Last updated: 7.14.2020

Franciscan Ministries Takes Precautionary Measures In Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health of our employees, residents and their families is our number one priority at Franciscan Ministries. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) becomes more widespread, we acknowledge the importance in addressing concerns and questions as well as communicate actions that our organization is actively taking. For additional resources, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

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A Letter From Our CEO – 7.03.2020

To Our Mount Alverna Village Associates:

I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication, as we continue to navigate the “new normal” to ensure the safety of our residents. Throughout this crisis we have kept you informed, as quickly as possible, with every confirmed COVID-19 case that has been diagnosed. And your efforts are greatly appreciated. Due to our excellent and very focused infection control practices, we have been very fortunate at Mount Alverna Village during the pandemic. Our first case was reported on 6/05/2020. Today, 7/03/2020, we have learned of a second case, with an associate that has tested positive for the virus.

Confirmed Associate Case 1:
This associate, a nursing assistant in the Memory Support Unit, was tested for COVID-19 on 6/25/2020 which yielded a positive result for the virus on 7/03/2020. This associate last worked on 6/22/2020 and is isolated at home, based on protocol, for the next 10 – 14 days.

Containment Procedures:
Residents continue to be monitored closely for the earliest signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If any signs or symptoms develop, a resident is immediately isolated. Associates continue to be screened daily when they report for work; if any screening element is noted to be abnormal, the associate is sent home.

Precautionary Measures:
Mount Alverna Village continues to restrict visitors [except for limited family visits] and monitors associates and residents, following CDC-regulated standards for infection control and to prevent any spread of the virus. The staff continues to maintain proper PPE recommendations and protocol, as defined by the local and state health departments and the CDC.

Important to note: The most important aspect is to monitor everyone and treat for symptoms. To date we have implemented all of the infection prevention measures and procedures as required by the CDC, state and local health departments and continue to be in direct conversation with them on a weekly basis. We have no additional residents or associates who are exhibiting any signs of infection at this time.

We understand that this is a time of anxiety and unknowns for all involved. 100% of our efforts are geared towards the safety of you, our valued associates, and our residents. We are asking that you continue working in the manner that you have been throughout this crisis. Our pledge is to share all of the information that we have on a daily basis with you so that you are assured of every step that is being taken to prevent another case of the virus.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to any member of the Mount Alverna Village management staff or any member of the Franciscan Ministries home office. We are all in this together.

Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO

Patrick Welsh
Executive Director


A Letter From Our CEO – 7.03.2020

To Mount Alverna Village Residents and Family Members:

As we slowly reopen communities for personal visits, I want to thank you for all the words of encouragement, through your personal notes, social media posts and phone calls during this crisis. We know that it has been difficult for family members, as well, and I want to thank you for your patience as we navigate the “new normal” to ensure the safety of our residents, family members and associates. We have been very fortunate at Mount Alverna Village during the pandemic. Our last reported confirmed case was on 6/05/2020. Today, 7/03/2020, we have learned of a second case, with an associate that has tested positive for the virus.

Confirmed Associate Case 1:
This associate, a nursing assistant in the Memory Support Unit, was tested for COVID-19 on 6/25/2020 which yielded a positive result for the virus on 7/03/2020. This associate last worked on 6/22/2020 and is isolated at home, based on protocol, for the next 10 – 14 days.

Containment Procedures:
Residents continue to be monitored closely for the earliest signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If any signs or symptoms develop, a resident is immediately isolated. Associates continue to be screened daily when they report for work; if any screening element is noted to be abnormal, the associate is sent home.

Precautionary Measures:
Mount Alverna Village continues to restrict visitors [except for limited family visits] and monitors associates and residents, following CDC-regulated standards for infection control and to prevent any spread of the virus. The staff continues to maintain proper PPE recommendations and protocol, as defined by the local and state health departments and the CDC.

Important to note: The most important aspect is to monitor everyone and treat for symptoms. To date we have implemented all of the infection prevention measures and procedures as required by the CDC, state and local health departments and continue to be in direct conversation with them on a weekly basis. We have no additional residents or associates who are exhibiting any signs of infection at this time.

Please know that we are doing everything, within our power, to mitigate the spread of the virus within the community. Per our discussions with state and local health departments, we have been following all guidance, protocols and precautionary measures regarding protection for our residents and our staff members. Their recommendations, at this time, are to continue to MONITOR all residents and staff across the community.

We understand that this is a time of anxiety and unknowns for the safety of you or your loved ones. 100% of our efforts are dedicated towards the safety of your loved ones. Should you have any questions, please visit our Mount Alverna Village Facebook page or the Franciscan Ministry COVID-19 Web Page – www.franciscanministries.org/coronavirus-response/ for daily updates and information. For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

The safety of our residents and associates continues to be our most important concern.

Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO

Patrick Welsh
Executive Director


A Letter From Our CEO – 7.01.2020

To Our Franciscan Village Residents and Family Members:

As we slowly reopen the communities for personal visits, I personally want to thank you for all the words of encouragement, via your personal notes, social media posts and phone calls throughout this crisis. We know that it has been difficult for the family members, as well, and I want to personally to thank you for your patience as we navigate this “new norm” to ensure the safety of our residents, family members and associates. We have been very fortunate at Franciscan Village during the pandemic. Our last reported confirmed case was on 4/20/2020. Today, 7/01/2020, we learned that two associates have tested positive for the virus. These associates had no direct care responsibilities anywhere on the campus.

Confirmed Associate Case 1:
This associate was tested for COVID-19 on 6/24/2020 which yielded a positive result for the virus on 7/01/2020. This associate last worked on 6/30/2020, remains asymptomatic and is isolated at home, based on protocol, for the next 7 days.

