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January 21, 2021

Dear Resident, Family Member, & Legal Representative:

We at Bethany Gardens Skilled Living Center hope this letter finds you well and that you are staying safe. This letter is to provide you with our monthly update on the current Covid-19 pandemic as well as some new developments at Bethany Gardens. As mentioned in previous letters, we continue to take all necessary steps and be proactive to ensure the health and safety of your loved ones. This remains our number one priority. As of this writing we continue to provide & follow these precautionary measures & procedures:

  • All visitors are still restricted from entering the facility (by order of the Governor & New York State) to visit loved ones. Exception(s) include those residents who are at end-of-life care. If you did not receive one, feel free to reach out with a request to send another. Please make arrangements by contacting our Social Work department to set up visitation. Please note the temperature of every visitor is taken and you will be required to wear proper PPE while in the Facility, which staff will provide. PPE must be worn while in the Facility at all times. A paper questionnaire also needs to be filled out by each visitor.
  • All of our staff are “screened” at the time of entry and re-entry to the facility. The temperature of every staff member is taken and a paper questionnaire needs to be filled out by each employee before start of each shift. All staff-members regardless of department or position, MUST wear face masks at all times. In the event a unit or room is under quarantine Isolation gowns need to be worn as well.
  • The Recreation Department continues to schedule virtual visits (i.e. Face-Time) by resident and/or family requests. Please contact Recreation Director, Mercedes Legler at: (315) 339-3210 x420 to schedule.
  • As mentioned in previous news-letters, we have set up a separate tab titled COVID-19 on our web page. Please visit to review and check for any new developments or updates.

New Developments:

  • Our facility remains under quarantine until further notice. This includes all units.
  • We have a designated Section on Unit-6 for the Covid-19 section.
  • We continue to send out letters and update our website as necessary in order to keep you updated if any residents or staff test positive.
  • Over the last few weeks, we have sent out a few letters to families & loved ones regarding updates on any new confirmed positive cases. We currently have people furloughed but expect most of them to return shortly. Please also note that not all of them tested positive and if they were exposed outside of work, they are being furloughed as a precaution.
  • We are still required to test all staff-members twice per week until further notice.
  • Congratulations to Shannon Ciccone, C.N.A. for winning Employee of the Month for December 2020 !!!
  • We are happy to inform you that we have had our first & second round of the Covid-19 (Pfizer)-vaccines. As mentioned in previous letter, we partnered with CVS-Pharmacy and they were here on 12/29/2020 & 01/19/2021 to administer the vaccine to our residents and staff. They also scheduled a tentative-date to return for one last clinical-trial on 02/09/2021.

Despite the ever-changing updates and guidelines, our staff continues to remain dedicated and work hard through this trying time to keep our beloved residents & facility safe. We also want to mention that our Management Team is aware of the some of the current challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic which may impact the lives of some of our employees outside of work. We are here to provide support and will do our utmost to assist in whatever way we can. We also continue to be extremely grateful for your ongoing cooperation, patience, and continued support during this state of emergency and we can’t thank you enough. Should you wish to further discuss concerns which may not have been addressed in this letter, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the Director of Nursing Services, or any of our Management Staff at: (315) 339-3210.

We pray this pandemic will end in the very near future and long for the day where we will be able to see you visiting your loved one again in person. We miss you and are thinking of you as well. Stay safe.

Alan Bash, Administrator