Marycrest’s Response to Recent Concerns Regarding Coronavirus

April 16, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

On Wednesday, April 14th, we had our weekly COVID-19 testing. One of our staff members tested positive and is now in quarantine, and none of our residents tested positive. We continue to take all precautions to keep our residents, staff, visitors, and community safe.

The Activities staff are working diligently to accommodate the indoor visits on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 am – 3 pm. Please try to plan your visits during the official visiting times mentioned, as we have staffed for the check-ins and specific protocols. If those times are not possible for you to visit your loved ones, then please email visiting@marycrestulercity.com, preferably two days before you would like to visit. If you are not feeling well, please wait until you are sure that you are well so that we can continue to keep visitations happening for our residents. Please make sure that you come to the Administration door or the St. Joseph door, whichever the activities department have directed you to. We have had concerns about some people trying to come through the gate close to our dietary department. That is not an authorized entrance for visitors.

Please be advised that all visitors must wear a mask while at Marycrest Manor. Per mandatory regulations from CDC and California Department of Public Health and other Healthcare agencies, any unvaccinated visitors must maintain a distance of 6 feet from others while visiting.

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and cooperation. We have kept our residents safe and have our staff and family members to thank for their utmost cooperation. We continue to follow all appropriate infection control guidelines.

Thank you to all our staff for their vigilance and dedication during these challenging times. We look forward to seeing you when you are here to visit!

Have a blessed weekend!

The Administration Team of Marycrest Manor

April 9, 2021 Letter to Families

April 9, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

On Wednesday, April 7th, all our staff and 10% of our residents were COVID-19 tested. No Residents tested positive. One staff member had a positive result. The staff member has no symptoms and was sent home to quarantine. As a reminder, praised be Jesus Christ and our gratitude to our diligent staff and Sisters, no resident has had any COVID-19 symptoms from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indoor visiting will continue to be on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11am – 3pm. If you would like to schedule an indoor visitation, please email visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. If you would like another day, please use the listed email to request the date and time. We will do our best to accomodate as staffing allows. Please continue to make sure that you only use the front lobby entrance or the St. Joseph entrance from the back-parking lot. At no time should anyone be coming in for visitations through the resident sliding glass doors. Our staff will continue to check you in with the visitation procedures. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Please be advised that all visitors must wear a mask while at Marycrest Manor. For unvaccinated visitors, please always maintain a distance of 6 feet.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We have kept our residents safe and have our staff and family members to thank for their utmost cooperation. We continue to follow all the appropriate ifnection control guidelines established by CDC, California Department of Public Health, our local Health Department and Marycrest Manor.

Thank you to all our staff for their vigilance and dedication during these challenging times. We look forward to seeing you when you are here to visit!

Wishing you al a very blesed Easter season!

The Administration Team of Marycrest Manor

April 1, 2021 Letter to Families

April 1, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 COVID testing for 100% of staff and 10% of residents was again, all NEGATIVE! Praised be Jesus Christ for this wonderful news at this most sacred time of the year.

Indoor visiting is going well. Indoor visitations will continue every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-3pm. If you would like to schedule an indoor visitation, please email visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. If you would like another day, please use the listed email to request the date and time. We will do our best to accommodate. It is dependent on staffing and availability, as someone needs to check visitors in and follow procedure.

See the attached notice for the updated Visitation Guidelines. Please be advised that all visitors must wear a mask while at Marycrest Manor. For unvaccinated visitors, there should be a 6 feet distance maintained during visits.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We have kept our residents safe and have our staff and family members to thank for their utmost cooperation. We continue to follow all the appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, California Department of Public Health, our local Health Department and Marycrest Manor. Thank you to all our staff for their vigilance and dedication during these challenging times. We look forward to seeing you when you are here to visit!

Happy Easter!
Marycrest Manor Administration

March 2021 Letter to Families
March 24, 2021

Dear Marycrest Manor Families and Responsible Parties,

I hope that you are all well. We are in the 2nd phase of our elevator modernization project. As of tomorrow, March 25th, we will be shutting down the elevator in the St. Joseph building in order for the contractors to start their work which will last for approximately 4-6 weeks. Please be advised that if you are coming to visit your loved ones, please continue following the COVID-19 guidelines that we have provided to you earlier. You will need to check in at the St. Joseph parking lot door as the elevator is closed. Please make sure that you wait until our staff member checks you in appropriately.

If you have any questions, please call the Marycrest Manor main number at (310) 838-2778.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar, MHA, NHA, RCFE
Administrator
Marycrest Manor


March 20, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties, Friends and Staff,

We are pleased to announce that 98% of our residents are vaccinated and 84% of staff are vaccinated. This weeks’ COVID testing for 100% of our staff and 10% of our residents was NEGATIVE! Praised be Jesus Christ!

Indoor visiting started Thursday and it was a wonderful day!! Indoor visitations will continue every Monday and Thursday from 11am-3pm until further notice. If you would like to schedule an indoor visitation, please email visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. If you would like another day, please use the listed email to request the date and time. We will do our best to accommodate. It is dependent on staffing and availability, as someone needs to check visitors in and follow procedure.

Please see the attached notice for the Visitation Guidelines. Please be advised that all visitors must wear a mask while at Marycrest Manor. Please be patient as we would like to take all precautions to continue to keep your loved ones safe and we want to make sure it goes smoothly!

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO MARYCREST IF YOU ARE FEELING ILL!!

Visitation through the sliding glass doors can continue. Please keep the screen door closed. Please note that masks still have to be worn at all times, even when visiting through the resident room outside doors.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We have kept our residents safe and have our staff and family members to thank for their utmost cooperation. We know how you all yearn for a more intimate visit with your loved ones and we will get there one step at a time.

We continue to follow all the appropriate infection control mandates established by CDC, California Department of Public Health, our local Health Department and Marycrest Manor. Thank you to all our families and friends who have respected the guidelines for social distancing and visitation. Thank you to all our staff for your vigilance and dedication during these challenging times. We look forward to seeing you when you are here to visit.

God bless you all,
Marycrest Manor Administration


March 16, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties, Friends and Staff,

We hope you all had a very happy St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th! Here at Marycrest, we spent a bit of time continuing COVID testing for 100% of staff and 10% of residents, but everyone – residents, staff and sisters – enjoyed taking part in some fun festivities we had planned. Tomorrow, we look forward to celebrating our great patron, St. Joseph!

As mentioned in our last letter, we will be opening visitation up in steps per the regulatory guidance. We will begin opening up indoor visitations this Thursday from 11am-3pm. Please be advised that all visitors must wear a mask. Please email visiting@marycrestculvercity.com if you would like to visit indoors. Check-in needs to continue, so once you respond by email we will inform you of the strict guidelines that we are mandated to follow (we are still finalizing the process with staffing!). Please be patient as we would like to take all precautions to continue to keep your loved ones safe and we want to make sure it goes smoothly!

