A Message from Bethany Village Executive Director Brian Grundusky
Bethany Village 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. Please scroll down to see details regarding Bethany Village’s operations.
Asbury serves approximately 4,300 residents at eight continuing care retirement communities and home care agencies in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. To learn about Asbury’s COVID-19 response, including vaccine updates and more, please click here.
Across the system, we are committed to providing access to the COVID-19 vaccine for as many individuals as possible. Please view Asbury Communities President & CEO Doug Leidig’s update about these efforts in the video below.
In addition to continuously monitoring and abiding by the recommendations put forth by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), each Asbury community’s visitation availability will be determined by the local counties infection rate percentage. Current infection rate for Cumberland County: 5.3%.
We have updated 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). Click here for Asbury’s Travel Guide. This document is available for you to review to help you accurately answer any screening questions related to your travel.
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.
Residents may have up to 4 guests at their home with no time limit. Up to two guests are welcome for overnight visits. Please ensure that you can maintain 6 feet of physical distancing in your home. Visitors must be screened. 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.
Prior to inviting any visitors, please check the PA COVID-19 Travelers Info page here, health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx, to ensure any visitors you plan to host have followed the state guidance on travelers (you can also view travel-related FAQs on the webpage).
Residents no longer need to screen in and out when leaving campus. However, residents need to be screened to utilize our dining venues, beauty salon, fitness center and pool. They will not have to use the new system but will be screened at the entrance of these services areas by the associates from that department.
Health Care Neighborhoods
The Oaks Skilled Nursing: In-person visitation is currently permitted. Spouses of Oaks Residents, who are also Bethany Village Residents, can visit at any time with no time limit. External visitors must be scheduled by appointment only. To schedule an in-person visit please reach out to Jane DelSordo at 717-591-8064.
MapleWood Assisted Living: In-person visitation is currently permitted. In-person visits are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance. To schedule an in-person visit in MapleWood, click here. Please contact Kristin Muncaster at KMuncaster@Asbury.org or call 717-591-8381 for assistance.
MapleWood residents are now permitted to have off-site visits with families and or friends. Residents are expected to take all the necessary safety precautions (masking, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene). Please reach out to Bridget Walling at BWalling@Asbury.org for more details on the process.
Community Services & Amenities
To place an order for delivery, please call 717-591-8329.
Springfield’s Dining Room (Reservations required; call 717-591-8329)
Collegiate Cafe (Take-Out only)
John & Annie’s Bistro
We are limiting these dining areas to residents and associates. External family member and friends can place to go orders but are not permitted to have dine in service. We will be re-evaluating this in the upcoming weeks.
The Fitness Center and pool are open. A range of classes are available via the Bethany Village TV station on Channel 956, including live classes and events. In addition, we have started outdoor classes with appropriate distancing and masking and continue to schedule one-on-one consultations. For a current schedule or more information call Justin Margut at 717-591-8368.
Residential Common Areas & Amenities
Mail & Online Grocery Delivery
Mail and Packages: Apartment and Cottage residents are receiving mail and packages as usual. All items for The Oaks or Maplewood are stored for 1 day before distribution for residents’ safety, so please do not send perishable items.
Online Groceries: For assistance in scheduling an online grocery delivery, please contact the Resident Life office at 717-591-8021.
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 the dining department at 717-591-8329 to place an order.
COVID-19 Testing Information
Testing is an important component of our COVID-19 prevention strategy. We are pleased to share some outstanding results for Bethany Village and the Asbury system. To date, Asbury has conducted just over 94,800 COVID-19 tests at our communities with a positivity rate of just 0.8 percent. This compares to a national positivity rate of 8.2 percent. At Bethany Village, we have conducted 8,702 tests with a positivity rate of just 0.5 percent.
Daily updated reports on COVID-19 cases can be found here.
The Oaks Skilled Nursing: State and federal agencies have implemented new associate testing guidelines for all skilled nursing centers, which looks at active on-site cases and the county case ratio. Based on the current positivity rate for Cumberland County, we are testing associates once a month. Residents are monitored daily for any signs identified as potentially symptomatic of COVID-19 per CDC guidelines.
MapleWood Assisted Living: State and federal agencies have implemented new associate/employee testing guidelines for all assisted living centers, which looks at active on-site cases and the county case ratio. Based on the current positivity rate for Cumberland County, we are testing associates every 4-6 weeks. Residents are monitored daily for any signs identified as potentially symptomatic of COVID-19 per CDC guidelines.
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 Doreen Mank, 717-591-8013, or John Bowen, 717-591-8081, so that we may begin contact tracing on campus.
We have been able to vaccinate 97% of our residents and 68% of our associates. We also have partnered with Care Options, RX to be able to provide ongoing vaccine clinics for all new residents, current associates, and new associates.
Sanitation and COVID-19 Risk Reduction
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 regular 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.
Important Contact Information
Main Reception: 717- 766-0279
Virtual Visit Coordinators: