January 24, 2022: For a free home test kit call:1-800-232-0233 or you can get one online at: CovidTests.gov
January 20, 2022: Resident and Family Update regarding recent Maryland Secretary of Health Order. Click Here
January 4, 2022: Due to the surging patient volumes at Maryland Hospitals and a massive increase in COVID-19 infections statewide, Governor Hogan has issued a temporary State of Emergency and Catastrophic Health Care Emergency in order to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the State. As community transmission rates remain very high throughout Maryland, we continue to see cases within our Facilities. In anticipation of frequent updated recommendations and directives from the health department, please contact the facility prior to visiting to obtain the latest information regarding any changes to visitation. To receive ongoing updates, please provide your current email address to the facility. Read the Governer's Order here.
November 18, 2021: Letter to families regarding the vaccine mandate update and new visitation rules issued by CMS on Friday, 11/12/21. Click Here.
October 29, 2021: The FDA has amended the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines to allow for booster doses for all three vaccine types.
The CDC has recommended and the FDA has approved boosters for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Additionally, the CDC's recommendations now allow for mixing and matching dosing vaccines for booster shots.
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
65 years and older
Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
CDC booster announcement: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p1021-covid-booster.html.
If you have any questions about your eligibility or your loved one's eligibility for an initial COVID-19 vaccine series or for a COVID-19 booster dose, please contact the facility.
October 6, 2021: Following the FDA's approval and the CDC's recommendation, Remedi, FutureCare's long term care pharmacy has entered into an agreement with Giant pharmacy to provide vaccine clinics at each FutureCare facility to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 3rd dose for eligible residents who are immunocompromised, as well as administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for all other eligible residents and staff. While we are waiting on clinic dates to be scheduled with Giant, please review the Pfizer-BioNTech Fact Sheet for Caregivers and Recipients and return the completed COVID-19 Vaccine LTC Consent Form to the Facility.
For those residents who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA has amended the Emergency Use Authorization Status to include a 3rd COVID-19 dose for eligible immunocompromised adults. Remedi, FutureCare's long-term care pharmacy is currently able to provide the Moderna 3rd dose vaccine to eligible residents. If you or your loved one is eligible for the Moderna 3rd dose, a facility representative will be contacting you for your consent.
The Moderna vaccine has not been approved as a booster and the J&J vaccine has not been approved as a 2nd dose for immunocompromised or as a booster for other eligible residents. We will keep you updated on evolving nature of these vaccines as It relates to when they are approved for these circumstances or if/when other vaccines may be used in conjunction with the Moderna and J&J vaccines. As of right now, the CDC has not recommended the mixing of vaccines.
If you have any questions about your eligibility or your loved one's eligibility for an initial COVID-19 vaccine series, for a COVID-19 3rd dose(for immunocompromised individuals) or a COVID-19 booster, please contact the facility and you will be provided with the necessary information.
June 17, 2021: Maryland State of Emergency Update. Click Here
April 29, 2021: Following a thorough safety review including two meetings of the CDC's ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices), the FDA and the CDC have determined on 4/23/21 that use of the Janssen/J&J COVID-19 vaccine should resume. Remedi, FutureCare's long term care pharmacy will resume the COVID-19 vaccination program with the single-dose J&J/Janssen COVID vaccine. For more information on the J&J vaccine Click Here
April 13, 2021: Resident and Family update on the J&J vaccine. Click Here
April 6, 2021: Resident and Family update regarding visiting, vaccination, and staying safe. Click Here.
March 12, 2021: Resident and Family update regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revised visitation guidance for nursing homes. Click Here.
You can find the full, revised guidelines about visitation by Clicking Here.
February 25, 2021: MDH amends Nursing Home Orders permitting limited visitation to resume in Maryland Nursing Homes beginning March 1, 2021. MDH amended Nursing Home order. Click Here
Beginning March 1, 2021, Facilities will accommodate and support indoor visitation if there has been no onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days, the Facility is not currently conducting outbreak testing, and if the local public health department permits indoor visitation.
Please contact the Facility directly for availability of outdoor visitation(weather permitting), and availability of indoor visitation. All visitors are required to follow all of the Facility's Core Infection Prevention Measures while visiting, including required testing prior to any indoor visits. Virtual Visits continue to be available.
February 15, 2021: An Update on the COVID-19 Vaccine from the Office of Governor Larry Hogan. Click Here.
