March 11, 2020
Good morning TBH Family and Friends,
With the amount of coverage in the media it is easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the unfortunate outcomes at the Life Care nursing home in Washington state.
Currently TBH has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 and we have successfully quarantined and protected our residents and staff during the recent flu and RSV outbreaks. So again with coronavirus and based on the recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), MA Department of Public Health (DPH) and the American Health Care Association (AHCA), The Boston Home is implementing restrictive visitor guidelines immediately. These guidelines will be further developed over the following days. Whenever possible we ask that you postpone your visit to TBH until after this quarantine ends.
All visitors are required to check in at our main entrance each time you visit. You will be screened for the following:
- Respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat;
- In the last 14 days, contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19, with suspected COVID-19, or with anyone experiencing respiratory illness;
- International travel in the last 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html);
- Resides in a community or county where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring;
- Travel in the last 14 days that includes time on a cruise ship;
- Participation in events where crowds are confined to a common location.
If any of the above items apply to you, TBH will not allow entry into the building except in critical situations and then you may be asked to wear appropriate personal protective equipment such a face mask during your visit. Again, we strongly advise that all visitors delay their visit until a later date.
All visitors are required to clean their hands, follow respiratory and cough etiquette and limit their visit only to the resident’s room or to an employee’s office.
We are also asking that if you do develop any symptoms of a respiratory illness within 14 days after visiting our facility, please contact us immediately at 617-825-3905. Ask to speak with Linh Vuong, Jessica Reilly or David Young-Hong.
TBH currently remains under quarantine for RSV. We will continue to communicate any new updates to residents, families, friends and employees. TBH will also utilize its website to include information regarding the current recommendations related to COVID-19.
Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to keeping our residents and employees safe during this critical time.
TBH Leadership Team