Confirmed Associate Case 2:
This associate was tested for COVID-19 on 6/24/2020 which yielded a positive result for the virus on 7/01/2020. This associate last worked on 6/28/2020, remains asymptomatic and is isolated at home, based on protocol, for the next 7 days.

Containment Procedures:
Residents continue to be monitored closely for the earliest signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If any signs or symptoms develop, a resident is immediately isolated. Associates continue to be screened daily when they report for work; if any screening element is noted to be abnormal, the associate is sent home.

Precautionary Measures:
Franciscan Village continues to restrict visitors and monitors associates and residents, following CDC-regulated standards for infection control and to prevent any spread of the virus. The staff continues to maintain proper PPE recommendations and protocol, as defined by the local and state health departments and the CDC.

Important to note: The most important aspect is to monitor everyone and treat for symptoms. To date we have implemented all of the infection prevention measures and procedures as required by the CDC, state and local health departments and continue to be in direct conversation with them on a weekly basis. We have no additional residents or associates who are exhibiting any signs of infection at this time.

We understand that this is a time of anxiety and unknowns for the safety of you or loved ones. 100% of our efforts are geared towards the safety of your loved ones. Should you have any questions, please visit our Franciscan Village Facebook page or the Franciscan Ministry COVID-19 Web Page – www.franciscanministries.org/coronavirus-response/ for daily updates and information. For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

The safety of our residents and associates continues to be our most important concern.

Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO


A Letter From Our CEO – 7.01.2020

To Our St. Joseph Village Residents and Family Members:

I want to once again thank you for all the words of encouragement, via your personal notes, social media posts and phone calls. We know that it has been difficult for the family members, as well, and I want to personally to thank you for your patience as we navigate this “new norm” to ensure the safety of our residents, family members and associates. We have been very fortunate at St. Joseph Village during the pandemic. Last evening, 6/30/2020, we learned that an associate has tested positive for the virus.

Confirmed Associate Case:
This associate was tested for COVID-19 on 6/23/2020 which yielded a positive result for the virus on 6/30/2020. This associate remains asymptomatic (without symptoms) and is isolated at home, based on protocol, for the next 10 days.

Containment Procedures:
Residents continue to be monitored closely for the earliest signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If any signs or symptoms develop, a resident is immediately isolated. Associates continue to be screened daily when they report for work; if any screening element is noted to be abnormal, the associate is sent home.

Precautionary Measures:
St. Joseph Village continues to restrict visitors and monitors those associates and residents, following CDC-regulated standards for infection control and to prevent any spread of the virus. The staff continues to maintain proper PPE recommendations and protocol, as defined by the local and state health departments and the CDC.

At this time, the most important action we can take is to monitor everyone and treat for symptoms. Additionally, ALL of the infection prevention measures mentioned in previous memos remains in place.

We understand that this is a time of anxiety and unknowns for the safety of you or loved ones. 100% of our efforts are geared towards the safety of your loved ones. Should you have any questions, please visit our St. Joseph Village Facebook page or the Franciscan Ministry COVID-19 Web Page – www.franciscanministries.org/coronavirus-response/ for daily updates and information. For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

The safety of our residents and associates continues to be our most important concern.

Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO


A Letter From Our CEO – 6.25.2020

To Our St. Joseph Village Residents and Family Members:

I want to once again thank you for all the words of encouragement, via your personal notes, social media posts and phone calls. We know that it has been difficult for the family members, as well, and I want to personally to thank you for your patience as we navigate this “new norm” to ensure the safety of our residents, family members and associates. We have been very fortunate at St. Joseph Village during the pandemic. Our last reported case at St. Joseph Village was on 6/10/2020. However last evening, 6/24/2020, we learned that an associate has tested positive for the virus.

Confirmed Associate Case:
This associate was tested for COVID-19 on 6/17/2020 which yielded a positive result for the virus on 6/24/2020. This associate remains asymptomatic (without symptoms) and is isolated at home, based on protocol, for the next 10 -14 days.

Containment Procedures:
Residents continue to be monitored closely for the earliest signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If any signs or symptoms develop, a resident is immediately isolated. Associates continue to be screened daily when they report for work; if any screening element is noted to be abnormal, the associate is sent home.

Precautionary Measures:
St. Joseph Village continues to restrict visitors and monitors those associates and residents, following CDC-regulated standards for infection control and to prevent any spread of the virus. The staff continues to maintain proper PPE recommendations and protocol, as defined by the local and state health departments and the CDC.

At this time, the most important action we can take is to monitor everyone and treat for symptoms. Additionally, ALL of the infection prevention measures mentioned in previous memos remains in place.

We understand that this is a time of anxiety and unknowns for the safety of you or loved ones. 100% of our efforts are geared towards the safety of your loved ones. Should you have any questions, please visit our St. Joseph Village Facebook page or the Franciscan Ministry COVID-19 Web Page – www.franciscanministries.org/coronavirus-response/ for daily updates and information. For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

The safety of our residents and associates continues to be our most important concern.
Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO


A letter from Judy Amiano, President and CEO – Regarding Reopening Plan in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing for Addolorata Villa, Franciscan Village, Marian Village, St. Joseph Village of Chicago, and The Village at Victory Lakes – 06.19.2020

To the Residents and Family Members of our Franciscan Communities:

We are very excited to announce that IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) has now approved outdoor visits to our assisted living and skilled nursing residents!

