November 18, 2021
Dear Edenton Residents, Family Members and Staff;
Thank you! This week before Thanksgiving, I want to thank each of you for your support, your understanding, your help and your hard work. These past 21 months have been something. Difficult sometimes to describe the various ups and downs we have experienced as we navigated the tasks that were and continue yet before us.
How are we are celebrating Thanksgiving 2021? For many it is very differently than last year. Many people may be welcoming family and friends around dinner tables, homes as well as here to Edenton. Edenton welcomes visitors and I appreciate your willingness to continue the screening and question process for entry. Many thanks to those who have shared vaccine information and comments. COVID-19 safety is still relevant and important for us and our seniors.
For this holiday and others, we have an individual choice and a decision to make about our risk tolerance when it comes to meeting others and gathering. Many people are using vaccination, testing, masking, ventilation and distancing to increase their safety. There are many tools and efforts available to create a safe situation that is right for you and your family. Take all precautions to keep each other and our Residents safe from others if they seem unwell.
I have just a few tips to share so that we can celebrate a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
1. Frederick County is still rated as High for community transmission rates. All individuals would be safer wearing a mask indoors, when around unvaccinated, immunocompromised or ill persons. Masking indoors remains required here on Edenton’s campus.
2. Resident – if you are leaving for the day or multiple days, please let the office or your assisted living staff know of your plans. For some Residents, Edenton will need to assist with providing items for your time off campus.
3. Guests visiting Assisted Living – please reach out in advance to advise Edenton of your visits. We welcome visitors and want to make sure everyone knows how to screen and check in.
a. In room visitation is permitted while everyone wears a mask.
b. Practice good hand hygiene by using sanitizer at entry points and throughout the buildings.
4. Dining Room Reservations – Due to the current procedures that any Resident with a guest(s) are seated at separate tables, we have limited space.
a. Call soon to inquire about the potential for guests dining in the main dining area.
b. No large groups (larger than 6) can be accommodated this year.
5. Assisted Living Family and Guests – please share Edenton’s protocols with your extended family members.
a. Consider safe visiting options for younger children – outside visit if weather permits, children to wear a mask and be aided with good hand hygiene.
b. Arrange your visit and if you intend to take your family member off campus.
c. Residents will be provided with a mask when leaving the facility.
6. If you are unwell or have been around someone who is not well, reschedule your visit with the Resident. Edenton is required to follow the CDC and Maryland Health Department protocols for COVID-19 exposure and testing.
Help Edenton to continue to protect our Residents and Staff members this holiday season.
And as always, if I can answer any question or provide you with additional information, please reach out to me or another member of our team.

Happy Thanksgiving!

RaeAnn Butler

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