The health and safety of our residents and staff is our top priority. In light of the increasing concern over the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza viruses, we have taken every precaution to prevent the spread of these illnesses as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We have infection control policies and procedures in place, and we are restricting visitors to our campuses in an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to our residents who are the most vulnerable. We want to reassure our residents and their families that The Baptist Home is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all our residents and staff. We will continue to monitor the situation for any further developments and will enact any further recommendations as directed by the CDC.

Specific actions we are taking:

1) As of Monday, March 16, we have “closed” all campuses to outside visitors. Only authorized personnel are being allowed access to resident areas. Resident family members will be granted restricted access IF they are coming to see a loved one with a critical illness or end-of-life issues. If one of these conditions applies, the family member will be asked to sign-in/out and be escorted by a nurse to and from the resident’s room.
2) During this time, we are encouraging family members to use alternative methods of communicating with their loved ones, i.e. personal phone calls or virtual visits via Facetime, etc. We are committed to do all we can to help facilitate this process and coordinate virtual visits with family members as needed.
3) Campus entrances are being limited. Vendors are being asked to sign-in and out at designated areas.
4) Chapel services are being held for the benefit of our residents; however, residents are kept at least six feet apart as recommended by the CDC to prevent virus transmission. This sometimes requires that more than one chapel service be held in order to accommodate all residents.
5)  Independent living residents that come on campus for meals have a segregated eating area away from other residents.
6) Resident meals are no longer being served buffet style until the restrictions are lifted.
7) Staff are being screened before reporting to work for symptoms, i.e. fever, cough, etc.
8) Staff who are diagnosed with the illness will not be allowed to return to work for 14 days.
9) If a resident is exhibiting any symptoms or receives a positive diagnosis, they will be quarantined for 14 days.
10) Church groups and outside organizations previously scheduled to come on campus for programs or activities are being cancelled or rescheduled for a future date.

In addition:

1) Our campus administrators have attended an in-service on best practices for preventing the Coronavirus presented by the Missouri Association of Nursing Home Administrators and have provided a follow-up in-service to share any new information with the staff.

2) We are following the recommendations provided by the CDC:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

• Stay home when sick. [Our staff have been instructed to follow our Temporary Sick Leave policy to protect our residents and other staff from the spread of communicable illnesses.]

3) We have implemented a Temporary Sick Leave Policy and have advised staff to seek medical attention before reporting to work if they are experiencing any respiratory illness or flu-like symptoms.

4) Hand sanitizer stations have been set-up at all work-stations and throughout public areas in each facility.

5) Staff are being extra diligent with good handwashing and infection control measures, i.e. cleaning hard surfaces, disinfecting, etc.

6) Housekeeping staff are monitoring soap and towel supplies more frequently and disinfecting resident rooms and community bathrooms daily.

7) Signs are posted at campus entrances requesting visitors not to enter the facility if they have been ill in the last 24 hours, been in contact with anyone who has been ill or experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Again, we are taking every possible precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact our office directly, (573) 546-2709 or email [email protected]  We will reevaluate this protocol and visitor restrictions on May 15. 

The Baptist Home Corporate Office