Masonic is taking the next step to protect the health, well-being and safety of our employees and residents. We have worked hard to stay ahead of this unpreceded time by closely monitoring and implementing recommendations from governing bodies. As of noon on Friday, March 20, 2020, we will be closing our campuses to visitors and restricting access to only those individuals and companies deemed necessary for Masonic operations.
Just as you continue to care for those we serve, we will support and help you care for the ones you love. We understand that stress levels are high, and we want to be prepared, not panicked as we implement our COVID-19 response plan. Remember, we are a community. And, communities provide support and reassurance to one another.
No Masonic residents or employees have confirmed diagnosis of or reported direct exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19).
It’s times like this that I am amazed at the level of compassion, dedication and commitment exhibited by Masonic team members like you. I have watched as more and more changes and new regulations have been communicated daily surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), and each time you have stepped up to ask what you could to help.
“Everyone has the most important job or that job wouldn’t exist.”
During a time of crisis, this quote rings truer than ever.
From working extra hours, to volunteering for additional responsibilities, you have ensured that the safety and well-being of our residents and children have remained your top priority. Your commitment to those we serve, makes it my responsibility to ensure that we are safeguarding your health and well-being, too. Masonic could not do what it does today without you, and for that, I am thankful.
When others are asked to remain at home, our team must continue to show up. When schools are canceled, our employees must find alternative care because the health of others is dependent on them. When anyone chooses a career in health care and aging care, they accept that trying times are part of the deal, but they also know the satisfaction and gratitude that comes from using their skills and talents to bring joy to others.
Here are some ways I hope we can help you.
Louisville Sitter Services
As of 6:30 pm, our Sproutlings Pediatric Day Care & Preschool will temporarily close. This includes both the typical and medically fragile services. Our sitter service is expanding to include more ages and days. Starting Saturday, our sitter services will move from Clay Hall to Sproutlings. Services will be provided for infant children to age 12. It is available seven days a week from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm for employees who need assistance during their working hours. Meals and snacks will be provided. To enroll, or for more information, contact Lauren Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502.340.2385. If you have other child care needs outside of what we are currently offering, please contact us to discuss options.
Because of Sproutlings’ temporary closing, many Sproutlings staff will provide the sitter services or other roles. We have personally met with the team to assure them that we have plenty of other important ways for them to help support the Masonic community during this time.
Shelbyville Sitter List
Masonic Home Shelbyville employees who need child care assistance should ask their managers for a sitter resource list that has been created for their community.
Providing free meals during your work hours is just one of the ways we can say thank you for your hard work and commitment. Each community will be setting up a process for providing meals to employees during their work hours. Please check with your manager for details on how this will be handled in your community.
At this time, we will be prohibiting all food delivery to campus. Staff members are asked not to leave the campus during their work hours unless it is due to a doctor’s appointment. It is your responsibility to alert your manager to any appointments, and you will be required to provide a doctor’s note prior to returning to work.
If you are sick
If you’re sick, especially if you have had NEW specific symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat), we need you to remain at home. You must contact your manager as soon as possible if you are concerned about your symptoms or cannot report to work.
– If you are exposed to someone symptomatic
Employees who have been exposed either directly or indirectly to someone who is displaying the specific symptoms of coronavirus, should self-assess before coming to work. Please continue to report to work unless you exhibit specific new symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat).
– If you are exposed to someone with a positive coronavirus diagnosis
Anyone who is exposed directly to someone with a positive coronavirus diagnosis must self-quarantine for 14 days. If you are exposed, contact your executive director immediately, and do not report to work.
For questions regarding our sick leave or how to self-assess your COVID-19 symptoms and exposure, please call our Masonic COVID-19 Hotline at 502.340.2390.
If you are in need of food or household items, please let your manager know or call our COVID-19 Compliance Hotline at 502.340.2390. Masonic will make any groceries, paper products and other necessities to employees, if we have them. Your request will be confidential.
As public transportation and ride service companies begin to modify their policies and routes, we will ensure you have a ride to and from work. If you need assistance with transportation, please call our Corporate Resource Center at 502.259.9627.
Louisville Campus Employee Drop off and Pick up
Beginning Friday, March 20, employees who are dropped off and/or picked up at work, and those who use bus transportation will need to meet their transportation at the main entrance of campus. They will complete the Wellness and Travel Screen and then be taken to their appropriate work locations by campus transportation.
Care Clinic open for care
In the midst of coronavirus (COVID-19), Care Clinic, located on the Louisville Campus, is offering same or next day appointments in a more limited setting. Care Clinic provides an alternative for medical assessment and treatment without having to leave the campus and less opportunities for exposure. It is staffed by a board-certified primary care physician who specializes in gerontology as well as licensed clinical providers. To schedule an appointment, call 502.873.2356. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 for more immediate help.
Masonic Reach Alert
Masonic has created Reach Alert groups to send urgent notices by phone, text and email. Please join the Masonic Reach Alert group by following these steps:
1. Go to reachalert.com
2. Login if you already have an account OR click ‘login’ and select ‘register’ 3. Select contact methods and choose how you prefer to be contacted, i.e. by phone call, text message or email).
4. Click ‘Join Network’
5. Type in Masonic Home as the Network Name, select it once it appears
6. Select the appropriate location/group to join
Let us know if you aren’t receiving Spotlight
Spotlight is our internal newsletter and will be a main source of communication during COVID-19. If you have not been receiving updates, please email email@example.com to be added to the email list.
Thank you for your level of commitment during these unprecedented times. Please know we are doing everything we can to make this as accommodating as possible for you and your family.
J Scott Judy
Chief Executive Officer
To visit our COVID-19 public updates and information blog, click here.
Masonic Homes Kentucky has gathered together resources to help you seek support or to continue to provide support and stay connected to your aging parents or loved ones. View the full guide here.