Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Here at Fellowship Village, the health and safety of residents, staff, and families are our top priority. With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have started implementing serious measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Management (CDC) and State and Local health officials to keep our community safe. Below you will find recent updates from Fellowship Senior Living pertaining to the Coronavirus outbreak and what is being done to keep you or your loved one safe.

For more information about COVID-19, please refer to these resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Management. CDC resources will also be available at all main entrances of Fellowship Village.

Additional Resource List Provided by Fellowship Senior Living:

Fellowship Village’s Response to COVID-19: In The News

Fellowship Senior Living continues to take rigorous measures to ensure the safety of our staff members and residents. These measures have kept Fellowship Village free of any positive cases and the local community has taken notice. Browse the featured news articles below to see what we are doing to keep your loved ones healthy and safe.

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Recent Updates from Fellowship Village

10/8/2020 Fellowship Village’s Outbreak Response Plan

 

October 8, 2020

Fellowship Senior Living has compiled Fellowship Village’s Outbreak Response Plan. The purpose of this Outbreak Response Plan is to provide guidance to all team members, residents and their family members or representatives about response protocol to appropriately address and prevent the spread of an infectious disease outbreak within our organization.

Within the Outbreak Response Plan, you will find guidelines regarding Infection Prevention and Control Practices, Infectious Disease Surveillance, Case Investigation and Outbreak Steps, and more.

Review Fellowship Village’s Outbreak Response Plan here.

8/20/2020 Updated Letter from President & CEO Brian Lawrence

 

August 20, 2020

Dear Residents, Family Members, Visitors and Team Members,

If there is an emergency and you need to reach someone at Fellowship Village, please call 908-580-3824. New Jersey remains in a “holding pattern” for reopening and remains in Stage 2 of its phased reopening plan with the state’s COVID-19 transmission rate hovering around 1%. The coronavirus is finding new victims worldwide, in bars and restaurants, offices, markets and casinos, giving rise to frightening clusters of infection that increasingly confirm what many scientists have been saying for months: The virus lingers in the air indoors, infecting those nearby. Airborne transmission is a significant factor in this pandemic, especially in crowded spaces with poor ventilation, the consequences for containment is significant leading to the United States continue to add a significant number of new infections each day. Similar to New Jersey, Fellowship Senior Living will continue to be thoughtful, methodical and strategic with our precautions and reopening based on scientific data and metrics concerning the level of disease transmission risk.

The significant progress NJ and Fellowship has made is thanks to all of you staying vigilant and adhering to all the precautions. We must stay the course because the virus is still out there, compromising people’s health, and in too many cases, continuing to take lives. So, keep it up! Fellowship will continue to closely monitor, as the road back unfolds and appreciate that the Public Health, especially the older adults we serve, who are the most vulnerable, are protected. For this reason and with guidance from government agencies and health officials as the state lifts restrictions for many businesses and families, our Fellowship community along with other senior communities will lag behind, especially when indoor measures are lifted. Your health and safety are our most important priority. Please read this updated Notice regarding restrictions for visiting our Fellowship Village Community.

Our active independent residents at Fellowship Village are taking advantage of the warmer weather with outdoor activities including dining and visitation and some indoor activities. Public health experts have identified that outdoor environments present reduced risks of transmission as compared to indoor environments. Due to the nature of our Health Center at this time, we are limited to only providing visitation outside in a very controlled environment to best protect those who are at the greatest risk. Health Center (Assisted, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing) visitors must email lifeenrichment@fellowshipsl.org and Independent Living visitors must schedule with our Community Center receptionist at 908-580-3800. All Visitors must adhere to the specific guidelines for the Health Center and for Independent Living. Please remember that maintaining overall social distancing and mitigation requirements while gathering in open- air outdoor spaces, particularly by maintaining a six-foot distance from other individuals, washing hands and wearing face coverings, is imperative to continuing to reduce the ongoing risk of community spread of COVID-19.

Fellowship Village healthcare workers are on the front line every day – making the lives they serve better during these difficult times. I thank each of our team members for their spirit of engagement, compassion, and service to all those we care for and serve, especially our health care heroes who interact with our residents, clients, patients and members throughout the day. I recognize and appreciate that they are working tirelessly to ensure that everyone stays healthy and those we serve are properly cared for during these challenging times.

Our healthcare team continues to enact plans for protection against COVID-19 as based on CDC, CMS and NJDOH guidelines. Measures that have been implemented include:

  • No indoor visitation to our Health Center except for end-of-life situations and restriction of non- essential visitation (friends, families, etc.) to our Fellowship Village independent living community; all doors will remain secured until further notice. Effective June 15th outside visitation is permitted by appointment.
  • Provision of personal protective equipment for all team members
  • PCR (nasal swab) COVID-19 weekly testing for all Fellowship Village team members and Health Center residents
  • Antibody testing was performed for all residents across our campus and team members.
  • Provision of washable 3 Ply 100% Cotton with Antimicrobial Finish to all residents and team members
  • Changed labs to provide a 24 to 48 hour turnaround for COVID-19 testing instead of up to a week to facilitate a fast response of our protocols based on the test results
  • Health Center Residents – Restricting non-essential packages/deliveries, no outside laundry service,and enacting social distancing during meal service and meal delivery
  • Dining at Fellowship Village’s independent living community resident dining areas have been suspended and replaced with take-out with extended hours from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm for proper social distancing with enhanced infection control precautions, prepackaged foods, and streamline selections for easy and quick service. Effective June 15th 2020 we started outdoor dining for our independent living residents while observing state guidelines.
  • Recruitment of Dr. Natarajan, Infectious Disease Consultant, in conjunction with our Medical Director to provide infection control direction including treatment recommendations, surveillance, and response
  • Continued refinement of an organization-wide COVID-19 plan and protocols
  • Screening of all personnel, support services and patients to the Health Center and screening of essential visitors via the Main Community Entrance for risk of COVID-19 including temperature checks.
  • No visitation to Fellowship Village independent living community by volunteers.
  • Active, ongoing COVID-19 surveillance of all residents in our Health and Medical Centers
  • Education of team members and residents about COVID-19 transmission and adhering to precautions through letters, notices, phone calls, virtual meetings, and conference calls.
  • Screening of team member travel and requiring medical clearance for return to work
  • Requiring team members to stay home or leave work if respiratory symptoms and/or fever appear and be tested and cleared by a physician before returning to work and monitoring of team member absenteeism
  • Continued monitoring of CDC, CMS and NJDOH updates about appropriate COVID-19 response
  • All large indoor group events and programming have been suspended. Live streaming from our new Fellowship Studio has been  implemented along with content streamed to each Residents’ home to help keep everyone engaged and connected. In observance of state and federal guidelines we are offering small group gatherings indoors.
  • The salon reopened on June 22nd 2020 for independent residents while observing state guidelines and commencing in August we extended the services to our Health Center residents.

For more information about COVID-19, please refer to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov CDC resources will also be available at the main entrances of our community.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow CDC recommended practices that are proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Symptoms develop within 2 to 14 days of exposure and may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, G.I. symptoms, and congestion with runny nose. Risk of severe illness is greater for older adults and those with chronic medical conditions. According to the CDC, the best measures toward minimizing risk are everyday actions that protect against the Flu. Below are the recommended actions:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially when using public restrooms, before eating and after touching public surfaces, e.g., handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, counters etc.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if water and soap are not readily available
  • Cover cough and sneeze with a tissue and discarding waste receptacle – wash hands afterwards
  • Avoid shaking hands and touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands
  • Maintain a social distance of at least about 6 feet when someone appears ill
  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces often
  • Refrain from airline, mass transit and cruise travel to limit the risk of exposure within a confined area. Please check travel advisories at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
  • Avoid any confined areas with people may gather
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

I am blessed to have a dedicated, caring, and thoughtful team of professionals who are focused on your well-being and are working hard to stay abreast of this very dynamic situation and put in place the protocols as established by the CDC, CMS, NJDOH and our medical professionals.