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO MARYCREST IF YOU ARE FEELING ILL!!

Visitation can continue between 11:00AM and 8:00 PM through the sliding glass door which now can be opened all the way. Please keep the screen door closed. Please note that masks still have to be worn at all times, even when visiting through the resident room outside doors. No items are to be passed through residents’ doors. Any item needing to get to a resident must go through the nursing station front door and a staff member will deliver it. We have had a few falls occur due to this and we want to do everything we can to keep our residents safe.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We have kept our residents safe and have our staff and family members to thank for their utmost cooperation. We know how you all yearn for a more intimate visit with your loved ones and we will get there one step at a time.

We continue to follow all the appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, California Department of Public Health, our local Health Department and Marycrest Manor. Thank you to all our families and friends who have respected the guidelines for social distancing and visitation. Thank you to all our staff for your vigilance and dedication during these challenging times. We look forward to seeing you when you are here to visit.

God bless you all,
Marycrest Manor Administration


March 11, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties, Friends and Staff,

Yesterday, Wednesday, March 10, 2021 the COVID testing resulted in 100% NEGATIVE again for all staff and the 10% of residents tested! Praised be Jesus Christ!

As you have most likely seen on the news, we have received notification that visitation can start up again!! As LA County is still in the purple zone, we will be beginning visitation, however, to keep it as safe as possible for our residents and staff, we need to be mindful to open visitation in steps. Next week, we will be starting “outdoor visitation” (inside during inclement weather). Monitoring needs to continue, so having the outdoor area will take one staff member to assist and monitor appointments. We are finalizing the criteria and staffing schedule soon and will send a notice out as soon as we have it complete.

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO MARYCREST IF ARE FEELING ILL!!

Unlimited visit between 11:00AM and 8:00 PM can continue to occur with your loved ones (residents) inside and family/friends outside the sliding glass door. The glass door may be opened fully (yes, all the way instead of the 3 inches!). Please keep the screen door closed. No items are to be passed through residents’ doors. Any item needing to get to a resident must go through the nursing station front door and a staff member will deliver it. We have had a few falls occur due to this and we want to do everything we can to keep our residents safe.

We thank you for your understanding and patience. We are so grateful that none of our Residents exhibited any covid symptoms. We have kept our Residents safe, and have our staff and family members to thank for their utmost cooperation. We know how you all yearn for a more intimate visit with your loved one and we will get there one step at a time.

We continue to follow all the appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, the Health Department and Marycrest Manor. Thank you to all our families and friends who have respected the guidelines for social distancing and visitation. Thank you to all our staff for your vigilance and dedication during these challenging times.

God bless you all,

Marycrest Manor Administration


March 10, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties, Friends and Staff-

Another time to celebrate and thank our Good Lord who is guiding us through these challenging times!!!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, COVID testing resulted in 100% NEGATIVE for all staff and the 10% of residents tested!

We have received notification that outdoor visitation can start up again!! We are meeting to plan the logistics for this, so stay tuned. As you know, our hair salon resumed Friday and many residents were looking quite stylish!!

Testing is again today for staff and 10% of residents. Say a prayer we continue on this COVID-free path!

We continue to follow all the appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, the Health Department and Marycrest Manor. Thank you to all our families and friends who have respected the guidelines for social distancing and visitation. Thank you to all our staff for your vigilance and dedication during these challenging times.

God bless you all,

The Administration Team of Marycrest Manor


March 2, 2021

To: Marycrest Residents, Responsible Parties, and Family members

Please join me in welcoming Jasmine Hezar, as the new Adminstrator for Marycrest Manor.

Jasmine brinsg us over 15 years of experience as both a Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) and Resident Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Administrator. She has a Master of Science Degree in health Administration from Loma Linda Universtiy and a Bachelor of Scinece from UC Irvine. She was most recently the Executive Director of Friends House in Santa Rosa, CA; an integrated care campus including Indpendent Senior Living, Assited Living and Skilled Nursing. Her commitment to servant leadership led her to Marycrest Manor and we are delighted to add her to our team.

Sister Veronica will return to her part-time role as Infection Control nurse, sharing the role with Sister Jacinta. Please join us in thanking Sr. Veronica for her willingness to step into the Interim Administrator role in Decembre, her leadership and dedicadtion to our residents, our staff and our mission.

“We are in the hands of God, there is no better place to be”
Mother Luisita

Marycrest Leadership Team

February 2021 Letters to Families

February 26, 2021

Dear Families, Friends, and Responsible Parties-

Great News!!!! Wednesday, February 24, 2021, testing resulted in 100% NEGATIVE for all staff and all residents! Two weeks 100% negative means we get to resume the resident testing at 10% weekly. All residents and staff who gave their consent have received their second COVID vaccine.

We are awaiting communication from our regulatory agencies to when outdoor visitation may resume. The hair salon will open next Friday. We can only imagine how anxious everyone is to move onto the next level of visitation.

We continue to follow all the appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, the Health Department and Marycrest Manor. The on-going diligence in infection control practices has kept the positive COVID rates at Marycrest very low. Thank you to all our staff for their vigilance and to you all for your patient cooperation with all our updated practices.

“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.”  St. Gianna Molla

God bless you all,
The Administration Team of Marycrest Manor


February 22, 2021

Dear Families, Friends, and Responsible Parties-

Join us in thanking God today as we celebrate the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter (Cathedra Petri) in honor of the teachings and authority of Saint Peter, the leader of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, as the first Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic faith.

Wednesday, February 19, 2021, testing resulted in 100% NEGATIVE for all staff! We received great news from the Department of Public Health that we are now able to resume testing staff to weekly. This Wednesday, February 24th we will test all staff and residents again. If we are 100% negative, we can resume the resident testing at 10% weekly.

All staff continue to follow all the appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, the Health Department and Marycrest Manor. The on-going diligence in infection control practices has kept the positive COVID rates at Marycrest very low. Thank you to all our staff for their vigilance and to you all for your patient cooperation with all our updated practices.

We will communicate with you all when outdoor visitation can resume.

God bless you all,
The Administration Team of Marycrest Manor


February 19, 2021

Dear Families, Friends, and Responsible Parties-

“As we navigate this pandemic, may we remember the absolute tenderness and perpetual closeness of God. In all the chaos and fear, God is always close enough that we can hear the divine whisper in our hearts”.

Wednesday February 17, 2021 testing resulted in 100% NEGATIVE for both staff and residents!! Such wonderful news. We will continue to test staff twice weekly, until directed otherwise by the authorities. Next Wednesday, February 24th we will test all staff and residents again. If we are 100% negative, we can resume the resident testing at 10% weekly.

