COVID-19 Update

At Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation, we care deeply for the health, safety, and well-being of our residents. As healthcare professionals, the staff at Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation is committed to providing the highest level of care to protect our residents and to contain the spread of covid-19. On this webpage we will continue to post updates a couple of times each week. 

Since we learned of our first resident with a presumptive positive test for covid-19, we have worked closely with Public Health - Seattle & King County and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On March 7th, we started working directly with public health and the CDC. They evaluated and endorsed the infection control protocols we have in place to prevent the spread of an outbreak in our facility.

 

Updates 

11/19/2020 

Dear Families, Neighbors & Friends,

We appreciate you. You have been supportive, encouraging, and kind to our residents and our care team when we needed it most. Thank you.

While we cannot be with you this Thanksgiving, please know that we are grateful for your compassionate understanding and warm wishes. Our staff will be serving residents a traditional turkey dinner in their rooms this year. Staff will partake in a special meal as well. Phone calls, text messages, and notes are welcome.

In alignment with the governor's proclamation this past weekend, we are continuing outdoor visits when weather permits. Indoor visits will continue for essential visitors, compassionate care, psychosocial needs and end of life care.

Like you, we value the emotional health of our residents and our staff. Social workers are available and helping a number of residents through telemedicine.

To add merriment, we’ve decorated our facility with fall decor and Thanksgiving themed displays. Residents continue to enjoy daily programming that includes trivia, humor, puzzles, arts and crafts, BINGO, and encouragement for spiritual connection. The snack and activities carts are a lot of fun too.

We wish you a safe and healthy holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Denney Austin

Administrator, Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

 

10/30/2020

Testing for coronavirus is on-going for residents and staff. All test results this week were negative. 

October has been an active month for residents. We have worked with a number of residents to get out the vote. It is an inspiration to see how much our residents care about their civic duty and participation in our democracy. Most ballots have been mailed in and counted already. 

Halloween is another big highlight. Today we enjoyed our annual contests that celebrate artistic pumpkin decorating and creative costumes. Prizes were handed out and we had a lot of fun. We also enjoyed pumpkin-flovored donuts and apple cider.

As the weather cools, we are identifying dedicated space inside our facility for family visits. State guidance is evolving for indoor visits, and we are awaiting final directives from public health agencies about indoor visitation.

In the meantime, outdoor visitation continues to go well. Residents and their loved ones meet under our portico by the main entrance. We expect to be able to continue offering visits, in alignment with guidance from state public health agencies, as long as the weather holds. If you would like to schedule an in-person visit, please call reception at 425-392-1271 to reserve a visitation time. 

A big thanks to all of you who have added cheer with phone calls, mailed letters, visits, and gift drops.  These kind gestures help keep resident morale high.

 

10/16/2020

Testing for covid-19 is on-going for residents and staff. All test results this week were negative.
 
Outdoor visitation continues to go well. Residents and their loved ones meet under our portico by the main entrance. We expect to be able to continue offering visits, in alignment with guidance from the state, as long as the weather holds. If you would like to schedule an in-person visit, please call reception at 425-392-1271 to reserve a visitation time.
 
Fall is in full effect around here. The Seahawks are a major theme of conversation and 12’s spirit is all around. We’re decking the halls for Halloween too. Decorations are up. We’re looking forward to our annual pumpkin decorating activities and contest for prizes.
 
A friendly reminder: The residents love Facetime and phone calls, letters and postcards, and gift drops. We appreciate your continued thoughtfulness and words of kindness.
 

10/2/2020

Testing for coronavirus is on-going for residents and staff. All test results this week were negative. 

Outdoor visitation is going well. Residents enjoy seeing their loved ones. If you would like to schedule an in-person visit, please call reception at 425-392-1271 to reserve a visitation time. 

Over the last two weeks the residents have enjoyed spending time outside and observing the animals who wander the grounds around our facility. Our activities team keeps everyone entertained. Some social highlights include the Happy Hour snack cart, doorway conversations, BINGO games, and Seahawks’ Blue Friday. 

In the coming weeks we are putting up autumn décor and residents will be able to get haircuts.

