COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE - SECURE CLOSINGS


May 7, 2020

May 21, 2020

Update from Thom Wright, PhD, CEO/Executive Director

Dear Residents, Staff and Board members,

A few reminders to keep us on the same page: New Information in BOLD.

  • At present, there are still no cases of COVID.
  • We continue to follow CDC and MDPH guidelines for secure closures at each campus.
  • To stay current on the ever-changing news about COVID-19 in Massachusetts, log onto mass.gov/covid19 or text COVIDMA to 888-777 for updates and alerts.
  • Residents and staff who are not feeling well should contact their primary care physician directly. Many practices have implemented telehealth options to minimize the need for in-person visits and to maintain maximal social distancing.
  • All essential Inn visitors (residents, staff, homecare agencies, etc.) are being screened. Any Lathrop essential service provider engaged by management or resident committees that comes to either campus must be screened at the Inn and follow COVID-19 guidelines for physical distancing, hand washing, and wearing face coverings; even if the service is to be provided outdoors. This does not apply to visitors and private service providers engaged by townhome residents BUT IS the responsibility of the resident to ensure that appropriate COVID-19 protocol is followed to ensure the safety of both individual and community members.
  • Lathrop’s food supply chain remains robust and the Lathrop Country store remains an option for residents who truly need staple items until they or someone can grocery shop. Residents may complete the Country Store forms located in the mailrooms weekly/twice weekly and items will be delivered directly to your door on Wednesdays and Fridays, between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Please return forms by 2:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday for next day delivery. Note-multiple quantities will not be fulfilled; only the quantity indicated on the form (one order of 4 eggs, not 3 orders equaling 12!).
  • Lathrop has developed a standard grocery list that is available for townhome residents that cannot or choose not to shop at the grocery store. Remember, please limit your list to 10-15 items. Please contact Mickey Moriarty in Transportation at 413-437-5371 for more details. Inn residents should contact Rob Olmsted or a member of the nursing team for assistance.
  • Well-checks continue weekly with all residents via telephone.
  • Transportation is taking all residents, by appointment only, to medical appointments. Even though beauty salons are opening on May 25, Lathrop will not resume general transportation services until June 30, at the earliest. This will allow Lathrop to meet the pent up demand for routine medical appointments that have been on hold since March.
  • All residents are REQUIRED to wear a facemask when going outside of their homes if physical distancing is not possible. All Inn residents must wear facemasks when answering the door to their apartment for the nurse, dining staff, etc. and when outside of their Inn apartments to pick up mail or walk the hallways. The concern all experts are citing is the potential transmission by asymptomatic individuals. Lathrop STRONGLY URGES all residents living in townhomes and the Inn to STAY HOME and to STAY ON CAMPUS.
  • To reach the weekend Manager on Duty, residents may call the Inn, should you have any questions or concerns.
    • May 23/24: Thom Wright
    • May 30/31: Frank Sansom
    • June 6/7: Kathi Brown
    • June 13/14: Rob Olmsted
    • June 20/21: Thom Wright
    • June 27/28: Suzie Dickson Moyer
  • Please continue to encourage and show appreciation to our team members through the new email: ThankYouStaff@lathrop.kendal.org Kathi Brown and Thom Wright will receive and post them on the THANK YOU board hung outside of their offices at the Inn.

What’s New and In Progress?

    1. All Massachusetts residents over the age of 65 and people who have underlying health conditions –who are at high risk for COVID-19 –should continue to stay home except for essential errands such as going to the grocery store and to attend to healthcare needs
    2. All Massachusetts residents are advised to leave home only for healthcare, worship and permitted work, shopping, and outdoor activities
    3. All Massachusetts residents are REQUIRED to cover their face when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public
    4. All Massachusetts residents are advised to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soapy water
    5. All Massachusetts residents are advised to be vigilant, monitor for symptoms and stay home if you feel sick
    6. All Massachusetts residents must refrain from visiting nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, or other residential care settings (like the Inn).
    7. When going to the pharmacy, ask if you can fill your prescriptions for 90 days if possible; for some medications this is not allowed. If you are at high-risk, try to use a mail-order or delivery service.
  • Lathrop is in active discussion with Cooley Dickinson Hospital about access to mass COVID-19 testing at the Inn and for staff. It is our intent to mitigate any potential outbreaks. We believe that future plans to reopen and to operate safely will be highly dependent on access to reliable testing.
  • The Lathrop COVID-19 Task Force is developing a phased approach to reopening services and programs on each campus. In partnership with resident committees, such as Fitness, Art and Program, we will craft a framework to consider at the right time, taking cues from Governor Baker, MDPH and the CDC and based on trends in key metrics such as availability of testing, the number of new positive cases and hospitalizations. While we all would like to begin the “new norm,” defined by the governor as “when a vaccine and/or treatment is available,” Lathrop must continue its conservative approach. For this reason, Lathrop’s secure closure of each campus will remain in effect until, at the earliest, the next reopening phase is announced by Governor Baker.
  • Effective May 25, Facilities will resume fulfilling work orders. Staff will call ahead and don PPE. Residents and staff are expected to follow appropriate COVID-19 protocols such as physical distancing and wearing face coverings.

