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Friday June 11, 2021

We are happy to report that Forsyth County's Covid-19 positivity rate 2-week average continues to drop and is at 1.7%!  Unvaccinated staff members will be tested for Covid-19 once per month.  Vaccinated staff members only have to be tested if there is a positive test result within the facility, exposure to or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.  We would like to stress that residents and staff members continue to be screened daily for Covid-19 symptoms.  If anyone is showing signs or symptoms they are immediately tested.  If we do have a positive Covid-19 test result, everyone, including residents, will be tested at that time.  The goal is to contain the virus before it can spread.  We are happy to report that 93% of our residents and 65% of our staff members are currently fully vaccinated.  We continue to offer the vaccine to anyone interrested through the Forsyth County Department of Public Health.  They will come to the facility to administer the vaccine when we have someone interested.  We will continue to educate and encourage all residents, staff members and visitors to be vaccinated as we know this is the best defense available to keep our residents safe.

Life is feeling a little more "normal" within the facility.  Group activities and communal dining are going great.  If all of the residents attending are vaccinated, then they do not have to wear a mask or social distance.  If someone participates that isn't vaccinated, then we ask the residents who are able, to wear a mask and social distance.  Of course staff members continue to wear required Personal Protective Equipment while around any resident and in all common areas.  Today Activities is treating us all to homemade german chocolate cake!  We hope you have a wonderful, safe weekend!

Friday June 4, 2021

Forsyth County's Covid-19 positivity rate 2-week average is 2.2%!  Unvaccinated staff members will be tested for Covid-19 once per month.  Vaccinated staff members only have to be tested if there is a positive test result within the facility, exposure to or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.  The facility will test staff or residents immediately if any of those situations occur.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 residents and 28 staff members test positive for Covid19, with no current cases.

Current state guidance allows for residents who have been vaccinated to communal dine and attend group activities without wearing a mask and social distancing.  Our residents are enjoying getting back into routines that include going to the dining room and attending activities.  We will continue to update you as guidance is updated.  Today we are celebrating National Donut Day!  Grab yourself a donut and enjoy your weekend!

Friday May 28, 2021

Forsyth County's Covid-19 positivity rate  2-week average is 4.6% which places us in the "green" catagory!  Unvaccinated staff members will be Covid-19 tested once per month.  Vaccinated staff members only have to be tested if there is a positive test result within the facility, you have been exposed or you are having symptoms.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 residents and 28 staff members test positive for Covid-19, with no active cases.  We continue to practice infection prevention measures regardless of vaccination status.

In honor of Memorial Day we would like to also take a moment to remember all of our beloved residents who have passed during the year, whether from Covid-19 or other health conditions.  This pandemic has made the grieving process even more difficult and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of their families.  We would also like the thank all active military personnelle for serving our country and we remember those who perished while doing so.  All of the front line responders in emergency services and healthcare who lost their lives while saving others from Covid-19 are in our thouughts as we reflect during this Memorial Day weekend.  We are also thankful to be able to share and celebrate with out loved ones this holiday weekend.  We are serving up hamburger sliders and snow cones to kick off the summer season.  We hope you all take time to remember those who have passed on as well celebrate with your loved ones this Memorial Day Weekend. 

Thursday May 20, 2021

All staff members who have not been fully vaccinated were tested for Covid-19 this week with no positive test results.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 residents and 28 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past.  Forsyth County's 2-week Covid-19 positivity rate is 4.6% which places us in the ''green" catagory.  If it remains below 5% for another week we will only be required to test unvaccinated staff members monthly or if anyone has suspected Covid-19. 

We know there has been alot of confusion about our visitation rules because so many different agencies weigh in.  We have received questions about wearing a mask during visits if you are vaccinated.  The CDC did release guidance last week that vaccinated people didn't have to wear masks inside, but this did not include healthcare facilities.  So if you are vaccinated and visit your loved one, you have to wear a mask until you are in the visitation area with your loved one.  If your loved one agrees, you may take off your mask for the visit but then have to place it back on to leave the facility.  I apologize that this is so confusing and unfortunately now the guidance is even more complicated when you factor in vaccine status.  Please feel free to send any questions to info@cummingnursing.com.  As soon as we are approved to have visitors in resident rooms (aside from compassionate care visits) we will let everyone know!  We are all ready to put this pandemic behind us but unfortunately it isn't erraticated yet.  I'm sure you have seen in the news that fully vaccinated people continue to contract Covid-19.  The vaccine doesn't prevent you from contracting the virus, it just prevents you for experiencing extreme symptoms.  We hope and pray that this will be the case for our residents going forward, but the result of a postive test is still upsetting to all of their lives.  A positive case could result in restricting activities, communal dining and indoor visits.  The past year has not been easy for our residents and we would hate to have a set back just when they are starting to feel like things are slowly going back to "normal."  Thank you for your continued support and please understand why we now will ask about your vaccine status for visitation (I promise it is not because we are being nosey)!  Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!

 

Friday May 14, 2021

All staff members who have not been completely vaccinated were tested for Covid-19 this week with no positive test results.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 residents and 28 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past.  Forsyth County's 2-week positivity percentage went back up to 5.2%, which keeps our county in the yellow phase of testing.  The Forsyth County Health Department continues to come to the facility and administer Covid-19 vaccines to any staff or resident interested in receiving one.  If you would like more information for your loved one please email us at info@cummingnursing.com.