The residents love Facetime and phone calls, letters and postcards, and gift drops. We appreciate your continued thoughtfulness and words of kindness.

 

9/18/2020

Testing for coronavirus is on-going for residents and staff. All test results this week were negative. We’ve officially passed the 100-day mark for all negative covid-19 test results.

This week compromised air quality disrupted our visitation schedule and kept residents indoors.  Scheduled visitors were offered new times. If you would like to schedule an in-person visit, please call reception at 425-392-1271. Today we’re excited to see rain and hope that it will improve air quality.

This week we added fun programming and special treats. Monday residents enjoyed refreshing Juaritos which are Mexican fruit-flavored sodas, and newton cookies.  Mystery Tuesday was a celebration of Agatha Christie’s birthday. Then, everyone got a manicure. It’s helpful to feel lovely. On Thursday, the big BINGO game occupied our afternoon with two hours of laughter and prizes. 

The residents love Facetime and phone calls, letters and postcards, and gift drops. We appreciate your continued thoughtfulness and words of kindness.

 

9/4/2020 

Testing for coronavirus is on-going for residents and staff. All test results this week were negative. This marks 12 consecutive weeks of all negative test results.

We’re having a great week! On Wednesday the ice cream truck made the rounds. Residents and staff reminisced about favorite summer memories and flavors. There were lots of opportunities for residents to spend time outdoors on the patio spaces. Of course, a big highlight continues to be the return of in-person visits. 

Thanks to all who reserved their visitation time and complied with visitation protocols. If you would like to schedule a visit, please call reception at 425-392-1271.

In the coming week, visitation windows with advance reservations include:

Monday: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

Your visits must be scheduled in advance and will take place outdoors per state regulations. Click here for our visitation policy and procedures.

As we near the 100-day mark for all negative covid-19 tests, we have decided that our weekly updates to the community will become twice monthly updates.  

 

8/28/2020 

Testing for coronavirus is on-going for residents and staff. All test results this week were negative.  

Our first week of in-person visits went well. Thanks to all who reserved their visitation time and complied with visitation protocols. If you would like to schedule a visit, please call reception at 425-392-1271.

In the coming week, visitation windows with advance reservations include:

Monday: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

Your visits must be scheduled in advance and will take place outdoors per state regulations. Click here for our visitation policy and procedures.

This week also marked the successful transition of our administrators. Our new administrator is Denney Austin who brings a great deal of experience to the role. Denney looks forward to getting to know residents and their family members.

Over this past week, our residents bid many fond farewells to departing Administrator Lisa Stubenrauch.  A number of residents got outside to enjoy the lovely weather. Each day activities were offered, snacks were provided, and residents were engaged in something enjoyable.

 

8/21/2020

Testing for coronavirus is on-going for residents and staff. All test results this week were negative.  

On Monday, we will begin to accept reservations for in-person visits. The visits must be scheduled in advance and will take place outdoors per state regulations. Click here for our visitation policy and procedures.

Starting next week, our new Administrator Denney Austin will assume the top position at Issaquah Nursing. He’s been on board for the last couple of weeks training in all of our systems. We appreciate his caring attitude and service-oriented approach.

Current Administrator Lisa Stubenrauch leaves us Tuesday, August 25th. Lisa and our team have won numerous awards and recognitions during her 12-year tenure. We appreciate Lisa’s empowering approach and ceaseless dedication to our residents and staff. She will be missed.

This week residents enjoed our summer schedule with time outside on the patios, walking the grounds, and watching birds, deer and bunnies wander through. The B-I-N-G-O game on Thursdays continues to be a highlight with lots of laughs, a little trash talking, and prizes galore.  

We continue with our robust programming and activities schedule, game and snack carts, and encouragement for spiritual connection because we believe emotional health is important too.

 

8/14/2020

Testing for coronavirus is on-going for residents and staff. All test results this week were negative.  

Our clinical care leaders are planning for in-person visits. We will distribute our visitation plan to residents and primary contacts on Thursday, August 20.

State guidelines for visitation stipulate that we offer visitation during fixed hours, provide a significant staff presence, remain outdoors, and have on-site hand sanitation stations. The state’s guidelines also require visitors to wear masks, remain socially distanced, and be screened for symptoms of the coronavirus.

