Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab

"Dedicated to Excellence"

October Updates

 

As of today, we have received the majority of test results from residents and staff.  We did have one Residents test come back positive.  We have removed this individual from the other Residents and placed them in an isolated area we created for this specific reason.  The Resident is currently asymptomatic and doing well.  All other tests have been negative.  We will continue our aggressive testing process moving forward.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 10/28/2020

 

Our weekly testing of employees and residents has been completed.  We have received almost all results in, and so far we have NO cases of COVID-19 to report.  We expect the remaining test results to come in today, and will update if there are any changes.  We plan to continue this testing strategy into the following weeks to come.  

Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

- Updated 10/22/2020

 

October 16, 2020

Greetings to our Smithfield Manor Families and Friends,

We are excited to, once again, allow dropped off items for our residents.  Thank you for your understanding and patience in mailing items to them over the past several months. 

Procedures for Family Drop Offs

Start Date:  10/19/20

Location:  Front Porch of Smithfield Manor

We will be placing plastic totes on the front porch for items to be dropped off.  Please follow these simple instructions so that your items reach the intended resident:

  • Totes will be on the front porch Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00am – 3:00pm. 

They will be brought inside, and no items will be accepted after 3:00pm.

  • All items must be labeled with the resident name and date left on the porch.
  • Please DO NOT leave perishable foods in the totes.
  • Smithfield Manor does not accept responsibility for unlabeled, lost, or stolen items. 

 

Items will be left in the totes indoors for 24 hours before being taken to the resident.  Plan accordingly if your loved one is in need of certain items.  

 

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Adiministrator

 

We have no cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.   All of our results are in from this week’s testing, and they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 10/15/2020

 

 

Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab

902 Berkshire Road

Smithfield, NC 27577

 

October 9, 2020

To the Residents, Family Members, and Friends of Smithfield Manor,

As you may know, CMS and NC DHHS have recently updated restrictions on visitations in Nursing Homes.  I know this has been a day that all of us have been looking forward to for a very long time.  Our team is preparing to accommodate these visits and will begin scheduling them the week of October 12, 2020.  Our goal is to do so in the absolutely safest manner possible.  There are very strict safety rules that will have to be followed in order for the visits to take place.  Other than Closed Window Visits, each visitor must complete a pre-visit orientation, education, and screening prior to visit. 

Types of visits:

*Please note that all visits will be conducted on an appointment basis and scheduled by our Activity Department (Ext. 249).  Unplanned window visits at resident rooms are not affected by any of these updates.

Closed Window Visits are by far the safest visits as they pose the lowest risk for a possible spread of infection.  The number of visitors will not be limited with this option.  We have been conducting these with some of Residents over the past few months when we felt like the Covid-19 virus was not a risk within the facility.  Scheduled Window visits will no longer be restricted due to our “Outbreak status” as they have in the past, so we should be able to continue these moving forward no matter what.  We would be able to do more of these which would allow visits to occur on a more regular, routine basis. 

Open Window Visits in our Activity Room will also be made available.  These visits will be limited to two visitors per visit.  These involve the Residents remaining inside with the visitors set up in an outside seating area.  These are very similar to the Closed Window Visits, but with the sliding window open.  The risk with these is higher than that of the Closed Window Visits, but lesser than the outdoor and indoor visits

Outdoor Visits can also be made available. These visits will also be limited to two visitors per visit.  There is a higher risk associated with these compared to our Window Visiting Options, but still less than Indoor Visits.   

Indoor Visits pose the absolute highest risk for a virus transmission. These visits will be limited to one visitor per visit.  These visits will not be allowed if the facility has had a case of Covid-19 within a 14 day period.  We encourage all visitors to consider and attempt the other visits prior to moving forward with these, but if necessary, these visits can take place on a scheduled basis. 

The CMS Memorandum from September 17, 2020, states, “While taking a person-centered approach and adhering to the core principles of Covid-19 infection prevention, outdoor visitation is preferred and can also be conducted in a manner that reduces the risk of transmission.  Outdoor visits pose a lower risk of transmission due to increased space and airflow.  Therefore, all visits should be held outdoors whenever practicable.” 

I can assure you that we are doing our best to try and protect our Residents and Staff while also allowing face to face visitation to occur as often as we possibly can.  With that being said, we want to encourage all visitors to consider the safety of not only your loved one, but the entire population and staff when setting up/planning visits. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding visitation, please direct them to Mrs. Katie Stevens, Assistant Administrator, at 919-934-3171 ext. 245.

