residents that were tested this past week were negative for COVID-19. One Per diem employee that was tested this week is positive for COVID-19. This employee is asymptomatic and is currently recovering at home in isolation. We have instituted contact tracing and appropriate quarantining of all contacts.  Contacts that were exposed to the employee are being tested for COVID and monitored closely. 

 

Residents will be tested, as per DOH protocol.  If a resident tests positive, we will notify the resident and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected of having or is diagnosed with COVID-19.

 

The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing all that we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens as positivity rates continue to rise in our community.  All staff and ancillary care providers are screened on entry to the building.    

All staff continues to be tested on a weekly basis. 

 

If additional staff members, or if any residents test positive we will be notified within 24 hours of  The Gardens receiving test results.  We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for any staff that tests positive.   

 

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

All in person visitation is suspended at this time in accordance with State of NJ guidelines.  Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits. 

 

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

 

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

 

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

 

Sincerely,

Chuck Erlanger,  LNHA

November 25, 2020 Update

November 25, 2020

 

To Our Residents and Family Members:

 

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.  As of today, November 24, 2020 all residents that were tested this past week were negative for COVID-19.    One employee that was tested this week is positive for COVID-19.  This employee is currently recovering at home in isolation.    We have instituted contact tracing and appropriate quarantining of all contacts.  Contacts that were exposed to the employee are being tested for COVID and monitored closely. 

 

Residents will be tested, as per DOH protocol.  If a resident tests positive, we will notify the resident and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected of having or is diagnosed with COVID-19.

 

The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing all that we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens as positivity rates continue to rise in our community.  All staff and ancillary care providers are screened on entry to the building.    

All staff continues to be tested on a weekly basis. 

 

If additional staff members, or if any residents test positive we will be notified within 24 hours of  The Gardens receiving test results.  We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for any staff that tests positive.   

 

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

All in person visitation is suspended at this time in accordance with State of NJ guidelines.  Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits. 

 

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

 

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

 

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

 

Sincerely,

Chuck Erlanger,  LNHA

 

November 20, 2020 Update

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding COVID-19.  The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

As of today, November 20, 2020 all employees and all residents that were tested this week for COVID-19 have tested negative. 

If a resident tests positive, we will notify the resident and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

All staff continues to be tested on a weekly basis.  If a staff member, or if resident does test positive you will be notified within 24 hours of The Gardens receiving test results.  We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for any staff that tests positive.   

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

All in person visitation continues to be suspended at this time.  Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.  In person visits will be restricted according to state guidelines. 

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely,

Chuck Erlanger,  LNHA

 

Holiday Visitation Notice November, 2020

On November 16, 2020, The NJ Department of Health released its recommendations for Holiday Visitation Guidelines for long-term care facilities.  All CDC and federal guidelines must continue to be followed. 

The DOH states that long-term care facilities need to develop a plan for holiday visits and gatherings.  At this time, the NJDOH strongly recommends against families taking residents out of facilities for holiday celebration events or gatherings. Instead, the Department recommends visitation outdoors or possibly indoors in facilities that meet the requirements for indoor visitation.

Unfortunately, due to the recent outbreak at The Gardens at Monroe, in-person visitation at the facility is restricted at this time and will not be available for the Thanksgiving Holiday or weekend. 

Additionally, the DOH requires that any long-term care resident who leaves a facility for a visit or gathering must be quarantined upon return for 14 days.  Residents who leave may not be guaranteed re-admittance to the facility at the end of their visit if a quarantine bed is not available. 

Please know that we understand that you would love to see your family member in person for the holidays.  However, with the current situation we want you to understand that should you choose to take your loved one out of the facility for a celebration or gathering, we will not be able to guarantee that a bed will be available for their return.  This could result in an extended period of time that you will be responsible for their care.  We strongly suggest that you plan on a virtual visit this year for everyone’s safety and health.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

UPDATE November 13, 2020

This afternoon, 11/13/20, The Gardens at Monroe received positive COVID-19 results on one resident. This resident was asymptomatic and identified as positive through our resident screening process. The resident and family have been notified. Contact tracing, isolation and quarantining have all been appropriately implemented. All residents and staff will continue to be tested weekly. ‘

Letter November 13, 2020

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.  The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

As of today, November 13, 2020 two employees that were tested this week are positive for COVID-19.  These employees are not part of our nursing staff, nor are they direct caregivers.  We have instituted contact tracing and all exposed co-workers are quarantining at home.   There were no residents directly exposed to the employees that have tested positive.  All residents that were tested this past week were negative for COVID-19. 

If a resident tests positive, we will notify the resident and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

All staff continues to be tested on a weekly basis.  If additional staff members, or if any residents test positive we will be notified within 24 hours of  The Gardens receiving test results.  We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for any staff that tests positive.   

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

All in person visitation is suspended at this time.  Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.  In person visits will be restricted according to state guidelines. 

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely,

Chuck Erlanger,  LNHA

 

 

 

Letter November 5, 2020

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.  The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

As of today, November 5, 2020, we received a positive COVID result for one of our long-term care residents.  The resident’s family has been notified. 

Because this is a new outbreak in the facility all indoor visitation, small group activities and communal dining is suspended immediately, for 14 days.  All residents will be tested per protocol.   If any additional resident tests positive, we will notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

Staff continues to be tested on a weekly basis and all test results from the week of November 1, 2020 are negative.  If , in the future, a staff member tests positive you will be notified within 24 hours of the test results.  We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for any staff that tests positive.   

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.  All in person visits will be restricted according to state guidelines. 

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely,

Chuck Erlanger,  LNHA

 

Letter October 29, 2020

Dear Residents and Families,

We are pleased to report that all employees and residents who were tested this week for COVID-19 are negative.  We continue to test all employees on a weekly basis. 

As we remain in Phase 2 of the Governor’s guidelines, indoor visitation continues at this time.  It is very nice to see some of you visiting!  We continue to offer other means to visit with your loved ones, such as outdoor visits and virtual visits, as well. Please call our activities staff if you would like to schedule a visit.  Please do not plan to visit if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Another exciting result of Phase 2 is that residents are able to gather in small groups for activities and dining.  Our Activities Staff has been holding small group activities with our residents. Games of Bingo and trivia are just a couple of the things bringing smiles to the faces of our residents.  We are also very happy to be able to resume use of our dining room for lunch and dinner.   Social distancing guidelines are being strictly observed.  Residents are very happy to be able to socialize with each other again and our staff is thrilled to have things returning to normal. 