To the point!

Easthampton COVID-19 guidelines sign

 

May 14, 2020

Update from Thom Wright, PhD, CEO/Executive Director

Dear Residents, Staff and Board members,

A few reminders to keep us on the same page:

  • We continue to follow CDC and MDPH guidelines for secure closures at each campus.
  • To stay current on the ever-changing news about COVID-19 in Massachusetts, log onto mass.gov/covid19 or text COVIDMA to 888-777 for updates and alerts.
  • Residents and staff who are not feeling well should contact their primary care physician directly. Many practices have implemented telehealth options to minimize the need for in-person visits and to maintain maximal social distancing.
  • All essential Inn visitors (residents, staff, homecare agencies, etc.) are being screened.
  • Lathrop’s food supply chain remains robust.
  • Well-checks continue weekly with all residents via telephone.
  • Transportation is taking all residents, by appointment only, to medical appointments.
  • Lathrop has developed a standard grocery list that will be made available for townhome residents that cannot or choose not to shop at the grocery store. Remember, please limit your list to 10-15 items. Please contact Mickey Moriarty in Transportation at 413-437-5371 for more details. Inn residents should contact Rob Olmsted or a member of the nursing team for assistance.
  • The Lathrop Country Store is open! To reduce the need for frequent grocery store trips, to help people make it through the week, Lathrop has initiated an in-house store for staple items. These items are limited and orders can only be placed once/week. Residents may complete the grocery forms located in the mailrooms weekly and items will be delivered directly to your door on Wednesdays and Fridays, between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Please return forms by 2:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday for next day delivery.
  • Work orders are being collected but only emergencies are being addressed. Facilities staff will call ahead and will wear PPE.
  • All residents are STRONGLY URGED to wear a facemask when going outside of their homes if physical distancing is not possible. All Inn residents must wear facemasks when answering the door to their apartment for the nurse, dining staff, etc. and when outside of their Inn apartments to pick up mail or walk the hallways.

The concern all experts are citing is the potential transmission by asymptomatic individuals. Lathrop STRONGLY URGES all residents living in townhomes and the Inn to STAY HOME and to STAY ON CAMPUS. Aside from medical appointments, we should all consider sheltering in place.

  • To reach the weekend Manager on Duty, residents may call the Inn, should you have any questions or concerns.
    • May 16/17: Kathi Brown
    • May 23/24: Thom Wright
    • May 30/31: Frank Sansom
    • June 6/7: Kathi Brown
    • June 13/14: Rob Olmsted
    • June 20/21: Thom Wright
    • June 27/28: Suzie Dickson Moyer
  • Please continue to encourage and show appreciation to our team members through the new email: ThankYouStaff@lathrop.kendal.org Kathi Brown and Thom Wright will receive and post them on the THANK YOU board hung outside of their offices at the Inn.

What’s New and In Progress?

