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Friday September 25, 2020

Cumming Health and Rehab continues to test all staff members weekly and we do not have any new positive cases of Covid-19.  To date we have had 16 toal residents and 8 total staff members who have contracted the virus.  Cumming Senior Living has not any residents who have tested positive and only one staff member.  We will update everyone's Responsible Party if this were ever to change.

It's Fall Ya'll and we are enjoying this weather!  Activites has us decorated and ready to embrace this time of year.  Debbie baked the residents a homemade Cherry Pineapple Cobbler in honor of National Cherries Jubilee Day!  They have kept busy getting manicures, having music class and making fall arts and crafts to decorate the facility with.  Girl Scout Troup 383 continues to bless our residents with encouraging signs, cards and activities!  It is such a nice treat for the residents and morale boost for the staff.  We would also like to thank The Pheonix at Milton Senior Living Community and A Place for Mom for providing a well deserved ice cream break this week!

A letter is being sent to all of the residents Responsible Party's today explaining how outdoor visitation is going to work at Cumming Health and Rehab.  If you would like to inquire about details and you do not recieve a letter please call the front desk at 770-781-2300, Monday-Friday 9-4pm.  The residents are excited to see everyone and so are we!  Have a wonderful first weekend of Fall!

Friday September 18, 2020

Happy Friday everyone!  We are happy to inform you that Cumming Health and Rehab and Cumming Senior Living have not had any change in our Covid-19 status.  Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 total residents and 8 employees who have tested positive in the past and Cumming Senior Living has had 1 staff member who tested positive in the past.  Cumming Health and Rehab continues to test our staff members once per week which is determined by Forsyth County's Covid-19 positivity percentage. 

We are finalizing our plans for in-person, outside visits and will be contacting emergency contacts to set up appointments!  If you would like for our Social Worker, Christine McGrew, to assist your loved one in obtaining an absentee ballot for voting please email her at cmcgrew@cumminghealthandrehab.com or leave her a message at ext. 253.  The deadline for applying for an absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 election is October 30th.  We have had some good treats from our Activity Department this week.  We celebrated Mexican Independence Day with taquitos and rice.  Homemade Apple Dumplings hit the spot on the cool rainy day this week.  Today we are having hamburger sliders and smiles!  We hope you enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday September 16, 2020

We wanted to respond to Governor Kemp’s Executive Order released yesterday regarding visitation in long term care facilities.  We have referenced the State of Georgia Department of Public Health Administrative Order Long-Term Care Facilities Reopening Guidance that is referred to in the Executive Order.  Our facility is in Phase 1 of reopening because Forsyth County’s case per 100,000 for the past 2 weeks is 152.  This number has to be 99 or below (along with other criteria) in order for us to move on to Phase 2.  During Phase 1 of reopening essential healthcare personnel are only permitted inside of the facility, Telehealth visits and engagements through technology is preferred, group activities are restricted, Compassionate Care visits and window visits are permitted.  We understand that everyone wants to be able to come in and visit their loved ones but unfortunately this is not proposed in the 3 phases of reopening.  As the facility and Forsyth County’s rates decrease we will continue to follow the phase guidance for reopening.  We currently encourage families and friends to schedule a video chat with their loved one or come to the facility for a window visit.  Compassionate Care visits are arranged by appointment  The facility is working on a plan to allow outdoor visits that will meet criteria for safe visits.  As soon as this is assembled we will contact everyone for the opportunity to schedule a visit.  Thank you so much for your continued support and we look forward to the day when we can safely all be together again. 

 

Friday September 11, 2020

Cumming Health and Rehab and Cumming Senior Living has not had any new positive Covid-19 test results.  Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 total residents and 8 total employees test positive.  Cumming Senior Living has had 1 employee test positive for Covid-19.  Cumming Health and Rehab continues to test our staff members weekly as long as Forsyth County's positive percentage rate is above 5%. If anyone test results are positive emergency contacts and residents will be notified by 5pm the following day via the mass texting system.  We will also update this weekly post to keep everyone informed of our current status.  Forsyth County's percentage rate has increased since last week to 7.8% positive.  We hope that everyone is continuing to practice social distancing and frequent hand hygiene.  We ask our staff to remain vigilant when in the community in order to protect our residents but Covid-19 will require us all to work together to keep everyone safe.