The Gardens at Monroe continues to stay in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests.
  • The Gardens continues to test all staff on a weekly basis.  We also test any resident who displays symptoms. 

Building renovations continue at this time.  We look forward to a fresh new look soon as we begin to see all of the new changes.  All contractors that are working in our building are being tested for COVID-19 and are not working in patient rooms. 

We hope to remain COVID-19 free and be able to continue both our visits and our renovations.  We will keep you all up to date on a weekly basis.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

 

Letter October 22, 2020

Dear Residents and Families,

We are pleased to report that all employees and residents who were tested this week for COVID-19 are negative. 

Indoor visitation began this week and things are going very smoothly.  We continue to offer other means to visit with your loved ones, such as outdoor visits and virtual visits, as well. Please call our activities staff if you would like to schedule a visit.  Please do not plan to visit if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to COVID-19.

The Gardens at Monroe continues to stay in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests.
  • The Gardens continues to test all staff on a weekly basis.  We also test any resident who displays symptoms. 

We are excited that we were able to re-start our building renovation this week.  We had just started sprucing the place up (new floors, paint, furniture in the lobby) when COVID-19 caused us to close the building to all visitors and contractors.  Now that we are officially in phase 2, renovations are back in full swing.  We hope to have a fresh new look soon.  All contractors that are working in our building are being tested for COVID-19 and are not working in patient rooms. 

We hope to remain COVID-19 free and be able to continue both our visits and our renovations.  We will keep you all up to date on a weekly basis.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

Letter October 15, 2020

Dear Resident and Families,

We are very excited to announce that beginning on October 20, 2020, The Gardens at Monroe will begin indoor visits.  The following guidelines will apply to all visits:

  • Due to limited availability, we will only be able to accommodate one 30-minute visit per resident/patient per week. All visits must be pre-scheduled.   Visits will not be accommodated without an appointment.    (This rule will allow us to accommodate all families.  Please be considerate of other families.)    Appointments can be made by contacting our Activities Department at extension 229. 
  • All visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. temperature check, questions about signs and symptoms) and answer questions about any recent travel or exposure to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Any visitor with signs or symptoms or any visitor that fails the screening questionnaire will be denied entry to the Gardens.
  • Visits will be held in a designated visitation space. Access to the building will be strictly limited to the designated visitation area.  
  • Visitors will be given a visitor badge. This badge must be visible at all times while you are in the building. 
  • Each resident is limited to no more than two visitors at a time.
  • A staff member will remain with the resident at all times during the visit.
  • All visitors will be required to sign a consent form stating that they understand the risks and that they will notify the facility immediately if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of the visit.
  • All infection control precautions will be followed, including hand hygiene and surface disinfection prior to each visit. A mask or face covering which entirely covers the mouth and nose will be required for the duration of the visit for the visitor and for the resident.  If a resident is unable to keep a mask on the visit will be immediately terminated and no further visits will be scheduled.   
  • All visits must be social distanced – at least six feet between persons. To maintain social distancing of six feet you will be seated at the end of a 6-foot table. Please remain in your seat for the visit.  
  • Food and/or drink (including water) are not permitted during the visits.
  • No items may exchange hands. All gifts etc. must be given directly to the staff member supervising the visit.

Visitors who do not follow all guidelines will be asked to leave and no further visits will be scheduled.

Our outdoor visitation will continue, by appointment, for those who prefer to not come inside the building.  We also encourage you to connect with your loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Our activities staff will coordinate these visits for you. 

As of today, October15, 2020 there is no change in the number of residents and/or staff members affected by COVID-19.  We continue to test all staff members weekly and any resident that shows respiratory symptoms or other COVID-19 is tested immediately.   All new admissions are quarantined for 14 days and tested twice for COVID-19 before being released from quarantine.

We will continue our in-person visits, indoor and outside, as long as there is not an outbreak in the building.  In the case of an outbreak all visitation will be suspended.  You will be notified immediately if there is any change in our COVID-19 status.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

 

 

 

Letter October 8, 2020

October 8, 2020

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the current situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19, inclusive of residents and staff.   Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our facility as of October 8, 2020. (These numbers represent no change since our last report.)

  • 44 Residents have tested positive. 37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
  • 29 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
  • 15 Residents have died
  • 25 Employees tested positive. 22 – Symptomatic   4- Asymptomatic
  • 0 Employees have died.

If a resident tests positive, we will notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff that test positive.   We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Gardens at Monroe is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests. (The Gardens continues to test all staff on a weekly basis.)
  • Postponing or carefully limiting indoor visitation and communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Our outdoor visitation will continue, by appointment, as outlined in my previous letter.  If outdoor visits are not possible, family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.  Indoor visits continue to be restricted according to state guidelines. 

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

Letter October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the current situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19, inclusive of residents and staff.   Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our facility as of October 2, 2020. (These numbers represent no change since our last report.)

  • 44 Residents have tested positive. 37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
  • 29 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
  • 15 Residents have died
  • 25 Employees tested positive. 22 – Symptomatic   4- Asymptomatic
  • 0 Employees have died.

If a resident tests positive, we will notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff that test positive.   We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Gardens at Monroe is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests. (The Gardens continues to test all staff on a weekly basis.)
  • Postponing or carefully limiting indoor visitation and communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Our outdoor visitation will continue, by appointment, as outlined in my previous letter.  If outdoor visits are not possible, family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.  Indoor visits continue to be restricted according to state guidelines. 

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

Letter September 24, 2020

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the current situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19, inclusive of residents and staff.   Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our facility as of September 24, 2020. (These numbers represent no change since our last report.)

  • 44 Residents have tested positive. 37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
  • 29 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
  • 15 Residents have died
  • 25 Employees tested positive. 22 – Symptomatic   4- Asymptomatic
  • 0 Employees have died.

If a resident tests positive, we will notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff that test positive.   We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Gardens at Monroe is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests. (The Gardens continues to test all staff on a weekly basis.)
  • Postponing or carefully limiting indoor visitation and communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Our outdoor visitation will continue, by appointment, as outlined in my previous letter.  If outdoor visits are not possible, family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.  Indoor visits continue to be restricted according to state guidelines. 

