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Wednesday, September 15th COVID-19 Update

Dear San Simeon Residents and Family Members,

I am very pleased to report that we have achieved 100% fully vaccinated among our resident population. In addition, we are currently at 90% of all employees vaccinated. We continue to encourage our staff to become vaccinated and expect our team to be 100% vaccinated in the next several days.

We are very pleased with our team members high level of commitment to protecting our residents and fellow staff members, in cooperating with the State and Federal mandates for vaccination requirements.

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National Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) affects nearly seven million Americans, greatly increasing their risk for developing coronary artery disease and other health conditions. As September is National Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month, we are going to provide you with information on PAD along with some steps you can take to help prevent you from developing this disease.

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Happy Labor Day from San Simeon

From all of our staff and residents,

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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Patient-Centered Long-Term Care

Choosing the best long-term care facility for you or a loved one can be a stressful process. At San Simeon, we try and make this decision easier for you.

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Happy 75th Anniversary Tina and Leroy!

This week we celebrated Tina and Leroy Barnes’ 75th wedding anniversary. The San Simeon staff surprised them with a handmade card, their family had their favorite foods specially delivered, and Keith Hart regaled the couple with live music! Take a look at these photos to see the happy couple enjoying this heartwarming milestone.

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Tuesday, August 10th COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

Out of an abundance of caution we have decided to modify our visitation policy. Effective Wednesday, August 11, 2021 we are suspending visitation on the resident units and will have visitation occur in daycare common area, or daycare outdoor area, weather permitting. Therefore, please report to the main entrance prior to your appointment time for health clearance, and you will then be directed down to the daycare entrance for your visit.

We realize this additional restriction may be unpleasant, however in the past week alone we had one employee test positive and one visitor also who tested positive for COVID. Combined with the alarmingly fast pace the Suffolk County COVID-19 positivity rate is increasing (currently at 4%), we believe this is the prudent move to make to ensure the safety of our residents. There are no additional changes to our current visitation policy at this time.

We sincerely hope no further restrictions are necessary but realize there is nothing more important than ensuring the safety of those entrusted to our care. To that end we will take all reasonable actions to increase our chances at success.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

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August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

With the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had throughout the world, immunization awareness is as relevant as ever. In this article, we are going to discuss facts pertaining to the immunization for various health conditions along with some helpful information on the vaccination process.

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Hearing Health

The sense of hearing gives you the ability to enjoy your favorite music, helps you comprehend verbal communications, and can provide you with a deeper understanding of what is happening in your immediate environment. As we grow older, hearing loss becomes an extremely common condition. Fortunately, there are ways to effectively cope with age-related hearing loss. Some methods aid in mitigating the symptoms of hearing loss, while others focus on teaching new ways to communicate, intuitively using your other senses.

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Friday, July 16th COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

We have revised the visitation procedures, effective Monday July 19th as follows:

We have added two additional visitation slots per time slot, increasing the total capacity of visitors allowed in the building per day.

We can now allow visitation to occur in the day rooms on the resident units, the Good Shepherd Dining Room and the main outdoor patio(weather permitting).

Visitors must properly wear face masks the entire time while in the building

Visits remain by appointment only. Be reminded that all other visitation restrictions remain in place such as the limit of two visitors per resident at a time, masks are required throughout the visit, all visitors must be screened prior to entry, social distancing must be observed at all times. We are still unable to offer in room visitation at this time.

It is imperative you check out at the front door at the end of your visit so we can maintain an accurate count of visitors in the building at any given time.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation.

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Wednesday, July 7th COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents and Family Members,

I am pleased to report we continue to remain COVID free among our residents. Additionally, there have also been no new positive cases among our staff members for several weeks now.

As you are likely aware, due to the declining infection rates, the Governor has allowed most of the Executive Orders related to COVID-19 affecting nursing homes to expire, however regulatory guidance from the NYS Department of Health regarding mask usage, PPE requirements, social distancing rules, etc. must still be clarified before we can further loosen restrictions. Rest assured as soon as we are allowed to loosen restrictions, we will do so. Until that time, we will continue with visits by appointment only.

While the pandemic seems to finally be in its waning months, and life slowly returns to “normal”, I think it is important to try to put things in perspective and recognize the successes of our staff in combating this virus. As you may recall, San Simeon had one single resident outbreak in January 2021, ten full months after the pandemic began. We were able to remain COVID free through the worst of the pandemic and only had the virus infiltrate our building after we began our resident vaccination efforts in January. Our outbreak was statistically very small, affecting only eleven total residents (less than 1% of our total population). By comparison, on average, facilities nationwide had three or more outbreaks of COVID virus, where San Simeon had just the one. As well, facilities were plagued with outbreaks that lasted on average over five weeks in duration, whereas San Simeon’s sole outbreak lasted only about two weeks. The incredible achievements of our staff cannot be understated.

Our infection control and mitigation procedures, coupled with strict testing, visitation and access control policies – with all residents, families and staff cooperating with these rules – enabled us to achieve the success we have had. We thank you for your cooperation throughout.

We will continue to keep you informed as conditions change. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.

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