From the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we sought to maintain the continuity of our social ministry while preserving the health and well-being of our residents and team members. In March, that meant:
- Rapidly transitioning to implement enhanced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocols
- Retraining on our pandemic and isolation policies
- Restricting access to health care residents
- Requesting all residents and team members practice social distancing
- Implementing remote work for many Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland (LSMMD) team members
- And many other safety measures
Since March, we have learned more about COVID-19 and effective strategies that limit its spread. This growing knowledge along with epidemiology support from our local health departments and hospitals, testing and monitoring has informed our planning and will continue to do so throughout the pandemic.
Testing and Management Plan
Our testing and management plan of new cases allows us to fulfill our social ministry while limiting the spread of the virus and mitigating the risks for our most vulnerable residents. Our plan includes guidelines for:
- Ongoing screenings of community team members and visitors
- Cooperation with local health department contact-tracing investigations
- Effective case management of positive tests
- Ongoing weekly testing of our health care team
Our plan is based on the most recent public health information and the Governor’s face-mask directive and provides flexibility, necessary for our communities to adjust as more information is learned about the coronavirus to mitigate rising positive cases.
As a result, were successful at reducing the initial surge of positive cases and are at a stabilizing point, allowing for some amenities to re-open with restrictions.
Each week we provide email updates to family members and residents. If you want to receive email updates, please call our front desk and provide them with your email address.
Engagement and Socialization
We have provided creative solutions to help our residents remain active, engaged and connected with family and each other.
We’ve transformed activities, like exercise classes, to livestream video and created new video-based activities, including cooking videos with our chefs and team members. Our e-activity system, IN2L, is providing activities, like trivia and bingo, for our Health Care Center and Assisted Living residents
We’re continuing to offer outdoor activities to provide fun social opportunities while practicing social distancing and mask wearing. Our gym and pool areas recently opened at 25 percent capacity, at any given time, to further safety precautions.
We’re using our outdoor spaces for visits with family and friends and providing video chats and window visits for our Health Care Center and Assisted Living residents.
I applaud our team members and residents for their role in successfully stemming the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
Mitigating the risk and maintaining current operational status in our communities, to the extent possible, is vital. Everyone – team members, residents and visitors – should exercise caution including wearing face-masks, at all times outside of the home, and social distance. Our success depends on YOU.
As an organization, we have weathered the initial wave of COVID-19. We have demonstrated our mettle. We have grown as a team. This organization can rise to any challenge. Thank you for making our communities LSMMD strong!