All second dose vaccines have been completed for both staff and residents. Although this brings us one step closer to ending this pandemic, we will not let our guard down. All staff continue to follow all the appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, the Health Department and Marycrest Manor. The on-going diligence in infection control practices has kept the positive COVID rates at Marycrest very low. Thank you to all our staff for their vigilance and to you all for your patient cooperation with all our updated practices.

We will communicate with you all when outdoor visitation can resume.

God bless you all,
The Administration Team of Marycrest Manor


February 11, 2021

Dear Marycrest Families, Responsible Parties, and Friends,

Thank you for joining us today in prayer as we celebrate Mother Luisita’s 84th anniversary of entrance into heaven. Mother Luisita suffered through times of trial and tribulation having lived during Religious Persecution in Mexico. We know Mother Luisita is with us in a very special way today, as we share with you our recent testing results.

Our testing from February 10, 2021 resulted in three positive staff members and one positive resident. Thanks be to God, all are asymptomatic. We will now be testing 100% of residents weekly and will continue to test staff twice weekly per CDPH regulations.

All staff continue to wear N95 masks at work and will continue to follow all the appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, the Health Department and Marycrest Manor. The on-going diligence in infection control practices has kept the positive COVID rates at Marycrest very low. Thank you to all our staff for their vigilance and to you all for your patient cooperation with all our updated practices.

We have almost completed vaccinating our residents and staff. Hopefully, and God willing, this will make us one step closer to seeing an end to the pandemic.

God bless you all,
The Administration Team of Marycrest Manor.

Please stay safe:

  • Vaccinate
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Wear a mask!
  • Hand hygiene and more hand hygiene!
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid crowds

February 5, 2021

Dear Marycrest Family and Friends,

We rejoice and pray that Our Lord continues to shower His Love and Blessings upon our residents and staff. Please join us in prayer as we celebrate Mother Luisita our Foundress on February 11th, the 84th anniversary of her entrance into heaven.

Our TESTING from February 3, 2021 resulted in 100% NEGATIVE RESIDENTS AND STAFF! This is such wonderful news. We will be continuing to test 10% of the residents weekly, and will continue to test staff twice weekly, per CDPH regulations.

All staff have continued to wear N95 masks at work and will continue to follow all the appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, the Health Department and Marycrest Manor.  The on-going diligence in infection control practices has kept the positive COVID rates at Marycrest very low. Thank you to all our staff for their vigilance and to you all for your patient cooperation with all our updated practices.

We continue to offer the second dose of the Moderna Covid Vaccine to our residents and first line staff members we are in process of sending the Residents’ registration clinic appointments for you to complete.

God bless you all,
The Administration Team of Marycrest Manor.

Please stay safe:

  • Vaccinate
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Wear a mask!
  • Hand hygiene and more hand hygiene!
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid crowds
January 2021 Letters to Families

January 28, 2021

Dear Marycrest Family and Friends,

We rejoice and pray that Our Lord continues to shower His Love and Blessings upon our residents and staff.

Our TESTING from January 27, 2021 resulted in 100% NEGATIVE RESIDENTS and STAFF!! This is such wonderful news. We will be continuing to test 10% of residents weekly and will continue to test staff twice weekly per CDPH regulations.

All staff continue to wear N95 masks at work and will continue to follow all the appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, the Health Department and Marycrest Manor. The on-going diligence in infection control practices has kept the positive COVID rates at Marycrest very low. Thank you to all our staff for their vigilance and to you all for your patient cooperation with all our updated practices.

We received the second dose of the Moderna Covid Vaccine and we will be sending the Residents’ registration clinics appointments for you to complete.

God bless you all,

The Administration Team of Marycrest Manor

Please stay safe:

  • Vaccinate
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Wear a mask!
  • Hand hygiene and more hand hygiene!
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid crowds

January 13, 2021

Dear Marycrest Family and Friends,

May Our Lord continue bringing His Love, Joy and Peace amid so many challenges.

We continue to follow Public Health Department guildelines to test staff members twice a week and residents every week. In our last facility wide test on January 6th we received results that al residents were negative, and two staff emmbers tested positive. Staff testing done on january 8th resulted in two more positive.

As soon as the results were received, we contacted anyone who was directly impacted by a positive result, both staff and families / responsible parties of residents.

Since the beginning of December, all staff have been wearing N95 masks and continue to follow all thet appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, the Health Department and Marycrest Manor. The on-going diligence in infection control practices has kept hte positive COVID rates at Marycrest very low. Thank you to all our staff for their vigilance and to you all for your patient cooperation with our updated practices.

We are happy to announce that we offered the vaccines to all our residents and staff members. As of today, we have vaccinated 46 residents and 74 staff members!!!! Vaccination is the primary way we can assure the control of COVID and the possibility of returning to a somewhat “normal life.”

God bless,

The Administration Team of Marycrest Manor


January 5, 2021

Dear Marycrest Family and Friends,

We hope that you had a blessed and safe New Year and look forward to continuing to share with you our blessings during this new year!

According with our Public Health Department we are mandated to test staff members twice a week and residents every week. In our last Facility wide test on the December 30th we received results that one resident and three staff members tested positive . All asymptomatic.

As soon as the results were received, we contacted anyone who was directly impacted by a positive result, both staff and families / responsible parties of residents. The resident testing positive was immediately moved to the “red zone”.

We conducted our second staff testing on January 1st 2021 and ALL staff members results were Negative!

Since the beginning of December, all staff have been wearing N95 masks and continue to follow all of the appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, the Health Department and Marycrest Manor. The on-going diligence in infection control practices has kept the positive COVID rates at Marycrest very low. Thank you to all our staff for their vigilance and to you all for your patient cooperation with all of our updated practices.

We are happy to announce that vaccines are available at Marycrest for our residents and staff. We are starting our vaccination clinics tomorrow. Thank you to all who have signed the consent form attached to our previous update letter. This consent is for our Marycrest internal records. You are receiving this email with a website link (From LA County Public Health Department) to register your loved one and authorize vaccination. This second consent is required by the County, even if you already signed the consent for Marycrest Manor. Please register and give your consent, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Please note that the clinic day for our residents is this Friday January 8th. Marycrest will not be able to administer the vaccination at this time to anyone who has not completed the online registration. Vaccination is a key way to help protect our residents from the spread of the virus.

The Administration Team of Marycrest Manor

December Letters to Families
December 30, 2020,

Dear Marycrest Family and Friends,

We hope that you and your loved ones had a blessed, albeit “different” Christmas this year.  In our last communication to you on the 24th we shared that results from our December 23rd house wide testing were still pending.  Due to the intervening holidays and some reporting complications, it took us a while to get all the results back.  Thank you for your patience as you waited with us.