We are grateful to our medical director, director of nursing services, infection preventionist, nursing services coordinator, outside nursing consultant, and team of administrators for all of their work to create a plan for visitation that mitigates risk and helps residents connect with their loved ones.

Until there is a plan in place, with assigned times for visitation, we ask that you continue to be in touch with residents via phone and video calls, emails and letters, window visits and gift drops. We look forward to welcoming you on-site soon.

 

8/7/2020

Testing for coronavirus is on-going for residents and staff. All test results this week were negative.  

On Thursday, Governor Inslee announced a change to state regulations regarding nursing home visitation.  Like many of you, we were excited to learn that residents would be able to visit with family and friends soon.   

Washington State is issuing guidelines for nursing facilities like ours to recommence with visitation in line with county phasing regulations. Our team, including our medical director, is reviewing the guidelines. We are working together to determine how we can mitigate risks and hold successful visitations in line with the new state guidelines and King County phasing. As soon as we have a clear plan for what this should look like at Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, we will share it with you.  

 

7/31/2020

We’ve reached a good milestone of 8 consecutive weeks of negative covid-19 test results for all residents and staff. Testing at our facility is on-going.  

Our days are filled with sunshine and lots of residents are getting outside to enjoy the warmth and beauty of summer in the Northwest. Indoors, we’re keeping cool with art projects and crafts. As usual B-I-N-G-O on Thursday was a hit. Friday’s Happy Hour Cart was filled with delightful noshes and drinks.  

We are making the most of our time together and the atmosphere here is positive. Your continued window visits, calls, letters, and gifts are appreciated often more than you know. Thank you, families and friends of residents, for your continued kindness and encouragement.  

 

7/24/2020

We’re grateful for another good week. Testing at our facility is on-going. We’re pleased to report all test results this week are negative. We are hopeful that we will soon reach 8-weeks of negative test results for residents and staff.  

Our days this past week have been mellow yet cheerful. Tuesday we celebrated the birthday of Don Knotts. He sure knew how to get a laugh. Sounds of giggles, chuckles, and some deep belly laughs filled the hallways. 

Thankful Thursday was filled with gratitude and spiritual reflection.  Then, Thursday afternoon we played B-I-N-G-O. It brought the energy level up.  

Residents continue to delight in outside time, window visits, phone and video calls, and receiving mail. Family and friends are certainly appreciated. Thank you all for being so encouraging and kind. 

 

7/17/2020

It has been a good week. Testing at our facility is on-going. We’re pleased to report all test results this week are negative. 

Our week was filled with activities, delicious treats from the snack cart, window visits, video chats and telephone calls. Today, we played the Washington Lottery.  Everyone who wanted a scratch ticket got one.  While all of our residents are winners, a few folks were lucky enough to get a couple of bucks. It was great fun. Listening to the delight and chatter gave everyone a reason to smile. 

We’re looking forward to the nice weather. Wildlife continues to entertain us from our window views. Many residents are taking advantage of outside time. Strolls around the grounds are common. Thanks to a few residents with green thumbs our patio gardens have never looked better. 

 

7/10/2020

We are pleased to report another week of negative covid-19 test results. Our testing process is ongoing for residents and staff.

This week many residents enjoyed time outside on the patios and strolls around the grounds. Tuesday was National Macaroni Day.  The residents made macaroni art. They enjoyed popsicles on Wednesday and played an epic game of BINGO Thursday afternoon.

Please keep the words of encouragement coming. The residents love hearing from family and friends.  Letters, phone calls, and window visits are appreciated.

 

7/3/2020

Testing for coronavirus in our facility is on-going in alignment with state guidelines. No new positive cases were identified this week.

Our no visitors inside the facility policy remains in place in accordance with Washington’s Phase 2 regulations. We do welcome window visits from the families and close friends of residents. We have extended window visitation hours on Friday mornings from 9:30 am – 1 pm. You are welcome to come for window visits at other times. We encourage you to call us in advance at 425-392-1271 so that we can help coordinate your visit.

