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Thursday July 9, 2020

We are pleased to inform you that Cumming Health and Rehab and Cumming Senior Living Center do not have any current residents who have tested positive for Covid-19.  Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 total residents who tested positive and 15 of those residents recovered.  Cumming Health and Rehab did have one staff member test positive for Covid-19 in the past week.  We do contact tracing on any positive or presumed positive test results.  This employee knows where the exposure occured outside of the facility.  There is no indication that any residents were exposed to Covid-19 from this employee.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 7 employees test positive for Covid-19 with 6 who have recovered.  Cumming Senior Living has not had any residents or staff members test positive for Covid-19.  We want to stress that we continue to provide and require all staff members in contact with residents to wear a respirator mask.  We also continuously educate employees on infection prevention protocols in order to limit the occurance of Covid-19 within the facility.  While it is unfortunate, we do anticipate future positive cases of Covid-19 as the virus continues to spread througout the state and community.  If a resident tests positive for Covid-19 all emergency contacts will be notified via the mass notification system after the family of the infected resident is notified.  Due to HIPPA privacy laws detailed information concerning any positive resident or staff member cannot be shared.   We continue to report all required information concerning Covid-19 to the CDC.  If you have any questions you can call 770-781-2300 or email info@cummingnursing.com.

We have stayed busy having fun and enjoying any refreshing treats that will help keep us cool in the July summer heat!  Today is National Sugar Cookie Day, so of course we had to celebrate!  Please check out some of our residents enjoying themselves in the pictures at the top of the page.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday July 2, 2020

Happy Independence Day Weekend!  We are thrilled to announce that Cumming Health and Rehab and Cumming Senior Living do not have any residents or staff members with an active positive case of Covid-19!  In total to date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 residents test positive for Covid-19 and 15 recovered as well as 6 staff members who have all recovered.  Thank you for your continued prayers and well wishes for our residents and staff members.  We are sending the same to all of you!

Cumming Health and Rehab recieved an Infection Control survey from Georgia's  Healthcare Facility Regulation Division on Monday June 29th.  We are proud to announce that this thourough survey was completed without any findings of inadequacies.  We are committed to remaining up to date with guidance provided by the various agencies including the CDC, CMS and Georgia Public Health to ensure that we are adjusting protocols to meet these updates.  Once again we would like to reiterate how empathetic we are during this time you have been physically separated from your loved ones.  We will continue to work with local and state officials as guidelines are relaxed regarding visitors in long term care facilities and update you when these changes happen.

Our residents have been busy eating watermelon and other summer goodies delivered with enthusiasm!  Check out the updated pictures in the upper right hand corner.  Fresh air outings are always popular but being reserved for the cooler mornings since the heat has arrived with July.  There are plans for a 4th of July celebration including a staff parade to entertain our residents and cookout lunch!  We hope you enjoy your 4th of July weekend!

 

 

Friday June 26, 2020

We have had a good healthy week and hope all of you have as well!  We are happy to report that we do not have any residents who currently have tested positive to COVID-19.  As of today Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 total residents who tested postive for COVID-19 and 15 residents recovered.  There have been 6 total staff members test positive for COVID-19 but there are no current staff with a positive case.  Cumming Senior Living has not had any residents or staff members test positive for COVID-19.  If this data were to change we would alert emergency contacts for all of our residents via the mass notification system.  We would like to thank the National Guard for disinfecting the facility on Tuesday morning.

Our residents were treated with a Cumming Health and Rehab version of an ice cream truck this week!  Room service was delivered with "bells" on!  Social distancing, fresh air outings were served up with ripe watermelon and homemade cookies this week.

We also celebrated National Nursing Assistants Week.  Our Certified Nursing Assistants have dedicated their lives to the well-being of our residents. Their hard work is praise worthy everyday but their dedication during this world wide pandemic has been truly remarkable.  Thank you to all of the Certified Nursing Assistants who have bravely reported to duty to ensure that all of their residents are cared for and loved.  We would like to thank the following companies for donating to our celebration this week:  Pruitt Home Health, Brightstar Care, Home Helpers, Bridgeway Hospice, Guardian Home Health, Amedisys Home Health, A Place for Mom and Kindred Home Health.  Thank you for showering them with well deserved treats and meals throughout the week. 

 

Friday June 19, 2020

We continue to have good news to share that Cumming Health and Rehab and Cumming Senior Living don't have any residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 total residents test positive for COVID-19 and 15 of those residents have recovered.  We continue to do daily screening on all residents, staff members and necessary visitors.  We continue to keep up to date on all recommendations from the CDC and Public Health making adjustments to operations as guidance suggests.  You can always contact us at 770-781-2300 or cumminginfo.com if you  have any questions.  Thank you again for your continued support during this difficult time.

Nothing can make our residents smile like seeing their loved ones, but our Activities Department has tried their best!  This week they were able to go outside for some fresh air, the afternoons earlier in the week were perfect for getting some natural Vitamin D!  Our residents enjoyed eating some fresh vegetables on National Vegetable Day!  I think the overwhelming favorite treat this week was Coke Floats, Root Beer Floats and Orange Floats!   We have added some lovely pictures of our residents enjoying themselves to the picture box on the right of this page.  Happy Father's Day weekend!

 

Friday June 12, 2020

We are happy to report that Cumming Health and Rehab and Cumming Senior Living don't have any residents with a positive case of COVID-19.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 total residents test positve for COVID-19 and 15 of those residents recovered.  Staff testing that was completed on June 1st has resulted in no positive test results.  We continue to screen all residents, staff and any necessary visitors daily.  All previous precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in place and adjustments are continually made as the guidance is updated.

We want to clarify that Governor Kemp did revoke the vulnerable populations "stay in place" directive yesterday but it does not pertain to people residing in nursing homes, personal care homes, and assisted livings.  We are actively involved in our Region D Healthcare Coalition and Georgia Healthcare Association, who will issue guidance on easing restrictions when the Governor gives the okay to do so.   We understand that not being able to visit your loved ones is a major sacrifice for you as well as for them. We have tried to "think outside of the box" in order to have everyone still feel connected.  Please contact us if you have any questions by calling 770-781-2300 or emailing cumminginfo.com.  

Although the week started out rainy, we have had some beautiful days to go outside with our residents so they can get some fresh air and conversation.  Wanda and Debbie served up refreshing fruit smoothies, ice cream sundaes and a happy hour of sparkling juice and chocolate!  Please check out our beautiful residents enjoying some of the treats from the week by clicking the picture above and scrolling through.  Thank you again for your continued support and have a healthy weekend!

Friday June 5, 2020

We welcomed June in this week and continue to be overjoyed that we do not have any residents positive for COVID-19!  To date 16 residents tested positive for COVID-19 and 15 of those residents recovered.  Cumming Senior Living doesn't have any postive cases.  We offered COVID-19 testing to all staff members this week.  Many staff members had already been tested.

This week the Activities Department kept us busy eating and taking in the sunshine!  We celebrated National Cheese Day and National Donut Day with all the goodies!  Residents who enjoy going outside have been enjoying the warm weather. 

Some families have asked about any changes to the current visitation policy.  As of right now the State of Georgia has not issued any guidance on easing visitation restrictions for our communities.  We continue to honor and accomodate family members visitation with residents nearing end of life.  The Governor extended the Public Health State of Emergency until July 12th.  We welcome those families who would like to come and visit either outside of your loved ones room or outside of our front lobby.  We also encourage video chat or phone calls that can be arranged either through Debbie Swanson, dswanson@cumminghealthandrehab.com or Wanda Lawhorn, wlawhorn@cumminghealthandrehab.com.  Please click on the picture box above to see our residents enjoying this weeks' activities!   

Thursday May 28, 2020

We are so PLEASED to announce that we no longer have any residents who are positive for COVID-19!!!!!  To date there have been a total of 16 residents test positive and 15 residents recovered from this virus.  Cumming Senior Living continues to not have any residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all families who have lost a loved one during this pandemic. 

We would like to send a special Thank You to Dr. Shyla Reddy and Regina Davis, FNP.  They have been here with us through this crisis providing wonderful care to our residents and support to our staff members.  We are truly grateful to have a team of practitioners that never waivered or left our side during this time.

 

Friday May 22, 2020

We are so pleased to announce that 11 of the 16 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 have now recovered!  We continue to care for 4 residents recovering from COVID-19.  Thank you to our awesome staff, families, friends, vendors, volunteers and community for supporting us during this crisis.  

St. Brendan's Catholic Church Rosary Ministry Team blessed us with a wonderful breakfast bar this week!  The effort and time that they took assembling this meal for us was so thoughtful!  We loved the food and appreciated the sweet card that accompanyied it.  Thank you Mr. Satriano for the pizza surprise today!  Optum sponsored a pizza party for staff earlier this week.  We celebrated Memorial Day today by taking a moment to honor those who serve our country as well as our residents with a good ole fashion cookout. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to another inspiring week, we hope you have a peaceful Memorial Day weekend!

 

Thursday May 14, 2020

I want to apologize and correct yesterday's post, the total number of positive COVID-19 residents to date is 16.  We do have 7 residents who have tested positive that remain in-house.  I'm sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

We continue to celebrate National Nursing Home week with our residents and staff.  Monday we celebrated by playing a social distancing game of Let's Make a Deal with popcorn and lemonade.  Tuesday we were treated with bisquits for breakfast from Brightstar Care and warm cookies and milk in the afternoon.  Baked Kitchen food truck serve us lunch on Wednesday.  Today everyone is enjoying ice cream sundaes and games.  Thank you to our Activities Staff, Debbie and Wanda for making this a special week for all of us!

