Facility Updates

Daily Updates:

May 25, 2020:

  • MEMORIAL DAY- Notre Dame would like to thank the many heroes that have and do serve our great national in the military. They sacrifice their time and energy each day to protect our freedoms. The silent fight against the COVID-19 virus has shown us all new heroes each day. Notre Dame salutes these front line works, who put their lives on the line each day to serve those in need in our struggle against this virus. Thank you, Thank you, for all that you do.

May 23 & 24, 2020:

  • Notre Dame on Tuesday , May 26, 2020, has set up a testing program for all residents requiring it, as a means of mitigating and containing infection spread within our facility. We will be working with the Yale New Haven Laboratory system to process the facility results promptly so that our facility can cohort residents with like conditions into control areas of the facility, while assigning specific staff to designate assignments designed to care for these individuals. Notre Dame continues to implement it’s strategies to reducing the COVID-19 cases within our facility. Our staff has worked extremely hard to comply with and implement CDC  and CT- DPH guidelines to protect the health and safety of the residents residing at Notre Dame. We are hopeful that the suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified in the facility can and will be reduced in the coming days.

May 21 & 22, 2020:

  • Notre Dame will be participating a facility-wide testing program of all residents and staff as a means of mitigating and containing infection spread within our facility. This process is part of a statewide initiative that CT-DPH is mandating. Our hope is that this will assist our facility further with cohorting like residents in control areas of the facility, while assigning specific staff to designate assignments designed to care for these individuals. Notre Dame continues to implement it’s strategies to reducing the COVID-19 cases within our facility. Our staff has worked extremely hard to comply with and implement CDC  and CT- DPH guidelines to protect the health and safety of the residents residing at Notre Dame. We are hopeful that the suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified in the facility can and will be reduced in the coming days.

May 19 & 20, 2020:

  • Notre Dame is now implementing the Apple IPAD use for residents and their families. Notre Dame recreation staff will be reaching out to family members to  set up these communicate sessions. Responsible parties at Notre Dame will be contacted regarding change in conditions of a resident regarding clinical changes to a residents’ health status. Notre Dame continues to implement it’s strategies to reducing the COVID-19 cases within our facility. Our staff has worked extremely hard to comply with and implement CDC  and CT- DPH guidelines to protect the health and safety of the residents residing at Notre Dame. We are hopeful that the suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified in the facility can and will be reduced in the coming days.

May 18, 2020:

  • Notre Dame continues to implement it’s strategies to reducing the COVID-19 cases within our facility. Our staff has worked extremely hard to comply with and implement CDC  and CT- DPH guidelines to protect the health and safety of the residents residing at Notre Dame. We are hopeful that the suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified in the facility can and will be reduced in the coming days.

May 17, 2020:

  • This week the facility hopes to a reduction in cases of COVID-19. Our facility staff have been carefully monitored along with our residents in accordance with CDC guidelines. The PPE levels are appropriate for the care of our residents, and being checked and monitored daily. CT-DPH and FEMA have been extreme helpful with the supply of these needed materials to keep our residents safe day to day.

May 16, 2020:

  • Each day presents new challenges for our facility. I’m extremely proud of the heroic efforts our staff have exhibited throughout this pandemic outbreak. The emotional stress that our staff have endured has been enormous, and yet they continue to come to work and serve the residents they love. The number COVID-19 cases in our facility is steadily declining. This is a trend we hope will continue. Please keep Notre Dame in daily your prayers as we continue our quest to care for the residents under our care.

May 13, 14, & 15, 2020:

  • Notre Dame continues to work hard in caring for our residents,  with or without the COVID-19 virus. The Notre Dame will continue to provide updated information to family members as to the condition of your loved ones. A NEW communication plan is being established using APPLE IPAD(s) for family members to use. Next week our Recreation Dept. will reach out to each responsible party to set up regular dates and times to communicate our residents. This will assist each family with feeling more connected to the facility, regarding the sharing of information. Also, as the clinical conditions of residents change on a daily/weekly basis, a representative from our Notre Dame staff will relay changes to each responsible parties as needed.

May 12, 2020:

  • Notre Dame is work hard in caring for our residents within our facility. Although our COVID-19 case numbers have increased in our facility, we remains confident of our ability to treat the residents who are ill in our facility back to health. Notre Dame is weekly monitored by our medical director team of: Dr. Richard Huntley and Dr. Edward McDermott  to ensure that all resident’s needs are being reviewed and addressed. Our staff has done an outstanding job working under difficult conditions. We are so proud of their on-going commitment to our residents and the facility in general. Our facility will continue to update family members as to the status of the facility regarding the virus outbreak.