  • New signs on each campus have been installed to inform campus visitors to maintain physical distancing and to wear masks, especially when using our trails.
  • Lathrop continues to research options and a process for mass COVID testing at the Inn and for staff. At present, there are still no cases of COVID! However, it is our intent to be prepared and to the degree that testing proves helpful to further mitigate any potential outbreaks, Lathrop would like to have access to testing. We believe that future plans to reopen and to operate safely will be highly dependent on access to reliable testing.
  • The Lathrop COVID-19 Task Force is developing a phased approach to reopening services and programs on each campus. In partnership with resident committees, such as Fitness, Art and Program, we will craft a framework to consider at the right time, taking cues from Governor Baker, MDPH and the CDC and based on trends in key metrics such as availability of testing, the number of new positive cases and hospitalizations. While we all would like to begin the “new norm,” Lathrop must be conservative in its approach to reopening common spaces for programs and services.
  • Zoom lane meetings with Thom and Rob are starting to happen. Residents areencouraged to coordinate with their lane representatives and Sarah Gauger.
  • Viibrant-Xe App: Lathrop has signed up with Viibrant to experiment with their new App — ViibrantXe (note the two ii’s). This app is for mobile devices only. If you have a smart phone or tablet, you can download it one of two ways: The App store (for Apple users) or Google Play for all others.  This does not work on regular computers or macs.

Viibrant Xe smartphone app illustrationA few weeks ago you should have received an email from Viibrant, <noreply@viibrant.com> (it may have gone to your junk/spam folder), inviting you to join the app.  The email contained your user id and password. If you did not receive this email and would like to try out the app, please let Sarah Gauger (sgauger@lathrop.kendal.org) know.

We have been loading all announcements/updated memos and other tidbits of information on it.  We thought this might be a good way to help keep you all updated and informed.  Once the Inn re-opens, we can also include activities and menus in the app. We are using this app on a trial basis to determine its usefulness for our community so we (I) welcome your feedback. The Lathrop TV Channel for Easthampton is still in the works, but we wanted to try this now, while we could!

May 7, 2020

Update from Thom Wright, PhD, CEO/Executive Director

Dear Residents, Staff and Board members,

A few reminders to keep us on the same page:

  • We continue to follow CDC and MDPH guidelines for secure closures at each campus.
  • To stay current on the ever-changing news about COVID-19 in Massachusetts, log onto mass.gov/covid19 or text COVIDMA to 888-777 for updates and alerts.
  • Residents who are not feeling well should contact their primary care physician directly. Many practices have implemented telehealth options to minimize the need for in-person visits and to maintain maximal social distancing.
  • All essential Inn visitors (residents, staff, homecare agencies, etc.) are being screened.
  • Lathrop’s food supply chain remains robust.
  • Well-checks continue weekly with all residents via telephone.
  • Transportation is taking all residents, by appointment only, to medical appointments.
  • Lathrop has developed a standard grocery list that will be made available for townhome residents who cannot or choose not to shop at the grocery store. Remember, please limit your list to 10-15 items. Please contact Mickey Moriarty in Transportation at 413-437-5371 for more details. Inn residents should contact Rob Olmsted or a member of the nursing team for assistance.
  • The Lathrop Country Store is open! To reduce the need for frequent grocery store trips for certain fresh produce and staple items, Lathrop has initiated an in-house store. Residents may complete the grocery forms located in the mailrooms weekly/twice weekly and items will be delivered directly to your door on Wednesdays and Fridays, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please return forms by 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday for next day delivery.
  • Work orders are being collected but only emergencies are being addressed. Facilities staff will call ahead and will wear PPE.
  • Please continue to encourage and show appreciation to our team members through the new email: ThankYouStaff@lathrop.kendal.org. Kathi Brown and Thom Wright will receive and post them on the THANK YOU board hung outside of their offices at the Inn.
  • All residents are STRONGLY URGED to wear a face mask when going outside of their homes if physical distancing is not possible. All Inn residents must also wear face masks when answering the door to their apartment for the nurse, dining staff, etc. and when outside of their Inn apartments to pick up mail or walk the hallways.

The concern all experts are citing is the potential transmission by asymptomatic individuals. Lathrop STRONGLY URGES all residents living in townhomes and the Inn to STAY HOME and to STAY ON CAMPUS. Aside from medical appointments, we should all consider sheltering in place.

  • To reach the weekend Manager on Duty, residents may call the Inn, should you have any questions or concerns.
    • May 9/10: Rob Olmsted
    • May 16/17: Kathi Brown
    • May 23/24: Thom Wright
    • May 30/31: Frank Sansom

What’s New and In Progress?

