Marycrest’s Response to Recent Concerns Regarding Coronavirus

June 27, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Last week’s test results of both residents and staff members were all negative!

We are grateful to all of you who have helped us comply with these regulations. Residents will continue to be tested weekly; staff will continue to be tested twice a week.

Please continue to assist us in our compliance with the new Los Angeles County regulations. As a response to this high-level concern – MARYCREST MANOR WILL:

  • Conduct twice weekly screening testing of all staff regardless of vaccination status.
  • Conduct weekly testing of all residents, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Require all visitors be tested prior to indoor visitation, regardless of vaccination status. PCR test result must be within 48 hours and antigen (rapid) test result must be within 24 hours.
  • Require all visitors complete the COVID symptom questionnaire prior to visiting.
  • Have all staff continue to wear N95 masks.
  • Conduct contact tracing and assure proper isolation of cases and quarantining of close contacts based on the county HOO.
  • Implement universal masking of all staff and residents. Require N95 respirators for all staff during the entire time while in the facility.
  • Pause communal dining and group activities.
  • Report all cases among staff and residents to DPH.

Please note: Due to our limited resources to test all visitors, we ask that visitors obtain their own test and bring negative result upon visiting. Once the negative test result is verified, visitors will be allowed to visit. PCR results must be within 48 hours and antigen (Rapid) test results must be within 24 hours.

Please pass on this information to other members of your family as well as friends of your loved one. We are having challenges at the visitation entrance as family members are not aware of the latest Public Health regulations. Outdoor/window visitation may continue WITHOUT proof of negative test; however, masks must be always on.

Visiting Hours works best from 11 AM to 8 PM.

Please continue to schedule all visits through the activities department. Please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

June 20, 2022 Letter to Families

June 20, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

On Wednesday June 15th the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health gave us the notice of Covid clearance (Closure of Outbreak). It is still recommended that all individuals should enforce respiratory etiquette and strict hand washing procedures for all residents, staff, and visitors. Last week testing results were all negative!
Please assist us in our compliance with the Los Angeles County regulations:

MARYCREST MANOR WILL:

  • Conduct twice weekly screening testing of all staff regardless of vaccination status.
  • Conduct weekly testing of all residents, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Require all visitors be tested prior to indoor visitation, regardless of vaccination status. PCR test result must be within 48 hours and antigen (rapid) test result must be within 24 hours.
  • Require all visitors complete the COVID symptom questionnaire prior to visiting.
  • Have all staff continue to wear N95 masks.
  • Conduct contact tracing and assure proper isolation of cases and quarantining of close contacts based on the county HOO.
  • Implement universal masking of all staff and residents. Require N95 respirators for all staff during the entire time while in the facility.
  • Pause communal dining and group activities.
  • Report all cases among staff and residents to DPH.

Please note: Due to our limited resources to test all visitors, we ask that visitors obtain their own test and bring negative result upon visiting.

  • Please write name and date on the rapid test.
  • Once the negative test result is verified, visitors will be allowed to visit.
  • PCR results must be within 48 hours and antigen (Rapid) test results must be within 24 hours

Please pass on this information to other members of your family as well as friends of your loved one. We are having challenges at the visitation entrance as family members are not aware of the latest Public Health regulations. Outdoor/window visitation may continue WITHOUT proof of negative test; however, masks must be on at all times.

Please continue to schedule all visits through the activities department. Please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com

Please joining us in thanking God for all the gifts and graces received most especially as we celebrate the birthday of our Mother Foundress tomorrow

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

June 3, 2022 Letter to Families

June 3, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

We continue to follow the newest regulations that LA County issued last week.  We are grateful for all of you that have helped us comply with these regulations and can only pray that the newest mandates ease up soon. All residents and staff were tested via the PCR method, and we should have results in 2-3 days. Residents will be tested weekly; staff will continue to be tested twice a week.  Our resident who tested positive last week is asymptomatic and doing very well. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is following closely the positive Covid test from last week considering it as an outbreak. The department has assigned a Public Health Nurse to Marycrest she gave us detailed guidelines and has extended the quarantine for this resident through Tuesday.

Please assist us in our compliance with the new Los Angeles County regulations as a response for this high-level concern:

MARYCREST MANOR WILL:

  • Conduct twice weekly screening testing of all staff regardless of vaccination status.
  • Conduct weekly testing of all residents, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Require all visitors be tested prior to indoor visitation, regardless of vaccination status. PCR test result must be within 48 hours and antigen (rapid) test result must be within 24 hours.
  • Require all visitors complete the COVID symptom questionnaire prior to visiting.
  • Have all staff continue to wear N95 masks.
  • Conduct contact tracing and assure proper isolation of cases and quarantining of close contacts based on the county HOO.
  • Implement universal masking of all staff and residents. Require N95 respirators for all staff during the entire time while in the facility.
  • Pause communal dining and group activities.
  • Report all cases among staff and residents to DPH.

Please note: Due to our limited resources to test all visitors, we ask that visitors obtain their own test and bring negative result upon visiting. Once the negative test result is verified, visitors will be allowed to visit. PCR results must be within 48 hours and antigen test results must be within 24 hours.

Outdoor/window visitation may continue WITHOUT proof of negative test; however, masks must be on.

Please continue to schedule all visits through the activities department. Please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.

Thank you and God Bless you!

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

June 1, 2022 Letter to Families

June 1, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

We continue to follow the newest LA County regulations at Marycrest Manor. All residents were tested yesterday and resulted Negative 😊. We will be conducting all staff testing twice this week.  Our resident who tested positive last week is asymptomatic and doing very well, completing quarantine by Friday.

Please assist us in our compliance with the new Los Angeles County regulations as a response for this high-level concern:

MARYCREST MANOR WILL:

  • Conduct twice weekly screening testing of all staff regardless of vaccination status.
  • Conduct weekly testing of all residents, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Require all visitors be tested (PCR or Antigen) within 48 hours prior to indoor visitation, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Test all symptomatic staff and residents.
  • Conduct contact tracing and assure proper isolation of cases and quarantining of close contacts based on the county HOO.
  • Test contacts within facility required at day 2 and 7 after exposure.
  • Implement universal masking of all staff and residents. Require N95 respirators for all staff during the entire time while in the facility.
  • Pause communal dining and group activities.
  • Report all cases among staff and residents to DPH.

Please note: Due to our limited resources to test all visitors, we ask that visitors obtain their own test and bring negative result upon visiting. Once the negative test result is verified, visitors will be allowed to visit. PCR  test ( if done 48 hours) or Antigen  ( if done 24 hours) before visit. Outdoor/window visitation may continue WITHOUT proof of negative test; however, there must be 6 feet distance and masks on.

Please continue to schedule all visits through the activities department. Please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.

Thank you and God Bless you!

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

May 26, 2022 Letter to Families

May 26, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Yesterday, Marycrest Manor received a notice that Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has been following the COVID cases and outbreaks in Skilled Nursing Facilities and there has been a rise in cases.  LA County has now entered a “high concern” level in the post-surge dashboard, and has been in the “high” level on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) community transmission levels tracker for many weeks.

Therefore, Marycrest Manor is updating and following the Skilled Nursing Facilities guidelines to reflect the response measures included in the post-surge dashboard Priority Sector Response.

Some of these are already being done at Marycrest Manor and some will be reinstating protocols we had previously followed during the last surge.

Please assist Marycrest Manor in our compliance with the new Los Angeles County regulations that include:

  • Test all symptomatic staff and residents.
  • Conduct contact tracing and assure proper isolation of cases and quarantining of close contacts based on the county Health Officer Orders (HOO).
  • Test contacts within facility – required at day 2 and 7 after exposure.
  • Implement universal masking of all staff and residents. Require N95 respirators for all staff during the entire time while in the facility.
  • Reinstate the requirement to conduct twice weekly screening testing of all staff and
  • Weekly testing of all residents, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Require all visitors be tested (PCR or Antigen) within 48 hours prior to indoor visitation, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Pause communal dining and group activities.
  • Report all cases among staff and residents to DPH.

Due to our limited resources to test all visitors, we ask that visitors obtain their own test and bring negative result upon visiting. Once negative test is verified, visitors will be allowed to visit. PCR or Antigen test results will be accepted if done within 48 hours prior to indoor visitation. Outdoor visitation may continue WITHOUT proof of negative test; however, the screen doors must stay closed and masks on.

Please continue to schedule all visits through the activities department. Please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.

Thank you and God Bless you!

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

May 24, 2022 Letter to Families

May 24, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Last week all staff members who were tested were negative. Blessed be God!

According to testing recommendations for Health Care Workers who are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines do not need to participate in routine screening testing, however those who are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines continue to be tested twice a week.

We at Marycrest Manor have been very diligent with infection control practices and we will continue to be so especially as COVID rates are trending upwards once more.  Thus, Health Department Regulations for visitors remain – indoor visitation – all nursing facilities must verify that every visitor is fully vaccinated (including first booster) or has provided evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, or within two days of visitation for PCR tests.  Visitors who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated (no booster) and decline having a SARS-CoV-2 test may only have an outdoor visit

Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of your vaccination status, must adhere to the following:

  • Must be screened for fever and COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure within the prior 14 days to another person with COVID-19.
  • Must wear a well-fitting face mask and perform hand hygiene upon entry and in all common areas in the facility. Please note- face mask should always remain on.
  • Limit visitor movement in the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.

Please continue to schedule all visits through the activities department. Please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.

We are now on our first week of transitioning to Pax Pharmacy and Dietary department. Thanks be to all of our staff, we are experiencing an easy and smooth transition. Mike from Pax Pharmacy reiterated that you may reach out to him with any questions or concerns. 

Thank you and God Bless you!

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

May 17, 2022 Letter to Families

May 17, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Last week all staff members who were tested were negative. Blessed be God!

Testing recommendations for Health Care Workers who are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines continue to be tested twice a week. Health Care Workers that are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines do not need to participate in routine screening testing.

We at Marycrest Manor have been so diligent with infection control practices and we will continue to be diligent especially with the COVID rates trending upwards again. The regulations remain: All nursing facilities must verify visitors are fully vaccinated (including first booster) or have provided evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, or within two days of visitation for PCR tests for indoor visitation. Visitors that are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated (no booster) and decline having a SARS-CoV-2 test may only have an outdoor visit.

Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of your vaccination status, must adhere to the following:

  • Must be screened for fever and COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure within the prior 14 days to another person with COVID-19.
  • Must wear a well-fitting face mask and perform hand hygiene upon entry and in all common areas in the facility. Please note- face mask should always remain on.
  • Limit visitor movement in the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.

Please continue to schedule all visits through the activities department. Please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.

We are pleased to share with you the special recognition Marycrest Manor received from HSAG, CAHF, CALTCM, and LeadingAge of California acknowledging our tremendous effort to accomplish 100% COVID booster rate, and for our continued diligence to ensure that our residents and staff are up to date with their vaccines.

Marycrest Manor achieved a 100% staff and 100% resident COVID-19 vaccine booster rate for at least two weeks in March 2022!  We proudly share with you the certificate of achievement attached to this email.  We will continue to be a leader in this important effort to protect staff, residents, visitors, and our community:

Thank you and God Bless you

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

May 12, 2022 Letter to Families

May 12, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Last week all staff members who were tested were negative. Blessed be God!

We honor our wonderful staff as we continue to celebrate NURSING HOME WEEK. Please join me in thanking our staff especially today. We are so grateful for your loving support and for helping us to build up our family spirit.

According to testing recommendations for Health Care Workers who are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines do not need to participate in routine screening testing, however those who are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines continue to be tested twice a week.

We at Marycrest Manor have been very diligent with infection control practices and we will continue to be so especially as COVID rates are trending upwards once more. Thus, Health Department Regulations for visitors remain – indoor visitation – all nursing facilities must verify that every visitor is fully vaccinated (including first booster) or has provided evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, or within two days of visitation for PCR tests. Visitors who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated (no booster) and decline having a SARS-CoV-2 test may only have an outdoor visit.

Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of your vaccination status, must adhere to the following:

  • Must be screened for fever and COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure within the prior 14 days to another person with COVID-19.
  • Must wear a well-fitting face mask and perform hand hygiene upon entry and in all common areas in the facility. Please note- face mask should always remain on.
  • Limit visitor movement in the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.

Please continue to schedule all visits through the activities department. Please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.

We are in our last week of offering second booster vaccines. Please see the attached consent. If you have not yet signed, please sign, and return if you wish your loved one to have the 2nd booster.

 We will be staggering the booster shots to allow for monitoring of any possible side-effects. If you have any questions regarding the booster please send an email to Maria Navarrete, Infection Control Nurse at ipnurse@marycrestculvercity.com .

The COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be the most powerful tool in reducing the occurrence of severe disease and death due to COVID-19.  A recent study, still in pre-print, from Israel (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.02.01.22270232v1) demonstrated benefit for older adults who received a second COVID-19 mRNA booster (5th dose) when compared to people who received three doses (primary series + 1st booster).  Another study showed less benefit in younger people with normal immune function (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.02.15.22270948v1).

Based on these and other findings, the FDA (https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-second-booster-dose-two-covid-19-vaccines-older-and) and CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s0328-covid-19-boosters.html) approved a 2nd mRNA booster (either Pfizer or Moderna) dose for following groups:

  1. Age 50 years or older who received a COVID-19 vaccine booster at least 4 months ago may receive either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, OR
  2. Age 18 or above who are immunocompromised* may receive a 2nd booster dose of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, OR
  3. Age 12-18 who are immunocompromised* may receive a 2nd booster dose of Pfizer.

 Thank you and God Bless you

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

April 26, 2022 Letter to Families

April 26, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Last week all staff who were tested were negative.  Blessed be God!

Testing recommendations for Health Care Workers who are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines continue to be tested twice a week. Health Care Workers that are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines do not need to participate in routine screening testing.

We at Marycrest Manor have been so diligent with infection control practices and we will continue to be diligent especially with the COVID rates trending upwards again. The regulations remain: All nursing facilities must verify visitors are fully vaccinated (including first booster) or have provided evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, or within two days of visitation for PCR tests for indoor visitation. Visitors that are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated (no booster) and decline having a SARS-CoV-2 test may only have an outdoor visit.

Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of your vaccination status, must adhere to the following:

  • Must be screened for fever and COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure within the prior 14 days to another person with COVID-19.
  • Must wear a well-fitting face mask and perform hand hygiene upon entry and in all common areas in the facility. Please note- face mask should always remain on.
  • Limit visitor movement in the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.

Please continue to schedule all visits through the activities department. Please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.

We received shipment of the Covid-19 Moderna vaccine for the 2nd boosters. Please see the attached consent. If you have not sign please sign and return if you wish your loved one to have the 2nd booster. We will be staggering the booster shots to allow for monitoring of any possible side-effects. If you have any questions regarding the booster please send an email to Maria Navarrete, Infection Control Nurse at ipnurse@marycrestculvercity.com.

The COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be the most powerful tool in reducing the occurrence of severe disease and death due to COVID-19.  A recent study, still in pre-print, from Israel (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.02.01.22270232v1) demonstrated benefit for older adults who received a second COVID-19 mRNA booster (4th dose) when compared to people who received three doses (primary series + 1st booster).  Another study showed less benefit in younger people with normal immune function (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.02.15.22270948v1).

Based on these and other findings, the FDA (https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-second-booster-dose-two-covid-19-vaccines-older-and) and CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s0328-covid-19-boosters.html) approved a 2nd mRNA booster (either Pfizer or Moderna) dose for following groups:

  1. Age 50 years or older who received a COVID-19 vaccine booster at least 4 months ago may receive either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, OR
  2. Age 18 or above who are immunocompromised* may receive a 2nd booster dose of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, OR
  3. Age 12-18 who are immunocompromised* may receive a 2nd booster dose of Pfizer.

 Thank you and God Bless you

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

April 18, 2022 Letter to Families

April 18th, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Marycrest Manor had a beautiful Easter celebration!
May the peace of the risen Lord be with you always!

Last week all staff who were tested were negative.  Blessed be God!

Testing recommendations for Health Care Workers who are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines continue to be tested twice a week. Health Care Workers that are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines do not need to participate in routine screening testing.

We at Marycrest Manor have been so diligent with infection control practices and we will continue to be diligent especially with the COVID rates trending upwards again. The regulations remain: All nursing facilities must verify visitors are fully vaccinated (including first booster) or have provided evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, or within two days of visitation for PCR tests for indoor visitation. Visitors that are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated (no booster) and decline having a SARS-CoV-2 test may only have an outdoor visit.

Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of your vaccination status, must adhere to the following:

  • Must be screened for fever and COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure within the prior 14 days to another person with COVID-19.
  • Must wear a well-fitting face mask and perform hand hygiene upon entry and in all common areas in the facility. Please note- face mask should always remain on.
  • Limit visitor movement in the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.

Please continue to schedule all visits through the activities department. Please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.

We expect to get our shipment in any day for the Covid-19 Moderna vaccine for the 2nd boosters. Please see the attached consent. Sign and return if you wish your loved one to have the 2nd booster. Once we get the vaccine in, we will begin vaccinating our residents. We will be staggering the booster shots to allow for monitoring of any possible side-effects. If you have any questions regarding the booster please send an email to Maria Navarrete, Infection Control Nurse at ipnurse@marycrestculvercity.com .

The COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be the most powerful tool in reducing the occurrence of severe disease and death due to COVID-19.  A recent study, still in pre-print, from Israel (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.02.01.22270232v1) demonstrated benefit for older adults who received a second COVID-19 mRNA booster (4th dose) when compared to people who received three doses (primary series + 1st booster).  Another study showed less benefit in younger people with normal immune function (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.02.15.22270948v1).

Based on these and other findings, the FDA (https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-second-booster-dose-two-covid-19-vaccines-older-and) and CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s0328-covid-19-boosters.html) approved a 2nd mRNA booster (either Pfizer or Moderna) dose for following groups:

  1. Age 50 years or older who received a COVID-19 vaccine booster at least 4 months ago may receive either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, OR
  2. Age 18 or above who are immunocompromised* may receive a 2nd booster dose of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, OR
  3. Age 12-18 who are immunocompromised* may receive a 2nd booster dose of Pfizer.

 Thank you and God Bless you!

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

April 13, 2022 Letter to Families

April 13, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Holy Week offers us a precious opportunity to unite ourselves more sincerely and intensely to the Passion and Resurrection of Our Savior so that His victory over death and sin may be more perfect within our own flesh.  As we offer ourselves to the Lord this week with humility and trust, He the Almighty, will do great things for us as He did for Mary long ago when he gave her the privilege of being the Mother of the Savior, who appeared to the world as merely a carpenter’s son. Please know that the Carmelite Sisters will remember you in our prayers this week. Happy and Blessed Easter!

All Staff members who tested last week were negative.  Blessed be God!

Testing Recommendations for Health Care Workers who are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines are required to be tested twice a week. Health Care Workers that are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines do not need to participate in routine screening testing.

Skilled nursing facilities must verify visitors are fully vaccinated (including first booster) or have provided evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, and within two days of visitation for PCR tests for indoor visitation. Visitors that are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated (no booster) and decline having a SARS-CoV-2 test may only have an outdoor visit.

Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of their vaccination status, must adhere to the following:

  • Must be screened for fever and COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure within the prior 14 days to another person with COVID-19.
  • Must wear a well-fitting face mask with good filtration (N95, KF94, KN95, or surgical masks are preferred over cloth face coverings) and perform hand hygiene upon entry and in all common areas in the facility;
  • Limit visitor movement in the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.

All visits will be scheduled through the activities department. For all visiting appointments, please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. Once cleared for visiting, your mask must stay on whether you are inside or outside.

We are working with Department of Public Health in obtaining the vaccines for the 2nd booster for our residents. We will be contacting you shortly to complete the consent process.

Thank you and God Bless you!

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

April 6, 2022 Letter to Families

April 6, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Last week we had all staff tested Negative.  Blessed be God!

Testing Recommendations for Health Care Workers  (HCP)that are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines (i.e., unvaccinated or fully vaccinated and booster-eligible but have not yet received their booster) are required  to be tested at least once a week.

  • Acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities must test workers at least twice a week.
  • All other facilities must test workers at least once a week.

HCP that are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines (i.e., fully vaccinated and boosted or fully vaccinated and not booster-eligible)

  • Do not need to participate in routine screening testing.
  • If the staff have a severe immunocompromising condition, the facility can consider including them in routine diagnostic screening testing.

