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Friday August 4, 2023

It is with a heavy heart that we report to you the passing of Jerry Patton, our Administrator.  Jerry passed away unexpectedly the previous evening.  Angela Daugherty, the current Assistant Administor, will now serve as the facility Administrator.  His family has not inormed us of any arrangements at this time, but we will share them when they are finalized.  Our staff members are being informed as they work, and residents are also being informed.  There is not an easy way to tell all involved concurrently, but we did want to inform you in case your loved one mentions this you can add to our reassurance.  Please join us in keeping Jerry's family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.  Please email any questions to info@cummingnursing.com.  

 

Friday May 26, 2023

Northside Forsyth Hospital Covid-19 admission level remains low.  Currently we do not have any active cases of Covid-19 associated with the facility.  The recommendation remains to refrain from in-person visitation if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms associated with Covid-19.  We continue to offer the Covid-19 Bivalent vaccine to any residents or staff members who qualify to receive it.  

It has been a busy few weeks at the facility!  Last week was National Skilled Nursing Week and we celebrated "Cultivating Kindness" all week long!  We had Wine Down Friday this afternoon outside to enjoy this beautiful weather.  We would like to wish everyone who currently and previously served our country a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  We appreciate and value the sacrifices made by you and your family.

Friday May 12, 2023

Happy End of the Public Health Emergency!  Some requirements have changed for our industry and some remain the same.  The most obvious one is that nursing home staff only have to wear a mask if the local hospital admission rate for Covid-19 is at a high level, there are active cases in our facility or if they choose to.  Currently Northside Forsyth Hospital's admission rate for Covid-19 is low.  It is still recommended that anyone that is immunocompromised or who thinks they may have been exposed to Covid-19 wear a mask and social distance.  The signage reminding visitors of the core principals to combat Covid-19 has to remain in place.  These principals apply to all respiratory infections so it is just good practice.  Infection Prevention measures will remain in place as always.   We will still offer the Covid-19 vaccine/booster through the Forsyth County Health Department to any residents/staff members that request it.  Any resident/staff member who exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 will continue to be tested immediately.  What has not changed is refraining from visiting in-person for 10 days if you have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed.  Although we are thrilled to be moving on to a new "phase" of Covid-19 the reality is that it isn't going anywhere and it has the ability to make our residents very sick.  So we remain committed to preventing them from exposure as much as possible.

We celebrated Nurse's Week this week and they were treated to some tasty meals courtesy of McKesson Medical Supply, Longleaf Hospice, Inspire Hospice, and United Pharmacy.  Thank you so much for contributing to our celebrations this week!  We will be celebrating Skilled Nursing Facility Week next week with the theme of Cultivating Kindness.  We are continuing to collect pet supplies for the Forsyth County Humane Society and unused toiletry items for women/chilren's shelter.  The collection boxes are located in the front entry way.  We want to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day!  On Sunday there will be cupcakes in our conference room locate in the front lobby for you to share with your loved one during your visit!  We have been working on the courtyard so feel free to take a stroll and check it out!  A big thanks once again to the Orsi Family for donating the nice rocking chairs located out there for your enjoyment.  

 

Thursday May 4, 2023

The Forsyth County Covid-19 transmission rate has dropped to a moderate level.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 79 residents and 58 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, March 2020.  Currently we don't have any positive cases within the facility.  

We will be celebrating National Skilled Nursing Care Week May 15-19th.  The theme of this year's celebration is Cultivating Kindness.  As part of our festivities that week, we will be collecting pet supplies to donate to a no-kill shelter.  Pet food, toys, blankets, towels, and litter are some ideas.  We will also be collecting toiletries to donate to assist misplaced families.  Please feel free to bring any items that you would like to contribute into the facility prior to May 17th.  A box for each collection will be located in the breezeway of the main building.  We will post the names of the charities that we donate to once we have all of the details worked out.  We will also have a cookout that week and invite our local first responders to thank them for their service.  The facility will host a garden reception in memory of Krystal Brown, our beloved co-worker who passed away last November, after 17 years of service.  Thank you for your support as we help to cultivate much needed kindness in our community!  

Wednesday April 26, 2023

The Forsyth County Covid-19 transmission rate remains substantial at this time.  We continue to encourage visitors to use mitigation practices such as wearing a mask, social distancing, frequent hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Please remember that Covid-19 isn't the only contagious disease that we want to protect our residents from.  These practices help prevent most contagious communal diseases.  We also ask that you refrain from visiting in-person if you are feeling ill, but if you have tested positive for Covid-19 or had exposure to someone with Covid-19, the current directive is to wait 10 days before resuming visitation.  We will happily arrange a phone call or video chat with your loved one during that time.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 79 residents and 58 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since March 2020, with no current positive cases.

We also want to remind those responsible for residents receiving Medicaid benefits, that the Annual reviews have resumed.  This process was placed on hold during the pandemic so everyone is out of practice of expecting the annual review.  Please don't disregard any mail that you may receive from Georgia Department of Family & Children's Services.  Failure to complete the annual review for Medicaid prior to the deadline will result in termination of benefits.  We know that this isn't an easy system and don't want anyone to experience this!  You will recieve the annual review in the month that your loved one was originally approved for Medicaid benefits, so not everyone will get them at the same time.  If you have any questions please ask our Bookkeeper, Admir Teixeira at ext. 226 or email her at ateixeira@cumminghealthandrehab.com.

