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Asbury COVID-19 Response & Communications
Ensuring that we provide a safe and healthy environment for those who work and live at our communities is our greatest concern. Asbury continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and would like to share the following with you about our efforts. The coronavirus situation is a dynamic one. We remain committed to updating our precautions as appropriate to minimize the spread of the virus – and to updating our communications regarding our response on this page.
PDFs of our communications can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
Visitation: Asbury has suspended visitation at all of our communities across all levels of living – residential, assisted living or personal care, and skilled nursing – as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Please see the list below for important prevention measures also in place within our communities. We understand that connecting with loved ones is incredibly important, and we hope that you will continue to reach out via telephone, email, text, or through Skype or Facebook. Let us know how we can help facilitate communication. We are currently working on enhancing these opportunities where possible.
Grocery staples are being made available at our communities through our partner Sodexo and can be delivered with no contact. Residents may use dining points or charge to their monthly service fee.
All communities are accepting groceries from delivery services or family, and as needed, facilitating their distribution to residents. Asbury Methodist Village family members see message at bottom for delivery guidelines; Gatehouse (301) 216-4001.
A Message From Our CEO
Our Preventive Measures: Asbury continues to monitor and follow recommendations coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and state and local health officials. Our response is being led by the highly qualified and experienced Asbury Communities Clinical Team. (Meet the team here.) Our communities’ leadership teams are in daily communication with the Asbury Clinical Team to discuss and adjust operational procedures accordingly.
Asbury Communities has suspended visitation across all levels of living at our campuses as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). All community events, resident group activities, and trips off campus have been suspended.
Daily screening procedures are in place for all associates and the limited essential visitors coming to our campuses. This includes employees, such as home care aides, who may be coming from outside agencies. Additional screening procedures at the time of admission or move-in (for residents) or upon hire (for associates) are in place.
All Asbury communities are complying with CDC guidelines on personal protective equipment, including the use of appropriate masks, for clinical staff. In addition, cloth masks have been made available to all non-clinical associates on our campuses, and they have been directed to wear them while at work. See more regarding mask use.
If residents receive services from private duty or agency-based caregivers who are not on our preferred list of providers, we are asking them to check with their management to ensure that they are following the latest infection control guidelines.
Dining rooms at our communities are closed. Residents in assisted living or personal care and skilled nursing are receiving meals in their rooms with assistance as needed, and residential living residents have the option to order meals. Delivery fees are waived.
We are accepting groceries at our campuses from delivery services or family members and facilitating their delivery to residents – and we are encouraging residents to use delivery services rather than go out to purchase their own. Our dining partner Sodexo is also making limited groceries available for purchase on our campuses.
We have posted signage regarding prevention techniques, our visitation and group event changes, and actions to take if you feel ill around all of our communities – and we continue to communicate to those who live in our residential neighborhoods the importance of maintaining state stay-at-home measures.
We are working to proactively increase supplies. We are fortunate to count Sodexo, a global corporation specializing in dining and facilities management, as our partner. They bring additional resources to bear – including associates should the need arise.
We have added supplemental education and resources for associates, including videos on prevention practices by Vice President of Clinical Excellence, Skip Margot.
Asbury VP of Clinical Excellence and COVID-19 Task Force Leader Skip Margot
This is a challenging time as coronavirus dominates the news and continues to spread. We are operating out of an abundance of caution in all that we do, and the precautions in place now – and actions that may be needed later – are well thought out and supported by an evidence-based approach.
We are committed to ongoing communication with residents, family members, and associates and are sharing relevant updates to coronavirus prevention practices as they become available.