If you are planning on visiting or entering our Fellowship Village campus, please refer to our Notice for restrictions and limitations. For those permitted on campus, please refrain from coming to Fellowship Village if any of the following are true:

  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours fever (temperature of 100.0 F or above)? Please be aware your temperature will be verified before visiting.
  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours G.I. symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting) or symptoms of COVID-19, for example, fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, OR new loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you or someone close to you had confirmed or suspected COVID-19 illness with any of the above symptoms in the past 5 weeks with or without hospitalization and were not cleared by a physician to discontinue quarantine?
  • Have you or someone close to you traveled by air internationally within the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you taken a cruise in the last 14 days or participated in other settings where crowds are confined to a common location?
  • Have you or someone close to you been in contact with someone with or under investigation for COVID-19, confirmed COVID-19 test result, or someone ill with respiratory symptoms in the past 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you reside in or travels to/from a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring? Please check CDC and New Jersey’s incoming travel advisory.
  • Have you been exposed to potentially exposed at your place of work in the past 14 days?

Atlantic Health Systems launched a COVID-19 public-facing hotline designed to assist anyone who is concerned that they or a loved one may have been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19.

The hotline (862-260-3199) operates M – F from 9:00 am – 1 pm and closed on the weekends.

The COVID-19 Nurse Screening Hotline is staffed by trained Atlantic Health System nurses who will triage calls and help guide the next steps in seeking care. Callers with clinical symptoms of concern or travel/exposure concerns will be connected with dedicated AMG physicians to assist in evaluation and triage.

Since the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have continued to monitor this dynamic situation on a daily basis. Please be assured that Fellowship Senior Living is taking all the appropriate measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Management (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), New Jersey Department of Health NJDOH) and local health officials in collaboration with our Medical Director and our Infectious Disease Specialist.

Thank you for all of your efforts to help minimize risk in our community.

God Bless,

Brian G. Lawrence

President & CEO

6/19/2020 Updated Notice to Visitors

 

Fellowship Village Independent Living Outdoor Visitation

Based on CDC, NJDOH and State guidelines beginning June 15, family members and friends may visit their loved one(s) residing in Independent Living by adhering to the following guidelines.

  • Visitation is restricted if the visitor currently has or had in the last 24 hours symptoms of COVID-19, for example, fever, cough, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell OR G.I. symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting). In addition, all visitors must complete and pass our screening process before visiting.
  • Visitors must schedule their visit with the Community Center receptionist at 908-580- 3800 in order to maintain proper social distancing. Both the visitors and the resident will also need to sign an informed consent form prior to visitation.
    • Masks must be worn at all times (visitors & residents), no exceptions
    • Visiting hours between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM; Seven days a week
    • Up to two visitors at a time (no pets)
    • Check-in at receptionist for screening, temperature check and washing hands
    • The receptionist will notify the resident that visitor(s) have arrived
    • Visitation must take place outdoors at least six feet away from the resident’s
      porch/balcony. No entrance to the residence or physical contact is permitted.
    • Visitors are welcome to bring a chair or blanket.
    • No food or drinks are permitted
    • If a restroom is needed, the visitor may only use the facilities in the community
      center and follow handwashing guidelines
    • Visitation is limited to 30 minutes
    • Upon completion of the visit, please notify the receptionist
  • Visitor may bring food or other items to the resident but must leave the package at the front desk for delivery
  • Fellowship Village reserves the right to limit or cancel visitation or change the policy.
  • If any visitor violates the above policy, they may put the lives of our residents at risk. Their loved one(s) may need to be isolated for up to 14 days or visitation restricted.

Questions about the above guidelines can be directed to Patty Yannotta at 908-580-3853.

 

Fellowship Village Health Center Outdoor Visitation

Based on CDC, NJDOH and State guidelines starting June 21 Fellowship is welcoming family members and friends to visit their loved one(s) residing in the Health Center (Assisted, Memory Care, and Skilled) by adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Visitation is restricted if the visitor currently has or had in the last 24 hours symptoms of COVID-19, for example, fever, cough, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell OR G.I. symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting). In addition, all visitors must complete and pass our screening process before visiting.
  • Visitors must email lifeenrichment@fellowshipsl.org to request a visit in order to maintain proper social distancing. Please indicate name of resident, preferred day, time and who will be visiting (refer to limitations below). Visitors will receive an email within 24 hours by one of our life enrichment team members. Both the visitors and the resident will also need to sign an informed consent form prior to visitation.
    • Masks must be worn at all times (visitors & residents), no exceptions
    • Visiting hours are Monday to Thursday between 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM to4:00 PM, weather permitting
    • Up to two visitors at a time (no pets)
    • Check-in at receptionist for screening, temperature check and sanitize hands
    • The receptionist will notify the resident that visitor(s) have arrived
    • Visitation must take place outdoors at least six feet away from the resident. No entrance to the households or physical contact is permitted.
    • Resident will be accompanied by a member of our life enrichment team at all times
    • Visitors will have designated seating
    • No food or drinks are permitted
    • Please plan accordingly; restrooms will not be available to visitors at this time
    • Visitation is limited to 15 minutes
  • Visitor may bring items for their loved one but must leave the package at the reception desk for delivery
  • Fellowship Village reserves the right to limit or cancel visitation or change the policy.
  • If any visitor violates the above policy, they may put the lives of our residents at risk. Theirloved one(s) may need to be isolated for up to 14 days or visitation restricted.

Questions about the above guidelines can be directed to Alex Trotta at 908-580-3819.

6/10/2020 Updated Letter from President & CEO Brian Lawrence

 

June 10, 2020

Dear Residents, Family Members, Visitors and Team Members,

New Jersey is well on its way on the Road to Recovery. We continue to see the steady decline in new virus cases and hospitalizations in New Jersey and the thoughtful, methodical and strategic reopening of businesses and activities based on scientific data and metrics concerning the level of disease transmission risk. This important progress is thanks to all of you staying vigilant and adhering to all the precautions. We must stay the course because the virus is still out there, compromising people’s health, and in too many cases, continuing to take lives. So, keep it up! Fellowship will continue to closely monitor, as the road back unfolds and appreciate that the Public Health, especially the older adults we serve, who are the most vulnerable, are protected. For this reason and with guidance from government agencies and health officials as the state lifts restrictions for many businesses and families, our Fellowship community along with other senior communities will lag behind, especially with indoor measures being lifted. Your health and safety are our most important priority. Please read this updated Notice regarding restrictions for visiting our Fellowship Village Community.

With the warmer weather and New Jersey lifting restrictions for outdoor activities and some indoor ones, I am pleased to share with you that Fellowship Village is also able to start gradually lifting restrictions based on guidance from the CDC, NJDOH, CMS, and local and state officials. Public health experts have identified that outdoor environments present reduced risks of transmission as compared to indoor environments. Due to the nature of our Health Center at this time, we are limited to only providing visitation outside in a very controlled environment to best protect those who are at the greatest risk. Based on recent State guidelines, our Independent Living residents in the coming weeks will be able to dine outside, visit our medical group, have a haircut, worship outside, and also have outside visitations. All outside visitation will be by appointment only. Health Center (Assisted, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing) visitors must email lifeenrichment@fellowshipsl.org and Independent Living visitors must schedule with our Community Center receptionist at 908-580-3800. All Visitors must adhere to the specific guidelines for the Health Center and for Independent Living. Please remember that maintaining overall social distancing and mitigation requirements while gathering in open-air outdoor spaces, particularly by maintaining a six-foot distance from other individuals, washing hands and wearing face coverings, is imperative to continuing to reduce the ongoing risk of community spread of COVID-19.

Fellowship Village healthcare workers are on the front line every day – making the lives they serve better during these difficult times. I thank each of our team members for their spirit of engagement, compassion, and service to all those we care for and serve, especially our health care heroes who interact with our residents, clients, patients and members throughout the day. I recognize and appreciate that they are working tirelessly to ensure that everyone stays healthy and those we serve are properly cared for during these challenging times.

Our healthcare team continues to enact plans for protection against COVID-19 as based on CDC, CMS and NJDOH guidelines. Measures that have been implemented include:

  • No indoor visitation to our Health Center except for end-of-life situations and restriction of non- essential visitation (friends, families, etc.) to our Fellowship Village independent living community; all doors will remain secured until further notice. Effective June 15th outside visitation is permitted by appointment.
  • Provision of personal protective equipment for all team members
  • PCR (nasal swab) COVID-19 weekly testing for all Fellowship Village team members and Health Center residents
  • Antibody testing was performed for all residents across our campus and team members.
  • Provision of washable 3 Ply 100% Cotton with Antimicrobial Finish to all residents and team members
  • Changed labs to provide a 24-hour turnaround for COVID-19 testing instead of up to a week to facilitate a fast response of our protocols based on the test results
  • Health Center Residents – Restricting non-essential packages/deliveries, no outside laundry service, and enacting social distancing during meal service and meal delivery
  • Dining at Fellowship Village’s independent living community resident dining areas have been suspended and replaced with take-out with extended hours from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm for proper social distancing with enhanced infection control precautions, prepackaged foods, and streamline selections for easy and quick service. Effective June 15th 2020 we will offer outdoor dining for our independent living residents while observing state guidelines.
  • Recruitment of Dr. Natarajan, Infectious Disease Consultant, in conjunction with our Medical Director to provide infection control direction including treatment recommendations, surveillance, and response
  • Continued refinement of an organization-wide COVID-19 plan and protocols
  • Screening of all personnel, support services and patients to the Health Center and screening of essentialvisitors via the Main Community Entrance for risk of COVID-19 including temperature checks.
  • No visitation to Fellowship Village independent living community by volunteers.
  • Active, ongoing COVID-19 surveillance of all residents in our Health and Medical Centers
  • Education of team members and residents about COVID-19 transmission and adhering to precautions through letters, notices, phone calls, virtual meetings, and conference calls.
  • Screening of team member travel and requiring medical clearance for return to work
  • Requiring team members to stay home or leave work if respiratory symptoms and/or fever appear and be tested and cleared by a physician before returning to work and monitoring of team member absenteeism
  • Continued monitoring of CDC, CMS and NJDOH updates about appropriate COVID-19 response
  • All indoor group events and programming have been suspended. Live streaming from our new Fellowship Studio has been implemented along with content streamed to each Residents’ home to help keep everyone engaged and connected.  Effective June 14th we will begin outdoor worship services and in the coming weeks outdoor activities for our independent residents with observance of state guidelines.
  • Temporary closing of Fellowship Village’s Salon. Salon will reopen on June 22nd 2020 for independent residents while observing state guidelines.

For more information about COVID-19, please refer to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov CDC resources will also be available at the main entrances of our community.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow CDC recommended practices that are proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Symptoms develop within 2 to 14 days of exposure and may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, G.I. symptoms, and congestion with runny nose. Risk of severe illness is greater for older adults and those with chronic medical conditions. According to the CDC, the best measures toward minimizing risk are everyday actions that protect against the Flu. Below are the recommended actions:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially when using public restrooms, before eating and after touching public surfaces, e.g., handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, counters etc.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if water and soap are not readily available
  • Cover cough and sneeze with a tissue and discarding waste receptacle – wash hands afterwards
  • Avoid shaking hands and touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands
  • Maintain a social distance of at least about 6 feet when someone appears ill
  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces often
  • Refrain from airline, mass transit and cruise travel to limit the risk of exposure within a confined area
  • Avoid any confined areas with people may gather
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

I am blessed to have a dedicated, caring, and thoughtful team of professionals who are focused on your well-being and are working hard to stay abreast of this very dynamic situation and put in place the protocols as established by the CDC, CMS, NJDOH and our medical professionals.

If you are planning on visiting or entering our Fellowship Village campus, please refer to our Notice for restrictions and limitations. For those permitted on campus, please refrain from coming to Fellowship Village if any of the following are true:

  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours fever (temperature of 100.0 F or above)? Please be aware your temperature will be verified before visiting.
  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours G.I. symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting) or symptoms of COVID-19, for example, fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, OR new loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you or someone close to you had confirmed or suspected COVID-19 illness with any of the above symptoms in the past 3 weeks with or without hospitalization?
  • Have you or someone close to you traveled by air internationally within the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you taken a cruise in the last 14 days or participated in other settings where crowds are confined to a common location?
  • Have you or someone close to you been in contact with someone with or under investigation forCOVID-19 or had confirmed COVID-19 test results in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you reside in or travels to/from a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring?
  • Have you been exposed to potentially exposed at your place of work in the past 14 days?

Atlantic Health Systems launched a COVID-19 public-facing hotline designed to assist anyone who is concerned that they or a loved one may have been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19.

The hotline operates M – F from 8:30 am – 5 pm and Weekends from 9 am – 3 pm 862-260-3199.

The COVID-19 Nurse Screening Hotline is staffed by trained Atlantic Health System nurses who will triage calls and help guide the next steps in seeking care. Callers with clinical symptoms of concern or

travel/exposure concerns will be connected with dedicated AMG physicians to assist in evaluation and triage.

Since the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have continued to monitor this dynamic situation on a daily basis. Please be assured that Fellowship Senior Living is taking all the appropriate measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Management (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), New Jersey Department of Health NJDOH) and local health officials in collaboration with our Medical Director and our Infectious Disease Specialist.

Thank you for all of your efforts to help minimize risk in our community.

God Bless,

Brian G. Lawrence

President & CEO

6/10/2020 Updated Notice to Visitors

 

To protect our Residents and Team Members, we are temporarily enacting the following restrictions regarding visitation:

No visitation by anyone if in the last 24 hours you have any G.I symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, headache, or new loss of taste or smell.

Health Center at Fellowship Village (Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Post-Acute)

  • Visitors are not permitted inside (including independent Fellowship Village Residents), except for end-of-life situations please contact the nurse supervisor at 908-432-9391.
  • To arrange an outside visitation or Virtual (Skype, WhatsApp or Facetime) visitation with your loved one, please email lifeenrichment@fellowshipsl.org.
  • For general inquiries, please contact 908-580-3824 from 7 am – 9 pm seven days a week.
  • Personnel, support services and patients will continue to be rigorously screened, including temperature checks. Volunteers shall be restricted from the Community.

Fellowship Village Independent Living Community

  • No Indoor Visitation for any non-essential visitors (friends, families, volunteers, etc.).
  • To arrange an outside visitation, please schedule with our Receptionist at 908-580-3800.
  • Limited visitation hoursEssential Visitors (service providers, deliveries, etc) must call the Receptionist at x3800 from the vestibule phone to enter through the main Community Center entrance by the Mitchell and Ann Sieminski Theatre between the visiting hours of 9 am to 5:30 pm and sign-in and be screened by the Receptionist (temperature checks required). After 5:30 pm for emergency situations please use vestibule phone to contact security at ext. 3824.
  • Limit physical contact – Please remain six feet apart from anyone in the Community, no shaking hands, limit your surfaces touched, limit your movement to only those areas necessary, frequent hand washing for 20 seconds, and cough/sneeze in a tissue.

Thank you for all your efforts in keeping our Fellowship community safe.

5/14/2020 Updated Letter from President & CEO Brian Lawrence

 

May 14, 2020

Dear Residents, Family Members, Visitors and Team Members,

We are all glad to see the steady decline in new virus cases and hospitalizations in New Jersey and the thoughtful and gradual reopening of our state. This important progress is thanks to all of you staying vigilant and adhering to all the precautions. We must stay the course because the virus is still out there, compromising people’s health, and in too many cases, continuing to take lives. So, keep it up! Fellowship will continue to closely monitor, as the road back unfolds and appreciate that the Public Health, especially the older adults we serve, who are the most vulnerable, are protected. Your health and safety are our most important priority. Please read this Notice regarding restrictions for visiting our Fellowship Village Community.

We have all heard by now that expansive and extensive testing for COVID-19 is essential not only for mitigating and controlling the spread of the virus but also to determine the occurrence of the spread of the virus in settings such as ours. We have worked hard to bring Antibody testing to Fellowship Village and to bolster our battle against this deadly enemy further. We have collaborated with a local physician, Dr. Thomas Porter, along with the Bernardsville Department of Health to bring this test to Fellowship. It is important for our residents and team members to be tested so we can determine who may have never contracted COVID-19, who may currently have the virus without any symptoms (experts believe this cohort is 25-50% of those infected), and who has the antibodies (immunity) that may protect against reinfection. As we have proactively and quickly put recommended measures in place to protect our Fellowship Village community, we feel this test will further help us protect our community. We have completed testing our team members and by the end of next week, all our residents will have had the opportunity to be tested as well.

Fellowship Village healthcare workers are on the front line every day – making the lives they serve better during these difficult times. I thank each of our team members for their spirit of engagement, compassion, and service to all those we care for and serve, especially our health care heroes who interact with our residents, clients, patients and members throughout the day. I recognize and appreciate that they are working tirelessly to ensure that everyone stays healthy and those we serve are properly cared for during these challenging times.

Our healthcare team continues to enact plans for protection against COVID-19 as based on CDC, CMS and NJDOH guidelines. Measures that have been implemented include:

  • No visitation to our Health Center except for end-of-life situations and restriction of non-essential visitation (friends, families, etc.) to our Fellowship Village independent living community; all doors will remain secured until further notice
  • Provision of personal protective equipment for all team members
  • Provision of washable 3 Ply 100% Cotton with Antimicrobial Finish to all residents and team members
  • Changed labs to provide a 24-hour turnaround for COVID-19 testing instead of up to a week to facilitate a fast response of our protocols based on the test results
  • Health Center Residents – Restricting non-essential packages/deliveries, no outside laundry service, and enacting social distancing during meal service and meal delivery
  • Dining at Fellowship Village’s independent living community resident dining areas have been suspended and replaced with take-out with extended hours from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm for proper social distancing with enhanced infection control precautions, prepackaged foods, and streamline selections for easy and quick service
  • Recruitment of Dr. Natarajan, Infectious Disease Consultant, in conjunction with our Medical Director to provide infection control direction including treatment recommendations, surveillance, and response
  • Continued refinement of an organization-wide COVID-19 plan and protocols
  • Screening of all personnel, support services and patients to the Health Center and screening of essential
    visitors via the Main Community Entrance for risk of COVID-19 including temperature checks.
  • No visitation to Fellowship Village independent living community by volunteers.
  • Active, ongoing COVID-19 surveillance of all residents in our Health and Medical Centers
  • Education of team members and residents about COVID-19 transmission and adhering to precautions
    through letters, notices, phone calls, virtual meetings, and conference calls.
  • Screening of team member travel and requiring medical clearance for return to work
  • Requiring team members to stay home or leave work if respiratory symptoms and/or fever appear and be
    tested and cleared by a physician before returning to work and monitoring of team member absenteeism
  • Continued monitoring of CDC, CMS and NJDOH updates about appropriate COVID-19 response
  • All group events and programming have been suspended. Live streaming from our new Fellowship Studio
    has been implemented along with content streamed to each Residents’ home to help keep everyone
    engaged and connected.
  • Temporary closing of Fellowship Village’s Salon

For more information about COVID-19, please refer to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov CDC resources will also be available at the main entrances of our community.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow CDC recommended practices that are proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Symptoms develop within 2 to 14 days of exposure and may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, G.I. symptoms, and congestion with runny nose. Risk of severe illness is greater for older adults and those with chronic medical conditions. According to the CDC, the best measures toward minimizing risk are everyday actions that protect against the Flu. Below are the recommended actions:

  • Stay home as much as possible, especially when you are sick
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially when using public restrooms, before eating
  • and after touching public surfaces, e.g., handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, counters etc.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if water and soap are not readily available
  • Cover cough and sneeze with a tissue and discarding waste receptacle – wash hands afterwards
  • Avoid shaking hands and touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands
  • Maintain a social distance of at least about 6 feet when someone appears ill
  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces often
  • Refrain from airline, mass transit and cruise travel to limit the risk of exposure within a confined area
    • Please check travel advisories at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
  • Avoid any confined areas with people may gather
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to
  • maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

I am blessed to have a dedicated, caring, and thoughtful team of professionals who are focused on your well- being and are working hard to stay abreast of this very dynamic situation and put in place the protocols as established by the CDC, CMS, NJDOH and our medical professionals.

If you are planning on visiting or entering our Fellowship Village campus, please refer to our Notice for restrictions and limitations. For those permitted on campus, please refrain from coming to Fellowship Village if any of the following are true:

  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours fever (temperature of 100.0 F or above)? Please be aware your temperature will be verified before visiting.
  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours G.I. symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting) or symptoms of COVID-19, for example, fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, OR new loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you or someone close to you had recent hospitalization within the past 2 weeks for any of the above symptoms?
  • Have you or someone close to you traveled by air within the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you taken a cruise in the last 14 days or participated in other settings
  • where crowds are confined to a common location?
  • Have you or someone close to you been in contact with someone with or under investigation for
  • COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you reside in or travels to/from a community where community-
  • based spread of COVID-19 is occurring?
  • Have you been exposed to potentially exposed at your place of work in the past 14 days?
  • Atlantic Health Systems launched a COVID-19 public-facing hotline designed to assist anyone who is concerned that they or a loved one may have been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19.

The hotline operates M – F from 8:30 am – 5 pm and Weekends from 9 am – 3 pm 862-260-3199.

The COVID-19 Nurse Screening Hotline is staffed by trained Atlantic Health System nurses who will triage calls and help guide the next steps in seeking care. Callers with clinical symptoms of concern or travel/exposure concerns will be connected with dedicated AMG physicians to assist in evaluation and triage.

Since the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have continued to monitor this dynamic situation on a daily basis. Please be assured that Fellowship Senior Living is taking all the appropriate measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Management (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), New Jersey Department of Health NJDOH) and local health officials in collaboration with our Medical Director and our Infectious Disease Specialist.

Thank you for all of your efforts to help minimize risk in our community.

God Bless,

Brian G. Lawrence

President & CEO

4/27/2020 Updated Letter from President & CEO Brian Lawrence

 

April 27, 2020

Dear Residents, Family Members, Visitors and Team Members,

Governor Phil Murphy today announced his vision, “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,” to restart New Jersey and put the state on the road to recovery. Governor Murphy outlined six key principles and benchmarks to guide the process for restoring New Jersey’s economic health by ensuring public health. Fellowship will continue to closely monitor the road back unfolds and appreciate that the Public Health, especially the older adults we serve, who are the most vulnerable, are protected.

Your health and safety are our most important priority. Please read this important Notice regarding restrictions for visiting our Fellowship Village Community. Since the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have continued to monitor this dynamic situation on a daily basis. Please be assured that Fellowship Senior Living is taking all the appropriate measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Management (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), New Jersey Department of Health NJDOH) and local health officials in collaboration with our Medical Director and our Infectious Disease Specialist.

Fellowship Village healthcare workers are on the front line every day – making the lives they serve better during these difficult times. I thank each of our team members for their spirit of engagement, compassion, and service to all those we care for and serve, especially our health care heroes who interact with our residents, clients, patients and members throughout the day. I recognize and appreciate that they are working tirelessly to ensure that everyone stays healthy and those we serve are properly cared for during these challenging times.

Our healthcare team continues to enact plans for protection against COVID-19 as based on CDC, CMS and NJDOH guidelines. Measures that have been implemented include:

  • No visitation to our Health Center except for end-of-life situations and restriction of non-essential visitation (friends, families, etc.) to our Fellowship Village independent living community; all doors will remain secured until further notice
  • Provision of personal protective equipment for all team members
  • Changed labs to provide a 24-hour turnaround for COVID-19 testing instead of up to a week to facilitate afast response of our protocols based on the test results
  • Health Center Residents – Restricting non-essential packages/deliveries, no outside laundry service, andenacting social distancing during meal service and meal delivery
  • Dining at Fellowship Village’s independent living community resident dining areas have been suspendedand replaced with take-out with extended hours from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm for proper social distancing with enhanced infection control precautions, prepackaged foods, and streamline selections for easy and quick service
  • Recruitment of Dr. Natarajan, Infectious Disease Consultant, in conjunction with our Medical Director to provide infection control direction including treatment recommendations, surveillance, and response
  • Continued refinement of an organization-wide COVID-19 plan and protocols
  • Screening of all personnel, support services and patients to the Health Center and screening of essential visitors via the Main Community Entrance for risk of COVID-19 including temperature checks.
  • No visitation to Fellowship Village independent living community by volunteers.
  • Active, ongoing COVID-19 surveillance of all residents in our Health and Medical Centers
  • Education of team members and residents about COVID-19 transmission and adhering to precautions through letters, notices, phone calls, virtual meetings, and conference calls.
  • Screening of team member travel and requiring medical clearance for return to work
  • Requiring team members to stay home or leave work if respiratory symptoms and/or fever appear and be tested and cleared by a physician before returning to work and monitoring of team member absenteeism
  • Continued monitoring of CDC, CMS and NJDOH updates about appropriate COVID-19 response
  • All group events and programming have been suspended. Live streaming from our new Fellowship Studio has been implemented along with content streamed to each Residents’ home to help keep everyone engaged and connected.
  • Temporary closing of Fellowship Village’s Salon

For more information about COVID-19, please refer to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov CDC resources will also be available at the main entrances of our community.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow CDC recommended practices that are proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Symptoms develop within 2 to 14 days of exposure and may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, G.I. symptoms, and congestion with runny nose. Risk of severe illness is greater for older adults and those with chronic medical conditions. According to the CDC, the best measures toward minimizing risk are everyday actions that protect against the Flu. Below are the recommended actions:

  • Stay home as much as possible, especially when you are sick
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially when using public restrooms, before eatingand after touching public surfaces, e.g., handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, counters etc.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if water and soap are not readily available
  • Cover cough and sneeze with a tissue and discarding waste receptacle – wash hands afterwards
  • Avoid shaking hands and touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands
  • Maintain a social distance of at least about 6 feet when someone appears ill
  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces often
  • Refrain from airline, mass transit and cruise travel to limit the risk of exposure within a confined area- Please check travel advisories at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
  • Avoid any confined areas with people may gather
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult tomaintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

We have been working hard over the past several weeks to obtain cloth masks for our Residents. One of our residents and a volunteer knit and crochet group graciously knit cloth masks for Fellowship. The initial 300 cloth masks we received went to our front-line healthcare heroes as a 2nd layer of protection and every resident in the Health Center as they are the most vulnerable. Last week we received sufficient supplies to offer them to those residents in independent living who did not already obtain a mask. During our extensive search for protective equipment that we are constantly ordering, we got a lead on some especially nice cloth masks that are 3 Ply 100% Cotton with Antimicrobial Finish and are washable. We placed an order over two weeks ago and expect them to arrive by next week. Once they arrive, we will be distributing out to all our residents and team members for additional protection when they are out and about in public and with other people.

I am blessed to have a dedicated, caring, and thoughtful team of professionals who are focused on your well- being and are working hard to stay abreast of this very dynamic situation and put in place the protocols as established by the CDC, CMS, NJDOH and our medical professionals.
If you are planning on visiting or entering our Fellowship Village campus, please refer to our Notice for restrictions and limitations. For those permitted on campus, please refrain from coming to Fellowship Village if any of the following are true:

  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours fever (temperature of 100.0 F or above)? Please be aware your temperature will be verified before visiting.
  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours G.I. symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting) or symptoms of COVID-19, for example, fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, OR new loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you or someone close to you had recent hospitalization within the past 2 weeks for any of the above symptoms?
  • Have you or someone close to you traveled by air within the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you taken a cruise in the last 14 days or participated in other settingswhere crowds are confined to a common location?
  • Have you or someone close to you been in contact with someone with or under investigation for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you reside in or travels to/from a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring?
  • Have you been exposed to potentially exposed at your place of work in the past 14 days?

Atlantic Health Systems launched a COVID-19 public-facing hotline designed to assist anyone who are concerned that they or a loved one may have been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19.

The hotline operates M – F from 8:30 am – 5 pm and Weekends from 9 am – 3 pm 862-260-3199.

The COVID-19 Nurse Screening Hotline is staffed by trained Atlantic Health System nurses who will triage calls and help guide the next steps in seeking care. Callers with clinical symptoms of concern or travel/exposure concerns will be connected with dedicated AMG physicians to assist in evaluation and triage.

Thank you for all of your efforts to help minimize risk in our community.

God Bless,

Brian G. Lawrence

President & CEO

4/19/2020 Updated Letter from President & CEO Brian Lawrence

 

April 19, 2020

Dear Residents, Family Members, Visitors and Team Members,

Your health and safety are our most important priority. Please read this important Notice regarding restrictions for visiting our Fellowship Village Community. Since the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have continued to monitor this dynamic situation on a daily basis. Please be assured that Fellowship Senior Living is taking all the appropriate measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Management (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), New Jersey Department of Health NJDOH) and local health officials in collaboration with our Medical Director and our Infectious Disease Specialist.

Fellowship Village healthcare workers are on the front line every day – making the lives they serve better during these difficult times. I thank each of our team members for their spirit of engagement, compassion, and service to all those we care for and serve, especially our health care heroes who interact with our residents, clients, patients and members throughout the day. I recognize and appreciate that they are working tirelessly to ensure that everyone stays healthy and those we serve are properly cared for during these challenging times.

Our healthcare team continues to enact plans for protection against COVID-19 as based on CDC, CMS and NJDOH guidelines. Measures that have been implemented include:

  • No visitation to our Health Center except for end-of-life situations and restriction of non-essential visitation (friends, families, etc.) to our Fellowship Village independent living community; all doors will remain secured until further notice
  • Provision of personal protective equipment for all team members
  • Changed labs to provide a 24-hour turnaround for COVID-19 testing instead of up to a week to facilitate afast response of our protocols based on the test results
  • Health Center Residents – Restricting non-essential packages/deliveries, no outside laundry service, andenacting social distancing during meal service and meal delivery
  • Dining at Fellowship Village’s independent living community resident dining areas have been suspendedand replaced with take-out with extended hours from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm for proper social distancing with enhanced infection control precautions, prepackaged foods, and streamline selections for easy and quick service
  • Recruitment of Dr. Natarajan, Infectious Disease Consultant, in conjunction with our Medical Director to provide infection control direction including treatment recommendations, surveillance, and response
  • Continued refinement of an organization-wide COVID-19 plan and protocols
  • Screening of all personnel, support services and patients to the Health Center and screening of essentialvisitors via the Main Community Entrance for risk of COVID-19 including temperature checks.
  • No visitation to Fellowship Village independent living community by volunteers.
  • Active, ongoing COVID-19 surveillance of all residents in our Health and Medical Centers
  • Education of team members and residents about COVID-19 transmission and adhering to precautions through letters, notices, phone calls, virtual meetings, and conference calls.
  • Screening of team member travel and requiring medical clearance for return to work
  • Requiring team members to stay home or leave work if respiratory symptoms and/or fever appear and betested and cleared by a physician before returning to work and monitoring of team member absenteeism
  • Continued monitoring of CDC, CMS and NJDOH updates about appropriate COVID-19 response
  • All group events and programming have been suspended and live streaming has been implemented
  • Temporary closing of Fellowship Village’s Salon

For more information about COVID-19, please refer to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov CDC resources will also be available at the main entrances of our community.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow CDC recommended practices that are proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Symptoms develop within 2 to 14 days of exposure and may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, G.I. symptoms, and congestion with runny nose. Risk of severe illness is greater for older adults and those with chronic medical conditions. According to the CDC, the best measures toward minimizing risk are everyday actions that protect against the Flu. Below are the recommended actions:

  • Stay home as much as possible, especially when you are sick
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially when using public restrooms, before eatingand after touching public surfaces, e.g., handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, counters etc.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if water and soap are not readily available
  • Cover cough and sneeze with a tissue and discarding waste receptacle – wash hands afterwards
  • Avoid shaking hands and touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands
  • Maintain a social distance of at least about 6 feet when someone appears ill
  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces often
  • Refrain from airline, mass transit and cruise travel to limit the risk of exposure within a confined area
  • Avoid any confined areas with people may gather
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

We have been working hard over the past several weeks to obtain cloth masks for our Residents. One of our residents and a volunteer knit and crochet group graciously knit cloth masks for Fellowship. The initial 300 cloth masks we received went to our front-line healthcare heroes as a 2nd layer of protection and every resident in the Health Center as they are the most vulnerable. Last week we received sufficient supplies to offer them to those residents in independent living who did not already obtain a mask. During our extensive search for protective equipment that we are constantly ordering, we got a lead on some especially nice cloth masks that are 3 Ply 100% Cotton with Antimicrobial Finish and are washable. We placed an order over two weeks ago and expect them to arrive by next week. Once they arrive, we will be distributing out to all our residents and team members for additional protection when they are out and about in public and with other people.

