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Coronavirus Information

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: May 4th, 2021
RE: Coronavirus update

Updates

Thankfully the frequency of our COVID-19 memos has drastically slowed, related to the progress we’ve made as a community that’s achieved 100% resident vaccination status! We have remained measured and cautious in our approach to re-opening, taking seriously the warnings regarding more communicable variant strains and the possibility for breakthrough cases. (As of 4/27/21, the CDC briefing reported variant case numbers were low, and breakthrough cases were reported at around 100 for the state.)

We appreciate everyone’s patience and continued diligence in following continued protocols as we adapt to changes rolled out. As many of you already know from various news outlets, Governor Mill’s rescinded the outdoor mask mandate on April 27th. It is still a good idea to practice safe distancing when outdoors, but wearing a mask while walking around campus is not required. Please keep one handy at all times for indoor visits, or any close encounters with potentially unvaccinated people.

We will continue to require masks while moving about the indoor common spaces, only permitting they be removed once you have reached your destination at an activity where mask removal is permitted, or a private home.

Visitors to Apartments

We continue to ask that visitors please come through the Main Lodge front door entrance, if possible, during business hours, so that our staff can screen them. If visitors come on weekends or outside of business hours, we request that they sign in the visitors’ log, then self-screen using the screening questions and no-touch thermometer located in the hallway to the copier room. Appropriate signage will guide them to do so, if they follow those directions. The visitor restrictions have been lifted as of May 1st, allowing all states to visit without a testing or quarantine requirement. For this reason, it is especially important that we are screening our non-vaccinated visitors closely.

We have gotten inquiries regarding children visiting the Main Lodge/Hilltop/Blueberry Commons buildings, that are under 16, and for which there is no vaccine available at this time. While we understand the desire to visit with younger family members, we would encourage these visits outside of the community if possible. If not possible, we ask that they get assistance with screening by our staff, or help from a supervising adult if the visit is after hours to ensure they have not been exposed, and are not experiencing any symptoms. We also ask that they be masked, and sanitize their hands upon entry, and only visit in the resident’s apartment, by going directly to and from the apartment, without lingering in hallways or any common areas.

Dining

Today we will begin to ease our limit on households permitted to dine together since all of our residents are vaccinated.  We will also permit guests, but ONLY if fully vaccinated, to join our residents for meals at the Main Lodge Dining Room, the Gazebo Grill or Whipple Farmhouse.  As long as all parties are fully vaccinated, we can permit residents and guests to dine together in our dining establishments. We continue to seat at 50% capacity until May 24th when we will increase to 75% capacity.

Entering the Lodges Complex and Screening

OceanView cottage residents attending activities in the Main Lodge/Hilltop/Blueberry Commons buildings may now use their keys to enter the building through any door which is convenient. If you are visiting the Hager Fitness Pavilion, please utilize the BBC front entrance, and access it from the interior corridor. We continue to screen for any and all fitness classes or in-person activities, but we ask that you please self-monitor for symptoms if you are coming to the Hair Salon or the Library.

Please do not visit if you have any cold or flu symptoms, since even when you are vaccinated, it’s still possible to acquire and potentially transmit COVID-19 or other cold and flu viruses. Please continue to reach out to the Wellness Office to report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, recent lack of taste or smell. Other reportable symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as we have plenty of testing supplies to do a rapid test to confirm you do not have a breakthrough case.

We thank each and every one of you for taking the steps necessary for us to return slowly to normalcy!


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: March 10th, 2021
RE: Coronavirus update

Here we are almost a year to the day when we were notified of the first COVID cases diagnosed in Maine and more specifically in our community. It has been a trying time for us all, but we can gladly relay that as of yesterday almost every one of our residents on both campuses has received at least their first dose of the vaccine, with many having had both doses already. Only a handful remain unvaccinated due to age requirements or other various reasons. We still have a number of administrative, marketing, fitness and activities staff that have yet to be vaccinated, but our housekeeping, transportation, maintenance, PRO staff, and most of Dining Services have all had their vaccines.

Just yesterday the CDC released updated guidance for those vaccinated, announcing that if vaccinated (requirement being 2 weeks post Pfizer, or Moderna vaccine, or single dose of Johnson & Johnson) attending small gatherings amongst all others that are also vaccinated without masks is considered safe. The CDC continues to suggest refraining from medium or large gatherings, and maintaining all masking and distancing protocols when out in public.

To give you all an idea of where we are at in our resident timeline, our 2nd vaccine clinic offered through Northern Light takes place on 3/24—by appointment, which means that April 7th is a very magical date for us all, when we can all breathe a little easier, even though we won’t be able to ditch our masks just yet. We will be following the guidance set forth by the Governor and state officials as we carefully and methodically re-open our dining venues, transportation services and activity programs.

We will continue to wear masks while moving through the Main Lodge/HTL/BBC until all residents and staff are vaccinated, or whenever Maine state guidance lifts the mask mandate if/when the CDC determines herd immunity is reached and there is no need to be concerned with the variant strains. Until that time, any residents or staff vaccinated or unvaccinated will wear masks whenever there is a chance they may be in close proximity to another resident, staff member or visitor.

Even after April 7th, we will continue our screening protocols with self-screening and self-temperature monitoring tools. Residents that are vaccinated will not be required to screen, we just ask for everyone’s cooperation to please stay home if you are not feeling well. If we learned anything from this, it is STAY HOME if you are sick.

Last week, the Governor announced that travel restrictions have been lifted, so now travel to and from NH, VT, MA, CT and RI is permissible without testing and/or quarantine requirements. We have updated our screening tools to reflect this. We are permitting visitors to resident apartments if both resident and visitor is fully vaccinated, per the new CDC guidelines (included at the end of this memo), they may visit unmasked in the resident’s private home, they must wear a mask entering in the building, throughout the hallways and common areas and exiting. We are also now permitting future prospect tours in the Main Lodge/Hilltop Lodge/BBC buildings if the person is fully vaccinated. They will still be adhering to our masking, and safe distancing protocols.

Thanks to the entire community for playing an active role in protecting yourself and your neighbors. We ask for your continued patience as we navigate cautiously returning to life as we knew it!

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

How to Protect Yourself and Others

Updated Mar. 8, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.

Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?
People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna
    vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

Vaccinated

What’s Changed

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
    • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms

What Hasn’t Changed

For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:
    • In public
    • Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household
    • Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk  You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
  • You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendations.
  • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
  • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.

What We Know and What We’re Still Learning

  • We know that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
    • We’re still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
  • We know that other prevention steps help stop the spread of COVID-19, and that these steps are still important, even as vaccines are being distributed.
    • We’re still learning how well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease.
    • Early data show that the vaccines may help keep people from spreading COVID-19, but we are learning more as more people get vaccinated.
  • We’re still learning how long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.
  • As we know more, CDC will continue to update our recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: February 19th, 2021
RE: Coronavirus update

At last we have secured a date with Northern Light to hold an onsite vaccination clinic for those residents still awaiting their vaccine. It will be held on Wednesday 2/24/21 at the Hilltop Community Room. We have contacted all residents who have not reported to us that they have received the vaccine as of yet. We are currently signing them up to attend the clinic at a specified time that day. If you haven’t had your first vaccination, and have not heard from the Wellness Nurses regarding an appointment, please call the Wellness office: 781-4460. Vaccination will be followed by a mandatory 15-minute observation time. Cottage residents should get screened per usual when entering the building. There will be an additional screening station at the entrance to Blueberry Commons.

In our efforts to secure vaccinations for our residents any way possible, we also provided a list of unvaccinated residents to Maine Health to get in their queue, so it is possible if you were on that list you will get a call from Maine Health. It is your option take an appointment offered by Maine Health if they can offer it to you sooner than our clinic, we would ask that you please let us know so we can notify Northern Light so they have an accurate count of vaccines to bring.

Sadly, despite vaccinations, ridding ourselves of masks in the near future is not advised. We wanted to share excerpts from an Intermed communication shared by a fellow resident, which contains credible information and can help advise us on our path forward.

Dear Patient,

We are pleased that we can share the encouraging news that after experiencing a post-holiday increase in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, Maine is seeing a steady decline in COVID-19 illnesses. In addition to a decreasing number of new diagnoses, we are also seeing a decline in the percentage of COVID tests that are positive.

After your vaccine
While we all look forward to the day when we can stop wearing a mask or visit family and friends, we are not there yet, for the following reasons:

    • We know the vaccine lowers your risk of contracting COVID-19 and prevents serious disease, but we are not certain whether it prevents a vaccinated person from asymptomatically carrying the virus and passing it to other people. Researchers are hoping to answer this question in the next few weeks.
    • Many of our friends, family, and neighbors have not yet received the vaccine, and those who have will not have full immunity for 2 weeks after the second dose.
    • While the vaccines have an exceptional 95 percent reported efficacy, it also means that one out of 20 vaccinated people can still become ill with COVID.
    • It is unclear how effective the current vaccines are to new variants emerging from the U.K., Brazil, and South Africa.

Maine identified its first case of the U.K. variant last week, and it is likely that others will be identified in the future. The best way to protect yourself and those with whom you have contact is to continue with mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing.

News reports are touting the benefit of double masking. While a single mask is superior to no mask, early studies show improved protection — up to 95 percent risk reduction — with wearing a tight-fitting cloth mask over a surgical style paper mask. To be effective, the mask must cover both your mouth and nose. This is more important as new variants
arrive and spread in Maine.

Dan Loiselle, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and the entire healthcare team at InterMed

We will begin allowing visitors into the Main Lodge/Hilltop Lodge/ Blueberry Commons buildings if they have received both vaccines and two weeks have elapsed since the second dose. All visitors and residents will still be required to wear a mask in the common areas regardless of vaccination status as the CDC continues to state this is advisable. We will update our screening questionnaire to reflect vaccination status, and continue to check temperatures as a precaution.

The Main Lodge dining room will be opening up for in person dining on Wednesday, March 3rd for those residents on the meal plan. Residents will continue to be required to wear a mask to and from the dining room, to keep a 6 foot distance while waiting for a table and our tables will be distanced appropriately.

We are pleased to be able to offer limited fitness classes again starting next week (Updates 2/12/21 and below), and also the shopping vans which started running yesterday. We are still waiting to resume other in-person activities until a future date.

February 22-26 Fitness – Morning Classes only:
NO FITNESS CLASSES, personal training or individual usage of the Pavilion after 9:00a.m. on Wed., 2/24 (to accommodate the Vaccination Clinic).
The Fitness Pavilion will increase capacity to a maximum of 5 residents (individual usage), 5 class participants, plus fitness staff at any time. 45-minute individual usage appointments and Zoom class options will be available.
If you want to participate in classes in person, or schedule individual use CALL FITNESS TO MAKE A RESERVATION. Class and Pavilion reservations will be confirmed via email.

Classes with an asterisk (*) will be available on Zoom using the fitness link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6853319156?pwd=SVc0d2lJYjVwNWtMWjBsS3hTNjFOZz09

Start BBC MWF Pavilion MWF BBC TTH Pavilion TTH
9:00 Chair  Floor* Yoga*
10:00 Chair* Floor Gentle Stretch*
11:00 Chair Floor T’ai Chi*

Thank you for your patience and continued support as we navigate our future together!


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: February 12th, 2021
RE: Coronavirus update

Great news to report… All staff and Falmouth House resident tests are negative. We have had two consecutive weeks of negative testing of all OceanView staff, and all Falmouth House residents. We are proud of these results and our staffs’ diligence in caring for themselves outside of work, this is a testament to that. Our weekly testing has concluded. We will continue to rapid test any symptomatic employee, and test any new employees before they begin their employment.

We continue to work on an onsite vaccination clinic and have a couple of good leads. We hope to know more early next week. Thank you to those who have been reaching out to state officials and politicians, helping our cause; we have continued to voice our dissatisfaction with the lack of communication regarding the change in direction of not giving congregate care settings special consideration.

Currently, residents may be able to access the vaccine through a hospital or their primary care providers. This may even be the fastest option for some, given that these sites are already up and running. Here is a list of sites currently doing vaccinations: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/vaccination-sites. This website will be updated as supply increases and new sites open up. Please be sure to inform the Wellness department when you actually receive your vaccine shots for accurate recordkeeping.

A reminder to those that have already been vaccinated – at this time there is no clear instruction on when it will be safe to discontinue wearing a mask or social distancing. Given the lack of guidance, the expectation would be that we continue following the CDC’s recommendations until we have further information. It is important to keep in mind that residents will be varied in their vaccination status. We have to ensure that we strictly adhere to our current protocols until all residents have been vaccinated, and then continue to follow any revised guidance from the CDC.

Given our testing results and diminished infection rates in the state, we are looking at increasing capacity in the Hager Fitness Pavilion beginning 2/16, and restoring our weekly grocery trips beginning 2/18. We are still waiting to resume other in person activities until a future date. Please see the OceanView Updates for further information on these upcoming changes.

We will be sure to communicate any vaccine clinic updates promptly. Thank you for your patience, your diligence and perseverance!


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: February 9th, 2021
RE: Coronavirus update

Vaccinations

We have received many emails and phone calls expressing anger and frustration regarding our inability to secure a vaccination clinic date. OceanView Management and Wellness staff are equally anguished. At each and every interaction, we have implored our CDC representatives to provide updates and asked for help to set up a vaccination clinic.

We began contacting the CDC Immunization Program Manager on December 8th when we were given her name by Guardian Pharmacy. We requested information on when congregate settings will be eligible for vaccinations, letting her know that we are partnering with Guardian. We have continued to reach out multiple times via phone calls and emails, most of which have gone unanswered. Only recently did we receive a response and were given the web address provided for any and all Maine residents 70 years of age or older to schedule an appointment on their own. We are not satisfied with that response.

Despite our frequent inquiries, Guardian has not been able to provide any answers to us either, since they rely on the CDC for their vaccine allotments. When their drive thru clinic in Brunswick was publicized in the paper, we immediately contacted the CEO of Guardian asking why that was considered a priority, but we couldn’t get a date. We were told that was part of Phase 1A. We have reached out with emails and phone calls to Dr. Nirav Shah, Senator King and Collins,
state Senator Cathy Breen, and Governor Mills expressing concern and frustration at the seeming inequities of this system.

We faithfully listened to each and every CDC briefing; never once was it mentioned that congregate care settings fell off the priority list. For this information to come out in Sunday’s newspaper, indicating the CDC knew in January and did not notify us, is appalling.

While we feel betrayed by this withholding of vital information, we are continuing and even doubling down on our efforts to get answers from state officials. We are also committed to assisting our residents in receiving their vaccines any way possible. Our Wellness Nurses are currently working with providers to make headway for those that are unable to navigate this system alone. We will continue to campaign for an onsite vaccination clinic, but if we cannot get you the vaccine here, we will bring you to a safe site so you can receive it.

Testing Update

We received the results from resident and staff testing performed on Wednesday 1/27/21. Unfortunately, two of our Falmouth House residents tested positive on 1/27/21. Both reside in the same apartment and have been quarantined since.

A new housekeeping staff member that started working at OceanView on 1/26/21 has also tested positive. They began experiencing symptoms on 1/28/21 and immediately informed us of symptoms prior to coming in to work that day. A BinaxNow rapid test was performed which was positive. This staff member worked at Falmouth House on 1/26/21, but had no close contact with any of our residents and that was the only day they worked. Our policy is to test all newly
hired staff prior to employment. A PCR test conducted 1/19/21 for this staff member was negative. Additionally, two outside vendors that work with specific residents at Falmouth House have tested positive. We were informed on 1/29/21 that a private duty caregiver affiliated with a hospice provider that works with multiple residents at Falmouth House began experiencing symptoms on 1/29/21. This caregiver was given a BinaxNow rapid test which was positive. This
worker had been tested on 1/25/21 with their employer and was negative at that time.

All OceanView staff that were tested on 1/27/21 received negative results.

We did not report this to the independent community last week as all positive cases were isolated to Falmouth House and there was no other urgent news to share. Both staff and Falmouth House residents tested negative again from testing that took place on 2/3/21. We are testing all staff and Falmouth House residents again tomorrow (2/10/21) and if we receive all negative results again, that will conclude our staff testing.

Symptom Reporting

Please continue to report any symptoms no matter how inconsequential they may seem. Even a slightly runny nose is important to report. Please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider if you experience any flu or cold symptom. If possible, please monitor your temperature daily at home.

Updates

With daily case counts and weekly averages of new cases reported dropping we are carefully reviewing our offerings. We will provide an update by the end of this week or early next week. Thank you for your patience and support as we work through these troubling and uncertain times. Stay safe and well!


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: January 28th, 2021
RE: Coronavirus update

We had a staff member that reported symptoms of COVID 19 today. We conducted an onsite rapid test in the parking lot while they waited in the car and it was positive. This person was just tested on 1/19/21 and had a negative result at that time. This is confirmation that getting a negative test result is more a snapshot in time.

We continue to use our rapid tests to test any staff member that reports any symptoms of COVID 19, no matter how minor. The CDC has been consulted and advised us to quarantine any close contacts, which we have identified and immediately sent home.

We wanted to send a correction to our last memo which was inaccurate when describing the guidelines for being released from isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

The latest guidance from the CDC:

  • A test-based strategy is no longer recommended to determine when to discontinue home isolation, except in certain circumstances.
  • Symptom-based criteria were modified as follows:
    • Changed from “at least 72 hours” to “at least 24 hours” have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • Changed from “improvement in respiratory symptoms” to “improvement in symptoms” to address expanding list of symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • For patients with severe illness, duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset may be warranted. Consider consultation with infection control experts.
  • For persons who never develop symptoms, isolation and other precautions can be discontinued 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

All OceanView staff were tested yesterday and we should have results by Monday and will report any news at that time.

Vaccine Update
We still do not have a date for vaccination clinic for independent residents. We know how difficult this is for everyone. Please know that we have been reaching out to the top state officials pleading for assistance and we are being heard. The problem is simply a shortage of vaccines. Consequently, neither the CDC nor Guardian are able to promise anything until there is a better supply. Any update will be communicated immediately.

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: January 25th, 2021
RE: Coronavirus update

Unfortunately, we have more cases to report, which is indicative of ubiquitous community spread.

Falmouth House Update
One positive staff member, and one resident tested positive from universal testing that took place on 1/13/21. One resident tested positive from the 1/20/21 round of universal testing. We have two additional positive staff members from Falmouth House that tested positive after our universal testing on 1/20/21. One tested negative on 1/20/21, but then developed symptoms over the weekend with a positive rapid test on 1/24/21. The other tested positive on 1/21/21 via universal testing at their primary employer’s worksite, and was asymptomatic since the time of testing. Falmouth House residents will be tested again on 1/27/21.

Staff Updates
We have two additional staff members that tested positive for COVID-19, one that works per diem at Legacy Memory Care tested positive on 1/20/21, and one that works at the Main Lodge tested positive on 1/22/21. It appears each of these cases was passed on from the person’s spouse with whom they reside. Anyone they were in close contact with here at OceanView have been informed, tested and is currently under quarantine. All assisted living staff will be tested again on 1/27/21.

The current CDC guidelines for being released from isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 are 10 days after symptom onset, as long the person is fever free for 24 hours and all symptoms have been resolved for 72 hours. Under these guidelines all staff members are either isolating at their homes off-campus or have been released from isolation. All Falmouth House residents will continue to quarantine in their apartments to the greatest extent possible. Both positive residents are strictly isolated in their apartments. Staff will continue to use full PPE when interacting with ALL residents and we are minimizing sharing of staff between buildings.

Vaccine Update
We still do not have an exact date for vaccination clinic for independent residents. Per Dr. Shah’s 1/21/21 briefing, the CDC continues to receive less than the anticipated number of doses of vaccines, which makes planning difficult. We wanted to provide a website if you’d like to look at other community options. This site contains a wealth of information, but currently no spots are available to sign up for vaccination, we encourage you to continue to check back:
Vaccination Sites | Covid-19 (maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/vaccination-sites)

Some large health providers like Maine Medical Center, InterMed, Northern Light and Martin’s Point Healthcare have the utilities to handle the Pfizer vaccine. If your physician is affiliated with one of these practices, we strongly encourage you to go get your vaccination there if you are offered. The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine can be administered after 21 days providing quicker immunization, the research indicates full immunity should be reached 2 weeks post 2nd vaccine dose. The Moderna vaccine booster is given after 28 days, so full immunization would take 6 weeks. The pharmacy providing our clinic will be administering the Moderna vaccine.

Waiting on when we will be able to administer vaccines is equally as difficult for us to bare. We are reaching out to contacts weekly for updates or any news. We assure you we will send out notification immediately upon receiving a date for that clinic.