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

We have no cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.   The majority of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 10/8/2020

 

 

 

Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab

902 Berkshire Road

Smithfield, NC 27577

 

October 2, 2020

RE: Visitation

Residents, Families, and Friends,

First and foremost, I wanted to let each of you know that it is our great privilege and responsibility to care for you and your loved ones.  During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all had to make significant changes in our life processes.  While we have been regulated from allowing visitors inside the building, we have made every effort to keep your loved ones healthy and happy.  We have come to the time when we can now anticipate visits between families and residents.  Please understand that we are moving at a cautious pace.  We take this next step very seriously to be able to offer these visits and keep your loved ones safe at the same time.  The virus continues to be a major risk to our community.  Again, thank you for your patience as we move into this next phase.

Policy and Procedures

As we work on our policies and procedures for visits, we must adhere to regulations from State and Federal agencies to whom we answer.  Those agencies are changing their criteria often.  We are working diligently on Policies and Procedures which will work best for our facility, prepare education, and create safe visitation spaces.  We ask for your patience and understanding as we bring these requirements together.

Visitation Updates

  • Visits will be scheduled in advance.
  • Visitors will be required to comply with our Policies and Procedures, incuding but not limited to wearing masks and pre-visit screenings.
  • Education will take place when registering with the visit scheduler, and again at the time of the visit. 
  • We plan to have these steps in place so that visitation may be able to begin soon.  Please understand that this is a work in progress and could change at any moment due to a new positive test result or changes from Federal and State agencies. 
  • Outdoor visits pose a much lower risk, therefore it is recommended by Federal and State agencies that all visits be held outside.
  • Indoor visits may only be scheduled for compassionate care circumstances and at the direction of our Medical Director.  The risk of compromise to our Residents’ health is much greater if indoor visits occur. 

Serving our Senior Citizens,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

We have no cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.   The majority of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 10/1/2020

 

September Updates

 

We have no cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.   The majority of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 9/24/2020

 

We have no new cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.  A majority of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 9/17/2020

 

As of today, we have received all test results from those who were retested on Friday.  We did have one Residents test come back positive.  We have removed this individual from the other Residents and placed them in an isolated area we created for this specific reason.  The Resident is currently asymptomatic and doing well.  All other test were negative.  Our normal weekly testing routine was completed yesterday.  We will continue our aggressive testing process moving forward.  Our next weekly update will be posted on Thursday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 9/15/2020

 

As of today, we have received the majority of test results back from this week’s group.  We did have one of our Residents test come back positive.  We have removed this individual from the other Residents and placed them in an isolated area we created for this specific reason.  The Resident is currently asymptomatic and doing well.  All other test were negative.  We will continue the aggressive testing process that we began in mid-July.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 9/11/2020

 

There are no updates to report as of today.  We are still continuing weekly testing, and are expecting this weeks results to start coming in soon.  We will update if there are in changes as the results come in.  

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

-Updated 9/10/2020

 

As you may have heard, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently issued guidance for nursing home visitations.  This secretarial order is going into effect today, September 4th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  Upon further reading of the secretarial order, there are conditions that must be met before we can allow the outdoor visitations.   Due to our current status as an outbreak facility, we are not currently eligible for these visits.  We have confirmed with the Johnston County Health Department that we are still in an outbreak status even though the outbreak list says otherwise.  In the meantime, we will be planning on how we can safely accommodate these visits when we are allowed to do so.  We will notify all families when the time comes to schedule visits.  

 

Click HERE for the NC DHHS Secretarial Order No. 3.  Please continue to check our website for updates.

 

Serving our Senior Citizens,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 9/4/2020

 

The results are in from this week’s COVID testing, and at this point they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 9/3/2020

August Updates

Today we are reporting to have 1 staff member test positive from this weeks testing.  The employee is ASYMPTOMATIC, and is doing well.  Smithfield Manor will begin testing all individuals with known close contact to the employee today, and again on Monday August 31st.  Smithfield Manor will continue to follow CMS and CDC guidance.  The weekly testing will also continue until further notice.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 8/28/2020

 

Almost all of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 8/27/2020

 

We have no cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.  A majority of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 8/20/2020

August 14, 2020

 

To Our Residents and Family Members:

I wanted to take this opportunity to write everyone and let them know where we are currently in dealing with the Covid-19 virus as well as our plans moving forward. Please keep in mind that things can change quickly with guidance from the CDC and DHHS. Our facility is in close contact with the local and state health department, and we will continue to follow their guidance. With that being said, this will be the most up to date information available to us at the time of this letter.

I also wanted to share my thoughts on our Staff. As I'm sure everyone is aware, this has been an unusually stressful time for everyone. Our Team has met the challenge head on. I look forward to the day when we can all celebrate their hard work and dedication in caring for our Residents together!