As the results trickled in, we ended up with 4 of our staff testing positive, as well as 4 of our residents.  As soon as the results were received, we contacted anyone who was directly impacted by a positive result, both staff and families / responsible parties of residents.  That means if you have not heard from us in the days intervening between the 24th and now that your loved one tested negative and / or had no direct contact with any of the eight (8) people who tested positive.

All residents testing positive were immediately moved to the “red zone” and any resident who had direct contact with someone testing positive was moved to the “yellow” zone.  Both zones observe isolation precautions and are monitored for any developing symptoms.  We are grateful that all of our affected residents are, so far, asymptomatic.

Since the beginning of December, all staff have been wearing KN95 masks and continue to follow all of the appropriate infection control guidelines established by CDC, the Health Department and Marycrest Manor.  During the time of waiting for some of the staff results that were pending, we asked them to stay home from work until a negative result was confirmed in order to protect both staff and residents who had a negative confirmation.  The on-going diligence in infection control practices have kept the positive COVID rates at Marycrest very low.  Thank you to all of our staff for their vigilance and to you all for your patient cooperation with all of our updated practices.

We are still awaiting notification that our vaccines are ready for pick-up.  Vaccination is a key way to help protect our residents from the spread of the virus.

We hope that you have a blessed and safe New Year and look forward to communicating with you soon!

The Administration Team of Marycrest Manor


December 22, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

Last week’s testing resulted in one more Resident from the Marycrest wing and two Staff members being positive for the virus even though none have showed any symptoms. Again, all precautions have been taken and the resident was moved into the Covid Unit immediately. The two residents in the Covid Unit continue to be asymptomatic and in very stable condition. We are strictly following all Public Health Department recommendations and are working with a Public Health nurse. We will continue testing all staff twice a week, and every resdient once a week. Our next test date is Wednesday, December 23rd.

We are following all guidelines regarding the use of PPE, and thankfully, we are adequately stocked with PPE. Due to the outbreak, on hold are all outdoor visitations. We are so saddened by this and will reinitiate outrdoor visitations as soon as we are able. Sliding glass door/window visitations are still okay, only if the window is open no more than 3 inches and all visitors wear masks. We encourage residents to wear a mask but understand that some refuse.

We continue to join the training webinars in preparation for the COVID vaccine and will communicate with you when we know the next steps. We are hoping to hear more in the next 1-2 days.

As we all continue to face many challenges, we also know that we are being showered with many blessings. May the Infant Jesus bring us all the peace only He can give.

 

Merry Christmas,
With Gratitude-
The leadership team at Marycrest Manor


December 17, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

On our last letter we informed you that one resident tested positive on the Marycrest wing. This resident continues to be asymptomatic and we are following the public health department recommendations. With one positive resident, the health department defines this as an outbreak. We will not have new admissions until restrictions are removed by the local health department. We will continue testing all staff twice a week, and every resident once a week. We tested all residents and staff yesterday and we are waiting for results.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. This is a stressful time for everyone.

We continue to follow all the CDC infection control guidelines regarding the use of PPE and thankfully we are adequately stocked with PPE. We continue to join the training webinars in preparation for the COVID vaccine! We will communicate with you when we know the next steps.

Please know that your loved ones are our family too and we will do all we can to protect, serve and keep them safe. Please do not hesitate calling us if you have a question.

With Gratitude-
The leadership team at Marycrest Manor

Key Points to Remember:

  • Keep your distance
  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a mask

December 13, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

As you know, per the California Department of Public Health, Marycrest Manor is required to test all staff two times per week. The residents will be tested weekly, and all were tested on Wednesday December 9, 2020.

We have one resident that tested positive on the Marycrest wing. This resident is asymptomatic and we immediately followed the isolation protocol. This resident will stay in quarantine per the recommendations of public health. All staff members were negative on this round!

We have survived so long with very little drama, and we pray that this is just a small bump in the road! We have faith that God is protecting us. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

We continue to follow all the CDC infection control guidelines regarding the use of PPE and thankfully we are adequately stocked with PPE. We have completed the necessary paperwork for the vaccine! We will communicate with you when we know the next steps.

Please know that your loved ones are our family too and we will do all we can to protect, serve and keep them safe. Please do not hesitate calling us if you have a question.

With Gratitude-
The leadership etam at Marycrest Manor


December 8, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

The California Department of Health requires that all Skilled Nursing Facilities test all staff members twice a week starting November 30th. We wanted to announce that we received 5 staff members positive from last week’s testing. All postiive staff members are asymptomatic and currently in quarantine at their home. Thanks be to God that all residents tested were Negative. Since all residents and staff members were in contact with the positive employees we will conduct a fcatility wide testing tomorrow. We are following DPH Infection control practicies.

Thanks once again for all your support and prayers. We will continue tow ork hard in keeping the residents safe, comfortable, and as happy as possible. Our hope is not in vain, because it is invested in God.

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God.”

Stay positive, strong, healthy, and resilient!

The leadership team at Marycrest Manor

November Letters to Families
November 20, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

Praised be Jesus Christ! Thank you, once again, for all your engagement towards us at Marycrest Manor. We feel so supported by you.

Wea re happy to announce again that all the staff and a few residents that tested yesterday are NEGATIVE. Our priority since this pandemic is to keep our residents and employees safe, and we are following all the infection control guidelines as recommended by the regulation.

The lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.

If you have any questions or concerns, do reach out to the Administration.

Stay Safe and God Bless,

The leadership team at Marycrest Manor


November 13, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

Gracias, Merci, Grazie, Salamat, 謝謝, Vielen Dank, Dziękuję, Ευχαριστώ, Go raibh maith agat, ありがとうございました, Köszönöm, Спасибо, شكرًا لك, Cảm ơn bạn, Asante, Tack, Obrigado…Thank You!

Thanks to all our residents, families, staff members and friends for the many ways you supported us. A caring word, an act of kindness, a phone call saying thanks , or an offered prayer is what has allowed us to pursue on for the sake of each of our residents. Please know how grateful we are and count on your prayers in order to live through these challenging times of COVID-19. May we each lean on one another for continued support and take one day at a time.

Test results from this past Wednesday are again, 100% negative!! Per guidance of the Department of Health we will continue 100% testing of staff and 10% of residents. It appears that COVID cases are on the rise, so we must continue to be vigilant in our infection control practicies. No further information on availability of the COVID-19 vaccine has been released at this time.

We are excited to announce that we are preparing for the next step in visitation. We have ordered the supplies to make outdoor visitation areas. We anticipate them to be ready in teh next two weeks, so stay tuned!! To maximize visitation opportunities and keep residents and families connected we continue to offer virtual communications and have visists occur through sliding glas doors.

Thank you and God bless!

The leadership team at Marycrest Manor


November 6, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

Praised be Jesus Christ! This week we proceeded with another weekly facility-wide testing on all the residents and staff, and we are happy to announce again that we are all negative. We are blessed by each one of you and are grateful for your presence, support, and being part of the mission. The work of healthcare providers is a valuable service for life and expresses our profoundly human and Christian commitment as a dedication to our neighbors. We appreicate our staff members who are extremely important as part of the essential services we provide here.