The 4th of July spirit is all around us. This past week residents enjoyed getting outside for patio time and walks around the grounds.  Our craft cart featured some very American themes. On Wednesday we celebrated National Ginger Snap day. It was an excellent excuse to eat cookies. BINGO on Thursday has expanded to two-hours of fun.

We wish you all a Happy 4th of July!

 

6/26/2020

We’re celebrating! It has been 30 days since any resident or staff tested positive for covid-19. Our diligence with safety measures, spread mitigation, and collective attention to the well being others helped us achieve this outcome.

Our plan is to remain in compliance with state and public health agency directives. In line with the guidance, residents are spending more time outdoors.  This is helping people feel less cooped up and much better when they can soak up some sun and fresh air. 

Inside we’re keeping folks occupied with the activity cart, special snacks, brain games, and BINGO with prizes.  Though it seems the biggest BINGO prize is bragging rights.

As we look toward the 4th of July weekend, we’re encouraging window visits, gift drops, and calls from family and friends. Please reach out to your loved one with words of kindness and encouragement.

 

6/19/2020 

There have been no new covid-19 cases for more than three weeks. We have tested all of our residents and on-site staff for coronavirus. All tests came back negative. 

Our no visitors policy continues inline with state orders. As King County moves though its phased coronavirus emergence we are considering ways to help connect residents and loved ones beyond window visits, while still adhering to strict safety standards. Please stay tuned for updates.  

This past week has been filled with patio time. Our residents are enjoying the sunshine, fresh air, and sightings of wildlife. 

Many sweet gestures were made by residents for National Nursing Assistants Day. Yesterday, our nursing assistants received beautiful cards made by our residents and had a BBQ lunch outside.

The celebration of our nursing assistants continues into the coming week. On Monday residents and staff will indulge in a gourmet coffee bar and on Wednesday we’re making ice cream sundaes. 

Our activities schedule is full. We’re keeping occupied with fun brain challenges, games, trivia, a craft cart, conversations, and lots of laughter. 

 

6/12/2020 

It has been a good week. We completed covid-19 testing for 100% of residents and full-time employees. All tests have come back negative. Our residents who are recovering from the coronavirus are stable.

This past week a number of residents have spent socially distanced time outside enjoying the sunshine and the spring flowers. Preparation for Certified Nursing Assistant’s Day on June 18th is underway. Residents are crafting cards and we are impressed by how artistic they are.  BINGO continues to be a weekly highlight with lots of engagement and laughs.

The state-wide no visitors order continues. Window visits are welcome. Please call us at 425-392-1271 to coordinate your window visit. Great times to come for window visits are:

Thursday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Friday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Saturday 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday 12 noon – 2:30 pm

Mail delivery is a popular time every day.  We encourage families to send letters and cards, flowers, gifts, and artwork – it’s extra special when children are involved in making it.  If you need to personally drop by a gift, please call ahead. We have contactless drop off. Place item on the chair outside our front door. We’ll send a staff member out front for the drop-off.

Thank you for the continued support, encouragement and inspiration. 

 

6/5/2020 

Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is on track to meet Governor Inslee’s mandate of testing all residents and staff for covid-19 by June 12th.   The testing process is fluid and test results are usually returned by our laboratory partner within 48-hours.

We’re pleased to report that this week we have not received any covid-positive test results. Everyone is keeping busy with activities and entertainment.

The no visitors mandate is expected to continue. Window visits are welcome. Please call us at 425-392-1271 so we can help coordinate your window visit. Great times to come for window visits are:

Thursday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Friday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Saturday 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday 12 noon – 2:30 pm

Send love! The residents enjoy receiving letters, cards, artwork, flowers, and gifts. If you need to personally drop by a gift, please call ahead. We have contactless drop off.  Place item on the chair outside our front door. We’ll send a staff member out front for the drop-off. And, thank you for continuing to be in touch.  Your efforts mean a lot.

 

5/29/2020

This week a single employee tested positive for covid-19. That employee is at home in quarantine. The employee wore personal protective equipment (PPE), and followed established infection control measures to mitigate exposure risk that are in line with CDC and Public Health - Seattle & King County guidelines.