I am blessed to have a dedicated, caring, and thoughtful team of professionals who are focused on your well- being and are working hard to stay abreast of this very dynamic situation and put in place the protocols as established by the CDC, CMS, NJDOH and our medical professionals.

If you are planning on visiting or entering our Fellowship Village campus, please refer to our Notice for restrictions and limitations. For those permitted on campus, please refrain from coming to Fellowship Village if any of the following are true:

  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours fever (temperature of 100.0 F or above)? Please be aware your temperature will be verified before visiting.
  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours G.I. symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting) or symptoms of respiratory illness, for example, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or sore throat?
  • Have you or someone close to you had recent hospitalization within the past 2 weeks for any of the above symptoms?
  • Have you or someone close to you traveled by air within the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you taken a cruise in the last 14 days or participated in other settingswhere crowds are confined to a common location?
  • Have you or someone close to you been in contact with someone with or under investigation forCOVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you reside in or travels to/from a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring?
  • Have you been exposed to potentially exposed at your place of work in the past 14 days?

Atlantic Health Systems launched a COVID-19 public-facing hotline designed to assist anyone who are concerned that they or a loved one may have been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19.

The hotline operates M – F from 8:30 am – 5 pm and Weekends from 9 am – 3 pm 862-260-3199.

The COVID-19 Nurse Screening Hotline is staffed by trained Atlantic Health System nurses who will triage calls and help guide the next steps in seeking care. Callers with clinical symptoms of concern or travel/exposure concerns will be connected with dedicated AMG physicians to assist in evaluation and triage.

Thank you for all of your efforts to help minimize risk in our community.

God Bless,

Brian G. Lawrence

President & CEO

3/30/2020 Letter from Health Officer at Bernards Township Health Department

 

Dear Residents,

As we enter our third week of school closures and for some working from home, I want to take a moment to connect. Our lives have changed in ways we never previously experienced. I’m sure it is not easy, and you would like to see your near-by friends, elderly parents or family members. I completely understand and feel the same way. However, I urge you not to visit anyone and go out only for essentials like food and medicine. Stay home. Let me give you some examples with which many of us identify.

You’re probably thinking, “How much could it hurt if my 23-year-old daughter visits from the city to do her laundry at home? ” “My 9-year-old is so bored inside, I can let them have a playdate with their next-door neighbor, how much could it hurt?” “It’s my son’s 1st birthday and I want to have a few people over to celebrate, it can’t hurt.” “A few guys are meeting at the park to play basketball,” how could it hurt? It can hurt a lot.

The only people you should be seeing are those you can’t avoid, such as those living with you before the start of the pandemic. Even in your own household, you should still practice all the precautions you can with proper hygiene and distancing when possible.

We must keep ourselves and our families home out of an ‘abundance of caution’. The second you step out your door, you must act like everyone is infected. Otherwise, you risk yourself, your family, your friends, your elderly parents, grandparents and the entire community becoming infected with COVID-19.

A few weeks ago, The Washington Post released an article with an excellent simulation graphic that showed the benefit of social distancing. View the article here. As the simulation plays, you can see how one sick person can quickly infect dozens demonstrated by the different colored dots. Many cases are mild enough that you might not realize you’re infected, and some infected people have shown symptoms after weeks of being asymptomatic. I urge you to start taking those “dots” off the map as you prevent infection, so the virus has nowhere left to go.

Social distancing doesn’t mean you don’t get to be social. Through technology and other electronic means, we can maintain our social connections and sense of community. I urge you to keep in contact with friends and family and to lean on each other for support. For now, we must create physical distance between one another to prevent the spread of the virus.

What you do not see behind the scenes is that the numbers are accelerating. Expect this to happen. We are not close to the peak that experts are estimating to be 3 to 5 weeks away. The sooner that we can follow social distancing rules, self-quarantine and prevent the virus from having its next host, the faster we will regain some normalcy.

Currently, there is no coronavirus vaccine, but that does not mean we are powerless. The virus itself is weak, needing a host to live in. That means that we as a community can stop this virus in its tracks. We can limit the spread of the virus from person-to-person if we choose to make a change and keep our distance from one another. When you keep getting together in-person, even in what appears to be small harmless groups, you give the virus the power to persist in our community. Do not give it the power. Please stay well, wash your hands, and promote social distancing in your network. Thank you for your continued cooperation in keeping you, your family and community safe from COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Lucy A. Forgione, MS, MCHES

Health Officer/Director of Health

Download the letter here

3/28/2020 Updated Letter from President & CEO Brian Lawrence

 

Dear Residents, Family Members, Visitors and Team Members,

Your health and safety are our most important priority.  Please read this important Notice immediately regarding restrictions for visiting our Fellowship Village Community.  Since the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have continued to monitor this dynamic situation on a daily basis.  Please be assured that Fellowship Senior Living is taking all the appropriate measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Management (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and State and Local health officials in collaboration with our Medical Director and our Infectious Disease Specialist.

Our healthcare team continues to enact plans for protection against COVID-19 as based on CDC and federal and state guidance.  Measures that have been implemented include:

  • Enactment of No visitation to our Health Center except for end-of-life situations and restriction of non-essential visitation (friends, families, etc.) to our Fellowship Village independent living community; all doors will remain secured until further notice
  • Temporary closing of Fellowship Village’s Salon
  • Health Center Residents – Restricting non-essential packages/deliveries, no outside laundry service, and enacting social distancing during meal service and meal delivery
  • Dining at Fellowship Village’s independent living community resident dining areas have been suspended and replaced with take-out with extended hours from 8:30am to 6:30pm for proper social distancing
  • Recruitment of Dr. Natarajan, Infectious Disease Consultant, in conjunction with our Medical Director to provide infection control direction including treatment recommendations, surveillance, and response
  • Development of an organization-wide COVID-19 plan and protocol
  • Screening of all personnel, support services and patients to the Health Center and screening of essential visitors via the Main Community Entrance for risk of COVID-19 including temperature checks.
  • No visitation to Fellowship Village independent living community by volunteers.
  • Active, ongoing COVID-19 surveillance of all residents in our Health and Medical Centers
  • Education of team members and Residents about COVID-19 transmission and adhering to precautions
  • Screening of team member travel and requiring medical clearance for return to work
  • Requiring team members to stay home or leave work if respiratory symptoms and/or fever appear and be tested and cleared by a physician before returning to work and monitoring of team member absenteeism
  • Continued monitoring of CDC and federal and state updates about appropriate COVID-19 response
  • Provision of personal protective equipment for healthcare personnel and direct service workers
  • All group events and programming have been suspended and live streaming has been implemented

For more information about COVID-19, please refer to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov CDC resources will also be available at the main entrances of our community.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow CDC recommended practices that are proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Symptoms develop within 2 to 14 days of exposure and may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and congestion with runny nose. Risk of severe illness is greater for older adults and those with chronic medical conditions. According to the CDC, the best measures toward minimizing risk are everyday actions that protect against the Flu.  Below are recommended actions:

  • Stay home when you are sick except if you need medical care
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially when using public restrooms, before eating and after touching public surfaces, e.g., hand rails, door handles, elevator buttons, counters etc.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if water and soap are not readily available
  • Cover cough and sneeze with a tissue and discarding waste receptacle – wash hands afterwards
  • Avoid shaking hands and touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands
  • Maintain social distance of at least about 6 feet when someone appears ill
  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces often
  • Refrain from airline, mass transit and cruise travel to limit risk of exposure within a confined area
  • Please check travel advisories at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
  • Avoid any confined areas with people including restaurants, gyms, theatres, and other venues

I am blessed to have a dedicated, caring, and thoughtful team of professionals who are focused on your well-being and are working hard to stay abreast of this very dynamic situation and put in the place the protocols as established by the CDC and our medical professionals.