“Our faith is in the Lord, breathe everything will work out for the best.

We thank you for all your support and ask for your continued understanding as we continue to do all we can to protect our residents, team members and carry out our mission to be at the service of the family for life.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or conerns you may have.

Thank you and God bless!

The leadership team at Marycrest Manor

October Letters to Families
October 30, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

Praised be Jesus Christ! We want to thank you so much for all your continuous prayers, calls, emails, adn donations. We truly appreciate your continuous support. We proceeded with another weekly testing, and we are happy to announce we are all negative again. What a joy we have knowing taht we have God’s presence and protection.

We are making plans for the next “level” of visitation. These areas will be outside and more personal. The project is coming along, and the leadership team is working on the guidelines, policies, and procedures as recommended by the Department of Health. We will keep you updated as son as we copmlete this project so you can visit your loved ones on a more intimiate level.

“Give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”

We want to thank our heroic staff for their hard work and sacrifices during this pandemic. Our next COVID testing will be Wednesday, November 4, 2020. We want to encourage you to keep the faith, keep rpaying, and stay safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please do reach out to administration.

God bless you!

The leadership team at Marycrest Manor


October 24, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

Praised be Jesus Christ! We are pleased to inform you that our last week’s COVID testing results are out, and we are 100% negative again! Our next testing date is on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 fo 10% of the residents and 100% of the staff. We remain thankful for the support we get from our staff members in keeping COVID out of Marycrest.

Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers, and gifts during these challenging times. We want to suggest family visitations after mealtimes so we can focus on higher-quality assistance during meals for the residents.

“These beautiful, rare moments are a love-affirming reminder that God still has our lives in the palm of His hands”

It might be stormy now, but we are increasingly aware of hte need to commit ourselves in God. Pray always and stay safe.

God bless you!

The leadership team at Marycrest Manor


October 13, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

Praised be Jesus Christ! We are so excited to inform you that all the residents and staff that tested for COVID-19 on October 7th – 9th are negative again! Our trust is in the Lord to protect and guide us. The next phase of testing will be on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. We continue to follow the guidelines from the Health Department for weekly testing of 100% of the staff and 10% of the residents. Thank you for all your prayers, calls, and emails. We truly appreciate all. We will continue to work hard in keeping the residents safe, comfortable, and as happy as possible.

“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation at this challenging time. Please, if you have any questions or concerns do reach out to the Administration.

Stay safe and God bless

The leadership team at Marycrest Manor


October 2, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

Praised be Jesus Christ! This week we proceeded with the recommendation of the regulatory agencies to have another facility-wide testing on all the residents and staff, and we are happy to announce again that all were negative. The facility-wide testing will be conducted every Wednesday, and we will be updating you with each result as always. Thank you so much for all your prayers, emails, and words of encouragement. We want to assure you that the management and staff of Marycrest will continue to work hard in keeping the residents safe, comfortable, and as happy as possible. Our faith is in God, and we know that HE is in control of every situation.

GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND OUR STRENGTH

Please feel free to contact us for any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you once again for all your support, and prayers for our residents and team members.

Stay safe and God bless

The leadership team at Marycrest Manor

September Letters to Families
September 25, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

Praised be Jesus Christ. Thank you so much for all your continous prayers and calls, we truly appreciate all. The COVID testing regulation continues to change, and the Health Department now recommends testing 100% of staff and 25% of the residents every week until further notice. On Wednesday, September 22nd, we conducted another facility-wide weekly testing on 25% of the residents and 100% of the staff, and we are happy to announce again that all were negative!!!!

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God”

Thanks to our heroic staff for their hard work and sacrifices, they are highly appreciated. We wnat to assure you that the management and staff of Marycrest will continue to work hard in keeping the residents safe, comfortable, and as happy as possible.

 

Stay safe, and God bless

The leadership team at Marycrest Manor


September 14, 2020,

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff,

We want to thank you for all the support and prayers you render towards carrying out our mission to be at the service for the family for life. We feel so supported by you. On Tuesday, September 8th, we completed our weekly facility-wide testing recommended by the regulatory agencies and we are glad to announce that all the residents and staff are negative.

We are having another facility-wide testing tomorrow, September 15th, for the residents and staff as mandated from the regulatory bodies. We will be following the weekly testing recommendations from the Department of Health (CDPH), Los Angeles County (LA County), and the Center of Disease Control (CDC) until we have 100% negative for all the staff and residents of Marycrest Manor two weeks in a row and we will keep you posted on the result.

We want to assure you that the management and staff of Marycrest will continue to work hard in keeping the residents safe, comfortable, and as happy as possible.

“Never stop praying”

Please feel free to contact us for any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you once again for all your support and prayers for our residents and team members.

Stay safe, and God bless

The leadership team at Marycrest Manor


September 10, 2020,

Dear Families and friends-

We had another facility-wide testing yesterday and will notify you of the results once we receive them. We will need 100% negative for two weeks in a row before we get to go back to monthly testing. Working in healthcare during this time continues to be quite challenging! The guidelines continue to change and practices that existed a month ago may not even exist anymore. The many things we continue to do is… limiting exposure, intense hand hygiene, monitoring staff and residents, and ongoing environmental cleaning.

We have identified a problem that I need to address immediately. Many residents have visitors that visit from the outside, through the sliding glass door. We are blessed to have this possibility for providing some normalcy. However, we have had two resident falls that directly related to attempting to do something/give something to their family member outside.

We ask that you communicate this message to all friends and family that visit, and to adhere to the rules set forth to protect our residents from harm; both from possible COVID transmission, and from injury

  • Preferred practice: door completely closed and communication via phone or IPAD. This will eliminate any risk of COVID exposure.
  • Alternate practice: Door ajar no more than 3 inches to facilitate ability to converse with visitor. This can increase risk of COVID exposure. Visitor msut wear a mask if the door is ajar at all.
  • NO items are to handed out/in through the patio door. Any item for a resident can be brought to the door (SJ and MC), ring doorbell and staff will pick up and deliver to the resident.
  • If your loved one (our resident) seems to be requesting any of hte above, please firmly state that they cannot open the door, come outside, etc. and to call for assistance.
  • If you ahve been in contact with someone that has COVID or are expereincing any symptoms, please do not come to Marycrest.

“Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.”

Thank you for undersatnding. God bless you and stay safe,

Cathy Ohnstad, DON and the Marycrest Leadership Team.