Lastly, I wanted to thank each of our Residents and Family Members. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. I want to assure you that we are doing all that we can to keep everyone safe. That is our #1 commitment to you!

UPDATES

Testing: On July 14th , 2020, we partnered with CVS to conduct a facility wide testing of all Residents and Staff. Since that time, we have begun testing all Residents and Staff on a weekly basis. We are working on the process to make this as transparent and efficient as possible. As always, if a positive result is received, an immediate contact will be made to the Resident and their Responsible Person. As long as tests are available, we will continue this process indefinitely. We feel as though this will provide us the best chance to limit an outbreak.

Safety Measures: We are continually educating our Staff on proper techniques to ensure infection control on a weekly basis. Everyone who enters the facility is screened as per CDC guidelines (temperature checks, etc.) We are limiting access to the building to necessary personnel only- Our Management Team has worked very hard to prepare a separate unit (Upper North) within our facility in the event that we do have positive Residents who do not require hospitalization. We meet often to discuss our processes and are constantly trying to improve upon them-

Visitation: At this time, nothing has changed other than the fact that we fell into the "outbreak" category. An outbreak is defined as 2 or more cases (Resident, Staff, or combination of both) within a 28 day period. Due to this status, we are not currently allowing our scheduled window visits activity. Once we are removed from this category, we will return to providing the scheduled window visits with our Activity Team. This does not affect the unplanned window visits at each Resident's room. If you need assistance or more information regarding this, don't hesitate to ask. There has been some discussion at the State level regarding outdoor visitation. When we receive information on this, we will share it with you at that time. The visitation requirements will be very strict (distanced visits, mask, etc.) and will have to be approved from the State level down to our Local government officials.

Receivinq Packaqes: We would like to remind everyone that we are still not accepting drop-offs. We are receiving packages from mail carriers. These packages are then processed using to our infection control protocols. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, but we feel as though this is the best approach to prevent a possible spread of infection within the facility. If you need assistance getting a Resident any item, let us know, and we will do our best to work something out. There are many stores that provide free delivery and we have found this to be a great option. As we move forward, we will be making efforts for other options to serve you better with safety remaining our top priority.

Notifications: We will notify all Residents and Responsible Persons if any Residents or staff test positive for COVID-19. Please check our website (www.sminursingandrehab.com) for weekly updates of our COVID-19 status. This will be our main means of communication during this time. Updates will be posted at least once a week. If you would like to speak with someone directly about a specific concern, please contact us at 919-934-3171.

Please feel free to share this info with other family members and friends.

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

 

We have no new cases of Covid-19 to report since our last update.  A majority of our results are in from this week’s testing and at this point, they are all negative.  We will continue our testing routine next week and keep you posted with results as they come in.  Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 8/13/2020

 

As of today, we have received all Residents and Staff test results back from this week’s group.  We did have one of our Residents test come back positive.  We have removed this individual from the other Residents and placed them in an isolated area we created for this specific reason.  The Resident is currently asymptomatic and doing well.  All other test were negative.  We will continue the aggressive testing process that we began in mid-July.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 8/6/2020

 

July Updates

We have received all the results back from our 3rd round of Resident’s COVID-19 testing and happy to report that all test were negative.  There are also no new staff positive results to report at this time.  

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 7/31/2020

 

We have now received all results from our Week 2 Covid group testIng.  We had one contract team member test positive.  We will continue testing on a regular basis and will post updates as they are received.  

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 7/26/2020
 

 

We have received all the results back from our 2nd round of Resident’s COVID-19 testing and happy to report that all test were negative.  There are also no new staff positive results to report at this time. 

Thank you.

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 7/24/2020

 

Last week, we completed a facility wide testing of both all our Residents and Staff.  Today we have received all results from that testing.  We are very pleased to announce that we have NO Positive cases with any of our Residents.  We did have 4 Employees come back positive.  One was previously reported on 7/18/2020 via a website update, bringing the total to 5.  Each of these individuals are asymptomatic and doing well.  We will follow the CDC guidelines for returning to work with these team members.  None of the positive Staff were direct caregivers.  These results will keep us in an “outbreak” status for an additional 14 days.  We have notified the CDC and spoken directly with the local Health Department regarding our situation.  Starting this week, we will retest all Residents and Staff on a weekly basis moving forward as long as test kits are available.  We feel as though this will be our best approach to keep everyone safe.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call. 

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

-Update 7/20/2020

 

We currently have 1 additional non direct care staff member test positive for COVID-19.  To date, there have still been no residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local health department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.  

Thank you!

