Masonic Homes Kentucky COVID-19 Action Response

Masonic continues to receive guidance on ways to limit our community’s exposure to coronavirus COVID-19. The following information is updated regularly, please check this blog for any changes to procedures and guidelines regarding our response to COVID-19 pandemic.

Masonic’s COVID-19 Compliance Hotline

If you have any questions, please contact Masonic’s COVID Compliance Hotline at 502.340.2390 or info@masonicky.com.

COVID Action Response

October 18, 2021

Beginning Monday, Oct. 18, Pillars Assisted Living & Personal Care will reopen to visitors. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities can resume. Visits are still restricted in other areas of Masonic Home Shelbyville. We welcome guests to our community, but must do so with caution. Please be familiar with, and adhere to, the guidelines to make these visits as safe as possible. For visiting guidelines, go to masonichomesky.com/guidelines/.   

October 15, 2021

On Friday, Oct. 15, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. Window Visits are allowed for most resident/patients, except for those in isolation.  Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities remain prohibited until further notice. This information is reported in accordance to CMS guidelines

Masonic’s COVID-19 Action Plan includes measures to limit and prevent spread of the virus. All employees, vendors, visitors and residents/ patients perform a Wellness and Travel screen upon entrance to the community. Employees and residents/patients receive reminders about hand hygiene, social distancing and symptoms. All residents are screened for symptoms during each shift. Residents/patients with respiratory or other COVID-19 symptoms are isolated according to CDC guidelines. Physician consultations are increased to review the resident/patient’s symptoms. When advised, the resident/patient is discharged to the hospital for care. Employees who test positive follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation.  

October 12, 2021

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, Masonic Home Shelbyville and Pillars Assisted Living & Personal Care were notified one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited for residents until further notice. This information is reported in accordance to CMS guidelines.     

October 6, 2021

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 7Crescent Grove Memory & Personal Care will reopen to visitors. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities can resume.  

October 5, 2021

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the Care Center is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited for residents until further notice. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

October 1, 2021

On ThursdaySept. 30,Masonic Home Shelbyville and Pillars Assisted Living & Personal Care was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. The community remains open to visitors. 

A CMS Notification, reporting one employee positive case of COVID-19, at Sam Swope Care Center on Oct. 1 was sent in error. There were no positive cases to report on that day. 

NEW 

Recent changes to guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allows long-term care communities to review contact tracing and determine if closing the community is necessary. Depending on the circumstances around a reported case of COVID among employees or residents, an initial round of outbreak testing is performed and the determination is made to remain open or close. This new guidance will make it easier for us to respond to and limit cases of COVID. It will also provide more opportunities for residents and their families or guests to visit while adhering to the established precautions. This information is reported in accordance to CMS guidelines.     

September 24, 2021

As of  Saturday, Sept. 25, Grove Pointe Assisted Living Community will reopen to visitors. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities can resume.  We are thrilled to welcome guests to our community, but must do so with caution. Please be familiar with, and adhere to, the guidelines to make these visits as safe as possible. For visiting guidelines, go to masonichomesky.com/guidelines/.   

September 23, 2021

On Thursday, Sept. 23, Crescent Grove Memory & Personal Care was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, Crescent Grove is closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are cancelled until further notice.  This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

Masonic’s COVID-19 Action Plan includes measures to limit and prevent spread of the virus. All employees, vendors, visitors and residents/ patients perform a Wellness and Travel screen upon entrance to the community. Employees and residents/patients receive reminders about hand hygiene, social distancing and symptoms. All residents are screened for symptoms during each shift. Residents/patients with respiratory or other COVID-19 symptoms are isolated according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Physician consultations are increased to review the resident/patient’s symptoms. When advised, the resident/patient is discharged to the hospital for care. Employees who test positive follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation.  

September 19, 2021

As of Sunday, Sept. 19, Masonic Home Shelbyville and Pillars Assisted Living & Personal Care will reopen to visitors. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities can resume.

We are thrilled to welcome guests to our community, but must do so with caution. Please be familiar with, and adhere to, the guidelines to make these visits as safe as possible. For visiting guidelines, go to masonichomesky.com/guidelines/.

September 17, 2021

On Thursday, Sept. 16, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware two employees had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the Care Center remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited for residents until further notice. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

September 14, 2021

On Monday, Sept. 13, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the Care Center remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited for residents until further notice. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

September 12, 2021

On Saturday, Sept. 11, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employees had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the Care Center is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited for residents until further notice. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, Grove Pointe Assisted Living Community was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, Grove Pointe remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions.   This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, Crescent Grove Personal and Memory Care was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19.  In accordance with recommended guidelines, Crescent Grove is closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are cancelled until further notice. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

September 10, 2021

On Thursday, Sept. 9, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the Care Center remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited for residents until further notice.  This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

September 6, 2021

On Sunday, Sept. 6, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

September 2, 2021

On Thursday, Sept. 2, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware two employees had tested positive for COVID-19. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited for residents until further notice.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware two employees had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the Care Center is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited for residents until further notice.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, Grove Pointe Assisted Living Community was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, Grove Pointe remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions.   

On Thursday, Sept. 2, Crescent Grove Personal and Memory Care was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19.  In accordance with recommended guidelines, Crescent Grove is closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are cancelled until further notice.

September 1, 2021

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions.   This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

August 31, 2021

As of Wednesday, August 31, Crescent Grove Memory & Personal Care Community is open to visitors. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities can resume.  For more visiting guidelines, visit www.masonichomesky.com/guidelines 

August 30, 2021

On Sunday, Aug. 29, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19.In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.   

August 29, 2021

Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee on Aug. 28, and two employees on Aug. 29, had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions.  

August 27, 2021

On Thursday, Aug. 26, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one resident had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions.  

 This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.   

Re-opening services to support COVID positive residents and patients
Masonic Homes Kentucky is closely monitoring the increased number of cases of COVID in Shelbyville and implementing additional precautions at Masonic Home Shelbyville. As the number of cases of COVID increase in Kentucky, we are also experiencing an increase in cases reported among employees and residents/patients. 

Beginning Friday, Aug. 26, Masonic will provide designated and separate accommodations in our skilled care communities for Masonic residents who have tested positive for COVID. We will not be accepting outside admissions for this isolated area. We believe our communities, having passed multiple infection control surveys with no deficiencies, are the best place to care for our residents and patients and this new service will be a great comfort to their families and our employees. Our experience, along with our ongoing and previous training, makes us the best place to provide the care these residents/patients need, when they need it most.  

Shelbyville and our neighboring cities have limited accommodations for individuals who have tested positive for COVID in either area hospitals or other skilled nursing communities with dedicated COVID treatment units. When a resident/patient at Masonic Home Shelbyville shows signs and symptoms or has tested positive, it has been our policy to make arrangements for their care in either a hospital or area nursing home with a dedicated COVID treatment unit. Finding these limited accommodations elsewhere has become a challenge in recent weeks. The need for more COVID treatment units is increasing and beginning to exceed capacity elsewhere. If a COVID positive resident requires acute care or other hospital services, or if the need within our Masonic communities exceeds our capacity, we will continue to help make arrangements for their care. 

Masonic Home Shelbyville has identified a number of rooms that will be designated, secured and sectioned by a physical barrier for COVID positive residents. We will be selecting the employees to serve in these areas. Our dedicated isolation area for new admissions will operate separate from this COVID unit.  

We have established the following additional infection control protocols for these areas.  

  • All equipment, staffing and services will be limited to these areas only and will not be shared among other parts of the community.  
  • Permitted employees and residents/patients will come and go through a dedicated entrance and will not have access to other parts of the community. 
  • Employees will be tested for COVID according to the current mandated employee testing guidelines as implemented in all parts of our skilled care communities. 
  • Only current Masonic residents/patients will be admitted to these areas. We will not admit individuals from other facilities. 
  • Current guidance stipulates that these residents/patients should be isolated in their individual rooms and the employees who serve them follow procedures for isolations including wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). The resident/patient will be permitted to participate in only Virtual Visits with family unless a Compassionate Care Visit is recommended. 
  • Residents/patients will receive regular telehealth visits with a physician. 
  • Individuals in the COVID unit will receive similar dining, housekeeping and nursing care services while maintaining the high staff to resident ratio as in other parts of our communities. 
  • Residents/patients will be isolated in the COVID unit for 14 days as outlined in current Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) guidance. They will then be relocated to other areas of their community. 

