Covid-19

Casa de Modesto has a preparedness plan and protocols in place for all viruses like this, including the flu and norovirus. The health and safety of our residents and our staff is always our top priority.

We know our staff play an important role in ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents. Our employees have been trained on respiratory illness, including infection control practices and monitoring for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Information updated as of:  July 23, 2021

Safe visitation at Casa de Modesto

How we Protect Residents & Staff

Enhanced infection control precautions including: handwashing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers wearing face masks, covering coughs and six feet social distancing.

  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms related to COVID-19 including the recommended temperature checks with all individuals prior to entering the facility.
  • Restricting all non-essential visitation and entry of people to the building.
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests.
  • Cancelling, postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions.

What Happens if a test is Positive?

When a resident tests positive for COVID-19, we notify that resident and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. Due to privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Casa de Modesto has developed a mitigation plan that has been approved by the State and are following these plans as designed for prevention and protection.

Covid-19 FAQs

How are you staying safe?

Below are steps we have asked our residents and staff to take to help prevent COVID-19 from entering our Casa de Modesto:

  • Ensure proper hand hygiene, tissues and masks are readily available for our residents, their loved ones and our staff.
  • Increase frequency of cleaning and sanitizing our common areas to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Locate hand sanitizing pumps in all common areas.
  • Follow approved dishwashing techniques in our kitchen.
  • Ask residents who aren’t feeling well to stay in their rooms/apartments or go to the hospital for further medical evaluations.
  • If you notice a resident or employee showing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, please notify your supervisor immediately.
  • Residents, volunteers and visitors have and will continue to be educated about the community’s respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette program, COVID-19 transmission prevention, and how to report signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Our on-site direct care staff, particularly in Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Memory Care, are extensively trained to support our residents and monitor their health. At the earliest signs of one resident experiencing a similar illness and symptoms, we’ll enact extra infection control procedures, including limiting non-essential activities in the community and notifying families and visitors.
What can residents, visitors and staff do to stay safe?

Residents, visitors and staff are asked to:

  • Wear a facemask at all times while at Casa de Modesto.
  • Wash hands regularly, especially when arriving to work, after interacting with residents, after using the restroom, and after personal activities such as eating.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if sick or showing symptoms of coronavirus.
  • Notify a supervisor or Human Resources if they have traveled outside the United States within the past 14 days or have plans to in the future.
Are you accepting new residents?

Casa de Modesto is currently accepting new residents in all levels of care. It is our utmost priority to keep our new and existing residents safe through the process through our infection control and prevention policies and procedures. Testing and vaccination status is part of our current admissions process.

How are you caring for residents who have Covid-19?

If any resident or associate displays symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, we will immediately place the resident under full isolation protocols and implement CDC recommended precautions. We will seek medical attention by contacting their medical provider or calling 911 if the resident is in distress or needs immediate medical attention. We will also report the situation to the public health department.

The Infection Control Nurse, department director, and/or designee will follow the guidelines below for responding to a resident with COVID-19:

Staff:

  • Will wear a face mask and eye protection when required upon entering the resident’s room. This includes outside health care providers or anyone entering the resident’s room such as housekeeping, maintenance, etc.
  • Will wear gloves when touching the resident, potentially contaminated environmental surfaces or items potentially contaminated with respiratory secretions, contaminated tissues, vomit or fecal matter.
  • Gowns must be worn when providing direct care to an ill resident.
    • Gloves and gowns must be changed after each encounter with an ill resident and hand hygiene performed. After removing gloves, associates should immediately, without touching surfaces or objects, wash their hands with soap and water.
  • When finished providing personal care, personal protective equipment (gloves, masks and gowns) must be removed prior to leaving the resident apartment or care area and discard in an appropriate waste container. All used personal protective equipment must be treated as potentially infectious.
  • If there is a concern about the safety of disposing personal protective equipment within a resident’s room, care staff will be trained on where to appropriately dispose of soiled equipment that minimizes the spread of infection.

Residents:

  • A surgical mask or other approved face covering will be placed over the resident’s nose and mouth, if tolerated, when transport or movement of the resident is necessary outside of their room.
  • Will be instructed to use tissues to cover their nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. A bag or other waste receptacle will be provided for disposal of contaminated tissues.
  • Hands will be washed or sanitized with an alcohol-based hand hygiene product frequently throughout the day, before they leave their room, and after hand contact with respiratory secretions or contaminated tissues.
What dining options are available?

We are thrilled to announce that the Department of Social Services is allowing Assisted Living to resume communal dining in our dining room! Communal dining will only be available to Residents without signs or symptoms known to be associated with COVID-19. Residents do have the option to continue in-room meal service if desired. Currently independent living residents are not permitted to enter our dining room but meals are being delivered to individual, independent living apartments.

Casa de Modesto considers the health and safety of our Residents and staff a top priority. So in order to maintain operations and a healthy working and living environment, it is necessary to have certain dining room strategies based on the recommended infection prevention and control practices which include but may not be limited to:

Monitor Your Symptoms– Residents should only come to the dining room if they are feeling well. Residents should monitor their symptoms and not come to the dining room if experiencing symptoms known to be associated with COVID-19 such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

Hand Hygiene- Residents are strongly encouraged to perform hand hygiene such as hand washing and use of the hand sanitizer prior to coming to the dining room.

 Social Distancing Measures- only 2 Residents will be seated per table at a time. Residents should avoid gathering while in the dining room and remain at least 6 feet apart from others as much as possible. Plastic table dividers will be in place at each table for additional protection.

Face Coverings– Residents who choose to dine in the dining room will be required to wear a face covering at all times except while eating. Face coverings may be removed after the resident receives their meal and should be immediately put back on when finished eating before leaving the table.

If you have questions about the reopening of the dining room, please contact Jennifer Bicek, Director of Assisted Living/RCFE Administrator at (209) 548-0558 extension 4115.

What are your current Covid-19 statistics?

Current statistics:

Last updated: July 23, 2021

Can I visit my loved one living at Casa de Modesto?

Effective May 7, 2021, Casa de Modesto has been given approval from Stanislaus County Public Health to resume in-person, in-room visitation to our Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Visits can be 7 days a week during the hours of 8am-5pm.

Visitors will be pre-screened by answering a health questionnaire and have their temperature taken. Visitors will then be asked to sanitize their hands prior to entry to the residents room.

At this point in time, we have been approved for in room visits only. Meals may be shared in the residents rooms or outside. Masks must be worn while in the building.

We do ask that visitors do not linger in common areas such as the hallways or dining area.

As we move forward, we expect these directives to allow for more freedom in the building, but at this time we are happy with this guidance we have received for in-room visitation.

The health and safety of our residents and staff are of utmost importance.

Residents residing in our skilled nursing will need to have a scheduled appointment coordinated through our activities department and will be screened prior to their visit. Please call (209) 529-4950 to schedule your appointment.

Visits for independent living residents are at the discretion of the resident, however we encourage all safety guidelines to be followed for the safety of our residents. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our residents, staff and visitors safe through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Are your residents and staff vaccinated?

95% of our assisted living and memory care residents are vaccinated.

85% of our skilled nursing residents are vaccinated.

56% of our staff members have been vaccinated.

We encourage all community members and staff to be vaccinated as soon as they are able to do so. We will host ongoing vaccine clinics on site to ensure ease of accessibility to vaccines for our residents and staff.

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