A Message from Asbury Solomons Executive Director Kelly Friedman
Asbury Solomons is proud to be part of Asbury Communities, an aging services provider with a 90-plus year legacy of redefining the expectations of aging. Ensuring that we provide a safe and healthy environment for those who work and live at our communities is our highest priority. This page is meant to be a helpful resource regarding Asbury Solomons’ operations. For a comprehensive look at Asbury Communities’ COVID-19 communications, response, preventive measures and more, please click here. Asbury serves approximately 4,300 residents at our eight continuing care retirement communities and home care services agencies in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
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Our campus has begun to slowly ease visitation restrictions in line with public health and state and local guidelines, but our health care center remains closed to in-person visits. See visitation details below and see Reopening Plans & Strategy section for more information.
Screening & Safety Measures: We all have a responsibility to support and protect each other. All persons entering our community will follow our screening procedures, which includes a temperature check and questionnaire. Beginning Sunday, September 20, we are updating our screening process. Prior to your arrival, please go to this link, https://bit.ly/AsburyEntryPass, to answer our screening questions (Chrome or Safari are the preferred web browsers; there have been issues reported when using Internet Explorer). If you pass the screening, please continue onto the campus. At our screening area please follow the signage to take your temperature at our temperature kiosk. All residents, associates, and visitors are required to wear a mask on campus and to practice physical distancing.
Health Care Neighborhoods
Window Visits: We are scheduling window visits for residents of our Health Care Center. To set up a window visit for Health Care, please contact Mary Williams, LCSW-C, at 410-394-3076 or at email@example.com.
Assisted Living Visits: We are pleased to announce that we are open for in-person visits between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.; 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; and 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Visitors are required to complete our screening process in the Community Center prior to their visit, and to wear masks and maintain 6 feet of physical distance with their loved one. Visits are limited to 2 people at a time for 45 minutes. Please schedule your visit with Vicky Balderson at 410-394-3484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents may welcome guests to their home for any length of time, including overnight, and should ensure 6 feet of physical distancing. Visitors to our Apartments must be screened and visitors to Cottages who are entering the main building. Masks are required in common areas of our community, and we ask that you avoid touching surfaces and practice 6-feet physical distancing, including one person to an elevator.
Residents who leave the community for errands or trips are required to follow our screening process upon return.
Self-quarantine: Residents who self-quarantine are required to remain in their home for 14 days. We are currently providing delivery service of packages and meals. For delivery of meals, please call 410-394-3051. For delivery of packages, please call Main Reception at 410-394-3000.
Community Services & Amenities
Our Residential Living dining venues are currently closed, but phased reopening plans are being developed. Daily menus continue to be provided for residents, offering a wide range of fresh meal options that are delivered contact-free, and free of charge, to their doors.
Assisted Living community dining has re-opened with appropriate physical distancing, masks, and sanitation measures in compliance with CDC and Department of Human Services guidelines. Residents who would prefer to continue having their meals delivered to their apartment may do so.
The Wellness Center Fitness Room is open by appointment. The Riverwalk is open! Many fitness classes, programs, clubs, and events are available via Touchtown and our TV channel, 970. For a current schedule or more information contact Dennis Poremski at 410-394-3043 or at email@example.com.
Assisted Living wellness has re-opened with small group programs and events.
Flagship Rehabilitation Services therapy room is now open for appointments Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment. Please call 410-394-3066 to schedule. One client will be served per hour following all applicable safety and screening requirements.
Residential Common Areas
Dock and beach are open.
Hair salon is re-opening on July 28th. Appointments are being accepted by PS Salon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housekeeping from external vendors for apartment and Cottage residents is allowed. Screening is required.
Asbury housekeeping services are available by appointment. Please contact Jason Murphy at 410-394-3058.
Library is open. Please follow sanitation, physical distancing, and masking protocols.
Ecumenical services are being televised weekly on 970 daily at 9AM Monday through Friday and on Tuesdays at 3PM. Pastoral care calls and visits are ongoing.
Resident gardens are open.
Transportation services are available on campus on Wednesday at 10A and 2:30P. Off campus transportation is available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call 410-394-3581.
Woodshop is open for approved operators.
Mail & Online Grocery Delivery
Mail and Packages: Residents of our apartments and cottages are receiving mail and packages as usual. Mail and packages for Health Care and Assisted Living are delivered daily.
Online Groceries: Groceries may be delivered to the Community Center. Residents may pick up groceries there or request delivery by an associate if the resident is unable to retrieve the groceries.
On-Campus Grocery Services: Limited groceries are available on our campus through our dining partner Sodexo. They can be billed to residents and delivered contact-free to their home. Please contact dining at 410-394- 3007.
COVID-19 Testing Information
Asbury Solomons underwent universal testing at our Health Care Center in May. As of September 3, we have had just two positive resident cases of COVID-19 on our campus of 443 residents, both recovered, and one positive associate case. As of July 10, close to 4,000 tests have been administered across the Asbury Communities system, with a positivity rate of 1.6 percent.
Residential Living: A resident who believes they may have been exposed to COVID or is showing symptoms recognized by the CDC as being possible markers of COVID-19, should contact their physician for testing or visit a local testing center. Please also notify Heather Jacobs immediately at 410-394-3574 so that we may begin contact tracing on campus.
Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing: Residents are monitored daily for any signs identified as potentially symptomatic of COVID-19 per CDC guidelines. Additional measures are implemented in line with Asbury’s system-wide infection-control algorithm, including quarantine in a specially designed area of the building.
Sanitation and COVID-19 Risk Reduction
Our associates are cleaning and sanitizing common and activity areas routinely and have been provided with the appropriate cleaning and disinfecting supplies that provide the shortest kill time for viruses such as COVID-19. These professional-grade products are being used as much as possible by our trained teams, and we store them away appropriately when not in use. If you see additional cleaning supplies around the community in common areas, rest assured they are safe to use and we encourage you to do your part in assisting us in keeping common areas clean.
Cleanliness has always been a priority at Asbury communities, with dedicated maintenance and housekeeping departments ensuring that common areas are kept in good repair and regularly sanitized. With the advent of COVID-19, we quickly enhanced cleaning protocols and time-frames, and continue to monitor the effectiveness of our cleaning products for infection-control. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout campus common areas, as well as signage addressing infection-control, physical distancing, and mask requirements. Learn more about our prevention and infection-control measures.
Reopening Plans and Strategy
The Asbury Communities Operations Team is working with community leadership teams to develop safe, phased reopening plans in line with public health and state guidelines. At all times, we operate out of an abundance of caution with resident safety as our highest priority. Residents and family members can expect weekly email updates as we slowly re-open community services and areas.
Please see the CDC Guidelines on Large Events and Gatherings, which is informing our re-opening strategy.
Asbury President & CEO Doug Leidig notes that “reopening is not like turning on a light switch. Think of it as slowly turning up a dimmer switch.” Senior communities such as ours lag for good reason behind these phased-in re-openings; we are guided by many different plans and requirements placed upon us by numerous federal, state and local agencies.
We appreciate your continued understanding and patience as we work through this process safely together.