This is National Skilled Nursing Week and we have had a week full of activities!  The theme this year is Together through the Seasons.  On Monday we had a summer theme with snow cones and games.  Tuesday was Fall and we celebrated with a pie and ice cream social!  On Wednesday we celebrated Spring by making Fairy Gardens!  Check out the pictures in the upper right hand corner, they are adorable!  Today we are back to Summer with a cookout and a band will be playing for entertainment!  It has been a very long year and this week of celebration was well deserved!  We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Friday May 7, 2021

All staff members received a Covid-19 test this week with no positive results.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 residents and 28 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19, with no current cases.  Forsyth County's 2-week positivity rate is 4.9%  If it stays below 5% for another week then all staff will be tested monthly.  Anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms will be tested as soon as possible.

We would like to give a special THANK YOU this week to our nurses in honor of National Nurses' Week!  We are so blessed to have a dedicated, beloved group of nurses that have cared for our residents through this pandemic.  Covid-19 has brought so many challenges but our nurses have made it possible for us to naviage through this pandemic.  They are our heroes in scrubs!

We want to wish all Moms a Happy Mother's Day!   It is truly an honor to care for and work with so many great Mothers!  

Friday April 30, 2021

Covid-19 testing was completed on all staff during this past week and there were no positive test results.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 residents and 28 staff members test positive for Covid-19 with no current cases.  Forsyth County's 2-week Covid-19 positivity rate is 5.7% which is a little lower than last week.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the CDC have issued updated testing guidance for staff members who are vaccinated.  We have to follow the most stringent guidance so right now we will continue to follow Georgia Department of Public Health guidance and will make adjustments as soon as we receive their updates.

This has been a busy week around the facility!  We are sending a big THANK YOU to Lynn Lyle, Betty Luckett and The Jordan Family for providing Big D's BBQ for all of the staff members in Honor of Ms. Rachel Jordan.  Memories of Ms. Jordan bring a smile to our faces and she will remain in our hearts.  We are sad to say goodbye this week to Teresa Clutter, Business Office Manager.  She has dedicated over 15 years to serving our residents and staff members.  We wish her all the best and she will be missed!  We hope everyone has time to spend with loved ones this weekend and enjoy the spring weather!

 

Saturday April 24, 2021

Covid-19 testing was completed on all staff once during this past week with no postive test results.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 residents and 28 staff members test positive for Covid-19 with no current cases.  Forsyth County's 2-week Covid-19 positivity rate is 6.7%  Since it is under 10% we remain in the yellow phase  which requires staff to be tested weekly.  Just as a reminder, if we ever have a staff member or resident test positive for Covid-19, you will receive a text message alerting you that there has been a change in our Covid-19 status.  You will be directed to check this update on our website where we will list more details.  If your loved one should ever happen to be directly impacted by these results you will be contacted by the Nursing Department prior to the mass notification, who would explain the details and plan for your loved one.  If you ever have any questions please feel free to call us at 770-781-2300 or email us at info@cummingnursing.com.

We continue to enjoy our in-person visits!  We know that everyone is ready to be back to "normal" but unfortunately we are mandated to follow the state and federal regulations.  Right now the State of Georgia's guidance is to still have supervised indoor/outdoor visitation and in areas that limit traffic through the facility.  We are grateful to have the sunroom space so visits can be indoors, climate controlled and limit exposure throughout the facility.  We do get asked why families can't visit in their loved ones room if they have been vaccinated.  The answer is simply that is not what the current regulations state.  We will always try to find a way to accomodate a family regarding their specific situation.  We want everyone to be able to visit their loved ones so that is why there is a schedule in order to have adequate staff and space to make this happen.  We will continue to update the visitation process as the guidance is updated.  Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we navigate the delicate balance of providing safe care for your loved ones during a pandemic.  We wish you a happy and safe weekend!

Friday April 16, 2021

All staff members are tested weekly as Forsyth County's Covid-19 positivity rate remains above 5% (5.5% this week).   If the county rate remains below 5% for 2 consequtive weeks, staff members will be tested monthly. To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 53 residents and 28 staff members test positive for Covid-19, with no current positive cases.  If a staff member or resident shows signs and symptoms of Covid-19 they will be tested as soon as possible.  

Our residents are enjoying their visits and being able to have hugs (for those who have been vaccinated)!  They are also happy that our Activities Department is able to hold some group activities, socially distanced of course!  Bingo is always the most popular!  We had some room service treats this week including grilled cheese sandwiches, peach cobbler and stuffed mushrooms!  

If your loved one is on isolation precautions and you would like to visit them at their room window, please give their nurse a call the morning of your visit at 770-781-2300 ext. 239.  If your loved one will need to use our mobil phone during the visit, this will allow the nurse to manage the visits so you aren't waiting for an extended time period if multiple families plan to visit.  If your loved one has their own phone, just give the nurse a call if they need their blind opened and enjoy your visit!  

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday April 9, 2021

We are happy to report that there are no current positive cases of Covid-19 for residents or staff members.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 residents and 28 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past.  Forsyth County's positivity rate continues to rise and is currently at 6.6%.  This places us in the yellow catagory that requires staff members to be tested weekly and of course anyone showing symptoms would be tested as soon as possible.  

Our last Covid-19 vaccination clinic was conducted on April 1st and nobody had an adverse reaction to the vaccine.  The Forsyth County Health Department will continue to come to the facility to administer the Covid-19 vaccination to any resident or staff member who wishes to get it.  We don't have any say so regarding the brand of vaccine, and they won't be able to tell us until close to the next vaccination date.  If you would like any information on getting your loved one vaccinated please email us at info@cummingnursing.com.