Please check out the new pictures posted above of our residents enjoying their favorite game, BINGO!  Everyone is so happy that we are finding ways to continue to play safely!  They also enjoyed some fresh baked goodies!  Some of our residents participated in a social distance exercise class and some were treated to a manicure.  Thank you again to everyone who participated in the parade last Friday, we hope you saw all of the Super Stars on the front page of the Forsyth County News!  Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Friday September 4, 2020

Cumming Health and Rehab and Cumming Senior Living has not had any new positive cases of Covid-19!  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 total residents and 8 total employees who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past.  Cumming Senior Living has had one employee test positive and no residents.  CMS mandated new regulations this week that nursing home staff have to have regular Covid-19 testing and the frequency depends on the Covid-19 rate of the county they are located in.  Forsyth County currently has a 6.5% Covid-19 positive rate so we will test our staff weekly until that rate drops below 5% for 2 consecutive weeks.  Our staff have completed their training to administer the test and started administering them this week.  Check out our Administrator, Jerry Patton, bravely sharing his experience in the picture box!  We will notify residents and their contacts if anyone has a positive test.

This has been another active week for our residents!  Social distance Bingo is back by popular demand!  Wanda cooked Cherry Popovers for our residents to celebrate National Cherry Popover Day!  Our Activities Department organized a family and friends parade for our residents to kick off Labor Day Weekend!  THANK YOU to everyone who participated, to Cumming Police for the escort and to Forsyth County News for covering our parade.  It was so much fun and the residents loved it!  Look for an article on it in an upcoming issue of Forsyth County News.  Thank you Lynn Lyle for lunch afterwards!  We hope that everyone has an enjoyable Labor Day Weekend!

Friday August 28, 2020

Cumming Health and Rehab and Cumming Senior Living is happy to announce that there have not been any new positive cases of Covid-19 this past week.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 residents and 8 employees who tested positive and Cumming Senior Living has had one employee and no residents test positive.  We continue to follow CDC guidance and report all required data.  If you have any questions you can call 770-781-2300 or email info@cummingnursing.com.

Our residents have had a fun week!  Back by popular demand, we had a social distance Bingo game!  Activities made the residents stuffed Bell Peppers to celebrate National Bell Pepper Day!  Of course the mobile ice cream truck made a delivery to the residents' rooms.  The staff were treated to ice cream via an ice cream truck sponsored by Addington Place Assisted Living & Memory Care.  We are very appreciative of the cool treats on a hot day!  

We would like to invite all friends and family to participate in our social distance drive by Parade scheduled for Friday, September 4th at 10am.  All parade participants are meeting at the Cumming Fair Grounds Parking Area.  Put on your creativity "hats" and make signs or decorate your cars!  We know this has been a difficult time for you and your loved ones and we hope this is a way to brighten everyone's day!  Please contact Debbie Swanson at dswanson@cummingnursing.com or Wanda Lawhorn at wlawhorn@cummingnursing.com if you have any questions.  We can't wait to see you there!

Wednesday August 19, 2020

Cumming Health and Rehab currently does not have any new Covid 19 cases with our residents or employees. Our numbers remain the same with 8 employees testing positive and 16 total residents, also to date Cumming Senior living has had one employee test positive for Covid 19 to date with no new cases. Cumming Senior Living has not had any residents test positive for Covid 19. This week thanks to the low humidity our residents have been able to enjoy some outside activities which included some fresh air walks, they also received some fresh manicures! Today is national Potato Day! Additivities will be celebrating it with some homemade twice baked potatoes for an afternoon snack! 

Friday August 14, 2020

Cumming Health and Rehab did have a staff member test positive for Covid-19 this week.  The staff member knows that their exposure occurred outside of the facility.  There is no evidence that any of our residents were exposed to Covid-19 from this employee.  We continue to monitor all residents and staff members for signs and symptoms of Covid-19 daily.  We report any active cases to the CDC as well as continue to follow updated guidance as it is released.  Please feel free to contact us at 770-781-2300 or cummingnursing.com if you have any questions.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 total residents test positive for Covid-19 and 8 staff members.  Cumming Senior Living has not had any residents test positive and one staff member.

We would like to thank Girl Scout Troop 383 for picking us to benefit from their Community Bronze Award project that they have worked on all summer!  The girls wanted to do something to help lift the spirits of our elders since they aren't able to receive visitors or participate in group activities.  They raised money to purchase our Activities Department a lovely cart that can be used to distribute activities and snacks to our residents' rooms.  They also collected donations of activities for our residents to do such as games, puzzles and books.  They made a Birthday card for all of the residents with a September Birthday.  We are so appreciative that they dedicated this project to our lovely residents!  

