Menu

Call us 972-775-5105

UPDATE

12/7/20

Hello Friends and Family: I wanted to let everyone know I believe we have turned the corner on the crisis situation here at the facility. As many of you know there were 95 other long-term care facilities in North Texas going through the same outbreak we were at the end of November. We all have some work to do to continue to get everyone recovered and back to their regular routines. With so many staff members out there were only a few of us left to accomplish the many tasks that needed to be dealt with on a daily basis so getting our resident's personal items to them became a lower priority. We are greatly saddened by the difficult time our residents have gone through either suffering with the virus or just suffering from being moved around the facility to two, three, and sometimes four different rooms. We began putting their things in the dining room until we could get them as close to their normal places as possible. We are now beginning to get them back on track with their personal items as we have gotten many of the staff that were out with Covid back to work.

In addition, we feel the need to reduce as much activity as possible in the facility until we can see through to ensuring everyone is recovered and the facility is finished being sanitized. At this time we have suspended the Essential Caregiver visits to help accomplish this. We plan to make quick work of getting this virus stamped out and the facility as close to normal as possible so we will resume the Essential Caregiver visits within the next two weeks. If possible we will resume them sooner. I would say no later than 12/18/20. Once again thank you all for your support and understanding. I am hopeful we will receive the vaccine soon and that this may help put an end to the situation we all face in our daily lives now.

Sincerely,

Greg Loudermilk, Managing Member, Midlothian Healthcare Center

 

 


 

 

Policy for Expansion of Reopening Visitation For Midlothian Healthcare Center

VISITOR CLASS

1. Visitation will be broken down into two different classes.  Essential Caregivers and General Visitors (Extended family and others).

2. Both Essential Caregivers and General Visitors must be Covid-19 free before entering the facility.

3. EssentialCaregivers will be allowed to come into the facility and visit their loved ones in the room without social distancing requirements.

4. General Visitors will be allowed to come into a designated area of the facility and visit behind a plexiglass barrier. (Guidelines allow for other types of visitation i.e. open window visits, and outside visitation, however, the facility is only allowing indoor plexiglass visits to allow all resources to go towards this type of visitation as colder/wet weather is approaching.)   

5. Both EssentialCaregivers and General Visitors must use PPE, and sanitize hands upon entering the facility.

6. Both Essential Caregivers and General Visitors must meet temperature and screening requirements and be entered into the log which will be kept by the facility.    

7. Residents are to designate who they wish to be their Essential Care Giver but if they are unable to do so the first two family contacts will be allowed as Essential Caregivers.

8. Both Essential Caregivers and General Visitors are asked to bring their own PPE as this is in short supply to the facility and a substantial cost.  We would rather use these resources toward protecting the residents as much as possible but if you need these items we will provide them.

TESTING

1. Essential Caregivers are required to provide the facility with a negative Covid-19 test, performed within the last 14 days before being allowed to schedule a visit with their loved one. 

2. Essential Caregivers are also going to be required to provide additional test results every 14 days thereafter to continue to schedule visits.

3. General Visitors are not required to provide negative test results to schedule visits.

TRAINING

1. Essential Caregivers will be required to accomplish training by the facility prior to scheduling visits with their loved ones. 

2. These visitors must contact the facility to schedule a training time.  Once a negative Covid-19 test result is provided to the facility the visitor can then schedule a training time with the facilities designated training person.

3. After training has occurred these visitors can schedule visitation with their loved one. 

APPOINTMENTS

1. Visitation whether by Essential Care Giver or General Visitor must be scheduled by a scheduler appointed by the facility.

2. Visitation by Essential Caregivers will be limited by the number of Essential Caregivers in the facility at any given time.  Only 8 Essential Caregivers will be allowed at any given time, 4 on North and 4 on South. 

3. Visitation by Essential Caregivers will be in 30-minute increments.

4. Visitation by General Visitors will be in 20-minute increments with 10 minutes between visits to allow for disinfecting of visitation area between visits and preparing the next resident for visitation. 

5. No physical contact will be allowed by General Visitors and residents.

6. Essential Caregivers will not be allowed to be in their loved one’s room while another Essential Care Giver is in that room.

7. Essential Care Giver visitation hours will be 9 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesday through Sunday.

8. General Visitor visitation hours will be from 11 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Friday. 

INTERRUPTION OF VISITATION SERVICES

1. If the facility suffers an outbreak of Covid-19 the visitations will cease.  All visitation will be placed on hold until at least 5% of residents who tested positive in the outbreak have recovered.

2. If the facility has not yet received a visitation designation.  The facility must demonstrate that it has separate areas, units, wings, halls, or buildings designed for Covid-19 positive, Covid-19 negative, and unknown Covid-19 status resident cohorts; separate dedicated staff are working exclusively in the separate areas, units, wings, halls, or buildings; and there have been no confirmed Covid-19 cases for at least 14 consecutive days in staff working in the area, unit, wing, hall, or building that accommodates residents who are Covid-19 negative.

3. If an Essential Care Giver or General Visitor cannot pass the temperature or screening requirements, or they have tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 14 days, they will not be allowed visitation.  Upon entering the facility the visitor must have their temperature taken.  If they have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher they will not be allowed entry.  They must answer the screening questions and answering yes to the following questions will prevent entry to the facility.  Do you have shortness of breath, new or change in cough, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, chills, muscle pain, headache?  Have you traveled or had contact with a person who has traveled internationally or cruise ships in the past 14 days?  Had exposure through another facility with confirmed Covid-19 cases such as hospital visits or other nursing homes?

4. If the facility deems an Essential Care Giver or General Visitor a risk to the health or safety of residents or staff of the facility their visitation may be revoked.

BARBER OR BEAUTICIAN SERVICES

The facility will allow a barber or beautician to enter the facility to provide services to a resident if the barber or beautician passes the screening requirements, obtains a negative Covid-19 test within the past 14 days, and provides a new one to the facility every 14 days thereafter, and complies with the most current version of the Minimum Standard Health Protocols – Checklist for Cosmetology Salons/Hair Salons located at https://open.texas.gov/

 


 

 

UPDATES

11/20/20

Hello Friends and Family Members: As a lot of you probably already know we are in a major crisis at the facility. Visitation has become a low priority issue but I still wanted to bring everybody up to speed and include somewhat of a timeline for what we have all been through lately. The Essential Caregiver visits will continue without any further interruption, however it will be difficult to do Wednesdays as we are testing the whole facility on Wednesdays.(We must test twice a week now due to the COVID in the facility.) So please bear with us if we have sparse scheduling Wednesday afternoons. The plexiglass visits are officially off until we have no more COVID in the facility and go for 14 days without it.

As I write this communication we currently have 41 positive residents and 25 positive staff members. We started out with 9 residents and we had made our 400 hallway the COVID unit. The state regulations changed again a few weeks ago which required us to create a “warm” unit. This unit has people who have symptoms, went out to the hospital for 24 hours, are new admissions, or that had otherwise been exposed somehow. We had discussed this previously and had no area of the building we could do this with because of the amount of residents we had. So, we had to basically move half of the building off of the Southside and over to the Northside to create this “warm” unit. Having done that we believe it caused further exposure in the facility which increased the numbers. In addition, the numbers in surrounding areas continue to increase and this always causes outbreaks in nursing homes. We understand many, many nursing homes in the area have similar outbreaks.

As a result, we ran out of space on the 400 hallway. So, we had to move everyone off of the 200 hallway to open it up as our new COVID unit. As we were moving people off 200 hallway, we rapid tested those moving to other parts of the building. This added another 5 residents to the ones we already had which made 200 hallway no longer an option.

The above all happened in an 8 hour period. We scrambled to come up with a plan, and in the meantime, we began to run out of nurses due to them being out with COVID. The administrative nurses have all gone to work on the floor because there is just no one else to do it. We have contracted with 3 agencies to get more nurses and aides but they never have anyone to send us. I am offering Walmart gift cards of $100 to nurses who can stay and cover an extra shift but they are very tired and we are all struggling.

Finally, we pulled the 100 hallway into the COVID unit and moved 10 residents onto the 400 hallway. This situation is holding for now and as of Monday 11/23, we will begin to have residents and staff recover and move back to rooms in the negative part of the facility. We realize this has been extremely difficult for you guys, but please bear with us. We are working and praying hard and the Lord has good things for us all and Midlothian Healthcare in the future.

Sincerely,

Greg Loudermilk, Managing Membe

 


 

 

10/27/20

Hello Friends and Family Members: I wanted to update everyone on the progress of the general visitation behind plexiglass. I had submitted the formal request with form 2194 to the regional director of HHSC on October 8, 2020. I have received no notice that the form had been approved or even considered although I had sent two other emails inquiring about the status of our visitation since then. I was told Friday before last by our program manager of HHSC that the regional director had been out of town for a week and that maybe she would look at it that day. As of yesterday, 10 days later, I had still received no response from the regional director. So, I emailed our program manager again yesterday asking if she knew of the timeline of any other approvals so I would have information to pass to our family members. She evidently notified the regional director that we were wanting to get approval.

So I finally got a response from the regional director at 10:00PM last night. She stated I would need to fill out form 2194 and all the attachments that went with it to be considered. So, I forwarded the email that I sent her on October 8th and stated I received her response yesterday but that I had submitted all of these things then, on October 8th. I asked if there was something we missed or if our request could be considered as it stands. Needless to say, I am frustrated as you guys are with this. The slow movement of our state government is typical with many things in our lives that are affected by COVID. As disheartening as this is I am sure that we are making headway with this visitation. Now that we have some dialog with them I believe we will be able to start the general visitation soon. As always please feel free to contact me should you have further questions.

Sincerely,

Greg Loudermilk, Managing Member, Midlothian Healthcare Center

 


 

10/16/20

Hello Friends and Family Members: I am happy to announce that we can finally begin with Essential Caregiver visits. We still cannot commence with general visitation (Visits behind plexiglass) but we can begin taking appointments for Essential Caregivers on Monday 10/19/20. Please remember to schedule a visit it must fall within the constraints of the policy below. Most important we will need a negative Covid test for you from within the last 14 days to allow you to visit. You must also have completed the Essential Caregiver training. If you have already completed the Essential Caregiver training but you do not have a recent negative COVID test you may not be allowed to make an appointment without a renewed test. Also, please bear with us as we are trying to implement this as smoothly as possible and keep our residents as safe as possible during this time. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Greg Loudermilk, Managing Member, Midlothian Healthcare Center

 


 

10/8/20

Hello Friends and Family Members: Here is the latest update. The one positive employee that we had last week turned out to be a false positive. The employee went and tested themselves and was negative and the facility tested the employee again and found they were found to be negative as well. So, with that, it brings us to yesterday being the 14th day that we had no Covid-19 positives. I have now submitted the approval form to the regional director of HHSC. As soon as we get approval I will post here on the website and we will schedule your visits.

I was told the church in Waxahachie is no longer doing the tests but here is a list of testing sites if you guys are needing them. • Ennis Veterans Memorial Park (Free Drive Thur Testing), 2301 Ennis Pkwy, Ennis, TX (register at GoGetTested.com)

  • MedExpress Urgent Care, 1305 N. Highway 77, Waxahachie, 972-937-1203
  • Methodist Family Health Center, 326 Cooper Street, Cedar Hill, 972-291-7863
  • Methodist Family Health Center, Charlton, 7979 West Virginia Drive, Dallas, 972-780-8400
  • Urgent Care Plus, 1200 Dolfie Ln Suite 101, Ennis 972-875-4500 (Rapid Test Available)
  • Urgent Care for Kids, 2251 Matlock Rd., No. 103, Mansfield, 682-518-2867
  • Methodist NOW virtual visits, https://methodistnow.life/
  • Baylor Scott & White online screening tool, https://www.bswhealth.com/Pages/coronavirus-information.aspx

Please make sure you are doing the nasal swab test as opposed to a saliva test as we are told this is not as accurate. I have had a few people schedule training but not very many. You can submit your negative test via email to me and I will email you back to schedule training. For those of you who don’t have it my email is greg@midlothianhealthcare.com.

