News From Laurel View Village

Update on Mandated COVID-19 Testing

By Angela Rizzo | August 30, 2020

August 28, 2020 – We have received guidance from the state for ongoing testing. At this time with Somerset County counts being low we are required to test staff along with Personal Care and Health Care residents one time per month. This will begin in September.  All new admissions and hospital returns will continue to be required to have a COVID test prior to return, and remain in the isolation area for 14 days. However, should Somerset county cases increase additional testing will be required. Saturday, August 29, both the Personal Care and Health Care centers will officially be in step three, please refer to our website or packets previously mailed out for the guidance on what this means.  At…

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Update on Reopening as of August 14, 2020

By Angela Rizzo | August 14, 2020

Dear Laurel View Village Community: We continue to move forward in opening things back up and wanted to communicate where we currently are in that process. We are grateful to say both Health Care and Personal Care are moving forward in their three steps of reopening. To learn where each area of campus is in the process click the link below to open the letter. Campus wide update as of 8.14.2020 Reminder to all residents, families and staff – remember while you are out in the greater community or even in community areas on campus, please continue to remember the three W’s – Wear a face mask, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands. If you have questions regarding any…

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Update of the Reopening plan for Laurel View’s Personal Care Center

By April Coval | August 4, 2020

Dear residents and families of the Personal Care Center, Our facility has strived to make contact between residents and their loved ones a main priority during the Coronavirus pandemic.  This  is announcing the protocol regarding visitation during Step 2 and Step 3 of the re-opening process structured by the Governor, Department of Health and Department of Human Services. Please click the link below to access the entire reopening plan.  This plan has been updated on August 4, 2020. RE_OPENING PLAN FOR PERSONAL CARE CENTER 

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Re-opening Plan for Personal Care Center

By April Coval | July 17, 2020

Dear residents and families of the Personal Care Center, Our facility has strived to make contact between residents and their loved ones a main priority during the Coronavirus pandemic.  This  is announcing the protocol regarding visitation during Step 2 and Step 3 of the re-opening process structured by the Governor, Department of Health and Department of Human Services. Please click the link below to access the entire reopening plan. RE_OPENING PLAN FOR PERSONAL CARE CENTER 

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Common Misconceptions about Assisted Living

By Brian Goodman | July 12, 2020

Every day, families all over the country face a difficult choice: Whether they should move a parent or elderly relative to an assisted living facility. It’s not a decision to take lightly. There are a lot of factors to consider and a lot of senior communities that offer personal care in Johnstown, PA. But before families can make an informed decision on the best possible living situation for their loved one, it’s important to have the facts. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation, myths, and misconceptions regarding assisted living. Caregivers of elderly relatives might refrain from choosing a highly rated assisted living facility solely based on false information. That’s why the personal care experts at Laurel View Village wanted to…

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Implementation Plan for Reopening

By Angela Rizzo | July 8, 2020

VISITATION UPDATE:  According to the PA Department of Health, a facility may begin to allow visitation if universal testing has concluded, coupled with proper staffing and personal protective equipment (PPE) levels. We promise that when the time is right, we will allow visitation to resume in a manner that is safe for our residents, staff, and family members. We ask for your patience during this time as we work through reopening and the new procedures we have to put in place. Given the critical importance in limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, decisions on relaxing restrictions will be made with careful review of community-level positive cases, and state and local governing healthcare bodies’ policies, procedures, and recommendations. The amount of…

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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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