The Lutheran Home at Kane understands you may have many concerns and questions regarding COVID-19 and your loved ones. The safety of our residents and staff is our number one priority. We will do our very best to continue to keep you informed. Please check back often for updates.
09/19/2020 - Positive Employee & First Positive Resident
On Saturday, September 19, 2020, The Lutheran Home at Kane was notified of an employee and a resident testing COVID-19 positive in their latest round of weekly testing. This is the first resident to test positive at The Lutheran Home since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Positive results for both the employee and the resident have been reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The Lutheran Home immediately implemented its COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Plan moving the positive resident to the “Red Zone”. The Red Zone is a designated area for any positive or potentially positive COVID-19 resident. The resident is currently exhibiting no signs or symptoms. The positive employee is a nursing employee and will be off work for fourteen days to quarantine. This employee is also exhibiting no signs or symptoms.
The Lutheran Home will continue to follow CDC guidelines and take every precaution to ensure the virus does not spread in the building. Window visits remain the only means of visitation but windows must be kept closed at all times. Residents and staff will be tested weekly for at least the next two weeks or until 100% negative results are received for two consecutive weeks.
Staff at The Lutheran Home have successfully kept COVID-19 out of the facility for over seven months and are dedicated to continue working to keep the residents safe.
09/14/2020 - Round 2 Testing Results in 1 Positive Employee
Due to the positive employee case reported September 2, 2020, two weekly rounds of COVID testing were required. Round 1 resulted in 100% negative resident and employee results. However, the second round of testing completed on September 9th and 10th resulted in one administrative employee testing positive.
The positive employee is not working at this time, but was in the facility performing administrative duties on their last day of work which was Friday, September 11, 2020. We are continuing to follow CDC guidelines and we are taking every precaution to ensure the virus does not spread in the building.
Window visits remain the only means of visitation but windows must be kept closed at all times.
Lutheran Home at Kane residents and staff will be tested weekly for at least the next two weeks or until we receive 100% negative results for two consecutive weeks.
Our number one concern is for the safety and welfare of our residents and staff. Our staff continue to go above and beyond to keep your loved ones safe.
09/08/2020 - Testing Results of Round 1 Testing - 100% Negative
Due to the positive employee case reported September 2, 2020, testing on all residents and staff was completed by end the week and sent to the lab for processing.
All results have now been received and we are happy to report results are negative for all residents and all staff. A second round of testing is required for all residents and staff this week and will take place this Wednesday and Thursday (September 9th and 10th).
Our staff is committed to keeping our residents safe! We will remain vigilant with keeping COVID-19 out of our building!
09/03/2020 - Lutheran Home Reports First Employee Positive
The Lutheran Home at Kane is making the community aware of its first employee positive case of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Administration was informed the morning of Wednesday, September 2nd of an employee who has tested positive for the virus and actions plans were put into place immediately. The test results have been reported to the Department of Health.
The positive employee is not working at this time but was in the facility performing nursing duties on their last day of work which was August 25th, 2020. “We continue to follow CDC guidelines and we are taking every precaution to ensure the virus does not spread in the building”, said Charlotte Floravit, Nursing Home Administrator.
The COVID-19 prevention guidelines for The Lutheran Home at Kane residents remain very strict. Group activities and communal dining have once again been postponed. Those who enter the wings continue to be limited to essential staff wearing the additional proper personal protective equipment including N95 masks, face shields, gloves and gowns. We continue to follow transmission based precautions with laundry services and housekeeping. High touch areas are cleaned frequently including surfaces such as doorknobs, switches, remotes, tables, sinks, and toilets. We have enhanced infection control precautions in place. All residents and staff are screened twice daily for signs, symptoms and temperature. Residents and staff will be tested weekly moving forward. The first round of testing began the afternoon of Wednesday, September 2nd and will be completed by the end of the week.
With a positive case of the virus, the Lutheran Home goes back to stage one which includes no visitation. At this time we cannot allow outdoor or Speak Easy visits. Window visits will be the only means of visitation but windows are required to be closed at all times and visitors MUST wear a mask.
“Our number one priority is for the safety and welfare of our residents and staff. Our staff is going above and beyond to keep your loved ones safe. Employees have been diligent for the past 6 months in keeping the virus out of our building and will do everything they can to ensure the virus does not spread through the home. We appreciate your support during this very challenging time”, stated Floravit.
08/27/2020 - Outdoor Visits Now Available!
The Lutheran Home is happy to announce we are now allowing outdoor visits! An area has been designated outside the old main entrance for these visits to take place. The number of visitors is limited to two and a mask MUST be worn for the entire visit. Visitors will be seated six feet from the resident to maintain social distancing. Please call the Activities Department at 814-975-1251 to schedule an outdoor visit. We ask you call twenty-four hours prior to the date and time you would like to visit. All visitors must comply to our rules of masks and no contact with the resident. We look forward to seeing everyone!
08/12/2020 - Limited Communal Dining for Residents
The Lutheran Home is proud to announce that for the first time in months, residents are now able to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in the dining room! Dining will be limited to one wing per meal and all social distancing guidelines will be followed at all times.
07/02/2020 - Universal Testing Results
Universal COVID-19 testing was completed on all residents and all employees on June 30th and July 1st resulting in 100% negative for COVID-19. The Lutheran Home will continue to be diligent with screening, following guidelines and maintaining a safe environment for our residents and employees.
05/19/2020 - Speak Easy Visits Now Available
The Lutheran Home is proud to announce we are now offering visits with our new "Speak Easy"! The Speak Easy was built for family and friends to visit with their loved ones here at The Lutheran Home. The Speak Easy was built with plexiglass which makes it much easier to hear and see each other while keeping everyone safe during this challenging time. The Speak Easy was made possible by the monetary donation for materials from Kane VFW Post 1132 as well as volunteer builders Jeff and Austin Swanson and the LHK Maintenance crew for their time designing and building the Speak Easy. To make an appointment to see your loved one using the Speak Easy, please call the Activities Department Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm at 814-975-1252!!
05/07/2020 - No Changes for LHK as PA enters Yellow Phase
Per Governor Wolf, the state of Pennsylvania will soon be entering the “Yellow Phase” of opening businesses back up due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, this does not pertain to nursing homes. The Lutheran Home at Kane will continue to remain closed to all visitors. We will continue to follow the protocols and safeguards we have in place to maintain the safety and welfare of our residents and staff. Thank you for your cooperation and we hope to see you all soon!!
03/11/2020 - Visitors Restricted due to COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lutheran Home will be restricting all visitors until further notice. Our number one priority is to protect our residents and staff. We feel at this time it is important to limit those coming in or out of our building to essential staff only. We have put into place several protocols and safeguards to maintain the safety and welfare of our residents and staff. We appreciate your continued support during this difficult time.