Masonic’s COVID-19 Action Plan includes measures to limit and prevent spread of the virus. All employees, vendors, visitors and residents/patients perform a Wellness and Travel screen upon entrance to the community. Employees and residents/patients receive reminders about hand hygiene, social distancing and symptoms. All residents are screened for symptoms during each shift. Residents/patients with respiratory or other COVID-19 symptoms are isolated according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Physician consultations are increased to review the resident/patient’s symptoms. When advised, the resident/patient is discharged to the hospital for care. Employees who test positive follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation.    

August 26, 2021

On Wednesday, August 25, Grove Pointe Assisted Living Community was made aware one resident tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. Window Visits are allowed for most resident/patients, except for those in isolation. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited until further notice. 

On Wednesday, August 25 and Thursday, August 26, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee and one resident, respectively, had tested positive for COVID-19.In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions.

 This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

Masonic’s COVID-19 Action Plan includes measures to limit and prevent spread of the virus. All employees, vendors, visitors and residents/patients perform a Wellness and Travel screen upon entrance to the community. Employees and residents/patients receive reminders about hand hygiene, social distancing and symptoms. All residents are screened for symptoms during each shift. Residents/patients with respiratory or other COVID-19 symptoms are isolated according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Physician consultations are increased to review the resident/patient’s symptoms. When advised, the resident/patient is discharged to the hospital for care. Employees who test positive follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation.   

August 24, 2021

On Monday, August 23, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one resident had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions.  This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.   

Masonic’s COVID-19 Action Plan includes measures to limit and prevent spread of the virus. All employees, vendors, visitors and residents/patients perform a Wellness and Travel screen upon entrance to the community. Employees and residents/patients receive reminders about hand hygiene, social distancing and symptoms. All residents are screened for symptoms during each shift. Residents/patients with respiratory or other COVID-19 symptoms are isolated according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Physician consultations are increased to review the resident/patient’s symptoms. When advised, the resident/patient is discharged to the hospital for care. Employees who test positive follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation.    

August 21, 2020

On Friday, August 20, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware two employees had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

August 20, 2021

As of Friday, August 20Judy House at Sam Swope Care Center is open to visitors. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities can resume. 

On Friday, August 20, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

August 19, 2021

On Thursday, August 19, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one resident had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

August 17, 2021

On Tuesday, August 17, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one resident had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

August 16, 2021

On Monday, August 16, Grove Pointe Assisted Living Community was made aware one employee tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community is closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. Window Visits are allowed for most resident/patients, except for those in isolation. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited until further notice. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

 Grove Pointe will be conducting weekly outbreak testing of all employees and residents/patients regardless of vaccination status. Outbreak testing occurs when a community has received report of a new case of COVID among employees or residents/patients. Employees and residents/patients who test negative will be retested every three days to seven days, regardless of their vaccination status, until no new cases of COVID are reported for at least 14 days since the most recent positive result. 

On Monday, August 16, Crescent Grove Memory & Personal Care Community was made aware one employee tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community is closed to visitors until further notice, with the exception of Sally’s Garden. Sally’s Garden will reopen to visitors today. Communal dining and group activities will reconvene. Please review our visitor guidelines at masonichomesky.com/guidelines. 
 
For residents in Crescent Grove, not residing in Sally’s Garden, Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions Window Visits are allowed for most resident/patients, except for those in isolation. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited until further notice. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 
 
Crescent Grove, with the exception of Sally’s Garden, will be conducting weekly outbreak testing of all employees and residents/patients regardless of vaccination status. Outbreak testing occurs when a community has received report of a new case of COVID among employees or residents/patients. Employees and residents/patients who test negative will be retested every three days to seven days, regardless of their vaccination status, until no new cases of COVID are reported for at least 14 days since the most recent positive result.

On Monday, August 16, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware two employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

August 13, 2021

As of Friday, August 13, Grove Pointe Assisted Living Community is open to visitors. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities can resume. 

For more visiting guidelines, visit http://www.masonichomesky.com/guidelines/.

August 12, 2021

On Thursday, August 12, Crescent Grove Memory & Personal Care Community was made aware one resident tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community is closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. Window Visits are allowed for most resident/patients, except for those in isolation. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited until further notice. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

Crescent Grove will be conducting weekly outbreak testing of all employees and residents/patients regardless of vaccination status. Outbreak testing occurs when a community has received report of a new case of COVID among employees or residents/patients. Employees and residents/patients who test negative will be retested every three days to seven days, regardless of their vaccination status, until no new cases of COVID are reported for at least 14 days since the most recent positive result. 

August 11, 2021

As of Wednesday, August 11, Sam Swope Care Center, with the exception of Judy House, is open to visitors.

For more visiting guidelines, visit http://www.masonichomesky.com/guidelines/.

In accordance with recommended guidelines, only Judy House remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed for Judy House residents with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities remain prohibited for residents in Judy House until further notice.

August 10, 2021

On Tuesday, August 10, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

August 9, 2021

On August 9, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware that one resident and one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. The community is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Window Visits, Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. Residents in isolation cannot participate in Window Visits, but still have the opportunity of Virtual Visits. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited until further notice.

Outbreak testing will be conducted on all employees and residents/patients regardless of vaccination status. Outbreak testing occurs when a community has received report of a new case of COVID among employees or residents/patients. Employees and residents/patients who test negative will be retested every three days to seven days, regardless of their vaccination status, until no new cases of COVID are reported for at least 14 days since the most recent positive result.

This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

August 6, 2021

On Thursday, August 5, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware two employees tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community is closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. Window Visits are allowed for most resident/patients, except for those in isolation.  

Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited until further notice. 

This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

August 5, 2021

On Thursday, August 5, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. Window Visits are allowed for most resident/patients, except for those in isolation.

Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited until further notice.

Outbreak testing will be conducted on all employees and residents/patients regardless of vaccination status. Outbreak testing occurs when a community has received a report of a new case of COVID among employees or residents/patients. Employees and residents/patients who test negative will be retested every three to seven days until no new cases of COVID are reported for at least 14 days since the most recent positive result.

August 4, 2021

Pet therapy continues at Masonic Homes Kentucky

Pet therapy continues to be an important comfort measure for residents in long-term care. Masonic Homes Kentucky welcomes pets into its communities with the following guidelines:

  • The community must be open to visitors. Pets may not visit at any community or area closed to visitors due to COVID-19.
  • All pets must have a record of up-to-date vaccinations on file in the community they are visiting.
  • If a pet is sick, do not visit until the pet has been cleared by its veterinarian.
  • Both the handler and animal should remain at least six feet apart from others when possible.
  • The handler and resident must be masked at all times.
  • Animals should not lick or provide “kisses” to residents.
  • All vests, leashes, harnesses and other supplies should be sanitized regularly.
  • Limit the amount of supplies, toys, etc., brought into the community. Do not let residents or employees touch the animal’s supplies including toys.
  • The animal’s paws must be cleaned prior to enter a community.
  • Hands should be properly sanitized after touching the animal.

For a complete list of guidance for service animal visits to long-term care communities, click here.

August 3, 2021

On Tuesday, August 3, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community’s South Wing remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions.

This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

Today, Masonic Home Shelbyville opened its new Main Entrance located on the left side of the building under the awning. All visitors should use this entrance. Remember, all visitors must complete an Attestation Form and have a temperature screening upon entering the building. At this time, surgical masks are required at all times in the community.

August 2, 2021

Under the guidance of the Department of Aging and Independent Living, all employees, residents, and visitors must wear a surgical grade mask in Grove Pointe Assisted Living and Pillars Assisted Living & Personal Care regardless of vaccination status. Residents are not required to wear a mask when alone in their personal residency.

Masks must be donned upon entering community and in all communal areas. Residents and their guests must remain masked when visiting in the resident’s apartment, regardless of vaccination status.

If you have any questions, your community’s executive director is the best place to direct questions about our visitor policy. If you have any questions or concerns related to COVID-19, please call our COVID Compliance Hotline at 502.340.2390 or email info@masonicky.com.