The Activities Department has already put that new cart to good use distributing smoothies and creamsicles!  Monday everyone enjoyed a Smores!  Our Rehab Department worked with some of our residents planting the flower boxes in the front of the facility.  Check out the new photos in the box above, they look fabulous! We hope that everyone has a relaxing weekend!

Friday August 7, 2020

August has started out with good news, all of the Covid-19 tests administered at Cumming Senior Living were negative!  As of today, Cumming Senior Living has had one staff member who tested positive and no positive results for residents.  Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 residents who tested positive and 7 staff members.  We are blessed that there are not any active positive cases in either facility.  As community cases continue to rise we will continue to shelter in place only permitting essential services in the facility.  If you would like to schedule a phone call or video chat with your loved one please notify either Debbie Swanson, dswanson@cummingnursing.com or Wanda Lawhorn, wlawhorn@cummingnursing.com.  

This week's treats have been sweet!  Thanks to our lovely Activities' Department, they have served up watermelon, warm cookies and milk and a yummy raspberry tart this week.  Today we all got in on the action and participated in a traveling Luau!  We served up pork sliders, fresh fruit, tapioca pudding and frozen drinks!  Of course the entertainment included some hula dancers swaying to Luau music.  Check out the pictures in the upper right hand corner of this page.  We hope that you find a moment to make a new memory with those you love this week!

Friday July 31, 2020

We have had enjoyed our week and are thrilled that we haven't had any new positive Covid-19 cases at either Cumming Health and Rehab or Cumming Senior Living!  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 total residents test positive with 15 recovered and 7 total employees.  Cumming Senior Living has had one employee and no residents positive for Covid-19 to date.  Every department at our facilities play an integral role in safely caring for our residents with love and kindness.  This novel virus has resulted in adjustments to our daily personal and professional lives and we are so proud to be part of this team that includes our supportive friends and families.

You know we can't let a week go by without celebrating a "National Day!"  The Activities Department was creative with National Lasagna Day and served up a Apple Lasagna that was delish!  They kept the trend going with yummy chili dogs and a variety of treats for National Milk Chocolate Day.  We hope that you all find something special to celebrate everyday especially during these trying times.

Friday July 24, 2020

We hope that all of you have enjoyed your week as much as we have!  Cumming Health and Rehab has no current positive cases of Covid-19.  To date 16 residents  and 7 staff members have tested positive, with no current active cases.  Cumming Senior Living has one staff member who tested positive.  All of the residents were tested this week as a precaution and are awaiting results.  None of the residents have any symptoms at this time.  If a resident does test positive for Covid-19 then all emergency contacts will be notified after the contacts for the infected resident. Thank you for your continued support as we all navigate the challenges that arise as a result of this novel virus.

The Activities Department continues to shower us all with positivity and creative treats which is much appreciated!  This week residents were treated to cookies, sundaes in honor of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day and perfect tomato sandwiches!  Longleaf Hospice generously treated staff to treats from Nothing Bundt cakes.  A special THANK YOU to Ms. Orsi and her family for blessing the staff members with a delicious lunch this week!  We thank you for your continued support hope everyone has an enjoyable, safe weekend!

 

 

Friday July 17, 2020

We have had another fantastic week of being covid free! We continue to provide and require all staff members in contact with residents to wear a respirator mask.

We celebrated National French Fry Day with curly fries, Shark Awareness Day with fun trivia questions/brain teasers, National Hot Dog Day with mini hot dogs, Fresh Spinach Day with homemade quiche, and my favorite peach Ice Cream Day with fresh homemade ice cream. We look forward to next week and all the fun ways we can celebrate each day. Please check out our pictures in the top corner of all the new, fun, and interesting ways we celebrate and enjoy ourselves.

We continue to report all required information concerning Covid-19 to the CDC. Please if you have any questions or concerns call 770-781-2300 or email info@cummingnursing.com

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 occurred 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 occurrence 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 throughout 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 received an Infection Control survey from Georgia's  Healthcare Facility Regulation Division on Monday June 29th.  We are proud to announce that this thorough 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 positive 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 positive 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 positive 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 accommodate 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 wavered 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 accompanied 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 biscuits 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!