  • New signs on each campus have been ordered to inform campus visitors to maintain physical distancing and to wear masks, especially when using our trails.
  • Rob Olmsted is working with the foot nurse to consider returning to campus on an individual basis for foot care; an essential service for many.
  • The Lathrop COVID-19 Task Force is developing a phased approach to reopening services and programs on each campus. In partnership with resident committees, such as Fitness, Art and Program, we will craft a framework to consider at the right time, taking cues based on trends in key metrics such as availability of testing, the number of new positive cases and hospitalizations from Governor Baker, MDPH and the CDC.
  • Lathrop is applying for an initiatives grant being offered by Friends Services for the Aging  to expand the Country Store idea to both campuses on a go-forward basis. We envision being able to offer take-sway items and other sundries to reduce the need for frequent off-campus grocery trips for convenience and in light of an extended COVID-19 protocol.
  • Zoom lane meetings with Thom and Rob are starting to happen. Residents are encouraged to coordinate with their lane representatives and Sarah Gauger.

April 23, 2020

Update from Thom Wright, PhD, CEO/Executive Director

A few reminders to keep us on the same page:

  • We continue to follow CDC and MDPH guidelines for secure closures at each campus.
  • To stay current on the ever-changing news about COVID-19 in Massachusetts, log onto mass.gov/covid19 or text COVIDMA to 888-777 for updates and alerts.
  • Residents who are not feeling well should contact their primary care physician directly. Many practices have implemented telehealth options to minimize the need for in-person visits and to maintain maximal social distancing.
  • All essential Inn visitors (residents, staff, homecare agencies, etc.) are being screened.
  • Lathrop’s food supply chain remains robust.
  • Well-checks continue weekly with all residents via telephone.
  • Transportation is taking all residents, by appointment only, to medical appointments.
  • Lathrop has developed a standard grocery list that will be made available for townhome residents that cannot or choose not to shop at the grocery store. Please contact Mickey Moriarty in Transportation at 413-437-5371 for more details. Inn residents should contact Rob Olmsted or a member of the nursing team for assistance.
  • The Lathrop Country Store is open! To reduce the need for frequent grocery store trips for certain fresh produce and staple items, Lathrop has initiated an in-house store. Residents may complete the grocery forms located in the mail rooms weekly/twice weekly and items will be delivered directly to your door on Wednesdays and Fridays, between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Please return forms by 2:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday for next day delivery.
  • Work orders are being collected but only emergencies are being addressed. Facilities staff will call ahead and will wear PPE.
  • Please continue to encourage and show appreciation to our team members through the new email: ThankYouStaff@lathrop.kendal.org Kathi Brown and Thom Wright will receive and post them on the THANK YOU board hung outside of their offices at the Inn.
  • All residents are STRONGLY URGED to wear a facemask when going outside of their homes if physical distancing is not possible. All Inn residents must also wear facemasks when answering the door to their apartment for the nurse, dining staff, etc. and when outside of their Inn apartments to pick up mail or walk the hallways.

The concern all experts are citing is the potential transmission by asymptomatic individuals. Lathrop STRONGLY URGES all residents living in townhomes and the Inn to STAY HOME and to STAY ON CAMPUS. Aside from medical appointments, we should all consider sheltering in place.

To reach the weekend Manager on Duty, residents may call the Inn, should you have any questions or concerns.

April 25/26: Frank Sansom

May 2/3: Mike Strycharz

May 9/10: Rob Olmsted

May 16/17: Kathi Brown

May 23/24: Thom Wright

May 30/31: Frank Sansom

What’s New and In Progress?

  • Massachusetts is developing a comprehensive contact tracing program to track individuals who either have a confirmed case of COVID as well as those with whom there has been contact. According to Governor Baker, this program is essential to understand the scope and magnitude of the pandemic in our state. Understanding this will be key to reopening certain sectors of the economy, such as restaurants, retail and service industries. Lathrop will take its cues from the state regarding our reopening.
  • The ability to test for COVID has been a primary topic of each daily update that Governor Baker provides as well as Kendal calls with my peers. Presently, test kits are available for senior communities that receive funding from the government or are licensed by individual states; nursing homes, assisted livings, and rest homes. Last week, I was told directly by department that is overseeing this testing that Lathrop’s congregate housing (The Inn) did not qualify because we are unlicensed. After lobbying with local and state officials, this position may be changing, and Lathrop will continue to investigate the possibility for testing to determine a baseline of Inn residents and staff who may be positive but asymptomatic, positive or negative for COVID.

Lathrop’s current position around testing is to refer residents and staff to their primary care physician to determine whether testing is warranted. Thus far, the few residents who obtained doctor’s orders to be tested have all had negative results. Lathrop is also requesting that a resident who goes to the hospital for any reason be tested prior to returning to Lathrop.