July 31, 2021

On Saturday, July 31, Masonic Home Shelbyville and Pillars Assisted Living and Personal Care was made aware one resident tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

There are no changes to our current policies regarding visits, communal dining, group activities and non-essential travel. These activities are prohibited for residents in the South Wing but permitted for all other residents until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions.  

July 30, 2021

On Friday, July 30, Masonic Home Shelbyville will reopen, with the exception of the South Wing, to visitors. In accordance with recommended guidelines, only the South Wing remains closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities remain prohibited for residents in the South Wing until further notice. If you are unsure about the unit in which you or your loved one resides, please contact Masonic Home Shelbyville at 502.633.3486.

July 29, 2021

On Thursday, July 29, Grove Pointe Assisted Living was made aware a Masonic Homes Kentucky employee had tested positive for COVID-19. The community is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Window Visits, Virtual Visits and Compassionate Care Visits are allowed with proper precautions. Residents in isolation cannot participate in Window Visits, but still have the opportunity of Virtual Visits.

Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited until further notice.

Outbreak testing will be conducted on all employees and residents/patients regardless of vaccination status. Outbreak testing occurs when a community has received report of a new case of COVID among employees or residents/patients. Employees and residents/patients who test negative will be retested every three days to seven days, regardless of their vaccination status, until no new cases of COVID are reported for at least 14 days since the most recent positive result.

This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

July 28, 2021

On Wednesday, July 28, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one resident had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

July 27, 2021

On Tuesday, July 27, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one resident had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited until further notice.

Effective July 27, will be conducting outbreak testing of all employees and residents/patients regardless of vaccination status.

June 24, 2021

Sam Swope Care Center was notified that they could reopen to visitors on Friday, June 25. We are excited to be able to allow visitors back to see their loved ones. For visiting guidelines, visit http://www.masonichomesky.com/guidelines/.

In addition, residents are able to resume group activities and communal dining.  Off-campus travel is limited to only medically necessary appointments.

Weekly outbreak testing of employees and residents/patients regardless of vaccination status will continue at Sam Swope Care Center. Employees and residents/patients who test negative will be retested every three days to seven days, regardless of their vaccination status, until no new cases of COVID are reported for at least 14 days since the most recent positive result.

June 18, 2021

On Friday, June 18,  Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee  had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the Care Center is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited for residents until further notice. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

June 11, 2021

Effective June 8, Surveillance Testing for Sam Swope Care Center, Masonic Home Shelbyville and Pillars Assisted Living & Personal Care will be conducted monthly. Only non-vaccinated staff are tested in the monthly surveillance. Testing frequency is based on the county positivity rate. This is monitored twice a month on the first and third Thursday of each month. Surveillance testing must be Plymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing. Residents are only tested if they are newly admitted and not vaccinated, exposed or have signs and symptoms of COVID. Residents are not included in surveillance testing.

Masks

  • Surgical masks are still required in all Masonic health care communities.

June 8, 2021

Sam Swope Care Center was notified that they could reopen to visitors on Tuesday, June 8. We are excited to be able to allow visitors back to see their loved ones. For visiting guidelines, visit www.masonichomesky.com/guidelines/. In addition, residents are able to travel off-campus, resume group activities and communal dining. If you have any questions, please talk to your community’s leadership.

May 24, 2021

On Monday, May 24, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware three residents tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

Masonic’s COVID-19 Action Plan includes measures to limit and prevent spread of the virus. All employees, vendors, visitors and residents/patients perform a Wellness and Travel screen upon entrance to the community. Employees and residents/patients receive reminders about hand hygiene, social distancing and symptoms. All residents are screened for symptoms during each shift. Residents/patients with respiratory or other COVID-19 symptoms are isolated according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Physician consultations are increased to review the resident/patient’s symptoms. When advised, the resident/patient is discharged to the hospital for care. Employees who test positive follow  CDC guidelines for self-isolation.  

May 18, 2021

On Tuesday, May 18, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

May 17, 2021

On Monday, May 17, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

The Office of Inspector General recently provided updated guidance that changes some of Masonic’s COVID-19 Action Plan and our infection control protocols in our health care communities. The information below outlines the changes to our guidelines for residents/patients and employees at Crescent Grove, Grove Pointe, Masonic Home Shelbyville and Pillars Assisted Living Community.

Fully vaccinated pertains to any individual who is at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or 14 days after the first dose of a one dose vaccine. Unvaccinated is someone who has not chosen vaccination or someone who has not completed the 14-day timeframe after receiving the second of a two-dose vaccine or a one-dose vaccine.

Thank you for reviewing the new guidelines outlined below.

Mask Requirements

· When masks are required, they must be surgical grade masks. Masks are required in all common spaces, except for the group activities and dining guidelines below.

Group Activities

· During group activities involving only fully vaccinated residents/patients, masks are optional for residents/patients and social distancing is not required.

· If fully vaccinated and unvaccinated residents/patients are participating in a group activity, all participants must wear a surgical mask.

· Residents/patients screening is not required before activities.

Communal Dining

· During dining where only fully vaccinated residents/patients are present, masks are optional and social distancing is not required.

· If fully vaccinated and unvaccinated residents/patients are dining together, all participants must wear a masks, except when actively eating or drinking.

Off-site Activities

· Off-site visits and activities, where a resident/patient leaves the community with a family member or representative, are discouraged.

· Masonic communities are not allowed to conduct off-site activities.

Resident Visits

Residents/patients and their visitors who are both fully vaccinated may visit without wearing masks or social distancing as long as they are visiting in the resident’s room or in a designated visitation room. All vaccinated visitors should bring their vaccination card to the visitor screening.

Surveillance Testing

Residents/patients will not participate in surveillance testing, regardless of their vaccination status. Only residents/patients exhibiting signs and symptoms or those exposed to COVID will be tested.

Outbreak Testing

All resident/patients will be tested, regardless of vaccination status. Employees and residents/patients who test negative will be retested every three days to seven days, regardless of their vaccination status, until no new cases of COVID are reported for at least 14 days since the most recent positive result.

Admissions

Unvaccinated residents/patients are required to isolate for 14 days after admission from the hospital or home. Vaccinated residents/patients are not required to isolate when admitted. The changes also impact policies pertaining to our health care employees.

Surveillance Testing

· Fully vaccinated employees are not required to test.

· Unvaccinated employees should test as required in your specific community.

Outbreak Testing

Outbreak testing occurs when a community has received report of a new case of COVID among employees or residents/patients.

· All employees and resident/patients will be tested, regardless of vaccination status.

· Employees and residents/patients who test negative will be retested every three days to seven days, regardless of their vaccination status, until no new cases of COVID are reported for at least 14 days since the most recent positive result.

Mask Requirements

All employees, fully vaccinated and unvaccinated, should continue to wear surgical grade masks while at work.

As we move toward reopening our communities with fewer restrictions, we appreciate you understanding of and adherence to these changes.

Your community’s executive director can answer any questions or concerns you may have. You may also contact the COVID Compliance Hotline at 502.340.2390 or via email at info@masonicky.com.

May 11, 2021

On May 11, Masonic Home Shelbyville was notified that they could reopen the Central Unit to visitors. We are excited to be able to allow visitors back to see their loved ones. For visiting guidelines, visit http://www.masonichomesky.com/guidelines/. In addition, residents are able to travel off-campus, resume activities and communal dining. If you have any questions, please talk to your community’s leadership.

May 7, 2021

We are excited to share new updates to reduced restrictions. We appreciate your patience and can’t wait to see more of you back in our restaurants.

The following guidelines start Monday, May 10:
• In-person dining for dinner will resume at Meadow and Miralea.
• In order to guarantee seating, we encourage you to make a reservation. You may reserve a table up to a week in advance.
• Without a reservation, you will be seated on a first come, first served basis or be placed on a wait list contingent upon table availability.
• Seating will be staggered in 15 minute increments in order to provide optimum service. Traditional stool seating at the bar is prohibited.
• Seating on the bar side of the restaurant will only be available at breakfast and lunch, not for dinner.
• A $4 delivery fee will resume as stated in the Resident Information Guide.
• All activities will resume as usual. Residents are still required to wear a mask and social distancing is recommended.
• The Miralea Aquatic Center will continue to operate at a limited capacity due to the guidelines of the Louisville Health Department. The spa must remain closed at this time.

