COVID Information and Updates
The health and safety of our patients, residents and staff is our highest priority. Please take a moment to review our COVID-19 Updates.
A SAFE ENVIRONMENT: Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocols
Our usual vigorous cleaning protocols have been upgraded and include a multi-faceted approach to disinfection and sanitation throughout the facility. Stringent cleaning and disinfection protocols as recommended by the Department of Public Health, CDC, and EOEA with CDC-recommended, hospital-grade disinfectants are followed on a daily basis. We utilize state-of-the-art sanitizing equipment in common spaces, patient care areas, and offices, including use of an electro-static sprayer. The rehabilitation gym is cleaned and sanitized throughout the day, with exercise equipment cleaned after every use.
PuraShield air filtration systems have been installed throughout the facility. These state-of-the-art multi-stage filtration systems remove 99.99% of aerosols that carry harmful viruses. The HEPA filtration also filters bacteria, dust, and reduces odors.
We utilized grant funding to purchase a state-of-the-art Arc LED Light disinfecting unit. Although utilized in numerous areas, it is specifically used to disinfect our short term rehabilitation rooms prior to each new admission. Arc LED Light uses LED bulbs to emit Ultraviolet-C light at a wavelength of 254 nanometers. UVC at this wavelength destroys or inactivates 99.99% of harmful bacteria and virus by disrupting the molecular bonds of their DNA and RNA. The Arc can disinfect a 1,000 sq. ft. area in as little as 7 minutes. Traditionally used in hospitals, we are very pleased to offer this level of disinfection in our skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility for your safety and peace of mind.
COVID-19 Testing Frequency, Results, and Vaccine
The Elizabeth Seton Residence patient and resident population has remained COVID-FREE since May 4, 2020 with the exception of one short term rehabilitation patient who tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of their admission to ESR from the hospital in May 2021 (no transmission).
Surveillance testing is carried out in compliance with Department of Health and CDC requirements. Currently in September 2021: We test 100% of ALL staff WEEKLY. All non-vaccinated staff are tested DAILY before they begin their shift. We are fortunate to have easy access and quick turnaround of less than 48 hours for PCR tests. We also have the test kits and CLIA waiver that allow us to perform antigen tests. We use the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests to test non-vaccinated contractors who will be in the resident care areas to perform necessary maintenance or repairs, as well as testing vaccinated contractors once a week if they are in the building routinely.
We welcomed the arrival of the COVID Vaccine in January and are delighted that as of July, 2021, 100% of our long term care residents were FULLY VACCINATED. In August, the MA Department of Public Health mandated that all Skilled Nursing Facility staff must be fully vaccinated by October 10, 2021. With over 94% of staff fully vaccinated in September, we are on track to meet the October deadline. Any employees who are not fully vaccinated at that time, will be removed from the schedule until they meet that requirement of employment (unless approved for a religious or medical exemption). Pfizer Booster Vaccines are scheduled to be provided to all eligible residents and staff by October 1.
VISITATION During the Pandemic
The following protocols are currently in place. NOTE: If the facility experiences a COVID outbreak, visits may be suspended per DPH protocols.
“VACCINATED VISITS” – for Long Term Care Residents AND Short Term Rehabilitation Patients:
If BOTH the resident/patient AND the Visitor are FULLY VACCINATED (at least 14 days after the final dose of vaccine), a maximum of 2 visitors at a time may visit in the resident/patient room, or outside during Visiting Hours. Visitors will be asked to provide name of vaccine and date of their final dose, and will be screened for COVID symptoms prior to entering the resident/patient care area. Masks must be worn in the building AT ALL TIMES. Guests must perform hand hygiene before entering the resident’s room. Fully Vaccinated children may visit. Visits are restricted to the resident’s room – sorry, no visiting in common areas at this time. Fully vaccinated visitors may also visit OUTSIDE in our courtyard. There is no restriction on the number of outdoor fully vaccinated visitors, but all must be screened at the reception desk prior to the visit. Masks may be REMOVED when fully vaccinated visitors and residents are outside. Visiting Hours are currently: 10:00 – 11:30 and 1:30 – 4:30 Every Day, with additional hours of 6:00p – 7:00p Monday through Friday.
If NOT Fully Vaccinated: Long Term Care Residents may be visited by calling 781-997-1100 to schedule a 45-minute supervised outdoor visit. Visits must be scheduled in advance, and are limited to two visitors at a time, with each resident having a maximum of three visits per week unless there are extenuating circumstances. Requests for non-vaccinated children under the age of 16 to visit must be authorized by the Director of Nursing or Administrator. Any visitors coming from out of state must adhere to the Governor’s MA State travel requirements.
Protecting the health of our frail population is of the utmost importance, so we follow all Department of Public Health requirements for safe visitation including screening all visitors for temperature and symptoms, providing a clean mask, requiring hand hygiene, and maintaining distancing during supervised visits. No food or drink is allowed during visits as masks must be worn by the resident and the visitors. Visits currently take place outside in our Courtyard (weather permitting) or indoors on our porch. Visitors are not permitted in resident rooms unless they are fully vaccinated or coming for authorized compassionate care or end of life visitation.
If NOT Fully Vaccinated: Short Term Rehabilitation Patients are tested upon admission, and re-tested for COVID 5-7 days after admission to Elizabeth Seton Residence. Assuming the results are negative, patients may have outdoor scheduled in-person visits after Day 7. The rest of the above guidelines are the same. Rehab patients are subject to a 14-day quarantine upon admission for the protection of all residents. When a patient is nearing discharge, up to two caregivers may schedule an appointment for in-person teaching and to participate in a rehabilitation session to facilitate a safe return home.
Virtual Visitation: Facetime, Zoom, WhatsApp etc. is ALWAYS available. The Elizabeth Seton Residence has free WiFi service throughout the facility. Patients and Residents may use their tablets, IPads, or phones for virtual visits anytime. If a patient or resident needs assistance with a call, a family member may contact our Activities Department by calling 781-997-1123 to schedule a Virtual Visit. We will provide an IPad or Tablet for the call if the patient or resident does not have one, and will ensure the call is successfully connected at an agreed-upon time.
admission by calling 781-997-1102.
Elizabeth Seton Residence
125 Oakland Street
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481-5338