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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.  Visitors will park in the back parking lot and come through the back fence gate following the sidewalk to the visitation area.  Please call when you arrive so we can have your loved one ready for their visit.  These visits have lifted our residents and our staff members spirits.

Although nothing replaces visits with our family, we continue to find creative ways to keep your loved ones engaged.  Warm peanut butter cookies were our treat on Tuesday followed up by warm Apple Cider on Wednesday.  Our Activities Department hosted a "Gobble till You Wobble" dessert day!  We greatly social distanced and rotated out residents in the sunroom to enjoy a variety of pies and drinks.  Others enjoyed room service with a smile!  We would like to thank the Home School Group that volunteered to make homemade Thanksgiving decorations for our pie feast!  They inspired great memories and discussions about Thanksgivings past.  We wish you a peaceful weekend!

 

Friday November 13, 2020

Happy Friday the 13th!  Cumming Health and Rehab and Cumming Senior Living do not have any active/new cases of Covid-19.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 total residents and 8 total staff members test positive.  Forsyth County's positivity rate is 6.4% this week which means that our staff members are being tested weekly until it drops below 5% for 2 consequtive weeks.  We encourage everyone to continue practicing social distancing, wearing a mask and wash your hands often as we head into the holidays and flu season.

We would like to thank all of you who have served our country and wish you a Happy Veteran's Day.  Our resident veterans were recognized with American Flags and many thanks!  We have taken advantage of the beautiful weather the last couple of days!  Our residents were able to enjoy an outdoor concert Thursday afternoon.  The Annual Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Expo always blesses our residents with a parade.  Thank you so much for entertaining us, bringing back good memories and giving us a reason to get outside and enjoy the weather!  We wish eveyone a happy and safe weekend!

 

Friday November 6, 2020

We are happy to report that neither Cumming Health and Rehab or Cumming Senior Living have any new or active cases of Covid-19.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 residents and 8 staff members test positive for Covid-19.  Forsyth County's positivity rate increased to 5.9% causing us to resume testing our employees weekly until it drops below 5% for 2 consequtive weeks.

Our residents were able to go out on their first outing since March!  It had to be adjusted to meet current guidance but just having a change of scenery was wonderful!  They went to Elijay to the Apple Barn and kindly brought the rest of us back fried apple pies!  They had McDonald's for lunch on the way back.  Everyone was treated to tuna sandwices on Tuesday, fried green tomatoes on Thursday and nachos today!  Check out our pictures from the trip in the upper right hand corner. The staff was treated to lunch from Penny Love and we so appreciate it!  We hope you all have a wonderful, safe weekend!

 

Friday October 30, 2020

Cumming Health and Rehab and Cumming Senior Living do not have any current positive Covid-19 cases.  To date Cumming Health and Rehab has had 16 total residents and 8 total staff members who tested positive for Covid-19.  Currently Forsyth County's positivity rate is 4.5% which requires us to test our employees monthly.  We continue to focus on infection prevention especially as we enter into flu season.  

We are so happy that the weather cleared up and allowed us to have Trunk-or-Treat for our residents and staff today!  We wanted to celebrate even though we couldn't host any children and I think everyone had a wonderful time getting outside!  Thank you to all of the staff who participated by decorating your trunk and for assisting our residents!   Northside Forsyth High School made all of our residents Halloween cards.  Thanks for contributing to their Happy Halloween!

We recieved a wonderful surprise from the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Cumming.  They brought us fidget blankets for our residents living with Dementia.  Fidget blankets provide a source of stimulation and engagement.  They also made a special quilt for a veteran and we had the perfect person for it.  Ms. Beaty proudly served in the Marine Corp!  Thank you so much for thinking of us!  We hope everyone has a haunting good Halloween! 

Friday October 23, 2020

Cumming Health and Rehab tested all staff members again this week with no new positive cases.  Forsyth County's Covid-19 positive rate has dropped to 4.6%!  As long as it remains below 5% and there are no new cases of Covid-19 within the facility, the staff can be tested once per month.  We will continue to monitor the county's rate weekly and adjust testing if needed.  To date there have been 16 total residents and 8 total staff members test postive for Covid-19 with no current positive cases.