Our indoor visitation is going great!  Please call the front desk during business hours at 770-781-2300 to schedule a visit.  The details are in the last update below.  We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday, we were happy that we were able to celebrate socially distanced this year.  We are holding out hope that next Easter will be spent with friends and family!

Tuesday March 30, 2021

Good news we do have the sun porch set up for visitation!  It is climate controlled and we are able to open the windows, weather permitting, for increased ventilation.  Inside visits will be limited to 2 people due to the space.  Outdoor visits can have 4 visitors at a time.  Outdoor visitation currently is located in the gazebo.   So everyone has an opportunity to visit, each resident can have one scheduled visit per week.

Guidance instructs that everyone wear a well-fitted mask, practice hand hygiene and maintain social distance throughout the duration of the visit.  If you don't have a well-fitted mask the staff member assisting with the visit can provide you one. We ask that visitors be age 12 and above.  If your loved one has been vaccinated, they may choose to have brief "close" contact with you such as a hug!  Both parties need to wear their mask during this contact and use hand sanitizer (which we will provide) before and after. You will fill out a screening form on arrival confirming that you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 and we will take your temperature.  The visitation areas are disinfected between visitors.  

To get to the gazebo and sun porch, enter the gate located at the left side (looking at the facility) corner of the fence.  There is a inside latch that you can locate from the top of the gate.  Just follow the side walk to your destination and enjoy your visit!

Please call 770-781-2300 ext. 225 during business hours to schedule your visit.  We also want to remind you that if your loved one is on quarantine and you plan to do a window visit, please call their nurse on 400 hall ext. 239 the morning of your visit.  This will allow for staff to have an idea of the number of visitors and time frames so we can try to avoid multiple families arriving at the same time.  Weekends can get very busy with visitors for window visits so we just want to make this as pleasant of an experience as possible!

We hope everyone has a chance to visit with their loved one in the near future!  

Friday March 26, 2021

This week only staff members were tested for Covid-19 and there were not any positive results.  Since Forsyth County's positivity rate is 6.1% (below 10%) and it has been more than 14 days since our last positive test result, residents are only tested if anyone has signs or symptoms.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 53 residents and 28 staff members test positive for Covid-19, with no current positive cases.  

We were notified today by Forsyth County Health Department that they will be here on April 1st to administer the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccination to residents and staff members.  We sent emails today to those who have not yet received the vaccine with information and will follow up with phone calls next week.  If you would like for your loved one to recieve the vaccine please email Angela Daugherty at  adaugherty@cumminghealthandrehab.com or call 770-781-2300 ext. 244.  

We will be contacting you next week with our plan for indoor visitation. 

  Thank you in advance for your thoughtfullness.  

The Activities Department began some social distanced small group activities this week!  Of course they also made everyone some yummy treats.  In honor of National Cheesesteak Day we had cheesesteak wraps and everyone enjoyed pepperoni pizza today.  We would like to welcome Sam Shadburn to his new role of Dietary Manager.  Sam has been working in our Dietary Department and has now taken on managing the department.  We are very excited he accepted the position and decided to be a part of our management team.  We hope you all enjoy the weekend!

Friday March 19, 2021

Happy Friday!  We are happy to report that all residents and staff members were tested twice this week for Covid-19 and there were no positive test results!  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 53 residents and 28 staff members test positive for Covid-19 and there are no active cases.  This week's average Covid-19 positivity is 5.9% for Forsyth County.  This places us in the yellow catagory which means that staff will be routine tested weekly and residents will only be tested if someone has signs or symptoms.  

The Georgia Department of Community Health did release updated visitation guidance yesterday.  We are currently making provisions to allow indoor visitation in our sunroom.  We will notify everyone when those plans are in place so you can make an appointment to visit with your loved one.  The guidance does encourage everyone to be vaccinated when you are eligible to reduce the chance of transmission.  The guidance also encourages outdoor visitation as the safest option and we do have that available.  Please call 770-781-2300 ext. 0 during business hours to schedule an appointment.  We also have the ability to do video chats and those are scheduled with either Debbie Swanson, dswanson@cumminghealthandrehab.comor Wanda Lawhorn, wlawhorn@cumminghealthandrehab.com.  We are hopeful these updates are a step closer to returning to a new "more" normal way of life for those living with us.  Please let us know any questions that you may have at info@cummingnursing.com.  

We socially distanced at our  St. Patrick's Day celebration!  It felt good to have a party atmosphere!  Please check out some of the photos by clicking on the photo above.  We hope you have a happy and safe weekend!

Friday March 12, 2021

All residents and staff members were tested on Thursday with no new positive test results.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 residents test positive for Covid-19 which includes one resident who is currently positive.  There have been a total of 28 staff members test positive for Covid-19 and there are no current positive cases.  All residents and staff members will be tested twice per week until 14 days have passed with no positive results.  