  Skill nursing facilities must verify visitors are fully vaccinated with booster  (Up to date vaccines)or have provided evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, and within two days of visitation for PCR tests for indoor visitation. Visitors that are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated no booster or are unable to show a negative SARS-CoV-2 test may only have an outdoor visit.

Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of their vaccination status, must adhere to the following:

  • All visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must be screened for fever and COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure within the prior 14 days to another person with COVID-19.
  • All visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear a well-fitting face mask with good filtration (N95, KF94, KN95, or surgical masks are preferred over cloth face coverings) and perform hand hygiene upon entry and in all common areas in the facility;
  • Facilities should limit visitor movement in the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.

To meet regulations and make accommodations please note:

All visits will be scheduled through the activities department. For all visiting appointments, please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com

Once cleared for visiting, your mask must stay on whether you are inside or outside. We also encourage window visits that do not need proof of negative test; however, your mask should be on if the window is open. (Window visits is when the resident is inside, and the visitor is outside.) Marycrest will continue to offer Rapid Covid test to unvaccinated or incomplete vaccinated no booster visitors.

Let us continue praying for peace.

“Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are Yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, “Peace to you” – please grant us peace.

Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.

May all peoples on the earth become as brothers and sisters.

May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all. Amen.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

March 28, 2022 Letter to Families

March 28, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Everything we experience in life from our Lord will have as its goal a deepening of our faith.  Sometimes that takes on the form of “signs and wonders” while at other times it may be His sustaining presence in the midst of a trial without any visible sign or wonder. Let us reflect, today, upon our own level of faith and trust.  And work to discern the actions of God in our life so that those actions produce greater faith.  Let us cling to Him, believe He loves us, know that He holds the answer we need and seek Him in all things.  He will never let us down.

My loving Lord, please increase our faith.  Help us to see You acting in our life and to discover Your perfect love in all things.  As we see You at work in our life, help us to know, with greater certainty, Your perfect love.  Jesus, we trust in You.

Last week all staff tested Negative.  Blessed be God!

Testing Recommendations for Health Care Workers (HCP) that are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines (i.e., unvaccinated or fully vaccinated and booster-eligible but have not yet received their booster) are required to be tested at least once a week.

  • Acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities must test workers at least twice a week.
  • All other facilities must test workers at least once a week.

HCP that are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines (i.e., fully vaccinated and boosted or fully vaccinated and not booster-eligible)

  • Do not need to participate in routine screening testing.
  • If the staff have a severe immunocompromising condition, the facility can consider including them in routine diagnostic screening testing.

Skill nursing facilities must verify visitors are fully vaccinated with booster (Up to date vaccines) or have provided evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, and within two days of visitation for PCR tests for indoor visitation. Visitors that are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated no booster or are unable to show a negative SARS-CoV-2 test may only have an outdoor visit.

Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of their vaccination status, must adhere to the following:

  • All visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must be screened for fever and COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure within the prior 14 days to another person with COVID-19.
  • All visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear a well-fitting face mask with good filtration (N95, KF94, KN95, or surgical masks are preferred over cloth face coverings) and perform hand hygiene upon entry and in all common areas in the facility;
  • Facilities should limit visitor movement in the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.

To meet regulations and make accommodations please note:

All visits will be scheduled through the activities department. For all visiting appointments, please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com

Once cleared for visiting, your mask must stay on whether you are inside or outside. We also encourage window visits that do not need proof of negative test; however, your mask should be on if the window is open. (Window visits is when the resident is inside, and the visitor is outside.) Marycrest will continue to offer Rapid Covid test to unvaccinated or incomplete vaccinated no booster visitors.

We thank you for your support and prayers in keeping our residents safe.

Sister Veronica, OCD

Administrator

March 21, 2022 Letter to Families

March 21, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Last week’s staff that were tested were all negative.  Blessed be God!

Testing Recommendations for Health Care Workers  (HCP) that are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines (i.e., unvaccinated or fully vaccinated and booster-eligible but have not yet received their booster) are required to be tested at least once a week.

HCP that are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines (i.e., fully vaccinated and boosted or fully vaccinated and not booster-eligible) are not required to participate in routine testing.

Skilled nursing facilities must verify visitors are fully vaccinated with booster (up to date vaccines) or have provided evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, and within two days of visitation for PCR tests for indoor visitation. Visitors that are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated and do not choose to have a rapid test may only have an outdoor visit.

Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of their vaccination status, must adhere to the following and complete the visitor questionnaire upon entering Marycrest:

  • Be screened for fever and COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure within the prior 14 days to another person with COVID-19.
  • All visitors must wear a well-fitting face mask with good filtration (N95, KF94, KN95, or surgical masks are preferred over cloth face coverings)
  • Perform hand hygiene upon entry
  • Limit visitor movement in the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.

All visits will continue to be scheduled through the activities department. For all visiting appointments, please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com

Once cleared for visiting, your mask must stay on whether you are inside or outside. Marycrest Manor will continue to offer Rapid Covid test to unvaccinated or incomplete vaccinated (no booster) visitors.

We are so thankful that some of our entertainers and volunteers are returning to Marycrest. Our residents love the extra attention, and we are so appreciative.

We thank you for your ongoing support and prayers in keeping our residents safe and supporting our staff.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

March 7, 2022 Letter to Families
March 7, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

We reflect today as we continue our Lenten journey on our service to Christ in others. For in them we will love and serve our Lord.

Dear Lord, I do understand and believe that You are present, in hidden form, in the weakest of the weak, the poorest of the poor and in the sinner in our midst. Help me to diligently seek You out in each person I encounter, especially those in most need. As I find You, may I love You and serve You with my whole heart. Jesus, I trust in You.

Last week we had one staff member test positive. The staff member is at home, resting and completing quarantine guidelines. Staff continue to wear N95 masks. We continue to monitor our residents for any symptoms. All residents are well, thanks be to God.

We continue to follow the guidance of Covid-19 testing In Skilled Nursing Facilities from California Department of Public Health

  • Non fully vaccinated staff test twice a week.
  • At this time all staff members have completed the vaccination requirements.

Skilled nursing facilities must verify that indoor visitors are fully vaccinated with a booster or provide evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, and within two days of visitation for PCR tests.

Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of their vaccination status, must adhere to the following:

  • All visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must be screened for fever and COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure within the prior 14 days to another person with COVID-19.
  • All visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear a well-fitting face mask with good filtration (N95, KF94, KN95, or surgical masks are preferred over cloth face coverings) and perform hand hygiene upon entry and in all common areas in the facility;
  • Facilities should limit visitor movement in the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.

Please schedule all visits through the activities department. For all visiting appointments, please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com

Once cleared for visiting, your mask must stay on whether you are inside or outside. We also encourage window visits that do not need proof of negative test; however, your mask should be on if the window is open. (Window visits is when the resident is inside, and the visitor is outside.) Marycrest will continue to offer Rapid Covid test to unvaccinated or incomplete vaccinated (no booster) visitors.
We thank you for your support and prayers in keeping our residents safe.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

March 2, 2022 Letter to Families

March 2, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Ash Wednesday is a day many Christians set aside as a special day. It is a day to remember our humanness and mortality. It is a day to begin the season of Lent. It is a time for reflection, penitence, and preparation for Easter.

Pope Francis is asking us to offer this day for Peace. Please join us in prayer.

“Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are Yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, “Peace to you” – please grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples on the earth become brothers and sisters. May peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.” Amen.

Last week testing all staff were negative again!

We continue to follow the guidance of Covid-19 testing In Skilled Nursing Facilities from California Department of Public Health:

  •  Non fully vaccinated staff & booster eligible staff test twice a week

Skilled nursing facilities must verify visitors are fully vaccinated with booster or have provided evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, and within two days of visitation for PCR tests for indoor visitation. Visitors that are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated (no booster) must show a negative SARS-CoV-2 test or have an outdoor visit.

Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of their vaccination status, must adhere to the following:

  • All visitors entering Marycrest must complete the Visitor questionnaire, wear a well-fitting face mask, and perform hand hygiene upon entry.
  • All visitors should limit movement in the facility; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways.

To meet regulations and make accommodations please note:
All visits should be scheduled through the Activities Department. For all visiting appointments, please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com

Once cleared for visiting, your mask must stay on whether you are inside or outside. We also encourage window visits that do not need proof of negative test; however, your mask should be on if the window is open. (Window visits is when the resident is inside, and the visitor is outside). Marycrest will continue to offer Rapid Covid test to unvaccinated or incomplete vaccinated (no booster) visitors.

We thank you for your support and prayers in keeping our residents safe.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

February 14, 2022 Letter to Families

February  14,   2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Last week’s testing of all residents and staff was negative! At this time, only non-fully vaccinated staff will need to test twice a week.

Visitors that are fully vaccinated and boostered may have indoor or outdoor visits and do not need a negative COVID test prior.

Visitors that are unvaccinated or have not had their booster must have a negative SARS-CoV-2 test prior to visiting.

Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of their vaccination status, must adhere to the following:

  • Must complete the questionnaire/screening for fever and COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure within the prior 14 days to another person with COVID-19. Please do not visit if you answer yes to any questions.
  • All visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear a well-fitting face mask (N95, KF94, KN95, or surgical masks are preferred over cloth face coverings) and perform hand hygiene upon entry and in all common areas in the facility.
  • visitor movement should be limited within the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.

For any visitor that is not fully vaccinated and needs a rapid test prior to visiting:

Monday – Friday: Testing will be offered from 1:00 PM – 4:00PM.

Please schedule through the activities department at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com

Saturday and Sunday: testing is offered 1030-1130 am. Please schedule through the activities department at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com

Join me in prayer as we celebrate Valentine’s Day today! “Help me, dear Lord, to love others deeply from the heart. Help me to love them sacrificially. Help me to love them consistently. Help me to love them both when it’s easy and especially when it’s hard. May I love others with the same love you have shown to me.”

We thank you for your support and prayers in keeping our residents safe.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

February 7, 2022 Letter to Families

February  7,   2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Last week testing we received one positive staff member, who is at home completing the quarantine. Thanks be to God no positive test on the residents.

Health Officer Order for Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission in Skilled Nursing Facilities was updated Feb 4, 2022. Testing of all staff and residents has been extended through Feb, 14, 2022.

This applies** regardless of the individual’s vaccination or booster status, symptom status, exposure status, COVID-19 status, cohort status, or the facility’s outbreak status. In summary:

  • All staff members must test once a week regardless of vaccination status
  • Non fully vaccinated staff & booster eligible staff test twice a week.
  • All residents, regardless of vaccination status must be tested once a week.

Marycrest Manor will continue with indoor and outdoor visitations.

Please note the visitation guidelines given by LA County is extended.
Prior to visitation at any facility for BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR VISITS, all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must provide proof of the following:

  • Negative PCR test result taken within 48 Hours prior entry, or
  • Negative FDA approved Antigen result taken within 24 hours prior entry

In order to meet regulations and make accommodations please note:

Monday – Friday: all visits will be scheduled through the activities department. For all visiting appointments, please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com If a rapid test is needed, testing will only be offered from 1:00 PM – 4:00PM.

If you need a rapid test done, please indicate this on the email. We will make accommodations.

Saturday- Sunday: all visits will be scheduled through the activities department. For all visiting appointments, please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. If a rapid test is needed, testing will only be offered from 1030-1130 am on the weekends due to limited staffing.

We ask you to please have patience with us if you need to wait. Once cleared for visiting, your mask must stay on whether you are inside or outside. We also encourage window visits that do not need proof of negative test; however, your mask should be on if the window is open. (Window visits is when the resident is inside, and the visitor is outside.)

We thank you for your support and prayers in keeping our residents safe.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

February 2, 2022 Letter to Families

February 2, 2022

We have received a new Public Health Department mandate:

Testing of all staff and residents has been extended for 14 more days- through Feb. 14, 2022.

This applies regardless of the individual’s vaccination or booster status.

  • All staff members must test once a week regardless of vaccination status
  • Non fully vaccinated staff & booster eligible staff test twice a week.
  • All residents, regardless of vaccination status must be tested once a week.

Marycrest Manor will continue with indoor and outdoor visitation, but please note the visitation guidelines given by LA County:

Prior to visitation at any facility for BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR VISITS, all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must provide proof of the following:

  • Negative PCR test result taken within 48 Hours prior entry, or
  • Negative FDA approved Antigen result taken within 24 hours prior entry

Additionally, a mask must ALWAYS be worn while on the premises. A mask is mandatory regardless of vaccination status.

Marycrest Manor values our visitors, so to meet regulations and make accommodations for our visitors, please note:

  • Monday – Friday: We will try and accommodate for all rapid testing needed. Please be patient with us.
  • Saturday- Sunday: If a rapid test is needed, testing will only be offered from 10:30-11:30 am, due to limited staffing.

Please schedule all indoor or outdoor visits through the activities department. For all visiting appointments, please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.

As always, window visiting can be done at any time and without proof of a negative COVID test on file. Window visits are when the visitor is on the patio and the resident is inside the room.

The sliding glass door may be open only to 6 inches. A mask is mandatory at all times.

We ask that you respect the mask and testing mandates that have been given to us. It makes it very difficult and uncomfortable when visitors do not comply.

We thank you for your support and prayers in keeping our residents safe.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

January 26, 2022 Letter to Families

January 26, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Jesus is the Divine Sower, and His Word is The Seed. Therefore, we should realize that we are also called to act in His person by sowing the seed of His Word in our own lives. Just as He is willing to sow with the realization that not every seed will produce fruit so also, we must be ready and willing to accept this same fact. Let us reflect today, upon the mission we have been given by Christ to spread His Word. Say “Yes” to that mission and then look for ways, each day, to sow His Word. Let us have deep hope and confidence in the fact that some of that seed will reach the soil that our Lord desires it to reach. Commit yourself to the sowing; God will worry about the rest.
With great joy the Divine Sower is giving us the gift of great news.

Yesterday we received this official notice from the Public Health Department:
“The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has completed its investigation into an outbreak of COVID-19 at the site specified in this letter. As of January 25, 2022, your facility has been cleared to reopen for admissions and transfers. It is still recommended that individuals at the facility should continue to enforce respiratory etiquette and strict hand washing procedures for all staff, residents, and visitors.”

Marycrest Manor is resuming indoor and outdoor visitations. The experts still encourage outdoor visitation, as this minimizes risk of exposure. Luckily our weather has been beautiful, and the sunshine is good for all!

Please note the  visitation guidelines: Between January 7, 2022 to February 7, 2022: Prior to visitation at Marycrest  BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR VISITS, all visitors regardless of vaccination status must provide the Facility a proof of the following:

  • Negative PCR test result taken 48 Hours prior entry, or
  • Negative FDA approved Antigen Results taken 24 hours prior entry

In order to meet regulations and make accommodations please note:
Monday- Friday: all visits will be scheduled through the activities department. For all visiting appointments, please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. If you need a rapid test done, please indicate this on the email. We will make accommodations.

Saturday- Sunday: all visits will be scheduled through the activities department. For all visiting appointments, please email activities at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. If a rapid test is needed, testing will only be offered from 1030-1130 am on the weekends due to limited staffing.

We ask you to please have patience with us if you need to wait. Once cleared for visiting, your mask must stay on whether you are inside or outside. We also encourage window visits that do not need proof of negative test; however, your mask should be on if the window is open. (Window visits is when the resident is inside, and the visitor is outside.)

Let us give thanks to the Lord for his mercy will endure forever!!

Lord, help me not to become too focused on the results of the effort I give; rather, help me to entrust those results only to You and to Your divine providence. Jesus, I trust in You.

We thank you for your support and prayers in keeping our residents safe.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

January 24, 2022 Letter to Families

January 24, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

We celebrate, tomorrow, one of the greatest conversions ever known.  The conversion of Saul of Tarsus.  Saul, who later goes by the name Paul, was a man of incredible zeal and wholehearted commitment to the faith. He was zealous before becoming a follower of Christ Jesus and he carried that zeal into his conversion giving his all to the proclamation of the Gospel.

His ministry as an Apostle of Christ resulted not only in the foundation of numerous Christian communities, but it also resulted in fourteen letters attributed to him or his followers becoming part of our Sacred Scripture.  His writings are deep, profound, and very personal.  His love, zeal, and care for the Christian communities he founded shone forth as he was revealed as a true shepherd of God. Paul’s conversion is truly a vocation to live continuity and inclusiveness rather than rejection of one for the other. The need of the world, and our individual lives, is to arrive at such conversion that seeks to build bridges rather than walls.

Please refer to the health order link: HOO_Coronavirus_Skilled Nursing Facilities (lacounty.gov) 

Note the  visitation guidelines: Between January 7, 2022 to February 7, 2022, prior to visitation at Marycrest  BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR VISITS, all visitors regardless of vaccination status must provide the Facility a proof of the following:

  • Negative PCR test result taken 48 Hours prior entry, or
  • Negative FDA approved Antigen Results taken 24 hours prior entry

Window visits are OK without needing proof of negative test. Friday’s staff testing was all negative.  Thanks be to God!  The Public Health Nurse is scheduled to have an onsite visit this Tuesday. We are going to review all current infection prevention practices.

All residents are tested weekly. Staff are tested weekly or twice a week, depending on vaccination status. Since our outbreak status remains open, all indoor and outdoor visitations continue to be cancelled until we receive notice from the Health Department that we may reopen for visitation.

We thank you for your support and prayers in keeping our residents safe.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

January 20, 2022 Letter to Families

January 20, 2022

Dear Families and Friends,

Without a doubt, the loss of life and suffering caused by COVID-19 is tragic. Before it runs its course, it will have likely touched everyone in the world to one extent or another. But, as Christians, our response does not need to mirror the unrest and despair that those around might exhibit.

We have a hope that transcends this world and our circumstances. We can rejoice, not in the tragic events unfolding around us, but in the God who can use them to accomplish his purpose in our lives and in this world.

During this time of darkness, be a light. Let your light so shine that it will glorify God, drawing others to find their hope and fullness in the only one who truly transcends the struggles of this life. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.

Please refer to the health order link HOO_Coronavirus_Skilled Nursing Facilities (lacounty.gov).  Note the visitation guidelines: Between January 7, 2022 to February 7, 2022, prior to visitation at Marycrest, BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR VISITS, all visitors regardless of vaccination status must provide the Facility a proof of the following:

  • Negative PCR test result taken 48 Hours prior to visit, or
  • Negative FDA approved Antigen Results taken 24 hours prior to visit

All residents are tested weekly. Staff are tested weekly or twice a week, depending on vaccination status. Friday’s staff testing was all negative.   Thanks be to God! Yesterday, we tested all residents and staff. We are awaiting results and will continue following Public Health guidelines for our current outbreak case.

Since our outbreak status remains open, all indoor visitations continue to be cancelled until we receive notice from the Health Department that we may reopen for visitation.  Window visits are OK without needing proof of negative test.

We thank you for your support and prayers in keeping our residents safe.

My Lord of all generosity, I desire to be made anew.  I desire to live a new life in grace so that even more grace can be lavished upon me through Your sacred words.  Help me, dear Lord, to embrace the life of abundance that You have in store for me.  Jesus, I trust in You.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

January 8, 2022 Letter to Families

January 8, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

As we draw close to the conclusion of the Christmas season with the coming celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, we should be reminded that we have all been touched by Christ in Baptism. This “touch” continues throughout our lives. It is a touch that sanctifies and transforms. It’s a touch that heals and consoles. Let us experience Jesus’ mercy by coming to Him with humility as we acknowledge our need for grace. Do not be afraid to abandon ourselves before Him, knowing for certain that He will not hesitate for a moment to reach out and offer us the abundance of His mercy. Most especially during this time of surge of Covid cases.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health conducted a Virtual visitation at Marycrest on Thursday January 6th. We reviewed all the COVID outbreak recommendations and practices. It was so rewarding to hear that our practices are with current standards of care. We also want to communicate to you that a new Health Order was released and is effective today. If you would like to read the complete version please go to this site : HOO_Coronavirus_Skilled Nursing Facilities (lacounty.gov) Please note the visitation guidelines: Between January 7, 2022 to February 7, 2022, prior to visitation at Marycrest BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR VISITS, all visitors regardless of vaccination status must provide the Facility a proof of the following:

  • Negative PCR test result taken 48 Hours prior entry, or
  • Negative FDA approved Antigen Results taken 24 hours prior entry

Our last weekly testing done on Wednesday resulted in one resident and 6 staff members testing positive. Our next all facility testing will be Wednesday, January 12th. We are so grateful to Our Lord that residents and staff that have tested positive have no symptoms. They continue to be in quarantine and will complete the necessary time per guidelines.