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

The Gardens at Monroe

Letter September 17, 2020

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the current situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19, inclusive of residents and staff.   Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our facility as of September 17, 2020. (These numbers represent no change since our last report.)

  • 44 Residents have tested positive. 37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
  • 29 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
  • 15 Residents have died
  • 25 Employees tested positive. 22 – Symptomatic   4- Asymptomatic
  • 0 Employees have died.

If a resident tests positive, we will notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff that test positive.   We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Gardens at Monroe is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests. (The Gardens continues to test all staff on a weekly basis.)
  • Postponing or carefully limiting indoor visitation and communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Our outdoor visitation will continue, by appointment, as outlined in my previous letter.  If outdoor visits are not possible, family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.  Indoor visits continue to be restricted according to state guidelines. 

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

Visitation Policies September 2020

NJ Department of Health Guidelines:   Designated Outdoor Visitation Space by appointment only.

 Beginning on June 21, 2020, facilities may allow in-person visitation in a designated outdoor visitation space, provided that the facility implements all of the following safety, care, and infection prevention and control measures:

a) Facilities may start scheduling appointments on the effective date of this Executive Directive, but visitation may not begin until June 21, 2020.

b) A resident who is suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19; or quarantined for an exposure to a COVID-19 case cannot be visited except for an end of life situation. A resident who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 may be visited only after they have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation as defined in guidance from NJDOH and CDC.

c) The facility should honor each resident’s right to have and choose visitors and to make preferences. The facility should consult every resident to determine who the resident would wish to visit with in person. These consultations also serve as a personalized communication with the resident to explain how visitation will work and what the resident can expect.

d) Clear communication of the visitation policy should be provided to residents, resident’s visitors, staff and others, as needed in writing, via the methods the facility uses to convey information or policy changes. Facilities should consider providing the visitation guidelines in various languages as needed.

e) The facility should establish a designated area for visitors to be screened that accommodates social distancing and infection control standards. Visitors should be provided with the visitation guidelines upon check in. The facility should provide graphics to assist residents and visitors in maintaining social distancing and infection control standards. Visitors are not permitted entrance past the reception area of the facility, including restrooms, which will not be available to visitors at this time.

f) The facility should provide a visiting area with accommodations offered for those with mobility needs and designated seating for visitors. The facility should also provide reasonable accommodations for any resident with a disability, such as hearing, vision, or cognitive impairments, and assist any resident with transport using their adaptive equipment.

g) Prior to transporting a resident to the designated outdoor visitation space, the long-term care facility must screen the visitor for infectious communicable diseases, including COVID-19 symptoms. Any visitors with symptoms of COVID-19 infection (subjective or objective fever equal to or greater than 100.4 F or as further restricted by facility policy, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea) will not be permitted to visit with a resident.

h) Transport of a resident to and from the designated outdoor visitation space must be safe and orderly. At a minimum, safe transport means that the resident cannot be transported through any space designated as COVID-19 care space or space where residents suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 are present. Transport must be done while keeping 6 feet distance between other residents and staff.

i) A long-term care facility staff member familiar with the required protocols must remain with the resident at all times during the visit.

j) Each resident is limited to no more than two visitors at a time. A visitor must remain at least 6 feet from the resident and attending staff member(s) at all times during the visit. Whenever possible, visitors should 6 wait in a vehicle prior to the visitation time. If the visitor is using public or ride share transport, the visitor(s) should wait in an outdoor space that ensures social distancing of at least six feet from other visitors.

k) Staff must wear a surgical facemask; residents must wear a face covering (surgical mask if supply is available); and visitors must wear a face covering or mask for the duration of the visit. Visits with a resident in a designated outdoor space must be scheduled in advance and are dependent on permissible weather conditions, availability of outdoor space, and sufficient staffing at the facility to meet resident care needs, as well as the health and well-being of the resident. Facilities should provide appropriate protection from the weather, (e.g. sun, heat, and rain). Visits may be cancelled because of inclement or unsafe weather conditions (e.g. high humidity/heat, poor air quality).

l) A long-term care facility may limit the length of any visit, the days on which visits will be permitted, the hours during a day when visits will be permitted, and the number of times during a day or week a resident may be visited.

m) Food is not permitted during the visits. Visitors may bring items for the resident but must leave the package at reception or another location, as directed by the facility. Visitors may bring their own water which cannot be shared with the resident. The facility shall provide appropriate hydration for the resident during the visit.

n) At the conclusion of the visit, the residents should be transported back to their rooms by a facility staff member.

o) The facility must receive informed consent from the visitor and the resident in writing that they are aware of the possible dangers of exposure to COVID-19 for both the resident and the visitor and that they will follow the rules set by the facility in regard to outdoor visitation. The facility must receive a signed statement from each visitor and resident (if the resident is unable to consent then the consent needs to be signed by the authorized representative) with a copy provided to the visitor and resident, that they are aware of the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during the visit, that they will strictly comply with the facility policies during outdoor visitation, and that the visitor will notify the facility if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 within fourteen days of the visit.

The Gardens at Monroe Outdoor Visitor Policy

All NJ Department of Health Guidelines will be strictly enforced.  Additionally,

  • Due to limited availability, we will only be able to accommodate one 30 minute visit per resident/patient per week on predesignated days. All visits must be pre-scheduled and will be held to a strict time limit of 30 minutes. Visits will not be accommodated without an appointment.    (This rule will allow us to accommodate all families.  Please be considerate of other families.)
  • Children will only be allowed to visit if they are able to maintain social distancing and wear a mask at all times.
  • To maintain social distancing of six feet you will be seated at the end of a 6-foot table. Please remain in your seat for the visit.  
  • Masks will be strictly enforced at all times during the visit. If a resident is unable to keep a mask on they will not be able to have visitors. 
  • Visitors who do not follow all guidelines will be asked to leave and no further visits will be scheduled.
September 11, 2020 Letter

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the current situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19, inclusive of residents and staff.   Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our facility as of September 11, 2020. (These numbers represent no change since our last report.)

