Facility Updates

Ombudsman- CTDPH Letter


Daily Updates:

November 21 – 24, 2020:

  • Above please find a joint letter from the State Ombudsman and CT-DPH regarding visitation guidance for family members regarding Skilled Nursing Facilities within our state. Notre Dame like many other facilities has several COVID-19 cases and is in the midst of cohorting, testing and the isolation of possibly exposed residents and staff. In order to successfully mitigate the further spread of the COVID virus within our facility, it is essential that strict protocols be followed. With this in mind, Notre Dame will be working with family members who wish to plan visits with their loved ones, but will do so with the health and safety of all residents and staff in mind. We ask all family members to try to understand that each case regarding visitation, will be reviewed by our Nursing Department on an individual basis, to determine how a safe visit to the facility can take place. Only after determining how a safe visit can be set up, a visit will be scheduled. Notre Dame hopes all families can understand our facility’s position regarding the health and safety of our residents and staff at this time.

October 31 – November 20, 2020:

  • Over the past three weeks at Notre Dame much has happened regarding the “uptick” in ouir COVID-19 cases. The facility, like the Greater Norwalk community overall has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases by enlarge. At this point, the facility has isolated the cases within our facility to the lower half of the Sacred Heart Wing. We have been working with CT-DPH, and have been able to cohort staff and residents to ensure further spread of the virus within the facility.
  • We have also been working with our COVID-19 Testing Care Partner- Stamford Health in Testing all staff and residents on a weekly basis.
  • Our facility is limiting Visitation to the facility by families to include Facetime and Window visits. End-of-Life visits are being may available to those families who qualify through our Risk Management process. If families are interested in visiting a family member, they should contact the Director of Nursing Services, Laurie Pompa at 203-847-5893.
  • Notre Dame is most concerned about COVID-19 spread within the facility. In order to ensure containment of the pandemic spread, limited access to individuals in the local community in the short term is the best way to mitigate possible exposure of the virus. Notre Dame realizes this position for families may be difficult, but we hope this will only have to be enforce in the short term, until a reduction in COVID cases can be seen with the local Norwalk community.

October 24 – 30, 2020:

  • Due to the increase in COMMUNITY PREVALENCE of COVID-19, several changes have had to be made regarding the VISITATION of FAMILY MEMBERS. The facility has now been placed back into a WEEKLY STAFF TESTING PROTOCOL by CT-DPH as a precautionary measure due to the increases in COVID-19 cases in the surrounding Norwalk Area towns.
  • A Letter will be sent to ALL FAMILY MEMBERS/POA(s) regarding these ACTIVITY CHANGES in the FACILITY. Currently, COMMUNAL DINING, PATIO, FACE TIME and WINDOW VISITS are being continued, these ACTIVITIES WILL BE LIMITED GOING FORWARD DUE TO THE CURRENT COMMUNITY CIRCUMSTANCES  REGARDING COVID-19 CASES. Once FAMILY MEMBERS/POS(s) receive the Letter  OUTLINING THE CHANGES IN our ACTIVITY CALENDAR, Families are encouraged to CONTACT our Recreation Department at EXT. 126- BETWEEN 8:30AM- 4:30PM; MONDAY- FRIDAY to make an APPOINTMENT FOR A VISIT.  
  • NOTE: DUED TO THE INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES IN THE COMMUNITY, THE FACILITY IS HOPING THAT FAMILY MEMBERS/POA(s) WILL ASSIST NOTRE DAME IN REMAINING COVID-19 FREE. WITH THIS SAID, WHILE WE CAN NOT REQUIRE THAT FAMILY MEMBERS/POA(s) GET TESTED FOR COVID-19, PRIOR TO COMING TO VISIT THEIR LOVED ONES, IT IS AN EXPECTATION THAT FAMILY MEMBERS/POA(s) WILL GET TESTED VOLUNTEERILY TO PROTECT THE RESIDENTS AND  STAFF AT NOTRE DAME.
  • NOTE: It is IMPORTANT to understand that during these CHANGING TIMES, PLEASE CHECK THIS WEB SITE FOR UPDATES as to the SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES in POLICIES and PROTOCOLS at NOTRE DAME. It seems for now that, ALMOST DAILY CHANGES are being made which EFFECT US ALL in the FACILITY. This WEB SITE is a MEANS by which I can KEEP FAMILIES IMFORMED of these CHANGES. I will make every attempt to keep it as up to date as possible FOR YOUR BENEFIT.