September 4, 2020

Dear Families, friends, and staff,

Praised be Jesus Christ. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers in these unprecedented and challenging times. We feel so supported by you. When we sent our last communication on August 28th, little did we know that we would be communicating with you so soon. On Tuesday we completed our weekly facility-wide testing recommended by the regulatory agencies, and one of our staff tested positive. The staff is asymptomatic and has been asked to stay home and quarantine for the next 14 days. We are having another facility-wide testing next week, and we will keep you posted on the result.

We ask that you continue to uplift us in prayers because together we will get through this. We continue to monitor all the staff at the beginning and end of their shift for fever and respiratory symptoms. All the staff members in the facility continue to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) and practice infection control prevention throughout their shift. The reisdents are continuing to be monitered each shift, along with social distancing and masks when possible.

We want to thank our heroic staff for hteir hard work and sacrifices, they are highly appreciated. Thank you for being a beacon of positivity and purpose in a time where many are uncertain.

“Our faith is in the Lord, breathe everything will work out for the best.”

We have faith that sometime in the future, we will look at this difficult time in the “rear view mirror,” and when we do, it will be with immense pride in how we collectively overcame this pandemic with prayers. Be courageous in the lord, it never rains forever.

Plase, if you have any questions or concers, do reach out tothe Administration.

Stay safe, and God bless

The leadership team at Marycrest Manor

August 7, 2020 Letter to Families
August 28, 2020,

Dear Families, friends, and staff,

Praised be Jesus Christ. We want to thank you so much for all your continuous prayers, calls, emails, and gifts, we truly appreciate all.

This week, we proceeded with the recommendation of the regulatory agencies to have another facility-wide testing on all the residents and staff, and we are happy to announce again that all were negative. The resident that tested positive a week ago tested negative twice but is currently on quarantine for 14 days to complete the requirements from the health regulatory agencies, and the caregiver that tested positive is still on quarantine.

The staff of Marycrest are all up to date with their infection control training and are all following the protocols as recommended by the Los Angeles County, and the Department of Health. The leadership team is meeting routinely to ensure that we are following the guidelines. We have posters all around the facility to keep the visitors informed of our status.

We are in this fight together and we will not let our guards down. We will continue to ensure a safe, and comfortable environment for all the residents and staff in our care. Our trust is in the Lord to protect and guide us.

“Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation at this challenging time as we continue to provide the best care possible for your loved ones. Please if you have any questions or concerns, do reach out to the Administration.

Stay safe, and God bless

The leadership team at Marycrest Manor


August 7, 2020

Dear Families, Friends, and Staff-

One of our staff just tested positive for COVID-19 and is on quarantine for 14 days until cleared by the appropriate medical authorities. We have since followed the recommended guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Health (CDPH), and Los Angeles County, for all the necessary actions to be taken.

To have a baseline and be proactive, we are testing every resident and staff of Marycrest Manor, since yesterday and today, and we will be updating you once we get the results.

Safety is our priority. We have increased resident  vital signs every shift and will continue to follow all the infection control protocols as recommended by the CDC, CDPH, and LA County to ensure 100% safety at Marycrest Manor.

True peace comes from knowing that God is in control”

Thank you once again for all your support. We ask for your continued prayers as we continue to do all we can to protect our residents and team members.

Stay safe, and God bless,
The Leadership Team at Marycrest Manor

July Letter to Families

July 29, 2020

Dear Families, friends and staff-

We are living in the era of uncertainty, but one thing we are certain of….

WE ARE COVID FREE ONCE AGAIN!!!!

We tested Marycrest residents and half of the staff last Thursday, July 23rd. 100% negative! In fact, today we are having a “COVID FREE COOLDOWN” party- ice-cream sundaes and ice cream floats outside in the beautiful sunshine!

Working in healthcare during this time is quite challenging. Everyday seems to be a trial and so many thoughts of uncertainty fill our heads. The guidelines are always changing- best practices that existed a month ago may not even exist anymore. The many things we know that we are doing right is..…limiting exposure, intense hand hygiene, monitoring staff and residents, and ongoing environmental cleaning.

Here are a few favorite things we have all learned during this COVID-19 Pandemic:

When life becomes overwhelming and stressed, whether at home or work, show kindness and compassion. We are all in this together. Always offer a helping hand, a kind word, a smile.

Whether at home or at work, work together as a TEAM- we complete each other, rather than compete.

Don’t lose your faith; remember God is in control.

“Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the LORD.”

God bless you, stay safe and continue to isolate-
The Leadership Team at Marycrest Manor

May Letters to Families

May 28, 2020

Dear Families and Responsible Parties,

Thank you, once again, for all your engagement throughout the course of our changed circumstances here at Marycrest Manor. We feel so supported by you. We, like you, are longing to get back to “normal” and hope that that is on the near horizon. When we sent our last communication on Friday before Memorial Day, little did we suspect that we would be communicating with you in this way again so soon.

As you know, we began “surveillance” testing this Tuesday per LA County Public Health requirements for skilled nursing facilities without any cases of COVID-19. Thank God we have not had any positive cases to date. The requirement was that we test 10 of our Residents and then pending results they would inform us of how we are to proceed with any future testing. On Tuesday morning we received a call from the California Department of Public Health (State), telling us that they are now requiring all skilled nursing facilities, regardless of COVID-19 status to test all residents and staff.

The 10 residents who were tested on Tuesday will not be required to test again in this first round of testing required by the State, we will simply report the results obtained. Residents do have the right to refuse testing. If they refuse, however, we are required to consider them as being infected, but asymptomatic. This means that they would need to be cohorted and potentially placed with other residents who either refuse testing or test positive.

Staff will be contacting the primary POA for each resident to get verbal consent for the testing. Residents who are their own POA will be informed about the process and given the opportunity to accept or refuse testing. We will communicate back to the primary POA the individual results for each resident and, once we have all the testing back, we will communicate to everyone the prevalence of positive cases both among staff and residents.

In addition to the previous measures implemented, we continue to stay vigilant:

  • Family visitation, elective medical visits, outings and group activities continue to be suspended. When residents are in a common area social distancing is practiced
  • We are keeping residents engaged with one on one activities and pastoral care visits in their room.
  • Team members continue to be monitored at the beginning and end of their shift for fever and respiratory symptoms. Anyone with symptoms will be sent home and we follow CDC guidelines for return to work.
  • We are monitoring residents for any change in condition on each shift. Any changes in condition are reported to the physician and responsible party as is the usual practice.
  • Residents are to wear cloth or surgical/medical face masks if they are outside their personal rooms, when appropriate. We recognize that some residents may not be able to tolerate face coverings and we are handling each resident according to their personal needs.
  • Residents may also need to be relocated to a different room once test results are received.
  • All team members in the facility continue to wear personal protection equipment (PPE), and practice infection control prevention throughout their shift.
  • We will continue testing residents and staff per the latest Public Health orders which intend to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in facilities in order to protect all who live and work there.