We certainly recognize the psychological, mental and physical toll this period of social isolation has taken on all of our residents, family members and associates, and we have truly appreciated your patience through this very trying time of uncertainty. It’s hard to believe that it has been three months since all of our lives were turned upside down by this pandemic. Although there were a number of Federal, State and local restrictions that were required throughout this time, they were all very necessary to provide the highest level of safety for
all the residents of our communities. We are very happy to be emerging from this and will do everything within our power to ensure the safest methods for re-introduction of visiting to the assisted living and skilled nursing residents of our various campuses.

As I have mentioned in previous communications, we have a team of clinical staff members who are dedicated to understanding all the new regulatory requirements to ensure compliance relative to the reopening requirements for our assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing residents. These new guidelines only allow for outdoor visits at this time. For those residents that may not be able to go outside due to their current health conditions, we will continue to arrange for FaceTime, Skype, window visits, etc. Please contact any member
of the team if you need help with connecting with your loved one.

Please know that, due to the unique physical layout at each community, each Executive Director will be sending out a memo on 06/19/2020 that goes over the reopening expansion plan for assisted living and skilled nursing at each campus. Our overall plan for the newly announced expansion has two key areas:

  1. Visitation Guide and Guidelines: each Franciscan Community will have a guide for visitation that you will receive from the Executive Director of the campus. Since each campus has a slightly different configuration, campuses will have dedicated outside spaces for family visits.
  2. The Franciscan Ministries’ Infection Prevention & Control (“IPC”) program: the Franciscan Ministries’ (ICP) program will be extended to designated outdoor visitation areas and will identify protocols for social distancing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and disinfectant requirements for associates, residents and visitors in accordance with the guidelines provided by state, local, CDC and CMS authorities. All visitors will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and remain in designated areas only during their visit. Please be assured that we will sanitize the area between family visits. Scheduling of the visits and specific guidelines will be shared with you by the Executive Director of the campus.

We know it’s been difficult these past few months and we know how much our residents and family members miss each other. It’s our intention to make this process as quick, safe and smooth as possible. You all have been incredibly patient with us during this time, and we ask for your grace as we embark on this next step towards reclaiming our normal lives. Please know that every decision we make will be based on the safety of the residentsof our communities.

Please continue to watch your email for more information regarding the reopening of assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing in our communities to help you reconnect with your loved one (s). Once again, thank you for your continued support, words of encouragement and prayers throughout this crisis. We can’t wait to welcome more family members back to our campuses!

Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO


An Update From Our CEO – 06.15.2020

To Our Addolorata Villa Residents and Family Members:

I hope that each of you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather that we had this past week. We have started the slow process of reopening Addolorata Villa to outside visitors and are encouraged to see the positive response that we have received from family members. And once again thank you for all the words of encouragement. They have meant so much to all of our associates at Addolorata Villa. I want to personally to thank you for your patience as we navigate this “new norm” to ensure the safety of our residents, family members and associates. Today, 6/15/2020, we learned of an associate that has tested positive for the virus.

Confirmed Associate Case:

This associate, a nurse in Chapel View and Aspen, was tested for COVID-19 on 6/11/2020, due to exposure to a resident that had tested positive for the virus. The test yielded a positive result for the virus on 6/15/2020. The associate remains asymptomatic but is off of work as per our protocol.

Important to note: At this time, the most important action we can take is to monitor everyone and treat for symptoms. Additionally, ALL of the infection prevention measures mentioned in previous memos remains in place.

Containment Procedures:

Residents continue to be monitored closely for the earliest signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If any signs or symptoms develop, a resident is immediately isolated. Associates continue to be screened daily when they report for work; if any screening element is noted to be abnormal, the associate is sent home.

Precautionary Measures:

Addolorata Villa continues to restrict visitors and monitors those associates and residents, following CDC-regulated standards for infection control and to prevent any spread of the virus. The staff continues to maintain proper PPE recommendations and protocol, as defined by the local and state health departments and the CDC.

We understand that this is a time of anxiety and unknowns for the safety of you or your loved ones. 100% of our efforts are dedicated towards the safety of your loved ones. Should you have any questions, please visit our Addolorata Villa Facebook page or the Franciscan Ministry COVID-19 Web Page – www.franciscanministries.org/coronavirus-response/ for daily updates and information. For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

The safety of our residents and associates continues to be our most important concern.

Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO


An Update From Our CEO – 06.12.2020

To Our Addolorata Villa Residents and Family Members:
We are very excited to begin the slow process of reopening the communities, this week, on a limited basis. And once again thank you for all the words of encouragement, via your personal notes, social media posts and phone calls. They have meant so much to all of our associates at Addolorata Villa. We know that it has been difficult for the family members, as well, and I want to personally to thank you for your patience as we navigate this “new norm” to ensure the safety of our residents, family members and associates. Our last reported case at Addolorata Villa was on 6/03/2020. However late yesterday, 6/10/2020, we learned of a resident that has tested positive for the virus.

Confirmed Resident Case:
This resident, an Aspen resident, was previously tested during our widespread testing which yielded a negative result for the virus. Due to an unrelated medical need, the resident was sent to the emergency room on 6/08/2020, and although asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) they were tested for COVID-19 per hospital policy. This test yielded a positive result for the virus and on 6/10/2020 the family reported the result to Addolorata Villa. That same day, per protocol, the resident was placed in isolation. Due to this positive result, and per our community testing plan, Addolorata Villa is retesting seventeen additional individuals who may have had contact with this resident.

Important to note: At this time, the most important action we can take is to monitor everyone and treat for symptoms. Additionally, ALL of the infection prevention measures mentioned in previous memos remains in place.

Containment Procedures:
Residents continue to be monitored closely for the earliest signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If any signs or symptoms develop, a resident is immediately isolated. Associates continue to be screened daily when they report for work; if any screening element is noted to be abnormal, the associate is sent home.