May 11, 2020:

  • The Notre Dame Wing has been divided into a COVID-19 (+) area and a COVID-19 (-) area. This will help contain further spread of the virus and assist staff with the proper use of the PPE materials being used during the care of each resident. The facility continues to adhere to CDC guidelines regarding the “donning” & “doffing” of PPE material. We hope to see improvement in all the residents’ health in the coming weeks. We will keep all family members updated as to the status of things in the facility.

May 9 & 10, 2020:

  • Over this past weekend most of all the COVID-19 test results came back from the lab. A total of (18) cases were confirmed. The facility has cohorted all these cases on the Notre Dame Wing. Our cohorting plan has been discussed with the CT-DPH, and is being daily monitored. Although it is disappointing that Notre Dame was not able to avoid further virus spread within our facility, at this point, we feel confident that our strategies going forward regarding the care of our resident will prove effective.

May 8, 2020:

  • CT-DPH visited Notre Dame today again as part of their continued monitoring of our COVID-19 cases. The state was satisfied with our plan to “cohort’ and/or “isolate” residents with like symptomatic conditions to resolve the outbreak. Our staff has done an outstanding job working under difficult conditions. We are so proud of their on-going commitment to our residents and the facility in general. Although our COVID-19 case numbers have increased, our facility is confident that our treatment planning will work effectively in nursing the residents who are ill back to health.

Notification Letter (2)

May 6 & 7, 2020:

  • As part of our notification requirement to family members, please find the above letter as your notification, that additional COVID-19 positive cases have been reported at Notre Dame Health and Rehabilitation Center. Although this news is disappointing to us, we have put into place a plan which we feel confident will assist our residents in recovering from this virus. The facility is currently moving residents with like symptomatic conditions together “cohorting” and “isolating” other residents to the  rest of the residents in the facility who are not infected. These two strategies have been recommended by CT-DPH. CT-DPH visited the Notre Dame today to review our plan and observe the services being provided to our residents. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me for further assistance.

May 5, 2020:

  • The original two COVID-19 cases in the facility have shown improvement and are recovering. As of today however, three additional residents tested positive for COVID-19, with and one other residents being hospitalized with the virus. Notre Dame is currently waiting the results of COVID-19 testing for several residents with symptoms. The residents currently being tested in the facility have been placed either in “isolation” or are being cohorted with like symptomatic residents to protect other residents from possible virus spread. The facility continues to adhere to CDC guidelines regarding the “donning” & “doffing” of PPE material. We hope to provide further updated information regarding the COVID-19 testing, once the test results come in on the new cases.

May 4, 2020:

  • Notre Dame continues to implement it’s strategies to reducing the COVID-19 cases within our facility. Our staff has worked extremely hard to comply with and implement CDC  and CT- DPH guidelines to protect the health and safety of the residents residing at Notre Dame. We are hopeful that the suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified in the facility can and will be reduced in the coming days.

May 2 & 3, 2020:

  • Over this past weekend, one additional case of COVID-19 was reported. The resident was admitted to NWH as an inpatient. Several other residents are under medical review in the facility, and are being tested by our clinical staff as suspected COVID-19 cases, as a precautionary measure. Two additional isolated rooms have been established if they are needed, to “isolate” residents who may test positive for the virus. Our containment planning regarding the virus has been implemented to mitigate the spread of the virus in the facility. We hope that our efforts in developing these plans will continue to result in reducing Notre Dame’s COVID-19 cases numbers.

April 30, 2020 & May 1, 2020:

  • We end April and begin May/2020 on a positive note. Though our facility still has two COVID-19 cases, we are now very optimistic that the Notre Dame will soon be free of the virus once again. The trending overall in Fairfield County is getting better, as the hospitalization rates in all the area hospitals are dropping, this is a great sign for the community. Our facility still must remain vigilant and comply with CDC guidance and guidelines, but things overall are getting better. It is Notre Dame’s mission to work  with our families to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents at all times. Thank you all for your continued support during this difficult time.

April 28 & 29, 2020:

  • As of today, two cases of COVOD-19 still remain in the facility. On a daily basis NEW guidance comes out from the CDC regarding infection control practices and procedures. Our staff is kept up-to-date with all these changes. Notre Dame will be deciding soon to take in NEW Admissions again, but ONLY under certain circumstances. Any NEW Admission would be required to remain isolated for a period of time in a private room, while being monitored. This is a precautionary measure, the facility has instituted to ensure the health and safety of our current residents. Once this NEW Admission has been “CLEARED”, they would moved into a semi-private room in the facility. The two COVID-19 cases currently at Notre Dame, must test negative before they will be allowed back into the “general population” of the facility.

