Number of Residents as of March 1, 2020: 67
Number of Residents Who Tested Positive: 15
Number of Residents Who Have Recovered: 0
Number of Positive Residents Who Have Passed: 1
Number of Employees as of March 1, 2020: 43
Number of Employees Who Tested Positive: 7
Number of Employees Who Have Recovered: 0
Number of Positive Employees Who Have Passed: 0
Data updated as of 10/23/2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I hear so much about PPE shortages how do I know the employees have what they need to keep themselves and my loved one safe?
A: We identified the need for substantial PPE stockpiles early on. With early due diligence and continued support from Gardant, the Local Health Department and the National Stockpile, I want to assure you that we have everything our employees need to keep themselves and your loved one safe.
Q: Am I still allowed to drop off items at the building?
A: Yes. The protocols we put in place to safely receive supplies/gifts/drop-offs are still in effect.
Q: Can my loved one still walk around or go outside?
A: Yes. Our Resident Services Coordinator is rounding with residents to see who would like to sign up for individual time slots to walk outside during good weather. We have set up a system that allows for safe access to the great outdoors so please encourage your loved one to utilize this system if they would like to stretch their legs.
Q: How many confirmed cases are in the community? How do I know what’s going on at the community?
A: I want to assure everyone that we will be in communication with every new confirmed case. You will receive notifications on positive cases for both staff and residents. We believe transparency is paramount to the success of our community. Transparency with our residents, staff, local government, and with you as our families is important. Our website and the Gardant website are also including weekly cumulative updates on the number of confirmed cases.
Q: Are all employees and residents being tested?
A: There is a lot of information in the media, at times contradictory, regarding testing. We are taking the direction of our state and local health departments in regards to all testing. As directed by the CDC, we continue to monitor all residents and screen employees prior to their shift. All employees are following standard precautions, including the wearing of masks and frequent hand washing. Our residents are sheltering in place in their apartments, and all group/communal dining and activities have ceased. We will continue to keep you updated in regards to the specific care of your loved one, including any testing that may be recommended.
Q: Will we be notified when there is a positive case in the community?
A: Yes, every time there is a newly diagnosed resident or employee a mass notification will be distributed. Residents and employees will receive a hand-delivered letter, and have opportunity for 1:1 conversations. The designated emergency contact for each resident will receive an email announcement. For those that have not provided your email address to the community, please contact the receptionist and provide this so that you can receive timely communication. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a phone call followed by a mailed letter.
In addition, you will be notified when these same persons recover. It is important that you all know that residents and employees are recovering and are no longer at risk of exposing others to COVID-19.
Please know that because of confidentiality, we are very limited in what we will share with you. The content of the letter is the full detail that can be provided. We understand that you are concerned about our employees and residents, and their well-being, and appreciate that you understand everyone’s right to privacy.
Lastly, I would like to direct you to Gardant Management Solution’s website. The website contains data regarding both resident and employee positive cases at each of their managed communities.
Q: What are the rules for the window visits?
A: Window visits allow our residents and families to see each other without potential exposure. Each community shall communicate Family Window Visits availability and procedures to families and residents. A common area window space will be designated as the “visiting window”.
Residents will remain on the inside of the window and families will remain on the outside of the window. The window shall always remain closed for barrier protection.
Due to the high demand for window visit, a schedule must be maintained by an assigned staff member for the scheduling of window visits, and all visits will closely follow this schedule. Opportunities must be provided for all residents to have window visits. A sample schedule will include 15 minutes to visit and 15 minutes to sanitize the space prior to the next resident’s window visit. Assigned staff are available to assist resident to window at scheduled time and assist with phone use to converse. If the phone used is a Community phone, staff sanitize after use. Sanitation of surfaces at the visiting window will occur after each resident use.
Residents and loved ones shall contact the community to schedule their window visits.
Q: Will widespread testing of all residents and staff be completed?
A: Our community follows guidance set forth from our local and state health departments regarding testing strategies, including widespread testing, of both residents and staff. In the event that a directive has been given to conduct widespread testing in our Community, we would ensure that this was communicated to our residents (and their representative), if applicable, as soon as possible.
Q: When will we begin to lift restrictions?
A: In the three-phase plan outlined by the Trump administration, Senior Housing is not included until phase 3. And, before those phases begin, states must show evidence of a downward trajectory of COVID-19 and influenza-type illnesses in 14-day increments. At Gardant-managed communities the health and well-being of our Residents and Employees are our number one priority. We will take a conservative approach to lifting restrictions and reclaiming the quality of life which our residents enjoyed before COVID-19. We will continue to be persistent and diligent in our practices. We appreciate your patience as we slowly begin to lift restrictions safely, and with Residents and Employees in mind. You will receive communication about this plan in advance of implementation, with specific details, directives and dates.