Starting Monday, May 17, residents will be able to invite guests to dine with them at the restaurants in Meadow and Miralea. If you have any questions, please talk to your community’s leadership.

May 4, 2021

On Tuesday, May 4, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee and one resident had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the Care Center is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited for residents until further notice.

This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

May 1, 2021

Sam Swope Care Center was notified that they could reopen to visitors on Saturday, May 1. We are excited to be able to allow visitors back to see their loved ones. For visiting guidelines, visit http://www.masonichomesky.com/guidelines/

In addition, residents are able to travel off-campus. Group activities will resume and communal dining will reconvene on Monday, May 3.

If you have any questions, please talk to your community’s leadership.

April 30, 2021

On Friday, April 30, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, only the Central unit is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited for residents in the Central unit until further notice.  

There are no changes to current policies in all other units. 

If you are unsure about the unit in which you or your loved one resides, please contact Masonic Home Shelbyville at 502.633.3486. 

This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.   

April 26, 2021

On Monday, April 26, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Window Visits, Virtual Vsits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. Residents in isolation cannot participate in Window Visits, but still have the opportunity of Virtual Visits.

Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited until further notice. 

This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.   

April 23, 2021

On April 23 at 8 pm, Masonic Home Shelbyville was notified that they could reopen to visitors. We are excited to be able to allow visitors back to see their loved ones. For visiting guidelines, visit http://www.masonichomesky.com/guidelines/ 

 In addition, residents are able to travel off-campus. Group activities will resume and communal dining will reconvene on Monday, April 26.  

April 21, 2021

On Wednesday, April 21, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with recommended guidelines, the community is immediately closed to visitors until further notice. Outdoor visits, virtual visits and Compassionate Care visits are allowed with proper precautions. 

Non-essential travel, communal dining and group activities are prohibited until further notice.

This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.    

March 30, 2021

New Guidelines for Caregivers and Private Sitters

Home Health
Home Health licensed caregivers meeting certain restrictions are permitted to provide services on our campuses. Home Health agencies must be credentialed through Masonic Homes Kentucky. This process requires licensed caregivers to provide their company’s infectious disease protocol, proof of insurance and their COVID response policy (screening, testing, return to work, etc.) to Sr. VP of Risk Management Conjuna Collier. Documents must be submitted to ccollier@masonicky.com.

Home Care, Private Sitters and Caregivers
All caregivers including home care, private sitters and caregivers (non-family) must be credentialed through Masonic Homes Kentucky. This process requires caregivers to provide their company’s infectious disease protocol, proof of insurance and their
COVID response policy (screening, testing, return to work, etc.) to Sr. VP of Risk Management Conjuna Collier. Documents must be submitted to ccollier@masonicky.com.

COVID-19 Testing
Masonic no longer requires weekly COVID test for these caregivers. We recommend if you are using a home health or home care service, you should determine your personal preferences for those caregivers having regular surveillance testing if you feel it is necessary for your safety. You should discuss this requirement with your service provider.

Family Caregivers
Family members are not required to go through credentialing.

Tracking Caregivers
In order to keep an accurate list of individuals entering our buildings for any necessary communication, we need residents using these services to provide the caregiver’s name and company information to your community’s leadership.

March 16, 2021

We are excited to share our plan to bring back the services that make Masonic unique, from group activities and communal dining to family and friend visits. While we will continue to roll out a plan that is both safe and cautious, we understand the importance
of reuniting residents with their loved ones. This has been a difficult time and we appreciate your support of our efforts to make everyone’s well-being and safety a top priority. Thank you for your patience. We continue to thank you and your loved ones for
understanding as we move forward with the health and safety of our resident/patients and employees in mind. PLEASE call your loved one’s community at least 24 hours in advance to let them know when you plan to come and visit.

Activities, communal dining and visits are dependent on a community being free from confirmed COVID positives cases for 14 days and the county not being designated “red” due to the percentage of cases in that specific county. If at any time a positive case is
confirmed, we will have to temporarily discontinue activities, communal dining and inperson visits until guidelines are met. If a positive case is reported while visits are in session, we will have to ask anyone visiting to leave the community.

The county-level positivity rates are provided by the Office of Inspector General and Kentucky Department of Public Health. The positivity rates are reported on the first and third Thursday of each month and will be monitored by our leadership.

Resident Visits at Grove Pointe Assisted Living, Crescent Grove Memory & Personal Care, Sam Swope Care Center, Masonic Home Shelbyville and Pillars Assisted Living Community
We ask residents and visitors to please adhere to the following:
• Visitors must follow safety guidelines including completion of a Visitor Screening Attestation Form and temperature check, as well as, washing/sanitizing of hands prior to and after visit.
• In-person visits may occur inside a resident’s room or outdoors.
• Outdoor visits generally pose a lower risk of transmission due to increased space and airflow. Therefore, visits should be held outdoors if weather and the resident’s condition permit. Please notify an employee before leaving the building.
• Visitors, residents and employees must wear a mask at all times.
• Residents who are fully vaccinated (meaning 14 days after the second dose of a twodose vaccine or 14 days after the first dose of a one-dose vaccine) are allowed close contact if they choose, including touch. Residents who are not fully vaccinated must
social distance. All visitors must social distance from other visitors, employees and other residents.
• Cleaning and disinfecting will occur often of high-touch surfaces.
• Pets must be on a leash and distance six feet from the resident. Up-to-date vaccination records must be provided to the community in advance of the visit.
• If you are sick, please do not visit. Reschedule your visit when you are feeling better or change to a Virtual Visit. Virtual Visits will continue to be an option and may be scheduled by contacting the community’s Life Enrichment director.

Group Activities
Group activities will resume adhering to the following guidelines:
• Activity group size will be determined by activity location. All activities must allow for
social distancing of 6 feet apart.
• Residents will continue to follow current safety guidelines including completion of Wellness Screen including temperature check, wearing masks during activities and washing/sanitizing hands prior to and following activities.
• Surfaces and equipment will be disinfected between usage.
• Off-site group activities are still prohibited.

Communal Dining
Each community’s dining plan will be specific to that community. The following guidelines will apply across all communities.
• Residents must wear a mask traveling to and from restaurants, and employees are required to wear masks at all times.
• Seating will be configured to support social distancing of 6 feet between all individuals.
• No high-touch items, like salt and pepper shakers, will be used.
• As always, surfaces and equipment will be disinfected between each use.
• Resident may opt to continue meal delivery to the resident’s room, where applicable.

Off-site Visits and Appointments
It is important to remember there is still risk associated with leaving campus, even if you are fully vaccinated. Exposure to someone COVID-positive could have negative consequences including infection or requirement to quarantine. Although being fully vaccinated decreases an individual’s risk of contracting COVID, it does not eliminate all risk. The following safety guidelines should be followed to reduce the risk of exposure. The guidelines also apply to off-site medical appointments with family or other representative providing transportation.
• Wear a mask to and from your appointment or off-site visit and follow safety guidelines of washing/sanitizing hands often and social distancing.
• If riding with another person, both the resident and driver should wear a mask to and from the appointment or off-site visit and follow safety guidelines of washing/sanitizing hands often and social distancing.
• Vehicle owner should disinfect before and after usage with an EPA registered disinfectant.
• Notify Masonic immediately if the resident has been exposed to an active COVIDpositive individual.

New Admissions/Hospital Visits
New admissions who have been fully vaccinated will not be required to isolate unless they have been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID. New admissions who are not at least 14 days past receiving the second dose of the two-dose vaccine or 14 days past
receiving the first dose of a single-dose vaccine, will be required to isolate for 14 days upon being admitted, or 20 days for immuno-compromised.

There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any place where people are present. Residents are at high risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. The guidelines are based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of COVID-19, as well as about the protection achieved through vaccination. Compliance with these guidelines can reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, but it will not eliminate the risk to residents, employees or visitors. Ongoing infection prevention practices are critical during this time.