Independent Living Activities & Amenities

  • Meals will be delivered to the meal plan residents at the Main Lodge until further notice.
  • In-person activities will remain cancelled until we have no more reported cases on campus, and
    daily case counts decline significantly.
  • Lab Services on Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am remain in HTL.
  • Salon is open by appointment – one person serviced at a time.
  • OV Library will remain open, with specific restrictions for BOTH Lodges and Cottage residents:
    1. ALL Residents must call Activities (207-781-4460) for an appointment so that we can maintain social
      distancing in the space.
    2. ALL Residents must complete a screening at the Main Lodge front entry BEFORE going to the
      Library.
    3. ALL Residents must wear a face covering and sanitize their hands before entering and when
      leaving the Library.
    4. Please choose your materials and depart – do not linger or visit with others.

The maximum occupancy for the Library spaces:

Main Room – 3
Quiet Room – 2
Media Room – 1

Fitness:

    • Zoom classes as per calendar.
    • Personal Training appointments will be held as planned.
    • In-person classes are canceled until we have no more reported cases on campus, and daily case
      counts decline significantly.
    • Max occupancy in the Pavilion space is 4 people all wearing masks, 3 residents and one staff
      member all spaced at least 14 feet apart.

Transportation:

    • Shopping vans are cancelled until further notice. Transportation staff can do small lists of
      personal grocery or pharmacy shopping for you during this time.
    • On campus concierge is per usual.
    • Medical and other appointments are per usual.

Visitors
Visitors continue to be absolutely restricted in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge or Blueberry Commons without specific approval by OceanView Management or Wellness Nurses. All visitors are required to be approved and the visit must be of an essential nature. We continue to screen all staff, vendors and other essential visitors. Authorized entrants are provided a label with the approved date of entry, so residents know they have been authorized to enter on the printed date, having passed the screening questionnaire and had their temperature taken.

Symptom Reporting
Please continue to report any symptoms no matter how minuscule they may seem. Even a slightly runny nose or GI symptoms are important to report. Please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider if you experience any flu or cold symptom. If possible, please monitor your temperature daily at home.

We will continue to keep you informed of any more cases amongst staff or residents and inform you of any necessary changes to our programs and amenities. Please be cautious when you go about your days, do not let your guard down as we approach the end of our journey. It may take longer than we would like, but the end is closer than the time that’s elapsed since this all began.

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: January 15th, 2021
RE: Coronavirus update

The following information was taken from the Resident Council Meeting notes on 1/11/21.

  • There are two more active Corona-19 cases on campus. The most recent case is convalescing at home and doing quite well. One person was diagnosed today at Falmouth House. The results from the latest round of testing at Falmouth House residents have come back and are negative except for the case mentioned above. Another round of testing took place Wednesday 1/13/21.
  • Tuesday, January 19th the assisted living residents and staff will be vaccinated. This will include all nursing/caregiving, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Transportation and Dining services staff.

Testing

There are no new reports of active cases in the independent community or at Falmouth House outside of those reported above, we await the results from the tests taken Wednesday 1/13 that included staff and Falmouth House residents.  We will repeat testing again on 1/20/21.  If both rounds of tests are all negative, we will be cleared by the CDC and the investigation will be closed.

Vaccine Update

We still do not have a date to hold our Vaccination Clinic for the independent community, but we will announce any news immediately upon receiving notification. The CDC news briefings reports that seniors 70 years and older will be given priority in phase 1B. Since we do not know how vaccines will be disseminated, we suggest you get it as quickly as you can. If your primary care physician reaches out to you to set up an appointment to get vaccinated, take the appointment, but make sure to confirm that you can return for the second dose at the appropriate time depending on the vaccine you receive. Please also be sure you let the Wellness Nurses know if you are getting it from your PCP so they can remove you from the list we are keeping of those that will be attending for our clinic.

Updates

The last few days COVID 19 case reports have been in the 800’s range, these numbers indicate community spread is rampant. Because of this dramatic rise in cases, coupled with the knowledge we are on the precipice of vaccines being readily available, we do not feel that now is the time to make any changes to our programs and offerings.

  • In-person activities will remain cancelled until we have no more reported cases on campus, and daily case counts decline significantly.
  • Lab Services on Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am remain in
  • Salon is open by appointment – one person serviced at a time.
  • Library will be closed– call Activities and they may be able to assist finding a book for you. If you would like to browse the catalog you can find it here: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/oceanview

Fitness:

  • Zoom classes as per calendar.
  • Personal Training appointments will be held as planned.
  • In-person classes are canceled until we have no more reported cases on campus, and daily case counts decline significantly.
  • Max occupancy in the Pavilion space is 4 people all wearing masks, 3 residents and one staff member all spaced at least 14 feet apart.

Transportation:

  • Shopping vans are cancelled until further notice. Transportation staff can do small lists of personal grocery or pharmacy shopping for you during this time.
  • On campus concierge is per usual.
  • Medical and other appointments are per usual.

We have had questions regarding which staff members are being tested regularly. Only staff that work in the assisted living buildings regularly are tested. This includes most all of the dining staff since they rotate frequently to all buildings. All other staff continue to answer our screener questionnaire daily, and have their temperatures taken and recorded twice per day. We have a strict stay at home if you are sick policy, and anyone with any cold or flu symptoms is tested prior to coming back to work. We test all new employees before they are able to start working. We are sincerely thankful that we are able to expand the numbers of staff that are able to receive the vaccination to other departments that serve both independent and assisted living residents. We hope this provides some much needed peace of mind for those of you that are concerned about Maintenance and/or Housekeeping staff entering your homes.

Please don’t forget to report any and all symptoms to the Wellness Nurses no matter how slight! Early intervention can lessen the severity of illness if you were exposed to COVID 19.

Additional Items

A power surge affected a component of our alarm system control panel today, which is why the fire doors are closed in the hallways of the Main Lodge. Unfortunately, the replacement part is from an out of state manufacturer and the holiday on Monday further complicates getting it repaired quickly. We hope that issue will be resolved by Wednesday at the latest. We apologize for any inconvenience that the doors being closed causes. The fire detection monitoring, and sprinkler system functionality is fully operational.

Please be aware of scams and never give out any personal or financial information.  Most recently people have been victims of scam calls stating they are representing Microsoft, Amazon or Spectrum.

  • Microsoft does not send unsolicited email messages or make unsolicited phone calls to request personal or financial information, or to provide technical support to fix your computer. Any communication with Microsoft has to be initiated by you. If a pop-up or error message appears with a phone number, don’t call the number. Error and warning messages from Microsoft never include a phone number.
  • While some departments at Spectrum and Amazon will make outbound calls to customers. Amazon will never ask you to disclose or verify sensitive personal information nor would Spectrum. Amazon would not offer you a discount or refund you do not expect.

Whether or not you have been the victim of a scammer and disclosed personal information you can place a fraud alert, or even freeze your credit at any time through the various credit monitoring agencies.

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: January 7th, 2021
RE: Coronavirus update

Update
Thankfully, the Main Lodge residents that were potentially exposed to a positive dining staff member all received negative results from our first round of testing on 12/30/20. All staff tests were also negative.

Unfortunately, we did receive news that a cottage resident has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts have been notified and are quarantining at home. There is no known link between this case and any of the recent staff cases.

Falmouth House
We have been notified that one of our Falmouth House staff members recently tested positive for COVID-19 and is in quarantine. All protocols have been observed and this is the only active case at Falmouth House at this time.

However, with this positive test, and in consultation with the CDC, we will be testing all Falmouth House residents on Friday 1/8/21. We are also testing all Falmouth House staff today (1/7/21) and again next week. 

Response
Due to these positive cases, we will be further restricting the numbers in the Fitness Pavilion to no more than three people at a time and those people must be in separate areas of the gym.

The dining room at the Main Lodge will remain closed until we have at least two successive rounds of negative test results of both staff and residents. We will continue to keep you informed of any more cases amongst staff or residents and inform you of necessary changes to our programs and amenities.

As a reminder, the status of other activities and services is as follows:

  • In-person activities will remain cancelled until we have no more reported cases on campus.
  • Lab Services on Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am remain in
  • Salon is open by appointment – one person serviced at a time.
  • Library will be closed– call Activities and they may be able to assist finding a book for you.
  • Linda Dillingham has decided to suspend her massage therapy services until our state is further along in our vaccination plan.

Fitness:

  • Zoom classes as per calendar.
  • Personal training will be moved outside of the Fitness Pavilion to allow for individuals to independently use equipment by sign up in the Pavilion.
  • In-person classes are canceled until we have no more reported cases on campus.
  • Max occupancy in the Pavilion space is 4 people all wearing masks, 3 residents and one staff member all spaced at least 14 feet apart.

Transportation:

  • Shopping vans are cancelled until further notice.
  • On campus concierge is per usual.
  • Medical and other appointments are per usual.

Visitors continue to be absolutely restricted in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge or Blueberry Commons without specific approval by OceanView Management or Wellness Nurses. All visitors are required to be approved and the visit must be of an essential nature. We continue to screen all staff, vendors and other essential visitors.

Symptom Reporting
Please continue to report any symptoms no matter how inconsequential they may seem. Even a slightly runny nose is important to report. Please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider if you experience any flu or cold symptom. If possible, please monitor your temperature daily at home.

Vaccine Update
We still do not have an exact date for vaccinations. Per Dr. Shah’s 1/6/21 briefing, the CDC is still working on vaccinating health care providers and the CDC only receives a 6-day notice of how many doses they will be provided for the following week.

Assisted living programs will be vaccinated after health care providers and long-term care facility vaccinations are complete. It is anticipated that will occur in the next few weeks. Our Wellness Nurses and Activities Staff are making plans for a safe and organized vaccination clinic once our partner pharmacy, Guardian, receives vaccines.

You will need to complete a vaccine consent form for that future clinic, copies are available from Activities. We ask that you return it to the Main Lodge Front Desk, attn: Wellness Department.

We realize the waiting and uncertainty is hard, but we are so close to the end. We just need to hang in there a little while longer, taking every precaution necessary to stay safe!


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: December 28th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

Update
We are writing to inform you that we have been notified by the CDC that two members of the dining services team tested positive for COVID-19 in our most recent round of universal staff testing on 12/23/20. Both staff members were asymptomatic through their last shifts on 12/25, when one worked at the Falmouth House and the other at the Main Lodge. However, both started exhibiting symptoms on 12/27 and have been under quarantine since that time.

Testing
Due to the limited exposure Falmouth House residents have with dining services, the CDC determined there is no need for any asymptomatic Falmouth House residents to be tested. The CDC does recommend testing for residents in the independent community that dined in the Main Lodge dining room between 12/23-12/27. As part of contact tracing protocol, we maintain lists of residents who use the dining room. Based on those lists, Wellness Nurses will notify residents who need testing, which will occur when we test all staff members again on 12/30.

Response
Due to these positive cases, we will be shutting down the dining room at the Main Lodge once again until we have at least two successive rounds of negative test results. We recognize this is a disappointment to many, but we also feel this is important for the health and safety of all. We will continue to keep you informed of any more cases amongst staff or residents and inform you of necessary changes to our programs and amenities.

As a reminder regarding Other Activities & Services currently available:

  • Zoom programs as per calendar
  • In-person activities cancelled until 1/11
  • Lab Services, Weds. 9:00-10:00, MOVED to HTL.
  • Salon is open by appointment
  • Library is open to cottage residents by appointment – call Activities
  • Massage therapist appointments available

Fitness:

  • Zoom classes as per calendar
  • Personal Training per usual
  • In-Person Classes – canceled until 1/11
  • Max in Pavilion space: 5 people

Transportation:

  • Shopping vans cancelled until 1/18
  • On campus concierge per usual
  • Medical & other appointments per usual

Visitors continue to be absolutely restricted in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge or Blueberry Commons without specific approval by OceanView Management or Wellness Nurses. All visitors are required to be approved and the visit must be of an essential nature. We continue to screen all staff, vendors and other essential visitors.

Symptom Reporting
Please continue to report any symptoms no matter how inconsequential they may seem. Even a slightly runny nose is important to report. Please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider if you experience any flu or cold symptom. If possible, please monitor your temperature daily at home.

Vaccine Update
There was a bright spot in the CDC briefing on Wednesday 12/23. Congregate care settings are being considered a priority for phase 1B after assisted living facilities. This is good news and give us hope for a vaccine clinic perhaps as early as late January. We will be sure to keep you informed as soon as we learn more about the vaccination plan.

We are in the home stretch, let’s do all we can to stay safe!


To: All OceanView Residents and Cumberland Crossing Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: December 23rd, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

Test Results
We are happy to report negative results for all 96 staff people tested last Friday, 12/18. It is another testament to our staff’s diligence and the protocols we have in place. The CDC is recommending that we continue to test our staff on a weekly basis. Staff will therefore undergo another round of testing today and next Wednesday, 12/30.

However, as we have learned, this virus continues to be persistent. We were notified today that a Falmouth House resident has tested positive for COVID-19 from our round of testing on 12/21. Though this is the fourth Falmouth House resident to test positive since 12/2, it is the only active case on campus. Due to our ability to successfully quarantine, the risk of resident-to-resident transmission is low. The CDC is not recommending further resident testing, unless staff testing results are positive or a resident is symptomatic.

Based on these results, CDC guidance, and the continuing increase in positive rates of infection across the state, we are using a cautious approach to re-opening the Main Lodge to cottage residents. We began serving meals again in the Main Lodge dining room last night with limits on seating capacity. As of today, the library will be open to Cottage residents with sign-up through Activities, and the hair salon will open by appointment. The Lab Services Clinic will once again be held in the Hilltop Lodge Community Room on Wednesdays at 9am.

Holiday Gatherings
We realize that residents will make their own choices around how they will spend their holidays. We also appreciate that isolation caused by visitor restrictions is a wearisome burden to bear, especially during the holidays. But we also need to remain vigilant. Dr. Shah has theorized that our most recent spike in cases is a result of families getting together from the Thanksgiving holiday and we can expect that to happen again.

In consideration of all factors, we are permitting visitors during the Christmas holiday for residents in any of the Main Lodge/Hilltop Lodge/Blueberry Commons buildings under a test-based program. We feel this would be a safer option for you than going to a larger family gathering off site.

A visitor would be required to have a negative test within 48-72 hours of the scheduled visit and keep themselves isolated post-testing in preparation for that visit. Visitor(s) would be restricted to your residence only, and we still highly encourage using masks and keeping a 6-foot distance during the visit, except when eating or drinking. Please notify the Wellness Nurses to review your plans for any visits since we keep a record of any essential or approved visitors.

Based on the risk that holiday celebrations present, fitness classes and activity programs will continue to be ZOOM only. We will re-evaluate our situation and ability to hold in-person classes after 14 days have elapsed from the Christmas holiday. Shopping trips on the van will be suspended for a similar time frame to monitor the impact of the holiday season. If our communal health is stable and the numbers are trending in a favorable direction, we may be able to resume in person offerings while masked and properly distanced.

Reporting/Vaccines
Please continue to report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell. Other reportable symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people or close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, you will be advised to quarantine in your apartment or cottage until the results are known, and must notify the Wellness Office immediately. 

We are nearing the end with vaccines being distributed across the country. We just have the last leg of the journey to go and now is not the time for us to take any chances. We are keeping in touch with the CDC and our long-term pharmacy provider regarding our prioritization in the state CDC’s vaccination plans. As soon as we have any information about when they can offer an onsite clinic, we will be sure to let you know.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday and a hopeful New Year!


To: All OceanView and Cumberland Crossing Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: December 17th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, OceanView at Falmouth has been adhering to strict protocols and CDC guidance to prevent spread of the virus on campus. These measures have resulted in zero cases on campus since April. Our staff and residents are to be commended for their vigilance in keeping the virus at bay for so long.

Unfortunately, like so many others across the state, this latest, most pervasive onslaught has impacted our community. On December 2, we were informed by Maine CDC that two community members tested positive for COVID-19. Since that time, an additional resident and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Of these cases, four are associated with one residence building and the CDC is therefore investigating them as an outbreak.

We are hopeful that our quick response to these new cases – including the isolation of positive residents and staff, and the quarantining and testing of all impacted residents and staff – will prevent further spread. To accommodate our quarantining residents, meals will continue to be delivered to their apartments to avoid congregate dining, staff will continue to use full PPE when interacting with residents, and we are minimizing sharing of staff between buildings.

As you know, we have also temporarily canceled all activities and fitness classes, except for ZOOM group classes, for the entire campus. Our hair salon and library have also been closed.

After the first round of resident testing, we are pleased to announce that all of the COVID-19 tests performed on both Legacy Memory Care and Falmouth House residents on Monday are negative! We could not be happier with Monday’s results. It is encouraging to know that our protocols and PPE are effective, as has been your continued vigilance. We will continue with the current quarantine in our assisted living buildings until we are officially cleared by the CDC.

The CDC’s recommended testing plan is as follows: staff that work at Falmouth House and Legacy are being tested tomorrow 12/18, all residents at Falmouth House and Legacy on Monday 12/21, and all staff again Wednesday 12/23.  We will make decisions around re-opening the Hair Salon in the Main Lodge, as well as activities, fitness classes, and dining if ALL staff results are all negative from the testing that is taking place today.

While this is encouraging news, the COVID cases are rampant in our state. Today, Maine saw a record high of 590 new positive cases with 9 new related deaths. This is equated to the likely aftermath of holiday gatherings around the Thanksgiving holiday. We urge you to carefully consider your holiday plans. Both Governor Mills, and Dr. Shah continue to urge Maine people to seriously consider postponing their holiday celebrations until later in the year when a vaccine is more readily available to us. Visitors continue to be absolutely restricted in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge or Blueberry Commons without specific approval by OceanView Management or Wellness Nurses.

We know that many residents are opting to spend Christmas alone or connecting with loved ones through Zoom, FaceTime or other related methods due to their vulnerability. Any resident that does visit with anyone off-campus, or has a visitor, will need to self-quarantine for 14 days after the visit or have a Negative test result at the 5-7 day mark of the end of the visit. You will need to sequester yourself from common areas inside the main buildings, except for trips outside for exercise or essential items.

As many of you have been following the news, you are well aware that vaccinations have begun for frontline care staff in hospital settings. We will be certain to keep you informed of any updates regarding the prioritization of seniors living in congregate settings. We have a meeting scheduled with Guardian Pharmacy, our long term care pharmacy that services our assisted living buildings, and will provide updates to you next week. We hope that they have more concrete details on when they may be able to provide a vaccination clinic for our independent community on site.

As community spread worsens it is imperative that you report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell. Other reportable symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, or any other unusual symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people or close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, you will be advised to quarantine in your apartment or cottage until the results are known, and must notify the Wellness Office immediately.


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: December 14th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

We are writing to inform you that an additional Falmouth House resident and two dining services staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Since December 2, there have been a total three resident cases at Falmouth House, two dining services staff cases, and one Main Lodge staff case. The CDC is investigating the cases at Falmouth House as an outbreak.

The current CDC guidelines for being released from isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 are 10 days after symptom onset, as long the person is fever free for 24 hours and all symptoms have been resolved for 72 hours. Under these guidelines, two of the three Falmouth House residents to have tested positive have been released from their isolation period. All staff members are either isolating at their homes off-campus or have been released from isolation.

Due to the limited contacts of the first 2 positive cases at Falmouth House, it was determined in consultation with the CDC that staff would be tested first, and residents would only be tested if a staff member tested positive. Since one of the dining services team members to have tested positive works at both Falmouth House and Legacy Memory Care, all Falmouth House and Legacy residents will be tested today, December 14th. All staff from all departments that work at either Falmouth House or Legacy Memory Care will be tested again on Wednesday December 16th.

All Falmouth House residents will continue to quarantine in their apartments to the greatest extent possible. To accommodate, residents will continue to have meals delivered to their apartments until we have the results of testing and further information from the CDC investigation. Staff will continue to use full PPE when interacting with residents and we are minimizing sharing of staff between buildings.

The Main Lodge staff member case is not related to the other cases and therefore, independent living staff will not be tested at this time. However, due to the positive tests among dining services staff members, we will no longer serve meals in the dining room at the Main Lodge until we have further testing results. We will also temporarily cancel all activities and fitness classes, except for ZOOM group classes, for the entire campus effective Tuesday, December 15th as we await further testing results. Safe numbers for use of the Fitness Pavilion for sign up and personal training are being determined. The Hair Salon will be closed, as will the library.

Visitors continue to be absolutely restricted in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge or Blueberry Commons without specific approval by OceanView Management or Wellness Nurses. All visitors are required to be approved and the visit must be of an essential nature. We continue to screen all staff, vendors and other essential visitors. Authorized entrants are provided a label with the approved date of entry, so residents know they have been authorized to enter on the printed date, having passed the screening questionnaire and had their temperature taken.

Please continue to report any symptoms no matter how inconsequential they may seem. Even a slightly runny nose, or just not feeling yourself is important to report. Please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider if you experience any flu or cold symptom. If possible, please monitor your temperature daily at home. Of course, please follow all CDC recommendations and state mandates on mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing.

We will continue to keep you informed of any more cases amongst staff or residents and inform you of any necessary changes to our programs and amenities.