  • 44 Residents have tested positive. 37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
  • 29 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
  • 15 Residents have died
  • 25 Employees tested positive. 22 – Symptomatic   4- Asymptomatic
  • 0 Employees have died.

If a resident tests positive, we will notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff that test positive.   We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Gardens at Monroe is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests. (The Gardens continues to test all staff on a weekly basis.)
  • Postponing or carefully limiting indoor visitation and communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Our outdoor visitation will continue, by appointment, as outlined in my previous letter.  If outdoor visits are not possible, family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.  Indoor visits continue to be restricted according to state guidelines. 

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

The Gardens at Monroe

September 3, 2020 Letter

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19, inclusive of residents and staff.   Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our facility as of September 3, 2020. (These numbers represent no change since our last report.)

  • 44 Residents have tested positive. 37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
  • 29 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
  • 15 Residents have died
  • 25 Employees tested positive. 22 – Symptomatic   4- Asymptomatic
  • 0 Employees have died.

As of today, September 3, 2020, we received a positive COVID result for one of our clinical-subcontractors.  This clinician visits the building approximately two times a week.  The clinician has been tested weekly, along with all of the essential staff that comes to the building.  The most recent COVID-19 test is positive.  The clinician is asymptomatic.  The clinician will quarantine at home for 10 days according to CDC protocol.  This is not a new outbreak in the facility, so our outdoor visits can continue.  We continue to follow all CDC guidelines.  All residents will be tested per protocol.   

If a resident tests positive, we will notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff that test positive.   We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Gardens at Monroe is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests. (The Gardens continues to test all staff on a weekly basis.)
  • Postponing or carefully limiting indoor visitation and communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Our outdoor visitation will continue, by appointment, as outlined in my previous letter.  If outdoor visits are not possible, family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.  Indoor visits continue to be restricted according to state guidelines. 

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

August 27, 2020 Letter

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19, inclusive of residents and staff.   Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our facility as of August 14, 2020. (These numbers represent no change since our last report.)

  • 44 Residents have tested positive. 37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
  • 29 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
  • 15 Residents have died
  • 25 Employees tested positive. 22 – Symptomatic   4- Asymptomatic
  • 0 Employees have died.

As of today, August 27, 2020, we have had one of our new admissions test positive for COVID.  This short-term patient came to us from the hospital with a negative COVID test.  The patient has been quarantined since admission and has been tested weekly, as per our quarantine protocol.  This patient has not been in contact with any other residents/patients and all staff that has been caring for the patient has been in full COVID PPE.  This is not a new outbreak in the facility, so our outdoor visits can continue.  We continue to follow all CDC guidelines.  All residents will be tested. 

If a resident tests positive, we will notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff that test positive.   We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Gardens at Monroe is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests. (The Gardens continues to test all staff on a weekly basis.)
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Our outdoor visitation will continue as outlined in my previous letter.  If outdoor visits are not possible, family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

August 21, 2020 Letter

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19, inclusive of residents and staff.   Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our facility as of August 14, 2020. (These numbers represent no change since our last report.)

  • 44 Residents have tested positive. 37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
  • 29 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
  • 15 Residents have died
  • 25 Employees tested positive. 22 – Symptomatic   4- Asymptomatic
  • 0 Employees have died.

It has been 31 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff that test positive.   We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Gardens at Monroe is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests. (The Gardens continues to test all staff on a weekly basis.)
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Our outdoor visitation will continue as outlined in my previous letter.  If outdoor visits are not possible, family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

August 14, 2020 Letter

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19, inclusive of residents and staff.   Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our facility as of August 14, 2020. (These numbers represent no change since our last report.)

  • 44 Residents have tested positive. 37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
  • 29 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
  • 15 Residents have died
  • 25 Employees tested positive. 22 – Symptomatic   4- Asymptomatic
  • 0 Employees have died.

It has been 24 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive. 

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff that test positive.   We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Gardens at Monroe is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests. (The Gardens continues to test all staff on a weekly basis.)
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Our outdoor visitation will continue as outlined in my previous letter.  If outdoor visits are not possible, family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

The Gardens at Monroe

August 13, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Friends of The Gardens at Monroe,

Governor Phil Murphy and the Department of Health Commissioner recently announced the plan for a safe and phased reopening of long-term care facilities.  This week the New Jersey Department of Health issued formal guidance on the rules and regulations regarding the phases this week.

The plan will phase in the resumption of limited activities, such as indoor visitation by appointment, socially distanced dining and other programs, salon services, and other activities. All such activities will be under strict protocols.

First, the facility must meet specific benchmarks and requirements for preparation as outlined by the state before reopening. We are actively reviewing these benchmarks and requirements so we can take the necessary steps to ensure that the new phase is implemented in a safe and timely way.

We will keep you informed on our plan and the timing as we move forward.

In the meantime, outdoor visits, window visits and video visits continue as outlined in our previous letters.  It seems that we overlooked the visitation condition that excludes children from visiting.  Please understand that at this time children are restricted from visiting by the guidelines that are currently in place. 

The health and safety of our residents and our team members is our number one priority. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support as we work together to safely reopen.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call me at any time. 

Sincerely,

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

August 6, 2020 Letter

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at The Gardens at Monroe regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within The Gardens.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19, inclusive of residents and staff.   Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our facility as of August 6, 2020.

  • 44 Residents have tested positive. 37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
  • 29 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
  • 15 Residents have died
  • 25 Employees tested positive. 22 – Symptomatic   4- Asymptomatic
  • 0 Employees have died.

It has been 16 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff that test positive.   We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Gardens at Monroe is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests. (The Gardens continues to test all staff on a weekly basis.)
  • Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Our outdoor visitation will continue as outlined in my previous letter.  If outdoor visits are not possible, family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to our activities department to schedule your visits.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  Please call us at 609-448-7036, email us at chuck@thegardensatmonroe.com or visit our website www.thegardensatmonroe.com for updates.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA

August 6, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Loved Ones, 

We are happy to report that things remain stable here at The Gardens.  No new COVID cases in the building, staff or residents.  Cases have begun to increase in the community and NJ as a whole, so we continue to be vigilant in our safety practices. 

As we continue our outdoor visits we want to remind you that precautions are in place for everyone’s safety.  The visits must be done under very strict guidelines. 