April 16, 2020

Update from Thom Wright, PhD, CEO/Executive Director

A few reminders to keep us on the same page:

  • We continue to follow CDC and MDPH guidelines for secure closures at each campus.
  • To stay current on the ever-changing news about COVID-19 in Massachusetts, log onto mass.gov/covid19 or text COVIDMA to 888-777 for updates and alerts.
  • Residents who are not feeling well should contact their primary care physician directly. Many practices have implemented telehealth options, to minimize the need for in person visits and to maintain maximal social distancing.
  • All essential Inn visitors (residents, staff, home care agencies, etc.) are being screened.
  • Lathrop’s food supply chain remains robust.
  • Well-checks continue weekly with all residents via telephone.
  • Transportation is taking all residents, by appointment only, to medical appointments.
  • Lathrop has developed a standard grocery list that will be made available for townhome residents that cannot or choose not to shop at the grocery store. Please contact Mickey Moriarty in Transportation at 413-437-5371 for more details. Inn residents should contact Rob Olmsted or a member of the nursing team for assistance. Please see What’s New and In Progress for an update about Lathrop’s Country Store.
  • Work orders are being collected but only emergencies are being addressed. Facilities staff will call ahead and will wear PPE.
  • Easthampton townhome housekeeping resumed on April 4 on a limited, case by case basis for existing clientele. Mike Strycharz is organizing this initiative.
  • Please continue to encourage and show appreciation to our team members through the new email: ThankYouStaff@lathrop.kendal.org Kathi Brown and Thom Wright will receive and post them on the THANK YOU board hung outside of their offices at the Inn.
  • All residents are STRONGLY URGED to wear a face mask when going outside of their homes. All Inn residents must also wear face masks when answering the door to their apartment for the nurse, dining staff, etc. and when outside of their Inn apartments to pick up mail or walk the hallways.

The concern all experts are citing is the potential transmission by asymptomatic individuals. Lathrop STRONGLY URGES all residents living in townhomes and the Inn to STAY HOME and to STAY ON CAMPUS, if possible. Aside from medical appointments, we should all consider sheltering in place.
To reach the weekend Manager on Duty, residents may call the Inn, should you have any questions or concerns.

April 18/19: Thom Wright

April 25/26: Frank Sansom

May 2/3: Mike Strycharz

May 9/10: Rob Olmsted

May 16/17: Kathi Brown

May 23/24: Thom Wright

May 30/31: Frank Sansom

What’s New and In Progress?

  • The increased Easthampton police presence on campus is a welcomed sight. Please do not be alarmed. While Lathrop did not specifically request more patrolling, our positive relationship with the local police and city counselor, Owen Zarat, who is a neighbor, helps keep Lathrop connected.
  • ViibrantXe is a mobile app residents can download. This is another format that Lathrop can use to keep residents informed. In the future we can post dinner menus and events here. Residents will be receiving an automatic email from Viibrant with a password and can log in and set up their access to the software. Please contact Sarah Gauger sgauger@lathrop.kendal.org with any questions.
  • Lathrop Country Store: To reduce the need for frequent grocery store trips for certain fresh produce and staple items from the kitchen, Lathrop has initiated an in-house store. Residents may complete the attached grocery weekly/twice weekly and items will be delivered directly to your door on Wednesdays and Fridays, between 10:00am and 3:00pm

~Forms are in each mail room and can be returned in the designated box.

~Forms must be returned by 2:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday for next day delivery.

  • Lathrop has some remaining spray bottles and bleach to make a cleaning solution, but has a limited supply of other materials, such as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Please contact Thom Wright directly if you do not have any other hand cleansers available. Lathrop will try to share what we can but need to keep reserves for staff and general cleaning.
  • Home delivery is available from CVS. The enrollment is easy at WWW.CVS.com, especially if you are already their pharmacy customer. This would facilitate Lathrop transportation’s assistance with pick up there as well. Contact Rob if you need help with this. Serios Pharmacy is also happy to deliver, both pharmacy and other self-care supplies.