October 22, 2020
Dear Residents, Families, and Employees,
I would like to say thank you to all the families who were able to join us last evening for our Family Zoom meeting. We appreciated the opportunity to speak with you. For those who requested it, we will be sending the power point to you. For those unable to attend, please let me know if you would like a copy of the power point, or you may make a request through our family portal on Caremerge and we will be happy to forward it to you.
We will be scheduling a follow up Zoom webinar specific for Bowman Estates of Danville next week, and will notify you of the date/time. In additional weekly FAQ Zoom calls will be held for all of our Illinois communities. If you are not signed up for Caremerge please contact Ashlee Tinder our Resident Services Director and she can assist you with signing up.
As we continue to learn more about the COVID-19 outbreak and how quickly it can spread, we have taken a number of precautions to keep residents and employees safe. Even with our best efforts, as we are all learning, this virus spreads quickly and is easily transmitted.
We just finished our first week of mass testing, as the result of recent positive COVID cases in a couple of our employees. We have received the results and they are as follows:
- 14 residents who have tested positive, 4 of which have minor symptoms
- 3 employees who tested positive, of which none have symptoms.
In Vermillion County we are at a red level warning. What does this mean? In our county we have a 9.8% positivity rate for COVID 19 over the past 7 days. It is vitally important to us to follow all VCHD and IDPH guidelines.
With that being said we have returned to Phase 1. Phase 1 for Bowman Estates will mean:
- Visitation: We are not able to have visitation at this time.
- Small Group Dining: Is allowed per resident choice
- Small Group Activities: Is allowed per resident choice
We would like to offer another option for you in regards to visits. We will be scheduling FaceTime or Zoom visitation with your loved ones during this time. Please reach out to us if you would like to schedule virtual visits.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our residents and employees during this pandemic. Because of HIPAA privacy and confidentiality regulations, we cannot release any information that would identify the residents or employees who tested positive during mass testing. Our top priority is the residents, families and employees of our community. We have been monitoring the situation very closely with state and local authorities.
We have been and continue to be highly proactive in taking steps to help ensure the health and welfare of all residents and employees, and limiting possible exposure to COVID-19 or other viruses. This includes the implementation of enhanced infection control precautions and enhanced staff training. We have also been proactive in monitoring the health of our residents and screening all employees. We have secured personal protective equipment to maintain safety for all of our residents and employees.
Given the risk of COVID-19 to residents of congregate living facilities and to healthcare professionals, we have taken steps over the past few months to restrict visitors to our community and have canceled outings, large group activities and large group communal dining. We are following the directives of state and local governmental entities. We are restricting entrance to only required healthcare providers. We have taken measures to practice physical distancing at all stages of care at our community.
We will keep you up to date with the latest information as we obtain it. We are working closely with The Vermilion County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health during this time and as always, your loved one’s health and safety are our utmost concern. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at either at 217-431-4200 or thru our Caremerge Family Portal. As always, we appreciate your support and understanding during this time.
Angela D. Rodgers, Administrator
June 2, 2020
Dear Residents, Families, and Employees,
On March 10, 2020 our community implemented restrictions to control and/or prevent the outbreak of COVID19. This is an important date. Our decisions since this date have been made for the sole purpose of keeping our residents and employees safe. We recognize that over the past 12 weeks, these necessary safety precautions have been difficult, and have caused each of you to be separated from your loved ones. Again, we have always placed the health and well-being of our residents and employees first. As we look back, we are confident that the proactive approaches taken, were the right decisions at the right time.
During the past couple of weeks, we have formed a team to develop a plan to begin to slowly lift some of the restrictions that have been imposed. The team, “Reclaim Home” will only make changes when we are prepared to do so and only when we have the resources, equipment, space, and guidelines to do it safely. June 5th will be our “Reclaim Our Home” day in the community. Our employees and residents will be celebrating the beginning of reclaiming their home.
This will be followed by the first step of our plan, which is modified small group activities, to begin on Monday June 8th. While adhering to very detailed infection control precautions, each community will hold two small group activities daily, Monday-Friday. Precautions will include wearing of masks, physical distancing, frequent sanitizing of touched surfaces, disposable supplies, etc. A scheduling system will be implemented that provides an equal opportunity for each resident to sign up for groups. As always, in-room activities will be available for those residents who are not comfortable joining in small group activities.
Over the coming weeks, you can expect to receive continued announcements regarding additional modifications to previously implemented restrictions. This will include the re-opening of the beauty salon, manicures, expanded window visits, outdoor visits with family members, and modified small group dining. Again, our plan will be determined by the prevalence of COVID-19, ability to adhere to required infection prevention precautions, direction from the local health department, and state orders. We look forward to the day that we can welcome our families and friends back to the community.
Do not hesitate to reach out to me should you have any questions. We all have the goal of reclaiming home and providing new opportunities for connection with each other, while keeping our residents and employees safe.