April 27, 2020:

  • Notre Dame continues to work hard to protect our residents from the COVID-19 outbreak. We are proud that we have not had a large scale outbreak at Notre Dame, and hope that this week will be the end of spread within the facility. Several staff members are recovering from “self isolation” and the two residents in our facility will be re-tested his week. If the results, come back negative, our facility will hopefully be abled readmit NEW residents once again. The facility will continue to follow CDC guidance and CT- DPH policy to protect the vulnerable residents we serve. If you have any questions regarding the most recent infection control practices recommended by the state, please don’t hesitate to contact me for further assistance.

April 25 & 26, 2020:

  • Notre Dame still has two COVID-19 cases, but both residents are improving. No NEW suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported. The facility continues to do all that it can to combat the outbreak. Our staff continues to a great job caring for our residents. They all should be commended for their selfless work during this difficult time. I would like to continue to thank the Greater Norwalk community, businesses and families, for offering lunches and sandwiches to our staff almost daily now. Your generosity has been greatly appreciated by all. God Bless.

April 24, 2020:

  • The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health as part of their on-going oversight process visited Notre Dame to review our infectious control & communicable disease procedures as it relates to our recent COVID-19 cases. The inspection went very well. The state was pleased with the facility’s efforts in establishing CDC guidance and policy to protect the health and safety of the residents and staff at Notre Dame. One topic which was discussed was the dropping off of food items from family members. The state recommended that that the facility communicate with family members about their concerns. Based on the state surveyors recommendations items from family members brought in to loved ones in cardboard, paper or Styrofoam container packaging should not be allowed. In their opinion, these containers are porous in nature and are surfaces where the COVID-19 virus can live. As a result, items brought into the facility going forward should either be store bought in plastic original packaging and/or a sealed plastic container which can be disinfected with sanitary wipes. Each of these items brought to the facility by family members will be disinfected by our security staff at the front door, and then brought to the resident. This precautionary measure, again, has been put in place to ensure that the COVID-19 virus does not spread in the facility. We realize this may be inconvenient for you, but the needs of your residents are our first priority. If you have any question please don’t hesitate to contact me.

April 23, 2020;

  • Notre Dame still has two cases of COVID-19, however the two individuals are improving. We hope to see a steady improvement in the coming weeks with their cases.  The facility remain vigilant with maintaining strict infectious control procedures at our facility. We hope to be COVID-19 free within the coming weeks once again.

Read N0tification Letter: Virus Notifiication Letter

April 22, 2020:

  • Unfortunately, I regret to report that Notre Dame as of today has not been spared the COVID-19 virus. As of this morning, the two individuals in “isolation” at our facility have tested positive for the virus. They both are symptomatic, but because of our prompt identification of their symptoms and our immediate “isolation”, we hope to have contained the virus spread. It is our facility’s intention to keep family members informed as to the COVID-19 virus status in the facility.

April 21, 2020:

  • No confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Notre Dame. Our facility continues to monitor two residents, who have been symptomatic of the illness. These residents have been “isolated” from all other residents in the facility. Once the facility has more information that we can share about these cases, we will communicate with you what we can. In the meantime, our Notre Dame staff works hard in ensuring the health and safety of your loved ones each day. I would also, like to thank the many family members who have graciously donated lunches and breakfast sandwiches to our staff over the past week or so. Your generosity and support for staff has not gone unnoticed. The staff feels your support when these gifts are lovingly brought to the facility. Thank You and God Bless you all during this difficult time.

April 19 & 20, 2020:

  • Although we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases in our facility, we are monitoring two residents, who are in our “isolation” rooms. This “isolation” status protects your loved ones from a resident who may be exhibiting some symptoms which need watching. In many cases, this monitoring is precautionary. Once it is determined that an individual is safe to return to their previous location in the facility, they will be moved back. Diagnostic testing and daily vital signs monitoring along with physician reviews will determine the next steps the facility will take. NOTE: The safety of your family member is our number one concern. Whatever our next steps are, you will be informed. Thanks.

April 18, 2020:

  • Notre Dame continues to be COVID-19 free. Every week the staff are in-serviced and reminded that the task ahead for the facility is to remain virus free. Each staff understands the importance of implementing comprehensive infection control practices and protocols throughout the building at all times. It will be ONLY through this shared responsibility will the facility remain COVID-19 free God Willing.