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: December 10th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

We are writing to inform you that a Main Lodge staff person has tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed by a member of their household. The staff person has been in quarantine since the exposure occurred. Due to the immediacy of the staff person’s quarantine and the aggressive measures all staff have been taking (wearing face coverings at all times except when eating or drinking coupled with the 10 to 14 feet of distance maintained in meetings), the CDC has determined there is no need for any other staff or residents to be tested or to quarantine.

At Falmouth House, we have received COVID-19 test results for all but one staff member and they were all negative! Unfortunately, the specimen for the remaining staff member was damaged during transit to the lab. That staff member is being retested. In the interim, a BinaxNow rapid test was administered to this staff member and the result was positive. The staff member is asymptomatic and the BinaxNow test has proven to have a higher incidence of false positives in asymptomatic people. Consequently, the CDC believes it could be a false positive given that all other staff have tested negative via the more accurate PCR tests. Regardless, this staff member will quarantine at home until they receive the results of their initial PCR test. Another update will be sent when we have that result.

Falmouth House staff will be tested again tomorrow, December 11 from 1:30p-3:30p in the Lunt building. Once we have results from the second round of testing, we will know if it will be necessary to take any further actions. If needed, we are able to do a rapid test for any staff member or resident experiencing any symptoms.

Results from the Legacy staff testing that took place on Tuesday December 2nd were all negative. Legacy staff will be tested again on Tuesday, January 5th.

Visitors continue to be absolutely restricted in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge or Blueberry Commons without specific approval by OceanView Management or Wellness Nurses. All visitors are required to be approved and the visit must be of an essential nature. We continue to screen all staff, vendors and other essential visitors. Authorized entrants are provided a label with the approved date of entry, so residents know they have been authorized to enter on the printed date, having passed the screening questionnaire and had their temperature taken.

Please continue to report any symptoms no matter how inconsequential they may seem. Even a slightly runny nose is important to report. Please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider if you experience any flu or cold symptom. If possible, please monitor your temperature daily at home. We will continue to keep you informed of any more cases amongst staff or residents and inform you of necessary changes to our programs and amenities.

As if the pandemic was not enough to endure, we now have winter storms to add to our already heavy burden of worry. Last Saturday’s storm brought heavy wet snow and high winds causing power outages of 200,000 across the state of Maine. We do our best at OceanView to ensure that our residents remain safe and do not endure significant hardships related to weather emergencies. We provide a Desk Emergency Action Plan to all residents upon move in, and ask that it’s kept somewhere prominent for easy reference. We are not able to ensure all residents have all of the comforts of a fully-powered home when there are mass power outages statewide. We do commit to ensuring that your home will not reach temperatures that are unsafe, but this may require your own actions to bundle up, and layer on clothing or blankets to maintain your own comfort in the interim period between the outage, and when our maintenance teams is able to get the necessary infrastructure safely set up.  Residents without heat in the cottages are encouraged to come to the Main Lodge to warm up, using the Hilltop Lodge and Blueberry Commons Room (chairs are set up with substantial physical distance), and the dining services staff can provide coffee and tea.

CMP does not communicate when they will restore power to any of its customers. We have no further information on when the power will come back on than you would have, so we request that you please not contact the Front Desk unless you have another problem to report. Please do not call the Maintenance On-Call person for updates either, since they will need to be available for other emergency calls. We ask that every resident have an emergency store of items like flashlights, water and non-perishable food items to be able to weather the storms as restoration may not be immediate.

The Main Lodge/Hilltop Lodge/Blueberry Commons/Fitness Pavilion buildings have generators that power lights and heat in the hallways, and every unit has at least one generator plug in every unit – some larger units may have more than one outlet. These outlets are marked with a green dot on the outlet plate. These plugs are to be used for low voltage items only, like lamps, coffee makers, or toasters. Plugging in refrigerators, microwaves, hotplates or other large appliances will surely cause the generator to be overloaded and fail. Please, for the sake of the entire building, do not ever plug in large appliances to your generator plug. Do not plug in power strips to plug in multiple items either, this could also cause the generator to fail, please only use the two sockets in the outlet for low wattage items.

The Main Lodge Proper apartments only have electric heat so are without heat when there is a power failure. If the temperatures inside drop to intolerable levels we will work to provide a solution like individual space heaters to provide some relief for residents, since these units that are not powered by our central heating system. We generally suggest residents in these apartments keep their doors open to allow in passive heat from the hallway, which is possible as long as we have no positive COVID cases in the Main Lodge. We suggest your emergency kit include an extension cord, along with an electric blanket in the event of longer winter power outages that may extend a few days. We cannot stress the importance of ensuring that you have battery powered flashlights accessible for use if you are using your outlet for a heat source like an electric blanket, and you should not plug in anything more than 1 lamp into the other socket.

For those residents in the cottages, we endeavor to have the generators functioning before your home drops to a critical level. Our maintenance team must ensure snow removal is completed prior to connecting the generator cords as they run across driveways and cottage entrances.  Snow removal is equally essential since snow and ice present safety and access challenges for residents and Fire and Rescue staff. Please do not attempt to connect to an OceanView generator with your own cords.  Cords need to be a certain gauge to ensure a safe connection. If you would like to investigate getting a generator that will power your entire home in order for your comfort to be maintained, you can request information from Joe Baker. The cost of a generator can be added to the entrance fee, and will significantly diminish the discomforts of an extended outage.

While we realize that outages are stressful, we ask for your patience and cooperation during these times. Please consider that our maintenance team worked overtime on the weekend, when they themselves were without power at home, and are so deserving of our appreciation for having been here.

Thankfully, we weathered this storm.  Hopefully the following winter storms do not result in outages!

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


To: Falmouth House Residents and Families, OceanView and Cumberland Crossing Residents, OceanView Staff
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: December 2nd, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

This is to inform you that we have just been informed by the CDC that two Falmouth House residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The residents reside together in the same apartment at Falmouth House and both are currently hospitalized. Prior to hospitalization, the two residents had been primarily secluded in their apartment. I know you join us in wishing them a speedy recovery.

To ensure the safety of all residents,

  • We are working with the CDC to universally test all residents and staff that work at Falmouth House. Once we collect all the specimens the tests will take 48-72 hours to process before we have results.
  • We have cancelled all communal dining and activities, including visits (outdoor & window) of any kind until further notice.

Our staff is utilizing their COVID-19 training and has sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) to work safely with anyone that is exhibiting symptoms. We also have a small amount of rapid tests so we can immediately test and isolate anyone exhibiting concerning symptoms. We will keep you informed if we have further cases and will share the results of our universal testing.

Please feel free to contact myself or the nursing staff with any questions or concerns. We continue to work diligently to provide a safe and comforting environment for our residents as this pandemic persists.


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: December 2nd, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

Along with the positive cases at Falmouth House, we received notification that our regular mail carrier at OceanView has tested positive for COVID-19. We are confident that any resident exposure related to mail delivery is unlikely since he was screened upon entry to the building and remained masked and wore gloves while inside any main buildings. He will not return until his quarantine period is complete.

With this news, along with the cases at Falmouth House, we felt it necessary to close the Main Dining Room for meal service effective immediately. Legacy Memory Care staff was tested for the second time yesterday as we continue to follow the mandatory monthly staff testing guidelines. We will be testing all Falmouth House staff in conjunction with the CDC. The results of these tests will inform our decisions on whether we need to take further action by cancelling activities, fitness classes, and any non-emergent maintenance or housekeeping services.

Please do take all precautions while on essential outings and consider limiting those for emergent needs only. For those that live in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, or Blueberry Commons, we ask that you limit the amount of time spent in hallways and not congregate in areas that other residents may need to pass through.

Please continue to report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell. Other reportable symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the CDC, contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people or close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, you will be advised to quarantine in your apartment or cottage until the results are known, and must notify the Wellness Office immediately.

As we well know, it’s been months since our last positive case on campus. Given how pervasive and persistent this virus has been, this is a testament to the vigilance of our staff and residents to whom we are all grateful. Now with the vaccine in sight we need to double down to ensure our community remains safe.

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: November 25th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

Many of you have been keeping up with the news, so are fully aware we have experienced a 60% increase in COVID-19 cases in just two weeks, with case counts climbing between 220-250 cases per day. This most certainly is casting a gloomy shadow over our holiday season. Dr. Shah reported 17 new outbreaks on Friday, November 20th and another 20 outbreaks on Monday, November 23rd. He also announced that contact tracing will be drastically reduced for community spread cases, no longer providing continued monitoring and guidance to those convalescing from the virus. They will be conserving the CDC’s precious resources to focus their attention on school and congregate setting outbreaks. Dr. Shah spoke with bleak candor when he said “there is never good news in a pandemic, it’s usually varying degrees of bad. There are no easy choices just choices that are hard and harder.” Never have these sentiments rung so true as now. A resident commented to me just yesterday, that this will be the first Thanksgiving in his life that he will spend alone. A comment that weighs heavy on my heart and in my mind.

We recognize these choices are excruciating to make. It is equally as dreadful for us to require that we follow these ever-increasing restrictions for the safety of all. Choosing between seeing precious loved ones or participating in your cherished daily activities are hard choices to bear, and we are grateful that so many are conscientious in modifying their actions based on their choices. Thank you for the sacrifices that you have made and continue to make as we navigate this pandemic.

It is drastically apparent that the steps that each and every one of us have taken has helped get us to where we are today. From being the first in Maine to having cases, to approaching the 8 month mark with no new active cases. This monumental feat has required great discipline and diligence in following the protocols. Mask use, washing and disinfecting our hands, and keeping our distance from each other are effective measures that we must continue.

Since we know this virus can spread silently before people are experiencing symptoms, and given winter conditions, which exponentially increase the risk of transmission, we must continue to prohibit those, who live in the cottages, that are not actively self-isolating themselves from entering the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, or Blueberry Commons to access the common areas until 14 days have elapsed since their last indoor encounter. This is to provide for the safety and protection of the residents that reside in these buildings, and in order to continue to offer safe in person activities and meals in the Main Lodge dining room for those that are truly isolated.

I want to clarify for residents that live in Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, or Blueberry Commons that are visiting outside friends and family, you are able to come and go as you please, but we ask the same of you, to please not frequent the common areas, attend activities or shopping trips until 14 days have elapsed since the last indoor visit. Please continue to seek approval for all essential visitors.

If you do decide to celebrate with family members please consider attempting to do something outdoors, or find ways to increase ventilation indoors and remain masked and distanced unless eating or drinking. Remember: Being in close proximity with someone, even masked, increases the risk of COVID transmission.

However each of us spends our Thanksgiving holiday, we can be thankful for a shimmer of light on the horizon with the news of three potential vaccines getting closer to FDA approval and dissemination to the public, seniors taking precedence only after healthcare providers. This is a ray of hope we can cling to when feeling the pain from loneliness and isolation imposed by this virus.

May we all be at peace, feeling some comfort and ease, taking solace that next year we may have a sense of normalcy once again.


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: November 20th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

Maine’s numbers of COVID-19 cases has reached an all-time high at 2,120 active cases as of yesterday, with evidence of community spread, meaning the virus is all around us. Dr. Nirav Shah has said the pot has been brewing and now we are boiling over. This is not good news as we anticipate the holiday season. Governor Mills spoke on yesterday’s call urging Maine people to seriously consider postponing their holiday celebrations until later in the year when a vaccine is available. She pleaded her case stating there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Both state officials urged that if you do decide to celebrate with family members that you attempt to do something outdoors, or find ways to increase ventilation indoors and remain masked and distanced unless eating or drinking. Remember: Being in close proximity with someone, even masked, increases the risk of COVID transmission.

We know that many residents are opting to spend Thanksgiving alone due to their vulnerability. For now we will honor the test-based visitor allowance that we outlined in last week’s memo. As a reminder, the test only provides a snapshot in time, your visitor should be conscious of remaining isolated 14 days prior to the visit to ensure they haven’t had exposure that has not yet manifested as symptoms. The Wellness Nurses still need to approve these visits and your visitor must provide proof of a negative test to them.

Any resident that does visit anyone off-campus, or has a visitor, will need to self-quarantine for 14 days after the visit, sequestering yourself from activities and common areas inside the main buildings, except for trips outside for exercise, or for essential items. You will not be permitted to travel on the van for shopping trips or attend activities for 14 days post-outing or visit.  We need everyone’s willing participation with honest reporting of outside activities and visitors for the sake of safety. We will have Main Lodge Front Entrance staff coverage on the Thanksgiving holiday from 10:00a-2:00p to assist with screening and monitoring efforts.

As community spread worsens it is imperative that you report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell. Other reportable symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people or close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, you will be advised to quarantine in your apartment or cottage until the results are known, and must notify the Wellness Office immediately. 

Per the Governor’s mandate, masks must be worn anytime you are outside of your home or yard. This means especially in the hallways and common areas of the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge and Blueberry Commons.

  • Face coverings are required when out in public and MUST cover nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands or use ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer frequently, especially before donning and after removing your face covering
  • Maintain 6-foot social distance from others
  • Wash or change your cloth face covering daily
  • It continues to be advisable to stay at home, except for essential trips and exercise.

Keep up the great work you all are doing to keep our community safe! It’s working!!


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: November 11th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

Many questions have come up regarding the last memo and visitors, so we wanted to send a clarifying message. We are trying very hard to strike a balance between the need for social interaction and seeing loved ones and COVID-19 safety.

Firstly, we are not encouraging visitors, and want to remind everyone that with every person you interact with comes greater risk of contracting the virus. You must consider all the people they are in and amongst on a daily basis. A family bubble may feel safe, but when you factor in how many people your family members see regularly the risk increases exponentially. Especially now, when cases are taking off at rates higher than ever before seen in our state.

We have been restricting access to the main buildings, but since the cottages have a private entrance we have not restricted access for visitors. However; if cottage residents are having a family member or two over for a holiday meal or visit, we would suggest you ask them to get a test, since you are in an age demographic susceptible to illness, but we are not requiring it. We do ask that if you have family staying at your cottage overnight, no matter where they are from, please do have them tested. Since overnight guests have more of a chance of bumping into other residents when entering or exiting the home, especially if you are located in a cluster of cottages, we feel this extra precaution is one that your neighbors will appreciate. If you would kindly let us know about any overnight guests and their test results. We will add to the Fitness/Activity screener questionnaire additional questions regarding visitors, and if they were tested, to determine if people will be permitted to participate in activities without a 14 day quarantine. We so appreciate everyone’s honesty when reporting, it’s so important for the greater good, and want to recognize just how self-sacrificing some have been.

Our hope is that testing sites will have enough capacity to handle the volume that they may see as others in the greater community look to be tested. It would be best to plan and schedule tests earlier than later for this reason.

You can contact the Wellness Nurses for additional local test sites, but testing by appointment began at the Portland Jet Port just yesterday.

One hour rapid test: $25
Three Day standard test: $0

Please inform your family to self-isolate after the test and prior to the visit so that they do not pick up the virus post testing.

Testing is being conducted in the “public” section of the airport (Level 1) – you do not need to pass through security or into the gate area.

Note that short term parking is FREE for the first 30 minutes.

For more info and appointment sign up information these websites are helpful:

https://covidtestforme.com/

https://www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine/keepmainehealthy/testing/walgreens-portland

Thank you for doing your best to protect yourself and others in the community.


To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: November 9th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

We have cause to celebrate as we just completed universal testing of all staff that work at Legacy Memory Care, and all of them came back negative. We sent close to 80 tests which spanned all departments. What a relief to know that we currently have no asymptomatic carriers. What a testament to how well our staff has been following protocols both at work and at home, taking good care of themselves to in turn keep our most vulnerable residents safe.

The news from our state officials is much less encouraging as cases continue to climb at an accelerated pace. Cases in Maine reached an all-time daily high of 184 cases reported in a single day last week, 39% of those cases were reported in Cumberland County. This drastic rise necessitated a stricter mask mandate issued by Governor Mills on November 5th. The mandate requires that in most places outside of your home or yard, you must wear a mask, regardless of your ability to maintain social distance. This order includes required mask use in any indoor public space outside of your own home. While the order does not specify every possible outdoor public setting in which a mask is required, it does require masks on public sidewalks, parking lots, playgrounds, athletic and sports settings, and similar public spaces.

Because of this new mandate as of last Friday we began requiring face masks be worn throughout entire fitness classes. No visitors are allowed in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge or Blueberry Commons without specific approval by OceanView Management, or Wellness Nurses. Any visitors are still required to be approved, and the visit must be of an essential nature. We continue to screen all staff, vendors and essential visitors and we will begin providing them with a label with the date they were approved to be in the building on it so residents that reside in the Lodge feel secure knowing that a person has in fact been authorized to enter and passed the screening questionnaire and had their temperature taken.

We understand that the isolation caused by visitor restrictions has taken a toll on everyone. Clare Moss, MSW, will be presenting a Zoom program on Social Isolation on Monday, 11/16 at 3:00 – Activities will send out a link.

With the holidays coming up, isolation weighs even heavier in our hearts and minds. Dependent on the availability of testing, we are willing to approve a visit from a family member of any resident that resides in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge or Blueberry Commons, during OceanView business hours, or from 10am-2pm only on Thanksgiving Day, so that they can be screened. They must have had a negative test within 48-72 hours of the scheduled visit, and keep themselves isolated post-testing in preparation for that visit. We announce this cautiously as we do not know how accessible tests will be, considering this may be a strategy for many families as they plan for the holidays. If one or two family members are willing to get tested in order to visit with you in your apartment, we feel this would be a safer option for you, than going to a larger family gathering off site due to our testing requirements and screening protocols.

Our dining team is offering single portion holiday meals which could be ordered specifically for the celebration in order to minimize the risk that sharing food poses. The CDC suggests that if you are meeting with family over the holidays that masks should be worn at all times unless eating or drinking, but at those times proper distancing should be kept. We continue to monitor the safety of our in-person dining at our Main Lodge closely.

Please continue to report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell. Other reportable symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people or close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, you will be advised to quarantine in your apartment or cottage until the results are known, and must notify the Wellness Office immediately.

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: October 29th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

Yesterday’s CDC briefing was somber, as is the news across our nation and around the globe. A weighty tone of caution, given the upward trending case counts in our state, was the prevailing sentiment. Maine’s positivity rating has gone from 0.42% to 0.75% in two short weeks. Dr. Nirav Shah states “we do not have this virus under control, the virus is everywhere among us…it’s in every corner of our state.”

He attributes the rise to small social indoor gatherings where recommendations are not heeded, and also community spread, which means no definitive conclusion can be made as to how the infection was acquired. Both he and Governor Mills implored Mainer’s to be socially responsible: if you are going to meet with friends and families indoors, use masks and 6 foot social distance.

While state officials did not announce any changes to their current re-opening plans, the comment “this is not about shutting down it’s about hunkering down” was made by Governor Mills, along with warnings that our neighboring states are also seeing sharp rises. Over the last week NY, NJ, and MA have reported 1100-1900 cases per day each day.

OceanView is taking this as a cue to tighten up our travel restriction protocols for our staff and any visitors to the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge or Blueberry Commons buildings. Anyone that has traveled to these states (NY, NJ, & MA) or any other state, with the exception of NH or VT, will be required to quarantine for 14 days, or be tested for COVID 19 with negative results before we will permit entry.

Important Reminders:

All visitors MUST be approved by the Wellness Office or OceanView management, and enter through the Main Lodge front entrance in order to be screened.

Residents that live in the cottages, please only enter the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, and Blueberry Commons buildings through the Main Lodge front door so we can screen you and take your temperature.

Everyone should check their own temperature daily and monitor for symptoms. Please continue to report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell. Other reportable symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you are being tested for Covid-19, you will be advised to quarantine in your apartment or cottage until the results are known, and must notify the Wellness Office immediately.

  • Face coverings are required when out in public and MUST cover nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands or use ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer frequently, especially before donning and after removing your face covering
  • Maintain 6 foot social distance from others
  • Wash or change your cloth face covering daily
  • It continues to be advisable to stay at home, except for essential trips and exercise.

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: October 26th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

We have reached the 6 month mark with no reported cases in our community, we can take great pride in that achievement. The road had not been easy for anyone, it’s required significant observance of preventative measures and many sacrifices in the social arena. At times these sacrifices may seem worse than the virus itself. This virus is a test of our altruism since the precautions we take directly benefit our friends, neighbors and even strangers. In a time when everyone feels they have reached their limit and just wants the pandemic to be over, let’s think of those that are more vulnerable then ourselves and continue to take the necessary actions required to see us through until we have a vaccine.

Residents living in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, and Blueberry Commons buildings, please do not invite outside guests to your home. All visitors MUST be approved by the Wellness Office or OceanView management, and enter through the front entrance in order to be screened.

Residents that live in the cottages, please only enter the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, and Blueberry Commons buildings through the Main Lodge front door so we can screen you and take your temperature.

Everyone should check your temperature daily and monitor for symptoms. Please continue to report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell. Other reportable symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people or close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, you will be advised to quarantine in your apartment or cottage until the results are known, and must notify the Wellness Office immediately.