As some of you have heard Centers for the Medicare/Medicaid Services and the CDC have put out new recommendations for visitation in healthcare facilities.  We have read through the document and have been planning how to accomodate these new recommendations.  Currently we are waiting on the Department of Community Health for Georgia to update their guidance to coincide with these new recommendations.  As soon as we receive this we will notify everyone of the changes. The updated document can be viewed at at https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-39-nh-revised.pdf.  Just a reminder we currently have outdoor visitation available by appointment.  Please call Monday-Friday during business hours to schedule an appointment.  If your loved one is on isolation precautions you may schedule a video chat through our Activities Department.  Wanda Lawhorn, wlawhorn@cumminghealthandrehab.com, or at ext. 255 scheduleds 100, 200 and 400 hall video chats.  Debbie Swanson, dswanson@cumminghealthandrehab.com, or ext. 242 schedules 300 hall video chats.  You may also come and visit your loved one at their window.  Please give the nurse a call the morning you plan to visit so you can work out a time.  There is one portable phone per hallway, so it does cause families to have to wait if the phone is being used by another resident.  Thanks so much for your patience and understanding as we continue to update and revise these systems.  We look forward to the day that we can welcome everyone back!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday March 9, 2021

Yesterday a resident tested positive for Covid-19 while out of the facility.  If your loved one was directly impacted you would have been notified by the nursing department.  All residents and staff members were tested yesterday with no further positive test results.   To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 including the one current case.  There have been 28 staff members test positive for Covid-19 with no current positive cases.  The facility is now considered in "outbreak" status which requires testing of all staff members and residents twice per week until 14 days have passed without a positive test result.  We will also delay starting small group social-distanced activities until the 14 days have passed.  We continue to follow all CDC, Georgia Department of Community Health and Georgia Public Health guidelines for infection prevention regarding Covid-19.  You can contact us via email at info@cummingnursing.com or 770-781-2300 if you have any questions.

Friday March 5, 2021

Routine Covid-19 testing was conducted twice this week on residents and staff members with no positive test results!  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 52 residents and 28 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19.  There are no active cases at this time.  Forsyth County's Covid-19 positivity rate is 6.9%.  Now that 2 weeks have passed with the county 2-week average rate staying below 10%, the facility is in a code "yellow" status.  This phase will allow us to start back some social-distanced small group activities.  We know the residents will be happy about this!  Also residents will only be tested if they show signs or symptoms of Covid-19.  Staff may also be tested for symptoms but will be routinely tested once per week during phase "yellow".  All residents and staff will continued to be screened for Covid-19 daily.  Please email any questions you may have to info@cummingnursing.com.  Going forward we will be partnering with Forsyth County Health Department for vaccine distribution.  As soon as a sytem is in place we will offer the vaccine to any residents or staff members who wish to recieve it. As that information becomes available we will pass on the details.   We hope everyone has a safe weekend!

Friday February 26, 2021

Routine Covid-19 testing was conducted twice this week on residents and staff members with no positive test results!  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 52 residents and 28 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19.  There are no active cases at this time.  Two weeks have passed without a positive test result so we can stop "outbreak" testing on residents and staff members.  Forsyth County's Covid-19 2-week average positivity rate was 9.7% this week!  If it remains below 10%, then we will be able to move to the "yellow" phase.  This requires all staff members to be tested once per week.  Be assured we will continue to screen all staff and residents daily and test anyone who shows signs or symptoms of Covid-19 as soon as possible.  

The Activities Department made some delicious treats this week!  The residents enjoyed cheese nachos, cherry pie turnovers and pistachio cake in honor of National Pistachio Day!  We are happy that everyone is taking advantage of nice days and visiting their loved ones.  We do ask, especially on the weekends, to please have friends and family come as a group and  give the nurse a call the morning you plan to visit.  Some of our residents have their own phones so they don't require the use of the facility's phone.  Last weekend we had several visitors at the same time period and many had to wait because the phone and nurse were busy with another visit.  This is a new situation for us to navigate so please be patient.  We are hoping that this helps to ensure everyone gets a visit as well as give the staff ample time to care for your loved one.  We also ask that you have a point person that calls and checks on your loved one, then relays the information to the rest of the family.  This will help limit the # of phone calls that the nurse has to manage.  If you ever have any questions you can email info@cummingnursing.com.  We also have the ability to schedule a video chat with your loved one just let us know that you are interested.  Thanks for your assistance with this and we wish you a joyous weekend!

Friday February 19, 2021

Routine Covid-19 testing was conducted twice this week on residents and staff members with no positive test results!  To date there have been a total of 52 residents test positive for Covid-19 and one additional resident is currently positive.  Twenty eight staff members have tested positive for Covid-19 and there are no active cases.  Forsyth County's Covid-19 positivity percentage has dropped to 11% this week.  Once the rate stays below 10% for 2 consequtive weeks and as long as there are no in-house positive cases, we will be able to test staff members once per week and anyone on an as-needed basis.  Our noses are looking forward to a well deserved break!

We would like to recognize our Rehab Department for being such a wonderful addition to our care team!  They are wonderful at any time, but have been troopers during this pandemic.  We especially appreciate their williningness to think outside of the box and combine therapy with activities that our residents truly enjoy.  Recently they incorporated horticultural therapy into residents rehab program.  They planted flowers in our outdoor planters and they look beautiful!  The residents and therapists had a wonderful time and it provided an enjoyable activity, all while improving their health!  Healing our body is so important, but remembering that our mind and spirit health are integeral to achieving our physical goals.  Thanks again to our Rehab Department we are appreciative of all that you do!  Have a safe and healthy weekend!

 

Friday February 12, 2021

During routine testing yesterday, one resident tested positive for Covid-19.  This person will not be counted in our total Covid-19 count as the origin of the virus was not from our facility, but it will be accounted for in the current cases.  You would have been notified by the nursing department if your loved one was directly impacted.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 52 residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 and one resident is currerently positive.  There have been a total of 28 staff members test positive and none are currently positive.  Routine testing of all residents and staff will continue twice per week until 14 days have passed without a positive test result.  Forsyth County's Covid-19 positivity is 13.6% so it continues to drop!  