October 17 – 23, 2020:

  • CT-DPH has approved NDHR’s planning for INDOOR VISITATION and COMPASSIONATE CARE VISITS in the facility. The STATE had to approve the physical plant changes to the facility prior to our facility being able to move forward with VISITATIONS.  CT-DPH has informed our facility that VISITORS TO THE FACILITY ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO RECEIVE A COVID-19 TEST, PRIOR TO VISITING. IT IS HOWEVER, THE EXPECTATION OF THE FACILITY THAT FAMILY & FRIENDS WHO WISH TO VISIT THEIR LOVED ONES WOULD VOLUNTERILY SUBMIT TO A TEST. BY VOLUNTERILY SUBMITTING TO A COVID-19 TEST, THE FACILITY CAN OPTIMALLY PROTECT THE RESIDENTS AND STAFF, WHILE ENSURING A SAFE VISIT FOR ALL PARTIES. If a VISITOR does not want to be TESTED, they may still be allowed to visit the facility.
  • Currently, COMMUNAL DINING, PATIO, FACE TIME and WINDOW VISITS are being provided. A letter from Notre Dame was sent out to ALL FAMILIES
  • the NEW Protocols. Any family interested in SCHEDULING these (ABOVE) visits should contact our Recreation Department at EXT. 126- BETWEEN 8:30AM- 4:30PM; MONDAY- FRIDAY to make an APPOINTMENT FOR A VISIT. ONCE THE STATE APPROVES OUR VISITATION PROCESS , FAMILIES WILL BE NOTIFIED. 

October 10 – 16, 2020:

  • CT-DPH inspected our facility last week. No findings resulted in their visit. As a result, the NEW Visitation Policies in the facility were recommended to be submitted to State Officials for APPROVAL, before the proposed plans can be implemented. INDOOR VISITATION and COMPASSIONATE CARE VISITS in the facility will be permitted in the coming week once this approval is acquired. Currently, COMMUNAL DINING, PATIO, FACE TIME and WINDOW VISITS are being provided. A letter from Notre Dame was sent out to ALL FAMILIES this past week explaining the NEW Protocols. Any family interested in SCHEDULING these (ABOVE) visits should contact our Recreation Department at EXT. 126- BETWEEN 8:30AM- 4:30PM; MONDAY- FRIDAY to make an APPOINTMENT FOR A VISIT. ONCE THE STATE APPROVES OUR VISITATION PROCESS , FAMILIES WILL BE NOTIFIED. 

October 3 – 9, 2020:

  • Notre Dame has now begun to re-open our facility, after successfully passing through the COVID-19 testing process for all our Residents and Staff. CT-DPH inspected the facility this week. The NEW Visitation Policies MUST be APPROVED by State Officials before the proposed plans can be implemented. INDOOR VISITATION and COMPASSIONATE CARE VISITS in the facility will be permitted in the coming week once this approval is acquired. Currently, COMMUNAL DINING, PATIO, FACE TIME and WINDOW VISITS are being provided. A letter from Notre Dame was sent out to ALL FAMILIES this past week explaining the NEW Protocols. Any family interested in SCHEDULING these (ABOVE) visits should contact our Recreation Department at EXT. 126- BETWEEN 8:30AM- 4:30PM; MONDAY- FRIDAY to make an APPOINTMENT FOR A VISIT. ONCE THE STATE APPROVES OUR VISITATION PROCESS , FAMILIES WILL BE NOTIFIED. 

September 19 – October 2, 2020:

  • Notre Dame has now begun to re-open our facility, after successfully passing through the COVID-19 testing process for all our Residents and Staff. This process will be begin in the coming week. Several NEW federal and state guidelines have been issued, which have required the facility to coordinate the development NEW policies and train staff to implement NEW procedures to protect the Residents we serve and the Staff who serve them. PATIO VISITS, COMMUNUAL DINING, INDOOR VISITATION and COMPASSIONATE CARE VISITS in the facility will be permitted in the coming week. Currently, FACE TIME and WINDOW VISITS are being provided. A letter from Notre Dame will be sent out to ALL FAMILIES regarding the (ABOVE) services which will be OFFERED. Any family interested in SCHEDULING these (ABOVE) visits should contact our Recreation Department at EXT. 126- BETWEEN 8:30AM- 4:30PM; MONDAY- FRIDAY to make an APPOINTMENT FOR A VISIT.

