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. This page is meant to be a helpful resource regarding Bethany Village’s 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.
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. As of November 1, Asbury has conducted just over 22,000 COVID-19 tests at our communities with a positivity rate of just 0.5 percent. This compares to a national positivity rate of 7 percent. At Bethany Village, we have conducted 874 tests with a positivity rate of just 0.1 percent.
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See visitation details below and see the Asbury Reopening Plans & Strategy section.
Travel & Holidays
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 on September 28, 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. Visitors to our East and West Apartments, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing must be screened. All residents, associates, and visitors are required to wear a mask on campus and to practice physical distancing. See new screening process for residents of our Apartments and Cottages below.
Health Care Neighborhoods
The Oaks Skilled Nursing
We have suspended in-person visits to The Oaks Skilled Nursing and begun twice a week testing of all associates in this area. Please contact The Oaks Skilled Nursing Administrator Henri Lively if you have questions, 717-591-8003, email@example.com.
Maplewood Assisted Living
We have suspended in-person visits to MapleWood Assisted Living and have begun weekly testing of all residents and associates in this area. Please contact Maplewood Assisted Living Administrator Bridget Walling if you have questions, 717-591-8091, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning on October 5, 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. We are also asking that residents who are planning on taking an overnight or extended trip check in with administration to ensure that the proper protocols are taken during that trip. We will still have the self -quarantine process in place for those times that residents are at risk. If a resident has a question about their trip or this process, please call John Bowen 717-591-8081.
Community Services & Amenities
The Collegiate Café and SpringField’s Restaurant are open. We will abide by state food-service guidelines and utilize appropriate physical distancing, masks, and sanitation measures in compliance with CDC and Department of Human Services guidelines. We have ordered protective equipment in line with safe re-opening practices. Daily menus continue to be provided for residents, offering a wide range of fresh meal options that are delivered contact-free in environmentally responsible containers, and free of charge, to their doors. Please call 717-591-8329 to place your order. We are currently working on our “Holiday Dining Venue” for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. More to come on this schedule.
The Wellness Center and Pool are open. For a current schedule or more information call Justin Margut at 717-591-8368. Walking trails 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 are running limited outdoor classes with appropriate distancing and masking and are scheduling one-on-one consultations.
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 5 days 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. As of November 1, Asbury has conducted just over 22,000 COVID-19 tests at our communities with a positivity rate of just .5 percent. This compares to a national positivity rate of 7 percent. At Bethany Village, we have conducted 874 tests with a positivity rate of just .1 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 twice a week. 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.
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 residents and associates weekly. 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.
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.
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 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.
Important Contact Information
Main Reception: 717- 766-0279
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