How The Wesley Communities Are Dealing With Coronavirus

How The Wesley Communities are responding to COVID-19

At The Wesley Communities, the health and safety of our residents, staff, and families are our top priorities. As a result, we are taking necessary steps to try and mitigate viral infections, including COVID-19. As an organization, we are diligently following the guidance and requirements of the City of Columbus and Ohio Health Departments as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We continue to do updates regularly through text message notifications, email, and on our website here. If you have a preference for how you would like to be contacted, please email Allie DeBor at adebor@thewesleyway.org. In addition, we are also utilizing phone lines that can be called for daily update recordings. Please see the numbers below.

  • The Wesley Woods COVID-19 Update line – 888-212-9746
  • The Wesley Glen COVID-19 Update line – 614-396-4816

During this time, we will continue to do our best to communicate all updated information as we learn of it to keep our communities connected. Thank you to every member of The Wesley Communities for your compassion and understanding during this difficult time. Our entire organization is dedicated to our mission of providing welcoming communities of kindness and grace where residents and staff thrive, and we will continue this mission while putting our residents’ health needs first.

Recent Updates by Community

Wesley Glen Update on 6/13/2021

Based upon our recent testing of staff and residents (finding no further positive cases), on-campus visitation for Assisted Living will begin again effective Monday, June 14, 2021. Please continue to give 24 hours’ notice and sign up by contacting Kelsey O’Connor (koconnor@thewesleyway.org).

This means that all areas of the campus are open at this time for visitation in accordance with the State’s guidelines.

Wesley Glen Update on 5/31/2021

Today, we unfortunately have one employee in Assisted Living who has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee was compliant with mask-wearing and all safety protocols and is now off campus and will remain off campus until cleared by the proper authorities.

Due to this positive case, visitation in Assisted Living must be postponed effective immediately until further notice. Compassionate care visits can be arranged on a case-by-case basis, and residents are still able to leave the community for off-campus visits.

We will be doing testing of residents and staff where necessary and will use all best efforts to return to visitation as quickly and safely as possible.

The Wesley Communities Mask Update on 5/14/2021

A Memo from Peg Carmany, CEO of The Wesley Communities:

Many of you saw and heard broadcasts from Governor DeWine and the Centers for Disease Control about a new rule about the wearing of masks. At the risk of being the bearer of bad news, I need to remind everyone that there was “fine print” attached to this rule:

  1. This rule does not go into effect until June 2nd;
  2. This rule only applies to fully vaccinated people;
  3. Most importantly: this rule does not apply in nursing home and assisted living settings.

Clearly, fully vaccinated people can be unmasked in small group settings (while eating, in smaller group activities, while enjoying the company of others in small group settings). That is true in our communities. Our facilities, however, contain both nursing home and assisted living residents, as well as residents and staff who are not yet fully vaccinated (for a variety of reasons.)

Given that we are not identifying those people who are unvaccinated (although we’re working hard to get as many people as possible vaccinated), we need to be very careful that we are not under-functioning regarding mask wearing.

So, 1) Please continue to wear a mask while in common areas of the buildings and anytime you are in a large group. 2)  Please continue to wear a mask if you are uncertain of the vaccination status of those you are with. And please, remember to be kind. Several among us are not vaccinated due to underlying health reasons. And we have had fully vaccinated staff and residents test positive for COVID-19. The issue of whether or not the virus is transmissible by fully vaccinated but positive people has not yet been fully determined, although it appears the risk is low.

Additional Resources

Questions and Concerns:

  • For all questions and concerns, please call our hotline at (614) 867-1300.

What We Are Currently Doing:

  • Updated information is being regularly communicated to residents, families, and staff seven days a week.
  • Residents and employees are being regularly screened for signs and symptoms.
  • Hotline is being utilized for real-time answers to questions and concerns.
  • Health screening/temperature of all essential employees is completed daily upon entry into our communities from a single entrance.
  • Limited visitations with set protocols and procedures have been put into effect on all of our campuses.
  • Effective March 17, 2020, we have closed our Adult Daycare Centers until further direction has been given.
    • If your circumstances require that your loved one needs a respite stay in our Memory Care, please call the front desk staff at our communities.
  • Employees are being re-educated on proper handwashing and sanitization practices according to CDC guidelines.
  • Residents and staff are being asked to practice social distancing in their daily interactions and activities.
  • All employees are required to wear a mask while in our communities.
  • We continue to take daily resident temperatures as recommended by the CDC.
  • Any employee who has tested positive has not been allowed back to work and will not be until released per Dept of Health protocol.
  • Families of residents who test positive are being notified immediately.
  • Additional updated policies and procedures are being shared by management to all residents, families and staff.
  • Residents and employees continue to be tested based on state guidelines.