This has been a busy week of yummy treats!  The Activities Department delivered delicious smoothies, homemade pizza and jelly filled donuts!  The Dietary Department made everyone chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine's Day!  We would like to give a shout out to the Dietary Department in honor of their week of recognition!  So much goes into meeting all of the nurtritional requirements, specialty diets as well as keeping us all happy with our different preferences.  Thank you for always putting love and care into our meals!  We hope everyone enjoys Valentine's Day with those they love!

Friday February 5, 2021

Routine testing was conducted twice this week with no new positive Covid-19 test results among our residents!  To date we have had a total of 52 residents that tested positive for Covid-19, which includes the 3 residents who are currently positive.  There have been 2 additional staff members test positive, bringing the total to 28 which inlcludes the 5 who are currently positive.  Routine testing is based on in-house cases as well as Forsyth County's positivity rate.  We will continue to test everyone twice per week until 14 days have gone by without a positive test result.  If the county's rate is higher that 10% then staff must be tested twice per week until it drops below 10% for 2 consequtive weeks.  This week the rate is 15.9% so it continues to go in the right direction!  

Although things aren't anywhere near our "old" normal, we still manage to have fun!  Activities made some delicious stuffed mushrooms on Thursday and today was a hit because they served up banana splits!  We look forward to a time when we can resume some of our more traditional activities but we will continue to be creative in the meantime!  We hope that your have a wonderful weekend!

 

Friday January 29, 2021

Yesterday during routine testing of residents and staff members there were no positive Covid-19 results!  We are celebrating the small victories and praying that the virus is on it's way out of our facility!  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 52 residents test positive for Covid-19 which includes 20 residents who are actively positive.  We have had a total of 26 employees test positive which includes the 6 employees who are currently positive.  Forsyth County's positivity rate is 17.8% which is down from last week.  

CVS conducted our 2nd Covid-19 vaccination clinic yesterday.  We had many vaccinations given to both residents and staff members.  There were only a few individuals with symptoms other than a sore arm, but none were serious reactions.  If your loved one currently has Covid-19 they were unable to receive a vaccination during yesterday's clinic.  The next clinic date is set for February 18th and those folks will be able to be vaccinated then.  If you have any questions please contact us at info@cummingnursing.com.  We are hopeful that our facility, community, country and world are taking steps in the right direction to put this pandemic behind us.  Now is the time more than ever to continue safe practices in order for us to reach the other side!  Have a healthy weekend!

Tuesday January 26, 2021

Yesterday during routine testing, 3 additional residents and one staff member tested positive for Covid-19.  You would have been contacted from the nursing department if your loved one was directly impacted.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 52 residents test positive which includes the 24 residents who are currently positive.  To date, there have been a total of 26 employees who have tested positive and this includes the 6 employees who are currently positive.  Both the total number of residents and staff members was adjusted by one, the ongoing count was off with our official reporting.  We apologize for any confusion.  We would like to take a moment to remember those who have lost their lives to this virus, our condolences extend to their loved ones.

We would like to also extend an extra warm Thank You to our Activity Professionals, Debbie, Wanda and Crystal who works with the residents in Cumming Senior Living, in honor of National Activity Professionals Week.  Activity Professionals are the heart of every facility.  They keep the energy up, the residents smiling, and create a positive environment for all.  At the height of the pandemic, they were the ones figuring out creative ways to engage residents,  helping them stay connected to their families, and  bringing happiness to an unprecedented time.  They give residents something to look forward to, and that's priceless.  The spirit of the Activities staff is what makes the facility feel like home for countless residents.  Our residents and staff are truly blessed to have Debbie and Wanda on our team!

 

Thursday January 21, 2021

Yesterday three residents were tested for Covid-19 and all three were positive.  During routine testing today, 2 residents and 2 staff members tested positive for Covid-19.  You would have been contacted by the nursing department if your loved one was directly impacted.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 48 total residents test positive which includes the 23 residents who are currently positive.  Please remember that as people recover they are removed from the currently positive list.  To date there have been 24 total employees test positive for Covid-19 and this includes the 7 who are currently positive.  We are encouraged because the Forsyth County Covid-19 positivity rate decreased from last week to 20.4%.  As the community rate decreases the risk of staff exposure outside of work will also decrease.  We are continuing to prepare for the second Covid-19 vaccine clinic on January 28th.  Please submit any questions or a signed consent form to info@cummingnursing.com.

Although we are encouraging everyone to stay in their rooms as much as possible,  the Activities Department continues to raise spirits by passing out snacks and in-room activities.  We would like to thank John Kepler, Sr. Vice Commander of the VFW in Cumming for dropping off gift boxes for our veterans.  We have been so blessed by the outpouring of community support since the beginning of the pandemic.  Thank you so much for remembering our residents and staff members during these unusual and difficult times.  We wish you a healthy and happy weekend.

Tuesday January 19, 2021

Yesterday during routine testing that occurs twice per week, 12 resdidents and 2 staff members tested positive for Covid-19.  You would have been contacted by the nursing department if your loved one was directly impacted.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 43 residents test positive and this includes the 20 residents that are currently positive.  There have been 22 total staff members who have tested positive and this includes the 6 who are currently positive.  The facility will continue to test all residents and staff members twice per week until 14 days have passed without a positive result.  If a resident or staff member shows symptoms of Covid-19 they will be tested as soon as possible as opposed to waiting until the next scheduled date.