Precautionary Measures:
Addolorata Villa continues to restrict visitors and monitors those associates and residents, following CDC-regulated standards for infection control and to prevent any spread of the virus. The staff continues to maintain proper PPE recommendations and protocol, as defined by the local and state health departments and the CDC.

We understand that this is a time of anxiety and unknowns for the safety of you or your loved ones. 100% of our efforts are dedicated towards the safety of your loved ones. Should you have any questions, please visit our Addolorata Villa Facebook page or the Franciscan Ministry COVID-19 Web Page – www.franciscanministries.org/coronavirus-response/ for daily updates and information. For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

The safety of our residents and associates continues to be our most important concern.

Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO


An Update From Our CEO – 06.11.2020

To Our Village of Victory Lakes Associates:

We are very excited to begin the slow process of reopening the communities, this week, on a limited basis. I want to personally to thank each and every one of you for your dedication as we navigate this “new norm” to ensure the safety of our residents. Throughout this crisis we have kept you informed, as quickly as possible, with every confirmed COVID-19 case that has been diagnosed. Last Monday, as part of the new stateside widespread testing for Covid-19 in senior living communities, there were 330 screening tests completed of both residents and staff. As of today, the tests have produced only one positive result for the virus!

Confirmed Resident Case:
This resident was admitted to the Skilled Nursing Unit for long term care on 9/01/2019. Although the resident was asymptomatic (showing no symptoms), this resident was part of the mandatory widespread testing that was conducted on 6/08/2020. On 6/11/2020 results yielded a positive result for the virus and they have been placed in isolation. This resident remains asymptomatic.

Containment Procedures:
Residents continue to be monitored closely for the earliest signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If any signs or symptoms develop, a resident is immediately isolated. Associates continue to be screened daily when they report for work; if any screening element is noted to be abnormal, the associate is sent home.

Precautionary Measures:
Victory Lakes continues to restrict visitors and monitors those associates and residents, following CDC-regulated standards for infection control and to prevent any spread of the virus. The staff continues to maintain proper PPE recommendations and protocol, as defined by the local and state health departments and the CDC.

At this time, the most important action we can take is to monitor everyone and treat for symptoms. Additionally, ALL of the infection prevention measures mentioned in previous memos remains in place.

We continue to honor our pledge of transparency as we share all of the information that we have on a daily basis with you so that you are assured of every step that is being taken to prevent another case of the virus. Should you have any questions, please reach out to: Cal Isaacson (847-767-0378) or Kaycie Bardell RN (641-330-1486), or any member of the Franciscan Ministries home office. We are all in this together.

Thank you,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO

Cal Isaacson
Executive Director


An Update From Our CEO -06.10.2020

To Our St. Joseph Village Residents and Family Members:

I want to once again thank you for all the words of encouragement, via your personal notes, social media posts and phone calls. We have truly appreciated all of your support through this very difficult time navigating the pandemic. We know that it has been difficult for the family members, as well, and I want to personally to thank you for your patience as we navigate this “new norm” to ensure the safety of our residents, family members and associates. We have been very fortunate at St. Joseph Village during the pandemic. Our first reported case at St. Joseph Village was on 5/29/2020. However today, 6/10/2020, we learned that a skilled nursing resident has tested positive for the virus.

Confirmed Resident Case:
This resident was admitted to the Skilled Nursing Unit on 5/19/2020 and was put on 18-day quarantine as per protocol. They were previously tested for COVID-19 at the hospital on 4/27/2020 which yielded a negative result for the virus. On 5/27/2020 the resident refused prevalence testing, but remained on quarantine. This past week, we conducted widespread testing which yielded a positive result for the virus on 6/10/2020.

Containment Procedures:
Residents continue to be monitored closely for the earliest signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If any signs or symptoms develop, a resident is immediately isolated. Associates continue to be screened daily when they report for work; if any screening element is noted to be abnormal, the associate is sent home.

Precautionary Measures:
St. Joseph Village continues to restrict visitors and monitors those associates and residents, following CDC-regulated standards for infection control and to prevent any spread of the virus. The staff continues to maintain proper PPE recommendations and protocol, as defined by the local and state health departments and the CDC.

At this time, the most important action we can take is to monitor everyone and treat for symptoms. Additionally, ALL of the infection prevention measures mentioned in previous memos remains in place.

We understand that this is a time of anxiety and unknowns for the safety of you or loved ones. 100% of our efforts are geared towards the safety of your loved ones. Should you have any questions, please visit our St. Joseph Village Facebook page or the Franciscan Ministry COVID-19 Web Page – www.franciscanministries.org/coronavirus-response/ for daily updates and information. For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

The safety of our residents and associates continues to be our most important concern.

Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO


An Update from Our CEO – 6.06.2020

To Mount Alverna Village Residents and Family Members:

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis we have been on the front line of caring for the most vulnerable in our society – our seniors. Due to our excellent and very focused infection control practices, we have been very fortunate to be virus free for both residents and staff to this point. However, last evening, 6/05/2020, we were notified of our first case, a resident, who has tested positive for the virus. We are doing everything to ensure we prevent the spread of this virus within our community. The safety of our residents and staff is our most important concern.

Overview of Confirmed Case:

This resident was admitted on 6/03/2020 and was asymptomatic (not showing any symptoms) for the virus. They were tested (as is standard protocol upon admission), yielding a positive result received the evening of 6/05/2020. Because of our policies for any new admission, the Mount Alverna Village staff were in full PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) at all times with any interactions with this resident. The resident remains isolated at this time and also remains asymptomatic.

