Goddard House’s Response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
Ensuring the health and well-being of our residents and employees is always our highest priority.
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 have intensive measures in place with their well-being in mind.
Our universal infection control practices include:
- Daily monitoring of residents’ and associates’ health, particularly with respect to Covid-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat
- Reinforcing proper hand washing, physical distancing and infection control training for all Goddard employees
- Additional in-service training for all associates on safe use of Universal Precaution and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Additional screening steps for new residents to ensure they have not been exposed to COVID-19 or visited affected areas
- 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
- Sourcing PPE (masks, gloves, goggles, gowns, booties) and cleaning supplies for the protection of associates and residents
We are 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.
Goddard House Residents & Staff Among First in Nation to Receive Covid-19 Vaccine
Through an arrangement with CVS Health/Omnicare, the vaccine was administered in clinics conducted in our community earlier this year.
Now that staff and residents have been vaccinated, seniors and their families are resting more easily knowing our communities offer a very safe place to live.
Getting the vaccine does not change how we implement our ongoing virus control practices. We will continue to follow all public health directives concerning social distancing and mask wearing, as well as our own robust safety protocols, including screening, testing, deep cleaning and sanitizing to keep everyone safe (residents, staff and visitors).
Professionals & Referral Partners
We anticipate that some seniors, especially those with dementia or those being discharged from a hospital or rehabilitation facility, will need urgent placement into our community. We will work with healthcare professionals, families and potential residents to assist with a smooth move-in that follows our stringent health protocols.
Coronavirus Information & Resources
- Coronavirus cases in the US – This webpage is updated regularly on the CDC website
- Hand Washing Instructions from the CDC
- WHO’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
- How Coronavirus spreads, from the NIH
- Covid and Assisted Living: Getting The Vaccine Creates Safe Environment
- Covid and Assisted Living: Is Now the Time to Make a Move?
- CDC’s Phased Allocation of Covid-19 Vaccines
- Massachusetts’ Vaccination Rollout Plan and Timeline