We can do this together by following the protocols –

  • Face coverings are required when out in public and MUST cover nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands or use ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer frequently, especially before donning and after removing your face covering
  • Maintain 6 foot social distance from others
  • Wash or change your cloth face covering daily
  • It continues to be advisable to stay at home, except for essential trips and exercise. 

Thank you for doing your best to protect yourself and others in the community.


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: September 29th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

We remain a COVID 19 free campus!  Thanks to every resident and staff member for your actions, which have led to staying safe. Following the protocols works – we are living proof. Maine’s positivity rate remains low at 0.57% Dr. Nirav Shah reported at last week’s briefing. The national average is much higher at 5%. Our testing capacity remains high, we now are completing 400 tests per every 100,000. The national average for testing capacity is 230 per 100,000.

With the arrival of cooler weather and schools and businesses reopening, people are gathering inside, and we are seeing an upswing in new Covid-19 cases in Maine. Both Cumberland County and York County continue to have the highest incidence of cases in our state, with new cases reported daily.  As the case count creeps up, now is the time to re-commit our efforts towards safe and responsible actions, to protect ourselves and each other. A reminder that visitors to the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, and Blueberry Commons buildings are not permitted without express permission by the Wellness Office or OceanView management.  We want to be sure that there is an essential reason for the visit.  All visitors MUST be approved, and enter through the front entrance in order to be screened.

A warm fall has permitted us to extend our outdoor offerings, but inevitably the cooler weather will cause us to be driven indoors once again. With more in-person activities, of course there is greater risk, but we have successfully opened the dining room for those on the meal plan who feel comfortable attending in person. We hope to strike a safe balance of providing life enrichment opportunities as well. In preparation for doing so we feel the need to further screen residents that attend group activities, asking pertinent questions regarding their visits with others outside of OceanView. We certainly understand the desire to visit with friends and family members outside of the community, but those interactions can put others that you come in contact with at risk, so the additional screenings are aimed to ascertain the level of risk you may pose to others. A copy of the questions will be in the Activities section of the October Updates, coming out tomorrow/Wednesday.

We are pleased by the number of people who have been utilizing ZOOM to attend activities and stay connected with friends and relatives. We realize that some have barriers to utilizing this helpful tool that’s been so valuable to many, which is why we are trying to safely add more in-person offerings. We need everyone’s absolute cooperation in order to make this happen. If we have a positive case, or if the protocols are not being followed, we will need to immediately close down our programs and common space usage again.

Let’s chronicle our plan for continued success…

  1. Re-commit to checking your temperature daily and monitoring for symptoms. Please continue to report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell. Other reportable symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience ANY of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people or close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, you will be advised to quarantine in your apartment or cottage until the results are known, and must notify the Wellness Office immediately.
  1. Follow the protocols – they work!
  • Face coverings are required when out in public and MUST cover nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands or use ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer frequently, especially before donning and after removing your face covering
  • Maintain 6 foot social distance from others
  • Wash or change your cloth face covering daily
  • It continues to be advisable to stay at home, except for essential trips and exercise

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: September 11th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

It has been 5 months since our last COVID-19 case on campus. On this somber day, in which the country still mourns for the lives lost in the senseless 911 attacks almost twenty years ago today, we have at least this to be grateful for.  This pandemic will be embedded in history books like 9/11, and forever etched in the memory for those of us living through it now. Pandemic aside, our nation is in tumult with protests due to racial inequality, and politically divided with the election looming, it’s a wonder any of us can still put a smile on our face in any given day.

Thankfully, we can feel blessed that our state has an extremely low positivity rating, and we are ahead of the national average for testing as well. According to Dr. Shah’s report yesterday, our 7 day positivity rating is 0.55% with the national average being 5%, and as for testing capacity we are testing 350 people out of 100,000, with the national average being 215 people out of 100,000. Cumberland County is still leading the state with the highest incidence of cases with 176 active cases. York County is at a close second with 161 due to the York County jail and other outbreaks in the Sanford area.

The importance of practicing the proven protocols to protect yourselves and your neighbors can’t be stressed enough.

  • Face coverings are required when out in public and MUST cover nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands or use ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer frequently, especially before donning and after removing your face covering
  • Maintain 6 foot social distance from others
  • Wash or change your cloth face covering daily
  • It continues to be advisable to stay at home, except for essential trips and exercise

OceanView will continue to restrict visitors in our Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, and Blueberry Commons buildings. All visitors MUST be approved by the Wellness Office or OceanView management, and enter through the front entrance in order to be screened. We will continue to leave the road closure signs on Blueberry Lane to minimize unnecessary traffic through our community.

Please continue to report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell. Other reportable symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people or close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, you will be advised to quarantine in your apartment or cottage until the results are known, and must notify the wellness office immediately. 

Thank you all for your cooperation in this ongoing community effort!

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: August 28th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

This week marks 18 weeks (4 ½ months) COVID Free!

Thank you all for your cooperation and support throughout all of this, everyone should take great pride with this record. It is wonderful to hear the chatter back in the Main Lodge dining room, residents have been enjoying service there for two weeks now. Staggered seating times, and physically distanced table arrangements permit us to provide meals to residents in a communal setting once again. A welcomed respite from dining alone for many.

Through our slow re-opening of activities and amenities, along with careful screening of all essential care staff and vendors, we have been able to safeguard our community. The only visitors that are permitted in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, and Blueberry Commons buildings are for essential business, which needs to be approved by the Wellness Office or OceanView Management.

Our screening process consists of a series of questions regarding symptoms, exposure to individuals being tested for COVID-19, or travel to states with high rates of infection. We require that vendors or essential staff access the Main Lodge through the front door only, and we check temperatures at the time of screening. Staff are screened with a temperature check at the beginning of their shift, and another temperature check half way through the shift. We require employees to get tested post air travel, or car travel to any state other than the safe list (NH, VT, CT, NY, or NJ) designated by Governor Mill’s travel orders. We test any employee that reports experiencing any COVID related symptoms. In both instances a negative test result and/or resolution of all symptoms is required prior to returning to work.

Maine’s total number of cases as of Thursday, August 27th is 435 active in the state, and 171 active cases in Cumberland County. As tourism continues to flow, and schools begin to reopen next week, we will be keeping a close eye on case counts. We urge everyone to be cautious since your social networks (your family, friends, and associates) could put you at greater risk through extension as grandchildren return to school, or adult children return to the workplace.

The widespread nature of infection related to the infamous wedding in Millinocket should serve as a cautionary tale to us all. 87 total cases stemming from that wedding, 30 primary cases, 35 secondary cases, and 22 tertiary cases as of the 8/27/20 Dr. Shah report.

Please take extra precautions using diligence following the recommendations:

  • Face coverings are required when out in public and MUST cover nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands or use ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer frequently, especially before donning and after removing your face covering
  • Maintain 6 foot social distance from others
  • Wash or change your cloth face covering daily
  • It continues to be advisable to stay at home, except for essential trips and exercise.

We ask that you continue to be sure to report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell. Other reportable symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people or close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, you will be advised to quarantine in your apartment or cottage until the results are known, and must notify the wellness office immediately. 

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations and Maureen Connolly, Executive Director
Date: August 7th, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

A big salute to everyone for reaching our 15th week with zero cases! As most of you are aware this is our final week with Maureen (aka Moe) helping lead the effort. Her leadership has been invaluable as we all worked to extinguish the outbreak and execute our slow re-opening strategy. We all will miss her terribly, but are thrilled that she will be able to retire after postponing the date for so long!

In Maine and across the country, seniors continue to be the population most vulnerable to the deadly virus. As of August 3rd, more than 82 percent of the state’s 124 confirmed deaths were individuals over the age of 70. This trend echoes nationally, as the elder demographic has consistently maintained a high mortality rate, even as the median age of individuals infected with COVID-19 has fallen in recent months. As of August 6th, Maine’s active case count is 428 with 204 of those cases in Cumberland County. We understand the toll this pandemic has taken, the disappointment of the inability to access your cherished activities with friends and neighbors. We remain the county with the widest community spread, which is why we have and will continue to cautiously resume our activities.

While the virus has inflicted significant fear and uncertainty among us all, it has also unveiled the courage and resilience that you all possess, through creatively adapting to this exceptional adversity by initiating new, socially-distanced hobbies and pastimes. Thank you all for your cooperation and support throughout all of this, this truly is a communal effort, and everyone should feel great pride in our record.

In order to bring back some normalcy into residents’ lives, we will be re-opening the Main Lodge dining room for those on the meal plan who choose to attend on Monday, August 10th. As long as everyone is following the safety protocols; wearing face masks to and from the dining room, staying home if they are not feeling well and sanitizing their hands consistently, we will continue to offer meals in the dining room. Staggered seating times and creative table placement offers opportunities for socially-distanced socialization, while adhering to State of Maine regulations for restaurant service. If you choose not to go to the dining room at this point, you will need to call and order your dinner for delivery.  To the great delight of many, we were able to re-open the pool to monitored lap swimming or walking with stringent protocols in place for the safety of all. Outdoor socials, the addition of movies and other virtual events line the calendar providing opportunities to connect while feeling secure and protected.

As long as we remain virus free and there is not a concerning uptick of cases in Maine, particularly Cumberland County, we will be able to continue this service. Staff will be monitoring adherence to the guidance and COVID case reporting closely.

We ask that you continue to be sure to report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell. Other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea were also added to the list of symptoms. Therefore, if you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people or close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, you will be advised to quarantine in your apartment or cottage until the results are known, and must notify the wellness office immediately.

And remember…

  • Face coverings are required when out in public and MUST cover nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands or use ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer frequently, especially before donning and after removing your face covering
  • Maintain 6 foot social distance from others
  • Wash your cloth face covering daily
  • It continues to be advisable to stay at home, except for essential trips and exercise.

Due to our ongoing record of good health on our campuses, our weekly communications will cease for now. But please be assured that we will quickly report any and all information as things evolve.

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From:  Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date:  July 31, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

We have now remained Covid-19- free for 14 weeks! We so appreciate everyone’s efforts and diligence on adhering to the recommendations of the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC). While our numbers in Maine are still lower than many states, we do have new positive cases daily, especially with our summer tourism upon us. Governor Mills’ mandates however remain in effect, and require those traveling to Maine from anywhere other than NH, VT, CT, NY or NJ, to either get tested and receive a negative test, or quarantine for 14 days. Results, unfortunately, can take anywhere from 2 – 14 days based on where the test results are completed. Therefore, we all need to keep our guard up and continue to stay the course.

We are still restricting non-essential personnel or guests entering the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, Blueberry Commons, Falmouth House or Legacy Memory Care at this time. If there is a specific resident need that cannot be accommodated any other way, please contact OceanView Management for permission to enter. We feel these measures are still required to protect residents and staff from any unnecessary exposure.

Recently Dining Services sent out a survey to determine interest in trying to return to the Main Lodge Dining Room for the evening meal. The results were split 50/50 along with a few that were undecided and preferred to “wait and see.” Having those results, we are looking at the dining options for both eating in the dining room proper (social distancing) and apartment meal delivery service. The plan is in its infancy stage, so stay tuned. We should know more next week and will share that with you at that time. The Gazebo Grille will remain closed to indoor dining; however continues to provide delivery service for morning and lunchtime deliveries. A special thank you goes out to Betsy and Terri for adapting to this new level of service!

If you should demonstrate any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell, they should be reported. Other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea were added to the list of symptoms as well. Therefore, if you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing, and self-quarantining of infected people and close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, you will be advised to quarantine in your apartment or cottage until the results are known, and must notify the wellness office immediately.

While much of the following is repetitive, it needs to stay fresh and foremost on everyone’s mind.

  • Face coverings are required when out in public and MUST cover nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands or use ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer frequently, especially before donning and after removing your face covering
  • Maintain 6 foot social distance from others
  • Wash your cloth face covering daily
  • It continues to be advisable to stay at home, except for essential trips and exercise.

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: July 24, 2020
RE:  Coronavirus update

While our numbers in Maine are lower than many in the United States, we still have new positive cases daily with our tourism season in full swing. As of Thursday July 23rd, there were 24 new cases in Maine, 16 of which were in Cumberland County. Bangor Daily News reported today that the town of Falmouth has the highest infection rate per capita in Maine with 152 cases. Governor Mills’ mandates are in effect, but there is little policing of the requirement for those traveling to Maine from anywhere other than NH, VT, CT, NY or NJ, to either get tested and receive a negative test result, or quarantine for 14 days. Through our own experience of testing symptomatic staff members the test results are taking anywhere from 8-14 days to actually get the results. We share this in an effort to impress upon you the importance of not letting your guard down. By staying the course, we can maintain our virus-free stretch far beyond our current 13 week mark.

According to an article in the news, “the FDA is warning people to avoid dozens of hand sanitizers because they may contain methanol, a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin. Many were labeled as containing ethanol, which is safe, but tested positive instead for methanol, also known as wood alcohol.” Be sure to check the ingredients to ensure this is not one of them. For more information you can find the article here:  https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200624/fda-warning-these-9-hand-sanitizers-may-be-toxic

Reminders:

  • Face coverings are required when out in public and MUST cover nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially before donning and after removing your mask
  • Maintain 6 foot social distance from others
  • Wash your cloth mask daily
  • It continues to be advisable to stay at home, except for essential trips and exercise.

As a reminder you should also be watching for any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell which should be reported. Other GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have also have been added to the list of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing, and self-quarantining of infected people and close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, please notify the wellness office immediately.

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: July 17, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

We have gone 12 weeks without any new cases of COVID 19. We humbly make this statement while feeling mighty blessed, given the situation in many states across the nation that are suffering from significant spikes in the number of cases. We feel extremely fortunate and most grateful for everyone’s efforts to maintain this track record. It’s directly related to following the CDC’s recommendations that has gotten us to this point, so let’s not let our guard down as we continue to break our own record.

Reminders:

  • Face coverings are required when out in public and MUST cover nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially before donning and after removing your mask
  • Maintain 6 foot social distance from others
  • Wash your cloth mask daily
  • It continues to be advisable to stay at home, except for essential trips and exercise.

For those who live in, or are visiting, the Main Lodge/Hilltop Lodge/ Blueberry Commons, remember only 1 person should be in an elevator at any time since social distancing cannot be maintained. This applies to residents and staff unless they are a couple that live together. The Front Desk staff asks that large orders of groceries be delivered during staff hours Monday-Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. If Saturday deliveries must be made, please arrange to have them delivered in the morning between 10am-12:00 Noon.

As a reminder you should also be watching for any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell which should be reported. Other GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have also have been added to the list of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing, and self-quarantining of infected people and close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, please notify the wellness office immediately.

If you travel to any state other than the approved states listed by the Governor’s office (NH, VT, CT, NY, NJ) you will be asked to quarantine for 14 days, or be tested and quarantine until you get your results. Quarantine as defined by the CDC “is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.”

We wanted to share again the image that captures so well how the level of risk decreases through the use of masks and physical distance from others, as a reminder that being outdoors does not substitute for the use of face coverings and social distancing. Keep up the great work, we all appreciate the efforts!

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!

Social Distancing and Mask Importance


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: July 10, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

We want to thank each of you for doing your part in continuing to keep OceanView and Cumberland Crossing Covid-19 free communities! That says to us that residents are being compliant in wearing their face coverings, maintaining their social/physical distancing, and using good hand hygiene.  We are proud that you care and respect each other so much that you are being diligent in the fight against this pandemic.

We know that residents (and staff as well) are tired of this whole ordeal and want to get back to “normal,” but unfortunately, it may be a while before that can happen. While it seems like we are moving at a snail’s pace sometimes as it relates to opening all activities and events, we are trying to ensure the safety and well-being of all. The residents and staff continue to exhibit great patience and certainly it portrays a collaboration of efforts of the employees and residents alike.  We are so appreciative of your on-going compliance, endurance and most of all your good spirit.

Nonetheless we feel it is imperative to continue to send reminders. Therefore, we ask all residents to monitor their own temperature daily and ask that if you enter the Main Lodge that you use the front entrance, not the back parking lot entrance, as we do need to check your temperature prior to entering the building. As a reminder you should also be watching for any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or lack of taste or smell should be reported. Other GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have also have been added to the list of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people and close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, please notify the wellness office immediately.

We still find it necessary to emphasize the importance of residents social distancing – specifically when sitting outside the front of the Lodge, and also while waiting for fitness class to begin. There is not 6 ft. to separate you from another person on a bench, so you should not be sitting on one with someone else. It is very difficult for staff to continually monitor and ask to maintain distance from non-compliant residents. We are also experiencing people coming to class without face coverings. If this occurs, you will be asked to leave. Do not move chairs from their assigned dot space – they are there for a reason – your safety!  Residents should not be showing up early to “get a good spot” for chair classes, as the chairs need a chance to dry from disinfection or may still need to be disinfected.

If you sign up for a class and are a “no-show,” you may be blocked from future classes because it is not fair to those residents who are on a Wait List who could use your spot. If you show up for the wrong class, you will be asked to leave as you are taking up one of the reserved chairs. So we ask you to please comply. If we find that these situations keep occurring, we may be forced to cancel classes. Ultimately it is up to each of you. It would be very disappointing if classes needed to be canceled because residents can’t follow the rules.

On July 8th Governor Mills signed an executive order strengthening the requirement of face coverings while out and about and in places of business. Per the State of Maine website: “This Order may also be enforced by and governmental department or official that regulates licenses, permits or otherwise authorizes the operation or occupancy of eating establishments, bars or tasting rooms, lodging operations and accommodations, businesses, buildings, parks and campgrounds. Municipalities are authorized to enforce the use of face coverings on streets and sidewalks, in parks and other public spaces where individuals are gathering and not able to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from one another, and to enforce the gathering limits. A violation of this Order may be construed to be a violation of any such license, permit and other authorization to which pertinent penalties may be assessed. Pursuant to 37-B M.R.S.A. section 786, this Order may also be enforced by law enforcement as necessary.” The Governor has also added other States to the “approved list” that do not have to quarantine for 14 days or have a negative test 72 hours prior to their arrival to Maine. This list now includes New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

As noted in all the information on Covid-19, face coverings do help in controlling the spread of the virus. The face coverings shouldn’t been worn on your chin or below your nose. They need to cover both your nose and mouth. We strongly recommend that you be especially attentive in maintaining your social/physical distancing of 6 feet. Face coverings are required in all places of business and when you are out and about and cannot maintain 6 ft. distancing. You should also carry a face covering with you in the event that someone is walking your way and the physical distances cannot kept. Chair placement markings 6 feet apart are noted on the pavement so please abide by those markings and do not move the furniture to be closer to others. “High Risk” individuals should always take additional care when going out.

The Gazebo Grille and campus dining rooms are still closed for in-house dining, however we are looking at additional outdoor seating with social distancing so that more residents can eat their delivered meals outside. We have ordered an overhead canvas covering for The Gazebo Grille patio so that you will have shaded areas to dine comfortably. We are also looking at other options that may be available.

Whipple Farmhouse accepts orders for scrumptious take-out or delivery meals for either Friday or Saturday evening. Outside seating is also available there for residents who want to enjoy their take-out while savoring the summer evenings. As you know we are being extremely cautious in reopening any of our dining venues and heeding the guidance of the Dept. of Health and Human Services and CDC as to the safe opening of indoor dining options in a congregate setting. Your health and well-being is our utmost importance, as we are sure it is yours as well.

We would like to extend our apologies to the Blueberry Commons residents for not receiving advance notice of the tent going up in the BBC parking lot. It arrived much sooner than expected and we’ve been catching up ever since. The tent is in preparation for the Safe-Distancing version of the “Lobsterbake” for this year. Because we can only serve in small groups, seated 6-feet apart, we will be offering one date each week through the rest of the summer for a group of 15-18 residents at a time to enjoy a Lobster Roll meal outdoors. Dates, menu details, and RSVP information will follow soon! The site was chosen because it is paved (no falling on uneven grass!), no residents’ parking spots or parking access were affected, no emergency access is affected, and there are nearby restrooms. We realize that it isn’t the most beautiful thing to look out your windows and see, but we thank you for your understanding that it is for the benefit of all residents who normally look forward to the annual summer gathering.

Linda D., Massage Therapist, will be returning on Monday, 7/13/20.  She will be contacting her regular resident clients directly to schedule the massages in their individual apartment or cottage. You may contact Linda directly at 207-712-6889 if you have any interest.

The OceanView Hair Salon is open for hair and nail services and you may contact Gail E. directly by calling 207-773-0998.

We continue to allow only essential personnel to enter our buildings with the exception of those residents who have been screened and have scheduled appointments for Fitness Programs, the Screening Room, Library, or the OceanView Hair Salon. No other visitors are allowed in these buildings at this time without Management permission. While there has been a delay in the pool liner install, please stay tuned for the pool reopening once the new liner has been completed and the water temperature is where it needs to be.

We continue to keep lists of residents who attend any activity, visit the Hair Salon or any common area, along with those attending the outdoor seating options at the Whipple Farmhouse in the event an exposure occurs in order to do thorough contact tracing.