 

Wednesday May 13, 2020

We are happy to announce that 4 more residents have recovered from COVID-19!  We remain at 12 total residents who have tested positive and 7 of those residents remain cared for in-house.  Cumming Senior Living, the personal care home, continues to have no residents who have tested positive.  Thank you to all of our staff who bravely care for our residents everyday!   We want to also thank all of the families who have allowed us to care for your loved ones and supported us during this unprecedented time.

National Nursing Home Week kicked off on Sunday with Mother's Day.  A special shout out to our Activity Staff, Debbie and Wanda, for making Mother's Day extra special this year.  During this crisis they have creatively thought of ways to continue to engage our residents, family members, staff and our community.  Friday they hosted a social distancing tea party for our mothers complete with roses.  Debbie volunteered to spend her Mother's Day here with our resident's so they could video chat with their loved ones!  Thank you both for your continued dedication to our residents!  The pictures above show how sweet Mother's Day was for us even during a pandemic.

Thursday May 7, 2020

As of noon today our total positive cases of COVID-19 are 16.  We continue to care for 11 residents in-house, who have tested positive.  Cumming Senior Living (the personal care home) continues to have no residents who have tested positive.  We are so happy to announce that we have now had 3 residents recover from COVID-19!  That is the best gift for our nurses as we are celebrating National Nurse's Week!  We send a special THANK YOU out to all of our staff who have cared for and nursed our residents back to health!

We would like to thank all of our vendors who have sent our nurse's treats throughout the week to celebrate the hard work that they do everyday:  Agape Hospice, Pruitt Health Pharmacy, Amedysis Home Health, Longleaf Hospice and Guardian Home Health.  We appreciate your support and recognition!  

The love and appreciation shared by so many of our families is a blessing.  Thank you Penny Love for sending Emma and Debbie beautiful flowers and cookies in recognition of their continued dedication to our residents.

The top right corner of this page has pictures that you can click on to see some of our captured grateful moments!

 

Tuesday April 28, 2020

As of 4:00pm today our total positive cases has increased by one.  We now have had 15 positive cases total and 12 of those residents remain in-house.  Despite the tireless efforts of our dedicated staff, we- like so many other facilities- have seen our positive cases increase.  It's impossible for us to trace exactly how this virus spreads, but we have implemented every feasible measure to stop its spread, and we are contstantly updating our processes as additional measures are identified.

A heartfelt "thank you" to Tam's Backstage and Midway Meal House restaurants for providing our staff meals to take home to share with their families!  This was such a nice surprise and we are grateful for our community for supporting our healthcare workers.

Thursday April 23, 2020

I'm sure our families received the notification earlier today that we do have a new postive COVID-19  test result.  As of noon today our total positive cases are 14 with 11 of those cases remaining in the facility. Be assured that we continue to follow the CDC guidelines for infection control, report and recieve direction from the Georgia Department of Public Health and report daily to Georgia Department of Community Health- Healthcare Facility Regulation Division.

I would like to remind all of you that our Activities Department is scheduling video chats with families.  If you are interested in participating please email either Debbie or Wanda, their contact information is listed below.

Today the facility recieved Dominio's pizza for lunch courtesy of Senior Dental Care.  Thank you so much for thinking of our facility during this time!  We look forward to the day that we will be able to resume normal operations with our valued vendors.

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Families should have received an update today from the new mass notification system.  We understand that some family members did not recieve the update while others did, we are addressing these issues with the software company.  

All of the residents at Cumming Health and Rehab have been tested for COVID-19 at least once.  As of today at noon there have been a total of 13 residents test positive for COVID-19, and 10 of those residents continue to reside in-house.  All residents who have tested positive have been moved to 400 hall for isolation purposes.  This also allows for the staff members who work on 400 hall to remain on that wing.  Cumming Senior Living is a separate facility and continues to have no residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Thank you to everyone for their support and generosity while our staff members continue to bravely navigate these trying times.  A special THANK YOU to family member, Lynn Lyle, for providing staff members lunch and dinner today from Big D's BBQ!  It was delicious and a much needed source of comfort for us all.

 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Families should have received a call or text message from the facility yesterday.  We have obtained a new software system that allows us to send mass notifications and we will continue to update you in this manner as well as on this web page.  We apologize that all communication isn't in person, but due to the extra time we are spending on training, disinfecting and keeping up with the daily changes in guidance, this is the best option to keep updates timely.

We continue to work with and report our data daily to Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia Department of Community Health, Healthcare Facility Regulation Department.  Currently we are alloted a specific amount of tests on a daily basis and will update this site as our numbers change.  Today as of noon we have had a total of 10 positive tests for COVID-19 at Cumming Health and Rehab.  We would like to emphasize that there are no positive cases at Cumming Senior Living.  

The National Guard has disinfected twice and will continue to do so on a weekly basis.  We are grateful for their support during this time.