We are also sad to say goodbye to Patty Cronin, Activities Assistant.  Although we will miss her, we wish her the best with all of her future endeavors!  

 

Friday April 21, 2023

The Forsyth County Covid-19 transmission rate is now at a substantial level.  It still is recommended that visitors adhere to Covid-19 mitigation strategies such has frequent hand hygiene, wearing a well-fitting face covering, social distancing and cough etiquette.  Please delay your visit if you feel ill or have any symptoms of Covid-19.  We are happy to arrange a phone call or video chat with your loved one.  If you contract Covid-19 or are exposed to it, please refrain from in-person visitation for 10 days.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 79 residents and 58 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, March 2020.  Currently no one associated with the facility is positive for Covid-19.  Thank you for your continued support!

Our residents have had fun this week practicing for the Bell Choir concert this Saturday!  I hear them getting in one last practice as I type!  We hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!

Friday April 7, 2023

We are thrilled that everyone has finished up their isolation period and that there are no additional positive cases of Covid-19 associated with the facility!  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 79 residents and 58 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, March 2020.  The Forsyth County transmission rate remains high, so please continue to be vigilant of your close associations and symptoms prior to visiting.  We are more than happy to arrange for a phone call or video chat with your loved one if you are not feeling well.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions by emailing http://info@cummingnursing.com.  

Our residents had fun coloring Easter Eggs today while enjoy some tasty treats.  We hope that you are able to spend time with friends and family during this holiday weekend.

Friday March 31, 2023

The two residents that tested positive for Covid-19 are finishing up their isolation period.  Testing continues for anyone who had close contact until 2 weeks pass without a positive result.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 79 residents and 58 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.  The Forsyth County transmission rate has raised back to a high level.  When the level is high it is recommended that visitors wear a mask for the duration of their visit and test themselves for Covid-19 prior to visiting.  

The State of Georgia is resuming the annual Medicaid redetermination process on April 17th.  This was placed on-hold during the Public Health Emergency from Covid-19.  Those of you who have had loved ones receiving Medicaid benefits prior to that may recall that every year you would receive a redetermination from Medicaid that you would have to fill out and return by a certain date.  For those of you who's loved one received Medicaid benefits after the pandemic started, this will be a new process for you.  The redeterminations are sent out annually, based on the month that your loved one was first approved for Medicaid benefits.  It is extremely important to return the information requested timely because failure to do so can impact your loved one's eligibility for Medicaid benefits.  So this is just a heads up that the program is back in place. If you have any questions completing the information for the redetermination, please contact Admir Teixeira.  Her office hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30-3:30, her extension is 226 and her email is ateixeira@cumminghealthandrehab.com.

It has been a nice couple of days for our residents to get outside and enjoy, we are hoping this trend continues!  We hope that you are able to enjoy the Spring weather because the hot summer will be here soon!

Friday March 24, 2023

Two residents have tested positive for Covid-19 and are currently on isolation precautions. Others that have had close contact have been tested also with no further positive results.  They will be tested twice per week until 2 weeks pass without a positive result.  Families of those directly impacted have been notified prior to the mass notification being sent.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 79 residents and 58 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic (2020).  The Forsyth County transmission rate is at a moderate level.  The facility continues screening staff and residents daily and test anyone exhibiting symptoms or who have had close contact with a someone who is presumed or confirmed positive for Covid-19, immediately.  As a reminder common symptoms include cough, congestion, fever, loss of taste and/or smell, body aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, and diarrhea.  We ask that you continue to adhere to preventative measures for Covid-19 such as social distancing, wearing a mask when around anyone but your loved one, performing frequent hand hygiene and practicing cough etiquette. 

Visitation practices are not changing at this time which are, one visitor per resident in a room at a time if they share a room or two if they do not.  This allows room for social distancing in resident rooms.  If you have more people in your party we have outdoors, the sunroom and the visitation room located off of the main dining room.  We ask that only one person in your party retrieves your loved one and meets the rest of your party in your preferred visitation area.  Please ask a staff member if you need assistance finding these areas.

We ask that you continue to monitor yourself for symptoms and contact with Covid-19.  This time of year many of us suffer from seasonal allergies and it is easy to assume that is the cause of your symptoms.  The truth is that the symptoms for Covid-19 have changed and can vary from person to person so the only way to know for sure that your symptoms are not caused by Covid-19 is to take a test.  If testing is not possible for you and you have symptoms or have had close contact with someone who is positive for Covid-19, please delay visiting in-person for 10 days.  If you test positive for Covid-19 or have been in close contact with someone who is or presumed positive, please delay visiting in-person for 10 days.  We understand that this is confusing because physicians say it is fine to return to normal activity after 5 days, but that is not the case for nursing homes.  Our employees have to remain out of work for 10 days, not five like other businesses.  This is the guidance for long term care facilities due to the medically fragile population that resides in them.  If you have any questions now or in the future, please don't hesitate to call 770-781-2300 or email info@cummingnursing.com.  We can schedule a phone call or video chat with your loved one while you are recovering.  The weather is getting warmer so chosing to visit outside is a safer option.  We have a gazebo on the 400 hall side of the facility, a courtyard off of the entrance breezeway and picinic tables and a gazebo in the rear of the facility that can be utilized for visitation.  