I have seen how wonderfully kind and spirited the residents have been to each other. Whether it is letting someone take the elevator and waiting a little longer for it to come back to take you to your apartment, offering a friendly smile even though it’s through your mask (the song When Irish Eyes Are Smiling has taken on a new meaning for me!), or just a kind word of encouragement. We are in this together, as the expression goes, and we are doing a superb job!

On a personal note from Moe – Thanks to all your good efforts and healthy behavior patterns, I will be able to retire on August 7th!  It has been an honor and a privilege to fight this pandemic with all of you! The year 2020 is certainly one for the annals of time! Know you will continue to be in good (and healthy) hands! 

Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


MPORTANT MEMO
 
To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: July 2, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

It is hard to believe that we are at 10 weeks Covid-19 free. It has been a long 3 plus months of hard work to maintain that statistic. It’s in part due to the protocols that were put in place early on, but mostly because residents and staff have been so compliant working together by good hand hygiene, wearing masks, and maintaining social/physical distancing.  It takes a lot of determination to conform to these restrictions, and while some may not feel they are necessary, OceanView presents itself as a great example and model for other communities for the collaboration of all the efforts of the employees and residents. We are so grateful for your unrelenting compliance, endurance and most of all resilience.While a lot of our memos seem redundant in information, we do however feel that it is imperative to continue to send reminders. We ask all residents to monitor their own temperature daily and ask that if you enter the Main Lodge that you use the front entrance, not the back parking lot entrance, as we do need to check your temperature prior to entering the building. As a reminder you should also be watching for any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or recent lack of taste or smell which should be reported. Other GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have also have been added to the list of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing, and self-quarantining of infected people and close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, please notify the wellness office immediately.

With the warmer temperatures, it sometimes can be harder to wear a face mask. But as noted in all the literature on Covid-19, face coverings do help in controlling the spread of the virus. The face coverings shouldn’t been worn on your chin or below your nose. They need to cover both your nose and mouth. We strongly recommend that you be especially attentive in maintaining your social/physical distancing of 6 feet. Face coverings are required in all places of business per Gov. Janet Mills’ executive order of yesterday and when you are out and about and cannot maintain 6 ft. distancing.  You should also carry a face covering with you in the event that someone is walking your way and the physical distances cannot kept.  Remember, “High Risk” individuals should take additional care when going out.

We are happy to announce that we have a July Activity Calendar that went out this week and while it is still not the usual packed activity calendar, it is, however, a start to getting back to the “new normal” during this Covid-19 pandemic. So please check that out for the scheduled programs. Any communications updates related to those events would also be noted in our OV Updates.” Starting July 6th, movies will now be shown in the screening room! Because of social distancing, there is a reduced number of residents that can be in the screening room at one time. The movies, however, will be shown on three different days and times so you do have options. A staff member will be present to monitor that all are adhering to the face covering and social distancing mandate. See the 7/26/20 OceanView Updates on page 8 for the listings. Many other ZOOM activities are available such as Historical lectures, Men’s Discussion Group, Community Council, Poetry Reading Group, Art discussions, and Keep the Coast Maine. Reference page 9 in the OceanView Updates for more details.

Whipple Farmhouse continues to accept orders for delicious take-out or delivery meals for either Friday or Saturday evening. Outside seating is available for residents who want to enjoy their take-out while delighting in the nicer weather. The Gazebo Grille and campus dining rooms are still closed at this time for in-house dining, however we are looking at possible outdoor seating with social distancing so that more residents can eat their delivered meals outside. We are also looking in to overhead canvas covering so that you will have shaded areas to dine comfortably.

As you can imagine, with what is happening in the south and mid-west with major uptick of Covid-19 cases, we are being extremely cautious and taking baby steps at reopening any of our dining venues. We also are heeding the guidance of the Dept. of Health and Human Services as to the safe opening of indoor dining options in a congregate setting. While no one likes it, we do anticipate that this may be going on a bit longer as your safety and well-being is imperative to us.

The OceanView Hair Salon is open for hair and nail services and you may contact Gail E. directly by calling 207-773-0998. Linda D., Massage Therapist, anticipates returning to OceanView on or around 7/13/20. She will be contacting her regular clients here at OceanView directly to see if the interest is still there, and discuss having the massages in their individual apartment or cottage. If you have interest in that service, you may contact Linda directly at 207-712-6889.

We maintain open communication and weekly dialog with the CDC representatives and follow their recommendations regarding visitors entering the buildings. At this time, we will continue to allow only essential personnel to enter our buildings with the exception of those residents who have been screened and have scheduled appointments for Fitness Programs, the Screening Room, Library, or the OceanView Hair Salon. No other visitors are allowed in these buildings at this time without Management permission.

For everyone’s protection, we are keeping lists of residents that attend any activity, visit the hair salon or any common area, along with those attending the outdoor seating options at the Whipple Farmhouse. These would be used in the event an exposure occurred, in order to do thorough contact tracing.

We know and understand how hard this pandemic has been on everyone. It is really nothing that most of us have ever experienced, but please stay vigilant as not to have to go back to tighter restrictions like so many other states have had to do to control the spread. Instead, take a moment to reach out to someone in your neighborhood or someone you were thinking about. Give them a call, send an email or perhaps with social distancing and a face covering, make a short outdoor visit. Stay connected with your family and friends. And most of all, know that the staff really misses seeing all of you on a regular basis!

Have a wonderful 4th of July long weekend! Be well, be kind, and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO
 
To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: June 26, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update
Thanks to your compliance and great patience, we can now say that we are on week nine without a single new positive Covid-19 case. We continue to knock on wood when we say that out loud, so consider that done!  We are so grateful to all of you and commend you for your part in keeping it that way.While we ask all residents to monitor their own temperature daily we ask that if you enter the Main Lodge that you use the front entrance, not the back parking lot entrance, as we do need to check your temperature prior to entering the building. As a reminder you should also be watching for any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or lack of taste or smell should be reported. Other GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have also have been added to the list of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the CDC, contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people and close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. If you are being tested for Covid-19, please notify the wellness office immediately.

As requested previously, please notify the Front Desk staff if you plan to use any outside housekeeping or caregiving agency as we require that they adhere to proper protocols as well. For your protection, they should be self-screening utilizing the same methods we do to screen all staff and other essential vendors entering our main buildings. It is imperative to keep us informed of your independently contracted vendors so we can then coordinate the best mode of communication of our formal protocols.

With the warmer temperatures, it sometimes can be harder to wear a face mask. But as noted in all the literature on Covid-19, face coverings do help in not spreading the virus. The face coverings shouldn’t been worn on your chin or below your nose. They need to cover both your nose and mouth. We strongly recommend that you be especially attentive in maintaining your social/physical distancing of 6 feet. Face coverings are required in all places of business and when you are out and about and cannot maintain 6 ft. distancing. You should also carry a face covering with you in the event that someone is walking your way and the physical distances cannot kept. While the CDC has removed people over the age of 65 as specific ‘high risk’ group, they maintain that people are at increasing risk as they get older.  You should still take additional care when going out.

We have scheduled indoor fitness classes and personal training, and are coordinating multiple small outdoor social activity gatherings. Any communications related to those events would be noted in our “OV Updates”. Whipple Farmhouse is accepting calls for delicious take-out/delivery orders for Friday and Saturday evenings, and now opened for outside service so that residents can enjoy their take-out while enjoying the nice weather. Residents are asking when the dining rooms are going to be opening and, at this point, we are being extremely cautious. We are also waiting for direction from the Dept. of Health and Human Services as to the safe opening of indoor dining options in a congregate setting. We anticipate that this may be a while longer as your safety and well-being is imperative to us.

The OceanView Hair Salon reopened for hair and nail services. You may contact Gail E. directly by calling 207-773-0998. Linda D., Massage Therapist, anticipates returning to OceanView on or around 7/13/20. She will be contacting her regular clients here at OceanView to see if the interest is still there and discuss having the massages in their own apartment or cottage. If you have interest in that service, you may contact Linda directly at 207-712-6889.

We continue to have weekly dialog with representatives from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and follow their recommendations regarding visitors entering the buildings. At this time we will continue to allow only essential personnel to enter our buildings with the exception of those residents who have been screened and have scheduled appointments for Fitness Programs, the Library at the Main Lodge, or the OceanView Hair Salon. No other visitors are allowed in these buildings at this time without Management permission.

For everyone’s protection, we are keeping lists of residents that attend any activity, visit the hair salon or any common area, along with those attending the outdoor seating options at the Whipple Farmhouse. These would be used in the event an exposure occurred, in order to do thorough contact tracing.

Be well and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO
 
To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: June 19, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

With the temperatures in the mid-70s and 80s this week, it is apparent that the first day of summer is only 2 days away, as is Father’s Day! That being said, it no doubt will bring additional activity to campus. We strongly recommend that you be especially attentive in maintaining your social/physical distancing of 6 feet. Face coverings are required in all places of business and when you are out and about and cannot maintain 6 ft. distancing. You should also carry a face covering with you in the event that someone is walking your way and the physical distances cannot be kept.

Per Governor Mills’ directives “…effective Wednesday, June 17 in Androscoggin, Cumberland, and York counties, bars, breweries, and tasting rooms are permitted to open for outdoor, seated service while gyms, nail salons, and tattoo parlors may also reopen, all with added health and safety protocols. Additionally, the Administration is also expanding capacity limits at retail establishments, allowing up to 5 customers per 1,000 square feet, given the decreasing risk associated with retail shopping and the assumption that stores will continue to require staff to wear cloth face coverings and follow strict public health precautions. This change replaces the customer limits established in a previous Executive Order”. As a reminder, “high risk” individuals should take additional care when going out.

New Hampshire and Vermont residents are permitted now to travel and lodge in Maine without the 14-day quarantine. With that said, Maine residents who travel to New Hampshire or Vermont and return would also be exempt from the quarantine and negative test requirements. Other out of state residents are required to quarantine for 14 days unless they are tested no more than 72 hours prior to entering the State of Maine and have negative results.

With the changes in the executive orders, we are now carefully planning an increase in indoor fitness classes and personal training and coordinating multiple small outdoor social activity gatherings. So stay tuned for updated communications related to those events. Whipple Farmhouse is accepting calls for take-out/delivery orders for Friday and Saturday evenings, and will be open for outside seating this weekend so that residents can enjoy their take-out while relishing the nice weather. Residents are asking when the dining rooms are going to be opening and, at this point, we are being extremely cautious. We are also waiting for direction from the Dept. of Health and Human Services as to the safe opening of indoor dining options in a congregate setting. We anticipate that this may be a while longer as your safety and well-being are imperative to us.

We are happy to say that the OceanView Hair Salon reopened for hair and nail services. You may contact Gail E. directly by calling 207-773-0998. We recently met with Linda D., Massage Therapist, regarding her return to OceanView on or around 7/13/20. She will be contacting her regular clients here at OceanView to see if the interest is still there and discuss having the massages in their own apartment or cottage.

We continue to have weekly dialog with representatives from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and follow their recommendations regarding visitors entering the buildings. At this time we will continue to allow only essential personnel to enter our buildings with the exception of those residents who have been screened and have scheduled appointments for Fitness Programs, the Library at the Main Lodge, or the OceanView Hair Salon. No other visitors are allowed in these buildings at this time without Management permission. 

For everyone’s protection we will keep lists of residents that attend any activity, visit the hair salon or any common area, along with those attending the outdoor seating option at the Whipple Farmhouse. These would be used in the event an exposure occurred, in order to do thorough contact tracing.

All residents should be monitoring their own temperature daily, and any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or lack of taste or smell should be reported. Other GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have also been added to the list of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the CDC, contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people and close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. Note – If you are being tested for Covid-19, please notify the wellness office immediately.

Lastly, we recognize the strain that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on everyone. It has affected all of us physically, emotionally, psychosocially and financially. We want to be sure you know how much we appreciate your understanding and compliance. We are amazed at your resilience throughout this time. Our hope as we move forward to a healthy time is that we appreciate everything a wee bit more, cherish the little things in life that we have taken for granted over the years, and that we show our love and appreciation to family and friends even more than we did before. Congrats to all as we are 8 weeks Covid-19 free!

We want to wish all the wonderful dads at OceanView a very Happy Father’s Day!

Be well and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO
 
To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: June 12, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

With the weather improving, more and more residents are out and about. That being said, residents seem to be forgetting to keep the social/physical distance. So we strongly urge you to stay vigilant and maintain that 6 ft. physical/social distancing. Face coverings are required in places of businesses and when people are out and about and social distancing cannot be maintained. Of course, those who are considered “at-risk” should stay home whenever possible to protect themselves from exposure. We can’t emphasize enough that we (residents, staff and vendors) all need to stay attentive to social/physical distancing, by wearing a face covering (or carrying one if you are out walking and see someone approaching you, so you can put it on), and practicing good hand washing and sanitization. We appreciate all you are doing to OceanView and Cumberland Crossing a Covid-19 free community!

As of today, Governor Mills has given approval for residents of New Hampshire and Vermont to travel to, and stay in Lodging in Maine without the 14-day quarantine. The states of MA, NY, and NJ still have higher numbers of cases, therefore the 14-day quarantine is still required, unless the residents of those states are tested within 72 hours of arrival and can certify that they have had negative results prior to coming into the State of Maine. Maine residents who leave the state and return are expected to self-quarantine or get a negative test. Maine residents however who travel to New Hampshire or Vermont and return would be exempt from the quarantine and negative test requirements.

We continue to follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendation regarding visitors entering the buildings and keeping staff to a specific building. Only essential personnel are allowed in these buildings or those residents who have been screened and have scheduled appointments Fitness Programs or the Library at the Main Lodge. No other visitors are allowed in these buildings at this time without Management permission.  

As notified last week, the OceanView hair stylist was exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19. Her testing results are negative and she remains asymptomatic. We hope that her return to the OceanView Salon will be on or about June 18th if she remains asymptomatic. She will be tested again prior to her return to ensure the safety and well-being of those having their hair cut or styled.

Please remember, all residents should be monitoring their own temperature daily, and any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or lack of taste or smell should be reported. Other GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have also have been added to the list of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses, as well as your primary care provider. Per the CDC, contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people and close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. Note – If you are being tested for Covid-19, please notify the wellness office immediately.

Be well and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView at Falmouth and Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: June 5, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the residents, staff and vendors for the efforts you are taking in order to keep the OceanView and Cumberland Crossing Communities safe. We are COVID-free for six weeks!

It has been such a pleasure to see more activity with personal training, outdoor exercises and Yoga being conducted.  Somehow it feels a bit more “normal.” Residents are also taking advantage of socially distancing in the Library and Quiet Room. Fitness and Activity staff are looking at conducting future ZOOM programs as well.

Unfortunately, we discovered late yesterday afternoon that our OceanView hairstylist that works in the Main Lodge was exposed to the Coronavirus on May 30th and now needs to quarantine for 14 days to ensure that she has not contracted the virus. She has shown no symptoms and took all the necessary Center for Disease Control’s recommendations, prior to her return and followed all State of Maine required protocols for salon business reopening, while she was on duty. The hair stylist was tested last evening as a precaution, and will be required to be tested after her quarantine, prior to a return to the salon. Orlene will be contacting anyone that had any services at the salon this week.

As a reminder, all residents should be monitoring their own temperature daily, and any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or lack of taste or smell should be reported. Other GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have also have been added to the list of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness office to discuss with one of the nurses as well as your primary care provider. Per the CDC, contact tracing and self-quarantining of infected people and close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. Note – If you are being tested for Covid-19, please notify the wellness office immediately.

While the phasing-in process is slow and well-orchestrated, we are following Governor Mills’ executive orders and her “Stage 2” plan for the month of June. Stage 2 prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people (with social distancing) and continues to require a 14-day quarantine for people entering the State of Maine. Unfortunately, with social distancing, our largest gathering room, the Commons Room of Blueberry Commons can hold a maximum number of 20 people, which would also include any staff present. The Stay Safer at Home order expired May 31st, however face coverings are now required in places of businesses and when people are out and about and social distancing cannot be maintained. Of course, those who are considered “at-risk” should stay home whenever possible to protect themselves from exposure. We can’t stress enough that we (residents, staff and vendors) all need to stay attentive to social/physical distancing, by wearing a face covering (or carrying one if you are out walking and see someone approaching you, so you can put it on), and practicing good hand washing and sanitization.

We continue to follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendation regarding visitors entering the buildings and keeping staff to a specific building – i.e. Main Lodge, Falmouth House, and so on. Only essential personnel are allowed in these buildings or those residents who have been screened and have scheduled appointments for the OV Hair Salon, Fitness Programs or the Library at the Main Lodge. No other visitors are allowed in these buildings at this time without Management permission.

We understand that these past few months have affected everyone in a variety of ways because of the isolation and loneliness associated with the virus. However, given this development of potential exposure, it is very apparent that we are still very much at risk, not only in this community, but in the Greater Portland community as well. We all need to continue to work together as a community to keep the spread of COVID- 19 to a minimum. Per the CDC, “now that we’ve worked together to flatten the curve, it’s time to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Be part of the solution to slow the spread and help slow transmission in the greater community. All our actions make all of us safer.”

Be well and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: May 29, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update / Phase-in plan

As we continue to slowly phase in a soft re-opening plan, we can’t stress enough that we all need to stay vigilant by maintaining social/physical distancing, wearing a face covering (or carrying one if you are out walking and run into someone so you can put it on), and practicing good hand washing and sanitization. Kudos to all on another Covid-19 free week at OceanView (knock on wood!). 

Please remember all residents should be monitoring their own temperature daily, and any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or lack of taste or smell should be reported. Other GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have also have been added to the list of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness office to discuss with one of the nurses as well as your primary care provider. Note – If you are being tested for Covid-19, please notify the wellness office immediately.

Many of you have asked whether or not OceanView will be doing universal testing.  According to the latest Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, unless someone has tested positive or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, universal testing will not be done. Universal testing must be recommended and approved by the CDC.

Going forward, the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge and Blueberry Commons residents should be picking up their own mail, unless of course, you are sick or on quarantine. As done pre-pandemic, you will be contacted by the Front Office Staff if a package is delivered for you to pick up. If the package is too heavy for you, a staff member will be happy to deliver it to your door. You must wear a face covering while in the halls or any common area.

We have masks and face coverings that have been made and donated by residents, family members and the Maine State Music Theater. If you do not have one, feel free to pick one up at the Front Office while the supply lasts.

Housekeeping is now being scheduled, so please be patient as we move forward on scheduling. The staff is progressing from the Main Lodge, Hilltop and Blueberry Commons and will progress to cleaning the cottages as we get into the month of June. We do ask that residents accept the day and time provided as there are many units to schedule and not a lot of wiggle room for rescheduling. We request that residents leave their apartment or cottage while the housekeeping staff are cleaning their unit if at all possible. If the resident is unable to do this, he/she should not be in the same room where the housekeeping staff are cleaning.

Please refer to the Memo of May 22 for detailed information on the opening of the OceanView Hair Salon (773-0998), Library, Personal Training, Cardio Room, and outside exercise programs to schedule those appointments. These can be scheduled with staff Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

To further clarify, in the Library proper, a maximum of 3 people can be present at one time, the Quiet Room off the Library can have a maximum of 2 residents at one time, and the Media Room 1 resident at a time, all using proper social/physical distancing and wearing a face covering while in the common areas.

There now is a plexi-glass screen in the Gazebo behind the Main Lodge that can be used for visits with local family members. The chairs are spaced at a 6 foot distance as marked so please do not move them. The CDC still recommends that you still wear a face covering. Please be sure to sanitize your hands before and after the visit. There is hand sanitizer available in the Gazebo. While it may be tempting, we ask that you enter and exit on one side only, and one at a time, to ensure social/physical distance.

For those of you on the dinner plan, while we thank you for completing the dining survey, due to the Governor’s latest directive on indoor dining, the Dining Room and The Gazebo Grille will remain closed until further notice. Meal deliveries such as dinner deliveries for those on the meal plan, Good-to-Go meals, and take-out from The Gazebo Grille are still available. The Whipple Farmhouse will also start to include take-out orders as of June 5, 2020. Please stay tuned for upcoming menu announcements via email and memos.

The pool continues to be closed because the liner needed to be replaced. Unfortunately, the liner is coming from a company in New York which was forced to shut down for a period of time due to the pandemic. That being said, it may be a while longer for it to be delivered and installed. Ledgewater Pools, however, is staying in close contact with the company and hopes that it will arrive sooner than later. As I am sure you know, the pandemic has caused many delays both in production and deliveries which are out of our control. The swim out reconstruction however has gotten underway. We are working on ways to safely open the pool and the bath and locker rooms. Due to physical/social distancing, the spa will remain closed at this time.

Because we have observed more recent lapses in judgement in regards to social/physical distancing and face covering use, we find it necessary to not only remind residents, but also continue to reiterate and monitor these activities.