Masonic has been aggressive and proactive with its efforts to keep residents/patients and employees safe reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. We are glad to have received new guidance on how we can safely allow residents to connect with their loved ones. This opening comes with its own new procedures and policies. We ask each of you to become familiar with these guidelines and adhere to them. They are in place to keep you, your neighbors, your visiting friends and family and our employees safe and healthy.

We also must prepare to respond to any new cases in a community by immediately prohibiting visits and other activities, without advance notice. In order to resume, activities, communal dining and visits, the community must followed required guidelines.

We want people to enjoy this time with others, but we ask you to be cautious.

As always, if you have COVID-related questions or concerns, you can contact our COVID Compliance Hotline at 502.340.2390 or via email at info@masonicky.com. For all non-COVID questions, please contact your community’s executive director or administrator.

March 15, 2021

We are continuing to follow the guidance of Governor Beshear and are taking the next steps to reopen our communities. All changes below will take effect on Monday, March 15. We request the continued support of you and your visitors with the following:

Village Active Lifestyle Community update:

• Village Theatre capacity will increase to 60% that will allow as many residents to enter, while maintaining 6 feet social distancing.
• Activities will be increased. This number will be determined by the number of individuals we can have in the space at any given time with those people socially distanced 6 feet. Each community will be working on marking those areas. This
includes the Lusk Family Amphitheater. All participants will be required to undergo a wellness check.
• Though many of you have seen the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that states individuals that have been vaccinated can gather in groups without masks, the Kentucky Healthy at Work Program, which is directed from the Governor’s Office, has not changed policies regarding masks. Masks are still required when outside your home. Those minimum requirements are as follows:
• enforce social distancing (six (6) feet or more)
• universal face coverings
• provide adequate hand sanitizer and encourage hand washing
• ensure proper sanitation
• conduct daily temperature/health checks (recommended for individuals to do on their own
• We are going to reopen activities that involve cards or games that involve passing items from person to person. The Governor’s Office issues a suggestion that these types of activities be avoided, so we are asking all residents to use their best judgement on whether or not they should participate. Masks and maintaining the appropriate amount of distance while engaging in these activities are mandatory.
• Number of visitors per residence is still two.
• Please limit the number of visitors at a time to two per residence. Visitors may stay overnight. The guest suites are not available for overnight guests at this time.
• All visitors must be screened and complete a Visitor Attestation Form at arrival during business hours. Village visitors will be screened at the Village Business Office located on the lower level of The Olmsted on Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. During
all other times, visitors will be screened at the Gate House.
• Residents may only host visitors in their apartments/patio homes. Residents and their visitors are asked not to congregate or visit in common areas. This is to preserve those spaces for resident-only interactions.
• It is imperative all visitors be screened. Screenings allow a layer of caution for you and allows us to better respond to any instances of exposure to follow through with contact tracing. Visitors are not permitted entry through exterior entrances, or through first floor patio doors.
• Masonic transportation can only transport one resident or two residents who reside in the same apartment at a time.
• Salons will remain open to residents only.
• Scheduled indoor visits will continue in the designated areas.

Meadow and Miralea Active Lifestyle Community update:

  • Juleps and Palette capacity will increase to a maximum of 60%, while maintaining 6 feet of social distancing for individuals not living in the same household. At this time, we are not permitting outside visitors to dine in the restaurants with residents.
  • We will open for breakfast and lunch beginning March 22, however, it will be first come, first served, There will be no reservations or delivery. Residents may dine-in or takeout meals. Reservations for dine-in dinner is still required.
  • At this time, there will be no patio service. Residents may order carry out and choose to eat on the patios, outdoors, or any common rooms, maintaining 6 feet social distancing.
  • Meadow Theatre capacity will increase to 60% that will allow as many residents to enter, while maintaining 6 feet social distancing.
  • Activities, including any events held in the Artisan Room, Miralea, and Paddock will be increased. This number will be determined by the number of individuals we can have in the space at any given time with those people socially distanced 6 feet. Each community will be working on marking those areas. This includes the Lusk Family Amphitheater. All participants will be required to undergo a wellness check.
  • Though many of you have seen the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that states individuals that have been vaccinated can gather in groups without masks, the Kentucky Healthy at Work Program, which is directed from the Governor’s Office, has not changed policies regarding masks. Masks are still required when outside your home. Those minimum requirements are as follows:
  • enforce social distancing (six (6) feet or more)
  • universal face coverings
  • provide adequate hand sanitizer and encourage hand washing ensure proper sanitation
  • conduct daily temperature/health checks (recommended for individuals to do on their own
  • We are going to reopen activities that involve cards or games that involve passing items from person to person. The Governor’s Office issues a suggestion that these types of activities be avoided, so we are asking all residents to use their best judgement on whether or not they should participate. Masks and maintaining the appropriate amount of distance while engaging in these activities are mandatory.
  • Number of visitors per residence is still two.
  • Please limit the number of visitors at a time to two per residence. Visitors may stay overnight. The guest suites are not available for overnight guests at this time.
  • All visitors must be screened and complete a Visitor Attestation Form at arrival during business hours. Meadow and Miralea visitors will be screened at the concierge on Monday – Friday, 7 am to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. Village visitors will be screened at the Village Business Office located on the lower level of The Olmsted on Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. During all other times, visitors will be screened at the Gate House.
  • Residents may only host visitors in their apartments/patio homes. Residents and their visitors are asked not to congregate or visit in common areas. This is to preserve those spaces for resident-only interactions.
  • It is imperative all visitors be screened. Screenings allow a layer of caution for you and allows us to better respond to any instances of exposure to follow through with contact tracing. Visitors are not permitted entry through exterior entrances, or through first floor patio doors.
  • Masonic transportation can only transport one resident or two residents who reside in the same apartment at a time.
  • Salons will remain open to residents only.
  • Scheduled indoor visits will continue in the designated areas.

March 3, 2021

On Tuesday, March 2, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

Masonic’s COVID-19 Action Plan includes measures to limit and prevent spread of the virus. All employees, vendors, visitors and residents/patients perform a Wellness and Travel screen upon entrance to the community. Employees and residents/patients receive reminders about hand hygiene, social distancing and symptoms. All residents are screened for symptoms during each shift. Residents/patients with respiratory or other COVID-19 symptoms are isolated according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Physician consultations are increased to review the resident/patient’s symptoms. When advised, the resident/patient is discharged to the hospital for care. Indoor visits are prohibited. Employees who test positive follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation.

February 22, 2021

On Monday, Feb. 22, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. On Monday, Feb. 22, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware two employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

February 15, 2021

On Monday, Feb. 15, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware four employees had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

February 5, 2021

On Friday, February 5,  Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one resident  had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

February 3, 2021

On Wednesday, February 3, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one resident  had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

January 26, 2021

On Monday, January 25, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). On Tuesday, January 26, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one resident had tested postive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

January 22, 2021

On Thursday, January 21, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware two employees and one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. On Friday, January 22, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines

January 20, 2021

On Wednesday, January 20, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee and one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

January 19, 2021

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware three residents had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

January 15, 2021

On Friday, January 15, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

January 13, 2021

On Tuesday, January 12, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.    

January 12, 2021

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware two residentsand one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.   

January 9, 2021

On Saturday, Jan. 9, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware two residents had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

January 8, 2021

On Friday, Jan. 8, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware four residents and one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

On Friday, Jan. 8, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware two employees had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

January 7, 2021

On Thursday, January 7, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware four residents had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

January 6, 2021

On Tuesday, January 5, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware four residents and one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

On Tuesday, January 5, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware five residents had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). On Wednesday, January 6, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware two employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).  This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

January 5, 2021

On Monday, January 4, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

January 1, 2021

On Thursday, Dec. 31 Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware twelve residentand three employees had tested positive for COVID-19This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

December 30, 2020

On Wednesday, Dec. 30 Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware seven residents and two employees had tested positive for COVID-19This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

December 29, 2020

On TuesdayDec. 29, Sam Swope Care Center  was made aware two residents had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.   

December 28, 2020

On SundayDec. 27, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

December 26, 2020

On Saturday, Dec. 26 Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one resident had tested positive for COVID-19This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

Weekly resident testing for COVID will resume at Masonic Home Shelbyville. 

December 24, 2020

On ThursdayDec. 24, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.      