Now that business is over, we are continuing to have fun!  The residents have enjoyed Happy Hour yesterday and Wine Down social today outside in the sunshine!  Fresh air and natural Vitamin D will lift your spirits!  We hope that you too enjoy the spring weather!

 

Friday March 17, 2023

Cumming Health and Rehab has had 77 residents and 58 staff members that have tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.  At this time there are no positive cases associated with the facility.  The Forsyth County transmission rate had changed to moderate which is a positive sign!  We will continue to screen all residents and staff members daily and test anyone who exhibits signs or symptoms or has a known exposure to Covid-19.  Currently we have a focus on hand hygiene as part of our infection prevention measures.  You may notice more reminders around the facility for staff, residents and visitors to perform frequent hand hygiene.  Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is recommended unless your hands are visibly soiled or after using the restroom.  It is important to note that although alcohol-based hand sanitizers are more effective at preventing the spread of Covid-19, they are not as effective as hand washing for preventing norovirus or Ciff-D.  So it is really important to perform both forms of hand hygine for the best protection against infectious diseases.

We paid tribute to St. Patrick today and had a party in his honor!  Patty made us delicious reuben sandwiches and chips.  We tasted different irish cheeses and washed it all down with green beer, black and tans and/or some yummy green punch!  Everyone left the party feeling Irish!  We hope that you too enjoy St. Patrick's Day!  

 

Friday March 3, 2023

After Covid-19 testing was completed today, we are pleased to announce that we currently don't have any active cases of Covid-19 associated with our facility!  We will continue screening all staff members and residents daily.  Anyone who exhibits signs/symptoms or that has a known exposure to Covid-19 will be tested immediately.  Please communicate any positive cases among your family that have recently visited your loved one so that we can begain precautions and testing to ensure that your loved one is best cared for.  If you ever have any questions regarding when/if you should visit please feel free to call us at 770-781-2300 or email us at info@cummingnursing.com.  The Forsyth County community rate remains low but the transmission rate remains high.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 77 residents and 58 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.  

Everyone is happy to be back in their own rooms and able to resume normal activities!  Fresh popped popcorn smelled delicious and was the treat of the day yesterday while the ladies enjoyed getting their nails done.  We hope that you enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday February 28, 2023

Covid-19 testing was performed yesterday and 11 people have recovered and completed the isolation requirements.  Two residents will continue completing the isolation requirements.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 77 residents and 58 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since spring 2020, counting the 2 current positive cases.  The Forsyth County community rate is low but the transmission rate remains high.  This indicates that staff members will continue wearing source control at this time.  We encourage you to wear a mask when around anyone other than you loved one while in the facility.  If you are positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed, the guidelines indicate that you refrain from visiting for 10 days or if you test negative on day 5 and again on day 7 (with the day you test positive counted as day 0), then you may resume visitation after day 7.  We do understand that this is a longer time to wait than what is recommended for resuming activities in the general community but due to our vulnerable population and group setting, the extra time is necessary.  Please contact us with any questions or clarifications at 770-781-2300 or info@cummingnursing.com.  Activities have resumed to the normal procedures for those not on isolation precautions.  Thank you for your continued support and have a great week!

Tuesday Februart 21, 2023

Two additional residents and one staff member have tested positive for Covid-19.  This makes a total of 13 active cases of Covid-19.  They are included in the total to date, since Spring 2020, of 77 total residents and 58 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19.  We will continue to notify all resident contacts via a text message on Gigabark mass notification system of any changes to our Covid-19 status after the emergency contact has been notified for any resident testing positive.  Everyone testing positive for Covid-19 are on isolation precautions.  You may still visit your loved one if they are on isolation, you just have to check in the nurse to receive proper personal protective equipment.  You may chose to visit via their window.  Please keep in mind that this is often very confusing to those residents living with Dementia or cognitive impairment.  We found that in the beginning of the pandemic this was aggitating to some residents because they did not understand why their loved ones weren't inside with them.  We can arrange for your loved one to have a phone call or video chat by sending an email to  info@cummingnursing.com or calling 770-781-2300 and asking for Wanda in the Activities Department.  Communal dining and activities have been ammended to assist in preventing the spread of Covid-19.  The Activities Department is making the best of the situation and celebrating Fat Tuesday today via a rolling Mardi Gras Party!  We hope that you enjoy Fat Tuesday!

Monday February 20, 2023

Three additional residents have tested positive for Covid-19.  If your loved one was directly impacted you would have been contacted by the nursing department prior to receiving a text message through our mass notification system, Gigabark.  Currently we have 10 active cases of Covid-19 associated with the facility.  To date,Cumming Health and Rehab has had  75 residents and 57 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, including the current cases.  The Forsyth County Covid-19 transmission rate remains high but the community rate is low.  All of the positive residents are currently on isolation precautions.  Staff and residents are screened daily for signs and symptoms and tested immediately if neeeded.  All those potentially exposed are tested and will continue to be tested twice per week until 2 weeks pass without a positive result.  Infection prevention measures remain in place and we continue to communicate with our regional coordinator with Georgia Public Health.  Please email us at info@cummingnursing.com with any questions.  Usual visitation procedures are still in place, if your loved one is positive and you would like to visit, please check in with the nurse so you can be provided proper protective equipment.  It is strongly recommended that All visitors wear your mask throughout your visit.  The weather is going to be warm this week so please take advantage of our outdoor areas such as the side courtyard, main courtyard and back outdoor area for visits.  Please ask a staff member for assistance to those areas.  Resident communal activities will be adjusted to provide social distancing as we navigate through this disruption. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Friday February 17, 2023

As we continue to screen all residents and staff daily, we are also continuing to test anyone who exhibits symptoms or have had a known expsure to Covid-19. Today 6 additional residents  tested postive for Covid-19. All of their contacts have been notified and they have been placed on isolation percautions. We continue to notify our contact at the Georgia Departement of Public Health with all updates and we are following all guidance given. To date we have had 72 residents and 57 staff members test positive for Covid-19 including the 7 current positive cases. If your loved one is currently positive for Covid-19 you can still visit with your loved one, we just ask that you notify the nurse so you can be given the appropriate protective equipment. If you have any questions please use the email link below that was provided in yesterday's post. 