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

-Updated 7/18/2020

 

Since our last report we have had no new cases of COVID-19.   To date, there have still been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 7/14/2020

COVID-19 FACILITY UPDATE 7/7/2020

Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab

902 Berkshire Road

Smithfield, NC 27577

Important Notification for Residents, Representatives, and Family Members of SMI

July 7, 2020

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to inform you that at Smithfield Manor, we have had 2 staff members (one that was previously reported, one new) with confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a 28 day lookback period. By definition, this qualifies our facility as an "outbreak" facility. Neither of these individuals provided direct patient care. At this time, we have NO positive cases with any of our Residents. We will be working directly with the Johnston County Health Department for guidance on testing moving forward.

We also wanted to take this time to update you on a point prevalence testing for COVID-19 in our facility. NC DHHS and CVS have partnered to support skilled nursing facilities with this testing. This involves all Residents and Staff being tested on one day. The CVS Team will be reaching out to us within the next week or so to schedule our testing date.

The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our facility, including 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 taking steps based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of 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
  • Postponing communal activities
  • Testing when deemed applicable

Due to govemment 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.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please let us know how we can assist with this if needed.

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 our center. Please call us 919-934-3171 , email us at administrator@sminursingandrehab.com, or visit our website, www.sminursingandrehab.com for updates.

Sincerely,

 

 

Nathan C. Amn, Administrator

June Updates

 

Today we are reporting to still have just 1 non-direct care staff worker that tested positive for COVID-19.   To date, there have still been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/30/2020

 

Today we are reporting to still have just 1 non-direct care staff worker that tested positive for COVID-19.   To date, there have still been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/23/2020

 

Today we are reporting to have 1 new non-direct care staff worker test positive for COVID-19.   To date, there have still been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/19/2020

 

Update To Our Residents and Family Members:

 

We have had a new COVID-19 case reported with one of our non-direct care staff members.  We have contacted our local health department and will follow their direction moving forward.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also been notified of this finding.

 

We know many of you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it may impact us here at Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab.  Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority.

 

As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our building. However, we need your help in battling COVID-19. Below are some examples of how you can help protect the residents, as well as prevent the spread throughout the community.

 

We are continuing to request that family and friends do not visit the center. Out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting all visitors to our facility unless absolutely necessary. We are posting signs on our entryway doors to notify visitors of this policy.

 

We understand that connecting with your loved ones is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider communicating with them. These may include telephone, email, text, video chat or social media. If you believe a visit to the center is necessary, we request that you contact the facility’s administrative staff.

 

Residents, please help prevent the spread of infection by exercising proper hand washing hygiene as well as coughing and sneezing etiquette. We offer hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, which you are welcome to use. Please also avoid shaking hands and hugs with any individual. If you are experiencing a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath, please let a staff member know immediately.

 

Our facility is following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict handwashing procedures, and in many circumstances, wearing gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who present symptoms. We also are staying up to date with the CDC recommendations as they may continue to change. In addition, our facility is in close contact with the local and state health department, and we are following their guidance.

 

We will notify you if any residents or staff are diagnosed with COVID-19.  Please check our website (sminursingandrehab.com) for weekly updates of our COVID-19 status.  If you would like to speak with someone directly about a specific concern, please contact us at 919-934-3171.  Please feel free to share this info with other family members and friends.

 

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/19/2020

 

We are pleased to report that we have no cases of COVID-19 for our weekly report.  To date, there have been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/16/2020

 

We are pleased to report that we have no cases of COVID-19 for our weekly report.  We had 1 confirmed positive case with the previously reported staff member.  This staff member is no longer positive, and has re-tested negative.  To date, there have been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/9/2020

 

We are pleased to report that we have no cases of COVID-19 for our weekly report.  We remain at 1 confirmed positive case with the previously reported staff member.  To date, there have been no Residents ever diagnosed with COVID-19 at our facility.  We will remain in contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance as needed moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

Updated 6/2/2020


 

May Updates

5/12/2020

To our Residents and Family Members:

We want to inform you that at Smithfield Manor, we have 1 confirmed case of COVID-19 with one of our staff members.

The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.  We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our facility, including 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 taking steps based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

•  Enhanced infection control precautions

•  Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms

•  Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building

•  Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of test

•  Postponing communal activities

•  Testing when deemed applicable

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.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others.  We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents.  Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media.  Please let us know how we can assist with this if needed.

 

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 our center.  Please call us at 919-934-3171, email us at administrator@sminursingandrehab.com, or visit our website, www.sminursingandrehab.com for updates.