September 12 – 18, 2020:

  • Notre Dame has successfully completed our first week of re-testing our staff and residents. All residents and staff tested “negative” for COVID-19. Our second round of testing was conducted on 9/18/20. The facility is eagerly waiting the results. If our testing comes back “negative”, the facility will begin to re-establish our re-opening protocols, which included: PATIO VISITS, COMMUNUAL DINING and COMPASSIONATE CARE VISITS in the facility. All these above activities will resume immediately after a (14) period has past within the facility with NO resident or staff testing “negative” for COVID-19. The facility will notify families immediately once the facility passes through this period.
  • Our facility remains committed to protecting the health and safety of the residents we serve on a daily basis, these measures are critical to implementing this GOAL.

September 8 – 11, 2020:

  • Notre Dame has recently had (1) reported COVID-19 “positive” test come back from a resident who recently died. As a result of this test result, the facility is taking precautionary measures and testing all staff and residents as required by CDC and CT-DPH protocol. In addition, the facility has SUSPENDED all PATIO VISITS, COMMUNUAL DINING and COMPASSIONATE CARE VISITS at the facility for the time being. All these above activities will resume immediately after a (14) period has past within the facility with NO resident or staff testing “negative” for COVID-19. The facility will notify families immediately once the facility passes through this period.
  • Our facility remains committed to protecting the health and safety of the residents we serve on a daily basis, these measures are critical to implementing this GOAL.

September 5 – 7, 2020:

  • Notre Dame continues to implement some NEW guidance from the CDC and CT-DPH related to Family Visitations. One such change is the extension of Patio Visitation time from (20) minutes to (30) minutes starting 8/31/20. Notre Dame is also in the process of establishing additional Family Visitation options regarding a Resident’s Change in Condition. These NEW guidelines are in conjunction with NEW State and Federal mandates as part of the NEW re-opening protocols for Skilled Nursing facilities.
  • Notre Dame has developed a Haircut process for our residents, which we have started this week.
  • Our Communal Dining continues to be an enjoyable experience for those residents who are participating. Our facility rotates the Sacred Heart and Notre Dame wings every other day during weekday lunch meals in the Dining Room.
  • Window and Face Time visits are also available within the facility for families to take advantage of.
  • Our facility continues to establish a balanced re-opening plan for our facility incorporating CDC guidelines and CT-DPH guidance which protects the health and safety of the residents we serve on a daily basis.

August 29 – September 4, 2020:

  • Notre Dame implemented a NEW Hairdressing Policy, as part of our re-offering of personal care services within the facility this policy will be available effective immediately. Also a Compassionate Care Visitation Policy has been developed by the facility in accordance recent CT-DPH guidance regarding Residents within the facility who experience a change in condition. Our Risk Management Committee meets weekly, and will evaluate all our Residents each week to determine which Residents who might benefit from this service.
  • Our Communal Dining continues to be an enjoyable experience for those residents who are participating. Our facility rotates the Sacred Heart and Notre Dame wings every other day during weekday lunch meals in the Dining Room.
  • Pet (Dog) Visitations are also allowed, but require proper vaccination/immunization to be presented to our Recreation Staff prior to a visit regarding the pet.
  • Window and Face Time Visits are also available within the facility for families to take advantage of. PLEASE NOTE: FAMILY MEMBERS SHOULD CALL: The Recreation Department at EXT. 126- BETWEEN 8:30AM- 4:30PM; MONDAY- FRIDAY to make an APPOINTMENT FOR A FAMILY VISIT. 
  • Our facility continues to establish a balanced re-opening plan for our facility incorporating CDC guidelines and CT-DPH guidance which protects the health and safety of the residents we serve on a daily basis.