  • All outdoor visits must be scheduled ahead of time (please try to schedule 1 week in advance). The limited number of time slots means that we cannot accommodate anyone more than one visit per week, and visits could sometimes be more limited to fewer than one per week.  We appreciate you understanding as we schedule the visits in a way that we can accommodate everyone.
  • PLEASE be prompt when arriving for your visit. When you arrive late it moves everyone else around. For example, if you are scheduled for a 2pm visit and you arrive at 2:20pm your visit will only be 10 minutes.
  • PLEASE remember that we cannot allow food, drink or other items to be given to you loved ones. All items must be given to our staff for sanitizing before it gets to your loved ones hands. There should be no exchanges made. (mail,clothing, toiletries, etc).
  • PLEASE do not bring pets with you for a visit. At this time we do not have guidelines for pet visits at this time. 
  • PLEASE respect the 6 feet social distancing with a mask at all times. Thank you in advance for respecting the rules. Residents who are unable to follow the masking guidelines (which include wearing a mask in a correct, safe way) will not be able to have visitors at this time. 
  • Only 2 visitors per resident are allowed to visit at one time.
  • Visitors will be screened for health and safety purposes, as previously explained. PLEASE do not visit if you are showing signs of illness as we will not be able to let the visit occur.

Any visitor who disregards the safety measures will be asked to leave and not granted a new appointment.

PLEASE understand, following these guidelines is important for everyone’s safety.  Our main focus is to keep your loved ones safe and our staff healthy so that they can continue to care for them. 

Thank you.  Hope to see you soon.

Chuck Erlanger

Administrator

July 24, 2020 Letter

July 24, 2020

Dear Families and Friends of The Gardens at Monroe,

We continue to test all staff and residents of The Gardens on a weekly basis according to current CDC and State of NJ guidelines.   As of today, July 24, 2020, there has been no change in the number of positive cases, residents or employees previously reported.  We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in previous letters. 

Our excitement last week regarding indoor visitation was a bit premature.  NJ has allowed indoor visitation for pediatric and special developmental cases.  The population at The Gardens does not meet the current criteria for indoor visitation at this time. We very much hope that, as things continue to improve in New Jersey, we might be able to do indoor visits soon.  In the meantime, we continue with our outdoor visits and virtual (FaceTime and Skype) visits.  An outdoor visit can be scheduled with our Activity Department.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, 

Chuck Erlanger, Administrator

July 17, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Friends of The Gardens at Monroe,

We continue to test all staff and residents of The Gardens on a weekly basis according to current CDC and State of NJ guidelines.   As of today, July 17, 2020, there has been no change in the number of positive cases, residents or employees previously reported.  We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in previous letters. 

We are happy to announce that The NJ Department of Health is ready to move visitation forward.  Indoor visitation will be permitted under very strict guidelines with a state approved visitation plan from the facility.  The Gardens at Monroe will be putting our plan together early next week.  We will let everyone know as soon as we are cleared for indoor visitors.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, 

Chuck Erlanger, Administrator

July 9, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Loved Ones, 

It is with a new sigh of relief that we report no new positive resident cases of COVID at The Gardens.  Our pending retest on an asymptomatic resident came back negative, two times, and is therefore a false positive, no COVID.

With this news, we can once again start our outdoor visits.  The visits must be done under very strict guidelines.  All residents and visitor must remain masked and 6 feet apart.  Residents who are unable to follow the masking guidelines (which include wearing a mask in a correct, safe way) will not be able to have visitors at this time.  Only 2 visitors per resident are allowed to visit at one time.  Visitors will be screened for health and safety purposes, as previously explained.  Any visitor who disregards the safety measures will be asked to leave and not granted a new appointment.  PLEASE understand, following these guidelines is important for everyone’s safety.  Our main focus is to keep your loved ones safe and our staff healthy so that they can continue to care for them. 

Outdoor visits must be scheduled ahead of time (please try to schedule 1 week in advance).  The limited number of time slots means that we cannot accommodate anyone more than one visit per week, and visits could sometimes be more limited to fewer than one per week.  We appreciate you understanding as we schedule the visits in a way that we can accommodate everyone.  

Thank you.  Hope to see you soon.

Chuck Erlanger
Administrator

July 8, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Friends of The Gardens at Monroe,

As we continue to test all staff and residents of The Gardens on a weekly basis according to current CDC and State of NJ guidelines, we had 2 additional employees test positive/asymptomatic.  These employees have been quarantined according to state and federal guidelines. 

As of today, July 8, 2020,

COVID-19
44 Residents have tested positive.  37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
29 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
15 Residents have died 
24 Employees tested positive.  22 – Symptomatic   3- Asymptomatic
0 Employees have died.

Please understand that we cannot share certain information that may violate a resident’s or staff member’s right to privacy.  We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in previous letters.  Thank you for your continued support.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, 

Chuck Erlanger, Administrator

July 2, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Loved Ones, 

As we continue to move slowly forward through this crisis/global pandemic it has been a virtual rollercoaster here at the Gardens. 

Two weeks ago we had the all-clear!  No COVID in the building.  We breathed a sigh of relief.  We were able to proceed with outdoor visits and got to see so many of you as you came to visit with your loved ones at our visitor stations.   We continued with our weekly testing of all residents and employees.  Unfortunately, we found a positive asymptomatic resident. 

We immediately isolated the resident and paused our visitor program.  We initiated more testing for the resident, hoping that the test was a false positive.  The subsequent test came back negative, so we tested again.  (A positive test, followed by two negative tests is considered a false positive)  We are still awaiting the results on the second test.  The resident has remained symptom free and will complete isolation this weekend. 

This week, we found another asymptomatic positive test.  This time it was an employee.  The employee was sent home to quarantine and we initiated subsequent testing.  We are expecting results for those tests soon.  The employee remains symptom free. 

So, as you can see this really has been a rollercoaster!  We remain vigilant and proactive.   Outdoor visits will restart soon.   We will continue to keep everyone up to date.

Thank you.  Hope to see you soon.

Chuck Erlanger
Administrator

June 25, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Loved Ones,

The Gardens at Monroe began outdoor visitation on Father’s Day Sunday, June 21. We were so happy to see so many of you reunite with your loved ones. Visitation will continue outside only until we get clearance from the Department of Health to move inside.