The next Covid-19 vaccine clinic is scheduled for January 28th.  We were just notified today that we have to have new consent form signed for the second dose of the vaccine.  The team will be contacting all Responsible Parties tomorrow to begin this next phase of the process.  If you still have an email with the consent form saved, you can sign it and return it to info@cummingnursing.com.  We apologize, we didn't know that a second consent would be required.  We are also waiting on information from CVS regarding the process for residents and staff members who received the first dose of the vaccine but have contracted the Covid-19 virus since then.  As soon as we are informed on how the process will continue for them, we will let those impacted by this scenario know what to expect.  Thank you again for your support and understanding during this time.  We will continue to update you as we are informed on information regarding the vaccine clinics.  

 

Thursday January 14, 2021

Yesterday one resident tested positive for Covid-19 and during routine testing conducted today, one resident and one staff member tested positive.  You would have been notified by the nursing department if your loved one was directly impacted.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 31 residents who have tested positive and this includes the 8 residents who are currently positive.  To date 20 staff members have tested positive and this includes the 8 that are currently positive.  All staff and residents will continue to be tested twice per week until 14 days have passed without a positive result.  We understand this is especially stressful to those who have loved ones who live with us.  Please know that staff members are encouraged to practice social distancing, wear masks in public, avoid large crowds and practice hand hygiene often when not at work.  Unfortunately as the community rate rises so does the chances of staff exposure.  We will continue to remind staff to be as vigilant outside of work as they are at work.  If you have any questions you can always email info@cummingnursing.com

All residents are encouraged to stay in their rooms as much as possible and to wear a mask if they are out of their room.  All residents receive a daily newsletter that updates them on the facility status as well as provides some entertainment.  They also receive a daily packet of in-room activities.  This week they worked on Valentine's Day crafts in their rooms.  The Activities staff also serve them special treats via room service, throughout the week.  This week they had a Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Day and nachos another day.  We are trying to be creative and think outside of the box as we know it is longs days when we have in-room dining and no group activities.  Thank you for your continued support and have a nice, safe weekend.

Tuesday January 12, 2021

During routine testing yesterday, 3 residents and 2 staff members tested positive for Covid-19.  If your loved one was directly impacted, their emergency contact would have received a phone call from the nursing department.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 29 residents test positive for Covidd-19 which includes the 10 residents who are currently positive.  There have been a total of 19 staff members who have tested positive and this includes the 8 staff members who are currently positive.  Forsyth County's Covid-19 positivity rate is 22.3%.  This places us in the red catagory and would require us to test staff weekly.  Due to the current positive cases of Covid-19 in the facility, all staff members and residents will be tested twice per week until 14 days have passed without a positive result.  We will continue to update you via the mass notification system when any changes occur to our Covid-19 status.  Please email info@cummingnursing.com with any questions that you may have.  

Thursday January 7, 2021

We regret to inform you that during routine testing today 3 residents and 2 staff members tested positive for Covid-19 and one employee tested positive yesterday outside of our scheduled testing.  If your loved one was directly impacted you would have been contacted by the nursing department.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 26 residents test positive and this includes the 9 residents who are currently positive.  There have been 17 total staff members test positive and this includes the 6 staff members who are currently positive.  We will continue to test all residents and staff members twice per week until we have had 14 days without a positive result.  After that testing will be based on Forsyth County's positivity rate, which is currently 19.9%.

We want to reasure you that we are working closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health and following all guidance in order to contain this current outbreak.  All residents who test positive for Covid-19 are moved to the quarantine hallway.  Staff members are consistently assigned in order to limit the number of people residents are exposed to.  Staff members continue to wear respirator masks and appropriate personal protective equipment.  Residents are encouraged to stay in their rooms unless accompanied by a staff member.  If a resident is out of their room we encourage them to wear a face covering.  Disinfection practices have been ramped up and this includes utilizing the "fogger" equipment provided by the National Guard.  All residents are monitored throughout the day for signs and symptoms of Covid-19.  If a resident exhibits any symptoms they are immediately tested.  All staff members are screened prior to reporting to their assignment.  It is a blessing that the majority of positive cases are asymptomatic but this is also the curse of this virus.  Without showing any symptoms staff members don't know that they need to be tested prior to scheduled testing, for themselves or for our residents.  We will continue to consult with authorities as well as other facilities to learn best practices.  We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through this pandemic.

Today was our first Covid-19 vaccination clinic administered by CVS Pharmacy.  We are happy to report that we have had a smooth and successful day of vaccinations for residents and staff members.  We will continue to monitor residents for any signs of a reaction.  The next scheduled vaccination clinic is January 28th.  For those who were unable to get the vaccine today, they will get the first dose during this clinic. 

It was brought to our attention yesterday that the red Covid-19 banner did not display when accessing our website from a cell phone.  This banner allows easier access to these updates.  Thank you for letting us know and our website company was able to fix the issue today. I apologize for the inconvienence that this caused.  If you have any questions please email us at info@cummingnursing.com.  We hope you have a safe and relaxing weekend.