Revised Patio Visitation Policy- 8-31-20

August 22 – 28, 2020:

  • During this week, Notre Dame has begun to implement some NEW guidance from the CDC and CT-DPH related to Family Visitations. One such change is the extension of Patio Visitation time from (20) minutes to (30) minutes starting 8/31/20. Notre Dame is also in the process of establishing additional Family Visitation options regarding a Resident’s Change in Condition. These NEW guidelines are in conjunction with NEW State and Federal mandates as part of the NEW re-opening protocols for Skilled Nursing facilities.
  • Notre Dame has developed a Haircut process for our residents, which we have started this week.
  • Our Communal Dining continues to be an enjoyable experience for those residents who are participating. Our facility rotates the Sacred Heart and Notre Dame wings every other day during weekday lunch meals in the Dining Room.
  • Window and Face Time visits are also available within the facility for families to take advantage of.
  • Our facility continues to establish a balanced re-opening plan for our facility incorporating CDC guidelines and CT-DPH guidance which protects the health and safety of the residents we serve on a daily basis.

August 15 – 21, 2020:

  • During this week, Notre Dame has now developed a Haircut process for our residents, which we hope to start implementing in the coming week. Our Communal Dining continues to be an enjoyable experience for those residents who are participating. Our facility rotates the Sacred Heart and Notre Dame wings every other day during weekday lunch meals in the Dining Room. Patio, Window and Face Time visits continue within the facility throughout the week. Our facility continues to establish a balanced re-opening plan for our facility incorporating CDC guidelines and CT-DPH guidance which protects the health and safety of the residents we serve on a daily basis.

August 8  – 14, 2020:

  • During this last week, Notre Dame continues to successfully re-opened our Communal Dining. We are alternating lunch meals in our Main Dining Room for each Wing on alternate days of the week. Those residents who have been participating in the experience have enjoyed themselves. The clean up from Tropical Storm Isaias is now over. Our facility had it’s power restored to “city power” last weekend. During power outage our facility’s back up generator was fully functional, and in proper operating condition. All residents were safely being cared for and remained comfortable during last weeks storm. We continue to offer our Patio Visitation Program, Face Time and Window Visits for families. This week, Notre Dame will be communicating with families about Hairdressing Services for Residents. At Notre Dame, our focus is the safety and well-being of our Residents and Staff at all times while we work towards our re-opening goals.

July 29, 2020 – August 7, 2020:

  • Over the last week, Notre Dame has successfully re-opened our Communal Dining. We are alternating lunch meals in our Main Dining Room for each Wing on alternate days of the week. Those residents who have been participating in the experience have enjoyed themselves. On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, Tropical Storm Isaias “hit” Fairfield County and Norwalk, CT rather hard. Our facility has been without city/street power since Tuesday. Our facility has a back up generator which is fully functional, and in proper operating condition. All residents are safely being cared for and remain comfortable. We continue to offer our Patio Visitation Program, Face Time and Window Visits for families. At Notre Dame, our focus is the safety and well-being of our Residents and Staff at all times.

July 24 & 28, 2020:

  • Notre Dame continues to ADMIT NEW RESIDENTS into our NEW OBSERVATION on our Sacred Heart Unit. Our facility is actively ADMITTING NEW RESIDENTS. The Re-Opening process of our Dining Room is underway. We hope to begin to Re-Open our Communal Dining this week, instituting Social Distancing and CDC guidelines. Our focus remains to improve the quality of lives of our residents on a daily basis.

July 23, 2020:

  • Notre Dame continues to ADMIT NEW RESIDENTS into our NEW OBSERVATION on our Sacred Heart Unit. Our facility is actively ADMITTING NEW RESIDENTS.  At this point, Notre Dame has met CT-DPH’s Testing criteria set by the STATE, of being free of any Resident and Staff COVID-19 “positive” Tests for a (2) week period.  We continue to work on re-opening our facility with starting up Communal Dining, and continuing to offer our Patio Visitation Program, Face Time and Window Visits for families. At Notre Dame, our focus is the safety and well-being of our Residents and Staff at all times.

July 21 & 22, 2020:

  • Notre Dame is ADMITTING NEW RESIDENTS into our NEW OBSERVATION on our Sacred Heart Unit. Our facility is actively ADMITTING NEW RESIDENTS.  At this point, Notre Dame has met CT-DPH’s Testing criteria set by the STATE, of being free of any Resident and Staff COVID-19 “positive” Tests for a (2) week period.  We continue to work on re-opening our facility with starting up Communal Dining, and continuing to offer our Patio Visitation Program, Face Time and Window Visits for families. At Notre Dame, our focus is the safety and well-being of our Residents and Staff at all times.

