What is Juniper Doing?

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Juniper has taken significant measures to reduce the risk for infection in our communities.  This includes following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the state regulatory bodies for Colorado, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 

What does this mean?  Below is a sample of some precautions being taken at Juniper.

  • Juniper leadership is holding daily COVID-19 briefings, to remain up to date on recommendations
  • We are in regular contact with state health departments and following their guidance
  • Our teams are providing daily updates
  • We have limited people coming into our building to essential personnel only
  • Essential personnel are being screened for elevated temperatures and must complete a COVID-19 screening before entering the building
  • Residents are asked to comply with social distancing requirements, based on stay-at-home recommendations
  • Meals are being delivered to each residents’ room
  • Our dining rooms have been temporarily closed
  • Hand washing reminders posted
  • Hallway activities are being held that allow residents to practice social distancing from their rooms while still having fun
  • Virtual programming is provided to enrich body, mind, and spirit
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been set up throughout the community, and team members carry personal hand sanitizer
  • Essential personnel are required to wear masks and additional Personal Protective Equipment while in residents’ rooms and community areas
  • Juniper has set up three supply depots and sends PPE to the communities where and when needed
  • At-risk residents are monitored more frequently for change of condition
  • Communities offer tele-health capability for primary care provider visits with residents

We have also begun to test residents and associates at our communities.  Due to the challenges in obtaining sufficient tests, this is being done over the course of about two weeks, community by community.  The results of these tests allow us to begin doing staff and resident cohorting, or grouping, based on those results as well as other risk factors.  More on this proactive approach to COVID-19 risk management to follow!