If you are planning on visiting or entering our Fellowship Village campus, please refer to our Notice for restrictions and limitations.  For those permitted on campus please refrain from coming to Fellowship Village if any of the following are true:

  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours fever (temperature of 100.0 F or above)? Please be aware your temperature will be verified before visiting.
  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours symptoms of respiratory illness, for example, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or sore throat?
  • Have you or someone close to you had recent hospitalization within the past 2 weeks for any of the above symptoms?
  • Have you or someone close to you traveled by air within the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you taken a cruise in the last 14 days or participated in other settings where crowds are confined to a common location?
  • Have you or someone close to you been in contact with someone with or under investigation for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you reside in or travels to a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring?

Atlantic Health Systems launched a COVID-19 public-facing hotline designed to assist anyone who are concerned that they or a loved one may have been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19.

The hotline will initially operate seven days a week from 7:00am to 7:00pm at 862-260-3199.

The COVID-19 Nurse Screening Hotline is staffed by trained Atlantic Health System nurses who will triage calls and help guide the next steps in seeking care. Callers with clinical symptoms of concern or travel/exposure concerns will be connected with dedicated AMG physicians to assist in evaluation and triage.

Thank you for all of your efforts to help minimize risk in our community.

God Bless,

Brian G. Lawrence

President & CEO

3/19/2020 Temporary Closing of Salon Update


Dear Residents, Family Members, Visitors and Team Members,

As of 3/19/20, Fellowship Village’s Salon will be temporary closing.

Thank you for your understanding and all of your efforts to help minimize risk in our community.

God Bless,

Brian G. Lawrence

President & CEO

Read the entire 3/19/20 update from Brain Lawrence

3/19/2020 Updated Notice to Visitors

 

Health Center at Fellowship Village (Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Post Acute):

  • Visitors are not permitted (including independent Fellowship Village Residents), except for end-of-life situations please contact the nurse supervisor at 908-432-9391.
  • To arrange a Virtual (Skype, WhatsApp or Facetime) visitation with your love one please contact Alex Trotta, Director of Resident Services, at 908-239-7615.
  • For general inquiries, please contact 908-580-3824 from 7am – 9pm seven days a week.
  • Personnel, support services and patients will continue to be rigorously screened. Volunteers shall be restricted from the Community.

Fellowship Village Independent Living Community

  • No visitation for any non-essential visitors (friends, families, volunteers, etc.).
  • No Visitation by anyone if in the last 24 hours you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Limited visitation hours – Essential Visitors (service providers, deliveries, etc) must call the receptionist at x3800 from the vestibule phone to enter through the main Community Center entrance by the Mitchell and Ann Sieminski Theatre between the visiting hours of 9 am to 5:30 pm (dial ext. 3800 with the phone is the vestibule) and sign-in and be screened by the Receptionist (temperature checks required). After 5:30 pm for emergency situations please use vestibule phone to contact security at ext. 3824.
  • Limit physical contact – Please remain six feet apart from anyone in the community, no shaking hands, limit your surfaces touched, limit your movement to only those areas necessary, frequent hand washing for 20 seconds, and cough/sneeze in a tissue.

3/18/2020 Volunteer Visitation Update


Dear Residents, Family Members, Visitors and Team Members,

As of 3/18/20, there will be no visitation to Fellowship Village independent living community by volunteers.

Thank you for your understanding and all of your efforts to help minimize risk in our community.

God Bless,

Brian G. Lawrence

President & CEO

Read the entire 3/18/20 update from Brain Lawrence

3/18/2020 Updated Notice to Visitors

 

Health Center at Fellowship Village (Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Post Acute):

  • Visitors are not permitted (including independent Fellowship Village Residents), except for end-of-life situations please contact the nurse supervisor at 908-432-9391.
  • To arrange a Virtual (Skype, WhatsApp or Facetime) visitation with your love one please contact Alex Trotta, Director of Resident Services, at 908-239-7615.
  • For general inquiries, please contact 908-580-3824 from 7am – 9pm seven days a week.
  • Personnel, support services and patients will continue to be rigorously screened. Volunteers shall be restricted from the Community.

Fellowship Village Independent Living Community

  • No visitation for any non-essential visitors (friends, families, volunteers, etc.).
  • No Visitation by anyone if in the last 24 hours you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Limited visitation hours – Essential Visitors (service providers, deliveries, etc) must enter through the main Community Center entrance by the Mitchell and Ann Sieminski Theatre between the visiting hours of 9 am to 5:30 pm (dial ext. 3800 with the phone is the vestibule) and sign-in and be screened by the Receptionist (temperature checks required). After 5:30 pm for emergency situations please use vestibule phone to contact security at ext. 3824.
  • Limit physical contact – Please remain six feet apart from anyone in the community, no shaking hands, limit your surfaces touched, limit your movement to only those areas necessary, frequent hand washing for 20 seconds, and cough/sneeze in a tissue.

3/17/2020 Communal Dining Update


Effective March 17, 2020, dining at Fellowship Village’s independent living community resident dining areas have been suspended and replaced with take-out with extended hours from 8:30am to 6:30pm for proper social distancing.

Thank you for your understanding and all of your efforts to help minimize risk in our community.

God Bless,

Brian G. Lawrence

President & CEO

Read the entire 3/17/20 update from Brain Lawrence

3/14/2020 Updated Letter from President & CEO Brian Lawrence

 

Dear Residents, Family Members, Visitors and Team Members,

Your health and safety are our most important priority. Please read this important notice immediately regarding restrictions for visiting our Fellowship Village Community. Since the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have continued to monitor this dynamic situation on a daily basis. Please be assured that Fellowship Senior Living is taking all the appropriate measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Management (CDC) and State and Local health officials in collaboration with our Medical Director and our Infectious Disease Specialist.

Our healthcare team continues to enact plans for protection against COVID-19 as based on CDC and federal and state guidance. Measures that have been implemented include:

  • Enactment of no visitation to our Health Center and restricted and/or limited visitation to our Fellowship Village independent living community
  • Health Center Residents – Restricting non-essential packages/deliveries, no outside laundry service, and suspended all communal dining
  • Recruitment of Dr. Natarajan, Infectious Disease Consultant, in conjunction with our Medical Director to provide infection control direction including treatment recommendations, surveillance, and response
  • Development of an organization-wide COVID-19 plan and protocol
  • Screening of all personnel, support services and patients to the Health Center around and screening of visitors via the Main Community Entrance for risk COVID-19, including temperature checks
  • No visitation to Fellowship Village independent living community by anyone under the age of 18 due to symptoms can be negligible and volunteers are restricted from our community
  • Active, ongoing COVID-19 surveillance of all residents in our Health and Medical Centers
  • Education of team members and Residents about COVID-19 transmission and adhering to precautions
  • Screening of team member travel and requiring medical clearance for return to work
  • Monitoring of team member absenteeism
  • Requiring team members to stay home or leave work if respiratory symptoms appear and be tested and cleared by a physician before returning to work
  • Continued monitoring of CDC and federal and state updates about appropriate COVID-19 response
  • An interdisciplinary education program about COVID-19 has been established for our team members
  • Large in-person group events have been temporally suspended and live streaming is being implemented

For more information about COVID-19, please refer to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. CDC resources will also be available at the main entrances of our community.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow CDC recommended practices that are proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Symptoms develop within 2 to 14 days of exposure and may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and congestion with runny nose. Risk of severe illness is greater for older adults and those with chronic medical conditions. According to the CDC, the best measures toward minimizing risk are everyday actions that protect against the Flu. Below are recommended actions:

  • Stay home when you are sick except if you need medical care
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially when using public restrooms, before eating and after touching public surfaces, e.g., hand rails, door handles, elevator buttons, counters etc.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if water and soap are not readily available
  • Cover cough and sneeze with a tissue and discarding waste receptacle – wash hands afterwards
  • Avoid shaking hands and touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands
  • Maintain a distance of at least about 6 feet when someone appears ill
  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces often
  • Refrain from airline, mass transit and cruise travel to limit risk of exposure within a confined area

Please check travel advisories at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

I am blessed to have a dedicated, caring, and thoughtful team of professionals who are focused on your well-being and are working hard to stay abreast of this very dynamic situation and put in the place the protocols as established by the CDC and our medical professionals.