QUESTIONS
For weekly updates visit our website at https://marycrestculvercity.com/covid19/ Or contact Administration (310) 838-2778

RESOURCES
LA County Public Health – http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/
Center for Disease Control – www.cdc.gov

Thank you for all the support we have received. We ask for your continued understanding as we continue to do all we can to protect our residents and team members and carry out our mission.

Sister Mary Clare, RD, NHA, Chief Executive Officer
Flora Azinge, PhD, NHA, Administrator
Cathy Ohnstad, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing


May 14, 2020

As we celebrated Mother’s Day at Marycrest, many of our residents were surrounded by loving cards, flowers, and messages from their families. Even though they couldn’t be together physically, family members found ways to show their love … not only for their own loved one, but for all of us. The family of one of our residents sent a small flower arrangement for every resident in the facility, so that everyone could share in the joy and cheer of the day. Social distance has separated us physically, but we are certainly still connected by the bonds of family and love.

For the Carmelite Sisters serving at Marycrest, Mother’s Day is a celebration of special significance. We take our role as spiritual mothers to heart. Through our vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, we become available to love and serve each person that comes our way. We truly see the care we give to our residents as an exercise of our spiritual motherhood that is an expression of our vocation as the brides of Christ.

We sincerely ask our Lord to continue to bless each of our residents, you, their families and friends, and all those who care for them during this season of uncertainty, until we are able to open our doors once again and welcome you into our home.

Marycrest Administration


May 7, 2020

It takes many hands to keep Marycrest Manor running smoothly, day in and day out. With a capacity for 57 residents, we have almost 100 staff members who work together to make sure our residents are well fed physically, tended to emotionally and enriched spiritually. There are many ways our staff serve: whether tending our beautiful gardens and caring for our facilities, providing bedside service to our residents, playing games and visiting with them, keeping our facility clean, preparing healthy food, keeping our supplies stocked and organized, training and supporting our nursing staff, or making sure we are implementing the best practices for care in the current healthcare environment… no matter what the day to day role of our staff, it takes each person’s unique contribution to fulfill our mission to be at the Service of the Family for Life. 

Respect, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence: these are the core values that provide a foundation for our work together as we provide high-quality care for our residents, respecting the dignity of each person. As Carmelite Sisters, we continually work to instill our values and our mission in our staff and are blessed to have dedicated lay staff who share our dedication. Together, we are always growing, integrating our values more and more into our interactions with our residents and with one another. We are truly grateful for the staff members who embody the vision of Marycrest and live out our core values, putting their hearts into the work they do each day.

Marycrest Administration

April Letters to Families
April 29, 2020

What We Are Learning During this Time of COVID

As we pass the 6-week mark of being closed to any unnecessary visitors, getting used to a new daily routine with restricted activities and family visits via face-time or through windows, we wanted to share some of the things we’ve learned so far during this time.

Maybe you can relate in your own life how having our world so dramatically and suddenly halted has put into focus what things are really important, what things are less important than we thought, and all the little things we took for granted that we miss the most. 

We continue to live life day by day here at Marycrest, and we can’t wait until we can see you all again soon. We certainly miss our volunteers, families, and visitors! 

We’re in this together and keeping you in our prayers!

Marycrest Administration


April 20, 2020

Greetings from Marycrest! Our residents are settling into a “new normal” here, after a month without visitors and limited group activities. Thanks to our activities and pastoral care staff, the residents are receiving regular room visits, going outside for walks in the sunshine, and participating as much as possible in modified activities with plenty of room for social distancing. Many of our residents are speaking regularly with their families on social media. Some of our residents’ family members have even come to wave and visit from outside the closed window. Though we can’t have Mass here at our facility, our residents are still able to receive Holy Communion each day. Thanks to some of our friends who have donated homemade face masks, we’ve been able to conserve our supply of disposable surgical face masks, which are more and more challenging to obtain from our vendors. The support of our friends, shown in so many different ways, has been an encouragement to us and helps us to stay as prepared as possible in this time of uncertainty.

How grateful we are to the nurses and staff at Marycrest, who are working hard to meet the needs of our residents – body and soul. They continue to show up each day and night to care for our residents and support each other. Our Sisters and staff are working tirelessly to make sure that Marycrest is prepared for whatever may come, daily assessing and updating our policies and practices as recommended by the regulatory agencies that oversee skilled nursing facilities. In early April, we prepared a section of our Marycrest wing to serve as an isolation wing should it become necessary to isolate any residents that may begin to show symptoms – and we pray that we will be able to leave it unused.

In our conversations, the Sisters here have been reflecting recently on our foundress, Mother Luisita, and the early Sisters in our community. During the religious persecution in Mexico in the 1920s, they were serving the poor sick in a hospital in Jalisco. Because of the Cristero war, the Sisters were prevented from moving about openly in public, unable to receive the Sacraments, and poured themselves out in service to care for the sick. Though our modern COVID quarantine is different in many ways, we find elements of our own situation that are reminiscent of what our early Sisters experienced. One of the unexpected gifts of this time of quarantine has been a deeper sense of connection to the Sisters who paved the way for us and laid the groundwork for the work we do today.

We certainly count on your prayers as we continue to respond to the challenges that face healthcare facilities everywhere during these days. We also assure you of our prayers for you and your loved ones – we are so grateful for your friendship and support! May God bless you and keep you safe and healthy.

With our prayers for a blessed Easter Season!

Marycrest Administration


April 10, 2020

Dear families and responsible parties,

Since the onset of the pandemic of COVID-19, our first and foremost concerns have been to keep our residents and employees safe. We took early action in implementing our infection control procedures and obtaining supplies. We continue to adapt our procedures to align with the latest recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the LA County department of Public Health.

The Carmelite Sisters have been serving the sick and vulnerable for over 90 years in Los Angeles. You are part of this amazing legacy! The work of healthcare persons is extremely valuable for life and expresses the profoundly human and Christian commitment of dedication to those we care for. Healthcare workers are indispensable as part of the essential services to our society during this unique and difficult time. We are so fortunate to have a staff of such dedicated employees.

On April 6th we sectioned off part of the Marycrest wing to make an “isolation” unit. At this time, it utilizes rooms 315, 316 and 317. One room will be used for staff and supplies, and the other two rooms would house up to three residents. We have NO PLANS to utilize these rooms at this time, we simply want to be prepared. We know we will now be ready if one of our own residents becomes symptomatic and we need to isolate.