April 9, 2020

Update from Thom Wright, PhD, CEO/Executive Director

A few reminders to keep us on the same page:

  • We continue to follow CDC and MDPH guidelines for secure closures at each campus.
  • To stay current on the ever-changing news about COVID-19 in Massachusetts, log onto mass.gov/covid19 or text COVIDMA to 888-777 for updates and alerts.
  • Residents who are not feeling well should contact their primary care physician directly. Many practices have implemented telehealth options, to minimize the need for in person visits and to maintain maximal social distancing.
  • All essential Inn visitors (residents, staff, homecare agencies, etc.) are being screened.
  • Lathrop’s food supply chain remains robust.
  • Well-checks continue weekly with all residents. Many thanks to Suzie Dickson Moyer.
  • Transportation is taking all residents, by appointment only, to medical appointments.
  • Lathrop has developed a standard grocery list that will be made available for townhome residents that cannot or choose not to shop at the grocery store for staple items. Please contact Mickey Moriarty in Transportation at 413-437-5371 for more details. Inn residents should contact Rob Olmsted or a member of the nursing team for assistance.
  • Work orders are being collected but only emergencies are being addressed. Facilities staff will call ahead and will wear PPE.
  • Easthampton townhome housekeeping resumed on April 4 on a limited, case by case basis for existing clientele. Mike Strycharz is organizing this initiative.
  • Please continue to encourage and show appreciation to our team members through the new email: ThankYouStaff@lathrop.kendal.org Kathi Brown and Thom Wright will receive and post them on the THANK YOU board hung outside of their offices at the Inn.

What’s New and In Progress?

  • Effective April 4, all residents are STRONGLY URGED to wear a facemask when going outside of their homes. All Inn residents must also wear facemasks when answering the door to their apartment for the nurse, dining staff, etc. and when outside of their Inn apartments to pick up mail or walk the hallways. As of April 8, Lathrop has provided each resident with a surgical mask; please check the resident internal mail cubbies.
  • The concern all experts are citing is the potential transmission by asymptomatic individuals. Lathrop STRONGLY URGES all residents living in townhomes and the Inn to STAY HOME and to STAY ON CAMPUS, if possible. Aside from medical appointments, we should all consider sheltering in place.
  • The new communication app and the Easthampton in-house TV station are still in the works. Unfortunately, with everything going on, it will take Charter at least another thirty (30) days to implement. The app should go live in another week. The good news is that once the TV system has been installed, Lathrop will have yet another communications tool.
  • To reach the weekend Manager on Duty, residents may call the Inn, should you have any questions or concerns.

April 11/12: Kathi Brown

April 18/19: Thom Wright

April 25/26: Frank Sansom.

May 2/3: Mike Strycharz

May 9/10: Rob Olmsted

May 16/17: Kathi Brown

May 23/24: Thom Wright

May 30/31: Frank Sansom

Community Notes and Reminders from Neighbors:

  • The Easthampton expansion is still our goal. The architects are not working now, but we are engaging Berkshire Design to continue working on the infrastructure plans for the townhomes, commons building, the Conservation Restriction plan, and the Northampton detention basin project. Suzie has also engaged the reservation list to gauge soft interest in the project and I am pleased to share that 26 members are keenly interested. While we cannot accept deposits until we have town approvals, this is good news. It seems at times like these, the value of living in community is more evident and meaningful.
  • There are several Lathrop sewers who are making homemade cloth facemasks. However, there is a shortage of elastic. If you have a supply of elastic, please consider donating it. In Easthampton, please contact your Lane rep or Julie, Robbins, Marilyn Guzik, Adele Dowell or Doris Atkinson.
  • Easthampton Thrift Shop: Due to Covid precautions, Thrift Shop volunteers cannot accept donations at this time. However, you are encouraged to keep sorting out those closets and set aside items for future donations. Eventually, the hope is to be able to catch up with fundraising through Thrift Shop sales.
  • When walking outdoors, please be mindful of ticks. Protect both you and your pets.
  • If residents are making their own bleach solutions for cleaning, keep in mind that whatever container it is in should be labelled to minimize risk of using it for unintended purposes. Also, read the guidelines found online for the shelf life of the solution and consider making small batches to be used immediately for cleaning.

March 17, 2020

A message from Thom Wright, PhD, CEO/Executive Director

Re: COVID-19 Prevention – Secure Closing of The Inn, Easthampton and The Meeting House, Northampton through April 30, 2020

The COVID-19 threat has consumed much of the last two weeks for all us and the same is true for leadership as we have engaged with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on this topic. After watching the progression of COVID-19 over the last few days and based on the strong recommendation for senior living communities by MDPH working in collaboration with the CDC, we have made the decision to do a secure closing of The Inn and The Meeting House effective March 17, 2020 through April 30, 2020, at the earliest.