April 15, 16 & 17, 2020:

  • During past three days, Notre Dame has remained COVID-19 free. Our facility has worked hard to determine the best ways to protect our residents while assisting the local hospitals in “decompressing” their patient load. Our number (1) goal as always is to protect the residents we are responsible for. This charge we take very seriously. Accepting NEW admissions are extremely important to the on-going success of Notre Dame, but doing it responsibly, is critical. I would like to once again thank all our incredible staff for their tireless work and commitment to their residents. Please remember to reach out to our Recreation Dept. (khinds@ndhrehab.org) if you wish to communicate to your loved ones in the near future. Thanks for your continued support.

Read the Long-term Care Ombudsman Letter

April 13 & 14, 2020:

  • The last two days have been busy in the facility. Notre Dame remains COVID-19 free. Notre Dame is implementing a surge plan within our facility which will protect our current residents while providing NEW admissions a safe place to live. The State Ombudsman has issued new guidance regarding resident transfers of COVID-19 positive residents. Notre Dame is committed to working with our family members to ensure that their loved ones are provided with optimal care options if a facility transfer is necessary. Please refer to the Read the above Long-term Care, STATE OF CONNECTICUT, OMBUDSMAN Letter posting regarding this topic.

April 11 & 12, 2020:

  • HAPPY EASTER, as of this weekend our facility does not have a case of COVID-19. We hope all family and friends of Notre Dame remain safe and health. Our facility is encouraged each day that passes that the virus has not effected our operation and we have been able to protect our residents from it. On the EASTER weekend, I would like to THANK all our committed staff for their HEROIC efforts in caring for our residents. God Bless.

April 10, 2020:

  • As of today, no cases of COVID-19 were reported. Our staff has done a great job of caring for our residents during these difficult time. I want to thank the many volunteers, who have made cloth face masks, and have provided lunch meals for staff in support for our facility during this crisis. I also, want to personally thank the families and loved ones for their support. The health and safety of your loved ones comes first to us all at Notre Dame.

April 9, 202:

  • As of today, no cases of COVID-19 were reported. A meeting with several residents was held to provide a forum for the residents to ask questions about the facility, and our preparedness in addressing the pandemic outbreak. The residents were explained all the precautionary measures in place at the facility to protect them and the staff from a COVID-19 outbreak. Infection control practices and protocols were shared with the residents and staff today. These GOOD HABITS with the facility will keep the facility COVID-19 free God Willing.

April 8, 202o:

  • As of today, no cases of COVOD-19 were reported. On a daily basis NEW guidance comes out from the CDC regarding infection control practices and procedures. Our staff is kept up-to-date with all these changes. Notre Dame has decided to take NEW Admissions into the facility, but ONLY under certain circumstances. Any NEW Admission would be required to remain isolated for a period of time in a private room, while being monitored. This is a precautionary measure, the facility has instituted to ensure the health and safety of our current residents. Once this NEW Admission has been “CLEARED”, they would moved into a semi-private room in the facility.

April 7, 2020:

  • Our facility currently has no cases of COVID-19. Our staff remains vigilant in complying with CDC infection control mandates. Our supply of PPE equipment has improved as our team works hard to coordinate operational planning to protect the health and safety of our residents. The facility daily adjusts our operational planning surrounding the outbreak based on the guidance being provided by state, local and federal officials.

April 6, 2020:

  • As of today, no cases of COVID-19 were reported at Notre Dame. Our staff has done a great job of cleaning, caring and following all CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our nurse management staff continues to train and re-train staff in proper infection control guidance. All of our staff needs to be at our best during the next few weeks. I want to applaud my staff’s efforts, and their commitment to their job and the residents they serve. Notre Dame is fortunate to have each and everyone of them.

April 4 & 5, 2020:

  • The weekend went well. No cases of COVID-19 were reported. Our staffing has had it’s challenges, but so far our staff have done a fantastic job picking up extra hours and providing great care to each of our residents. Notre Dame continues to be committed to the residents we serve. Our top priority is our resident’s health and safety.  Family members who wish to contact their loved ones should contact Kethrine Hinds at khinds@ndhrehab.org, or call 203-847-5893. Let her know how you wish to communicate with your family member. If you have any questions, please contact me at dpaul@ndhrehab.org, if you have a problem.