 

Thursday February 16, 2023

A resident has tested positive for Covid-19.  Anyone who may have been exposed has been tested and no further positive results at this time.  If your loved one was impacted you would have been contacted by the nursing department with a plan of care prior to the mass communication being sent.  If the Covid-19 status changes with anyone else, the same process will be executed.  If you ever have any questions you can always email info@cummingnursing.com.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 66 residents and 57 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.  The Forsyth County's Covid-19 community rate is low but the transmission rate remains high.  We will continue to screen all employees and residents daily and test anyone showing symptoms or with a known exposure, immediately.  If you visit and then test positive for Covid-19 please let us know by either calling  770-781-2300 or emailing us at the link above.  The guidance for visitors and healthcare providers in a nursing home is to refrain from returning to the facility for 10 days after testing positive.  This is more strict than the guidance for the general community due to the vulnerable population that resides in a group setting.  Feel free to ask us anytime that you would like clarification.  We also ask that you continue executing infectious disease mitigation practices while in the facility such as wearing a mask when around anyone other than your loved one, social distancing, performing frequent hand sanitation and cough etiquette.  Thank you for your continued cooperation, we appreciate it! 

Friday February 10, 2023

We are almost afraid to mention that we currently have no positive Covid-19 cases associated with our facility because it seems like every time that we get back to this point, it changes!   Luckily there were no further positive tests.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 65 residents and 57 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.  Currently Forsyth County Covid-19 community rate remains low but the transmission rate is high.  We hope that the spring weather will bring a break from all of the viruses because we will have plenty of allergies to contend with!  

Our residents have been having a good time!  They had a "surprise" visit from a miniature pony last week!  He was a VERY popular guest!  Thursday was National Pizza Day so of course we had to partake in that!  Today we are kicking off Super Bowl weekend with wings!  You have never been to a more quiet party than this one as everyone was enjoying their food!  Thank You Patty and Wanda for their expert wing sauce contributions!  We hope that you enjoy the Big Game this weekend also!

Wednesday February 1, 2023

A resident tested positive for Covid-19.  If your loved one is impacted you would have been contacted by the nursing department with a plan of care.  Those possibly exposed have been tested with no further positive results at this time.  Those folks will continue to be tested twice a week for 2 weeks to ensure that nobody else is positive.  If that status were to change, you would recieve another update through our mass notification system once the individual has been notified. To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 65 residents and 57 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since spring 2020, including our one current positive person.  We continue to screen all residents and staff daily and anyone with symptoms or a known exposure is tested immediately.  We ask that you also choose not to visit if you feel ill or have possibly been exposed.  At this time this will not change our visitation, activity or communal dining schedule.  We notify our Georgia Public Health contact with all positive results and follow all guidance given.  If you have any questions please email us at info@cummingnursing.com.  The Forsyth County Covid-19 community rate is at the low status again but the transmission rate remains high.  Thank you for your continued support as we continue to navigate through this pandemic.

Friday January 27, 2023

Happy Friday!  We are happy to report that nobody else has tested positive for Covid-19 and the one employee who is currently quarantining will finish up this weekend.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 64 residents and 57 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since spring 2020.  Good news, the Covid-19 community rate has dropped back down to a low level but the transmission rate remains high.  

We want to take a moment to spotlight our AWESOME Activities Department in honor of National Activities Professionals Week!  Their selfless work and contribution to improving the quality of life make the world a better place.  We are inspired by their commitment, energy, creativitiy, and enthusiasm to keep us moving!  Please take a moment to join us in praising them for all that they do!  

Tuesday January 18, 2023

A staff member tested positive for Covid-19 during the routine screening process.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 64 residents and 57 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since spring 2020, counting the current case.  The positive staff member will complete necessary quarantine prior to returning to work. If your loved one was directly impacted by Covid-19 you would be contacted by the nursing department prior to the mass notification being sent. The Forsyth County Covid-19 community rate remains at a medium level and the transmission rate remains high.  Please continue to practice infectious disease prevention measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing, frequent hand hygiene and cough etiquette.  All residents and staff will continue to be screened for Covid-19 daily.  Please let us know if you visit and then test positive for any infectious disease so we can take preventative measures.  Thank you for your continued assistance and stay well!

Friday January 13, 2023

Happy Friday 13th!  We are happy to report that we do not currently have any residents or staff members positive with Covid-19!  The Forsyth County Covid-19 community rate remains elevated at a medium level and the transmission rate remains high.  This tells us that Covid-19 remains prevalent in the general community making it more likely to expose those associated with the facility.  Please continue to practice infectious disease mitigating steps while visiting at the facility.  Also if you ever test positive for an infectious disease after being around your loved one, please let us know.  This will allow us to put preventative measures in place to hopefully prevent the spread.  You can always call or email us at info@cummingnursing.com.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 64 residents and 56 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since spring 2020.