Please note that as of this date there are no cases of coronavirus at Lathrop. If there is a confirmed case at Lathrop, management will inform you that there is a case without disclosing specific and identifiable information.

What is a secure closing of The Inn?

A secure closing means we will be restricting the following people/activities until April 30, 2020, at the earliest:

  • All programs (educational, entertainment, etc.) which involve any outside groups or Lathrop townhomes residents will be canceled. Programs for Inn residents (e.g., movies in the Mt. Tom Room, BINGO, etc.) will be limited to small groups (10-12), will continue and be enhanced.
  • All non-essential visitors to the Inn will be restricted. Essential Inn visitors include private caregivers, hospice workers, and families who are escorting a resident to a doctor’s appointment (only). Staff will assist Inn residents with virtual visitation through technology such as skype, as requested.
  • Guest room reservations will be canceled.
  • All outgoing pleasure trips will be canceled. Transportation will be limited to medical appointments only on both campuses. Staff will work with Inn residents to assist with grocery shopping on a weekly basis.
  • Mail delivery: As of this date, the Postmaster assures us that mail will be delivered, as always. Mail can be retrieved anytime by residents between 8am and 5pm, but we do recommend maintaining social distancing and limiting the amount of times per week that mail is picked up. In addition, residents must be screened before picking up the mail.
  • Inn meals: Breakfast and lunch meals will be served for small groups (10-12) in the dining room and the evening meal will be delivered directly to Inn apartments, effective March 16, 2020. If this order is amended, we will adjust our protocol, as appropriate.

Access into the community

Effective Tuesday, March 17:

  • All exterior doors of the Inn will be secured but can still be opened from the inside in the event of a fire or other emergency requiring evacuation.
  • Screening will be done by a trained member of staff directly inside the Inn front door. All visitors and staff will be screened. This will include taking the temperature of each person and screening for symptoms of respiratory illness, travel history and possible contact with a  person known to be infected with COVID-19.
  • Once screening is complete, visitors and staff may enter the Inn.
  • All essential visitors and staff must enter the community through the Inn Lobby for screening.
  • Inn residents who leave the building for medical appointments will be screened upon return.

Anyone whose temperature is above the mandated threshold of 100.3 will be asked to return to their home/unit and additional instructions will be given by a Lathrop healthcare professional and/or their supervisor.

We will also ask everyone coming into the community to use hand sanitizer on their way in and on their way out of the front doors as a general practice.

What should EVERYONE do?

Follow all CDC recommendations such as:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home, especially if you are not feeling well or have a compromised condition.
  • We would strongly recommend that all residents stock up on supplies you will need to keep yourself safe. This includes non-perishable food items.

What should INN RESIDENTS do?

  • If you utilize the service of a private caregiver, please share a copy of this memo with them.
  • Please cancel all non-essential visitors through April 30, 2020

Re: COVID-19 Prevention – Secure Closing of The Meeting House, Northampton through April 30, 2020

What is a secure closing of The Meeting House?

A secure closing means we will be restricting the following people/activities until April 30, 2020:

  • The Meeting House will be closed to residents, other than retrieving mail.
  • All programs (educational, entertainment, etc.) will be canceled. By not using the common spaces, Lathrop will be better able to maintain cleaning and disinfecting protocol. We simply do not have the staff to clean the Meeting House daily and are focused on the congregate living spaces at the Inn.
  • Residents will have access to the mail room, only. Please refrain from other spaces which will be locked off. This includes the pool room at the blue house.
  • Guest room reservations will be canceled.
  • Transportation will be limited to medical appointments only on both campuses.
  • Mail delivery: At present, the Postmaster assures us that mail will be delivered, as always. Mail can be retrieved anytime by residents, but we do recommend maintaining social distancing. This means staying 6 feet apart from one another.
  • The office will be staffed at least part of the day Monday-Friday for general questions or concerns and a maintenance staff will be onsite, as well.

Rely on trusted sources of information and consult the CDC’s website, https://www.cdc.gov/ for additional information. We recognize this information will change rapidly and as new information becomes available, we’ll be sure to communicate it immediately. Together, we can make our community safe with responsible practices