Special Alerts

July 2, 20202 Covid-19 Update

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 3:42 pm

To Our Residents and Family Members:

As of Thursday, July 2, 2020 Chautauqua Guest Homes has no active cases of COVID-19 in our 9th or 11th Street facilities.  Random testing of residents and staff members have revealed no new cases of COVID-19.  Both facilities continue with increased monitoring of all residents and screening of all individuals entering and exiting the facilities, as well as performing random COVID-19 testing on residents and staff members.

Chautauqua Guest Homes has and will continue to work in conjunction with Floyd County Public Health and other state and federal agencies through this pandemic emergency.  The overwhelming goal at this time is to maintain the health and safety of all residents and staff.

If you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to contact the facilities.  Please continue to check the facility website at www.chautauquaguesthomes.com and Facebook for updates as well.

Sincerely,

Mary Shupe, Administrator                            Misty Hobert, Administrator

Posted on June 25, 2020 at 4:14 pm
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Chautauqua Guest Homes #3  	302 9th Street, Charles City, IA 50616	641-228-5351
Chautauqua

June 25, 2020

To Our Residents and Family Members:

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, 9th and 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home facilities each received notification of their first COVID-19 positive case.  Upon notification of these test results, Chautauqua immediately implemented the pandemic emergency plan and installed a temporary wall that isolated four double rooms on the west wing at 11th Street Chautauqua.  The two total positive cases within Chautauqua were relocated into the isolation unit with care provided by staff members whose work hours are spent entirely within the isolation unit.  The separation ensures that care provided within the COVID-19 Unit and also to the other residents in the facility is completed following all recommended infection control standards. 

Since notification of positive cases within Chautauqua Guest Homes, each facility is providing enhanced monitoring to our residents through screening of COVID-19 at least twice daily, and if a resident is awake in the overnight hours, three times a day.  Staff continues to be screened and temperatures are taken at the beginning and end of their shift.  On May 28 and May 29 all three Chautauqua locations voluntarily conducted baseline COVID-19 testing on virtually all residents and staff.  All testing at that time reflected negative results.  Chautauqua Guest Homes has conducted additional COVID-19 testing on residents and staff who were identified as high risk. All test results that have been received as of June 25, 2020, have been negative.  Chautauqua Guest Homes will continue to conduct random tests and provide notification if/when any positive test results are obtained from the results of any further testing for COVID-19.

Chautauqua Guest Homes has and will continue to work in conjunction with Floyd County Public Health and other state and federal agencies through this pandemic emergency.  The overwhelming goal at this time is to maintain the health and safety of all residents and staff.

Chautauqua Guest Homes continues to enforce the visitor restrictions that were implemented for nursing facilities on March 13, 2020, and has only allowed visitors in compassionate end of life situations.  Chautauqua Guest Homes will also closely monitor test results within the facilities and Floyd County, these trends will greatly impact decision making in our reopening plan. 

We respect and understand that visitor restrictions have been extremely difficult for residents and family members.  We would like to thank all family members who have communicated their support and recognition that the visitor restrictions are to protect the residents and staff of Chautauqua Guest Homes.  We continue to encourage window and virtual visits.  9th and 11th Street facilities have several iPads and tablets to assist with the virtual visits and we encourage family members to use the technology available to maintain contact with your loved one.

If you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to contact the facilities.  Please continue to check the facility website at www.chautauquaguesthomes.com and Facebook for updates as well.

Sincerely,

Mary Shupe, Administrator             Misty Hobert, Administrator

In regards to 9th Street Chautauqua

Posted on June 18, 2020 at 4:08 pm

6/18/2020

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to inform you that at 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Homes, we have had 1 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within Chautauqua Guest Homes, including staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances.

We are taking steps based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced Infection Control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people into the building.
  • Testing staff and residents for Covid-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing communal activities

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please call the facility to schedule and arrange these virtual visits.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus. 

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our center. Please call us at 641-228-5351, email us at 9thSt.Chaut3@gmail.com, or visit our website www.chautauquaguesthomes.com for updates on the status of your loved one.

Sincerely, 

Chautauqua Guest Homes, Inc.

In regards to 11th Street Chautauqua

Posted on June 18, 2020 at 4:08 pm

6/18/2020

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to inform you that at 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Homes, we have had 1 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within Chautauqua Guest Homes, including staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances.

We are taking steps based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing communal activities

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please call the facility to schedule and arrange these virtual visits.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus. 

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our center. Please call us at 641-228-2353, email us at 11thSt.Chaut2@gmail.com, or visit our website www.chautauquaguesthomes.com for updates on the status of your loved one.

Sincerely, 

Chautauqua Guest Homes, Inc.

COVID-19 Update

Posted on May 26, 2020 at 3:37 pm

           May 26, 2020

        To All Chautauqua Residents/Tenants, Families, and Staff;


We want to start by thanking all of you for your efforts in helping us follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and other professional organizations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. Together, we can make a difference.  In our continued efforts to respond in a proactive and positive manner, Chautauqua Guest Homes, with the assistance of the Floyd County Public Health Department, have decided to offer COVID-19 testing to all of our residents and staff.  Testing provides an accurate picture of viral activity at our facilities on the day of testing and establishes a baseline that we can use to compare with future results.

While not required, the Chautauqua Guest Homes Management Team and Infection Preventionists, STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE TESTING OF Chautauqua Residents/Tenants, and Employees.  Any resident/tenant or responsible party who wishes to refuse testing is asked to contact the Director of Nursing or Administrator by 4 PM on 5/27/20. 

Long term care residents are at high risk for infection, serious illness, and death from COVID-19. Testing for the virus that causes COVID-19, in respiratory specimens can detect current infection among residents and healthcare personnel in nursing homes. Long term care employees are also at risk for infection related to occupational exposure.  Testing in nursing facilities can be an important addition to other infection prevention and control recommendations aimed at:

Keeping COVID-19 out

Detecting cases quickly

Stopping transmission

There are 2 types of testing available.  The swab testing is for those individuals who meet CDC criteria for testing or who currently have symptoms.  All residents/tenants will be eligible for a swab test.  Antibody testing is designed for individuals who think they might have had COVID-19 and are not currently experiencing symptoms.  All Chautauqua employees may have a swab test, an antibody test, or both.  Resident testing will be conducted on May 28 and 29.  Residents/Tenants will be tested at their facilities.  Employees will be tested on May 29. 

While reopening in the State of Iowa has started, please be patient throughout the Chautauqua process.  We don’t expect that our facilities will be reopening until the last of three phases described in nation-wide process and only if certain data metrics are met.  As our residents/tenants are the most vulnerable population, this makes sense.  Please realize that as soon as we receive notice from our regulatory agencies that we may again open our doors, you will all be immediately notified.  Our overall goal to keep our residents/tenants as safe as possible has not changed. 

We appreciate your understanding, patience, and support during this difficult time for everyone!

Chautauqua Guest Home Management

Mary Shupe, Administrator              Misty Hobert, RN, BSN, Administrator

Sandy Staudt, RN, Infection Preventionist                                              Susan Ayers, RN, BSN, Infection Preventionist