The current number of residents who are still considered covid-positive is two. Our additional mitigation efforts include the no visitors policy per state and federal regulation, screening of staff at the beginning of each shift, rigourous hand washing, and a number infection control measures including donning and doffing of PPE, and environmental cleanings throughout the day.

More residents are showing signs of recovery. Only a small group still has coronavirus symptoms. We remain hopeful that they will feel better soon.

Our residents are an inspiration. While we know it is difficult to not be able to hug family, we are continually in awe of their resilience.

Window visits from family and loved ones are encouraged! Please call ahead at 425-392-1271 to help coordinate your visits. Best times for window visits are:

Tuesday 11 am - 12 noon

Thursday 11:30 am - 12:30 am

Friday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Saturday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Sunday 12 noon - 1 pm

 Our activities calendar has taken on a life of its own. We’ve got art projects, brain games, sports and regular trivia, word puzzles, an entire cart devoted to choose-your-own activities, and aroma therapy selections. Of course, there is weekly BINGO with giggles, chatter, prizes, and bragging rights.

With the mild temperatures and sunshine many residents are getting outside. Residents can stroll with staff and spend time sociallydistanced on the patios.

 

May 22, 2020 

It has been 35 days since a resident tested positive for covid-19. We are hopeful that as residents recover we will be able to announce that our facility is free of coronavirus.

 

Coronavirus Testing

We anticipate that Governor Inslee will issue a mandate for covid-19 testing in all nursing facilities soon.  If so, we are well positioned to comply with the mandate.

Shortly after identifying the first covid-positive case in our facility, we advocated for broad testing of residents and staff. As a result, we were included in an early testing program with the CDC and Public Health -  Seattle & King County.  It is our understanding that we helped make the case for broad testing in skilled nursing facilities nationwide.

 

Resident Health & Safety

All residents of our facility have been tested for covid-19. Any resident with a positive test result has been cared for by a dedicated care team. Residents with positive test results are re-tested according to established care guidelines and direction from medical care providers.

The emotional well-being of our residents is a valid and important concern.  Family members are encouraged to stay in regular contact and make window visits. We anticipate the continuance of our no visitors policy in alignment with state orders.

The Stay Home – Stay Safe order has prevented many of our normal activities.  In response, we designed and expanded a new activities schedule. In doing so, our residents are engaging in brain challenges, enjoying music, sharing memories with each other, playing games, and picking favorite goodies from our snack cart.  BINGO has become a weekly highlight.

 

Staff Safety

We are extremely fortunate to have dedicated managers and caregivers who come to work every day with the goal of providing exemplary care. Our leadership team meets each workday to review resident medical conditions and departmental tasks to care for our residents. 

Our on-site staff is continuing with the covid-19 testing process. Staff follows federal and state guidelines, and stringently uses personal protective equipment (PPE). All staff members inside of our facility wear masks and eye protection.

 

Communication with You

The week of May 25th will be our final week of providing weekly resident primary contact clinical care updates via telephone.  Our nursing leaders are glad to know you all better. As we near 100% resident recovery we would like to reallocate nursing staff hours to supporting resident discharges when possible.

We will continue to provide updates to primary contacts when a resident’s condition changes. Our web site, Facebook page, and dedicated phone message line will continue to provide broad status updates on a weekly basis.

 

 

May 15, 2020

Our residents and care team remain in good spirits. This past week has been filled with sunshine and activities. Our hearts are lighter and laughter has been heard coming from many of the resident rooms. Highlights this past week include:

  • On Wednesday we invited residents who are able to engage in doorway visits. Social distancing was observed, masks were worn, and folks chatted about their favorite vacations. Then, we played tropical music and enjoyed Italian sodas in the afternoon.

 

  • The patios have been open. Residents who can and wish to go outside are able to spend time on the patios, socially distanced by at least 25 feet from other residents. Fresh air and sunshine are wonderful mood boosters.

 

  • Our craft, game, and cookie carts have created enthusiasm. Weekly BINGO is a big hit bringing out the competitive nature of some residents and major giggles from others.