February 3, 2021: Vaccine Phase 1C Update. Click here.
January 26, 2021: Call to Act regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine from Dr. Fatima Sheikh, Chief Medical Officer. Click here
January 20, 2021: For those who are 75 and above, the Maryland Department of Health now has listed, by county, the numerous vaccine sites. Click here.
Some Giant and Walmart locations will also be offering vaccine starting on Jan 25th: Click here.
January18, 2021: New York Times article regarding the vaccine: https://futurecare.s3.amazonaws.com/NYT+Underselling+the+Vaccine.pdf
January 13, 2021: UMMS COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall-scheduled for January 18, 2021 at 11:00am. Register for the Town Hall webinar here: https://www.umms.org/coronavirus/covid-vaccine/finding-hope-town-hall
November 20, 2020: Resident and Family Update regarding the Governor's COVID-19 surge response around nursing home visitation and testing. Availability of indoor visitation is affected by many factors, including facility outbreak status, COVID-19 community spread rates, individual care plan needs of the resident, and local health department directives. Between updated guidance and orders from the Governor and other agencies and everchanging COVID-19 statistics, changes in visitation options will likely occur frequently and without the ability to provide a lot of notice. Please contact the facility directly prior to any scheduled visits. And by way of reminder, any visitor permitted to visit indoors is required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to their visit. Click Here
November 17, 2020: Effectively Immediately, Governor's Amended Order regarding various Nursing Home Matters. Including a requirement in which indoor visitation is permitted, all visitors must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to their visit. Indoor visitation is limited and many factors affect the ability of a facility to permit indoor visitation, such as the outbreak status of the facility, availability of outdoor visitation, and individual care plan needs of the resident. Please contact the facility directly for questions about visitation availability, requirements, and options. Click Here
November 13, 2020: Family and Resident notice regarding holiday Leave of Absences and visitor testing Click Here
November 10, 2020: Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 Orders and Advisories to Health Care Providers due to increased COVID-19 case rates and test percent positivity in Maryland. MDH Clinician Letter.
November 6, 2020: COVID Update letter to colleagues Click Here
October 27, 2020: Flu/COVID-19 Resident and Family Update Click Here
September 30, 2020: COVID-19 update letters sent to Families and Residents Click Here
June 26, 2020: Resident and Family Update regarding Maryland Department of Health requirements and criteria for Nursing Home visitation and relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. Click here
June 4, 2020: Resident and Family Update regarding Governor Hogan's plan for reopening the State as compared to CMS' plan for opening nursing homes to visitors. Click here
June 3, 2020: Governor Hogan's Renewal of Declaration of State of Emergency and Existence of Catastrophic Health Emergency-COVID-19. Click here.
May 26, 2020: Governor Hogan announce 17 new drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites with CVS utilizing self-swab tests in Maryland. Click here for locations and more information.
May 21, 2020: Resident and Family Update regarding Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) plan for opening nursing homes to visitors. Click here.
May 18, 2020: Message of encouragement from FutureCare's Chaplain, Dr. Durant K. Harvin III to all FutureCare Team Members. Click here to view.
May 15, 2020: As of 5 p.m., the State's stay-at-home order has been changed to a safer-at-home advisory. Unfortunately, this does not affect the Facility's visitation policy. Visitor restrictions still remain in effect for the health and safety of our residents.
May 12, 2020: COVID-19 letter sent to Residents and Families providing a Facility update and another request for current email addresses.
May 8, 2020: Responsible Party notifications of Facility COVID-19 updates are being sent via email. Responsible Parties should contact the Facility Admissions Office to ensure the Facility has a current email address on file for them. Responsible Parties may also contact the Facility Executive Director or Director of Nursing for a verbal update. Email updates will be sent when there are new cases to report or at a minimum of weekly.
May 5, 2020: COVID-19 update letters sent to Families and Residents
April 30th: COVID-19 update letters sent to Families and Residents including information about the Facilities' ongoing response to COVID-19, the State of Maryland's new website reporting coronavirus data for infections in nursing homes, and the Governor's April 29th order.
April 29th: Governor Hogan issues an executive order to mandate universal testing of all residents and staff in all Maryland Nursing Homes. Executive Order
April 22nd: COVID-19 update letters sent to Families and Residents. Click here
April 15th: Governor's order for mandatory masking in the community. Click here.