July 18, 19 & 20, 2020:

  • Notre Dame is now in the process of changing or OBSERVATION UNIT from the Notre Dame Unit to the Sacred Heart Unit. This was approved by CT-DPH, and will require several internal Resident moves to re-cohort the facility. Once this is complete, our facility will ADMIT NEW RESIDENTS to our Sacred Heart Unit, as, the entry point to the facility. Once Resident completes HIS or HER (2) week OBSERVATION PERIOD, they will be moved to other locations within the building which will meet their needs. At this point, Notre Dame has met CT-DPH’s Testing criteria set by the STATE, of being free of any Resident and Staff COVID-19 “positive” Tests for a (2) week period.  We continue to work on re-opening our facility. Our facility continues with our Patio Visitation Program, and continues to offer Face Time and Window Visits for families. At Notre Dame, our focus is the safety and well-being of our Residents.

July 13 -17, 2020:

  • Notre Dame has now received confirmation from Stamford Health that our facility has had NO COVID-19 cases in (4) weeks. This is GREAT NEWS for our facility as we are working hard to RE-FILL our facility. The facility will be moving our OBSERVATION UNIT to the Sacred Heart over the next few weeks. We also are working on re-opening our Communal Dining Room for our Residents. Our facility continues our Patio Visitation Program, and continues to offer Face Time and Window Visits for families. At Notre Dame, our focus is the safety and well-being of our Residents.

July 11 & 12, 2020:

  • Notre Dame has received most of our results of our 4th week of Resident & Staff Testing from Stamford Health. Although not all the Test results have not come back from the laboratory, the facility is quite optimistic that the results once received will be show our facility to be “continued” free of the COVID-19 virus. Our facility continues our Patio Visitation Program, and continues to offer Face Time and Window Visits for families. The facility continues to actively plan the re-opening process within our building. We are utilizing the CT-DPH guidelines for this re-opening effort. The State of Connecticut’s re-opening plan for nurse homes  as time goes on will be determined by the successes each facility has with the virus mitigation. Our overall goal is always to keep the Residents in our facility safe during this process.

July 9 & 10, 2020:

  • Notre Dame has received most of our results of our 4th week of Resident & Staff Testing from Stamford Health. Although not all the Test results have not come back from the laboratory, the facility is quite optimistic that the results once received will be show our facility to be “continued” free of the COVID-19 virus. Our facility continues our Patio Visitation Program, and continues to offer Face Time and Window Visits for families. The facility continues to actively plan the re-opening process within our building. We are utilizing the CT-DPH guidelines for this re-opening effort. The State of Connecticut’s re-opening plan for nurse homes  as time goes on will be determined by the successes each facility has with the virus mitigation. Our overall goal is always to keep the Residents in our facility safe during this process.

July 7 & 8, 2020:

  • Notre Dame begins our fourth week of Resident and Staff Testing on Wednesday (7/8). So far the Testing process has gone well. We continue to work with our Care Partner, Stamford Health, who have been contracted by CT-DPH to assist our facility with this statewide Testing mandate. The results from the Testing usually takes (24-48) hours. Once the results are received the facility, the facility will assess all “cohorts” to ensure that all Residents are safely located where they need too be within the building. If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact me for further assistance.

July 5 & 6, 2020:

  • Notre Dame has officially NO CASES of COVID-19 within our facility. We are excited about this news and have worked hard to provide a safe environment in which our Residents can live. We are down in CENSUS, and working hard to bring NEW RESIDENTS into the facility over the next several weeks and months. The Greater Norwalk Community has always provided tremendous support to our facility in the past. As we attempt to BRING NEW RESIDENTS, please don’t forget us as a viable living option for family and friends you know. For questions about placement at NOTRE DAME place contact JULIE ASLEY, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES/ ADMISSIONS at (P) 203-846-8755 or (C) 203-216-3208 or email:(jashley@ndhrehab.org).

July 4, 2020:

  • HAPPY 4th OF JULY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 2 & 3, 2020:

  • At this present time, the Resident & Staff Testing from Wednesday (7/1) has not as of yet come back from the laboratory. Once the laboratory results come back to the facility, we will assess the “cohorting” of Residents within the facility once again. Our hope is that “little to no” relocation of our Residents will be necessary after the results are received. As the facility moves into our fourth week of Resident and Staff Testing, Notre Dame hopes to be finally free of all our COVID-19 cases. NOTE: Notre Dame and our Staff want to wishes all our families and friends a HAPPY 4th of July WEEKEND. God Bless.