April 2 & 3, 2020:

  • There have been no cases of COVID-19 at Notre Dame during above timeframe. We are all thankful and appreciative of our staff for the job they do each day, and the care they provide our residents. With more nearby Skilled Nursing Facilities developing COVID-19 cases,  NDHR now has instituted a “universally masking” of staff as a precautionary measure to hopefully combat the spread of the virus. God willing Notre Dame will be spared the outbreak all together. NDHR has begun creating two isolation room for residents, who may exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. A protocol has been put in place to determine when a resident would be isolated in the facility to protect the other residents. This isolation area would be used as a triage area where our nursing team can test, treat and ensure the safety of all other residents and staff throughout the facility. Also, effective immediate admissions into the facility will be restricted. This restriction of admissions to the facility will most likely change next week, once the facility can review the NEW protocols recently put in place by the CDC. Lastly, we hope that all family members stay safe during this time. We are in this together. God Bless.

April 1, 2020:

  • There are no cases at NDHR of COVID-19, which as I said previously, we hope will stay that way. All are residents doing well. I appreciate your patience with the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health regarding letter from the state on March 30, 2020. I will receive an update tonight from (DPH) tonight about the letter. Tonight I hope to be able to get further clarification the confusion created by the letter. I will update you all tomorrow through the website as to the state’s planning. If you have any questions, please  let me know.

March 31, 2020:

  • On March 30 ,2020, The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health notified our facility that any resident who tested positive for COVID-19 would be need to transferred to a designated regional facility. To date, our facility has received no guidance from the state as to the meaning of this statement, or the designation of such a facility for our facility utilize. At the present time, NDHR has no cases of COVID-19, and we hope to keep it that way.  All residents/patients are daily screened for fever, cough, and others signs & symptoms, and are closely monitored to ensure our residents are as safe as they can be.  Each day, I will provide through this website an update to the changing conditions regarding this outbreak process. Please know that the staff at Notre Dame remains and steadfast in protecting your loved ones during this time. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Previous Weeks Information:

  1. As you know at the present time, the State of Connecticut, the Department of Public Health, has mandated that no family members, except for end of life or hospice care residents, be allowed to visit the facility. The Department of Public Health will notify the facility when these visitation restrictions can be lifted, until then, Notre Dame will continue to instituted these measures. During this pandemic, our facility’s goal is to reduce the risk of exposure of the Coronavirus for the residents in our care. The only way we can achieve this goal is to restrict visitation of family members, friends, volunteers, non-essential vendors, etc.. Thank you for your understanding.
  2. Because of the “social distancing” mandate instituted, our Recreation Department is developing one-on-one programming with each resident within the facility. As part of this has initiative, the facility has developed SKYPE communication  capabilities. Those families interested in SKYPE communications with their family member should contact the Social Service Department at (jashley@ndhrehab.org) or the Recreation Department at (khinds@ndhrehab.org) of their interest to participate in this communication process. The facility is offering on each Tuesday between 10AM – 12Noon (or) 2:30PM – 4:30PM, and/or on each Thursday between 10:30AM – 12Noon (or) 2:30PM- 4:30PM availability to schedule SKYPE communication time with your family member. If the above times don’t work with your schedule, please still contact our facility so we can find a time which will accommodate your needs. This can be offered to family members on a regular basis. Please take advantage of this option.
  3. Our Web Site is currently being upgraded to include several NEW FEATURES under (COVID- 19- INFO) as follows: 1) FACILITY STATUS CHANGE; 2)COVID- 19 DISCUSSION; 3) COVID- 19 HEALTH TIPS; 4) COVID- 19 RESOURCE LINKS; NOTE: We hope that these NEW FEATURES will assist families to stay up to date with the COVID- 19 outbreak and the STATUS CHANGES in the facility.
  4. The facility no longer is offering “communal dining” and is strictly enforcing “social distancing” policy within the facility.
  5. All no medical appointments out of the facility will be scheduled, unless deemed medically necessary by our Medical Director.
  6. The facility also is asking family members from refraining from bringing items (i.e., food in containers, etc.) to the facility for your loved one at this time due to the long surface life of Coronavirus.
  7. We have implemented extraordinary infection control measures and procedures facility-wide which includes monitoring the temperatures of our staff members when they arrive for duty and inquiring about travel and whether they are experiencing any signs/symptoms related to the coronavirus.\
  8. Notre Dame Health and Rehab Center continues to provide Pastoral Care Services as in the past. Please contact Sister Marie Lucie Monast at (SRMLMonast@ndch-sstv.com) with questions about these services being offered in the facili