Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | As of 7PM on 03/19 This Location Is Temporarily Closed
Dear Sunshine Family,
As we continue to receive updates about the coronavirus, be assured that we are vigilant in our planning and are implementing effective infection prevention procedures.
We want to minimize any disruptions in our service for our clients and families, and we will continue to monitor the situation around the Coronavirus to make any changes that may become necessary. We are remaining open as we are an essential service to our clients suffering from physical disabilities and memory loss. We are here to make sure that they are being cared for in a safe environment.
Below is an update on measures our center is implementing as we continue to attempt to keep our clients, employees, families, and caregivers safe:
The center Administration meets regularly to review the Centers for Disease Control and the New Jersey Department of Health, updates, and recommendations.
- All hard surfaces continue to be disinfected and cleaned multiple times daily and every evening the centers are disinfected and cleaned thoroughly.
- Clients and employee attendance are monitored and screened daily.
- The Department of Health Symptoms Checklist is utilized
- We are taking employees’ and clients temperatures as they arrive at the center and again during the day
- All those who are sick are asked to remain home until symptom-free and we will require a doctor’s note to resume attendance
- We are not allowing visitors or vendors to come into the building
- We have a thorough emergency preparedness plan developed
- We recommend that families of clients, clients, and employees refrain from international travel to highly affected countries.
- We have increased signage throughout the building and in all bathrooms to remind everyone of the importance of hygiene and to thoroughly wash their hands.
- We provide disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer to all members throughout the day. We assist them in washing their hands with soap and water
- We are using disposable plasticware, paper plates and disposable cups in our dining rooms.
- We are avoiding unnecessary personal contact with the members (no hugging, kissing or hand-holding; some like to hug and kiss us like we are family)
- Every employee must wear gloves as much as possible and are required to wash their hands properly throughout the day
Activity Programming Adjustments
We have taken the necessary measures to make adjustments to our activity programming. This way our clients can stay active and enjoy their visits to the center during this time. We will temporarily suspend unnecessary trips to restaurants, however, we will caterer their favorite restaurant foods to the club. We will explore outdoor activities once the weather is warmer. We have designed activities that don’t require close contact and/or sharing of any game pieces. We have some really fun in-house parties and events planned that adhere to social distancing rules.
What Can You Continue to Do?
As the CDC suggests, the best advice is to wash your hands frequently to lower the risk of spreading germs and social distancing. Clients should not come to the center if they show any symptoms of illness and seek medical attention if symptoms exist. Avoid unnecessary personal contact with your elderly loved ones (no hugging, kissing or hand-holding).
Please join us in praying for all the victims of the Coronavirus and thank you for your cooperation in keeping our clients and staff safe and healthy.