We continue monitoring all residents and staff as indicated per Public Health. We will continue to test twice a week all staff members that are unvaccinated or have not received the booster dose. All residents are tested weekly.

All indoor visitations continue to be cancelled until further notice.

We thank you for your support and for your ongoing emails and phone calls regarding keeping our residents safe. We remain united in prayer, and together we rejoice in all that the Lord does in our lives though the loving protection of Mary.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

January 2, 2022 Letter to Families

January 2, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Happy New Year! I pray that 2022 will be a time of great grace for you and all your loved ones. Today we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. God dwelled among his people in the flesh of Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem. He is present in the Eucharist in our day. Like the Magi, who come before the Lord bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh let us bring the gifts of our worship before him in praise, adoration, and thanksgiving. Let us ask Our Lord for the strength and grace of heart and mind to persevere in these challenging times.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health has given us an official notification of Covid outbreak with recommendations to control measures and actions. The Exposure Notice has been posted at the entrance of the facility with the date of December 30th, 2021. We have a total of 2 residents and 7 staff members that tested positive. Our next all facility testing will be Wednesday January 5th. Thanks be to God residents and staff that tested positive have very mild symptoms or no symptoms. They continue to be in quarantine and will complete the necessary time per guildelines.

We continue monitoring all residents and staff as indicated per Public Health. We will continue to test twice a week all staff members that are unvaccinated or have not received the booster dose. All residents are tested weekly.

All indoor visitations are cancelled until further notice.

You are welcome to have window/outdoor visits. The sliding door may be open, but a mask is to be worn at all times. No eating please, as this is hard to do with a mask on!

We thank you for your support and for your ongoing emails and phone calls regarding keeping our residents safe.

We remain united in prayer, and together we rejoice in all that the Lord does in our lives through the loving protection of Mary.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

December 2021 Letters to Families
December 31, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

As the year draws to a close, we gather up, as in a basket, the days, weeks, and months we have lived to offer them all to the Lord. Let us give thanks for all the blessings which God has bestowed on us, especially for his patience and his faithfulness which are manifest over the course of time.

May the Mother of God, in whose name tomorrow we begin a new phase of our earthy pilgrimage, teach us to welcome God made man so that every year, every month, every day may be filled with his eternal love.

God in his infinite Wisdom is giving us the challenge to continue dealing with the COVID pandemic. This week Covid testing resulted in seven staff members and one resident Positive. Thanks be to God most of them have very mild symptoms or no symptoms. They are now in quarantine and will complete the necessary time per guidelines.

We continue monitoring all residents and staff as indicated per Public Health. The new order is to test twice a week all staff members that are unvaccinated or have not received the booster dose. All residents test weekly.

All indoor visitations are cancelled until further notice.

You are welcome to have window/outdoor visits. The sliding door may be open, but a mask is to be worn at all times. No eating please, as this is hard to do with a mask on!

We thank you for your support and for your ongoing emails and phone calls regarding keeping our residents safe. Thank you for your prayers in getting through this next hurdle.

May the Christ Child draw us nearer to Him, through His Mother.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator


December 22, 2021
Dear Families and Friends,

We would like to inform you that one of our direct care nursing staff members tested positive for Covid. This individual had direct contact with many of our residents. This individual is vaccinated. We are going to take the utmost precautions in order to keep our residents safe. We understand this comes at a time when family and celebration is so important, but we have come so far and will do what it takes to keep COVID away from our residents and keep our residents safe.

Being implemented today:
All residents and staff will be tested today with PCR tests. We will keep you posted on the results as soon as we obtain them.
We will cancel all indoor visitation through December 27, 2021. This completes the 7-day incubation period.
You are welcome to have window/outdoor visits. The sliding door may be open, but a mask is to be worn at all times. No eating.
Unfortunately we cannot allow residents to leave the facility until further notice.

Currently none of the residents in either building present any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. We will continue monitoring and will re-test all residents and staff according to the Public Health guidelines.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator.


December 20, 2021
Dear Families and Friends,

As we enter the fourth week of Advent, we are given our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph to reflect upon. Though our Blessed Mother was perfect, and St. Joseph was a deeply virtuous man, they were both still fully human and would have walked through Mary’s pregnancy and Jesus’ birth with every human emotion and experience.

Both Mary and Joseph are weonderful models of faith and obedience. They were obedient to the will of God even though the will of God drew them into an incredible and unfathomable mystery. They were first-hand witnesses to the salvation of the world and to the greatest act ever known. And they both embraced this mystery and accepted it in faith.

Reflect, today, upon your own invitations from God to embrace the mysteries of life. God’s ways are often more than we can comprehend and figure out.Mary and JOseph give us the witness of how we are to handle every mystery God invites us to participate in. Say “Yes” to the will of God just as this holy couple did

Just a reminder that hte Department of Public Health at LA County’s new Health Order indicates that due to the presence of hte newly identified Omicron variant, L.A. County modified its Health Officer Order for Skilled Nursing Facilities to require routine testing of residents and staff adn recent testing for visitors entering any indoor spaces at these facilities.

From December 15 through January 31st, all skilled nusring facility residents, employees, and contractors who may encounter residents must test for COVID-19 infections once a week, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, to obtain entry into a skilled nursing facility, all visitors regardless of vaccination status must provide proof of either:

A negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to entry
OR
Rapid Antigen test performed 24 hours prior to entry.

Also, people who show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days (i.e., a positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days prior) are exempt from weekly testing and from showing proof of a negative viral test for entry.

This Order continues to be based upon scientific evidence and updated best practices known to protectp atients, personnel, and the public from the avoidable risk of serious illness and death resulting from COIVD-19, as well as protect the Health Care System from a surge of cases. The required actions are conssitent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion (“CDC”), the U.S. Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Servies (“CMS”), the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public (“LAC DPH”)

To provide access to Rapid Antigen Test to our essential family members, Marycrest Manor wil conduct Rapid Covid Testing:
M-F 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and Sat/Sun from 10:30 am to 11:30 am (7 days a week starting December 15, 2021 to January 31, 2022). Please come to the St. Joseph building entrance.

Thank you gain for following infection prevetion protocols. Results from the COVID-19 tests show Residents and staff were ALL negative!

As the Christ Child draws nearer to us, may we draw nearer to Him, throgh His mother.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator.


December 13, 2021
Dear Families and Friends,

Yesterday marked the midway point of Advent with Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “Rejoice.” Our hope is heightened now that Christ Jesus is so close; that He is already within our very souls is alone reason for our rejoicing. Mary with her trust in God’s divine will is the cause of our joy: Christ in her womb, like any baby, is both present and awaited.
It seems fitting that this year’s joyful day should fall on the feast day – Our Lady of Guadalupe. God rejoices in the salvation of sinners, and the miraculous conversion of the Americas no doubt made the heavens sing. Our Blessed Mother is the cause of heavenly joy as well. It is impossible to conceive a gift from God to man greater than our Mother of Guadalupe, except perhaps her Son.

Just a reminder that the Department of Public Health at LA County’s new Health Order indicates that due to the presence of the newly identified Omicron variant, L.A. County modified its Health Officer Order for Skilled Nursing Facilities to require routine testing of residents and staff and recent testing for visitors entering any indoor spaces at these facilities.

From December 15 through January 31st, all skilled nursing facility residents, employees, and contractors who may encounter residents must test for COVID-19 infection once a week, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, to obtain entry into a skilled nursing facility, all visitors regardless of vaccination status must provide proof of either:

A negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to entry
OR
Rapid Antigen test performed 24 hours prior entry

Additionally, people who show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days (i.e., a positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days prior) are exempt from weekly testing and from showing proof of a negative viral test for entry.
This Order continues to be based upon scientific evidence and updated best practices known to protect patients, personnel, and the public from the avoidable risk of serious illness and death resulting from COVID-19, as well as protect the Health Care system from a surge of cases. The required actions are consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (“LAC DPH”).

Our friends and family visits are so important, and in order to facilitate these visits to continue, we will be offering onsite Rapid Testing daily.

Marycrest Manor will conduct Rapid Covid testing:
M-F 1:00pm-2:00pm and Sat/Sun from 10:30am to 11:30am (7 days a week starting December 15, 2021 to January 31, 2022).

Please come to the St. Joseph building entrance where testing will occur.

As usual, outdoor visits are always encouraged, and testing does not need to occur if the visits always occur outside with masks on.

Thank you again for following infection prevention protocols. Results for the COVID-19 tests continue to be negative!

We completed the booster vaccination for our residents and staff.
As the Christ Child draws nearer to us, may we draw nearer to Him, through His mother.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator.


December 7, 2021
Dear Families and Friends,

Advent is a great liturgical season of waiting – but not a passive waiting. We yearn, we search, and we reach out for the God who will come to us in human flesh. Let us continue to prepare the way of the Lord Jesus Christ in our home, our hearts.

Advent is a great liturgical season of waiting – but not a passive waiting. We yearn ,we search, adn we reach out for the God who will come to us in human flesh. Let us continue to prepare the way of the Lord Jesus Christ in our home, our hearts.

The Department of Public Health at LA County released a new Health Order. In summary, it states: Due to the presence of the newly identified Omicron variant, L.A. County modified its Health Officer Order for Skilled Nursing Facilities to require routine testing of residents and staff and recent testing for visitors entering any indoor spaces at these facilities.

From December 15 through January 31st, all skilled nursing facility residents, employees, and contractors who may encounter residents must test for COVID-19 infections once a week, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, to obtain entry into a skilled nursing facility, all visitors regardless of vaccination status must provide proof of either:

  • A negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to entry OR
  • A negative antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to entry

People who show documentation of recovery forom COVID-19 within the last 90 days (i.e. positive COVID-19 vial test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days prior) are exempt from weekly testing and from showing proof of a negative viral test for entry.

Thank you again for following infection pervention protocols. Results for the COVID-19 tests are negative for last week!

We will be completing all residents and staff booster vaccinations by December 9th.

Please help us as we look for volunteers who are algned with our mission by sharing with your friends and family that we have great opportunities for caring volunteers. Please contact our activities department at act@marycrestculvercity.com if you have someone to refer.

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator.


December 1, 2021
Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Thank you again for following infection prevention protocols. Results for the COVID-19 tests are negative!