July 1, 2020:

  • Today, Resident and Staff Testing was conducted by Stamford Health in the facility’s third round of Testing. Our hope is that all results come back “negative”. This will place Notre Dame on track with one more week of “negative ” Testing to be considered “free” of the virus. As our family’s know, our facility has begun our Patio Visitation Program, and continues to offer Face Time and Window Visits for families. After the holiday and after the Testing results come back, the facility will actively start to plan the re-opening of communal dining, for those individuals who are appropriate for these dining activities. The State of Connecticut’s re-opening plan for nurse homes  as time goes on will be determined by the successes each facility has with the virus mitigation. Our overall goal is always to keep the Residents in our facility safe at all times.

June 29 & 30, 2020:

  • This week will mark the third week of Resident & Staff Testing on Wednesday. Thus far the facility has had no NEW COVID-19 cases in weeks. All our Staff Tested last week all Tested “negative”. Over this past weekend the Patio Visitations were a “big hit”. I want to thank our Recreation, Social Service and Environmental Service Dept.(s) for making the Visitation Program it such a success. This week will also mark the beginning of internal group activities for our Residents, who have Tested “negative”. Notre Dame is working hard to provider more socialization for all our Residents now that much of the virus in our facility has been mitigated.

June 28, 2020:

  • Today, is Notre Dame’s first day of Patio Visitation. Any family wanting to schedule a Patio Visit must contact our Recreation Dept.- Kethrine Hinds (khinds@ndhrehab.org) or Michelle Baker (mbaker@ndhrehab.org) or call 203-947-5893 to set up the Visit. Window Visits and/or Face Time Visits will be continued to be offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays of each week . Please call anytime during the week to schedule a time to Visit. It is a priority at Notre Dame for families to spend as much quality time as possible with their loved ones. Our Visitation Policy and Rules must be strictly adhered to in accordance our State and Federal mandates. Have a great Weekend.

June 26 & 27 2020:

  • All of Notre Dame staff recently Tested this week and have Tested COVID-19 “negative”. The facility is extremely happy with this result. This next week begins our facility’s third round of Resident & Staff State Mandated Testing. Our Patio Visitation Plan has begun this weekend. This coming week, the facility will begin to “map out” our plans to start up our communal dining for Residents who have Tested COVID-19 “negative”. With these gradual reopening plans, the facility will continue to follow CDC & CT-DPH guidelines to ensure our Residents are safe at all times. We appreciate family members patience during this reopening process.

June 25, 2020:

  • Notre Dame is preparing for the upcoming weekend, when some family members will be begin to visit their family members (outside) on our patio. Those family members interested in this opportunity to visit their loved ones should call our Recreation Dept. ahead of time to set up  visitation times (see below the phone# and email to contact). We hope this turns out to be a great experience for everyone. I know many family members have been waiting a long time for this to happen. Please follow the Visitation Policy and Rules so that all participants can enjoy themselves to fullest extent possible.

Visitation Policy: VISITATION POLICY

Visitation Rules: VISITATION RULES

June 23 & 24, 2020:

  • Over the last few days, Notre Dame has completed our second round of Staff Testing. We are excited to get are results back by Friday of this week. We also are extremely excited to finally announce that Notre Dame staff, this week, will be contacting Resident families who have Tested COVID-19 “negative” to set up Patio Visitations (Outside). Above please find the Patio Visitation Policy & Rules. These visits will be monitored by facility staff, and will be scheduled on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday during each week. Please contact our Recreation Dept.- Kethrine Hinds (khinds@ndhrehab.org) or Michelle Baker (mbaker@ndhrehab.org) or call 203-947-5893 to set up a Patio Visit. Window Visits and/or Face Time Visits will be continued to be offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays of each week . Please call anytime during the week to schedule a time to Visit. It is a priority at Notre Dame for families to spend as much quality time as possible with their loved ones.

June 22, 2020:

  • Today, the second round of Resident Testing began in the facility. On Wednesday of this week, the second round of Staff Testing will take place. The results from todays Testing for the Residents should be back either tomorrow or Wednesday, at which time our facility will ensure that all current “cohorting” of Residents is re-assessed. The overall purpose of this process is to ensure the safety of our Residents. Based on the results from the Resident Testi0ng our Visitation Plan will hopefully be able to begin by the end of the week. Please stay tune for future daily updates.