Our residents celebrated the Georgia Bulldogs winning the National Championship!  Everyone enjoyed Wine Down Friday with yummy snacks and beverages.  We hope that you too have a great weekend!

Friday January 6, 2023

A staff member tested positive for Covid-19.  Currently there are 3 staff members and one resident quarantining until they are cleared to be around others in a healthcare setting.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 64 residents and 56 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since Spring 2020.  Some of the quarantining periods will be expiring within the next few days.  All residents and staff members who were potentially exposed to anyone testing positive will continue to be tested twice per week until 2 weeks pass without a positive result.  If your loved one is ever directly impacted you will receive a call with a plan of care from the nursing department prior to the mass notification being sent.  We continue to practice infection prevention measures and hope that you do also.  Please delay your visit if you are feeling ill.  If you test positive for Covid-19, Flu or RSV after visiting, please call and inform your loved one's nurse.  That way we can start preventative measures to hopefully limit the spread of any infectious disease.  You may contact the facility by calling 770-781-2300 or sending an email to info@cummingnursing.com.  Staff members are wearing N-95 respirators while in the presence of residents.  We have not been instructed to change resident visitation, activities or dining processes at this time from Georgia Department of Public Health.  Please have a healthy weekend!

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Another staff member has tested positive for Covid-19.  Currently we have 2 staff members and one resident quarantining.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 64 residents and 55 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since Spring 2020.  All potentially exposed residents and staff members will continue to be tested twice a week until 2 weeks pass without a positive result.  The facility remains in contact with Ga Department of Public Health and we are following all directives to help prevent the spread of the virus.  The Forsyth County Covid-19 community rate is now at a medium level and the transmission rate remains high.  Please continue to monitor yourself for any symptoms as well as any possible exposures.  We ask that you continue to practice infectious disease prevention measures such as wearing a mask while around others in the facility, social distancing, performing frequent hand hygiene and cough etiquette.  If you have any questions please email us at info@cummingnursing.com.

Our residents celebrated with a New Year'rs party complete with a balloon drop!  Everyone watched the Georgia Bulldogs pull off a win to go to the National Championship game!  They had a wonderful start to 2023 and we hope that you did also!

Thursday December 29, 2022

A staff member tested positive for Covid-19.  All residents and staff members in contact with our positive folks will be tested twice a week until 2 weeks pass without a positive result.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 64 residents and 54 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since Spring 2020, with 2 current positive cases.  All infection prevention measures are in place.  Please refrain from visiting if you feel sick.  We can arrange a phone call or video chat at info@cummingnursing.com.  Our visitation, dining and activities are remaining in place as usual at this time.  If this were to change we would alert everyone and the residents. 

Our Bell Choir performed their postponed Christmas concert last night to a limited audiance.  They received a standing ovation and had a great time!  They will begin preparing for Valentine's Day!  We wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

Wednesday December 28, 2022

There has been a change to our Covid-19 status.  A resident has tested positive for Covid-19.  All potentially exposed residents and staff members have been tested with no further positive results.  Exposed residents and staff members will be tested twice per week until 2 weeks pass without a positive result.  If your loved one was involved you would have been notified by the nursing department with a plan of care.  All residents and staff members are screened daily and tested as needed.  This will not change our visitation or activity procedures at this time.  The facility has reported this to our contact with the Georgia Department of Public Health and will follow all instructions received by them.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 64 residents and 53 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since Spring 2020, with one current case.  The Forsyth County Covid-19 transmission rate remains high.  We ask that you please follow infectious disease mitigation techniques such as wearing a mask, social distancing, performing frequent hand hygiene and cough etiquette.  Please assist your loved one with following these practices if you take them out in the community.  If you are informed that your loved one was exposed to Covid-19, the flu or any other infectious disease, please notify us immediately so that we can take preventative measures to limit the spread.  You can call us at 770-781-2300 or email at info@cummingnursing.com.  Thanks for your assistance!

Tuesday December 20, 2022

Breakout testing continues with no further positive results for Covid-19.  Officially tomorrow we will no longer have any active cases.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 63 residents and 53 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since Spring 2020.  We will continue to screen all residents and staff daily for any signs/symptoms and test immediately if needed.  Please continue to monitor your health and any possible exposure to Covid-19 or the Flu.  The Forsyth County transmission rate remains high so please assist your loved one with preventative measures if you take them out of the facility over the holiday.  If you find out that your loved one was exposed please let us know as soon as possible so we can take preventative measures also.  You may call us at 770-781-2300 or email us at info@cummingnursing.com. We appreciate everyone's effort as we balance safely enjoying the holidays!  

Sunday December 18, 2022

Outbreak testing continues for Covid-19 with no further positive test results.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 63 residents and 53 staff members who have tested positive since spring 2020, with one current positive case.  The Forsyth County Covid-19 transmission rate remains high.  Please assist your loved one with basic preventative measures for infectious disease if you have an outing planned over the holidays.  Not only is Covid-19 currently prevalent in the community, but so are the flu and RSV (which is Parainfluenza in adults).   Please delay your visit if you are feeling ill or have been around someone else who is sick.  We know that everyone wants to see their loved ones over the holidays, but everyone wants their loved ones to be as healthy as possible for the New Year!  Please email us if you have any questions or need to arrange for a video chat at info@cummingnursing.com.

