Kalakaua Gardens Statement Regarding COVID-19

Updated April 21, 2020

The safety of your loved ones is of critical concern to all of us at Kalakaua Gardens. This update is to provide you with a few of the procedural changes Kalakaua Gardens is making to focus on our clearest priority – keeping our residents and team members safe.

As of this update, we have no diagnosed cases of the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”). We will remain vigilant in our efforts to protect our residents and team members during the Coronavirus pandemic.

We continue to implement procedural changes in step with guidance received by the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Hawaii State Department of Health.  As such, the following changes have been implemented:

Effective immediately until further notice for all Kalakaua Gardens Residents:

  • Visitors are not allowed in the building and will be asked to delay their visits until further notice.
  • Kalakaua Gardens has implemented quarantine procedures (meaning the only visitors allowed will be essential personnel).
  • All events involving external visitors, performers or facilitators have been cancelled.
  • All recreational excursions and shuttle runs are suspended. Shuttle runs for essential medical purposes will still occur.
  • Screening of staff and essential contractors continues with extensive screening questionnaire.
  • Additionally, we are tracking all staff illnesses and following guidelines recommended by the various health agencies and departments as necessary.
  • Mail service will not be interrupted.
  • Residents will not be allowed to leave the community unless it is for an essential purpose. (For residents who do not comply, upon return they will only be allowed back to KG under mandatory 14 day in-room quarantine)
  • For Independent Living, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Plus and Memory Care Residents: all resident temperature checks will be conducted twice a day (morning and evening). We are also closely monitoring any abnormal signs and symptoms.
  • For Skilled Nursing Residents: all resident temperature checks are being conducted upon staff shift change. We continue to screen and monitor for any abnormal signs or symptoms.
  • We are routinely monitoring the best infection prevention practices.
  • We are increasing cleaning of common areas.
  • Reviewing inventory checklist.

Kalakaua Gardens is continuously communicating with residents and staff any changes or new precautionary recommendations from the above agencies.

Friends and family are encouraged to communicate with loved ones remotely through phone calls, Facebook or video conferencing.

You can help our residents feel loved by using our contact us feature from our website page. Just complete the online form and we’ll print it out and deliver it to your loved one.

 

There is no doubt that these are unusual times. Unusual times call for unique steps that need to be taken to protect our residents, staff, family members, and visitors.  We do know that COVID-19 is very contagious and can be spread easily person to person. Our utmost priority is the safety of our residents, your loved one and our care associates.

Effective Immediately for all essential visitors to Kalakaua Gardens!

As part of our continued efforts to decrease the risk and spread of COVID-19, please review this communication.

Essential Visitors will be Limited/Restricted, except under extenuating circumstances, such as:

  • End-of-life situations
  • Health Care professionals as required by the plan of care
  • Kalakaua Gardens will follow federal and state guidelines as they evolve

All employees and essential visitors must wash or sanitize their hands prior to entering and frequently throughout their time in the facility.

All essential visitors and employees will be screened for:

  • Respiratory infection symptoms
  • A confirmed or suspected contact with any individual diagnosed with the novel Coronavirus now officially named COVID-19 in the preceding 14 days.
  • Had confirmed or a suspected contact with anyone who has traveled to/from any international country with a CDC Level 3 travel advisory in the preceding 14 days. (see CDC website for list).
  • Had an unexplained fever (subjective or ≥100.4°F or 38°C)

Increased Measures in place:

  • Taking daily temperature readings for all employees who are working, residents, patients, and essential visitors.
  • Monitoring for respiratory symptoms which include dry cough and shortness of breath.
  • Group outings and activities where social distancing is not possible are postponed until further notice.
  • Large group and social activities in high risk areas are suspended.

Our care teams live the Kalakaua Gardens foundational belief: we embrace a  heart for Service and a Passion for Living. We realize this is a frustrating and worrisome time. We will do everything possible to ensure your loved ones’ safety and make every effort to assist you in communicating with them. We are here for you, your family, each other, and our communities during this difficult time.

Please contact us with any additional questions or concerns you may have.