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In our 134+ years, Tabitha has seen its share of challenges. We know the only way through this historic and unprecedented time is to be as prepared as possible and for communities to join together.
Tabitha continues to be fiercely focused on the safety and health of the Seniors we support and care about, their families and each and every one of us.
We're staying on top of all the developments tied to this every-changing pandemic to guard against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have designed creative ways to keep Tabitha Residents/Clients engaged and comfortable while working with their families and friends to stay connected.
Tabitha elected to take action early on, and it has paid off. We enacted stringent precautions, well before they were officially mandated by governmental health agencies and industry experts. Proactive steps which remain in place include:
- Resident vitals taken daily (or more often as needed/care plan requires)
- Mask usages
- Strong hand hygiene
- Wearing of proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Face coverings provided for Residents and TEAMembers
- Only essential clinical and approved staff allowed on clinical floors/areas/houses
- Mandatory screening (including the recording of body temperature) of all employees prior to reporting to their work area and limited people entering a Tabitha building
- Designated drop sites at Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (TNRC) South/Main Entrance
- Collaborations with national, state and local health departments and organizations to stay abreast of best practices and updates
- Encourage all employees to put these preventative measures in place not only at work but at home and when in public
By following all instructions properly, we have the potential to slow down the infection rate and ultimately save lives.
Tabitha has an Incident Command System (ICS) in place as well as an interdisciplinary team, made up of leaders from across all functions of the organization. All are staying abreast of the latest information. Our key sources of information are:
- Lincoln/Lancaster Department of Health (along with related county health departments tied to the 28 counties we serve)
- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS)
- Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program (ICAP)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
As Nebraska slowly reopens, there is still a real concern about spreading the virus to vulnerable individuals, such as the Seniors entrusted to Tabitha’s care. We cannot let up our guard until a vaccine is in wide use. We do not take this responsibility lightly.
I cannot stress enough, if you're sick or believe may have been exposed, we need you to take appropriate actions. If we all follow instructions, we have the potential to slow down the infection rate and ultimately save lives. The pandemic will now be combined with the flu season this fall and winter, which will further complicate matters.
We are proud as to how Residents, families and TEAMembers have adapted to new protocols. By acting responsibly, we can ultimately impact the outcome of this pandemic.
Tabitha President & CEO