Our staff enjoyed a well deserved Holiday Lunch with games and prizes on Friday!  We will enjoy holiday celebrations with our residents this week but please know that we will proceed with caution.  We will balance socializing with safety so everyone can enjoy the festivities!  

Monday December 12, 2022

A resident tested positive for Covid-19.  All residents and staff members who were exposed have been tested with no further positive results. You would have been contacted by the nursing department if your loved one was impacted.   To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 63 residents and 53 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since spring 2020.  There is currently one positive resident. The infected resident and any exposed residents will be on isolation precautions until they recover.  All residents and staff members who were exposed will continue to be tested for Covid-19 twice per week until 2 weeks pass without a positive result.  The faciltiy has reported this to our regional public health contact and will follow any guidance given.  At this time visitation, activities and dining will not be impacted.  If this were to change due to directives given to us by our public health contact, we would notify all of the residents and their contacts.  Please contact us at info@cummingnursing.com if you have any questions. 

The Forsyth County Covid-19 transmission rate is high so please also be aware of your potential exposure.  Please always practice the infectious disease mitigation measures while visiting.  These include wearing a mask when around anyone other than your loved one, social distancing, performing frequent hand hygiene and covering your cough.  Please use an abundance of caution prior to visiting and delay your visit if you feel ill or think you may have been exposed to any of the respiratory viruses prevalent out in the community.  We will arrange for a video chat or phone call if you are unable to visit in person.  We will contact all resident contacts with a text message to check this webpage if there are any future changes in our covid status.  We wish you good health for the holiday season!

Friday December 9, 2022

To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 62 residents and 53 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since spring, 2020, with no current positive cases.  All residents and staff are screened daily for signs and symptoms and are tested immediately if needed.  The Flu, RSV (which is Parainfluenza when adults have it) and Covid-19 all seem to be prevalent in our state.  Please continue to be vigilant of your potential exposure to any of these contagious respiratory viruses and delay your visit if needed.  We can always set up a video chat or phone call with your loved one while you wait to ensure that you are not contagious.  Also just a reminder, if you have been positive for Covid-19, the guidance is that you wait 10 days prior to visiting in-person.  If you test negative on day 7 and again on day 9, then you can return a day early.  This guidance is different than returning to normal activities after contracting Covid-19.  General activities can be resumed after 5 days if you no longer have symptoms, but because of our immunocompromised population and group living situation, extra time is strongly recommended.  Please feel free to contact us at http://info@cummingnursing.com if you have any questions.

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas around the facility!  Everyone is catching the Christmas spirit!  The Activities Department is taking residents on Christmas light journeys that everyone is loving!  We hope that you too are enjoying the holiday season!

Friday December 2, 2022

To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 62 residents and 53 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 (since Spring 2020).  There are currently no positive cases associated with the facility.  If this were to ever change, you would be contacted by our nursing department if your loved one was directly impacted, with a plan of care.  All other resident contacts would then be notified by a mass communication text from Gigabark.  This will alert you that there has been a change to our Covid-19 status and direct you to this website for more details.  The Covid-19 Forsyth County community level remains low but the transmission level is substantial.  All staff and residents are screened for signs and symptoms and are tested immediately if indicated.  Flu and RSV continue to be prevelant in the community.  Please think twice when visiting to ensure you are not experiencing any symptoms or have been around anyone else who has been diagnosed.  If you test positive for Covid-19, please refrain from visiting for 10.  As always, we apprecitate all of you assistance as we take precautions to keep our residents from contracting any of the viruses prevalent in our community.

As some of you may know, we sadly said goodbye to a beloved staff member, Krystal Lynn Brown, this week.  Krystal was a Certified Nursing Assistant on our night shift and worked here for 17 years.  You may view her obituary at http://ingramfuneralhome.com.  She was married to our Environmental Services Director, Dwayne, and they had daughter Rylee and she was step-mother to Angela and Cameron.  Krystal touched so many of our residents' lives with her caring and upbeat demeaner.  Our entire facility has been devastated by this loss, inlcluding our residents.  Please keep this young family in your prayers as they begin navigating a new chapter in their lives.  

Wenesday November 23, 2022

To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 62 residents and 53 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since spring 2020, with no current positive cases.  The Forsyth County community rate remains low but the transmission rate is substantial.  Please continue to follow all standard preventative measures for infectious respiratory viruses.  This includes wearing a mask when around anyone other than your loved one, social distancing, performing frequent hand hygiene and covering your cough.  All residents and staff members are screened daily and will be tested if necessary.  We know that many of you will be visiting this week so please take note of any symptoms that you may be experiencing no matter how mild they may be, as well as any potential exposure to any viruses.  Please use an abundance of caution and delay your visit if needed. Flu, RSV and Covid-19 are all prevalent in our area. We will be happy to arrange for a video chat or phone call with your loved one.  

We want to take a moment to express our thankfullness and gratitude to all of our families and friends.  We are thrilled that life has began to look a little more normal, but we know that due to our unique population and living arrangements, we still need to be cautious.  You have been so patient and cooperative throughout this entire pandemic.  We hope that your are able to enjoy this Thanksgiving with ones that your love.