December 23, 2020

On Tuesday, Dec. 22 , Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee and one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

December 16, 2020

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee and one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

December 15, 2020

On MondayDec. 14, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

December 14, 2020

Masonic Homes Kentucky received notification that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine would be administered to front line staff starting next week. Read this Fact Sheet for information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

December 10, 2020

On WednesdayDec. 9, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and on Thursday, Dec. 10, one employee had tested positive. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

December 7, 2020

On SundayDec. 6, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

December 2, 2020

On TuesdayDec. 1, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and four residents reported symptoms within the past 72 hours. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident has tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

December 1, 2020

On Monday, Nov. 30Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

November 30, 2020

On Sunday, Nov. 29, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

November 27, 2020

On Friday, Nov. 27, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident and one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.  

November 26, 2020

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware three employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.   

November 24, 2020

On Monday, Nov. 22, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, it was made aware one employee had tested positive. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.    

November 23, 2020

On Sunday, Nov. 22, Masonic Home Shelbyville had three residents with signs and symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and was made aware one resident/patient had tested positive for COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

November 21, 2020

On Friday, Nov. 20, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

November 14, 2020

On Saturday, Nov. 14, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Two residents and one employee have reported symptoms within the last 72 hours. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

November 13, 2020

On Thursday, Nov. 12, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

November 11, 2020

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware two employees and five residents had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

November 10, 2020

On Monday, Nov. 9, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee and one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.    

November 9, 2020

On Monday, Nov. 9Masonic Home Shelbyville has had three employees report as having signs and symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

November 6, 2020

On Thursday, Nov. 5, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware two residents had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).  This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.    

November 4, 2020

On Tuesday, Nov. 3 and Wednesday, Nov. 4, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware  four residents and two employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).  This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

November 3, 2020

On Monday Nov. 2Sam Swope Care Center  was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. On Monday, Nov. 2Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

November 1, 2020

On Saturday, Oct. 31Sam Swope Care Center was made aware two employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

October 30, 2020

On Thursday, Oct. 29, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

October 29, 2020

On Thursday, Oct. 29Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware two residents had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.   

October 28, 2020

On Wednesday, Oct. 28Sam Swope Care Center was made aware two residents had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

October 24, 2020

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

October 23, 2020

On Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee and one resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.    

October 17, 2020

On Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident and one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.     

October 15, 2020

On Wednesday, Oct. 14 and Thursday, Oct. 15, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware two employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

October 12, 2020

On SundayOct. 11Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident and three employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.    

October 11, 2020

On SaturdayOct. 10Sam Swope Care Center was made aware oneemployee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.    

October 10, 2020

On FridayOct. 9Sam Swope Care Center was made aware oneemployee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.   

October 6, 2020

On MondayOct. 5Sam Swope Care Center was made aware oneresident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.    

October 3, 2020

On Friday, Oct. 2, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

September 28, 2020

On Sunday, Sept. 27, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware two employees and two residents had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

September 21, 2020

On Monday Sept. 21Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.    

September 19, 2020

On Friday, Sept. 18, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware three employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.   

September 16, 2020

Sam Swope Care Center was made aware an employee tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) each day on September 3, 5, and 10. A total of three employees have tested positive to date in September. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. This report includes corrections to the September 6 notice. 

August 27, 2020

On Wednesday, August 26, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.  

August 20, 2020

On Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20, Sam Swope Care Center was made awaretwo employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.   

August 16, 2020

On Sunday, August 16, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one resident/patient had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) while at the hospital. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

August 15, 2020

On Saturday, August 15, Sam Swope Care Center was made awareone employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.  

August 10, 2020

On Sunday, August 9, Sam Swope Care Center was made awaretwo employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.  

August 3, 2020

On Monday, August 3, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made awaretwo employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.  

July 29, 2020

On Wednesday, July 29, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

July 24, 2020

On Friday, July 24, Sam Swope Care Center  was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.  

July 20, 2020

On Monday, July 20, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware two employees have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

July 13, 2020

On Sunday, July 12 and Monday, July 13, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one resident and one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

July 10, 2020

On Friday, July 10,  Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware an employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

July 8, 2020

On Wednesday, July 8, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware a resident had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

July 7, 2020

On Tuesday, July 7, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware two employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

July 4, 2020

As of Friday, July 3, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee and three residents had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

July 3, 2020

We have looked forward to the day we could share our plans to bring back the services that make Masonic unique; from group activities and communal dining to family visits.  

The guidelines we must follow are outlined by the Office of Inspector General, Department of Aging and Independent Living and Governor Beshear. It is important to remember, as we work toward reopening, things will look a little different. However, our commitment to those we serve remains the same.  

Our campuses, with various communities are unique settings. Therefore, we have created guidelines specific to each of our communities*. As we move forward, these guidelines may change and we will work quickly to keep you informed. To view our current plan, click on the community below: 

Meadow Active Lifestyle Community

Miralea Active Lifestyle Community 

Village Active Lifestyle Community

Grove Pointe Assisted Living Community

Crescent Grove Memory & Personal Care Community

*Sam Swope Care Center and Masonic Home Shelbyville, including Pillars Assisted Living and Personal Care, are currently closed to visitors in accordance to safety guidelines. We are working on a plan for when these communities and will share information as it is available. 

As of Thursday, July 2, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware five residents had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)There are three residents/patients within the community experiencing respiratory symptoms within a 72-hour period. Please be advised, respiratory symptoms do not necessarily mean the employee or resident/patient has active COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

July 2, 2020

As of Wednesday, July 1, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware that two employees and three residents had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

June 30, 2020

As of Monday, June 29, Masonic Home Shelbyville has been made aware that one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). There are three residents/patients within the community experiencing respiratory symptoms within a 72-hour period. Please be advised, respiratory symptoms do not necessarily mean the employee or resident/patient has active COVID-19. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

June 29, 2020

Governor Andy Beshear announced Friday that visitation, communal dining, and group activities will soon be permitted. Masonic Homes Kentucky is glad to have received new guidance on how we can safely allow residents/patient connect with their loved ones. We are working toward a plan to open our communities in accordance with the guidelines established by the Governor, Office of Inspector General and Department of Aging and Independent Living. Our goal is to allow visitation beginning Monday, July 6 at Crescent Grove, Grove Pointe, Meadow, Miralea and Village. Additional details about visitation at these communities will be posted here later this week. At this time, Sam Swope Care Center and Masonic Home Shelbyville, including Pillars Assisted Living and Personal Care, will not be opening to visitors by July 6. Per these new guidelines, any community with COVID-positive cases among residents/patients or employees within the last 28 days are not permitted for visitation. Thank you for your patience. We understand the importance of reuniting residents with their loved ones.

June 28, 2020

On Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware three employees and two residents/patients had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

June 26, 2020

On Friday, June 26, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware one employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

June 25, 2020

On Wednesday, June 24, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware a resident/patient had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Six employees have tested positiveThis information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

June 24, 2020

On Wednesday, June 24, Masonic’s Sam Swope Care Center was made aware that four residents/patients and two employees had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. *This information was revised on June 25 to correct the number of reported cases among employees from three to two cases.

June 23, 2020

On Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23, Sam Swope Care Center residents/patients and employees participated in a state-wide effort to test all nursing home residents and staff for COVID-19. The laboratory, Gravity Diagnostics, is processing a mass quantity of tests from all over the state. We do not expect results for up to 72 hours. While we wait for test results, we will continue our current protocol of monitoring for symptoms among residents/patients and employees.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has contracted with Norton Healthcare to support and implement molecular nasopharyngeal (nasal) swab testing at all nursing homes in the state. We are grateful for a wonderful partnership with Norton every day, but especially appreciate their guidance during this testing process.  The entire process for assessing, testing, and management of potential positive cases has been coordinated in conjunction with the KDPH and Norton Healthcare.

Thank you to our Executive Director/Administrator Nick Cooper, Director of Nursing Mitchell Sailing, RN, Infection Control Preventionist Jessica Vest, RN, and the entire Sam Swope Care Center team for their steadfast preparation and compassion for resident/patients and their co-workers completing the tests. Their work helped ensured this process went well.