Important to note: Because of the infection control measures that had already been in place, throughout this pandemic crisis, there was time-limited exposure and/or contact with staff and direct exposure to other residents was virtually non-existent. At this time, the most important action we can take is to monitor everyone and treat for symptoms. Additionally, infection prevention and control measures, as identified by state and local health departments have been in place at the community through the pandemic period.

We are doing everything possible to ensure we prevent the spread of this virus within our community. The safety of our residents and associates is our most important concern. We have no additional residents or staff members who are exhibiting any signs of infection at this time. Please know that we are doing everything within our power to mitigate the spread of the virus within the community. Per our discussions with state and local health departments, we have been following all guidance, protocols and precautionary measures regarding protection for our residents and our staff members. Their recommendations at this time are to continue to MONITOR all residents and staff across the community.

Containment Procedures Protocol:
All residents are monitored closely, on a daily basis, for the earliest signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If any signs or symptoms develop, a resident would be immediately isolated. Associates continue to be screened (screening questions and temperature taken) daily when they report for work; if any screening element is noted to be abnormal, the associate is sent home.

Precautionary Measures Protocol:
Mount Alverna Village continues to restrict internal visitors and monitors those associates and residents, following CDC-regulated standards for infection control and to prevent any spread of the virus. The staff continues to maintain proper PPE recommendations and protocol, as defined by the local and state health departments and the CDC.

As this is the first case at Mount Alverna Village, we understand that this is a time of anxiety and unknowns for the safety of you or your loved ones. 100% of our efforts are dedicated towards the safety of your loved ones. Should you have any questions, please visit our Mount Alverna Village Facebook page or the Franciscan Ministry COVID-19 Web Page – www.franciscanministries.org/coronavirus-response/ for daily updates and information. For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

The safety of our residents and associates continues to be our most important concern.

Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO


An Update from Our CEO – 6.03.2020

To Our Addolorata Villa Residents and Family Members:

We are very excited to begin the slow process of reopening the communities on a limited basis. And once again thank you for all the words of encouragement, via your personal notes, social media posts and phone calls. They have meant so much to all of our associates at Addolorata Villa. We have truly appreciated all of your support through this very difficult time. We know that it has been difficult for the family members, as well, and I want to personally to thank you for your patience as we navigate this “new norm” to ensure the safety of our residents, family members and associates.

Important updates since our last positive reported case (on 5/24/20). As residents who previously tested positive approach the 18-day mark post testing, they will be brought off of isolation. As staff members are released from quarantine, they will be returning to work. In consultation with IDPH, on 6/2/20, we removed the “full gear” (face shield, goggles, gowns) requirement that was standard work attire during the outbreak and implemented its use only in the case of a specific resident requiring these precautions. Both associates and residents alike are very happy to have the staff be free of the full gear for their entire shift. Future protocols will depend on no further cases in our skilled nursing area. Additionally, we had a third party firm implement a total disinfecting and sanitizing spray process for every single part of the campus with the exception of the IL and AL apartments. 100% of the common areas, skilled nursing, Chapel View, and the main Chapel were done. This process ensures we have an environment completely virus free.

Our last reported case at Addolorata Villa was on 5/24/2020. However, late last evening, 6/02/2020 and again this morning, we learned of two associates that have tested positive for the virus.

Confirmed Cases to Report Today:

Associate Case #1:
This associate, a dining services associate, who had no direct contact with residents last worked on 5/28/2020. They were tested for COVID-19 on 5/30/2020 and yielded a positive result for the virus on 6/02/2020.

Associate Case #2:
This associate, a registered nurse in the healthcare center, last worked on 5/31/2020. They had previously been tested for COVID-19, during the mass testing at Addolorata Villa on 5/14/2020 and, at that time, the test yielded a negative result. The associate started to become symptomatic and was tested for COVID-19 on 6/1/2020, which then yielded a positive result for the virus on 6/02/2020. Since this associate was in full protective gear while working, the potential risk of further resident exposure is very limited.

Important to note: At this time, the most important action we can take is to monitor everyone and treat for symptoms. Additionally, ALL of the infection prevention measures mentioned in previous memos remains in place.

Containment Procedures:
Residents continue to be monitored closely for the earliest signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If any signs or symptoms develop, a resident is immediately isolated. Associates continue to be screened daily when they report for work; if any screening element is noted to be abnormal, the associate is sent home.

Precautionary Measures:
Addolorata Villa continues to restrict visitors and monitors those associates and residents, following CDC-regulated standards for infection control and to prevent any spread of the virus. The staff continues to maintain proper PPE recommendations and protocol, as defined by the local and state health departments and the CDC.

We understand that this is a time of anxiety and unknowns for the safety of you or your loved ones. 100% of our efforts are dedicated towards the safety of your loved ones. Should you have any questions, please visit our Addolorata Villa Facebook page or the Franciscan Ministry COVID-19 Web Page – www.franciscanministries.org/coronavirus-response/ for daily updates and information. For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

The safety of our residents and associates continues to be our most important concern.

Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO


An Update from Our CEO – 5.29.2020

To Our St. Joseph Village Residents and Family Members:

Confirmed Resident Case:

This resident was admitted on 1/19/2020 to the Assisted Living Unit for long term care. They were originally tested for COVID-19 on 05/09/2020 which yielded a negative test result. On 5/15/2020 the resident began exhibiting symptoms and was again tested producing a second negative result. They were then retested on 05/27/2020 during the facility’s scheduled widespread testing that was conducted with IDPH and this time the testing yielded a positive result for the virus. It is important to note that despite the previously negative test results the resident was kept on isolation as a precautionary measure beyond the normal period of time. That means that staff was in direct contact with the resident was in full PPE and that no other resident was in direct contact with this resident.