Wednesday November 16, 2022

To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 62 residents and 53 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since Spring 2020.  Currently there are no positive cases associated with our facility.  All residents and staff members continue to be screened daily for signs/symptoms of Covid-19.  Anyone that has any symptoms or who has been exposed to Covid-19 will be tested immediately.  If there is ever a change in our Covid-19 status you will be notified via a text message from our mass notification system.  Typically you are asked to check our website where we can provide additional information regarding the situation.  If your loved one is directly impacted, the primary contact for them will be called by nursing to go over a plan of care prior to the mass notification.  If you ever have any questions please email us at info@cummingnursing.com.

The Forsyth County community rate remains low, but the transmission rate is substantial.  This information can be found on the CDC website.  We ask that you wear a mask when around anyone but your loved one, as well as social distance, perform frequent hand hygiene and practice cough etiquette.  This will also help reduce the risk of spreading the flu.  If you are recovering from Covid-19 please wait 10 days before visiting your loved one.  You may contact us to set up a video chat or phone call with your loved one during that time of your recovery.  Thank you for your continued support and have a great week!

Friday November 11, 2022

To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 62 residents and 53 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic (Spring 2020).  There are no current positive cases of Covid-19 associated with the facility and if this were to ever change you would be notified.  Families of residents directly impacted are contacted by the nursing department to review a plan of care.  Once this is complete, all family contacts are notified by the Gigabark mass notification system.  It will direct you to this website to read further details regarding the situation.  If you ever have any questions you can call us at 770-781-2800 or email us at info@cummingnursing.com.  The Covid-19 Forsyth county community level is low but the transmission level has increased to substantial.  We have all been made aware that cases of the flu, RSV and Covid-19 are on the rise.  Our setting is so unique because of the communal living environment made up of immunocompromised residents that we are always extra cautious when it comes to infection prevention measures.  We ask that you too closely monitor your potential exposure to infectious diseases prior to visiting your loved one.  If you are ever in doubt please delay your visit or schedule a video chat or phone call with your loved one.  We want to go into this holiday season happy and healthy, being able to celebrate with our loved ones !

We would like to extend our gratitude to all veterans of our military branches today in honor of Veteran's Day.  Our resident veterans were celebrated today with a reception in their honor.  

Thursday October 27, 2022

To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 staff members and 62 residents test positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, Spring 2020.  Currently there are no positive cases associated with our facility.  All staff members are screened prior to reporting to their assignment for signs/symptoms of Covid-19.  Anyone exhibiting symptoms will be tested as soon as possible.  If there is ever a future positive test result associated with our facility, anyone directly impacted will be notified by the facility with a plan of care, then all resident contacts will be notified via Gigabark mass notification system.  Typically the message will tell you to refer to this website to learn details of the change.  The Forsyth County Covid-19 community rate remains low but the transmission rate is substantial.  The cases of influenza and RSV are also prominent at this time.  Please monitor yourself for symptoms and exposure to any infectious diseases and delay your visit if necessary.  If you ever have any questions you may call us at 770-781-2300 or email us at info@cummingnursing.com.

We are so honored to celebrate TWO centenarians this month!  Ms. Dorothy Powers celebrated her 100th birthday on October 20th and Ms. Nellie Allison joined the "club" on October 26th!  These ladies had a wonderful celebration!  We proudly care for a total of three centenarians currently and are eager to continue to celebrate future members!  

Friday October 21, 2022

The Forsyth County transmission level is moderate and community level is low this week.  We continue to screen all staff daily for Covid-19 symptoms and will test anyone as soon as possible that has symptoms or exposure.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 residents and 62 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since spring of 2020.  Covid-19 mitigation practices are still in place although these are being lifted from other settings.  It is important to remember that our residents are at a higher risk of a severe reaction/illness from infectious diseases and they also spread more easily in communal living environments.  These mitigation practices will also help to protect our residents from other infectious respiratory diseases such as the influenza virus.  Please wear your mask around others, refrain from visiting if you feel ill, perform frequent hand hygiene, practice cough etiquette and social distance from other residents while visiting.  If you are recovering from Covid-19 or have had exposure to it, and are unsure of when to resume visiting, please feel free to give us a call at 770-781-2300 or email at info@cummingnursing.com.  The guidelines are to test negative by a rapid test on day 5 and 7 before resuming visitation or wait until day 10.  We are more than happy to arrange phone calls or video chats during this time.  If your visit is urgent, please call ahead and we will provide you with appropriate PPE to ensure the safest possible visit.  Thank you all again for being so supportive during the past 2 years with the constant changing and updating of guidance!

We hope that you have enjoyed fall as much as our residents have!  They have visited the Apple Barn this week to enjoy everything apple that is yummy and delicious!  Please have a wonderful weekend!

Friday October 14, 2022

To date, Cumming Healht and Rehab, has had 62 residents and 53 staff members who have tested postive for Covid-19 stince Spring 2020.  Currently the Forsyth County Community level is low and Transmission level is moderate.  This is very good news!  We ask that you continue to wear a well-fitting face covering while in the presence of others. We focus so much attention on Covid-19, but we are reminded that the annual flu season is here.  The good news is that all of the Covid-19 mitigation processes help to mitigate other infectious diseases.  We have heard that Australia had an early and prevalent flu season, which is the best predictor for our flu season.  Flu shots are currently being administered with permission and we wanted to share the 2022 Flu Shot vaccine information with everyone, https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.pdf.  Please let us know if you have any questions pertaining to the flu vaccine at info@cummingnursing.com.  We wish you a healthy flu season!

