April 7, 2020 – Updates will be posted to this page
May I visit a Tabitha Living Community at this time?
- We are currently unable to allow visitors
- Tabitha took extra precautions, even before they were mandated by the CDC
- Our priority is the safety and well-being of Senior Residents along with families, Volunteers, TEAMembers and the greater community
- We continue to follow the guidance of the CDC
- Special arrangements for compassionate care, end-of-life visitors are made on a case-by-case basis and must go through screening
- Only essential/limited and screened Volunteers are reporting to Tabitha Living Communities
How is Tabitha monitoring COVID-19 signs and symptoms of current Residents?
- Each Resident is being under close watch by our nursing staff
- Monitoring changes in health
- Checking vital signs on a daily basis and as needed (more often on a case-by-case basis)
How are those entering Tabitha Living Communities/Offices being screened?
- Every person entering a Tabitha Living Community/location or performing Tabitha work in the field is being tracked and monitored prior to beginning their work/entering Resident areas/homes:
- This includes completing a Screening Questionnaire about change in health, travel or contact with others
- Body temperature is also measured and recorded prior to entering/reporting to work
- Vendors have designated outside drop sites to provide delivery of goods
How is Tabitha implementing social distancing?
- Residents dine in their rooms
- If and when in common areas, they remain at least 6 feet apart
- Activities will be one-on-one and in groups of less than 10, as directed by the CDC and Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) on each floor
- Chapel services are offered via broadcast in Resident rooms and/or local worship services on TV or a service online
- And as always, if a Resident is not feeling well, care is provided in their suite/ apartment
What does self-monitoring mean?
Monitoring yourself for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection, including cough, shortness of breath, fever and sore throat. Individuals with known exposure to COVID-19 infection are asked to check for symptoms including taking body temperature twice daily at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and symptoms should be documented daily to get an accurate determination of how long they should remain in isolation.
How can I connect with a loved one residing at Tabitha?
- Tabitha is working with Residents and families one-on-one to determine the best way for all to stay in touch
- It is imperative that we remain connected
- Tabitha is working to ensure all Primary Contacts of Residents are well-informed
- Direct phone calls to Residents are encouraged along with mailed cards and notes
- We are also assisting with coordinating video chats, video exchanges
- And are requesting the Primary Contact create a chain of communication to share information with other friends and family to keep information flowing
Does Tabitha have enough supplies for staff?
- As you probably have heard on the news, supplies for caregivers on the frontline such as masks, googles, gowns and gloves are in high demand
- You can do your part by purchasing only the supplies you need
How are face masks being used at Tabitha?
- As an extra precautionary measure, Tabitha TEAMembers have been provided and have ongoing access to masks
- We require frontline staff caring directly for and about Residents/Clients to wear masks when 6 feet or closer to others
- Administrative staff members are also required to wear masks
Is Tabitha Meals on Wheels still delivering?
- Yes, Tabitha Meals on Wheels continues to deliver to 500+ Lincoln recipients daily
- We can always use more Volunteers to help with this effort – please visit Tabitha.org/Volunteer to sign up
Is Tabitha currently hiring?
- Yes, Tabitha has a wide range of jobs open, please check out career opportunities and apply online at Tabitha.org/Careers
- Watch for Virtual Job Fairs posted on Tabitha’s Facebook Page as well
Tabitha is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.
What are ways to help cope with loneliness and anxiety during this time?
- Please check in on Senior neighbors with a daily phone call
- Tag on to your shopping list—ask if Senior family, friends and neighbors need anything from the store or pharmacy
- Check out these tips from DHHS Nebraska
Where can I learn more about COVID-19?
There are many resources available:
- U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS)
Again, Tabitha absolutely understands these precautions cause inconvenience but are for the health and safety of all involved. Tabitha is committed to the well-being of the Seniors we care for and about. Thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure the health and safety of all involved.