We realize that these directives may feel imposing and intrusive on your daily life and activities, however, we are being guided by the CDC on responsible procedures, protocols and best practices to maintain a safe environment for all involved. The CDC website states that presently Cumberland County has had 1092 positive cases, 650 of those have recovered, leaving 442 active confirmed cases. In comparison York County has 100 active cases, and Androscoggin 139. Governor Mills has prohibited the opening of indoor dining in these three counties because of the number of active cases. We highlight this to impress upon you the continued high risk of contracting Covid-19 in Cumberland County.

Personal note from Maureen:

Due to the continued rise in positive cases of Covid-19 in Cumberland County and the on-going changes in protocols, guidelines, and best practice efforts that are required of OceanView Management, I have agreed to postpone my retirement date at this time. Phasing In activities and programs will play a big role in determining an appropriate date. Therefore, I will take it a month at a time in order to support the incredible OceanView team.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Be well and stay safe!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: May 22, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update / Phase-in plan

As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, we want to extend our sincere appreciation to all our veteran residents and staff. Let us all take a moment on Monday to remember all who served our country proudly; those who never made it home; and those veterans who passed away during this Covid-19 pandemic.

We are proud to say that OceanView continues to be Covid-19 free for five weeks thanks to all your good efforts! Thank you for the part you played in making this happen.

While the upcoming long weekend will be a bit quieter than those of the past, the weather is predicted to be delightfully warmer- a sign that summer days are not far behind.

Although it will be tempting to gather with friends and/or families, please remember the following:

  • You are required to wear a face covering when out in public, not a face shield.
  • You should maintain a 6 feet physical/social distancing
  • You should continue to practice good hand washing and sanitization

The Main Lodge office will be open on Memorial Day, 5/25/20 from 10AM – 2PM. Please let your families know that if they need to drop any groceries or items off to you, to do so between 10am – 1PM, to ensure they get delivered to your apartment prior to staff leaving.

As a reminder, please notify the Front Desk staff if you plan to use any outside housekeeping or caregiving agency as we require that they adhere to proper protocols as well. For your protection, they should be self-screening utilizing the same methods we use to screen all staff and other essential vendors entering our main buildings. Please keep us informed of your independently contracted vendors so we can then coordinate the best mode of communication of our formal protocols.

All residents should be monitoring their own temperature daily and any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, lack of taste or smell should be reported. Other GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have also have been added to the list of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness office to discuss with one of the nurses. Please note – If you are being tested for Covid-19, please notify the wellness office immediately.

We would like to give you an idea of the phase-in plan for our community. While it would be great to open up all activities, most would agree that a soft re-opening would be the best for all.

Gail Eaton will be returning to the OceanView Hair Salon on Monday, June 1, 2020 and will see residents by appointment only. As always, you need to schedule your appointment by contacting Gail directly at 207-773-0998. Residents will need to limit their wait time to 5 minutes prior to their appointment and wait outside the salon until Gail asks you to enter. Only one resident will be allowed in the salon with Gail at any given time. Anyone having their hair done will need to have their temperature taken prior to the appointment and is required to wear a mask throughout the appointment. If you cannot do that, you will not be allowed to enter or stay in the salon. These are regulations that will be enforced so that we do not jeopardize the OceanView Hair Salon License or Gail’s Maine Hairdressing Licensure. Manicures and Pedicures will not be a service being provided until these have been approved by Governor Mills. Anyone coming from a cottage will need to complete the survey provided at the front entry, sanitize their hands, have their temperature taken, and wear a mask upon entering the building.

Governor Mills is prohibiting the opening of Fitness Centers in the State for indoor exercise classes, therefore the Fitness Team is looking at alternatives and looking at having small outdoor exercise classes. They are also looking at coordinating ZOOM classes where residents could participate virtually, so stay tuned.

Individual 30 minute Personal Training sessions will be available by appointment only starting June 1, 2020. While we prefer everyone to enter the building through the front entrance, if you are going to a scheduled personal training session, you may use the door on the front of Hilltop Lodge facing Blueberry Lane that goes to the stairwell of the fitness studio. You will need to be screened and have your temperature taken prior to entry into the fitness area.

The fitness cardio equipment room will also be available by appointment only with a maximum of two residents occupying the fitness equipment room at one time, and maintaining 6 foot social distance. Due to the necessity of disinfecting the equipment, the fitness cardio equipment room will be open Monday through Friday during business hours only effective Wednesday, 5/27/20. While I know this can be upsetting to some, it is being done for the protection of the community as a whole as we do not know who is or is not a Covid-19 carrier. Please contact the Fitness office to schedule a date and time.

The Library will be open by appointment only effective Wednesday 5/27/20 with a maximum of three residents in the library at one time. This visit is to select a book and sign out a book, not for reading or gathering in the Library at this time. Please contact Marcia or Amy in Activities to reserve a date and time.

For those residents who would like a visit from a family member or friend, we now have an acrylic screen available in the Gazebo at the back of the Main Lodge. 30 minute visits can be scheduled by contacting the Marcia or Amy in the activities department.

While it feels somewhat odd and uncomfortable not to send out the monthly Life Enrichment calendar, we want you to know that we are working fastidiously to think outside the box for methods and approaches to provide you with activities that still enrich your daily life. While it feels like we are in a “hurry up and wait mode,” we none-the-less are very concerned about re-opening everything at the same time so that we don’t end up going in the opposite direction. We are truly grateful for all your support and appreciation that you have offered us during this unprecedented time.

Stay safe and be well.


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: May 15, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

It is hard to believe that we are on week ten of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to your compliance and great patience, we can now say that we are on week four without a single new positive COVID-19 case. We always knock on wood when we say that out loud, so consider that done! We are grateful to all of you and commend you for your part in keeping it that way.

That doesn’t mean, however, that we are out of the woods yet, so your continued compliance and vigilance through the months of May and June is greatly appreciated not only by your fellow residents, but OceanView staff as well.

While we encourage you get outside for a little fresh air and exercise, please remember to maintain social/physical distance of 6 feet or greater. Face coverings are required when out in public, especially where social or physical distancing cannot be maintained. We continue to require face coverings in the Lodges when in hallways or any common area. Remember you need to cover both your nose and mouth and need to wash your hands before donning, and after removing, your mask. You also need to wash your cloth mask or face covering daily. Gloves may be worn when you are touching surfaces outside of your home, but is not a substitute for stringent hand washing hygiene or use of hand sanitizer. Hands should be washed or sanitized both before donning gloves and after the removal. If you do not feel it necessary to wear the mask when walking outside, please be sure you keep it with you so you can place it on as soon as you see anyone else approaching.

As a reminder, all residents should be monitoring their own temperature daily and any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, lack of taste or smell should be reported. Other GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have also have been added to the list of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness office to discuss with one of the nurses.

While we know it has been difficult not seeing family members and friends on a regular basis, we are still following CDC recommendations regarding visitors, but are working with staff in developing “safe visits” with Plexiglas panels, social distancing and face coverings. Please stay tuned and bear with us as we navigate through these uncharted waters.

As mentioned in last week’s memo, a phased in approach will be used in order to closely monitor the situation on campus and in the greater community. Firstly, our mowing and irrigation vendors were allowed on campus this past week, and other privately hired landscaping vendors will be permitted beginning May 18th with prior approval. They will need to review and be prepared to comply with our COVID-19 Preventative Safety Protocols, before they are allowed to complete any work. We are happy to provide these guidelines beforehand so they can prepare. All maintenance and landscaping vendors will need to contact Joe Baker to report the date, and estimated time of arrival and departure as well as work locations.

Dead River Technicians will be starting boiler cleaning next week. You will be alerted by memo when your cottage boiler will be cleaned. During the time of the cleaning, residents will not be permitted to enter their garage for both your and the technician’s protection. An OceanView Technician will be accompanying the Dead River tech while on campus.

Please notify the Front Desk staff if you plan to use any outside housekeeping or caregiving agency as we require that they adhere to proper protocols as well. For your protection, they should be self-screening utilizing the same methods we do to screen all staff and other essential vendors entering our main buildings. Please keep us informed of your independently contracted vendors so we can then coordinate the best mode of communication of our formal protocols.

We are happy to announce that Gail Eaton will be returning to the OceanView Hair Salon on June 1st. Due to the requirements of Governor Mill’s Staging Plan, certain protocols will be mandatory. You will be required to wear a face covering to enter or exit the Main Lodge and while you are having your hair done. This is not something you can choose to do but instead part of the current mandate.

Thank you for your understanding and helping us maintain a safe and healthy community.


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: May 7, 2020
RE:  Coronavirus update

It is nice to see the sun shining these past few days; however, with better weather comes a feeling of freedom to be out and about. Because of that we need to remind everyone that there is still the executive order “Stay Safer at Home” in place.  While we encourage you get outside for a little fresh air and exercise, please remember to maintain social/physical distance and a facecovering.

Face coverings are required when out in public, especially where social or physical distancing cannot be maintained, which by observation, has not been occurring. We continue to require face coverings in the Lodges when in hallways or any common area.  Remember you need to cover both your nose and mouth and need to wash your hands before donning, and after removing, your mask. You also need to wash your cloth mask or face covering daily. Gloves may be worn when you are touching surfaces outside of your home, but is not a substitute for stringent hand washing hygiene or use of hand sanitizer. Hands should be washed or sanitized both before donning gloves and after the removal.

If you do not feel it necessary to wear the mask when walking outside, please be sure you keep it with you so you can place it on as soon as you see anyone else approaching.

Spring is in the air, as evidenced by the many pleas for private gardening help we’ve received.  We empathize with the desire to get outside, dig in the dirt and beautify your home.  We are being intentionally cautious because the virus continues to spread in the greater community, and each and every person brought on campus involves some level of risk.  We needed time to develop specific vendor protocols, as well as time to devise plans for our staff to enforce these protocols, before we felt safe permitting non-essential vendors on campus.

A phased approach will be used in order to closely monitor the situation on campus and in the greater community.  Firstly, our mowing and irrigation vendors will be allowed on campus beginning next week, and other privately hired landscaping vendors will be permitted beginning May 18th with prior approval.  They will need to review and be prepared to comply with our COVID-19 Preventative Safety Protocols, before they are allowed to complete any work. We are happy to provide these guidelines beforehand so they can prepare. All maintenance and landscaping vendors will need to contact Joe Baker to report the date, and estimated time of arrival and departure as well as work locations.

Please notify the Front Desk staff if you plan to use any outside housekeeping or caregiving agency, we require that they adhere to proper protocols as well.  For your protection, they should be self-screening utilizing the same methods we do to screen all staff and other essential vendors entering our main buildings.  Please keep us informed of your independently contracted vendors so we can then coordinate the best mode of communication of our formal protocols.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.  While it may feel prohibitive, we are requiring this for the health and safety of everyone.


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 5/1/20
RE: Coronavirus update

As you are likely aware, Gov. Mills has issued a new executive order that outlines four phases for opening up the State of Maine. Though parts of the economy will be gradually reopening, we cannot stress enough the importance of the Governor’s directive to “Stay Safer at Home.” While this new order begins to open up select businesses, it extends current social distancing protocols to May 31st and directs Mainers to remain at home except for necessities.

Accordingly, our on-campus protocols will remain in place through May 31st. To accommodate these protocols we have been providing a variety of services such as grocery shopping, pharmacy/prescription pick-ups, and rides to the lab and an occasional medical appointment if necessary. These services will remain available and we request that you do your part in protecting not only yourself, but others that live in our community by continuing to only go to these places of business when it is absolutely necessary. Many of you have family members who are shopping for you at this point, which is commendable.

Face coverings are required when out in public, especially where social or physical distancing cannot be maintained. We continue to require face coverings in the Lodges when in hallways or any common area. Remember you need to cover both your nose and mouth and need to wash your hands before donning, and after removing, your mask. You also need to wash your cloth mask or face covering daily. Gloves may be worn when you are touching surfaces outside of your home, but is not a substitute for stringent hand washing hygiene or use of hand sanitizer. Hands should be washed or sanitized both before donning gloves and after the removal.

OceanView sponsored events continue to be on hold at this time with the exception of Zoom webinars which have been taking place on-line. While we understand that it is difficult to stay in your apartment/cottage know that this is being reinforced to keep all residents safe, and we are adhering to guidance of the CDC and the most current protocols.

Lastly, we wanted to address the recent instances in which the press has confused OceanView at Falmouth with Falmouth by the Sea Nursing Home where there has been a larger outbreak among residents and staff. We have been vigilant in correcting the record, but the fact is we are only aware of it after it comes out, which means the public may receive this information before it is corrected. To be clear, at this time there are no new COVID-19 cases at OceanView among residents or staff and to date, there have only been 12 cases in total since the first case was announced in March.

Please continue to stay vigilant, stay safe and be well.


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 4/24/20
RE: Coronavirus update

We hope you’ve all had a good week; though an uneventful one as holiday weeks go, since both Patriot’s Day and Earth Day fell during this week. We look forward to the future when we can begin to celebrate these occasions with our usual flair.

We are pleased to report, there are no new cases on campus; a testament to everyone doing their part. Thank you!

Cases in our neighboring communities within Cumberland County though are on the rise; and, as such we ask that everyone stay the course by staying healthy at home. This includes, all of us at OceanView maintaining our stringent protocols restricting vendors and visitors on campus and requiring everyone to wear masks or face coverings, and gloves as appropriate. It is simply not the right time yet, to return to normal operations.

Our goal is to move to a weekly update starting next week since we thankfully find ourselves in much more stable place; however, should that change, more frequent communications will resume.

On a final fun note:  We received a wonderful phone call from the owner of Rivalries here in Falmouth, telling us about the “Feed the Frontlines” program they began in April. Rivalries is coordinating the preparation and delivery of meals with the proceeds of donations from local businesses and community members supporting this cause. It seems a local Falmouth couple made a donation and asked them specifically to prepare and deliver meals to our staff; in total 50 meals will be delivered next week. Rivalries also let us know that they are donating one meal to this cause every time a family places a takeout order. So, when ordering takeout meals at Rivalries online, select “donate a meal” if you wish to participate.

All our staff were surprised and delighted by the gesture. Rivalries is not the first local business that reached out in this fashion. Early on, we received a donation of 10 delicious burgers from Woodford’s Food & Beverage located in Portland. These gestures of kindness will not be forgotten!

Stay well and be safe!

OceanView Resident Assistance Fund News

Recently, the Resident Assistance Fund received a donation from someone outside the OceanView Community in the amount of $1,000. The expressed purpose was to allow the Fund to provide small amounts of financial support to residents who may find themselves in need as the COVID-19 pandemic proceeds.

These have been particularly stressful times nationally and OceanView is not immune to the effects of COVID-19, the illness, or its consequences.

Two residents have offered to match the initial $1,000 plus any donations made by other residents. This money (now $3,000) will support a separate Pandemic Fund to be used to make small grants (which do not have to be repaid) to residents who find themselves in temporary financial need due to any aspect of the pandemic. Requests for assistance may be made to the Director of Operations, to Phil Davies, President of the Resident Assistance Fund, or to Tom Belknap, Treasurer.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the Pandemic Fund may mail a check, payable to the OVRAF, to Tom Belknap (2 Weathervane Way, Falmouth, ME 04105) or drop it off in an envelope addressed to Tom at the main desk of OceanView.

Any donations received between now and May 31st will be matched dollar for dollar by several other residents. While the fundraising ends May 31, the Pandemic Fund will be available for use throughout the remainder of the pandemic.


PRESS RELEASE
April 24, 2020

No OceanView at Falmouth residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the last update provided on April 16, 2020. The community has reported a total of 12 positive cases among residents since early March and no cases among staff.

While the lack of new COVID-19 cases is good news, residents are being asked to continue to stay healthy at home in accordance with Governor Mills’ mandates and CDC guidance. OceanView is continuing to communicate with the CDC and area first responders to ensure decisions going forward are consistent with the most recent guidance and findings.

The strict protocols implemented over the past five weeks remain in place — including restricting vendors and visitors to the community. We are also requiring all residents and staff to wear a mask or face covering when in the hallways or any common areas.

Additionally, all staff and essential vendors are required to complete a screening questionnaire and have their temperatures monitored daily, with staff also required to monitor their temperatures midway through their shifts.

We commend our residents, their families, our staff and our vendors for their vigilance and resolve to keep the OceanView community safe.

Maureen Connolly, RN – Executive Director
Diane Kibbin, RN – Director of Operations


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From:  Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date:  4/22/20
RE: Coronavirus update

We are happy to share, there are no new cases to report! This is positive proof that our protocols are working, and still, we are counting on everyone’s continued vigilance to sustain this trend in our community. We are not out of the woods yet, but closer!

Rest assured we will continue with regular discussions with the CDC, in conjunction with Falmouth Fire and Rescue, and the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA). These calls help us make educated decisions based on the most recent guidance; together, with the most recent updates and findings from the surrounding Falmouth community regarding COVID-19. On these calls, we also review the current health status of our own resident population, so please be sure to report any and all symptoms to the Wellness Nurses, as well as to your PCP. Working together we want to make sure we have the most accurate information to report.

Along these lines, we will continue to adhere to the precautionary measures implemented in mid-March restricting visitors on campus, and the particularly stringent restrictions on visitors to the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, Blueberry Commons, as well as Falmouth House and Legacy Memory Care.

In addition, we will continue to require that all staff or essential vendors complete a screening questionnaire and have their temperatures monitored; as well as wear masks and gloves as needed; while adhering to strict hand sanitization protocols. Staff are also required to monitor their temperatures midway through their shift; and to wear masks when in common hallways or other areas where physical distance can’t be maintained. We are also asking that all staff wear gloves if coming in close contact with residents. We are grateful for all our staff and how they have adapted to these strict protocols without complaint. It is for everyone’s protection. And, we appreciate your and your families’ unwavering support.

On a side note, the Front Desk will resume normal weekend hours of 10am to 2pm for Saturdays and Sundays beginning Saturday, May 9th. Please alert your family if they plan to drop things off to you to be sure that they do so between those hours. Also, let them know that Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm is better since we have more staff available to help with deliveries.

Lastly, we wanted to share a portion of a letter that was distributed to those who subscribe to the Town of Falmouth’s email updates encouraging everyone to persevere:

Letter from Falmouth Emergency Management Director, Chief Howard Rice

“Dear (Falmouth) Residents: 

I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the many sacrifices you are all making to “stay healthy at home.” It’s a challenging time and the Town is very aware of the many frustrations and uncertainty all our residents are facing. However, I urge you to stay the course. While we see hopeful signs across the country and hear calls to open the economy, we must remain vigilant. Cases continue to rise in Maine, and now is not the time to give up our efforts at social distancing. Falmouth-EMS is regularly responding to COVID-19 calls throughout our community. We are not merely visiting our assisted living facilities. We are visiting neighborhoods all over town. We are treating your neighbors.” 

Stay safe and be well.


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 4/17/20
RE: Coronavirus update

While we certainly have more daylight hours, spring hasn’t entirely sprung just yet with snow forecasted for this evening. Speaking of spring, we’ve received a lot of inquiries about gardening. At this time we are not allowing gardening vendors on campus since everyone living in cottages is in such close proximity to their neighbors. We will be re-evaluating in early to mid-May, pending Governor Mills lifting the “Stay-at-Home” mandate. We want to ensure that everyone stays as safe as possible, as it can be tempting to congregate when you see your neighbors outside.

Our number of cases remains at 12, but we want everyone to remain steadfast in their resolve to follow through with all actions advised thus far. A recent article in the NY Post stated, “Research published in the federal agency’s Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal shows the contagion spreading much farther than previous official suggestions — and also getting spread on people’s shoes. The coronavirus can travel through the air at least 13 feet — more than twice as far as social distancing guidelines, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” (https://nypost.com/2020/04/12/the-coronavirus-can-travel-at-least-13-feet-new-study-shows)

We share this not to frighten anyone, but to emphasize the need to continue our vigilant adherence to established protocols and restrictions until we get direction from Governor Mills and the CDC that it is safe to ease restrictions. Doing so is the only proven way to contain the spread.

On a more positive note, many residents have sent their thoughts commending our incredible staff. We appreciate all of your gratitude, support and kind words. Their heroic effort has not gone unnoticed by John Wasileski. He shares your sentiment and in recognition, John has been providing additional hourly pay and free meals to those working. This is to honor their courage in showing up every day when most of the nation is staying safely at home.

John also realizes that many of our staff members have spouses or partners that may be out of work as well. So, along with the recognition pay, he has provided $100 gift cards bi-weekly to hourly, non-exempt staff to help purchase groceries and lesson their burden of worries. This speaks volumes of his charitable nature and his deepest, most sincere devotion to the community as a whole.

It gives us all great pride to work in such an environment where the owner initiates tangible actions demonstrating extraordinary care for both residents and staff alike. Our frontline staff are the foundation and the heart of what makes our company great. Through their efforts providing services to all of you, they are an integral component to our outstanding reputation in the community.

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful weekend!


