November 3: Community Update
LifeSpire Announces New COO, Tracy Jennings to Begin December 2021:
Jonathan Cook, LifeSpire of Virginia president and CEO, announced Tracey Jennings as the organization’s chosen chief operating officer. Tracy will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the five LifeSpire communities. Tracey has 20 years of leadership experience in senior living and health care. Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree from Ferrum College and a License in Nursing Home Administration. Tracy will visit The Glebe sometime between December 2021 and January 2022.
Memorial Services and Celebration of Life
Saturday, November 6, The Glebe Memorials Committee will host the annual service to remember and celebrate the passing of Glebe residents over the past year. Residents, team members and their loved ones are encouraged to attend and join in this celebration of life.
Town Hall Budget Review and Rate Increase:
I want to thank everyone for their attendance and interest in the annual Town Hall budget review and rate increase discussion. As promised, a copy of the presentation was placed in in-house mail cubbies for review. Questions related to the budget process, monthly service fee rate increase or ancillary fees for 2022, may be directed to the leadership team.
Employee Vaccine Mandate Deadline October 30:
On August 18, President Biden announced that all nursing homes receiving federal reimbursement through the Medicare or Medicaid programs must mandate vaccinations for their team members. On August 26, LifeSpire released a notification regarding a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in accordance with the federal mandate.
LifeSpire set the deadline for receiving the vaccine as October 30. Today, all team members without an approved medical or religious exemption have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The leadership team appreciates the steadfast dedication and hard work by each of our team members to ensure we are providing the commitment to the residents, families and to each other in response to and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The deadline for receiving a dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is November 30.
Baseline Testing Continues:
Botetourt County’s positivity rate is currently 17%. As a reminder, the CDC, CMS, and VDH require skilled nursing facilities to do baseline testing of team members who are not fully vaccinated. As of today’s date, we have maintained all negative test results throughout the community.
As a follow-up to current transmission rates in the greater Botetourt County and Roanoke, we want to remind residents and team members we continue to fall in the RED ZONE/HIGH for transmission of COVID-19. While we understand everyone is fatigued and wonders when we will ever resume a sense of normalcy, our ongoing efforts to help mitigate the spread of this virus have proven to be successful. The greater community, such as restaurants, grocery stores and entertainment venues have opened and are operating at capacity. As such, The Glebe’s leadership suggests residents continue to practice caution as it relates to safe practices in the community.
- Please remember to wear a mask, vaccinated or not
- Maintain social distancing
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Remind your visitors to also wear a face mask when entering the community.