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Westview is a closed facility; therefore, the primary way COVID-19 could enter the building is through employees. Please review and adhere to the following measures in order to continue protecting our patients and residents who need to be shielded from exposure to the virus.

All employees must be screened prior to beginning their shift


Face mask policy:

Westview employees must wear a mask:

  • At all times in the patient care area.
  • In non-patient care areas when 6 feet social distancing is not feasible (shared office space, work requiring close proximity with no options for engineering controls).

Please review Westview's Face Mask Policy and Procedures PDF
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A message to Westview employees:


Bravo to all of you who are working diligently to uphold the high standards of infection control practices while at work during this challenging time. It is equally important, however, to practice good infection control when you leave work as well.

It is imperative that we maintain our health and wellness for our own sake, the sake of our families and the sake of the residents and patients whom we care for each day.

Strategies to help keep you healthy & well:

  • Eat healthy, hydrate and get good sleep.
  • Follow State/Federal mandates to stay home when it is not necessary to go out.
  • If you must go out into public places, i.e., grocery store, then:
    • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet (i.e., out of cough/sneeze range)
    • Try not to linger in public places and avoid crowds
    • Keep your hands away from your face (mouth, nose, eyes)
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you get home, before you touch your face, and before you eat, apply make-up, etc.
  • Be aware of high-touch surfaces that you come in contact with, (i.e., gas pump, shopping carts, buttons on machines, etc.), when extra hand hygiene is indicated.
  • CDC is recommending washing high touch surfaces in your home daily (lightswitches, door handles, remote controls, phones, etc.)

Thank you for your continued commitment to safe care practices, both at work and in the community in which you live!

Together we can stay ahead of these germs and do our best to prevent its entry and spread.

Stay healthy!

Employee Screen Questions for COVID-19 Risk


  • Have you been in contact with anyone with known or suspected Coronavirus disease in the last 14 days?
  • If YES, have employee don a mask, exclude from work and consult with employee health.
  • Have you had a fever of over 100.0 (temporal) in the last 72 hours?
    Is your current temperature above 100.0 (temporal)?
  • If YES, have employee don a mask, exclude from work and consult with employee health.
  • Do you currently have any signs or symptoms of respiratory illness, including: cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
  • If YES, exclude employee from work and consult with employee health.

Additional guidance:

  • Being excluded from work does not mean an automatic quarantine; it only indicates the need for further screening by employee health.
  • If an employee is sent home, complete an absence report. Be complete and include all signs and symptoms of illness, dates of exposure if exposed, etc.
  • Jill Blain, RN, has temporarily taken over primary responsibility of employee health as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic. If Jill Blain is unavailable, Jessica Mulé or Cindy Olsen can also be consulted.
  • (If an employee is sent home on a weekend, please notify Cindy Olsen who can screen the employee so that they may return sooner than later.)

Social Distancing and Self-Monitoring

Question:

What is the single most important action that we can all take in fighting the spread of the coronavirus?


Answer:

Stay at home

  • Guidelines:
  • Only travel for basic necessities such as food and medicine and do so as infrequently as possible.
  • If you must go out, stay at least 6 feet away from other people at all times.
  • Greet others without physical contact. DO NOT shake hands or hug.
  • Avoid all gatherings including visits to/from friends and family members; carriers exhibiting no symptoms is a key part of COVID-19 spread.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home!

Face mask information


It is important to remember that face mask use is a learned skill. Here are some important things to remember when using a face mask.

  • Wash your hands before putting on a face mask and after removal
  • Apply clean face mask, pinch at nose to ensure proper fit and pull down under chin
  • Your nose and mouth should remain covered
  • Do not touch your face mask. Once on, you should consider the outside as "dirty"
  • You should not move your face mask up and down. This increases your risk of exposure to self or others
  • When removing your face mask, you should only touch the ear straps (not the front)
  • Once removed, immediately wash your hands
  • A good way to improve your skill is to envision the outside of the mask covered in mayonnaise to represent the germs. This will cause you to remove it more carefully so that you don't spread mayonnnaise/germs onto your hands or other surfaces

Face mask handling and reuse video

Personal protective equipment

Correct wear: face mask and gloves

Donning and doffing facial protection

Information

All non-essential Westview employee documentation has been suspended including:

Perfect Attendance

In order to help reduce any anxiety of staff members not meeting the established attendance standards and/or being eligible for a perfect attendance bonus, we have temporarily suspended the employee attendance standards effective March 10, 2020 until the visitor restriction is lifted by the State of Connecticut's Department of Public Health.

Inservices

 

All Westview Inservices are suspended until further notice. If your inservices are due during this time, you will be given a grace period so that the education score on your Annual Job Performance Review is not negatively affected.

COVID-19 Stress and Coping


The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms.

Disaster Distress Helpline

1-800-985-5990


Being a healthcare worker during a pandemic can take an emotional toll on you.


There are things you can do to reduce traumatic stress reactions:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, exercise, or meditate.
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Acknowledge that traumatic stress can impact anyone helping after a traumatic event.
  • Learn the symptoms of traumatic stress including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt, anger).
  • Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE; WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

If your are struggling with excessive anxiety or fear about the pandemic, please reach out to a peer, a supervisor, or healthcare professional.


To help further protect our team ...

Working in multi-health care facilities and/or businesses other than Westview, you may be exposing patients, residents and fellow health care workers at each location.

  • Please contact Interim Health Nurse, Jill Blain, immediately at 860-774-4119 if you:
  • • Work at another facility and/or business besides Westview Health Care Center
  • • If you have potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19

A thorough risk assessment will be conducted to determine the risk level as well as prevent any infection and mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

Thank you!

Current Job Openings

We are looking to complement our current generous staffing levels with energetic and compassionate individuals for the following positions:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Dietary Services

APPLY NOW!

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Contacts

Ruth Bentley

Director of Human Resources

Please contact Ruth directly for any questions or concerns regarding change in employment status, furlough questions and policy-related matters. Ruth can be reached at 860-774-8574, ext. 157.

Contact us

Address:
150 Ware Road
P.O. Box 428
Dayville, Connecticut 06241
Tel: 860-774-8574
Fax: 860-779-5425
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Please contact our Resident Services office at 860-774-8574

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