Our residents living with Coronavirus are exhibiting fewer symptoms, and while recovery can be slow, it seems to be happening for many. We are thankful for your continued encouragement and support.

 

May 8, 2020 

It’s Mother’s Day weekend. Our residents are being honored and celebrated in many ways. 

May 10th, Sunday 9:30 am - 1pm: Families are encouraged to schedule window visits.  Please call us at 425-392-1271 to let us know when you would like to come.  Scheduling in advance helps us manage social distancing and make sure that you have a meaningful visit with your loved one.  The activities team will give special gifts to all of our female residents.

May 10th, Sunday, 2:30pm - 4pm: residents enjoy our Coffee Cart featuring iced Starbucks Frappuccino drinks. 

May 8th, Friday 1:45pm - 2pm: The United States Air Force is flying over our building in a salute to healthcare workers. We’ll be looking out the windows for a tip of the wings and listening for the roar of jets. 

May 8th, Friday afternoon: The good folks from Lowe’s Home Improvement are bringing flower baskets to brighten up our surroundings. 

Beyond the festivities, we continue to care for our residents, many of whom are showing signs of recovery. Our weekly schedule continues to engage residents, inspire new ideas, and create opportunities to laugh. 

 

May 1, 2020

Like many of you, we are carefully listening to the governor. We continue to follow clinical best practices and public health guidelines for skilled nursing facilities. Our no inside visitors policy remains in place. 

Here are some recent highlights: 

  • There are fewer residents exhibiting coronavirus symptoms. 
  • Programming is being expanded and enhanced in an effort to bring more joy into the lives of our residents. 

We opened our patio. Residents are enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, and are always a minimum of 25-feet apart from one another. 

For Mother’s Day on May 10th, we’re encouraging all families that want to come for window visits to please call us at 425-392-1271 by Thursday, May 7th. This way we can plan for your visit to ensure proper social distancing of all family members and friends. Please remember that you are required to stand 6-feet apart and use your phone to call your loved one inside. Additionally, if you have a gift to drop-off, please label it with the resident’s name and call to arrange for drop-off.  We’ll deliver your gift to your loved one. 

 

April 23, 2020

Social workers are working with each resident at least once per week to support their emotional, behavioral, and psychological health needs during this time of isolation. We are grateful to our social workers and appreciate the importance of their good work. 

Our nurse practitioners and nurse managers continue to provide health updates to primary contacts of each resident at least once per week, and as developments happen. We are grateful for their continued dedication and care of our residents. 

This week’s activity highlight is BINGO. Thanks to our intercom system, all residents who want to play BINGO can do so from the comfort of their rooms.  Those who get a B-I-N-G-O receive a prize. We give out really good prizes

 

April 16, 2020

The sun is a welcome sight.  We’re enjoying its warmth and watching the trees bloom all around our facility.

Testing for Coronavirus continues. We are thankful the number of cases is stable. Some of our residents who tested positive are starting to show signs of recovery. Others remain symptomatic. All residents who received a positive COVID-19 test result are attended to by a dedicated team of care professionals.

Our daily schedule of activities is creating bright moments and our residents are generally in good spirits. Residents and staff appreciate the many acts of kindness from our community. Several faith leaders include us in their prayers, and special blessings were said for us during the Easter and Passover holidays. Some resident families dropped by holiday gifts or came for window visits. Many neighbors and friends boost our spirits with their words of kindness and encouragement. We are grateful for our community. 

 

April 9, 2020

With Easter just around the corner, we are welcoming limited contact for our residents from their immediate family members and closest loved ones. Please call the front desk to coordinate the following: 

  • Easter gift drop-offs
  • Window visit
  • Easter Facetime or Zoom video calls

If a resident’s church is offering video or YouTube services or mass please be sure to mention it. We will make every effort to make the service available to the resident.  Additionally, if a resident observes Passover or another holiday this time of year please be certain to let us know. We are happy to help honor all faith traditions.

 

April 2, 2020

We continue with the testing process when clinically indicated.

Some residents who tested positive for COVID-19 are showing signs of improvement. We are grateful to be able to care for them and continue to pray for recovery. 