Please note visits are by appointment only. Availability of appointments may be limited. Initially, we were scheduling visits each afternoon. We have realized that an afternoon visit does not work for everyone, and have tried to set up varying times. Each day may be different, so please call to schedule you appointment. Due to the limitations of space and time we may not be able to accommodate your exact preference for appointment time. We ask your understanding as we try to accommodate everyone.

All visits are subject to cancelation due to weather. Visits will be limited to 2 visitors per person for a length of 30 minutes. We cannot accommodate children visiting at this time. No food or drink can be shared with the resident. If you bring gifts they must be left at the registration desk.

When arriving visitors should proceed to the rear parking area where we will have visitor tents setup. Please remain in your car until you are motioned over to the registration desk. Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked some questions. You must fill out a waiver form to visit. Visitors and residents must wear a mask during the duration of the visit. Visitors will not be allowed into the building for any reason. Please be courteous and adhere to your 30 minute allocated visit.

Please see the attached guidelines from The State of New Jersey.

Thank you. Hope to see you soon.

Chuck Erlanger
Administrator

The following guidelines will be strictly followed.
(Please note all guidelines are subject to change according to the Department of Health guidelines.)

NJ Visitor Policies at Long-Term Care Facilities

  • A resident who is suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or quarantined for a COVID-19 exposure cannot have visitors. A resident who has tested positive is allowed visitation after they have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation.
  • There will only be two visitors permitted at a time and the visitors must remain at least 6 feet away from the resident. Both visitors and residents must wear face coverings.
  • A staff member, wearing a surgical mask, must remain with the resident during the visit.
  • A designated area should be established for visitors to be screened that maintains social distancing and infection control standards. If the individual has any COVID-19 symptoms, they will not be permitted to visit with a resident.
  • Visitors are not allowed beyond the reception area of the facilities and restrooms will not be available to them.
  • When staff is transporting the resident outdoors, they cannot be moved through any space where either positive or suspected COVID patients are cohorted. A safe distance of 6 feet distance must be maintained between other residents and staff.
  • Long-term care facilities should communicate the visitor policy to residents, families, staff and others. They should receive informed consent from the resident and the visitor in writing that they are aware of the possible dangers of COVID-19 exposure and that they will comply with the facility’s policies during the visit. As part of the consent form, the visitor must agree to notify the facility if they test positive for the virus or have symptoms within 14 days of visiting.
June 19, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Loved Ones,

The Gardens at Monroe will begin outdoor visitation on Sunday, June 21 in accordance with Governor Murphy’s announcement this afternoon. Please note, you must have an appointment to visit with your loved one. Visit appointments will be available daily between 1pm and 3pm, weather permitting. Visits will be limited to 2 visitors per person for a length of 30 minutes. We will be keeping this schedule so that everyone has a chance to visit. Please understand that if the appointments are taken for a given day, you may have to choose to visit on another day. PLEASE call ahead. When arriving visitors should proceed to the rear parking area where we will have visitor tents setup. Visitors and residents must wear a mask during the duration of the visit. Visitors will not be allowed into the building for any reason. Please be courteous and adhere to your 30 minute allocated visit.

The following guidelines will be strictly followed:

NJ Visitor Policies at Long-Term Care Facilities

  • A resident who is suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or quarantined for a COVID-19 exposure cannot have visitors. A resident who has tested positive is allowed visitation after they have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation.
  • There will only be two visitors permitted at a time and the visitors must remain at least 6 feet away from the resident. Both visitors and residents must wear face coverings.
  • A staff member, wearing a surgical mask, must remain with the resident during the visit.
  • A designated area should be established for visitors to be screened that maintains social distancing and infection control standards. If the individual has any COVID-19 symptoms, they will not be permitted to visit with a resident.
  • Visitors are not allowed beyond the reception area of the facilities and restrooms will not be available to them.
  • When staff are transporting the resident outdoors, they cannot be moved through any space where either positive or suspected COVID patients are cohorted. A safe distance of 6 feet distance must be maintained between other residents and staff.
  • Long-term care facilities should communicate the visitor policy to residents, families, staff and others. They should receive informed consent from the resident and the visitor in writing that they are aware of the possible dangers of COVID-19 exposure and that they will comply with the facility’s policies during the visit. As part of the consent form, the visitor must agree to notify the facility if they test positive for the virus or have symptoms within 14 days of visiting.

Please note all guidelines are subject to change according to the Department of Health guidelines.

We look forward to seeing you all again.

Chuck Erlanger,
Administrator

June 16, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Friends of The Gardens at Monroe,

As we continue to test all staff and residents of The Gardens on a weekly basis according to current CDC and State of NJ guidelines we are happy to let you know that our most recent round of testing has shown all negative results.  In other words, we have no new positive cases, residents or employees.  As previously explained, we will continue weekly testing until the building is COVID free for 14 days. 

Visitation continues to be restricted at this time, according to CDC guidelines. We continue to offer video visits.  We encourage you to please call our activities department to arrange a video appointment. 

As of today, June 16, 2020, the following is the current numbers related to COVID-19:

44 Residents have tested positive.  37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
29 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
15 Residents have died 

23 Employees tested positive.  22 – Symptomatic   1- Asymptomatic
 0 Employees have died.

Please understand that we cannot share certain information that may violate a resident’s or staff member’s right to privacy.  We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in previous letters.  Thank you for your continued support.  

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, 

Chuck Erlanger, Administrator

June 10, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Friends of The Gardens at Monroe,

We continue to test all staff and residents of The Gardens on a weekly basis according to current CDC and State of NJ guidelines.  This week’s test revealed one positive asymptomatic resident. The resident has been moved to an isolation unit.  We will continue weekly testing until the building is COVID free for 14 days. 

Visitation continues to be restricted at this time, according to CDC guidelines. We continue to offer video visits.  We encourage you to please call our activities department to arrange a video appointment. 

As of today, June 10, 2020, the following is the current numbers related to COVID-19:

 44 Residents have tested positive.  37 – Symptomatic   7 – Asymptomatic
23 Residents have completed treatment and are recovered
15 Residents have died

23 Employees tested positive.  22 – Symptomatic   1- Asymptomatic
 0 Employees have died.

Please understand that we cannot share certain information that may violate a resident’s or staff member’s right to privacy.  We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in previous letters.  Thank you for your continued support.  