We are happy to announce that Cumming Senior Living no longer has any staff members or residents postive for Covid-19!  Everyone has recovered and completed the quarantine time frame.  Thank you for everyone's support during this challenging time!  We are proud of the team for their prompt and effective response!  They will continue to follow guidance as it is issued and updated from the Georgia Deptartment of Public Health and the CDC.

This has been a tasty week around here!  We have celebrated National Apple Day, Brandied Fruit Day and Boston Cream Pie Day!  So you can imagine that lots of yummy special treats have been consumed!  We continue with small group, socially distanced activities.  The weather has been so lovely for our folks having outdoor visitation.  We hope that you enjoy this beautiful fall weekend!

Friday October 16, 2020

Cumming Health and Rehab continues to test all staff members weekly based on Forsyth County's Covid-19 positive test rate.  This practice will continue until the county's rate drops below 5% for 2 consecutive weeks, then testing for staff will be done once per month.  To date there have been 16 residents and 8 staff members test positive for Covid-19.  There are no current positive cases, you will be notified if that were to change.

Cumming Senior Living (Personal Care Home) does have residents and staff who have tested positive for Covid-19.  They are following all CDC and Georgia Public Health guidelines as well as updating them on their current status as requested.  Please contact Gloria Forsberg at gforsberg@cumminghealthandrehab.com if you have any questions.  You will be notified of any updates pertaining to your loved one.

This has been a beautiful week and we have celebrated!  The residents have enjoyed M&Ms snack day, fruit tarts and stuffed mushrooms as special treats from the Activities Department this week.  They were able to go outside and be entertained with singing by Steve and have a "Highway to Heaven" marathon!  The Shawnee Women's Club made homemade fall door decorations for our resident's rooms.  Thank you so much for thinking of us and we are all enjoying your beautiful creations!  Please check out the pictures above of some of this week's memories.  Have a blessed and safe weekend!

Friday October 9, 2020

Cumming Health and Rehab continues to test all staff members weekly based on Forsyth County's positive Covid-19 rate. We are happy to report that there have not been any positive test results.  To date there have been 16 total residents and 8 total staff members test positive for Covid-19 and there are no current positive cases.  We want to reassure you that we are taking an abundance of caution due to the circumstances at Cumming Senior Living. If this information were to change we would notify impacted resident families first, then send a mass notification text message. 

Cumming Senior Living does have active Covid-19 cases impacting both residents and staff.  We will continue to update families as needed if the current results were to change.  All Covid-19 data is being reported to the proper agencies as well as all guidance is being adhered to.  

We hope that the families at Cumming Health and Rehab are enjoying the in-person outdoor visits as much as your loved ones are!  Thank you for your support and understanding as we continue to navigate these ever changing times.  The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 election is October 30th.  Our Social Service Director, Christine McGrew, has been asking our residents about their plans/wishes to vote in the upcoming November 3rd election.  Please contact her if you have applied for a ballot for your family member so she can be aware. If you would like assistance applying for an absentee ballot for your loved one you can contact Christine at 770-781-2300 at ext. 153 or email her at cmcgrew@cumminghealthandrehab.com.  We hope you have a wonderful and safe weekend.

Friday October 2, 2020

Cumming Health and Rehab continues to test all staff members weekly based on Forsyth County's positive Covid-19 rate of 6.1% and we do not have any new positive cases of Covid-19.  To date we have had 16 total residents and 8 total staff members who have tested positive for the virus.  

Cumming Senior Living (Personal Care Home) did have a staff member test positive for Covid-19.  As a result residents who reside at Cumming Senior Living were tested and we do have residents who have tested positive. We are contacting those families directly and a mass text message was sent out today to all Cumming Senior Living families to notify them of the changes.  We have reported all of this information to Georgia Department of Public Health as well as the CDC and are following all guidance and direction.  If any more changes occur with your loved one you will be notified directly.

We welcomed fall in this week and the residents had a sample tasting of cider and fall beers!  The residents were treated to a vegetable casserole in honor of Vegetarian Day!  They enjoyed latte's while listening to stories and sharing their own.  Please remember to contact us at 770-781-2300, Mon-Fri from 9-4 if you would like to schedule an outdoor visit with your loved one.  We hope you enjoy this beautiful weekend!

 

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 total 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!  Activities 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 receive 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, Tele health 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.