PRESS RELEASE
April 16, 2020

A twelfth resident of OceanView at Falmouth has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to HIPAA regulations we are prohibited from providing any additional details. Per the CDC, due to community transmission it is no longer possible to definitively determine the source of exposure.

Given the extent of community spread across the region and in adherence to updated recommendations from the CDC, we have instituted new protocols on campus. In addition to those protocols already in place, we are now requiring all residents and staff to wear a mask or face covering when in the hallways or any common areas. This had been a recommendation per the CDC, but to limit spread we believe it to be a necessary requirement at this time.

Below are answers to questions we are frequently asked:

Why does OceanView at Falmouth not report resident deaths due to COVID-19?
OceanView at Falmouth is an independent retirement community. Accordingly, we must respect the privacy of our independent residents and have therefore never divulged the circumstances of a resident’s death other than to notify the proper parties that a resident has passed away. 

How do I properly use a face mask or covering?
You need to cover both your nose and mouth and wash your hands before donning, and after removing, your mask. You also need to wash your cloth mask or face covering daily. Gloves may be worn when you are touching surfaces outside of your home, but is not a substitute for stringent hand washing hygiene or use of hand sanitizer. Hands should be washed or sanitized both before donning gloves and after the removal. 

How many residents live in the community at OceanView at Falmouth?
We have over 400 phenomenal residents in total on the OceanView campus among independent living, assisted living, and memory care.

How many staff do you have at OceanView?
We have approximately 200 staff at OceanView. We can’t say enough how wonderful a job they doing right now. Their dedication is limitless. 

How are your staff?
All of our staff are rock stars who we are immeasurably indebted to. We continue to operate with sufficient levels of staffing and we are grateful for their dedication.

Do you have enough personal protective equipment (PPE)?
This is a country-wide concern and thankfully, we are supplied to meet current need. However, to ensure sustained preparedness, we communicate regularly with the CDC and the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency to keep them advised of our level of need. 

Maureen Connolly, RN – Executive Director
Diane Kibbin, RN – Director of Operations


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 4/15/20
RE: Coronavirus update

We hope that everyone survived the brief power outage Monday evening without any major issues. The wind was certainly whipping out there, enough so the exterior furniture was sliding across the patio slab outside The Gazebo Grill. With any luck, we hope the weather will be more cooperative going forward so we have one less thing to worry about, as we are all trying our best to stay upbeat as we follow all recommended precautions.

We want to report that we have had an additional case of COVID-19, bringing our total number of cases to 12. This person is currently isolating at home and we wish them a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.

Given this new case, we feel it necessary to tighten our protocols. We will now require all residents and staff to wear a mask or face covering when in the hallways or any common areas of the Main Lodge, BBC and HTL. If you do not have a mask, a scarf or bandana can be used. When everyone follows the CDC guidelines to stay at home and maintain a 6 foot physical distance, along with wearing a mask or face covering, we have the best chance of containing the spread.

Remember you need to cover both your nose and mouth and need to wash your hands before donning, and after removing, your mask. You also need to wash your cloth mask or face covering daily. Gloves may be worn when you are touching surfaces outside of your home, but is not a substitute for stringent hand washing hygiene or use of hand sanitizer. Hands should be washed or sanitized both before donning gloves and after the removal.

Many of you may have seen either in news stories, or within our community, people utilizing “window visits” as a way of staying connected with family. On our CDC call this week it was a topic of discussion, and the CDC officials specifically advised against “open window” visits. The CDC officials said that this gives people a false sense of safety, because often the 6 foot distance is not being maintained. If you are utilizing this form of socialization we need you to keep your window closed. Instead please have your family member use their cell phone, and you use your telephone to have a conversation through the protection of the glass. Only this method is considered safe and advisable.

Thank you to everyone for complying with this enhanced protocol.

Because of the stay-at-home directive from Gov. Mills, residents may not be using their vehicles. If so, you should periodically start your car to ensure the battery does not go dead. You must however wear a mask or face covering in the hallways and garage. If you live in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge or Blueberry Commons and cannot get to your car and would like maintenance to start your car, please put a work order in and they will get to that as they are able.

Stay safe and take good care.


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 4/10/20
RE: Coronavirus update

Yesterday’s April “showers” quickly turned our campus into a winter wonderland. It was a perfect day to stay safe and sound nestled in your homes.

Thankfully, we have no new cases at OceanView to report today, so we enter this weekend with cautious optimism that everyone’s efforts are having the intended effects. While it may be tempting to celebrate Passover or Easter with family members, we encourage everyone to follow the CDC guidelines to stay at home and maintain a 6 foot social distance along with wearing a mask or face covering if you do venture outside for a bit of exercise. Remember you need to cover both your nose and mouth and need to wash your hands before donning, and after removing, your mask. You also need to wash your cloth mask or face covering daily.

We wanted to include additional information that Bath Savings Bank shared with us earlier this week. Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits.

Fake CDC Emails. Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer, to steal personal information, or to lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received.

Phishing Emails. Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money. Phishing emails may also claim to be related to:

  • Charitable contributions
  • General financial relief
  • Airline carrier refunds
  • Fake cures and vaccines
  • Fake testing kits

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all. Stay safe. Stay well.


PRESS RELEASE
April 10, 2020

Eleven OceanView residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Due to HIPAA regulations we are prohibited from providing any additional details. Per the CDC, due to community transmission it is no longer possible to definitively determine the source of exposure.

We continue to follow CDC guidance and urge individuals to take the proper precautions to minimize their risk of exposure and prevent further spread. These include remaining at home, except for necessities like groceries and outdoor exercise, wearing a mask or face covering and practicing physical distancing should you need to leave your home, and stringent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer. These practices cannot be over-emphasized and all symptoms should be immediately reported to your primary care physician to provide medical guidance.

Only by following these guidelines will we be able to prevent further transmission.

Maureen Connolly, RN – Executive Director
Diane Kibbin, RN – Director of Operations


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 4/7/20
RE: Coronavirus Update

Thankfully we’ve had a couple of sun filled days, the birds are singing and the days are certainly growing longer. We hope you all are taking really good care of yourselves and staying connected in a new way with the continued restrictions.

Thus far, we have had 11 cases of COVID-19 on campus. Given the rate of spread across the state and country, this is a testament to how well we are doing collectively to contain the cases on campus. We have observed a great deal of effort being made to follow the guidance from the CDC and you are all to be commended for your diligence and resolve.

The most recent recommendation of wearing a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth, in an attempt to further control the spread of the virus, serves to protect others from exposure to you. There is no evidence that it protects you from others. Safe distancing of at least 6 feet continues to be the best way to stay safe, and wearing a mask should not be a replacement for social distancing. Strictly adhering to proper hygiene is equally as important. You will also need to be sure you are not touching your face more if you are wearing a face covering, since your hands could be contaminated. Ensuring your hands are clean before putting on or taking off your mask is as important as washing it daily. Please continue to report any and all symptoms to our Wellness Nurses who have been doing a superb job monitoring and providing guidance from afar.

Staff is staying healthy and busy doing a variety of jobs to attend to residents’ needs. We want to assure you that we are doing whatever it takes to keep everyone working and there is no shortage of things to do. We are also offering additional financial incentives and benefits during this time of crisis to be sure that our staff and families have one less thing to worry about. Our frontline staff has been outstanding providing our modified services – we are so very thankful for their dedication and hard work.

For those of you who do not have the ability to do laundry in your apartment, we have placed a sign-up sheet to ensure that only one person at a time is in the laundry room. Feel free to sign-up for the time you wish to do your laundry. The laundry room is being cleaned twice a day to ensure a sanitary environment. Also please leave the lid to the washer open when you are done with the washer.

As a reminder, please be wary of potential scams during this crisis. Our friends at Bath Savings Bank shared with us the latest fraud alerts regarding counterfeit treatments or equipment. Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves.

If you are looking for accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, the CDC has posted extensive guidance and information that is updated frequently. The best sources for authoritative information on COVID-19 are www.cdc.gov and www.coronavirus.gov. You may also consult your primary care physician for guidance.

Stay safe and be well!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 4/3/20
RE: Coronavirus Update

We hope everyone is holding up as well as can be expected during this trying time. We care about each and every one of you and miss our daily interactions so very much. Everyone has been doing a great job of limiting their interactions with others, as well as minimizing time spent outside of their apartments, which is important since it’s hard to keep a social distance when encountering others in the hallways. These efforts have certainly helped flatten the curve here in our OceanView community. Keep up the good work, as we must stay vigilant since we aren’t out of the woods yet.

The CDC guidance to keep at least a 6 foot distance between you and anyone else you encounter, to wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, and/or use hand sanitizer frequently, continues to be the best advice to protect yourself. You may see our staff wearing masks – this is not to alarm anyone. We are taking this precaution in the event that we are unable to maintain a full/safe 6 foot distance from another person, whether it be a resident or another staff member.   This occurs periodically as our responsibilities require us to be walking in the hallways, screening visitors at the front door, and delivering meals and groceries, etc.

We are unable to provide masks to residents, however we have had a few OceanView residents offer to make masks. If we have any resident donated masks we’d be happy to notify you and offer them while supplies last. We have to preserve our personal protective equipment and resources for our staff members since many supplies are limited. We also don’t want people to get a false sense of security since social distancing still offers the best protection. If you do use a cloth mask be sure to wash it daily, and that it is clean before you wear it.

Lodges/ Hilltop /Blueberry Commons residents: Please ask any family or friends to drop off items for you during the week Monday-Friday if at all possible. We understand that can be difficult for those who are still working, but any help directing deliveries to week-days, when we have more staff, is appreciated.

As a reminder, if you should feel sick with a fever, sore throat, cough, or short of breath, please call our Wellness Staff or your primary care provider.

Stay safe and well!


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 3/31/20
RE: Coronavirus Update

Everyone has been doing a great job following the CDC guidance of social distancing and hand hygiene. While we stated we would not be reporting each new case with a memo, to date we have had 8 cases of COVID-19 at OceanView. We continue to encourage you to minimize trips outside of your apartment or cottage to necessary walks, or shopping for necessities. If you do need food and prescriptions, just contact the front office staff and they can make arrangements with one of the other staff members pick them up.

Please continue to report any and all symptoms of a cold or the flu that you are experiencing to the Wellness Nurses. We want to stay in touch with anyone feeling unwell so that we can be sure they have the support they need. Wellness Nurses will check in and advise via the telephone rather than in person in order for them to protect themselves, and so they can continue to come to work.

During this time of visitor restrictions, please be sure that any essential person who needs to access the building enters through the front door so they can sign the visitor log. We are only permitting essential care staff, or family members needed to provide direct care to a resident. It also is imperative to let Front Desk Staff know if you plan to have any family member staying in your apartment so we can be sure they are screened appropriately, prior to entry. We have a mandatory visitor log in the front foyer for everyone to sign in and out. This is especially important when there is no front desk staff working.

While many residents have asked about our staff and if their employment is secure, we want to assure you that while activities, fitness classes and events are not happening currently, all staff is being utilized for other needs and being recognized for their efforts.

A personal message from Moe: “I would like to let you know that due to my concern for the OceanView residents and staff during this Coronavirus pandemic, I have changed my retirement date of May 1st. OceanView is too near and dear to my heart to leave at this time. I will re-evaluate in early June based on the needs of the OceanView Community and staff after discussing with John and Diane.”


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 3/27/20
RE: Coronavirus Update

A seventh resident of OceanView at Falmouth has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 and is recuperating at their home. To recount, there are now seven (7) OceanView residents who have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. Of these, one (1) resident is receiving care in the hospital. Due to HIPAA regulations we are prohibited from providing any additional details.

Per the CDC, due to community transmission it is no longer possible to definitively determine the source of exposure. In addition, due to the CDC’s confirmation of community transmission we will no longer be reporting each new positive case. Going forward we will put out a mid-week update and an end of week summary on our portal to keep residents’, families and staff informed.

We continue to follow CDC guidance and urge individuals to take the proper precautions to minimize their risk of exposure. The importance of physical distancing – keeping 6 feet of distance between you and others – cannot be overstated. Remaining at home, except for necessities like groceries and outdoor exercise, is still strongly recommended, as is stringent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer.

It is also important to continue to monitor yourself for any cold symptoms, along with your temperature twice per day. If you do not have a thermometer, you will need to monitor yourself for symptoms of feeling warm, sweating, chills, or general weakness/fatigue and report all symptoms to your physician. All symptoms should be immediately reported to your primary care physician to provide medical guidance.

Only by following these guidelines will we be able to prevent further transmission.

Stay vigilant in regards to the many scams that are going around. Per USA Gov website (‘an official website of the United States government’) here is some information on the most current scams.

“During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, scammers may try to take advantage of you through misinformation and scare tactics. They might get in touch by phone, email, postal mail, text, or social media. Protect your money and your identity by not sharing personal information like your bank account number, Social Security number, or date of birth.”

“Scammers change their methods frequently. Current coronavirus scams include:

  • FDIC and banking – People pretend to call from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or your bank and say your bank account or your ability to get cash are in danger and ask for your personal information.
  • Checks from the government – Scammers say they’re from the government and ask for your personal information or try to charge you fake fees for getting your stimulus check or offer you a way to get the money early.”

March 25, 2020

Dear OceanView Residents, Family Members and Extended Community Members,

We wanted to let you know that we have not had any new confirmed cases of Coronavirus on campus at this time. While all protocols remain in place, we are very grateful to all of you –  residents, family members and staff for heeding the advice of the CDC. We will continue to strictly follow their guidelines. We so appreciate your tenacity, attention, and perseverance.

Stay safe. Stay vigilant. Stay healthy.

Maureen Connolly, RN – Executive Director
Diane Kibbin, RN – Director of Operations


PRESS RELEASE
March 23, 2020

As of this posting, no new cases of COVID-19 among our residents have been reported. The number of cases among our residents stands at 6.

This is a positive development, but one that reinforces our need to remain vigilant and adherent to the CDC’s guidance. Brief lulls have occurred in communities across the country only to be followed by new reports.

All recommendations and guidance therefore remain in place. These include observing physical distancing and personal hygiene best practices, self-quarantine if you believe you may have been exposed, to contact your healthcare provider if you become symptomatic, and to shelter in place.

Maureen Connolly, RN – Executive Director
Diane Kibbin, RN – Director of Operations


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 3/21/20
RE: Coronavirus Update

Good afternoon OceanView Residents,

We were notified of another presumed positive case of a person that resides in the Main Lodge. This person is currently in the hospital being treated, they are not on campus at this time. As we stated yesterday, we continue to strongly urge everyone to consider continued isolation in your unit, until the cases reported by the CDC start to level out or diminish for your own personal safety. This case had no clear connection to the previous cases on campus.

We encourage you to continue to monitor yourself closely for any symptoms and check your temperatures twice a day if possible. If you do not have a thermometer you will need to monitor yourself for symptoms of feeling warm, sweating, chills, or general weakness/fatigue and report all symptoms to your Primary Care Provider.

We appreciate you taking all precautionary measures we’ve suggested to keep not only yourself safe, but your many friends and neighbors. We are expanding weekend coverage of the Front Desk staff from 9am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. We will have a staff member available to pick up prescriptions on Saturday.

Both of us will be notified of any urgent matters.

You are our extended family and we thank you for the appreciation you have shown all staff as that is what keeps us going!

Shopping

As a reminder:

Shaw’s in Falmouth is reserving Tuesdays and Thursday 7:00 am -9:00 am for seniors.

Hannaford is adding a dedicated time when customers who are 60 or over and individuals identified as being identified by the CDC as at high risk may shop, providing them with the opportunity to have more social distance while in the store. These special hours for our 60+ customers are 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.


PRESS RELEASE
March 21, 2020

A sixth resident of OceanView at Falmouth has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 and is being cared for at Maine Medical Center. This resident had not been connected to the initial cases at OceanView. However, per the CDC, due to statewide community spread it is no longer possible to definitively determine the source of exposure.

Accordingly, the CDC recommends that everyone observe physical distancing best practices, to self-quarantine if you believe you may have been exposed, and to contact your healthcare provider if you become symptomatic. We also continue to strongly urge all of our residents to shelter in place (as defined in the FAQ below) and adhere to personal hygiene best practices. We remain in regular contact with the CDC and with local public safety officials.

To recount, there are now six (6) OceanView residents who have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. Of these, three (3) residents are receiving care at Maine Medical Center and three (3) are recuperating at their respective homes. Due to HIPAA regulations we are prohibited from providing any additional details.

Below are answers to some frequent questions we have been asked:

How many residents live at OceanView at Falmouth?
We have 421 phenomenal residents in total on the OceanView campus, which includes 47 in assisted living and 24 in memory care.

How many staff do you have at OceanView?
We have approximately 200 staff at OceanView. We can’t say enough of how wonderful a job they are doing right now. Their dedication is limitless.

How are your staff?
All of our staff are rockstars who we are immeasurably indebted to. Three of our nurses are in self-quarantine, but have not shown symptoms and even they are making daily wellness calls to check on residents. We are operating at full capacity thanks to their dedication!

Do you have enough protective equipment?
This is a country-wide concern and thankfully, we are supplied to meet current need. However, to ensure sustained preparedness, we have placed an order for additional equipment with the CDC.

What does shelter in place mean?
We understand there has been confusion in terminology and shifting use. CNN has a great article describing the difference between shelter in place, self-quarantine, and isolation. We are abiding by these definitions.

Shelter in place is for those who have not been exposed and are not symptomatic, but for whom remaining at home is recommended to avoid community spread. At this time, we are recommending shelter in place for our residents.

Self-quarantine is for individuals who have been exposed, but are not symptomatic. We have residents in this category, which means they have been asked to stay at home, practice social distancing when it is necessary to leave home, and contact their healthcare provider if they become symptomatic.

Isolation is for individuals who have tested positive. This means they must remain at home and also isolate themselves from people in their home.

Maureen Connolly, RN – Executive Director
Diane Kibbin, RN – Director of Operations


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 3/20/20
RE: Coronavirus Update

Hello Residents,

We were just notified of another presumed positive case of a person that resides in the Main Lodge. This person is currently in the hospital being treated, they are not on campus at this time. We continue to strongly urge everyone to consider self-quarantining until the cases reported by the CDC start to level out or diminish for your own personal safety.

Please continue to monitor yourself closely for symptoms and check your temperatures twice a day if possible. If you do not have a thermometer you will need to monitor yourself for symptoms of feeling warm, sweating, chills, or general weakness/fatigue and report all symptoms to your physician.

Thank you all for taking the precautionary measures we’ve suggested to keep not only yourself safe, but your many friends and neighbors. We are expanding weekend coverage of the Front Desk staff from 9am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. We will have a staff member available to pick up prescriptions on Saturday.

Both Maureen and Diane will be notified with any urgent matters.

Have and safe and enjoyable weekend! Thanks for the encouragement and appreciation shown to staff, it really gives us all a boost!

Shopping

In addition to today’s earlier email about Whole Foods, please see the following:

Shaw’s in Falmouth is reserving Tues and Thursday 7:00-9:00 for seniors.

Hannaford: Adding a dedicated time when customers who are 60 or over and individuals identified as being identified by the CDC as at high risk may shop, providing them with the opportunity to have more social distance while in the store. These special hours for our 60+ customers are 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 3/19/20
RE: Coronavirus Update 2nd Memo

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we navigate the ever changing status of the COVID-19 virus. We have been closely following the guidance of both the CDC, and Falmouth EMS services. When we notified you this morning that we had 2 presumed positive cases in the Main Lodge we were overly cautious as advised by Falmouth EMS, since we were unable to reach our CDC epidemiologist.

We have just consulted with our CDC contact, who is recommending that all OceanView Residents vigilantly monitor themselves for symptoms and check their temperatures twice a day if possible. If you do not have a thermometer you will need to monitor yourself for symptoms of feeling warm, sweating, chills, or general weakness/fatigue and report all symptoms to your physician. I’m sorry at this time OceanView staff does not have the ability to monitor residents temperatures. The CDC continues to recommend limiting your contact with others, and if you do interact, to maintain a 6 foot social distance.

The CDC is no longer doing contact investigations due to community-based transmission of the virus. We will continue to offer services such as meals, and picking up prescriptions and urgent grocery needs, but now that we have received this new guidance feel free to go for walks, and get your mail. Remember, that 6 feet is the social distance protocol and keeping your interactions limited is still advised. We strongly urge you to consider a self-quarantine for 14 days given these new positive cases.

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OceanView Updates

Dining Services

Weekend Plan:

  1. Saturday breakfast delivered to Meal Plan residents: quiche, home fries, sausage, fruit cup and juice
  2. Saturday Good-to-Go Meals – delivered, call 207-440-3421 before 12:00 noon: choice of crab roll or chicken Caesar plus dessert and sides
  3. Sunday brunch delivered to Meal Plan residents:  Plates created from our usual brunch offerings

Starting, Monday, 3/23 – The Gazebo Grille: because of staffing challenges, we will be returning to the original 7:00p-2:00p hours. Call 207-440-3421 during those hours for meal deliveries.