We understand that these are times of uncertainty and we want to assure you of our current responsive measures:

  • Leadership meets several times a week and sometimes several times a day to review and evaluate the latest information informing policies and procedures.
  • Other precautions we continue to maintain with vigilance:
    • Family visitation remains suspended with the only exception being end-of-life situations. We are keeping our residents and their families connected with video chat, phone calls and FaceTime sessions.
    • Volunteers and students have been suspended from early on.
    • All elective medical visits have been rescheduled.
    • We have canceled outings and group activities. We are keeping residents engaged with one on one activities and visits by our team. We are assisting residents with social distancing when they are out of their rooms.
    • We are monitoring residents’ temperatures and respiratory status ongoing.
    • Staff are being monitored at the start of their shift, and again at the end of their shift, for fever and respiratory symptoms. Anyone with symptoms will be sent home. We will follow CDC guidelines regarding return to work.
    • All team members are wearing masks throughout their shift. We are working closely with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health and following their guidance.

We thank you for all the support we’ve received in carrying out our mission to be at the service of the family for life. As of now, we have been able to keep COVID-19 out of our building and we ask for your continued understanding and prayers as we continue to do all we can to protect our residents and staff.
Please be assured that we will continue to keep you updated on any new developments. Check out our website to see the latest updates in needed supplies, ways to give, etc.

With our prayers for a blessed Easter Season!

Marycrest Administration


April 6, 2020

To the families and responsible parties of our residents-
As the COVID-19 situation has continued to evolve, the staff and residents of Marycrest have been blessed by the support of our local community, who have reached out to help in sometimes surprising and beautiful ways.
Here are some of the blessings that have come our way in the past few weeks:

  • Local Priests have blessed us by bringing consecrated hosts so that our residents can continue to receive our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament each day.
  • The Culver City Fire Department brought us a digital temple thermometer so our nurses can easily take temperatures.
  • A team from UCLA made and donated 60 plastic face-shields for the nursing team.
  • Family members, friends and nearby residents have brought donations of gloves, surgical face masks, N95 face masks, or ordered them for us online.
  • We’ve received homemade washable masks and surgical gowns sewn by local women and donated to protect our staff and supplement our stock of PPE supplies.
  • A family made handmade cards of support and encouragement for our residents and staff
  • Donations of groceries and meals for our staff
  • Pies, donuts, and treats to keep us all moving
  • Financial donations to support our operations during uncertain times

It’s amazing to see the support of the community as we come together, even though physically distanced – it’s truly a tangible encouragement for all of us who spend our days and nights caring for our dearly loved residents.

Our nurses are working hard to keep life as normal and engaging as possible for the residents, even though some of our normal group activities have been suspended. While the “Beauty Shop” is closed, our residents are having their nails painted by the nurses, and our pastoral care and activities team are spending more one-on-one time visiting with residents to keep everyone happy. Families have been able to communicate with their loved ones via FaceTime, Skype – or as one family recently brought to communicate with their loved one, a “Grandpad” device.

Recently, as our nurses came to work and entered through the door, they were greeted by a chalk message on the sidewalk that read, “Thank you for what you are about to do!” And as they left for the day, they were greeted by another message that read “Thank you for all you’ve done today!”

Please pray for the continued health and safety of all who live and serve at Marycrest, and know that we continue to keep you in our prayers as well. Your support is truly a blessing and an encouragement to us

Thank you, Cathy Ohnstad,RN
Director of Nursing

Cathy Ohnstad, Director of Nursing, is available for your questions or concerns. Her email is don@marycrestculvercity.com and her office phone is 310-838-2778 ext. 296

March Letters to Families

March 26, 2020

To the families and responsible parties of our residents-

Time for another update!!

First, thank you so much for your ongoing support.

Last week we had two residents that had ongoing congestion, then spiked a fever. We decided to test them for the COVID virus just to be safe and sure. Thank the Lord both tests were negative!!

We will not let our guard down until the threat of exposure is gone. We are meeting routinely as a leadership group to ensure we are following the recommendations given by all the regulatory agencies. We are also ensuring we are prepared and have adequate stock in all the personal protective equipment/ supplies. As you can imagine, all healthcare is having a hard time obtaining supplies.

We are reaching out to all of you:
If you know of any friends or family members that have gloves, masks, goggles/eye shields, gowns, shoe covers that they would like to donate to Marycrest Manor, it would be so appreciated. There are many professions that use these items and are not using them currently (dentists, manicurists, construction workers, etc.).

Please contact Irene Zamecnik at (310) 838-2778 ext. 212 for items to donate.

To keep spirits up, we had a “Quarantine Party”- all the residents and staff were given a can of Coke, a brownie and fruit snacks. We played music over the speaker and visited and had a party while practicing social distancing! On the can was written:

“Even though we’re quarantined…

nothing can separate us from the love of God!” Romans 8:38-39

Thank you, Cathy Ohnstad,RN
Director of Nursing

Cathy Ohnstad, Director of Nursing, is available for your questions or concerns. Her email is don@marycrestculvercity.com and her office phone is 310-838-2778 ext. 296


March 14, 2020

To the families and responsible parties of our residents:

Marycrest Manor wants to assure you that we are doing everything possible to ensure our beloved residents stay safe. Leadership is meeting daily to discuss the updated recommendations from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as of March 14, 2020, Marycrest Manor is restricting visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel until further notice. Exceptions may be made for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end of life situation. These decisions will be made on a case by case basis and will include careful screening.

We know that the lack of visitation will be hard for both our residents and families. Please use the contacts below to communicate with your loved ones. Please be patient as staff are meeting the needs of our residents. Please do not call just to check-in, as this may pull staff away from residents. Be assured that the charge nurse will call you if there is any change of condition, question or concern. We are committed to keeping you updated as much as possible.

Electronic social media, such as Skype and Facetime, is available for resident/family communication if desired. To set up a time, please contact: Sr. Mary Ignatius, Pastoral Care: pcc@marycrestculvercity.com or 310-838-2778x 251 or Ana Calderon, Activities: act@marycrestculvercity.com or 310-838-2778 ext. 271

The general strategies that CDC recommends to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same strategies long term care facilities use every day to detect and prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses, like influenza. We continue to enforce strict practices regarding sanitation and infection control and have taken additional steps to protect our residents from risk of being exposed to COVID-19. Some of the practices we have put in place are:

– Ceasing all volunteers from visiting
– Suspending nursing student clinical practicums
– Limiting group activities among residents
– Increased environmental cleaning and disinfection
– Reinforcement of hand hygiene
– Ongoing staff Inservice on recommended guidelines as they develop
– Daily monitoring each resident for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Any sign of infection will be addressed immediately.
– New admissions are being carefully screened. Any new admission coming from a hospital or other healthcare facility will be placed in “Heightened Precaution” for 14 days.

We will continue to communicate when there is anything new or updated.

For any questions that you may have regarding the recommendations that have been implemented:
Sister Teresa Christine: dev@marycrestculvercity.com or 310-838-2778 ext. 217

The latest recommendations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) can be seen here: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/3-13-2020-nursing-home-guidance-covid-19.pdf

You can find more information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Please be assured of our prayers for you and your families during this time!

God bless you,
Marycrest Leadership