April 13th: COVID-19 update letters sent to Families and Residents. Click here
April 9th: Amendment to Governor's Directive and Order regarding use of Personal Protective Equipment in Nursing Homes. Click here.
April 6th: COVID-19 Update letter sent to Families and Residents, notifying them of COVID units and efforts to cohort residents. Click here
April 8th: Covid Answer Line initiated for Staff. Click here
April 5th: Governor's Directive and Order regarding Personal Protective Equipment and Universal Masking in Nursing Homes. Click here.
April 1st: Implementation of Universal Masking at all FutureCare facilities
March 31st: Stress Management Video Sessions with Dr. Mansbach launched for Staff. Click here
March 15th: Deployed 130 Ipads to the facilities. 70 for family communications and 60 for telemedicine.
March 14th: Family update regarding visitor restrictions, alternative communication options, and facility operations. Click here
March 13th: Medical Coordination conducted by FutureCare's Chief Medical Officer with Facility's Medical Directors and Providers, addressing: Testing, N95 usage, telemedicine, HD, LOA, Hospital Transfers, Travel Guidance, and Dr. Katz' visits.
March 11th: Families Updated Notification. Click here
March 10th: Implementation and Notification to Families of complete Visitor Restrictions. Click here
March 10th: Dr. Morgan Katz, Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine retained as an Infectious Disease Consultant to assist with COVID preparedness and response conducts site visits to FutureCare Homewood and FutureCare Irvington to assess ventilator units and review the Facilities' infection control measures in place.
March 6th: Notification to Staff regarding staff symptom monitoring, Travel restrictions/considerations, Use of PPE, Efforts to obtain PPE are ongoing, and infection prevention measures. Click here
March 6th: Notification to Families regarding increased visitor restrictions. Click here
March 5th: Company Wide Environmental Hygiene Cleaning and Disinfecting Training conducted by an Environmental Infection Control Preventionist, Industrial Hygienist and OSHA Training Expert Shari L. Solomon, engaged by FutureCare in April 2019 to assist with reviewing and updating environmental hygiene cleaning and disinfection protocols in the health care setting, staff observation and competencies, and training.
March 5th: Governor's Declaration of State of Emergency and the Existence of Catastrophic Health Emergency-COVID-19. Click here.
March 3rd: Notification to Families/Residents and Staff regarding visiting restrictions, staff monitoring and travel guidance.. as well as infection control techniques. Click here
We know many of you have a wide range of questions regarding COVID-19 and this link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide you with accurate, up-to-date information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html. We believe this is your best source of information for a number of topics, so feel free to check back regularly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a Novel (new) Coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus is in the same family as SARS that circulated in 2003 and MERs that is still circulating in the Middle East. Meagan Deming MD, PhD of University of MD Medical Center shares what we can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Following a declaration of a State of Emergency by the President on March 13, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance via a memorandum that is based on the newest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It directs nursing homes to significantly restrict visitors and nonessential personnel, as well as restrict communal activities inside nursing homes. All individuals other than essential health care staff and visits for end-of-life situations, should no longer enter skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) until further notice. For more information on our Visitor Restrictions, click here. Recent Coronavirus update regarding the National Emergency Declaration found here.
Beginning Thursday evening, March 5, 2020, cases of the virus in Maryland were confirmed. Beginning, Thursday, March 12th, there was a confirmed case of Community transmission of COVID-19. Substantially more cases developed in Maryland with significant community outbreaks throughout the State. Currently, the positivity rate of the virus is holding on average, below 5% in Maryland as FutureCare continues with ongoing testing of staff and residents. All visitation continues to be restricted with limited exceptions and enhanced staff, vendor, and provider screenings continue, as well as limiting facility access to essential personnel only. Please contact the facility to arrange for alternative methods of communicating with your loved ones. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this ever-evolving situation. For current updates and information, please see the timeline above.
Our clinical experts, with the direction from the Maryland Department of Health, State Agencies and in collaboration with experts from local hospitals, and other infectious disease expert consultant resources are actively and regularly monitoring the situation and are following guidelines and protocols issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More information is available on the CDC – Novel Coronavirus webpage: CDC – Novel Coronavirus webpage.
The coronavirus pandemic is causing increased stress and anxiety for all of us. The Mental Health Association of Maryland is curating a list of trusted resources to help you take care of your mental health during this difficult time. Learn more here: mhamd.org/coronavirus
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