Sincerely,

Greg Loudermilk, Managing Member, Midlothian Healthcare Center

 


 

10/1/20

Greetings Friends and Family Members: Here’s the latest update. Unfortunately, we will have to postpone the submission of our request for visitation to HHSC because we had another staff member test positive on Monday. So, it will be October 21st before we can submit the request to HHSC. As soon as we get approval we will post here on the website so you can start making appointments.

Currently, we are still moving forward with training for “Essential Care Givers”. This can be scheduled as soon as you have submitted a negative COVID test. A number of you have expressed that you cannot afford testing. It is my understanding that free testing is being accomplished by CVS, Walgreens, and Kroger. In addition, I understand the 1st Baptist Church in Waxahachie is doing free testing and Walmarts in Duncanville and DeSoto.

You can find testing sites in Tarrant County by going to access.tarrantcounty.com. Click on the Covid-19 information tab, then click on Covid-19 testing and it will take you to a map of testing sites. The website says there may be a co-pay or co-insurance that may apply but it is my understanding if you have no insurance, all you have to do is give your Social Security number and you will be tested without a fee. As always we look forward to seeing all of you again soon and are available should you have questions.

Sincerely,

Greg Loudermilk, Managing Member, Midlothian Healthcare Center

 


 

9/28/20

Greetings Friends and Family Members: I wanted to update you guys a little more on the situation at hand with regard to visitation with your loved ones. The state of Texas kind of put the cart before the horse with this but on Thursday last week they put out a more detailed set of rules that will slightly change our timeline for getting you guys in to see them.

We must go for 14 days with no new positive test results of staff members. This will be tedious as we are testing about 120 people each week and the chances of someone picking up COVID at Walmart or something is still a threat. At the point when we have reached this goal, we may then submit a request, including pictures, floor plans, and plans for visitation, to be able to allow visitation from Texas HHSC. As soon as we get this approval we will begin taking appointments for visitation. In the meantime, if essential caregivers want to get their negative test results to us, we can go ahead and schedule training with you. Once you have been trained, you will then be free to schedule visitation as soon as we get the approval.

Keep watching this page to see when that approval occurs. Please make sure you are getting an actual Covid-19 test and not an antigen test. The nasal/pharyngeal test that is called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Assay gives more accurate and recent results. The testing and training is for “essential caregivers” not “general visitors”.

“General visitors” will not be required to test or be trained but will only be allowed in one area of the facility and visit behind a plexiglass barrier. Both types of visitors will need to make appointments for this. We look forward to seeing many of you here visiting your families again and please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Greg Loudermilk, Managing Member, Midlothian Healthcare Center

 


 

9/23/20

Friends and Family Members: Below is our policy for open visitation mandated by Governor Abbott. We are working hard toward getting everything ready for this new phase of the COVID nightmare we have all been experiencing. I ask that you please be patient with us. We have only had a couple of days to plan and try get to put into practice a safe way to accomplish what we have all wanted for many months; for you to be able to visit your loved ones. They very much need your presence and your compassion like only you can provide to them.

However, it is our responsibility to ensure all of the residents are safe and protected. We need a few extra days to finish building barriers and hiring extra staff members to accomplish all the extra work that will need to be done to bring you guys in and finally get you back with your loved ones. We are still 14 days away from actually being able to allow visitations to start because we must go 14 consecutive days with no staff testing positive before we can start. We will be contacting you with further details. Thank you very much for your cooperation through this.

Sincerely,

Greg Loudermilk, Managing Member Midlothian Healthcare Center