Life Care Center of Sandpoint Statement from Life Care Center of Sandpoint regarding COVID-19
Life Care Center of Sandpoint

Statement from Life Care Center of Sandpoint regarding COVID-19

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation in Sandpoint, ID

Updated: Saturday, November 7, 5:15 a.m. PST


To remain vigilant for COVID-19 among residents and healthcare providers in order to prevent spread and protect residents and HCP from severe infections, hospitalizations and death.

Until an effective vaccine or effective treatment, the facility will maintain an increased level of monitoring and mitigation strategies. In all phasing, social distancing (with a distance of 6 feet if applicable), source control (facial coverings), implementation of a non-punitive associate illness policy, practice of good hand-hygiene, cough etiquette and increased cleaning/disinfecting of high-touch surfaces will continue.

During the progression of phasing and relaxing restrictions, if at any time the facility identifies a new nursing home onset COVID-19 case, the facility will return back to the highest level of mitigation and will start over in the phasing process once the facility meets the criteria length between COVID-19 diagnosis(es).

Phase ONE (Restrictive Mitigation)

  • Facility restricts entry of non-essential healthcare personnel.
  • Communal dining is halted with no group activities.
  • Facility screens 100% of healthcare personnel prior to entering the facility at the beginning of each shift.
  • Facility screens current/active facility residents daily for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Universal source control is used for everyone in the facility.
  • Residents are encouraged to stay in their rooms; if a resident comes out of their room, facial coverings are in place and provided to the resident for use and hand hygiene is completed.
  • Visitors will be allowed for compassionate care circumstances meeting requirement, from an interdisciplinary team review. Visitation will be approved only by director of nursing and/or executive director.
  • Rehabilitation group and concurrent therapy are discontinued. Therapy will continue and be performed in individual resident rooms rather than in therapy gym unless equipment is required for the wellbeing/progression of the resident. Therapy equipment is cleaned/disinfected between use.

Phase TWO (Significant Mitigation) Changes

  • Communal dining will begin but will be limited (for COVID-19 negative or asymptomatic residents only), but residents may eat in the same room with social distancing (limited number of people at tables and spaced by at least 6 feet if practicable)
    • Identified high-risk residents will be assisted by staff in their room and/or in a dining room with as few other residents as feasible (maintaining 6 feet social distancing).
  • The facility limits group activities while providing social distancing with a max group size of 10. There are no outside activity volunteers or vendors.

Phase THREE (Moderate Mitigation) Changes

  • Visitation allowed if county in Phase 4 of Governor's reopening Idaho plan with screening of visitor(s) prior to beginning visitation for COVID 19 exposure or symptoms and signed acknowledgement of education.
    • Visitation will be scheduled in advance with resident family member(s):
      • Visits will be by appointment only and will be limited to 30 minutes in designated areas. Visits needed outside of facility visiting hours will be on a case-by-case basis and approved by the ED or DON.
      • No more than 2 visitors per resident at a time
      • Visitors under the age of 18 will need to be approved by the ED or DON.
  • Communal dining is limited (for COVID-19 negative or asymptomatic residents only), but residents may eat in the same room with social distancing (limited number of people at tables and spaced by at least 6 feet if practicable).
    • Facility encourages in-room dining for those who are capable of feeding themselves without supervision and/or assistance.
  • Group activities are allowed (for asymptomatic or COVID-19 negative residents only) with no more than the number of people where social distancing among residents can be maintained, appropriate hand hygiene, and use of a cloth face covering or face mask.
    • Facility rotates schedule(s) to ensure all residents have an opportunity to participate if desired.
  • Rehabilitation group and concurrent therapy can be reinitiated for negative and asymptomatic residents as long as social distancing can be followed in the gym and there is cleaning/disinfecting of therapy equipment between use. Residents of an unknown COVID-19 status will complete therapy in their rooms.

Reason for Update

  • We have a cumulative total of five residents and seven staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of November 6, 2020. There have been no new positive cases since Oct. 26. All who were infected have recovered and returned to the facility or discharged. We have completed the next round of testing for all staff and residents. We will continue testing staff weekly due to the positivity rates in Bonner and neighboring counties..
  • No other residents have symptoms at this time.
  • No other staff have symptoms at this time.

Communicating with Residents

  • Face Time – This facility has iPads available. You can schedule a time with Social Services or Activities.
  • Window Visits – You can see your loved one through their room window. If they room is not near a window, then we will move them to a window where you can see them. Please make sure the window stays closed. You may want to use your cell phone to call into your loved one’s room phone.
  • Conference Call – We can do Care Conferences via telephone.

Facility Mitigation

  • There are no visits allowed at this time. Visiting protocol will be re-visited after the facility has been COVID-free for at least 14 days.
  • We are monitoring all residents for signs and symptoms three times a day.
  • All staff are screened for respiratory symptoms prior to entering the facility and following their shift. In an effort to further protect the residents, we are continuing routine testing of facility staff for COVID-19.
  • All residents are staying on their perspective halls, regardless if they are positive or negative with COVID.
  • The facility has returned to Phase 3 operations. We will continue with no group activities and communal dining, and all meals are served on the individual units. Outside vendors, such as the beautician, are not allowed in the facility at this time.
  • Masks and eye protection are worn by staff at all times when in the facility.
  • Face shields, gowns and gloves are worn when associates are in a resident's room if that resident is in the quarantine area.
COVID-19 Testing Status
  Pending Positive Negative
Resident 0 5 442
Staff 12 7 702

Facility Contact Information

Executive Director

Rick Myers, NHA
(208) 265-9299 ext. 3703

Life Care Center of Sandpoint

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