Monday January 4, 2021

During routine testing conducted today, two staff members and one resident tested positive for Covid-19.  If your loved one was directly impacted you would have received a telephone call from nursing to explain the details.  The three positive people today are "presumed positive" until we receive the second Covid-19 test results that are sent to the laboratory.  All positive test results are followed up with a second test for verification.  We have notified all resident contacts via the mass notification system to alert them that there has been a change in our Covid-19 status.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 23 total residents test positive for Covid-19 and this includes the 6 residents who are currently positive for the virus.  There have been 14 staff members test positive for Covid-19 and this includes the three staff members who are currently positive for the virus.  The Forsyth County Covid-19 positivity rate is currently 19.9%.  We will continue to test all staff members and residents twice per week until 14 days have passed without a positive test result.  You can email any questions to info@cummingnursing.com.   We will continue to follow all guidance recommended by the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia Department of Community Health.  Thank you for your understanding.

Thursday December 31, 2020

We are sad to report that 3 residents and one staff member tested positive today for Covid-19.  They were tested as part of the routine testing that is ongoing.  Please know that you would have been notified via a phone conversation if your loved one was directly impacted. To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 22 total residents test positive which includes the 5 residents who are currently positive.   There have been a total 12 staff members who have tested positive which includes the 2 staff members who are currently positive.  We continue to follow the infection prevention guidelines provided by the CDC, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Department of Community Health.  We report updated information daily to all required agencies.  Please let us know if you have any questions at info@cummingnursing.com.  Thank you for your continued support and we wish you a happy and safe New Year!

Monday December 28, 2020

All of the residents and staff members continue to be re-tested for Covid-19 twice per week.  There have not been any new positive cases this week.  To date there have been a total of 19 residents who have tested positive, 2 residents are currently active, and 15 residents have recovered.  Our thoughts and prayers are with anyone who has lost a loved one to this virus.  To date we have had 11 staff members test positive, which includes two staff members who remain actively positive.  Forsyth County's current Covid-19 positivity rate is 15.5% which continues to place us in the red catagory.  

Our Covid-19 vaccination clinic will take place on January 7th.  CVS Pharmacy will come to the facility to administer the vaccine to all residents and staff members who choose to participate.  All of the residents' first contact has been called to explain the procedure and receive consent.  If you have questions but are not your loved one's primary contact, please reach out to them with specific questions regarding your loved one.  All other questions can be directed to info@cummingnursing.com.  

We hope everyone had a peaceful and healthy Christmas.  Thanks to all of you who contributed to our residents or staff members holiday.  We are remaining optimistic that the vaccine is the begginning to a healthier New Year for us all!

Monday December 21, 2020

All of the residents and staff members have been re-tested for Covid-19 resulting in one new positive resident.  There is one presumed postive staff members and one presumed positive resident. You would have been contacted in-person if this involved your loved-one directly.   To date there have been 18 total residents confirmed positive with 2 residents currently with an active case.  There have been 10 total staff members test positive with 2 staff members currently active.  We will continue to follow all guidance and reporting to the CDC, Georgia Department of Community Health, and Georgia Department of Public Health.  Please email info@cummingnursing.com with any further questions.   Due to the limited amount of space provided in the mass text system, this webpage will be updated with details as we recieve them.

Friday December 18, 2020

All of the residents and staff members have been re-tested for Covid-19 with no new positive results.  We continue to follow strict infection prevention practices.  We will continue to test all residents and staff members twice per week until 14 days have passed with no new positive cases.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 17 total residents, one case still active and 10 total staff members, two cases are still active, test positive for Covid-19.

We would like to send a big CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. and Mrs. Mathes who celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary today!  Mr. and Mrs. Mathes were never apart until recently except for WW II, where he served in the Navy.  Thank you to their family and our staff who didn't give up until they found a way for them to share their special day!  

We would also like to thank those of you who supported our staff Holiday Party.  Our friends, staff, vendors, community partners and family members all were very generous in order for all of our staff members to recieve a special gift during this holiday season.  It has been a difficult and trying year for everyone but especially for those working in healthcare during this pandemic. It has made work and home life stressful on a level we could never have imagined.  Our staff have hung in there continuing to care for our residents as well as their own families through all of the constant changes and personal challenges and we APPRECIATE them!  Thank you to everyone who helped in some way to show them appreciation and gratitude for bravely facing these trying times!  We hope the season of giving finds a way to brighten your holiday this year.

 

Tuesday December 15, 2020

We have had a change in our Covid-19 positive status.  As you may be aware, all long term care employees, including our employees are being routinely tested for COVID-19.  The frequency of testing is determined by the County Positivity Rate.  Forsyth Counties Positivity Rate is currently 14.3%, which requires that employees be tested twice weekly.  During this routine testing, an employee tested positive for Covid-19 on 12-14-20.  This was verified by a PCR test that was processed through a laboratory.  A positive tests requires the facility to test all residents, as well as staff members.  All residents were tested in the facility on 12-14-20 with one resident test returning positive.  All present staff members were also tested.  As a result we have confirmed 2 staff members and one resident with a postive test result.  The directive to the facility is that all residents and staff members will be tested twice per week until we receive all negative tests for 14 consequtive days.  This data is reported to Georgia Public Health and the CDC daily.

To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 17 total residents test positive for Covid-19.  There is only 1 active current case, 15 previous residents recovered.  To date we have had 10 total employees test postive for Covid-19.  There are only 2 active positive employees with 8 previously recovered.

You would have been contacted directly if this involved your loved one.  Due to HIPPA laws we cannot reveal any details regarding the positive resident.  Please know that the facility reacted promptly by following all of the Covid-19 protocals and guidance from Georgia Public Health, Georgia Departmane of Community Health and the CDC.  Our facility is now considered in "outbreak mode" which limits group activities, even if social distanced.  It also limits appointments outside of the facility, all will be addressed on a personal basis with physician input.  We will continue by appointment visitation for those residents not directly impacted. 