Containment Procedures:

Residents continue to be monitored closely for the earliest signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If any signs or symptoms develop, a resident is immediately isolated. Associates continue to be screened daily when they report for work; if any screening element is noted to be abnormal, the associate is sent home.

Precautionary Measures:

Our Infection Preventionist, along with our Head of Clinical and Infectious Disease Control are widening the visitor screening procedures, adding additional screening items to the list of current symptoms that we have been screening for – you will notice this on the new screening that is done when you arrive for work each shift.

St. Joseph Village continues to restrict visitors and monitors those associates and residents, following CDC-regulated standards for infection control and to prevent any spread of the virus. The staff continues to maintain proper PPE recommendations and protocol, as defined by the local and state health departments and the CDC.

We understand that this is a time of anxiety and unknowns for the safety of you or loved ones. 100% of our efforts are geared towards the safety of your loved ones. Should you have any questions, please visit our St. Joseph Village Facebook page or the Franciscan Ministry COVID-19 Web Page – www.franciscanministries.org/coronavirus-response/ for daily updates and information. For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

The safety of our residents and associates continues to be our most important concern.

Sincerely,

Judy Amiano

President and CEO


A letter from Judy Amiano, President and CEO – Regarding the Reopening Plan for Addolorata Villa, Franciscan Village, Marian Village, The Village at Victory Lakes and University Place – 5.29.2020

To the Residents and Family Members of our Franciscan Communities:

It is hard to believe that it has been almost three months since all of our lives were turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. The myriad of restrictions that were enacted throughout this time were necessary to provide the highest level of safety for the residents of our communities. However necessary those steps were, we all also recognize the psychological, mental and physical toll it has taken in every conceivable way on residents, family members and associates alike. We are all joyous to begin thinking about what it looks like to re-open our campuses both internally for resident dining & activities as well as externally for family member visits.

Our senior housing campuses fall under numerous Federal, State and local regulatory bodies who all have a say in the timing and extent to which we may allow visitors to our campuses. We have a team of staff who are dedicated to understanding all the regulatory requirements to ensure our compliance relative to the re-opening of our communities. Please know that we will phase our re-opening as quickly as possible within the safety guidelines under which we operate. I will continue to be a vocal supporter of getting families and their loved ones connected as soon as practically possible.

What we know today is that the skilled nursing section of the campus will be the last to re-open. It is no surprise that on Monday of this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued new guidance detailing steps that nursing homes should take before relaxing restrictions in skilled nursing. Much of the guidance will be dependent on how the State Health Departments interpret CMS guidance, and none have weighed in yet on what the timeline is for re-opening the skilled nursing.

Assisted living is also regulated by the various state departments of health, but we anticipate that we will receive some guidance on re-opening the assisted living portion of our campuses sometime in the next couple of weeks.

We will do everything possible to arrange for FaceTime, Skype, window visits, etc. for the assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing residents. Please contact any member of the team if you need help with connecting with your loved one while we await some guidance about how we can comply with re-opening. I promise to mobilize our teams as quickly as possible once we are given the “green light” to move forward.

What we can do now is begin to open up the independent living part of the campus and our plan for how this will happen will go into effect on Monday, June 8th. Due to the unique circumstances at individual communities, each Executive Director will be sending out a memo next week that goes over the particular plan for each campus. Our overall plan to open the campuses to Independent Living visitors has three key areas:

  1. Visitation Guide and Guidelines: each Franciscan Community will have a guide for visitation that you will receive from the Executive Director of the campus. Since each campus has a slightly different configuration, some campuses will start with outdoor visits and other campuses will start with a dedicated space inside the community for family visits. Visits may also vary based on level of care.
  2. The Franciscan Ministries’ Infection Prevention & Control (“IPC”) program: the Franciscan Ministries’ (ICP) program will be extended to designated outdoor or indoor visitation areas and will identify protocols for social distancing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and disinfectant requirements for associates, residents and visitors in accordance with the guidelines provided by state, local, CDC and CMS authorities. All visitors will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and remain in designated areas only during their visit. Please be assured that we will sanitize the area between family visits. Scheduling of the visits and specific guidelines will be shared with you by the Executive Director of the campus next week.
  3. Internal Reopen Planning and Procedures: each community’s Executive Director is also finalizing a roadmap that will outline timing and guidelines for the beginning of communal dining, chapel services and life enrichment activities in accordance with CMS and state health departments. Again, we will start with expansion of programming in Independent Living to include groups of <10, which will help us provide additional socialization opportunities. We are planning to re-open the Independent Dining Rooms very soon. We are hopeful that modified dining room service for Assisted Living will also be allowed soon.

We recognize how difficult these past few months have been and how much our residents need to see their loved ones. It is our intention to make this process as quick, safe and smooth as possible. You all have been incredibly patient with us during this time, and we ask for your grace as we embark on this next step towards reclaiming our normal lives. Please know that every decision we make will be based on the safety of the residents of our communities.

Please continue to watch your email for more information regarding the reopening of our communities to help you reconnect with your loved one (s). Once again, thank you for your continued support, words of encouragement and prayers throughout this crisis. We can’t wait to welcome family members back to the campuses!

Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO


A letter from Judy Amiano, President and CEO – Regarding the Reopening Plan for Mount Alverna Village, St. Joseph Village of Chicago, and The Village at Mercy Creek – 5.29.2020

To the Residents and Family Members of our Franciscan Communities:

It is hard to believe that it has been almost three months since all of our lives were turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. The myriad of restrictions that were enacted throughout this time were necessary to provide the highest level of safety for the residents of our communities. However necessary those steps were, we all also recognize the psychological, mental and physical toll it has taken in every conceivable way on residents, family members and associates alike. We are all joyous to begin thinking about what it looks like to re-open our campuses both internally for resident dining & activities as well as externally for family member visits.