Friday October 7, 2022

To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 53 residents and 62 staff members test positive for Covid-19 since Spring 2020.  We currently do not have any active cases of Covid-19 associated with the facility.  The CDC and CMS have changed some of the guidance for Covid-19 mitigation in nursing homes.  We are continuing to adjust our existing operations to incorporate these changes.  We will keep you updated as we do.  Covid-19 testing requirements have changed for nursing homes. All staff and residents continue to be screened for Covid-19 daily, and will be tested as soon as possible if anyone exhibits signs/symptoms or has direct exposure to Covid-19.  Please continue to inform us if you test positive for Covid-19 and have visited your loved one recently. 

Visitors are asked to continue to follow the basic Covid-19 mitigation procedures of wearing a face covering while around others, perfoming frequesnt hand sanitation, practicing cough etiquette and social distancing. The guidance for visitors who have tested positive or had direct exposure with symptoms is to refrain from visiting until you have tested negative for Covid-19 on day 5 and 7.  If your results are positive then wait the full 10 days before visiting your loved one again.  The first day that you test positive or have symptoms, if you chose not to test, is day 0 and you count from there.  We remind you that this may be a little different guidance than what your physician may say about quarantining and returning to daily activities in the community.  This is because our population are particuarly vulnerable to contageous diseases due to their comorbidities as well as communal living environment.  Please always ask if you have any questions.  You may call us at 770-781-2300 or email at, http://info@cummingnursing.com.  All staff members will wear a minimum of a surgical mask when in resident care careas and those who have a Covid-19 exemption will continue to wear a N-95 respirator at all times while in resident care areas.  

Our residents had a great time at Wined Down Friday trying a new craft!  Check out the pictures in the uppder right hand corner.  We hope that you have a great weekend!

Friday September 30, 2022

Forsyth's county Covid-19 community rate is now low and transmission rate is substantial.  The CDC and CMS have revised guidelines around testing, now we will only test for Covid-19 if someone has symptoms.  If there is a positive Covid-19 result, outbreak testing will be completed 24 hours after the positive result, and continue twice per week until 2 weeks pass without a positive result.  There are additional changes that we will continue to adjust our operations and update you as we do.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 62 residents and 53 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since Spring 2020.  Currently there are no active cases associated with the facility.  If this were to change you would be notified via our mass notification system, Gigabark.  We would also post notices at the facility.  

We would like to spotlight our wonderful Bell Choir and the great concert that they performed for their friends and family this week!  They have been practicing under the direction of Patty Cronin and it has really paid off!  They will now begin their selections for a Christmas concert.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Ian.  Please have a healthy and happy weekend!

Friday September 23, 2022

To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had a total of 62 residents and 53 staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 since Spring 2020.  We ask visitors to continue to follow Covid-19 mitigation practices to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to our residents by wearing a well-fitting mask while in the presence of others, performing frequent hand hygiene, practicing cough etiquette, social distancing and postponing your visit if you feel ill in any way or have an exposure to Covid-19.  

Our residents have had a lovely week!  Our Bell Choir has been fitting in extra practices preparing for their upcoming concert for friends and family.  We hope that you are able to spend quality time with those you love this weekend!

Friday September 16, 2022

Covid-19 testing continues based on the Forsyth County's transmission rate which remains high.  This requires that all staff members not up to date with Covid-19 vaccines/boosters to test twice per week.  The good news is that the Covid-19 Forsyth County community rate is now low.  When the community level is low, the following are the recommendations: Recommended actions based on current level
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. Wear a mask if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Wear a mask on public transportation. You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others.  Please remember that you still must wear a mask while around anyone other than your loved one during visitations.  It's also important to be cognizant of your symptoms and possible exposure to Covid-19 before you visit.  We remind you that there are other options available if you are unsure of your current Covid-19 status such as video chats, phone calls and window visits.  We are more than happy to help you set up an alternative style of visitation, just email us at info@cummingnursing.com.  To date, Cumming Health and Rehab has had 62 residents and 53 staff members test positive for Covid-19, with no current cases associated with our residents or staff members.  

We would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Environmental Services Department in honor of their national week.  They are an integral component to our operations and their dedication throughout the past couple of years has been outstanding!  They have adapted to meet our needs based on the everchanging pandemic and have done so without hesistation.  Not only do they keep our facility clean and sanitized, but they also bring so much to our resident's daily lives with ongoing interaction with them.  We are so proud of our team and hope that you take the time to recognize them on your next visit!  Have a nice weekend!

Friday September 9, 2022 

You may have noticed new signs on some of the doors that say "Enhanced Barrier Precautions" and staff wearing gowns and gloves more often.  We're doing this based on new recommendations from the CDC to protect our residents and staff from germs that can cause serious infections and are hard to treat.  You may have heard these germs called multidrug-resistant organisms or MDRO's in the news. 

Fortunately ther are many things we can do to keep these germs from spreading.  Using Alcohol-based hand sanitizer can kill these germs and keep us from spreading them with our hands.  This why we remind visitors to frequently clean their hands.  Also using gowns and gloves help keep these germs from getting on our clothes and spreading to others when we are having close contact with residents.  Just because we are wearing a gown and gloves doesn't mean that a resident is carrying one of these germs.  We also wear them to protect residents who might be more vulnerable to developing a serious