Friday, March 27, 2020

I hope this letter finds everyone well. We at the Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre (GARCC) are taking an active, common sense approach to preventing the spread of COVID-19 by following prudent infection prevention strategies as well as all recommended actions set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). GARCC has worked closely with the IDPH and has followed its current recommended guidelines to assist with the prevention of the spread of this virus where possible. As noted, we are also following guidelines of the CDC, CMS and other local public health authorities for additional guidance. To date, we have no suspected cases of COVID-19, and we are taking steps to protect our residents and valued staff members, which remains our top priority.

During these unprecedented times, the Administration, Staff and Board of Directors want to express their gratitude for your cooperation and understanding. Your adherence to our ‘No Visitor’ policy helps us maintain a safe environment for your family members residing at our care Centre. We do want you to stay in touch with your loved one and encourage you to use Facetime, What’s App or Skype. If you don’t know how to use these media applications, ask your children or grandchildren--they will show you. To set up a time, please contact the following team members:

• Third floor; Vasiliki Stratikopoulou, Life Enrichment Director, ext. 1044, vasilikis@garcc.org.
Second floor; Elena Tamvakis, Social Services Director, ext. 1067, etamvakis@garcc.org
Fourth floor; Annie Carlson, Memory Care Director, ext. 1030, acarlson@garcc.org, or
Mayra Quintana, Recreation Coordinator, ext. 1020, mquintana@garcc.org

Furthermore, we have been working closely with our physicians and have set up Telehealth services. This allows the physician to treat your loved one remotely without having to see them in person.

Finally, 75% of the PPE (personal protective equipment) that is sold in this country comes from the Wuhan province in China. While the factories there have reopened, they are not operating at 100% capacity. While we currently have enough inventory, we accept any donations of masks, gowns, goggles and N95 respirators.

I am extremely proud of the GARCC staff and the physicians we partner with. The CDC considers this virus to be a serious public health concern. Unfortunately, it is going to get much worse before it gets better. We need to remain vigilant and proceed cautiously to prevent the spread of this virus amongst us. Please remain well!

Dino Varnavas, LNHA

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