The majority of our residents feel well. To brighten spirits we have added programming each day of the week. This includes:

Monday Music - Residents request music that we play in their rooms and the hallways.

Tuesday Trivia - All residents receive a page of trivia questions. Answers are shared in the afternoon over the intercom.

Wednesday Whacky Jokes - A page of jokes is distributed. In the future, we will be reading some of the jokes over the intercom.

Thursday Thankful Thoughts –Today Department Heads and Managers ended their daily meeting by stating one thing for which they are grateful.Most were grateful for working with such a great team! Residents each received a card or letter from a community member.  Please keep the cards, pictures/drawings and letters coming.

Friday Refreshments - Time for a drink and a munch. Requested snacks include Cheez-Its, Pringles, and candy. 

Saturday Sports - The game is on.

Sunday Spiritual Connection - Honoring the beliefs of residents is important. Prayer, medication and spiritual considerations are emphasized    

 

March 26, 2020

We are grateful for the continued diligence and collaboration with Public Health - Seattle & King County. Our residents are being tested and retested for Covid-19.

Those who are Covid-19 positive are attended to by a dedicated care team. We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and are assured by the team from public health and the CDC that our staff is taking all proper precautions.

Our residents remain in isolation, as this is part of our containment plan. Each day, our staff makes an effort to lighten and brighten spirits through acts of support and kindness. Your messages of encouragement on our Facebook page are appreciated by residents and staff.

 

March 20, 2020 

Approximately 10 days ago we requested coronavirus testing for all residents and staff. Public Health - Seattle & King County and the CDC prioritized our facility. We tested all consenting residents for Covid-19 and several staff members. The majority of test results are negative.

Each of our residents, and their primary contacts, are in regular communication with our managing nurses. We are handling communication in a subjective, private, and dignified manner.

Through this process, we have learned that Covid-19 is unpredictable. There are Covid-19 positive residents with:

  • no symptoms
  • one symptom
  • more than one symptom

Any resident who tested Covid-positive is being attended to by a Covid-dedicated care team. Additionally, residents who tested negative for Covid-19 are being retested today. We expect this process of testing and retesting to continue for some time.

 

March 18, 2020 

Our residents, and their primary decision-makers, are enrolled in our update system. Our managing nurses make briefings to them via telephone on a regular basis.

At each briefing, we encourage primary decision-makers to share requests for things that will brighten the resident’s day. For instance, we learned that one resident enjoys fruit so we provide mandarin oranges and bananas as snacks. Another resident has a favorite author, so we ordered books for that resident's Kindle. Most of our residents are in communication with their family members and enjoy using Skype and Facetime to connect. Our staff helps facilitate those conversations when needed. 

 

March 13, 2020 

Our staff is working diligently to provide resident care. Collaboration with Public Health – Seattle & King County and the CDC continues and we appreciate the support from these agencies.

Beginning today we will provide updates as needed. We respect the dignity of the residents in our care. We are in direct contact with our residents and their loved ones, providing detailed information about health status, care needs, and ways to connect.

If you have a family member in our care and would like an update on his or her condition, please call 425-392-1271. This phone number is for authorized resident family members only.

 

 

March 12, 2020

Today we learned that a resident who went to the hospital on Tuesday, March 10 has tested positive for COVID-19.

We have requested that COVID-19 testing for all of our residents be prioritized. Additionally, we would like all staff members to be tested and have relayed this request to the agencies addressing the COVID-19 situation in our facility.

Our team continues to collaborate with Public Health - Seattle & King County, the CDC, and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). All agencies have visited our facility and affirmed our infection control protocols and patient care processes.

Congresswoman, Dr. Kim Schrier, King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, and Mayor of Issaquah Mary Lou Pauly are in communication with us. They have inquired about our residents and their needs, offered support for our requests, and continue to provide their constituents with helpful information about our facility. We are grateful for the support of our community and its leadership.

 

March 11, 2020

Public Health- Seattle & King County tested several residents for COVID-19 on Sunday, March 8. The department returned positive test results for five residents. Residents who are COVID-positive are in isolation and attended to by a dedicated care team.

