Goddard House’s Response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

updated 3/17/2020

Goddard House has activated a Response Readiness Action Plan, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Because our resident population is more vulnerable than the general public, we are intensifying our preventive measures with their well-being in mind.

Most importantly, at this time, we are intent on limiting the contact of any infected persons with our residents and staff. Please follow our Visitor Guidelines detailed on this webpage

We are intensifying our universal infection control practices, based on our standard preventive flu season measures:
  • Frequently disinfecting high-touch areas like doorknobs, elevator buttons, faucets and handrails with CDC approved antibacterial/germicidal cleaning materials 
  • Increased cleaning of high-traffic common areas such as dining rooms and activity spaces
  • Reinforcing hand washing and infection control training for all Goddard House employees
  • Providing additional personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies
  • Additional screening steps for new residents to ensure they have not been exposed to COVID-19 or visited affected areas
  • Additional in-service training sessions for all Goddard House associates on safe use of Universal Precaution
  • Daily monitoring of residents’ and associates’ health, particularly with respect to flu-like symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, sore throat

We will be continually monitoring and following guidance from the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), and our local Boards of Health and State Departments of Public Health. 

The global situation with COVID-19 is actively evolving and we will communicate any pertinent updates to you. 

Text COVID19 to 617-731-8500 to receive text alerts regarding our response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Visitor Guidelines

As events unfold rapidly during the coronavirus pandemic, we continue to adhere to guidelines and mandates from the CDC and our local state departments of public health.

Our community has now banned non-essential visitors to our assisted living residence, including family. The only exception for family visits is for residents who are under active end-of-life hospice care.

Our hearts go out to our families and residents, but safety is our primary concern. We continue to provide residents with opportunities for companionship and enrichment, and compassionate care. Maintaining their quality of life, not just their physical safety, during these trying times is an important focus. We are setting up virtual visits for families and their loved ones via SKYPE and FaceTime to boost spirits and maintain positive connections.

All essentialmedically necessary visitors, including physicians, hospice agency personnel, visiting nurses and private home health care aides are allowed. These individuals will undergo a health screening prior to entry, just as we are doing for our own staff every time they enter our buildings. This includes taking temperatures. Anyone exhibiting any symptoms of illness will not be permitted into our communities.

In addition, we are NOT allowing anyone into our communities who meet any of the following criteria:

  • They have been diagnosed with or exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • They have reason to believe that they, someone in their household, or someone they have been in close contact with has been exposed to COVID-19
  • They or anyone in their household has traveled abroad in the last 14 days

We anticipate that seniors, especially those with dementia or those being discharged from a hospital or rehab facility, will continue to need urgent placement into our communities. We will continue to work with families and potential residents to set up virtual tours and assist with a smooth move-in that follows our stringent health protocols.

All who enter our communities are being asked to follow our Virus Protection Control Protocols which are posted at Reception and throughout the building.