Our Response to COVID-19

In the midst of changing circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic, our community has become one of the safest places you can be! We have:

  • Vaccinated over 85% of residents and a majority of staff.
  • Required twice-weekly testing for all staff and residents.
  • Strengthened cleaning services with the latest medical-grade disinfection equipment, including electrostatic sprayers and an Ozone Sanitizing System.
  • Prepared for the future with a two-month stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that continually replenishes, including N95 masks and gowns.
  • Maintained excellent staffing levels, including above-average nurse-to-resident ratios in Mountain View (our nursing unit).
  • Offered full transparency to residents and their loved ones through frequent written updates and communication from organizational leaders.
  • Completed renovations in Mountain View, resulting in a two-floor nursing unit filled with private rooms for residents and a fresh atmosphere designed for today’s seniors.

Moreover, we have adopted many new policies and practices in order to manage the pandemic and comply with new regulations. In particular, we are actively meeting the requirements given by the New Jersey Department of Health in Executive Directive No. 20-026. This directive governs all long-term care facilities in the state and outlines many important details regarding the management of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities like the Home.

Please see below for information regarding the Holland Christian Home’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

VIEW THE HOME’S OUTBREAK RESPONSE PLAN.

FOR URGENT QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS PLEASE EMAIL FAMILYINFO@HCHNJ.ORG.

ACCESS PROCEDURES AND INDOOR VISITATION INFORMED CONSENT HERE.

NJ REGULATIONS:

Executive Directive 20-026

Executive Directive 21-001 and accompanying memo.

NJ Travel Advisory (revised by NJDOH to require 14 day quarantine before visiting nursing and residential facilities).

Holiday Visitation Memo

What is the Home's current status?

The Holland Christian Home is currently in Phase 0 of resuming services, as defined in NJ Executive Directive 20-026.

There are no cases of COVID-19 in the Home as of March 16, 2021.

The Northwest regional CALI score is High as of March 19, 2021.

How is the Home managing distribution of COVID-19 vaccines?

Residents and staff of the Home received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on January 12. The second dose was offered on February 2.

We are thrilled that all interested residents and staff are able to be vaccinated! To date, 85% of all residents have been vaccinated.

Informational Resources:

How is the Home managing the COVID-19 pandemic overall?

Since COVID-19 entered the first US long-term care facility in early March, the Home has been preparing for the virus. More than a month before our first case of COVID-19, our Emergency Management Team began responding. This interdisciplinary committee met at least once a week (and continues to meet twice per week), evaluating and implementing measures aimed at preventing and managing COVID-19.

Given the severity of the global pandemic, it is imperative that we work together with community leaders and industry allies. All along, we have been in constant communication with public health authorities and industry experts, including:

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
  • New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH)
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • North Haledon & Passaic County Offices of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • North Haledon Mayor’s Office
  • New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA)
  • American Health Care Association (AHCA)
  • LeadingAge (American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging)

You can view our Outbreak Response Plan above.

How is the Home communicating with residents and families?

During this challenging time, communication with residents, families and staff has been one of our highest priorities. Executive Director & Administrator Carlos G. Beato periodically sends an email update to members of our community. If you are a resident or a family member of a resident and would like to receive these updates, email pkline@hchnj.org.

Additionally, residents are updated throughout the week via mail, verbal announcement, and TV announcements as needed.

Contact us anytime with questions regarding the Home’s response to COVID-19. Urgent COVID-related questions can be emailed to familyinfo@hchnj.org.

Is the Home accepting visitors?

Yes, we have special visitation programs available for residents and their families. These include indoor visits by appointment as described in NJDOH Executive Directive 21-001, and window visits/outdoor visits in all phases that comply with NJDOH regulations (Executive Directive No. 20-017). These visits are scheduled in advance, and residents and visitors alike wear masks while together.

To see which Phase the Home is currently in, please check the top of this page.

If you are a resident or family member and would like to schedule an indoor visit, please call the Business Office at (973) 427-4087. If you would like to schedule a window visit or outdoor visit, please call Director of Activities Lynn Ardese at (973) 427-4087, ext. 612.

How does the Home monitor symptoms?

All residents and staff of the Holland Christian Home who have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months are tested once per week.

Additionally, staff are screened before and after each shift for a variety of signs and symptoms as recommended by the CDC. Residents are screened daily and are closely monitored for any signs of new or unusual symptoms.

Vendors or other essential professionals, as well as all visitors, are similarly screened prior to entry.

We have previously used rapid-response tests on all visitors and vendors and staff as part of a two-week pilot program. This program may be extended in the future.

Does the Home have enough PPE?

Yes. Since March, we have not stopped purchasing and storing additional PPE, including N95 masks, gowns, face shields, and gloves. We have at least two months’ worth of PPE available for staff at any given time. Additionally, an OSHA-compliant Respiratory Protection Program is developed and being implemented for the use of respiratory PPE.

Staff are routinely trained in proper PPE usage. All staff are required to understand how and when to use PPE.

If you would like to donate towards PPE, please contact the Holland Christian Home Foundation.

What about communal dining and resident activities?

Communal dining is offered during Phases 1-3 for lunch and dinner meals. Residents who wish to participate are seated at least six feet apart from each other. All other meals continue to be delivered to residents via room service.

In-person activities continue to be provided daily in groups of 10 or less during Phases 1-3. Many activities, including exercise routines and devotionals filmed by our staff, also air on our in-house resident TV channel each day.

To see which Phase the Home is currently in, please check the top of this page.

When residents are unable to visit with family or friends, our staff facilitates virtual visits through video-calling technology. No matter what, our team is always ready to provide personal service to every resident.

How is the Home sanitized?

Since March, we have increased our cleaning and housekeeping procedures. We have also bolstered our Environmental Services department with improvements such as the procurement of electrostatic sprayers and an Ozone Sanitizing System, a state-of-the-art piece of medical equipment used to disinfect rooms and PPE and protect against viruses.