Masonic has been aggressive with measures to prevent COVID-19 on campus.  Testing does not take the place of infection control practices and social distancing, but it is a step that will give everyone peace of mind. We will continue to follow the infection control practices laid out by Centers for Disease and Infection Control (CDC), Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) and local health agencies.

If a resident/patient or employee has a positive result, we will guide them through the next steps.  We have a plan for every outcome and have worked very closely with Norton to ensure it is the right plan for our residents and our community. COVID-positive residents/patients, will be cohorted or grouped in accordance with KDPH guidelines and current community standards. We will communicate with you and your family throughout this process. For employees who test positive, we will follow the most current guidance from CDC and KDPH.

June 22, 2020

On Friday, June 19, Masonic Homes Shelbyville tested 206 residents and staff members for COVID-19 as part of the state-wide program to test all long-term care communities. The tests were conducted by UofL Health – Shelbyville Hospital and processed by UofL Health Laboratory. We began receiving results on Saturday. 

Despite the strict infection control precautions in place since early March and two deficiency-free infection control surveys performed by the Office of Inspector General, the results concluded 13 employees and 46 residents/patients tested positive for COVID-19. Therefore, 80 employees and 66 residents/patients were negative. All employees and nearly all residents who participated in the community-wide testing and received positive results were asymptomatic.

Staff who tested positive are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) guidelines. 

 In less than one week, the Masonic Home Shelbyville staff began to identify an increase in symptoms among employees and residents/patients, were alerted to an increase in cases in Shelby County, implemented increased infection control protocol and initiated and completed a community-wide testing process. The Masonic Home Shelbyville community is self-reliant and the shared passion among the employees to care for the residents and each other is evident every day. They acted quickly and responded appropriately to the unpredictable nature of the virus. Masonic anticipated a number of positive test results, and had plans in place for staffing and personal protective equipment. Our employees are committed to the care of our residents/patients and we continue to have staffing levels available to provide the best quality care. State health officials have been very complimentary of our testing process and response. 

As a community, we extend our thoughts and well wishes for a safe and speedy recovery for all the residents/patients and employees who are ill. We are grateful for a wonderful partnership with the local hospital every day, but especially appreciate their guidance during this testing process. 

Although this has been a difficult time, our unwavering commitment to resident/patient and employee well-being and safety continues. We are resilient. We appreciate the passion our employees bring to work every day and value the trust that residents/patients and their families have in us. 

Thank you to our Executive Director/Administrator Janie Cunningham, Director of Nursing and Infection Control Preventionist Kendell Stratton, RN, Human Resources Director Seth Hixon and the entire Masonic Home Shelbyville team for their steadfast preparation and compassion for residents/patients and their co-workers completing the tests. Their work helped ensure this process went well. 

Masonic has been aggressive with measures to prevent COVID-19 on campus. We were fully prepared with an equally aggressive plan for containment of potential positive cases. Testing does not take the place of infection control practices and social distancing, but it is a step that will give everyone peace of mind that asymptomatic cases are caught quickly.  

We will continue to follow the infection control practices laid out by CDC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), KDPH and local health agencies.We had a plan for every outcome and have worked very closely with UofL Health  Shelbyville Hospital to ensure it is the right plan for our residents and our community.  

June 21, 2020

On Sunday, June 21, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware 46 residents/patients had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) while at a hospital and 13 employees had tested positive. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

June 19, 2020

On Friday, June 19, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware 3 residents/patients had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) while at a hospital and 10 employees had tested positive. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

June 17, 2020

Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware a residents/patients had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) while at a hospital and five employees had tested positive. For the week of June 14-20, four Masonic Home Shelbyville residents/patients and six employees have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. 

June 15, 2020

On Monday, June 15, Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware that three residents/patients had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) while at a hospital and one employee had tested positive.

June 4, 2020

The Aquatic Center at Miralea Active Lifestyle Community reopened. View full details here.

June 3, 2020

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently conducted COVID-19 surveys at Masonic Home Shelbyville and Sam Swope Care Center, located on the Louisville Campus. We are proud to announce that both communities completed their surveys and received no deficiencies.

June 1, 2020

Masonic has updated its Reduced Restrictions to provide our Independent Living residents with information and guidelines to support the independent life you love, while also keeping the safety of everyone at Masonic in mind. View Reduced Restrictions.

May 25, 2020

Masonic’s Sam Swope Care Center was made aware a resident/patient had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) while at a hospital. 

May 14, 2020

Masonic Home Shelbyville was made aware an employee had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

May 13, 2020

Masonic’s Sam Swope Care Center was made aware a resident/patient had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) while at a hospital.

May 12, 2020

Updates for Miralea, Meadow and Village Active Lifestyle Communities:

  • Personal deliveries can only be made Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm. They may be brought to each building entrance, but visitors are not permitted to enter the building. Delivery people will be required to complete the campus Travel and Wellness Screen when they enter campus.
  • Residents will be provided a green Resident vehicle pass to display on the dashboard of their vehicle when entering campus.  Independent living residents who choose to leave campus are required to go through the Wellness and Travel screening when returning to campus.
  • Residents in our Active Lifestyle Communities are allowed to have visitors on campus for social-distancing visits, any day from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Visits must occur outside of the building. Residents and visitors must wear masks and maintain a 6 ft. distance between one another. All visitors are required to complete a Wellness and Travel screening upon entering the campus.
  • If any resident needs transportation to go to the grocery store or to run an essential errand, residents can schedule transportation through their community concierge or by calling the Village Business Office.
  • Governor Beshear issued an amended travel policy that allows the following interstate travel. Anyone traveling into and out of state, with the intent to stay longer than 24 hours, must quarantine for 14 days, unless the travel is to provide a critical service. Restrictions do not pertain to anyone who lives in one state and works in another.  International travel is still prohibited. Anyone traveling back to the states must quarantine for 14 days in their residency.

Updates for Sam Swope Care Center, Crescent Grove Memory & Personal Care, Grove Pointe and Masonic Home Shelbyville:

  • Masonic is making arrangements to accommodate window visits for Louisville Campus residents. Visits will be set up by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 pm. Only two visitors are allowed, and to ensure we can accommodate as many visits as possible, residents are allowed to schedule only one visit per month. Residents in isolation cannot participate in window visits. We are working on a scheduling system for appointments. All Louisville Campus visitors will be required to complete a Wellness and Travel screening upon entering the campus. All visitors must provide and wear a cloth or medical-grade mask during the visit. All visitors must distance at least 10 feet from the resident/patient. Windows will not be open; you must bring a mobile phone to talk to the resident/patient. We are working to develop a plan for window visits at Masonic Home Shelbyville.
  • Masonic is not accepting personal deliveries to our personal care, assisted living and skilled nursing communities such as Sam Swope Care Center, Crescent Grove, Grove Pointe and Masonic Home Shelbyville. Deliveries from companies like Amazon, FedEx, UPS, Shipt, etc., will still be delivered to the Gate House and properly sanitized before being delivered to residents/patients in those communities.

May 11, 2020

Governor Beshear has recommended everyone wear medical-grade or cloth masks in public. Masonic requires all residents/patients to wear masks in common areas of the community.

May 8, 2020

Safe social distancing  Mother’s Day visits permitted 

Sam Swope Care Center, Grove Pointe and Crescent Grove

Due to information provided by Office of Inspector General and Department of Aging and Independent Living today at 8 am, Masonic is making arrangements to accommodate window visits for Louisville Campus residents/patients beginning Saturday, May 9. Grove Pointe visits will be porch visits. 

There will be a limited number of visits available per household/community on each Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. A maximum of two individuals can visit each resident/patient. You may schedule these visits by calling 502.340.2390 from 8 am to 9 pm. They are scheduled first-come, first-served.  

Visits will be monitored and strictly limited to 15-minute time slots. The timing for the visits will be at the monitor’s discretion. We suggest you arrive 45 minutes before your schedule time slot. Please be patient with our new process. We will do our best to accommodate quality visits for as many families as possible. 

All Louisville Campus visitors will be required to complete a Wellness and Travel screening upon entering the campus. All visitors must provide and wear a cloth or medical-grade mask during the visit. All visitors must distance at least 10 feet from the resident/patient. Windows will not be open; you must bring a mobile phone to talk to the resident/patient. Visitors who do not comply with guidelines for safe window and porch visitation or deliveries will be asked to leave campus. 