Transportation

Transportation Manager Kyle Turmelle is out of the office. Please ask the front desk for Dawn Wheeler to schedule prescription pick-ups, or urgent grocery needs.


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 3/19/20
RE: Coronavirus update

We were notified this morning that we have two presumed positive cases of COVID-19 and the residents reside in the Main Lodge. We are awaiting further guidance from our CDC official on how to proceed, but until further notice please self-quarantine in your unit if you live in the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge or Blueberry Commons.

This means if you live in any of the Main Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, or Blueberry Commons, please do not come down to get your mail, or packages, or go to the Library or Laundry Room. If you need your mail please contact the front desk and they will arrange to obtain your key and deliver it. We ask that you only make this request every few days. This also means no walks outside except for the cottage residents because they have immediate access to the outdoors, until we get further guidance from the CDC. If you need anything, we will have a staff member that can assist with urgent shopping needs, just call the front desk.

Please call the Gazebo Grille for any meal ordering at 207-440-3421.

While we understand this is a difficult time for everyone, please help us keep everyone safe and protected. Staff will be reaching out as needed via phone calls.


PRESS RELEASE
March 19, 2020

We received notification from the CDC that two additional residents in the OceanView community tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. These two new cases are connected to the initial cases reported earlier this week. One resident remains at Maine Medical Center, while the other three residents are recuperating at home in self-quarantine. Treatment is being coordinated by the individual’s healthcare provider and we are working in conjunction with them as appropriate. Due to HIPAA regulations we are prohibited from providing any additional details.

Since the initial positive tests, our wellness team has been conducting daily checks on those determined to have been exposed. Tests were immediately ordered once symptoms were present. Unfortunately, due to the limited supply of testing kits, we have only been able to test residents as they have become symptomatic.

In addition, there were non-residents who were determined to have been exposed to the initial cases. The CDC and relevant local authorities were made aware of this exposure at the outset and have been taking appropriate measures.

In accordance with guidance from the CDC who we continue to work with, residents are being asked to self-monitor for any symptoms, including checking their temperature twice per day for 14 days, and to report any symptoms to their health care providers. In accordance with our planning, we are also strongly recommending that our residents self-quarantine for 14 days and vigilantly adhere to personal hygiene and social distancing best practices.

We will continue our vigilance with frequent cleaning of common areas, prohibiting all non-essential visitors to the campus, and limiting access to our main buildings to essential staff only. All events and activities will remain cancelled until further notice.

To accommodate our residents during this time, our dining team will continue to provide meals to residents’ homes. We are also utilizing our nursing staff for regular phone calls for wellness checks and symptom checks daily for residents. This also creates a structure to minimize loneliness.

The safety and well-being of our residents and staff is our highest priority. Consequently, we began preparing for COVID-19 months in advance and began implementing our plan accordingly as the disease progressed. Our expertise, experience, and resources make our community an ideal place for our residents to reside in this situation.

In this public health crisis, “community” has never been a more apt description of what we are at OceanView. The tremendous solidarity demonstrated by our residents, their families, and our staff has been inspiring. That solidarity will continue to be called upon in the coming days and we thank everyone for their understanding.

Maureen Connolly, RN – Executive Director
Diane Kibbin, RN – Director of Operations


PRESS RELEASE
March 18, 2020

Dear Residents and Extended Community Members,

As you know, we received notification this past weekend that two residents in the OceanView community tested positive for COVID-19. Due to HIPAA regulations we are prohibited from providing any additional details on their condition, but we are sure you join us in wishing them both a speedy recovery.

At this time, they remain the only confirmed cases at OceanView, and we continue to work with the CDC on preventative measures to limit any spread. All residents who had been exposed to the positive case have been self-quarantining for 14 days. All other residents are asked to remain in their homes to minimize their contact as much as possible, and maintain social distancing when they do leave their homes. We continue with frequent cleaning of common areas, restricting visitors to the campus, and limiting access to our main buildings to essential staff only.

In addition, we cancelled all events and activities until further notice. Our dining team continues to provide meals to residents’ homes, and we are utilizing our nursing staff for regular phone calls for wellness checks and symptom checks.

We have been following these best practices from the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

The safety and well-being of our residents and staff is our highest priority. Consequently, we began preparing for COVID-19 months in advance and began implementing our plan accordingly as the disease progressed. Our expertise, experience, and resources make our community an ideal place for our residents to reside in this situation.

In this public health crisis, “community” has never been a more apt description of what we are at OceanView. We will continue to update you as new information becomes available, but do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Stay safe. Stay vigilant. Stay healthy.

Maureen Connolly, RN – Executive Director
Diane Kibbin, RN – Director of Operations

Lab Services Cancelled

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Orlene DeMatteo RN,
Community Wellness Coordinator
Date: 3/17/20
Re: Wednesday lab draw

This memo is to inform you that Northern Light Lab (Affiliated Lab) will not be on campus to draw lab work beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and until further notice. If you have the ability to go to them at 1250 Forest Ave, they will draw the required lab work and process as usual with results to your physician. If you have a Standing Order for lab work with this lab, there is no paperwork required. If you do not, you will need to have that order with you or have it faxed to the lab directly at # 797-9670.

My apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Housekeeping

We are suspending all housekeeping services to individual apartments and cottages until further notice. If you have an urgent housekeeping concern please contact the front desk and we will arrange services if needed.

Dining 

Good-to-Go

If you are not on the meal plan, and want to order a Good-to-Go meal, call these numbers before 12:00 Noon:

  • Monday-Friday: 207-781-4460
  • Saturday: 207-440-3421

NEW! Saturday Good-to-Go is in the works. It will likely be a salad or a sandwich plus drink and dessert. More info when you call.

The Gazebo Grille

We are encouraging you to call The Gazebo Grille, rather than coming to the restaurant. Terri will take orders and we will deliver to your door. Depending on the availability of delivery staff, you may need to warm up your meal.  **Please use this number: 207-440-3421.  (This is different from the number on your paper memo.)


IMPORTANT MEMO

To: All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 3/16/20
RE: Coronavirus update

Given the cases of Coronavirus on campus we are strongly encouraging residents to stay in your apartments and cottages. This is for your own protection as well as the protection of fellow residents and staff.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever please call the front desk. They can have the Wellness nurse contact you via phone. If you are feeling unwell and are concerned, and feel that you need medical attention you should use your pull cord or emergency button.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe and causes fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus.

Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes proper handwashing with soap and warm water. This is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Stay home if you are sick.

For general questions dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.org. Call a healthcare provider for questions about your symptoms.

More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Thank you for doing your best to protect yourself and others in the community.


PRESS RELEASE
March 15, 2020

We received notification that two related residents in the OceanView community recently tested presumptive positive for coronavirus. One resident is under their doctor’s care at Maine Medical Center and the other is recuperating at home. Due to HIPAA regulations we are prohibited from providing any additional details as it pertains to our community members.

As it pertains to the community as a whole, at the CDC’s direction we’ve identified all staff and residents who would have come in contact with these residents. We are confident we’ve identified everyone since we have documentation protocols to ensure we have a record of campus activities.

We continue to work with the CDC on notification protocols and further preventative measures. To limit any further spread we’ve requested that all residents self-quarantine for the next 14 days, increased the frequency of cleaning of all common areas, restricted visitors to the campus, and limited access to our main buildings to essential staff only.

As a community comprised of a high-risk population, the safety and well-being of our residents and staff is our highest priority. Consequently, our expertise and experience makes our community an ideal place for our residents to remain in this situation.

We ask that you please respect our protocols limiting outside visitors. We wish for a speedy recovery for our residents and all those impacted across the world.

Maureen Connolly, RN – Executive Director
Diane Kibbin, RN – Director of Operations


IMPORTANT MEMO

To:  All OceanView Residents
From: Maureen Connolly, Executive Director and Diane Kibbin, Director of Operations
Date: 3/14/20
RE: Coronavirus update

This is to inform you that we were notified of a presumed positive case of coronavirus on campus. The resident is under their doctor’s care and their family is taking the necessary steps to self-quarantine.

While the family resides in the cottages, we are fully aware of their travel patterns through the campus and have identified everyone they have come in contact with; and have or will be notifying and advising them to self-quarantine and to let us know if they experience any symptoms of illness.

The safety and well-being of our residents is our highest priority. We have been talking about and were preparing for an outbreak of coronavirus for the past couple of months since the first case was confirmed in the U.S. We were prepared and implemented best practices as outlined by the CDC and more recently, by DHHS and that includes limiting visitors, social distancing, enhanced sanitation protocols and enhanced personal hygiene standards.

With this news, we will be stepping up our protocols to include the following:

  • All residents who do not live in the Lodge, Hilltop Lodge or Blueberry Commons are being asked to refrain from entering the buildings.
  • Residents who do live in the Lodge, Hilltop Lodge and Blueberry Commons are being asked to refrain from any gatherings and to take additional precautions (i.e. washing hands, avoiding group activities, etc., as noted in previous memos).

While the main dining room at the Lodge will be closed until further notice, those on the meal plan will have their meal delivered by dining staff to the door of your apartment. Dining Staff has also taken additional steps to prepare for higher inquiries for good-to-go meals. If you would like good-to-go meals, please call the Whipple Farm line at 207-440-3421 and leave a message.

In order to take the best care of yourself, you might consider minimizing your interaction with people within and outside of the community. The less exposure you have to others right now the better.

Please let your family know that we remain vigilant in this fight against coronavirus. If they would like additional information regarding our actions and protocols, they can visit our website resident portal to access any memos that we have and are sending to residents: www.oceanviewrc.com/portal.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact 207-781-4460. Thank you in advance for your attention to the important memo. Be well.


TO: OceanView Residents
FROM: Dawn Wheeler Director of Activities & Events
DATE: March 13, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

Hello Residents – some updates for you:

ADMINISTRATION

There are one, possibly two, more presumptive cases in Maine. One 20 year old woman is being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland.  One 50 year old man was screened at a MaineHealth clinic and is self-monitoring at home. They have not released the counties of these two new cases.

We are now screening EVERYONE who enters the building from outside: residents, visitors, vendors, and continuing to monitor staff. We appreciate your patience as we strive to minimize the potential risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus in our community.

Town of Falmouth Offices will be closed Monday 3/16, then open by appointment after that (207-781-5253). Falmouth Community Programs at Plummer Motz School are cancelled.

THE YARD SALE

With an abundance of caution, the Yard Sale Committee has cancelled the Sale for this year.   We will still accept items for pick up for a future sale, please contact the Front Desk or Rita Dennis at the Main Lodge (207-781-4460).

TRANSPORTATION

There will be no morning van loop service.  One-on-One, on-campus rides may be requested by phone (207-781-4460).

ACTIVITIES

We have been getting lots of similar questions, so to confirm:

  • MOVIES are cancelled.
  • BIBLE FELLOWSHIP is cancelled.
  • Anything that can be considered a ‘GROUP’ activity is cancelled.
  • Please keep in mind that keeping your ‘Social Distance’ is highly encouraged.
  • Gathering in groups is discouraged, as is sharing food or beverages.

Cancelled Ticketed Events
Please make sure you have a van seat for the new date if you are exchanging any tickets!

Portland Symphony Orchestra Cancellations: Follow this link to see what your options are for donating or refunding your PSO concert tickets: https://portlandsymphony.org/covid-19

From Portland Ovations (Russian Ballet & other Cancellations):
“If you’re a ticketholder to any performances, you’ll be receiving a separate email with options for how to proceed. As your nonprofit home for the performing arts, we are reliant on these ticket sales and your donations to support our mission, our artists and the people here at Portland Ovations; and we hope you will find ways to continue to provide financial support for our work as we move forward together. We look forward to when we can again gather with you!”

From Sally Dunning: Would you like to attend a live symphony concert without leaving your living room? The Toledo Symphony, the orchestra Bart and Sally Dunning played with before moving to OceanView, will be live streaming their concert tonight in an empty hall. The program includes Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer” and Brahms’ Fourth Symphony. To listen at 8:00 tonight , go to www.toledosymphony.com  and click on the stream button. It is also available for 30 days after tonight on YouTube – search for Toledo Symphony.

GROCERY SHOPPING

Hannaford To Go is more complicated than we’d hoped, as multiple pick-ups must each be paid for separately at the time of pick-up. However – Shaws delivers (next day) in Falmouth! There is a $10 minimum purchase, and $3.99 delivery fee. You will need an on-line account – first-timers get discounts – start here: https://www.shaws.com/account/short-registration.html Or make an appointment with Activities to set up one for you – bring your credit card. During the times we are not offering a van to the grocery, we would like to help you place grocery orders this way.

DINING SERVICES

The staff in Dining Services wants each of you to know we are only interested in the safety of our residents here at OceanView. To that end, we are adjusting our meal services in these areas:

  • The Gazebo Grille Take-out: We will continue to offer salads, sandwiches, soups and other meals through our “Grab and Go” cooler as well as offer hot soups at the counter. All purchased foods must be brought back to your home for consumption, we are not offering any dine in services. We will be extending operation hours to 4pm Monday thru Friday so that you have time to purchase food from our cooler.
  • Whipple Farmhouse Take-out: We have closed Whipple to all dine-in food service, but we are still offering take out with a limited menu. All take-out orders must be called in to 207-440-3421 before 3 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Pick up for any take out will be at 5pm. March and April Culinary Experience have been cancelled and will be re-scheduled. The limited menu is below.
  • We urge people to take advantage of our “Good-to-Go” dinner delivery service at this time. Please contact the Main Lodge Front Desk (207-781-4460) before 12:00 noon weekdays, to place your order. Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

Whipple Farmhouse * fine neighborhood Take-Out! *

Starters

Smoked Haddock Chowder…8
Applewood bacon, potatoes, parsnips and dill

Local Mixed Green Salad…6
Garden vegetables and cider-rosemary dressing

Entrees

Whipple Farmhouse Burger…12
Balsamic onions, local cheddar, potato roll, house pickles

Braised Beef Short Rib Ragout…22
Tomato, mushrooms, rigatoni, pecorino cheese

Pan Seared Duck Breast…22
Dried cranberry-quinoa salad, sautéed vegetables and port wine sauce

Dessert

Sticky Toffee Pudding…6

Orders must be placed by 3 pm. Orders will need to be picked up at 5pm at Falmouth House, not Whipple Farm. Orders can be called in at 207-440-3421. Thank you for your patience.


TO: OceanView Residents
FROM: Diane Kibbin, RN Director of Operations
DATE: March 12, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update

There is now confirmed case of COVID-19 in Maine, the person is from Androscoggin County.  Governor Janet Mills has sent a statewide notification to cancel all non-essential activities and events, and we have received revised guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control.  They have recommended that we highly discourage visitors and guests, particularly those that are in communities with high numbers of cases.  Currently there are 95 cases in Massachusetts, and 328 cases in New York, but all states on the eastern coast have confirmed cases.  We are asking that if anyone has had ANY recent travel that they please monitor themselves daily for a temperature, and any symptoms of cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.  They should be completely free of fever (less than 100 degrees) and other symptoms for at least 48 hours prior to visiting our community.

We will begin restricting access according to these guidelines immediately.

ACTIVITIES

All group activities are cancelled. No presenters/instructors/entertainers/vendors will be permitted entrance. Residents may meet in small groups as they wish – common area rooms will be open and available:

  • Library
  • ML2 Activities Room
  • Hilltop Lodge Community Room
  • Blueberry Commons Room
  • Game Room
FITNESS

All group fitness classes are cancelled.

  • One-on-One and Buddy Personal Training will continue.
  • Fitness Spaces will be available around the personal training appointments for resident use.

POOL

The pool heating equipment will be fixed tomorrow/Friday afternoon. It may take the weekend to come up to temperature.

  • All group pool classes are cancelled.
  • Residents may choose to swim with a buddy. If you are not able to keep a 6 foot distance from other swimmers, we suggest not using the pool.

TRANSPORTATION

All group transportation is cancelled, including trips to cultural events, activities, and shopping (see SHOPPING below).

  • One-on-One transportation will continue for medical appointments only.  (No nonmedical trips. See PHARMACY below.)

PHARMACY

OceanView transportation will pick up prescriptions only for you, using your credit card.

SHOPPING

We are developing a delivery system with Hannaford Supermarket, wherein we are hoping residents will be able to place orders which OceanView Transportation will pick up in batches.  More to follow as soon as we have details.

MARKETING EVENTS

The March 23rd Marketing Event with the Capital Duo is cancelled.

ONE-ON-ONE SERVICES STILL AVAILABLE

Pending individual vendor’s decision and visitor screening:

  • OV Salon
  • Bath Savings Bank
  • Medical clinics – podiatry, hearing aids, massage

DINING SERVICES

Dining Services is suspending dine in dinner service at the Whipple Farmhouse for the remainder of the month of March but will continue to accept take-out orders.  We encourage all residents to take advantage of our ‘Good-to-Go” delivery program as well as picking up food at The Gazebo Grille merchandise cooler.  We are going day-to-day in regards to the operation of The Gazebo Grille dine in, but we will continue to make food for take-out.  The Culinary
Experience “Maine Oyster” presentation at Whipple Farm has also been cancelled and we will re-schedule in the upcoming months.

Thank you for your understanding and helping us maintain a safe and healthy community.

OceanView at Falmouth is following the Governor’s Executive Orders and the guidelines of the Maine CDC:

  • Wearing a mask while walking around campus outdoors is not required. Please keep a mask handy at all times for indoor visits, or any close encounters with potentially unvaccinated people.
  • Wash your hands or use ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer frequently, especially before donning and after removing your face covering
  • Maintain 6 foot social distance from others
  • Wash or change your cloth face covering daily

We ask that visitors please come through the Main Lodge front door entrance, if possible, during business hours, so staff can screen them. If visitors come on weekends or outside of business hours, we request they sign in the visitors’ log, then self-screen using the screening questions and no-touch thermometer located in the hallway to the copier room.

For children visiting under the age of 16, for which there is no vaccine available at this time, we ask that they get assistance with screening by our staff, or help from a supervising adult if the visit is after hours, to ensure they have not been exposed and are not experiencing any symptoms. We also ask that they be masked, sanitize their hands upon entry, and only visit in the resident’s apartment by going directly to and from the residence.

Please do not visit if you have any cold or flu symptoms and continue to reach out to the Wellness Office to report any symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, recent lack of taste or smell. Other reportable symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact the Wellness Nurses.

Thanks you for taking the steps necessary for us to return slowly to normalcy!

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

How to Protect Yourself and Others

Updated Mar. 8, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.

Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?
People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna
    vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

Vaccinated

What’s Changed

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
    • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms

What Hasn’t Changed

For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:
    • In public
    • Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household
    • Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk  You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
  • You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendations.
  • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
  • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.

What We Know and What We’re Still Learning

  • We know that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
    • We’re still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
  • We know that other prevention steps help stop the spread of COVID-19, and that these steps are still important, even as vaccines are being distributed.
    • We’re still learning how well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease.
    • Early data show that the vaccines may help keep people from spreading COVID-19, but we are learning more as more people get vaccinated.
  • We’re still learning how long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.
  • As we know more, CDC will continue to update our recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

How do I properly use a face mask or covering?
You need to cover both your nose and mouth and wash your hands before donning, and after removing, your mask. You also need to wash your cloth mask or face covering daily. Gloves may be worn when you are touching surfaces outside of your home, but is not a substitute for stringent hand washing hygiene or use of hand sanitizer. Hands should be washed or sanitized both before donning gloves and after the removal. 

How many residents live in the community at OceanView at Falmouth?
We have over 400 phenomenal residents in total on the OceanView campus among independent living, assisted living, and memory care.

How many staff do you have at OceanView?
We have approximately 200 staff at OceanView. We can’t say enough how wonderful a job they doing right now. Their dedication is limitless. 

How are your staff?
All of our staff are rock stars who we are immeasurably indebted to. We continue to operate with sufficient levels of staffing and we are grateful for their dedication.

Do you have enough personal protective equipment (PPE)?
This is a country-wide concern and thankfully, we are supplied to meet current need. However, to ensure sustained preparedness, we communicate regularly with the CDC and the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency to keep them advised of our level of need.

What does shelter in place mean?
We understand there has been confusion in terminology and shifting use. CNN has a great article describing the difference between shelter in place, self-quarantine, and isolation. We are abiding by these definitions.

Shelter in place is for those who have not been exposed and are not symptomatic, but for whom remaining at home is recommended to avoid community spread. At this time, we are recommending shelter in place for our residents.

Self-quarantine is for individuals who have been exposed, but are not symptomatic. We have residents in this category, which means they have been asked to stay at home, practice social distancing when it is necessary to leave home, and contact their healthcare provider if they become symptomatic.

Isolation is for individuals who have tested positive. This means they must remain at home and also isolate themselves from people in their home.

Why does OceanView at Falmouth not report resident deaths due to COVID-19?
OceanView at Falmouth is an independent retirement community. Accordingly, we must respect the privacy of our independent residents and have therefore never divulged the circumstances of a resident’s death other than to notify the proper parties that a resident has passed away.