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How is Lumina responding to COVID-19?

Friday, March 13, 2020

  

Grief and caregiver support

updated 3.23.2020

Support for those in grief or those caregiving for another person is available by phone. Please call us at 541.757.9616. We are working on other ways to support our community remotely. 

 

Community events and groups

updated 3.13.2020

In an abudance of caution, all of our community events (including support groups, classes and lectures) will be cancelled through the end of April.

Support is available by phone. Please call us at 541.757.9616.

 

A message to patients, family members and caregivers

updated 3.9.2020

As you have heard and seen in the media, COVID-19 (a.k.a. the novel coronavirus), which emerged earlier this year, is now in our state. It is expected that more cases will be identified in the coming weeks and months as increased testing of individuals presenting with flu-like respiratory symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath) occurs. The global health community learns new information about this virus daily. Trusted sources of information include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, The World Health Organization, and local county public health departments.

We want you to know that we are in touch with local public health departments and the Oregon Health Authority on a daily basis so that we are aware of and are practicing the latest recommendations to protect your health and wellbeing. Your health, safety and comfort are important to us.

While our staff are out in the community visiting seriously ill patients in private homes and long-term care communities daily, by and large our patients do not have infectious illness, and most are not in contact with large numbers of people. Our staff are trained in handwashing, use of personal protective equipment (gloves, gowns, masks, goggles, etc.) and infection control practices. Employees who develop a fever or respiratory symptoms will be evaluated by our medical team and asked not to provide direct patient care to assure that they do not pose a risk to others.

Our staff will be asking if there are individuals in your home with fever, cough or shortness of breath who may have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or an individual who has traveled to a location where there has been an outbreak. This important question will help us to implement timely, appropriate infection protection measures.

Your comfort and safety are important to us. While it may be tempting to refuse visits from our staff to reduce potential virus exposure as you hear more in the media about additional COVID-19 (novel Corona Virus) cases, we know that seeing you regularly and frequently is essential to providing you with quality hospice and palliative care and thus hope that you will not restrict our visits. Should you have concerns in this regard do not hesitate to contact our office (541-757-9616) so that we can address any concerns or worries you may have.