Our senior housing campuses fall under numerous Federal, State and local regulatory bodies who all have a say in the timing and extent to which we may allow visitors to our campuses. We have a team of staff who are dedicated to understanding all the regulatory requirements to ensure our compliance relative to the re-opening of our communities. Please know that we will phase our re-opening as quickly as possible within the safety guidelines under which we operate. I will continue to be a vocal supporter of getting families and their loved ones connected as soon as practically possible.

What we know today is that the skilled nursing section of the campus will be the last to re-open. It is no surprise that on Monday of this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued new guidance detailing steps that nursing homes should take before relaxing restrictions in skilled nursing. Much of the guidance will be dependent on how the State Health Departments interpret CMS guidance, and none have weighed in yet on what the timeline is for re-opening the skilled nursing.

Assisted living is also regulated by the various state departments of health, but we anticipate that we will receive some guidance on re-opening the assisted living portion of our campuses sometime in the next couple of weeks.

We will continue to do everything possible to arrange for FaceTime, Skype, window visits, etc. for the assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing residents. Please contact any member of the team if you need help with connecting with your loved one while we await some guidance about how we can comply with re-opening the campus. I promise to mobilize our teams as quickly as possible once we are given the “green light” to move forward.

Due to the unique circumstances at individual communities, each Executive Director will be sending out a memo in the upcoming next couple of weeks that goes over the particular plan for each campus. Our overall plan to open the campus has three key areas:

  1. Visitation Guide and Guidelines: each Franciscan Community will have a guide for visitation that you will receive from the Executive Director of the campus. Since each campus has a slightly different configuration, some campuses may start with outdoor visits and other campuses will start with a dedicated space inside the community for family visits. Visits may also vary based on level of care, i.e. assisted living versus skilled nursing .
  2. The Franciscan Ministries’ Infection Prevention & Control (“IPC”) program: the Franciscan Ministries’ (ICP) program will be extended to designated outdoor or indoor visitation areas and will identify protocols for social distancing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and disinfectant requirements for associates, residents and visitors in accordance with the guidelines provided by state, local, CDC and CMS authorities. All visitors will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and remain in designated areas only during their visit. Please be assured that we will sanitize the area between family visits. Scheduling of the visits and specific guidelines will be shared with you by the Executive Director of the campus.
  3. Internal Reopen Planning and Procedures: each community’s Executive Director is also finalizing a roadmap that will outline timing and guidelines for the beginning of communal dining, chapel services and life enrichment activities in accordance with CMS and state health departments.

We recognize how difficult these past few months have been and how much our residents need to see their loved ones. It is our intention to make this process as quick, safe and smooth as possible. You all have been incredibly patient with us during this time, and we ask for your grace as we embark on this next step towards reclaiming our normal lives. Please know that every decision we make will be based on the safety of the residents of our communities.

Please continue to watch your email for more information regarding the reopening of our communities to help you reconnect with your loved one (s). Once again, thank you for your continued support, words of encouragement and prayers throughout this crisis. We can’t wait to welcome family members back to the campuses!

Sincerely,
Judy Amiano
President and CEO


Unite In Light

We invite all Franciscan Ministries, Communities, residents, associates, families, and friends to gather each night of Holy Week beginning on Monday, April 6 at 7:30 PM (CST) on Franciscan Ministries Facebook page and website at https://www.franciscanministries.org/news/ for an opportunity to Unite In Light with people across our Ministry. We will virtually gather to light a candle in the darkness of this time and pledge our gratitude to our residents for being living reminders of hope, to our dedicated staff for all that they are doing to support and care for our residents, and to connect with our family members who feel the separation and distance of this time. We invite you to flood our Facebook pages with pictures of the light you share from your home and to share words and prayers of encouragement. We will Unite In Light to pray for all in Franciscan Ministries, our nation and the world.

United in light will be shared to each of the communities Facebook pages and on the events tab on their web sites.



Important Resources For Families and Residents

Last updated: 7.14.2020

letter from ceo7.03.2020: For important measures that are being implemented to contain and prevent the spread of the virus at Mount Alverna click here.

 

 

 

 


letter from ceo7.03.2020: For an update for our Mount Alverna Village residents and families click here.

 

 

 

 


letter from ceo7.03.2020: For an update for our Mount Alverna Village residents and families click here.

 

 

 

 


letter from ceo7.03.2020: For an update for our Mount Alverna Village residents and families click here.

 

 

 

 


letter from ceo7.01.2020: For the latest update for our Franciscan Village residents and families click here.

 

 

 

 


letter from ceo7.01.2020: For the latest update for our St. Joseph Village residents and families click here.

 

 

 

 


letter from ceo6.25.2020: For an update to our St. Joseph Village residents and families click here.

 

 

 

 


letter from ceo6.19.2020: For the latest update for our Franciscan Communities regarding Reopening Plan in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing for Addolorata Villa, Franciscan Village, Marian Village, St. Joseph Village of Chicago, and The Village at Victory Lakes, please read the following.

 

 

 

 


6.15.2020: For the latest update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.

 

 

 

 


6.11.2020: For the latest update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


6.11.2020: For the latest update for our Village of Victory Lakes residents and families, please read the following.


6.10.2020: For the latest update for our St. Joseph Village residents and families, please read the following.


6.6.2020: For the latest update for our Mount Alverna Village residents and families, please read the following.