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, 

Chuck Erlanger, Administrator

June 5, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Friends of The Gardens at Monroe,

It is with mixed feelings that I write today’s updates.

First, the good news.  As of this morning, June 5, 2020, all of the residents that were being treated for COVID-19 at The Gardens as of last week are officially recovered.  Through the course of this pandemic 43 of our residents tested positive.  Of those 43 cases 28 have fully recovered.  We have not had a new positive case in 10 days. 

The sad news is that, unfortunately, we had another resident death related to COVID-19.  A long-term care resident that was being cared for at the hospital passed away this week.  We send our deepest condolences to the family of this resident, along with the other 14 residents that we lost to this pandemic. 

According to current CDC and State of NJ guidelines, the staff and resident of The Gardens will continue to be tested on a weekly basis until the building is COVID free for 14 days.  All symptomatic resident and/or staff will be tested immediately and quarantined until they receive a negative test result.  If any new positive cases resident cases are identified the resident will be moved to an isolation unit.  Any positive staff will be home on quarantine.  If a resident has been exposed to a staff member who tests positive, they too will be tested and quarantined.   

Visitation continues to be restricted at this time, according to CDC guidelines. Some socially distanced activities and dining will be permitted as we reach the 14-day COVID free guidelines set by the State of NJ.  We continue to offer video visits, please call our activities department to arrange a video appointment. 

Please understand that we cannot share certain information that may violate a resident’s or staff member’s right to privacy.  We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in previous letters.  Thank you for your continued support.  

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, 

Chuck Erlanger, Administrator

May 27, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Friends of The Gardens at Monroe,

As we begin to see a glimmer of hope that the curve is flattening and the most challenging days of the current pandemic will soon be behind us, we want to acknowledge our sadness and offer our condolences to all of the families and friends that have lost loved ones due to COVID-19. Every single loss is heartbreaking. We too, feel great loss and grief.

However all of the news in not bad news, many of our residents have recovered and still more continue to recover. We hope that you have had a moment to view our short video of Rose. (You can find it in the May 22nd letter below) Rose is 106 years old. With the support and care of the dedicated staff at the Gardens, Rose beat COVID. Her success is shared with her, and her family’s, full permission. We are happy to celebrate all of our recoveries, residents and staff.

In the interest of transparency and in an effort to keep families and staff well informed about the COVID19 status at The Gardens at Monroe, we will continue to post regular updates. 

As of last week The Gardens began testing all staff and residents for COVID-19. Any resident who tested positive has been moved to an isolation bed. Any staff that tested positive has been placed on 14 day quarantine. Testing will continue on an ongoing basis according to Department of Health and CDC guidelines.

As of today, May 27, 2020, the following is the current numbers related to COVID-19:

Residents who have tested positive – 43
Symptomatic – 37
Asymptomatic – 6

Residents who have died – 14 (no change since last update)
Residents who have completed treatment and are recovered – 20

Employees who have tested positive – 23
Symptomatic – 22
Asymptomatic – 1
Employees who have died – 0

Please understand that we cannot share certain information that may violate a resident’s or staff member’s right to privacy.

We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in previous letters.
Thank you for your continued support.  

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, 

Chuck Erlanger, Administrator

May 22, 2020 Letter

Rose Beats COVID

Dear Families and Friends of The Gardens at Monroe,

In the interest of transparency and in an effort to keep families and staff well informed about the COVID19 status at The Gardens at Monroe, we will continue to post regular updates. 

As of today, May 20, 2020, the following is the current numbers related to COVID-19:

Residents who have tested positive -40
Residents who have died – 14
Residents who have completed treatment and are recovered – 17

Employees who have tested positive – 21
Employees who have died – 0

Please understand that we cannot share certain information that may violate a resident’s or staff member’s right to privacy.

We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in previous letters.

Thank you for your continued support.   Please feel free to reach out with any questions, 

Chuck Erlanger, Administrator

May 20, 2020 Letter

As you know, as of late last week The Gardens began testing all residents regardless of symptoms.  Today’s new numbers reflect cases that were identified due to that testing.  We found 2 asymptomatic/ positive residents as a result of our universal testing.  These residents have been moved to the isolation unit and are being monitored closely. 

As of today, May 20, 2020, the following is the current numbers related to COVID-19:

Residents who have tested positive – 39
Residents who have died – 14
Residents who have completed treatment and are recovered – 15

Employees who have tested positive – 21
Employees who have died – 0

Please understand that we cannot share certain information that may violate a resident’s or staff member’s right to privacy.

We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in previous letters.

Thank you for your continued support.   Please feel free to reach out with any questions, 

Chuck Erlanger, Administrator

May 13, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Friends of The Gardens at Monroe,

As the scope of the current pandemic continues to become clearer, we continue to update our policies and procedures to follow changing Department of Health recommendations and to ensure that we meet all best practices to keep our residents and staff safe and healthy. 

Testing of vulnerable residents in long-term care facilities is essential to control the spread of COVID-19 and to identify asymptomatic but positive residents and/or staff.  The need for testing health care providers and support staff in all long-term facilities has become apparent because they may be unknowingly contributing to the spread of COVID-19.

To limit exposure and reduce the spread of COVID-19 the Department of Health has determined that all long-term care facilities in New Jersey will test all staff and residents for the virus by May 26, 2020.   The Gardens will begin this testing this week. 

To date, The Gardens has only been testing symptomatic residents.  We will now also test residents with no symptoms.  If your loved one has positive test results (indicating that they DO have the virus) you will be notified and they will be moved to the COVID-19 isolation unit.  Staff that tests positive will follow all CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation. 

Additionally, individuals who test negative will be retested within 3-7 days to detect those with newly developed infection, and further retesting in according with CDC guidance.

The test results will be used to strengthen infection control and prevention strategies.

As always, we thank you for your continued support and understanding.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. 