 If you plan to make a Mother’s Day delivery while on campus, the delivery will only be accepted at designated drop-off areas at the community entrance, and only after your window visit. Only one delivery will be allowed per resident/patient. 

Any residents/patients in isolation will not be able to participate in window visits, but Mother’s Day deliveries will be permitted. If you need to schedule a Virtual Visit for these residents, please do so by contacting community Life Enrichment staff. 

Window visit opportunities will available going forward. Procedures for scheduling a window visit after this weekend will be determined and shared early next week. 

Meadow, Miralea and Village

Due to information provided by Department of Aging and Independent Living today at 8 am, Masonic is making arrangements to accommodate outdoor visits for Louisville Campus independent living residents on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10.

Visits on Saturday and Sunday are limited from 9 am to 5 pm. A maximum of two individuals can visit the residents of each apartment/home.

Visits will be monitored and strictly limited to 15-minutes. Please be patient with our new process. We will do our best to accommodate quality visits for as many families as possible.

All Louisville Campus visitors will be required to complete a Wellness and Travel screening upon entering the campus. All visitors must provide and wear a cloth or medical-grade mask during the visit. All visitors must distance at least 6 feet from the resident. Visitors who do not comply with guidelines for visitation or deliveries will be asked to leave campus.

If you plan to make a Mother’s Day delivery while on campus, the delivery may be left at the building entrance. Please notify the resident of your delivery. No visitors are permitted inside the building.

Procedures for future visitation will be determined and shared early next week.

Mother’s Day deliveries permitted at Louisville Campus

Due to information provided by Office of Inspector General and the Department of Aging and Independent Living today at 8 am, Masonic is permitting Mother’s Day deliveries on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 from 9 am to 5 pm. Mother’s Day deliveries are allowed for any resident. Deliveries must be left at each building’s entrance. Visitors are not permitted in buildings. All Louisville Campus visitors and delivery personnel will be required to complete a Wellness and Travel screening upon entering the campus. 

CMS Notification

On Thursday, May 7, Masonic’s Sam Swope Care Center was made aware a resident/patient had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) while at a hospital.  For the week of May 3-9, three Sam Swope Care Center residents/patients have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) while at a hospital. On Friday, May 8, Sam Swope Care Center was made aware that three employees have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

May 5, 2020

Masonic’s Sam Swope Care Center was made aware a resident/patient had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) while at a hospital. For the week of May 3-9, two Sam Swope Care Center residents/patients have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) while at a hospital. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

May 4, 2020

Masonic’s Sam Swope Care Center has been made aware one resident/patient has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) while at a hospital. This information is reported in accordance to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.

May 1, 2020

  • Masonic is required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to notify residents/patients in our skilled nursing and personal care communities and designated family members, where applicable:  if there are three or more residents/patients or employees in their community who are experiencing respiratory symptoms within a 72-hour period and/or if Masonic has received notification of an employee or resident/patient in their community having tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Updates on implementation of reduced restrictions for independent living residents regarding items such as deliveries and essential errands. View the full reduced restrictions update here.

April 30, 2020

Employees are no longer restricted from leaving campus during their shifts. Please remember that unnecessary trips to and from your community may provide opportunities for exposure.

CDC expands symptoms for COVID-19

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released additional symptoms that could be related to COVID-19. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Original Symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat. The following new symptoms must accompany a fever: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, loss or taste or smell. The new symptoms have been added to the Wellness and Travel screen. All employees and residents/patients are asked to self-monitor for symptoms.

April 21, 2020

  • Meadow, Miralea and Village Active Lifestyle residents are encouraged to wear medical-grade or cloth masks in common areas of the communities. Cloth masks will be provided to residents if they are available.
  • Employees are now required to wear medical-grade or cloths masks in the kitchen and common areas. They are allowed to bring and wear their own masks or use cloth masks provided by Masonic. Sam Swope Care Center, Crescent Grove. Grove Pointe and Masonic Home Shelbyville residents must wear medical-grade masks whenever they are outside their rooms. Employees are required to wear provided medical-grade face masks at all times. Cloth masks must be laundered every day. Medical-grade face masks may be worn up to five days.

April 4, 2020

  • The only allowable deliveries will be prescription medications and medically necessary supplies. We will also permit a one-time delivery of limited items for each new admission to our health care centers. If you have specific needs or requests for accommodations, please discuss these needs with your community’s executive director.
  •  Our maintenance and information technology staff will only perform emergency work requests. This precaution will reduce any unnecessary visits to your room and home.
  •  A new option for housekeeping services in our independent living communities (Meadow, Miralea, Village) will be provided with more details to come.

March 20, 2020

  • Residents are encouraged to remain on campus. Residents who travel off campus, for any reason other than a doctor’s visit, will be required to self-quarantine off campus for 14 days. The resident must provide a note from their physician upon their return.
  • The U.S. Post Office on the Louisville Campus remains open, but all customers must complete a Wellness and Travel Screening and must enter through the main entrance. They have, of course, had a drop in business and their hours may change.
  • Campus mail will be sanitized and delivered to individual residents or community mailboxes with a minimal delay.
  • Meal delivery services and any needed groceries will be provided by each community. Restaurant or personal meal deliveries will not be permitted. All general groceries or other personal/household deliveries – not specific to the individual – will be considered donated supplies and will contributed to campus operations.
  • All deliveries to campus (including UPS, FedEx and Amazon) will be collected at the Gate House by Security. It will be sanitized and delivered to your individual residence. Grocery items will be provided by each community. Outside deliveries for individual residents – including meals and groceries – will not be permitted.
  • Free laundry services will be available for all residents, including personal items. Personal laundry drop offs will no longer be accepted. We know this is a big responsibility. We are preparing to meet the demand. Communities with coin laundry facilities, will have no charge for use of these machines.
  • Prescription deliveries will be sanitized and delivered to individual residents. Please call your community’s executive director to arrange for Masonic to pick-up prescriptions at your pharmacy. You are encouraged to request a 30 day or more fill of any needed medications. Many insurance providers are allowing multi-month and more immediate refills because of COVID-19.
  • All vendor deliveries for community provisions – food, household items, office and medical supplies – will be delivered to the exterior community door or loading dock and we will bring it into the community.
  • New admissions to our health care centers and new move-ins to our independent living communities will be permitted, following a Wellness and Travel screening.
  • Recreational walkers, biker riders and dog walkers — who are not employees or residents – will be temporarily prohibited from using our campus. If you need to make arrangements for your pets, please contact your community executive director.
  • Rehabilitation therapy services will temporally close for off-campus outpatient guests.
  • Access to the Corporate Resource Center is restricted. Accommodations have been made for most corporate support staff to work from home. Phone calls to corporate will be redirected to an offsite employee.

March 16, 2020

  • Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Masonic is implementing additional wellness and travel screening measures beginning Monday, March 16. Any individuals entering our campuses, including residents, will be screened for temperature, specific symptoms (cough, shortness of breath and sore throat), and recent travel.
  • At the Louisville Campus, we have established a screening checkpoint during times of higher traffic. Follow the signs posted on campus. If the checkpoint is not open, you will be screened at the Gate House. In Shelbyville, the screening will be performed at the front desk of the Main Entrance. Below is a list of other precautions we have implemented.

March 15, 2020

  • Continual monitoring of recommendations and regulations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kentucky Department of Public Health, and other health care, government and industry regulators
  • Re-educated staff and vendors about the importance of hand hygiene and safe, social distancing
  • Suspended all resident life-enrichment and other gatherings
  • Wellness and Travel screening for employees and vendors, with increased measures implemented on Monday
  • Coordinated with local restaurants to more safely deliver meals on campus
  • Directing nonessential operational meetings to an offsite location or teleconference
  • Identified backup staff for all key positions including security and maintenance
  • Instructed community executive directors to notify corporate of any employee facing challenges at home including accommodations for time off, especially if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19
  • Twice daily conference calls and once daily calls with corporate and community leadership to address COVID-19 response
  • Staggered office hours of essential corporate staff and maintaining separation of executive directors to reducing the risk of exposure and future operational breakdowns
  • Created accommodations for employees with school-age children by offering sitter services managed by certified, local teachers