6.3.2020:For the latest update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For the latest update for our St. Joseph of Chicago residents and families, please read the following.


For the latest update regarding the Reopening Plan for Addolorata Villa, Franciscan Village, Marian Village, The Village at Victory Lakes and University Place, please read the following.


For the latest update regarding the Reopening Plan for Mount Alverna Village, St. Joseph Village of Chicago, and The Village at Mercy Creek, please read the following.


For the latest update for our Victory Lakes residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Victory Lakes residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For the latest update for our Village at Mercy Creek residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For the latest update for our Victory Lakes residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For the latest update for our Victory Lakes residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Victory Lakes residents and families, please read the following.


For the latest update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Victory Lakes residents and families, please read the following.


For the latest update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For the latest update for our Marian Village residents and families, please read the following.


For a special announcement for Victory Lakes, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Victory Lakes residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For the latest update for our St. Joseph Village residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


For an update for our Victory Lakes residents and families, please read the following.


For the latest update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families, please read the following.


An update for our Addolorata Villa residents and families. Please read the following.


An update for our Victory Lakes residents and families. Please read the following.


To our Victory Lakes residents and families, please read the following update.


To our Franciscan Village residents and families, please read the following update.


To our St. Joseph of Chicago residents and families, please read the following update


To our Victory Lakes residents and families, please read the following update. 


To our Franciscan Village residents and families, please read the following update.


The Village of Victory Lakes continues with our diligent surveillance and infection prevention strategies for Covid-19. As a senior living provider, being on the front lines of dealing with the pandemic crisis has been challenging at best. Please read more.


Throughout this pandemic crisis we have been on the front line of caring for the most vulnerable in our society – our seniors. Even with our best efforts to prevent the virus from entering our community, we find ourselves in a situation of containment at this time. Please read more.


Today we were notified by a Village of Mercy Creek associate that they have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This particular associate has not worked in the facility in the past 24 days. Please read more.


As you know, we have placed extraordinary measures over the past weeks to ensure the safety of our associates and residents alike. Even with our best efforts to prevent the virus from entering our community, we find ourselves in a situation of containment at this time. Please read more.


A Reflection. Shared by Dawn Mayer, Vice President of Mission Integration. Please read more.


As a senior living provider, being on the front lines of dealing with the pandemic crisis has been challenging at best. Today we were notified by a Mother Theresa Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center associate that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Please read more.


Throughout this pandemic crisis we have been on the front line of caring for the most vulnerable in our society – our seniors. Even with our best efforts to prevent the virus from entering our community, we find ourselves in a situation of containment at this time. Please read more.


During this unsettling and challenging time, our Sisters have been praying for the health and well-being of all our residents,the safety of our staff and for all our families. Please join us in prayer.


We have been recognizing our front-line staff and their caring efforts during this crisis. But today, we would like to share the stories of two of our own clinical leaders. Please join me in recognizing Kathy Kelly and Beth Florczak. Click here for more on their heroic actions.


With a recent article posted by the Lemont Patch, there has been much confusion. In this article, Lemon Patch identified a resident at Franciscan Village having passed away from COVID-19. This information is NOT true. Please continue reading for the full story. Click here for more information.


Though these times have been unprecedented, so has been the extraordinary outpouring of love, kindness and creativity. Click here for more information.


The health of our employees, residents and their families is our number on priority. As COVID-19 becomes more widespread, we acknowledge the importance in addressing concerns and questions as well as communicate actions that our organization is actively taking. Click here for more information.


During this very challenging time for our nation and our world, all of us at Franciscan Ministries continue to take the best care of our residents and staff as we journey through this time. Click here for more information.


Throughout this pandemic crisis we have been on the front line of caring for the most vulnerable in our society– our seniors. Click here for more information.


We have been very blessed by the outpouring of compassion and concern for the residents of our communities, as well as all of our associates. Click here for more information.


We are taking precautions related to social isolation to continue to provide quality resident experience and facilitate communication between residents and their family members. Click here for more information.


Are you not entirely sure what coronavirus is or how to spot symptoms? Click here to read the most recent update on our response to COVID-19 with our March 17th update.

Important COVID-19 Resources

Being in the middle of allergy and flu season, it can be tough to tell the difference between COVID-19 and seasonal sicknesses. Stay up to date on the symptoms of COVID-19 with this helpful guide from the CDC.


Whether you are a resident, visitor, volunteer or staff member, everyone has the power to help stop the spread of germs and lower the risk of COVID-19 spreading. Explore this informative guide from the CDC that has easy tips and advice that anyone can follow. Click here to read more.


Senior living communities must take extra precaution for COVID-19. That’s why the Illinois Department of Public Health has created guidelines for long-term care facilities that Franciscan is dedicating resources to uphold. Learn about these guidelines and how they help lower the risk posed to our communities.


Protecting the health of residents, clients, patients and staff is one of our top priorities. For COVID-19, that means implementing a new policy for visiting our communities. Take a look at our updated visitor form that is helping us screen visitors and volunteers before they enter Franciscan communities. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Are you not entirely sure what coronavirus is or how to spot symptoms? Click here to read the most frequently asked questions about the virus including how to prevent spreading and how to protect yourself.


Are you not entirely sure what coronavirus is or how to spot symptoms? Click here to read the most frequently asked questions about the virus including how to prevent spreading and how to protect yourself.


For Situation Summary, click here.


Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF), click here.


CDC Recommendations to Protect Yourself, click here.

It is our hope that this information was helpful and gave you some peace of mind during this stressful time. At Franciscan Ministries, we care deeply for the health and wellness of residents, visitors, volunteers, staff members and the larger communities we serve. If you have any questions, please free feel to contact us.