Marycrest Residents and staff are continuing to receive the COVID-19 booster vaccines.

As Advent unfolds, the liturgy speaks of the dormant longing that rested in Israel waiting for the dawn break of the Messiah. This Advent, let us be sentinels of the Dawn from on High Whose Light will break upon us to define and color our lives. For His radiance will then flood trough us into our homes and transform our world with His life.

Please help us as we look for volunteers who are aligned with our mission by sharing with your friends and family that we have great opportunities for caring volunteers. Please contact our activities department at act@marycrestculvercity.com if you have someone to refer.

As a reminder, please call me on my cell at (310) 883-5676 if you would like to reach me.

With loving prayers,

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator

November 2021 Letters to Families
November 23, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We are so blessed to be serving our beloved residents and each other.

Thank you again for following infection prevention protocols. Results for the COVID-19 tests are negative!

We completed a successful on-site COVID-19 booster clinic for several of our residents, compliments of the LA County Public Health department. We will continue to offer booster vaccinations to the remaining residents and staff in the next couple of weeks. The COVID-19 booster shots are being staggered to allow for monitoring of any possible side-effects.

Please help us as we look for volunteers who are aligned with our mission by sharing with your friends and family that we have great opportunities to become caring volunteers. Please contact our activities department at act@marycrestculvercity.com if you would like to join the Marycrest Family volunteers, or if you have someone to refer.

 

Sister Veronica, OCD
Administrator


November 8, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

I am grateful to report that all COVID-19 tests have been negative! Thank you all for your continued care in following infection prevention guidelines.

We will be staggering our COVID-19 booster shots to allow for monitoring of any possible side-effects. On Wednesday, November 10th, LA County nurses are scheduled to give the Covid-19 booster vaccine to five residents in each building. We have another clinic scheduled also. If you have any questions regarding the booster please send an email to Sister Veronica at ipnurse@marycrestculvercity.com. She will get back to you.

Some families and friends have asked about Thanksgiving festivities. If you would like to order a tray to have a meal with your loved one, please let Irene know. There is a small tray fee.

Please help us as we look for volunteers who are aligned with our mission by sharing with your friends and family that we have great opportunities for caring volunteers. Please contact our activities department at act@marycrestculvercity.com if you have someone to refer.

Our new phone system is coming soon!  As a reminder, please call me on my cell at (310) 883-5676 if you would like to reach me.

With gratitude and prayers,

Jasmine Hezar
Administrator


November 1st, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Thanks be to God that all COVID-19 tests continue to be negative! We are so grateful to everyone for the continued care to prevent any COVID-19 cases at Marycrest Manor.

All covid tested unvaccinated staff were Negative.
LA County nurses are schedule to come on our First Clinic to give the Covid-19 Booster vaccine to some of our residents on November 10th, 2021. We will schedule other clinics to complete booster vaccinations. Thank you for sending the consents. If you have any questions regarding booster vaccination please send an email to Sister Veronica at ipnurse@marycrestculvercity.com . She will get back to you.

Last week was a week of festivities with the Octoberfest luncheon and music as well as our Halloween Party, with an Elvis serenade! Our residents, Sisters and staff had so much fun!

Please help us as we look for volunteers who are aligned with our mission by sharing with your friends and family that we have great opportunities for caring volunteers. Please contact our activities department at act@marycrestculvercity.com if you have someone to refer.

Our new phone system is coming soon!  As a reminder, please call me on my cell at (310)883-5676 if you would like to reach me.

With gratitude and prayers,

Jasmine Hezar
Administrator

October 2021 Letter to Families
October 25th, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

We hope that you are all well and staying warm and dry on this beautiful, rainy day. Thanks be to God that all COVID-19 tests continue to be negative! It “takes a village” to stay COVID-19 free, and we are grateful for everyone’s cooperation and diligence in following infection prevention protocols.

Our new non-contact body temperature scanners at the entrances of our community are working out very well. Please continue to check your temperature as you come in, wash your hands and fill out the questionnaire. Masks are still a mandate.

The CDC announcement for booster approvals for Moderna and Johnson and Johnson can be read in the following link which can be cut and pasted into your browser:

CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC

Our nursing staff will be in contact with our residents/ you to obtain the consent/ declination for the booster vaccine. We have reached out to our local Los Angeles office of The Department of Public Health to schedule a vaccination clinic. We will be sharing updates with you as we receive them.

We continue to be looking for volunteers who are aligned with our mission and appreciate your sharing with your friends and family that we have great opportunities for caring volunteers. Please contact our activities department at act@marycrestculvercity.com if you have someone to refer.

Our new phone system is coming soon!  As a reminder, please call me on my cell at (310)883-5676 if you would like to reach me.

Jasmine Hezar
Administrator


October 18th, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Thanks be to God that all COVID-19 tests are negative! We greatly appreciate your cooperation in following all safety protocols. You may have noticed that we have new non-contact body temperature scanners at the entrances of our community. Please make sure that you check your temperature, wash your hands and fill out the questionnaire. Masks still need to be worn.

We still have no updates about when we will receive a Moderna booster. We will be sure to share any updates that we receive.

Please share with your friends and family that we have great opportunities for caring volunteers. Please contact our activities department at act@marycrestculvercity.com if you have someone to refer.

Outdoor visits are still encouraged. Please do bring some warm layers so that you can enjoy your visit.

Our new phone system is coming soon! As a reminder, as my landline is still out of order, please call me on my cell at (310)883-5676 if you would like to reach me.

With gratitude and prayers,

Jasmine Hezar
Administrator


October 11th, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Results for last week’s COVID-19 tests taken twice per week are 100% negative! Thanks be to God! Thank you all for your continued diligence and for following infection prevention guidelines.

With the Los Angeles COVID-19 rate at 1%, we will be moving to lift the mandate for all staff to wear N95 masks. Only unvaccinated staff or those who would prefer to wear the N95 will be wearing them until further notice. We still have received no updates as to when there will be a Moderna booster.  We shall update you as we receive further information.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be having a small Octoberfest celebration for our residents only. We are looking forward to our other holiday festivities for our residents, Sisters and staff.

We are ordering more outside patio furniture to encourage outside visits. We appreciate your cooperation. Please bring some extra layers if you are visiting outside as some days have been quite chilly.

Our new phone system is coming soon!  As a reminder, as my landline is still out of order, please call me on my cell at (310)883-5676 if you would like to reach me.

Our Sisters, staff and residents send their regards to you all.

With gratitude and prayers,

Jasmine Hezar
Administrator


October 6th, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Thanks be to God that we continue to have negative results for COVID-19 tests that are taken twice per week by the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated staff. We are so grateful for your continued compliance, and to our hard-working Sisters and Staff.

There are still no updates on when we there will be a Moderna booster. It is recommended that if a booster is given, that it will be from the same manufacturer as the original one(s) received. The vaccines that we administered were the Moderna vaccines. We shall update you as soon as we obtain further news.

We are happy to report that we no longer need to quarantine newly admitted residents, or those who have been out of the community, if they have been fully vaccinated.

I hope that you have received our Fall newsletter that Sister Judith and Mission Advancement created. We will be putting the newsletter on our website also.

When possible, we continue to encourage outside visits. With the colder weather, please bring some extra layers if you are visiting outside.

We are in the process of obtaining a new phone system. Meanwhile, if you need to reach me, please call me on my cell at (310)883-5676 as my landline is still not working properly.

We are blessed to be of service to our beloved residents, families, friends, and each other. Please let us know if you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns.

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar
Administrator

September 2021 Letters to Families
September 27, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Our COVID-19 tests that are taken twice per week continue to be negative. Our gratitude to you all for your continued compliance, and to our hard-working Sisters and Staff.

Quite a few of you have asked us whether we will have the booster dose for COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines that we administered were the Moderna vaccines. Once Moderna is authorized to have a booster and we are notified, we will communicate with each of you regarding next steps.

It seems that weekly, we receive changes to the CDC and CDPH guidelines regarding the COVID-19 protocols. The latest change that we received is regarding new admissions or readmissions of our own residents after they have been out of our community for over 24 hours. The new protocol mandates a 14-day quarantine in the “Yellow Zone”, regardless of vaccination status. Also, face masks are to be offered daily to residents who can remove their own masks. As with all the previous mandates, we need to comply. We will keep you updated as different mandates are added or hopefully, safely eliminated.

Masks continue to be mandated at Marycrest Manor, and our visiting protocols stay the same as we encourage outside visits. Please keep in mind the chilly weather lately and bring some extra layers if visiting outside.

We continue to strive for excellence every day and are honored to be of service. Please let us know if you have any questions.

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar
Administrator


September 15, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

All COVID-19 tests have continued to be negative. Our gratitude to you all for your continued compliance, and to our hard-working Sisters and Staff.

I hope that the grandparents amongst us had a lovely Grandparents Day on Sunday.

We continue to strive to improve the service we provide for our residents. Currently, we are working with our new partner, Sodexo, and our new Dining Manager, Donald Jimenez, to improve our residents’ dining experience. We will be providing a baseline survey to our residents, family or responsible parties, to find out where we are and then we will complete a follow-up survey after we have worked on improvements, to find out if we have succeeded in improving the dining experience. We value your participation and feedback.

Masks continue to be mandated at Marycrest Manor, and our visiting protocols stay the same as we encourage outside visits. Please let us know if you have any questions.

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar
Administrator


September 7, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

We hope that you enjoyed the Labor Day weekend with your loved ones. We had a fun weekend at Marycrest, including some beautiful live entertainment on Monday taht our residents and staff enjoyed.

Gratefully, we can report that all our COVID-19 tests for our staff and residents came back negative! Moving forward we will continue, twice per week, testing only unvaccinated staff.

Recently, CDC recommended that moderately to sever immunocompromised residents be assessed to receive an additional dose of mRNA Covid-19 vaccine. All residents were assessed, and none meet the criteria.

Masks continue to be mandatory regardless of vaccination status. Visitation guidelines stay the same:

  • All visitors must show proof of vaccination upon entering a skilled nursing facility.
  • All unvaccinated visitors must show a negative COVID test result performed within 72 hours.