Chuck Erlanger, LNHA
The Gardens at Monroe Healthcare and Rehabilitation

May 12, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Friends of The Gardens at Monroe,

In the interest of transparency and in an effort to keep families and staff well informed about the COVID19 status at The Gardens at Monroe, we will continue to post regular updates.  As of today, May 12, 2020, the following is the status of the numbers related to COVID-19 are:

Residents who have tested positive -36
Residents who have died – 14
Residents being cared for at The Gardens – 17
Residents currently in the hospital – 0
Residents who have completed treatment and are recovered – 5

Employees who have tested positive – 21
Employees who have died – 0
Employees who have completed treatment and are recovered – 16
Employees in the hospital – 1

Please understand that we cannot share certain information that may violate a resident’s or staff member’s right to privacy.

We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in previous letters.

Thank you for your continued support.   Please feel free to reach out with any questions, 

Chuck Erlanger, Administrator

May 8, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Friends of The Gardens,

In the interest of transparency and in an effort to keep families and staff well informed about the COVID19 status at The Gardens at Monroe, we will continue to post regular updates.

As of today, the numbers related to COVID-19 are:

Residents who have tested positive – 35
Residents who have passed – 12
Residents being cared for at The Gardens – 18
Residents currently in the hospital – 0
Residents who have completed treatment and are recovered – 5

Employees who have tested positive – 21
Employees who have passed – 0
Employees who have completed treatment and are recovered – 15
Employees in the hospital – 1

Please understand that we cannot share certain information that may violate a resident’s or staff member’s right to privacy.

We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in previous letters.

Thank you for your continued support.

May 1, 2020 Letter

As of today, the numbers related to COVID-19 are:

Residents who have tested positive -29
Residents who have expired – 9
Residents being cared for at The Gardens – 18
Residents in the hospital – 2
Residents who have completed treatment and are recovered – 5

Employees who have tested positive – 18
Employees who have expired – 0
Employees who have completed treatment and are recovered – 13
Employees in the hospital – 3

Please understand that we cannot share certain information that may violate a resident’s or staff member’s right to privacy.

We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in our last letter.

Thank you for your continued support.

April 30, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Friends,

We want to send a quick update letting you all know that due to current staffing levels we are temporarily moving residents from the Monroe Unit to the long-term care units on Princeton and Palmer.  These moves will allow us to better utilize staff and ensure that our residents continue to receive the highest level of care.  All families whose loved ones are moving have been contacted directly. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Chuck Erlanger, Administrator

April 28, 2020 Letter

Dear Families and Friends,

We are writing today to update you regarding the COVID19 status at The Gardens at Monroe. Please know that we are continuing to do everything we can to protect our residents and staff .

The state requirement for reporting the incidence of the virus in a longterm care facility continues to evolve and we are working with, and reporting to, local and state departments of health in a daily basis.

We would like to share as much information as possible with our families and staff, so that you can be informed about the measures that we are taking for the protection of our residents and staff. Please understand that we cannot share certain information that may violate a resident’s or staff member’s right to privacy.

We continue to follow all safety protocols outlined in our last letter.

As of today, the total number of residents at The Gardens at Monroe who have tested positive for the coronavirus is 19.

Here is the status of these residents.

  • 8 Residents have passed away.
  • 1 resident is being treated in the hospital.
  • 10 residents are currently being cared for in the facility.

The total number of employees at The Gardens at Monroe who have tested positive for the coronavirus is 14. There have not been any COVID related staff deaths.

We currently have 0 residents awaiting test results.
We currently have 3 staff members awaiting test results.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to adhere to the applicable guidelines of federal, state and local health authorities and fight for the health and safety of our residents and staff as our number one priority.

We also understand that you have questions and concerns. Please understand that during this period most of our resources are being directed to patient/resident care. We are committed to providing you with specific personal information about your loved one in a timely manner. We will call the person designated as the emergency contact for each resident with any directly related information, such as new symptoms or change in status. We respectfully ask that the emergency contact disseminate the information to all concerned family members. While we would like to have the time to speak to each family member individually, it is very difficult to take multiple phone calls while providing care.

We will continue to post updates regularly. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger
Administrator

April 22, 2020 Letter

Dear Families,

This letter is to provide you with an update on the status of (COVID-19) cases at The Gardens at Monroe.  As of today, The Gardens at Monroe has 9 active resident cases of COVID-19.  Out of an abundance of precaution, we are testing all residents with any symptoms of fever or respiratory illness.  We are finding that a good percentage of the tests that we do are coming back negative.    Nine members of our staff have tested positive.  These staff members are at home recuperating and will return to work as they are cleared by a physician.  We continue to work closely with the local and state health departments to address this ongoing situation and reduce the risk of illness among other residents.  We are aware that the recently released information by the State of New Jersey reflects different numbers.  We are working with them to better understand the report and have it reflect the correct numbers.  We assure you that we are being completely transparent and available to answer any questions that you may have. 

To reduce the further spread of COVID-19, our team maintains the following actions that were implemented beginning March 11, 2020:

  • Barring visitation except for licensed contracted caregivers and end-of-life care, while encouraging and supporting calls and video conferences with family and friends.
  • Canceling group activities and providing resident meals in their rooms.
  • Limiting movement in the facility, with residents remaining in their rooms or if they need to leave their room, providing a facemask for them to wear.
  • Checking for fever or other symptoms of illness among all residents and staff at least daily; if any illness is identified, we inform the Health Department and discuss whether testing for COVID-19 is needed.
  • COVID- 19 positive patients are isolated in a separate unit with a dedicated care staff.
  • All staff members are wearing facemasks continuously when they are in the building. When staff enters resident rooms, they use additional personal protective equipment, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Therapists are only delivering services in resident rooms with all equipment dedicated to an individual resident.
  • Cleaning and disinfection across the facility has been increased and high-touch surfaces are being disinfected frequently.
  • Educating staff and residents about personal behaviors that reduce the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. These include covering coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue, frequent handwashing, keeping from touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth, and social distancing – staying 6 feet away from others.

The Gardens at Monroe leadership and staff will continue to collaborate with the Health Department and follow all CDC guidelines to ensure that effective infection prevention measures are implemented and maintained.  Our staff continues to show up every day to care for your loved ones, our residents,

We know this is a difficult time for your family and are committed to providing you with information so you can stay up-to-date on the situation and the efforts being made to ensure resident safety. We also advise you to stay connected through our website at www.thegardensatmonroe.com  which will be updated regularly.

If you have additional questions that were not addressed we encourage you to contact us at 609-448-7036.

Sincerely, 

Chuck Erlanger
Administrator