 

Sincerely,

Nathan C. Arnn,  Administrator

 

5/19/2020

We are pleased to report that we have no cases of COVID-19 for our weekly report.  We remain at 1 confirmed positive case with the previously reported staff member.  To date, there have been no Residents ever diagnosed with Covid-19 at our facility.  We will remain in frequent contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

5/26/2020

Again we are pleased to report that we have no cases of COVID-19.  We still remain at 1 confirmed positive case with the previously reported staff member.  To date, there have been no Residents ever diagnosed with Covid-19 at our facility.  We will remain in frequent contact with our local Health Department for continued guidance moving forward.

Thank you,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

 

March / April Updates

 

Effective April 17th, we began to strongly encourage all Residents to remain in their rooms in order to maintain proper social distancing.  This precaution will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  We will continue to monitor the cases in the community and guidance from the CDC for best practices.  All interventions are reviewed and under the direction of our Medical Director, Dr. Marie Diaz.  The safety of our Residents and Staff is our # 1 priority. 

-Updated 4/20/2020

 

Family and Friends of the Residents of Smithfield Manor,

I wanted to take this opportunity to give an update on the state of our facility. I know this has been an unusually trying time for us all. Be assured that our Administration is taking this all very seriously. We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. I wanted to thank each of you for your understanding and patience with restrictions that we have put in place. All the changes that we are implementing are done so with sole purpose to keep your loved ones safe.

There are a couple things I wanted to mention:

 

At this point, we really don't have a time frame of when these restrictions might be lifted. We will let everyone know as soon as we have any update from the CDC and the American Health Care Association.

  • I want to remind everyone that we are no longer taking outside items in from families. If you would like to get something to your loved one, please let one of our Social Workers know. They will do their best to make you aware of possible arrangements. At this time, we are still accepting mailed items. Although the facility provides personal care items, if you feel that your loved ones need any specific, personal requested items (pull-ups, shampoo, body wash, etc.), you are still able to mail those. Our physical address is 902 Berkshire Road, Smithfield, NC 27577. Don't forget to make it to their attention.
  • Please be assured that we are monitoring all staff who enter the facility each day for potential signs and symptoms of COVID-19. We are also monitoring each Resident every shift. Plans are in place in the event of positive and/or questionable test for COVID-19.

I am confident in our team, and that together we will get through this! I have been so impressed with how the staff has pulled together, and I feel as though they are doing a remarkable job. If I can be of any assistance to you in anyway, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly 919-934-3171 ext. 223 or via email at administrator@sminursinqandrehab.com.

Serving our Senior Citizens,

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 4/1/2020
 

Additional guidance provided by CMS, which has been implemented, is as follows:

  1. Cancel communal dining and all group activities, such as internal and external group activities.

  2. Implement active screening of residents and staff for fever and respiratory symptoms. 

  3. Activity personnel are working with residents for offering alternative means of communication (phone calls, facetime, etc.)

-Updated 3/16/2020

 

To Our Residents and Family Members:

 

We know many of you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it may impact us here at Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab.  Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. At this time, we don’t have any cases in our Facility. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our building. However, we need your help in battling COVID-19. Below are some examples of how you can help protect the residents, as well as prevent the spread throughout the community.

 

At this time, we request that family and friends do not visit the center. Out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting all visitors to our facility unless absolutely necessary. We are posting signs on our entryway doors to notify visitors of this policy.

 

We understand that connecting with your loved ones is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider communicating with them. These may include telephone, email, text, video chat or social media. If you believe a visit to the center is necessary, we request that you contact the facility’s administrative staff.

 

Residents, please help prevent the spread of infection by exercising proper hand washing hygiene as well as coughing and sneezing etiquette. We offer hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, which you are welcome to use. Please also avoid shaking hands and hugs with any individual. If you are experiencing a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath, please let a staff member know immediately.

 

Our facility is following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict handwashing procedures, and in many circumstances, wearing gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who present symptoms. We also are staying up to date with the CDC recommendations as they may continue to change. In addition, our facility is in close contact with the local and state health department, and we are following their guidance.

 

We will notify you if any residents or staff are diagnosed with COVID-19.

 

Should you have any questions or need additional information, we will be posting outside links/resources and periodic facility updates on our webpage at sminursingandrehab.com.  If you would like to speak with someone directly about a specific concern, please contact us at 919-934-3171.

 

Please feel free to share this info with other family members and friends.

 

 

Serving our Senior Citizens,

 

 

 

Nathan C. Arnn, Administrator

-Updated 3/13/2020

 

Due to recommendations from the AHCA and CDC Smithfield Manor is restricting access to visitors to ensure the safety

and health of residents and staff.

-Updated 3/12/2020