Outside visits are always preferable for the safety of our residents and staff. Please share the information in this letter with your family and friends who will be visiting loved ones at Marycrest Manor. Indoor visitations are by appointment. Please contact our activities department at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com to make your appointment.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and yours safe,

Jasmine Hezar

Administrator

August 2021 Letters to Families

August 30, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

August is the beginning of our 2021-2022 Fiscal Year. We are grateful and look forward to serving our residents, families, and each other, and to continue in our mission of bringing the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ to all whom we serve.

Last week, residents and staff were COVID-19 tested and, Praise God, all results were negative!  The unvaccinated staff were tested twice last week, and results were also negative. This week, all residents and staff will be tested again, and if all is negative, moving forward, only the unvaccinated will continue to be tested two times per week. Our quarantined staff do not have any symptoms.

Masks are mandatory regardless of vaccination status. Indoor visitation guidelines stay the same:

  • All visitors must show proof of vaccination upon entering a skilled nursing facility
  • All unvaccinated visitors must show a negative COVID test result performed within 72 hours.

Outside visits are always preferable for the safety of our residents and staff. Please share the information in this letter with your family and friends who will be visiting loved ones at Marycrest Manor. Indoor visitations are by appointment. Please contact our activities department at: visiting@marycrestculvercity.com to make your appointment. 

Reminder: We have seen coyotes roaming in our parking lots. Please do not bring animal/ bird food as we may be attracting unwanted animals, pests and rodents. Thank you for your understanding.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and yours safe,

Jasmine Hezar
Administrator


August 23, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

The new guidelines have us testing all unvaccinated staff two times per week. Last Monday’s staff tests were all negative.  Friday’s tests resulted in two positive COVID cases. The two staff members do not have any symptoms. They are in quarantine at home.

We appreciate your cooperation in following the guidelines set forth for indoor visits, which are:

  • All visitors must show proof of vaccination upon entering a skilled nursing facility
  • All unvaccinated visitors must show a negative COVID test result performed within 72 hours.

Outside visits are always preferable for the safety of our residents. Please share the information in this letter with your family and friends who will be visiting loved ones at Marycrest Manor. If you have any questions about visitation, please email our Activities Department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. 

Great news! Our elevator in the St. Joseph building is up and running. We greatly appreciate your patience during the time that we had to work around the modernizing project.

We have seen coyotes roaming in our parking lots. Please do not bring animal/ bird food as we may be attracting unwanted animals, pests and rodents. Thank you for your understanding.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and yours safe,

Jasmine Hezar
Administrator


August 16, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Praised be Jesus Christ! The new guidelines have us testing all unvaccinated staff two times per week. We are grateful that we have all COVID-19 test results are negative for last week. We will report on Mondays, moving forward, for the past week, unless any other information needs to be shared with you.

Please note the additional CDPH Guidelines for this week:

  • Facilities should limit visitor movement in the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.

Visitors who are unable to adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention or who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not be permitted to visit or should be asked to leave.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Our St. Joseph’s building elevator was checked last week so we are expecting it to be in service shortly. Our staff have been real troopers working around the challenges of not having an elevator. We are so grateful to them and are appreciative to your understanding as to our limitations in pushing the project any faster.

Outside visits are always preferable for the safety of our residents. Please share the information in the letter dated 8/4/2021 with your family and friends who will be visiting loved ones at Marycrest Manor. If you have any questions about visitation, please email our Activities Department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.  If an indoor visit must occur, please ensure that you are properly checked in, which includes the taking of your temperature and filling out a mandated COVID-19 form.  

May the Lord bless you and yours

Jasmine Hezar,
Administrator


August 6, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Praised be Jesus Christ! We are grateful that for the second week in a row, our residents, staff, and Sisters are 100% COVID-19 negative, and we can go back to only testing the few unvaccinated staff.  We are so grateful for your support regarding our visitation guidelines!

We appreciate your patience as we have had to deal with our intermittent phone issues.  We will be replacing our phone system in the near future. That said, if you need to reach me, please call me on my cell phone at (310) 883-5676 as my office line does not show messages.

I also would like to thank you all for your patience regarding the modernizing project of our elevators. We are expecting to be able to have the use of the St. Joseph elevator within the next week, praise God! Our staff have been real troopers working around the challenges of not having an elevator. We are so grateful to them!

Outside visits are always preferable for the safety of our residents. Please share the information in the letter dated 8/4/2021 with your family and friends who will be visiting loved ones at Marycrest Manor. If you have any questions about visitation, please email our Activities Department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.  If an indoor visit must occur, please ensure that you are properly checked in, which includes the taking of your temperature and filling out a mandated COVID-19 form.  

We appreciate your help and understanding.

May the Lord bless you and yours,

Jasmine Hezar,
Administrator


August 4, 2021

Dear Staff, Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!  As you are likely aware, there is a continued increase in COVID-19 positive cases, specifically the Delta variant.  In Los Angeles County, today’s positivity rate is 6.6%. The Center for Disease Control and Public Health has sent out new guidelines regarding visitations in skilled nursing communities. The recommendation is that all visits occur outside; being outside reduces the risk of aerosol transmission of COVID-19. Until now, we have been so blessed that none of our residents have experienced COVID-19 symptoms, and we would like to keep it that way.

Starting Thursday, August 5, 2021:

  • Outdoor visitation is highly recommended and encouraged.
  • Masks are to be on at all times, including outside.
  • For necessary, indoor, in-room visitation, visitors will need to show proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test from no later than two days prior.
  • For any visits needing to be indoors- all visitors must check-in to complete questionnaire and be assessed for symptoms prior to entry.
  • Please do not to visit (even outside) if you are experiencing ANY symptoms of being ill or if you have had close contact with someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection in the prior 14 days.
  • It is strongly recommended that children do not visit until further notice.
  • Please inform Marycrest Manor if you develop fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of visiting the facility (call 310-838-2778, ex. 212). This will allow us to monitor those that had contact.

Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation. This is a difficult matter to implement, but our beloved, vulnerable residents are at stake.

May God bless you and keep you safe

Jasmine Hezar,
Administrator

July 2021 Letters to Families
July 30, 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ! We are grateful that our residents, staff and Sisters are 100% COVID-19 free, and are grateful for your support regarding our visitation practices!

As of July 24th, Sodexo is our new Dietary Partner.  Sodexo is a highly respected company and is the 18th largest employer in the world with 420,000 employees and are in 80 countries. Their service spans from hospitals, college campuses, marine bases, government services, the White House and even the restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris! In the US they have 120,000 employees and are in over 300 Senior Living communities across the United States. Their mission is to improve the quality of life. We look forward to working together to create an exceptional dining experience for our residents.

We appreciate your patience as we have had to deal with our intermittent phone issues.  We are in the process of replacing our phone system.

With the current rise in COVID-19, we thank you for adhering to our policy of wearing your mask when visiting your loved ones at Marycrest Manor, regardless of vaccination status. You may remove your mask if you would like to have a refreshment or meal with the resident. Please be mindful and make sure that, once finished, you replace your mask. Thank you.

Outside visits are available from 11 am until 8 pm. Outside visits are always preferable for the safety of our residents. Please continue to schedule indoor visits with our staff, preferably two days before your planned visit, by emailing our Activities Department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.  Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. are set aside for indoor visits which are not time-restricted during the hours mentioned. Please do not come into our community through the sliding glass doors without first being properly checked in, which includes the taking of your temperature and filling out of mandated COVID-19 forms. Currently, no children can come inside but can have outdoor visits.  We are always willing to accommodate the needs of the family and resident if those times do not work.

May the Lord bless you and yours,

Jasmine Hezar,
Administrator


July 23, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

On Wednesday, July 21st, we tested 10% of residents and only unvaccinated/ partially vaccinated staff. One contracted staff,  who had been fully vaccinated, was positive and had no symptoms, 7 residents who had worked with the contracted staff were exposed and we will take precautions and they will be in observation (yellow Zone).  Families and responsible party were directly notified. No residents have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Please make sure that you have a mask on when visiting inside or outside at Marycrest Manor, regardless of vaccination status. If you are outside by yourself, you may be without a mask. You may remove your mask if you would like to have a refreshment or meal with the resident. Please be mindful and make sure that you put back your mask as soon as it is finished. Thank you.

Outside visits are available from 11 am until 8 pm. We are in the process of replacing some of our outside patio furniture to encourage outside visitation which is preferred. Please continue to schedule indoor visits with our staff, preferably two days before your planned visit, by emailing our Activities Department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.  Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. are set aside for indoor visits which are not time-restricted during the hours mentioned. Please do not come into our community through the sliding glass doors without first being properly checked in, including the taking of your temperature and filling out of mandated COVID-19 forms. Currently no children can come inside but can have outdoor visits.  We are always willing to accommodate the needs of the family and resident if those times do not work at all.

We appreciate your cooperation with all the needed guidelines

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar,
Administrator


July 16, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

On Wednesday, July 14th, we tested 10% of residents and only unvaccinated/ partially vaccinated staff. All were negative! Praise God!

Please make sure that you have a mask on when visiting inside or outside at Marycrest Manor, regardless of vaccination status. If you are outside by yourself, you may be without a mask. You may remove your mask if you would like to have a refreshment or meal with the resident. Please be mindful and make sure that you put back your mask as soon as it is finished. Thank you.

Outside visits are available from 11 am until 8 pm. We are in the process of replacing some of our outside patio furniture to encourage outside visitation which is preferred. Please continue to schedule indoor visits with our staff, preferably two days before your planned visit, by emailing our Activities Department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. are set aside for indoor visits which are not time-restricted during the hours mentioned. Please do not come into our community through the sliding glass doors without first being properly checked in, including the taking of your temperature and filling out of mandated COVID-19 forms. Currently no children can come inside but can have outdoor visits. We are always willing to accommodate the needs of the family and resident if those times do not work at all.

We appreciate your cooperation with all the needed guidelines.

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar,
Administrator

June 2021 Letters to Families

June 25, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

On Wednesday, June 23rd, we tested 10% of residents and only unvaccinated/ partially vaccinated staff. All were negative! Praise God!

Marycrest requires the use of masks for all staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status, for both indoor and outdoor visits. If you are outside by yourself, you may be without a mask.

Outside visits are available from 11 am until 8 pm. We are in the process of replacing some of our outside patio furniture to encourage outside visitation which is preferred. Please continue to schedule indoor visits with our staff, preferably two days before your planned visit, by emailing our Activities Department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com.  Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. are set aside for indoor visits which are not time-restricted during the hours mentioned. All indoor visitors need to be checked in with the COVID-19 protocol.  Of course, we are always willing to accommodate the needs of the family and resident if those times do not work at all.