Our staff is in contact with the families of residents who received positive test results. We continue to collaborate with Public Health – Seattle & King County and maintain daily communication with the CDC.

We appreciate the many kind messages and encouraging notes we have received from the community. Thank you for lifting our spirits.

 

March 10, 2020

Our patients are resting comfortably and enjoy hearing from their loved ones. Yesterday, the Issaquah Fire Department delivered flowers. We have distributed the flowers to the residents adding cheer in their rooms.

Today, there were no new residents with symptoms. We received COVID-test results for five members of our nursing care team; all tested NEGATIVE.

We continue to work in partnership with CDC professionals on-site and continue to receive affirmation that our protocols are excellent.

An ambulance did visit our facility for a non-coronavirus related incident. We will continue to update this page daily.

 

March 9, 2020

We regret to share that a resident who tested positive COVID-19 last week passed away over the weekend. Our hearts are heavy with grief.

To date, we have two COVID-positive residents in onsite quarantine, three COVID-positive residents in off-site quarantine, and two COVID-positive staff in off-site quarantine. We are awaiting test results for two additional staff members who are in off-site quarantine.

Today, there were no new residents or staff members with symptoms.

In partnership with the CDC we are reaching out to visitors and vendors who have been in our facility. Our contact includes anyone who visited between February 1 and last week.

The CDC is in communication with us daily. Our team met with a medical director from the CDC and a team of doctors. The CDC is also providing us with additional personal protective equipment. We are grateful for the help and support they have provided.

 

March 8, 2020

At Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center our focus is to provide exceptional care and services. Everyone at our facility cares deeply about our residents, staff and family members. We are concerned about our hospitalized residents. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families during this difficult time.

We regret to report that one additional patient was transferred to a local hospital on March 5th. Today, we learned that resident received a presumptive positive test for COVID-19. King County Public Health or the CDC is expected to respond and confirm the result once the state laboratory releases their findings.

Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation continues to be in close contact with representatives from King County Public Health and the CDC.  We have allowed them full access to our facility and we welcome any recommendations they have have to further protect our residents and staff.

Most specifically, physician representatives from the CDC were in the facility Saturday, March 7. They observed and affirmed our cleaning and care-taking protocols. The CDC team also responded to questions. We are thankful for their expertise and their help is alleviating staff concerns. 

We will continue to update our web site daily

 

March 7, 2020

We are writing to provide an update on COVID-19 as it relates to Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The CDC and King County Public Health representatives were at our facility on 3/6/20. They reviewed our infection control practices and provided testing of a few patients who have exhibited cough and who now are on droplet precautions and isolation.

We were not given any recommendations or mandates to change ANY of the processes we are currently performing. We also were not given any mandates or recommendations to implement any new interventions.

The CDC Infectious Disease physician stated that the CDC highly recommends and encourages facilities implement visitor restrictions, therefore we will continue with our NO VISITOR policy.

All staff who have any symptoms of infectious disease have been prohibited from working at our facility.

Two residents who were transferred out of the facility to a local hospital on March 5th have been reported to have presumptive positive Covid-19 results. Those results are not final and remain to be confirmed by the state laboratory.

One resident was tested and is reported to be Covid-19 negative.

We do not have any residents in our facility who have tested positive for Covid-19 at this time. We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information.

Lisa B. Stubenrauch RN-BC BSN CDONA/LTC RAC-CT NHA
Administrator
Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

 

March 6, 2020

We have learned that a resident in our facility who was transferred to the hospital earlier this week, on Tuesday March 3, was subsequently tested and determined to have COVID-19. Prior to the transfer and testing of this resident, we had already implemented infection control protocols to protect our residents, staff and families. We are working with medical experts and state health authorities to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps and following the recommended protocols. We have asked family and visitors not to visit our facility at this time. The safety and health of our residents is our top priority as we continue to vigilantly follow infection control best practices.

No visitors at this time.

For updates regarding your loved one, feel free to continue to call their primary nurse or nurse manager. For facility updates please call 425-392-1272.
Go to our Website: www.issaquahnursing.com or follow us on facebook.

Lisa B. Stubenrauch RN-BC BSN CDONA/LTC RAC-CT NHA
Administrator
Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center