June 20 & 21, 2020:

  • During this up coming week, our second round of Staff and Resident Testing will take place. Stamford Health will begin to Test Staff on Wednesday, and will Test Residents and Staff each week after that for the next several weeks. By the end of this coming week, Notre Dame hopes to begin our Outdoor Family Visits. We will be excited to offer this NEW VISITATION option, but MUST first make sure that all Residents have been Tested as mandated. It is the facility’s goal to OPEN more opportunities for FAMILY VISITS. We want to make sure that things in the facility are SAFE TO DO SO.

June 15- 19, 2020:

  • During this past week Notre Dame has completed all Staff Testing and enters next week ready to Test all Resident and Staff Weekly. The facility will be contracting with Stamford Health in cooperation with CT-DPH to Weekly Test all Residents and Staff at Notre Dame. If Notre Dame has two weeks of negative Test Results, the facility will be considered free of the virus. The Resident and Staff Testing will continue indefinitely until the state determines the process can end. Additionally, the facility is hopeful that our Visitation Program for our families can begin next week, after our Residents are Tested on Monday, June 22, 2020.

June 8 – 14, 2020:

  • During this past week Notre Dame has finally seen a sharp reduction COVID-19 cases in our facility. After working hard to “cohort” residents, our facility is now down to (1) COVID-19 case. Our facility has also begun developing Visitation Planning for family members to begin as soon as we can. The determining factor surrounding the visitation of residents is our first week of Resident and Staff Testing. This week is scheduled for the coming week. Our facility will be using Stamford Health to conduct weekly testing of our residents and staff as mandated by the state. Over the past several months I want to thank our families for being so supportive of the challenges that Notre Dame has been facing. God willing the positive trending identified above will continue going forward.

June 4, 5, 6 & 7, 2020:

  • Notre Dame has been implementing our testing of all resident and staff within our facility this week. The facility has successfully cohorted both wings into three cohorted sections, assigning specific staff to these designated areas. Since our testing of residents and staff will be weekly additional changes within the facility could take place in the coming weeks. The health and safety of our residents is our primary concern. During the coming week, more information will be provided to family members as how our facility plans to achieve our testing goals as required by state officials going forward.

June 2 & 3, 2020:

  • Notre Dame has completed all resident and has nearly completed all other required state testing of staff regarding the COVID-19 virus. All the facility’s results will be back tomorrow regarding the testing completed on the 3rd. Over the past few weeks, the facility has seen a reduction the COVID-19 cases. We expect this trending to continue. It is our hope to “cohort” residents one more time to mitigate viral spread in the facility. CT-DPH will be working with our facility to coordinate a plan to best serve our residents and their families in establishing specific areas of Notre Dame to care for the individualized needs of our residents going forward.

May 30 , 2020 & June 1, 2020:

  • Moving into this first week of June, Notre Dame will be completing all resident and staffing testing for the facility. This will enable a final phase of “cohorting” of residents and staff to take place within the facility. Staff assignments and residents locations will be based on this “cohorting” methodology. Our goal with this effort is to continue to implement strategies to reduce the COVID-19 cases within our facility. Our staff continues to work 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 27, 28 & 29, 2020:

  • Notre Dame has completed the “cohorting” of our residents within our facility, and is developing planning to test staff and residents weekly going forward as a way to ensure residents health and safety from the COVID-19 virus. Working with CT-DPH , we hope these plans will prove successful. After receiving our test results from the Yale New Haven Laboratory regarding our residents, the results showed a reduction in COMVID-19 (+) cases. As a facility, we feel confident that our planning is moving the facility in the right direction regarding the virus. Again, I must thank my dedicated staff, the Norwalk community, the families and friends of Notre Dame who support our efforts each day as we all work to care for our residents.

May 26, 2020:

  • Notre Dame conducted our Point Prevalence Survey today, which involved the testing all residents at the facility, who were negative of COVID-19. This process was state mandated and a part of the statewide initiative to “cohort” residents who had test positive for COVID-19 in the past. Notre Dame will relocate like condition residents within the facility to better mitigrate the spread of the virus within the over the next few days.

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.