We are so grateful for the wonderful volunteers that have been so gracious with their time and loving service, and appreciate your cooperation with all the needed guidelines.

We hope that you had a happy Father’s Day with your loved ones.

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar, Administrator
Marycrest Manor


June 18, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

On June 16th, because of new guidelines, we tested 10% of residents and only unvaccinated/ partially vaccinated staff. All were negative! Praise God!

Marycrest requires the use of masks for all staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status, for both indoor and outdoor visits. If you are by yourself outside, you may be without a mask.
We must continue with our current COVID-19 workplans. **Please also note Cal OSHA guidance for skilled nursing communities.

Guidance for Individuals

Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals, **except in the following settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

  • On public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation)
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings.
  • Healthcare settings (including long term care facilities)
    Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state, and local government offices serving the public)

Outside visits are available from 11 am until 8 pm. Please continue to schedule indoor visits with our staff, preferably two days before your planned visit, by emailing our Activities Department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. are set aside for indoor visits which are not time-restricted during the hours mentioned. All indoor visitors need to be checked in with the COVID-19 protocol. Of course, we are always willing to accommodate the needs of the family and resident if those times do not work at all.

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar, Administrator
Marycrest Manor


June 11, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

On Wednesday, 6/11/21 all our staff and 10% of our residents were tested for COVID-19 and we are, yet again, 100% negative! Praise God that we are all negative! Thank you all for your cooperation and mindfulness which has helped us keep our community COVID-19 free.

Our Infection Preventionist nurses are working on our updated visitation guidelines and will send them out next week. Until then, please keep to the same visitation schedules and protocols until further notice.

A reminder that outside visits are available from 11 am until 8 pm. You may visit your loved ones for as long as you like during the open visitation hours. Please continue to schedule indoor visits with our staff, preferably two days before your planned visit, by emailing our Activities Department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. are set aside for indoor visits which are not time-restricted during the hours mentioned. All indoor visitors need to be checked in with the COVID-19 protocol. Of course, we are always willing to accommodate the needs of the family and resident if those times do not work at all.

We pray for continued blessings for all our residents, families, friends, Sisters and staff.

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar, Administrator
Marycrest Manor


June 2, 2021

 

Dear Marycrest Families and Responsible Parties,

As directed by the Center for Disease Control and other regulatory agencies, we continue to share information regarding the COVID-19 vaccines, their benefits and possible side effects. Until now, Marycrest Manor has been administering the Moderna Vaccine. Future vaccines depend on availability.

The codes and URL links to access the Emergency Use Authorization (EAU) Fact Sheet documents have been developed for the following current and potential COVID-19 EUA vaccines:

In addition, we have attached an information sheet regarding the V-safe smart phone app. We are grateful for our high vaccine compliance rate, and we continue to offer new residents and new employees the COVID-19 vaccine as available.

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar, Administrator and Cathy Ohnstad, Director of Nursing
Marycrest Manor

May 2021 Letters to Families
May 28, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Thank you for cooperating with our requests to follow the COVID-19 regulations.

On Wednesday, 5/26/21 all our staff and 10% of our residents were tested for COVID-19 and we are, yet again, 100% negative! Our gratitude to you all for your cooperation and to our fine Marycrest Manor staff for their consistent and continued diligence and hard work.

Here at Marycrest Manor, we continue to be cautious and conservative and are still mandating masks. Please be sure to wear a mask at all times when visiting at Marycrest, and please do not come and visit your loved ones if you have any symptoms of a cold, flu, stomach issues or COVID-19 symptoms.

We appreciate that our staff and visitors have been very sensitive and have followed mandated guidelines. A reminder that outside visits are available from 11 am until 8 pm. You may visit your loved ones for as long as you like during the open visitation hours. Please continue to schedule indoor visits with our staff, preferably two days before your planned visit, by emailing our Activities Department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. are set aside for indoor visits which are not time-restricted during the hours mentioned. All indoor visitors need to be checked in with the COVID-19 protocol. Of course, we are always willing to accommodate the needs of the family and resident if those times do not work at all.

On behalf of our Marycrest Staff we pray that you all enjoy your Memorial Day with your loved ones.

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar, Administrator
Marycrest Manor


May 21, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Thank you for cooperating with our requests to follow the COVID-19 regulations.

On Wednesday, 5/19/21 all our staff and 10% of our residents were tested for COVID-19 and we are, yet again, 100% negative! Your cooperation and compliance and the dedication and care of our staff has kept us COVID-19 free. Thank you.

Here at Marycrest Manor, we are still being cautious and conservative and are still mandating masks. Please be sure to wear a mask at all times when visiting at Marycrest, and please do not come and visit your loved ones if you have any symptoms of a cold, flu, stomach issues or COVID-19 symptoms.

Until now, we appreciate that our staff and visitors have been very sensitive and have followed mandated guidelines. A reminder that visits need to be scheduled with our staff and monitored by our staff, preferably two days before your planned visit. Outside visits are available from 11 am until 8 pm. You may schedule an indoor visit on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-3pm by emailing our Activities Department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. We will do our best to accommodate, however, visitation outside the listed times depends on staffing and availability, as someone needs to check visitors in and follow specific mandated procedures.

Nursing Home Week was a great success, which is one way that we celebrate our dedicated and loving staff. Thank you for those who contributed meals and other items to make it extra special. We are so thankful for your ongoing support which is always appreciated.

Thank you to all who supported our Virtual Mother Luisita Celebration fund raising event! Our staff, residents and families worked hard and had so much fun preparing and filming for the event. Thank you for your generous donations. In case you missed it, please contact Sister Judith at Extension 217 to obtain the details and the link to be able to watch the virtual celebration. We are humbled and so grateful for your kind and generous support.

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar, Administrator
Marycrest Manor


May 14, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Thank you all for being mindful of our visitation requests that we mentioned in our last letter.

On Wednesday, 5/15/21 all our staff and 10% of our residents were tested for COVID-19 and we are, yet again, 100% negative! Your cooperation and compliance and the dedication and care of our staff has kept us COVID-19 free. Thank you.

We are aware that the Center for Disease Control has mentioned that some areas can be without masks. Here at Marycrest Manor, we are being more cautious and conservative and are still mandating masks. Please be sure to wear a mask at all times when visiting at Marycrest, and please do not come and visit your loved ones if you have any symptoms of a cold, flu, stomach issues or COVID-19.

Until now, we appreciate that our staff and visitors have been very sensitive and have followed mandated guidelines. A reminder that visits need to be scheduled with our staff and monitored by our staff, preferably two days before your planned visit. Outside visits are available from 11 am until 8 pm. You may schedule an indoor visit on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-3pm by emailing our Activities department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. We will do our best to accommodate, however, visitation outside the listed times depends on staffing and availability, as someone needs to check visitors in and follow specific mandated procedures.

This week we have been having a wonderful time celebrating our hard-working and dedicated staff during Nursing Home Week.

We greatly appreciate your all and your support!

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar, Administrator
Marycrest Manor


May 7, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

Praise be to Jesus Christ!

Hallelujah! On Wednesday, May 5th, COVID testing for all of our staff and 10% of residents was again, all NEGATIVE! Praised be Jesus Christ for this wonderful news! My gratitude to our wonderful staff who continue to be diligent about cleanliness, hygiene and for following the Center for Disease Control and Public Health guidelines meticulously. I also am grateful to all our visitors for being mindful and cooperative in following the guidelines and for also making sure to only visit when you are well.

Next week at Marycrest we will be celebrating our stellar and dedicated staff for Nursing Home Week. We have been busy planning the daily festivities and look forward to a very fun week. Also, you may have heard that Governor Newsom has declared May 12th as Skilled Nursing Recognition Day!

As a reminder, whenever possible, please select outside visits instead of indoor visits as they are safer. Outside visits are available from 11 am until 8 pm. You may schedule an indoor visit on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-3pm by emailing our Activities department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. We would greatly appreciate a two-day advance notice as the activities people are also busy keeping up with our residents’ activities, and need to have enough time to schedule your visit and get back with you. If the days mentioned do not work for you, please use the listed email to request the date and time that is needed. We will do our best to accommodate, however, visitation outside the listed times depends on staffing and availability, as someone needs to check visitors in and follow specific mandated procedures.

Please be advised that all visitors must wear a mask while at Marycrest Manor at all times.  For unvaccinated visitors, there should be a 6 feet distance maintained during visits from the resident whom is being visited and all others. Brief hand holding or physical contact is allowed for all vaccinated visitors and vaccinated residents. Your understanding, patience and cooperation helps us continue to keep our community open to visits.  Thank you.

For those of you who are Mothers, we pray that you will have a joyful Mother’s Day.

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar, Administrator
Marycrest Manor

April 2021 Letters to Families
April 30, 2021

Dear Families, Responsible Parties and Friends,

Praise be to Jesus Christ!

Hallelujah! On Wednesday, April 28th, COVID testing for all of our staff and 10% of residents was again, all NEGATIVE! Praised be Jesus Christ for this wonderful news! My gratitude to our wonderful staff who continue to be diligent about cleanliness, hygiene and for following the Center for Disease Control guidelines meticulously. I also am grateful to all our visitors for being mindful and cooperative in following the mandated guidelines.

Whenever possible, please select outside visits instead of indoor visits as they are safer. Outside visits are available from 11 am until 8 pm. You may schedule an indoor visit on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-3pm by emailing our Activities department at visiting@marycrestculvercity.com. We would greatly appreciate a two-day advance notice as the activities people are also busy keeping up with our residents’ activities, and need to have enough time to schedule your visit and get back with you. If the days mentioned do not work for you, please use the listed email to request the date and time that is needed. We will do our best to accommodate, however, visitation outside the listed times depends on staffing and availability, as someone needs to check visitors in and follow specific mandated procedures.

Please be advised that all visitors must wear a mask while at Marycrest Manor at all times. For unvaccinated visitors, there should be a 6 feet distance maintained during visits from the resident whom is being visited and all others. Brief hand holding or physical contact is allowed for all vaccinated visitors and vaccinated residents.

Your understanding, patience and cooperation helps us continue to keep our community safe. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you when you are here to visit!

God bless you,

Jasmine Hezar, Administrator
Marycrest Manor


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

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

 

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

2020 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 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 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 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 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 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


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 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