As previously mentioned, the Forsyth County Covid-19 positivity rate is 14.3%.  This continues to rise, increasing the liklihood of Covid-19 impacting someone associated with our facility.  As long as the percentage is above 10%, the facility staff will test twice per week.  We do have a new visitation plan that will hopefully work better in the winter months, but unfortunately we cannot implement this plan while we are in outbreak mode.  We appreciate everyone's patience with visitation plans as we are having to learn by trial and error. 

As you have probably heard nursing homes and healthcare workers have been recommended as the first to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.  We are in constant contact wtih authorities to follow guidance as it comes out regarding vaccinations.  We do not have a date at this time but we do know that we will be working with CVS Pharmacy for the adminstration of the vaccine.  This is a rapidly changing topic and we will keep you informed as soon as we are notified of any further details.  Please feel free to email cummingnursing.info with any questions.  Thank you for your support as we continue to navigate through these trying times.

 

Friday December 11, 2020

Cumming Health and Rehab and Cumming Senior Living have not had any changes to our Covid-19 testing outcomes over the past week.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 residents who have tested positive and 8 staff members.  The Forsyth County Covid-19 positivity rate increased to 13.7% this past week.  This places our county in a "red zone" requiring nursing home staff to test twice per week for Covid-19 until the rate drops below 10% for 2 consequetive weeks.  We are grateful to our staff for remaining vigilant while not at work during this time of increased risk.  We encourage everyone to remain healthy by following the recommended protocols of wearing a mask in public, avoiding large crowds, frequent hand hygiene and cough etiquette.  

We would like to welcome Freddie Perez, Certified Dietary Manager, to our team!   After 30 years of dedicated service, Ms. Pam Cape our former CDM, has decided to make more time to spend with her beloved grandchildren!  She will be missed and we wish her all the best!  Freddie comes to us with vast experience in healthcare settings allowing him to join our dietary team without missing a beat!  We are looking forward to many future meals together!

The Christmas elves came over the weekend and decorated trees for our residents viewing pleasure!  A BIG THANK YOU to the Home School families:  Rozar family, Shores family, Kloss family and Edwards family for decorating the outside of the residents windows with Christmas lights!  This has lifted everyone's spirits during this holiday season that is far from our usual celebrations.  Our residents have been working on crafts for Christmas this week.  The Activities Department served diabetic brownies that tasted fabulous!  The residents are being treated with Banana Splits today.  We would like to remind all families and friends that we are holding Christmas gifts for 24 hours before delivering them to your loved one.  If you would like to bring a gift for your loved one to unwrap during a visit, please drop it off at least a day in advance. Have a wonderful weekend! 

 

Friday December 4, 2020

We are happy to report that Cumming Health and Rehab and Cumming Senior Living have not had any changes in our Covid-19 status during this past week.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 16 residents and 8 staff who have tested positive.  The Forsyth County Covid-19 rate does continue to rise and is now 10.2%  This requires the staff of Cumming Health and Rehab to test twice per week.  We appreciate everyone's cooperation with the Covid-19 prevention tips while out in the community.

If you would like your loved one to open a Christmas present during your scheduled visit, please drop off your present at least 24 hours in advance.  Due to the increased Covid positivity cases we are holding the packages for 24 hours before distributing them.  This way we will bring your present to the visit with your loved one to open with you.  

A special THANK YOU to St. Joseph's food pantry from St. Brendans church for bringing a Christmas gift for every resident!  Such a blessing to have their support for our residents!  The Activities Department also blessed our residents with Southern Pudding Cake, Homemade Apple Pie and "Brookies" (brownie/cookie combination) YUMMY!  Thank you for keeping the surprises coming for our residents!  Have a safe and great weekend!

 

Friday November 27, 2020

We are thankful that there have not been any changes to Cumming Senior Living or Cumming Health and Rehab's Covid-19 status this past week.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 total residents and 8 employees who have tested positive with no current positive cases.  Forsyth County's Covid-19 positivity rate continues to rise and is at 9,5% this week.  This still places Forsyth County in the yellow zone which requires staff members to test weekly, anything above 10% would require testing to be done twice weekly.  We strongly encourage everyone to continue to practice basic prevention steps such as wearing a mask in public, staying 6 feet apart, avoid large crowds and practice frequent hand hygiene. We continue to practice very strict infection prevention within the facility and adjust our practices as new guidance is issued.  Thank you for your assistance in keeping the rate down in our community as this also has a direct impact on our residents.

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and found time to reflect on your blessings even though this Thanksgiving wasn't what we had all hoped for.  I would like to mention the home school families: Rozar family, Shores family, Kloss family and Edwards family, that contributed to our "Gobble til you Wobble" dessert social for our residents.  It truly was a bright spot for our Thanksgving festivities!  Please have a safe and relaxing weekend!

Friday November 20, 2020

Another week of testing all staff at Cumming Health and Rehab as Forsyth County's Covid-19 positivity rate is 7.6%.  We are happy to announce that there have not been any new cases at either Cumming Health and Rehab or Cumming Senior Living.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 16 residents test positive and 8 staff members.  

As the rates rise out in the community and in the state, we have had to scale back on communal activities.  We appreciate everyone who is doing their part in stopping the spread of Covid-19 as we understand that we are all exhausted when it comes to this virus.  We know that it is difficult not being able to come in for visits especially during the holidays, and we appreciate your understanding.  We have a new visitation area set up starting next week that will allow everyone to stay warm.