News From Laurel View Village

Confirmed COVID19 Case at Beginning of June

By Angela Rizzo | June 18, 2020

June 8, 2020 Dear Residents, Staff, and Family, As a follow up to the communications about the employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 we wanted to update each of you on several fronts. First the employee has been retested and the second test also came back positive. This is confirmation that the individual is truly positive for COVID-19. We need to use this as a reminder to remain vigilant on our effort to mitigate the spread. While on campus please continue to use masks, wash and sanitize your hands and social distance. Also, this confirmed positive case will trigger continued testing. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance, we must continue to test all employees, and all Health Care…

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Positive Case of COVID-19

By Angela Rizzo | June 5, 2020

URGENT MEMORANDUM DATE: June 5, 2020 TO: All Laurel View Village Community Members FROM: Timothy V. Mock, CEO RE: Positive Case of COVID-19 Dear Laurel View Village Community Members, As of today, June 5, one staff member has tested positive and is now quarantined at home. The individual with the positive test result is a member of our maintenance team.  We are currently following the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19” guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This positive test result will prompt additional testing of residents and employees. We will be starting with those who would be considered exposed due to close contact with the positive…

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COVID19 Update – What does the Green Phase mean for Laurel View Village?

By Angela Rizzo | June 5, 2020

June 3, 2020 Dear Residents, Families and Staff, With Somerset County going into the green phase this Friday, we have had many questions regarding visitation restrictions. We have received specific guidance from the PA Dept. of Health that our current restrictions must remain in place for at least four weeks beyond the county going green for our health care and personal care centers. Therefore, we will continue with virtual and window visits for those areas. Independent Living residents can now have visitors in their homes. We ask visitors to limit themselves to the resident’s unit only, avoid common spaces and close interaction with other residents. All visitors must be symptom free, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer upon entering and…

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COVID19 Update – What does the Yellow Phase mean for Laurel View Village?

By Angela Rizzo | May 15, 2020

Dear Residents and Families, As Somerset County moves to the yellow phase of reopening, many residents and families have been anxious to hear what that means for us at Laurel View Village. We are just as anxious and excited to get back to some normalcy and enjoy time with one another, however, we also have to err on the side of caution. In the attached image you will find the first phase we have developed in reopening our independent living areas. Our Personal Care and Health Care centers are regulated by Department of Health & Department of Human Services and guidance remains the same at this time. Due to the main building housing the Health Care and Personal Care Center,…

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COVID19 Update

By Angela Rizzo | May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020 Dear Residents, Families and Staff, As we continue to navigate COVID-19 we are faced with different challenges each day, but also continue to see our staff rise to the occasion. We are grateful to share as of today we continue to have no positive COVID-19 cases for residents or staff. We continue to take precautions to lessen the impact that COVID-19 could have on our community. Currently, we must continue to keep a number of infection control procedures in place such as, the screening checkpoint at our main entrance and funneling all traffic through one entry point, not allowing outside pedestrians or visitors, only end of life visitation, screening all staff, no group activities or group dining,…

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Laurel View Village Announces New Nursing Home Administrator

By April Coval | April 29, 2020

Laurel View Village, a full-service Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), located in Davidsville, PA is excited to announce their new nursing home administrator, Rachel Wachter. Rachel Wachter, a native of Blair County comes to Laurel View Village from being the administrator for The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg and has worked in aging services for the past 12 years. Rachel earned a B.S in in Human Development and Family Studies/ Gerontology from Penn State University.  She transitioned into Hospice Services with Asera Care Hospice, Johnstown followed by working Guardianship and Protective Services for Older Adults in Blair County, Social Services/Admissions Director and Administrator of a CCRC/ Skilled Nursing Facility in Blair County. In 2017 she became a Certified Dementia Practitioner and…

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Benefits of Senior Living Communities Over In-Home Care

By Brian Goodman | April 15, 2020

When selecting a senior living option for yourself or a family member, you’re faced with many choices. If they require assistance with everyday tasks, but their health is good enough that they don’t require around-the-clock medical care, you’re likely weighing your options between at-home care and a senior living community near Johnstown, PA. How do you know which is the best option for you or your loved one? Keep reading to learn the many benefits of choosing a senior living community over in-home care. Lower Costs Cost is often a huge factor for families when considering care options. When comparing in-home care and a senior living community, the living community will almost always be less expensive than paying for care…

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COVID-19 Testing and Stay at Home Order

By April Coval | April 7, 2020

DATE: April 7, 2020 TO: Laurel View Village Community FROM: Timothy Mock, CEO RE: COVID-19 Testing In Our Community and Stay at Home Order Dear Laurel View Village Residents, Families, Staff and Community Members, As we reported on April 2, a resident of the health care center was transferred to Conemaugh hospital for symptoms unrelated to COVID-19. We have since learned this resident was tested for COVID-19 and the results are negative. At this time, we have no other pending tests for staff or residents. We continue to take precautions to lessen the impact that COVID-19 could have on our community. Effective today, we have implemented a screening checkpoint at our main entrance and have blocked off our back entrance…

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Laurel View Village- Feed The Frontlines

By April Coval | April 7, 2020

With the recent COVID-19 pandemic situation we have had concerned community members ask how they can help our staff during this trying time. First, as we care for those most vulnerable in our community, we want to thank everyone for thinking of Laurel View Village. Your support and prayers mean so much to us in these uncertain times. We are so proud of our staff as they continue to step up to the challenges we are facing. As we are anticipating the need to support our staff more during this time, we are currently accepting monetary donations to help supply meals to those working longer than usual shifts, picking up extra shifts, families struggling to make ends meet, or maybe…

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URGENT MEMORANDUM

By April Coval | April 3, 2020

DATE: April 3, 2020 TO: Laurel View Village Community FROM: Timothy Mock, CEO RE: COVID-19 Testing In Our Community – What It Means for You Dear Laurel View Village Residents, Families, Staff and Community Members, As the novel coronavirus situation in April continues to evolve, we must adapt and prepare for the reality that we may start having confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Laurel View Village’s campus.  On April 2, a resident of the health care center was transferred to Conemaugh hospital for symptoms unrelated to COVID-19. We have since learned this resident was tested for COVID19, results are pending. As a preventive measure, we have already begun an isolation plan to be implemented when this resident returns from the…

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