If you are planning on visiting or entering our Fellowship Village campus, please refer to our Notice for restrictions and limitations. For those permitted on campus please refrain from coming to Fellowship Village if any of the following are true:

  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours fever (temperature over 100.0 F)?
  • Do you or someone close to you currently have or had in the last 24 hours symptoms of respiratory illness, for example, fever, cough, shortness of breath, congestion with runny nose, and/or sore throat?
  • Have you or someone close to you had recent hospitalization within the past 2 weeks for any of the above symptoms?
  • Have you or someone close to you traveled internationally within the last 14 days
  • Have you or someone close to you taken a cruise in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone close to you been in contact with someone with or under investigation for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

Atlantic Health Systems launched a COVID-19 public-facing hotline designed to assist anyone who are concerned that they or a loved one may have been exposed to or have symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The hotline will initially operate seven days a week from 7:00am to 7:00pm at 862-260-3199.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Nurse Screening Hotline will be staffed by trained Atlantic Health System nurses who will triage calls from patients and help guide their next steps in seeking care. Callers with clinical symptoms of concern or travel/exposure concerns will be connected with dedicated AMG physicians to assist in evaluation and triage.

Thank you for all of your efforts to help minimize risk in our community.

God Bless,

Brian G. Lawrence

President & CEO

3/14/2020 Notice to Visitors (Updated 3/14)

 

To protect our residents and team members, we are temporarily enacting the following restrictions regarding visitation:

Health Center at Fellowship Village (Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Post Acute):

  • Visitors are not permitted (including independent Fellowship Village Residents), except for end-of-life situations please contact the nurse supervisor at 908-432-9391.
  • To arrange a Virtual (Skype, WhatsApp or Facetime) visitation with your love one please contact Alex Trotta, Director of Resident Services, at 908-239-7615.
  • For general inquiries, please contact 908-580-3824 from 7am – 9pm seven days a week.
  • Personnel, support services and patients will continue to be rigorously screened.

Fellowship Village Independent Living Community

  • No visitation in the last 24 hours you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, congestion with runny nose, and/or sore throat
  • No visitation for anyone under the age of 18 due to symptoms being negligible in children and no visiting pets
  • Limited visitation hours – visitors must enter through the main Community Center entrance by the Mitchell and Ann Sieminski Theater between the visiting hours of 9 am to 5:30 pm and sign-in and be screened by the Receptionist. After 5:30 pm for emergent situations please use vestibule phone to contact security.
  • Limit physical contact – Please remain six feet apart from anyone in the community, no shaking hands, limit your surfaces touched, limit your movement to only those areas necessary, frequent hand washing for 20 seconds, and cough/sneeze in a tissue.

3/11/2020 Letter from President & CEO Brian Lawrence

 

Dear Residents, Family Members, Visitors and Team Members,

Your health and safety are our most important priority. Please read this important Notice for anyone visiting our Fellowship Village Community. Since the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have continued to monitor this dynamic situation on a daily basis. Please be assured that Fellowship Senior Living is taking all the appropriate measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Management (CDC) and State and Local health officials in collaboration with our Medical Director and our Infectious Disease Specialist.

Our healthcare team continues to enact plans for protection against COVID-19 as based on CDC and federal and state guidance.  Measures that have been implemented include:

  • Recruitment of Dr. Natarajan, Infectious Disease Consultant, in conjunction with our Medical Director to provide infection control direction including treatment recommendations, surveillance, and response
  • Development of an organization-wide COVID-19 plan and protocol
  • Posting of signs at the main entrances to our Community to educate visitors about COVID-19 precautions and communicate visiting restrictions
  • Screening of all visitors to the Health Center around the clock, and screening of visitors via the Main Community Entrance for risk of COVID-19. Protocol is in place to not permit visiting if screen is positive.
  • No visitation from anyone under the age of 18 due to symptoms can be negligible
  • Screening of all Health Center admissions for COVID-19
  • Active, ongoing COVID-19 surveillance of all residents in our Health and Medical Centers
  • Education of team members about COVID-19 transmission and adhering to precautions
  • Screening of team member travel to affected or high-risk areas and requiring medical clearance for return to work
  • Monitoring of team member absenteeism
  • Requiring team members to stay home or leave work if respiratory symptoms appear and be tested and cleared by a physician before returning to work
  • Continued monitoring of CDC and federal and state updates about appropriate COVID-19 response
  • An interdisciplinary education program about COVID-19 has been established for our team members
  • Large in-person group events have been temporally suspended and live streaming is being implemented

For more information about COVID-19, please refer to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/. CDC resources will also be available at the main entrances of our community.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow CDC recommended practices that are proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Symptoms develop within 2 to 14 days of exposure and may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and congestion with runny nose. Risk of severe illness is greater for older adults and those with chronic medical conditions. According to the CDC, the best measures toward minimizing risk are everyday actions that protect against the Flu.  Below are recommended actions:

  • Stay home when you are sick except if you need medical care
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially when using public restrooms, before eating and after touching public surfaces, e.g., hand rails, door handles, elevator buttons, counters etc.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if water and soap are not readily available
  • Cover cough and sneeze with a tissue and discarding waste receptacle – wash hands afterwards
  • Avoid shaking hands and touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands
  • Maintain a distance of at least about 6 feet when someone appears ill
  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces often
  • Refrain from traveling to affected countries with travel advisories or going on a cruise
  • The CDC has issued destinations with Risk of Community Spread of Coronavirus at various warnings levels for China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, or Thailand. Please check travel advisories at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html if you are planning a trip. Other countries may be added.

I am blessed to have a dedicated, caring, and thoughtful team of professionals who are focused on your well-being and are working hard to stay abreast of this very dynamic situation and put in the place the protocols as established by the CDC.

If you are planning on visiting or entering our Fellowship Village campus, please refrain from doing so if anyone of the following are true:

  • Do you currently have or had in the last 24 hours fever (temperature over 99.0 F)?
  • Do you currently have or had in the last 24 hours symptoms of respiratory illness, for example, fever, cough, shortness of breath, congestion with runny nose, and/or sore throat?
  • Have you had recent hospitalization within the past 2 weeks for any of the above symptoms?
  • Have you traveled within the last 14 days to China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, or Thailand including during a connecting flight?
  • Have you taken any type of cruise in the last 14 days?
  • Have you been in contact with someone with or under investigation for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

Atlantic Health Systems launched a COVID-19 public-facing hotline designed to assist anyone who are concerned that they or a loved one may have been exposed to or have symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The hotline will initially operate seven days a week from 7:00am to 7:00pm at 862-260-3199.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Nurse Screening Hotline will be staffed by trained Atlantic Health System nurses who will triage calls from patients and help guide their next steps in seeking care. Callers with clinical symptoms of concern or travel/exposure concerns will be connected with dedicated AMG physicians to assist in evaluation and triage.

Thank you for all of your efforts to help minimize risk in our community.

God Bless,

Brian G. Lawrence

President & CEO

3/10/2020 Notice to Visitors

 

If you answer yes to any of the following please do not visit us and seek medical attention immediately:

  • Do you currently have or had in the last 24 hours a fever (temperature over 99.0 F)?
  • Do you currently have or had in the last 24 hours symptoms of respiratory illness, for example, fever, cough, shortness of breath, congestion with runny nose, and/or sore throat?
  • Have you had recent hospitalization within the past 2 weeks for any of the above symptoms?
  • Have you traveled within the last 14 days to China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Iran or Hong Kong including during a connecting flight?
  • Have you taken any type of cruise in the last 14 days?
  • Have you been in contact with someone with or under investigation for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

Thank you for all your efforts in keeping our Fellowship community safe.