March 17, 2020 Press Release Bedford Care Centers Our Response to Covid19
As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve, Bedford Care Centers would like to keep our Residents’ families, loved ones and the general public informed of our efforts during this difficult time . According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the health risk of COVID-19 for the general public in the United States is currently low. However, just as with influenza and other viral infections, older adults and some individuals with preexisting medical conditions are at an increased risk for more severe illness . Due to the increased risk for our population, and in compliance with guidance from Centers for Disease Control, Mississippi State Department of Health, and the Mississippi State Health Officer, Bedford Care Centers are restricting visitors to all centers until further notice. Each Center has been equipped with additional computers and iPads offering alternative visitation opportunities including FaceTime and Skype. You may also schedule appointments with your center to deliver personal items at the door for your Resident. In addition to these precautions, essential employees and vendors are being screened for illness prior to entering the building. As of March 17th, 2020 there are no cases of Covid-19 in any of our eight Bedford Care Centers among Residents or employees. Director of Long-Term Care Operations, Lisa Bean stated “Our Centers are dedicated to the health and wellness of our Residents and are working diligently to keep Covid-19 at bay. While we realize that our no-visitation policy creates a hardship for our Residents and their families, it is a necessary reality. We encourage all of our Residents’ families and loved ones to take advantage of our alternative visitation opportunities at this time.”
BCC Administrators recently received awards from the Mississippi Nursing Home Association for their years of service in long-term care. Congratulations to our wonderful BCC Administrators on a job well done!