Communication:

7-30-2020 COVID NUMBERS TO DATE:

  • 61 residents tested positive;     2 in the hospital;     8 deaths                                                                                  Of the 61,39 are no longer considered active cases.  Total active = 22

  • 23 employees tested positive.10 are no longer considered active cases.  Total active = 13

    The referral of positive cases moving from “active” to “no longer active” is tied to their contagion period.   This facility now uses the CDC guidelines of a 10 day period from the onset of symptoms and date of positive test.  This does not mean the resident is without symptoms.  The affects of the virus can last for weeks or months, dependent on individual COVID severity, prior medical conditions or other factors.   

7-29-2020 COVID NUMBERS TO DATE:

  • 61 residents tested positive;     3 in the hospital;     8 deaths                                                                                  Of the 61, 13 are no longer considered active cases.

  • 23 employees tested positive, 8 are no longer considered active cases.

7-28-2020 COVID NUMBERS TO DATE:

  • 61 residents tested positive;     3 in the hospital;     7 deaths                                                                                  Of the 61, 12 are no longer considered active cases.     Of the 17 employees, 8 are no longer considered active cases. 

As we have reviewed our procedures and steps taken once the first COVID case began July 3rd,  we are painfully aware that we were not able to stop the spread, but only slow the process.  We now understand the term “flatten the curve” as that is what it seems our procedures did.  Even though the spread appeared fast, it did move over the period of 3 weeks, at a rate that we were able to manage.  Had every resident in the facility gotten it at the same time, we could have been easily overwhelmed.  The same applies to staff.  They became infected over the 3 weeks, which allowed us the time to establish different work schedules, as well as time for others to recover and return to work.   Our facility only has 2 residents that are considered negative now, and they are being individually isolated.  The next couple of weeks will be the difficult process of maintaining fluids and assisting each resident in fighting their personal battle with the virus since it affects each resident so differently.  For many, it has exacerbated their underlying medical conditions besides adding the affects of the virus.  

As some residents are beginning to gain in strength, we remind you that we do have the tented area to encourage family visitation with residents through the window.  We still need the distancing in order to not affect you, the visitor. 

We appreciate the community’s continued prayers.  You have been a tremendous support to staff in so many ways.  We ask that you say a special prayer for our families that have lost loved ones in these past weeks.

Proverbs 3:5-6      

7-24-2020 COVID NUMBERS TO DATE:

  • 51 residents tested positive.  1 admitted to the hospital.  1 discharged from the hospital. 

Administrator’s Comments:  Our biggest frustration through this whole process is the lack of testing assistance from the Texas Health and Human Services.  The facility-wide testing they did one time months ago was to develop a “base-line” evaluation for their purposes.  We all tested negative at that time.  No testing has been made available when we needed it most – once we developed our first COVID cases.  Had we known they would not be helping in testing, we would have initiated a contract with a lab sooner, as well as started testing sooner after the first positive employee.   We continued to hear on the national news that testing would be provided for anyone that wanted it; made available to nursing homes; free to all.  None of that has been true. 

I realize now we could have chosen not to test, then we wouldn’t have had any positive cases to report – other than the staff that tested themselves at their doctor’s office.  If our focus had been to protect our reputation rather than the health of our residents, we would not have done our own testing.  Self testing is not required by regulation.   So the next time you hear “authorities” are testing in nursing homes, you can be assured it is the authorities of the facility – not that of our state’s health department. 

7-23-2020  The CDC has moved to a non-test based strategy when removing a resident from transmission considerations.  With that in mind, we will assume all residents are no longer considered contagious after 20 days from a positive test date.  The 20 day guidance is for severe to critical illness and/or immunocompromised residents and staff. 

COVID NUMBERS TO DATE:   

  • 46 residents tested positive.  Of those, 6 have died, 1 is no longer active, and 2 are in the hospital.  Active cases to date = 39

  • 17 staff tested positive.  Of those, 4 are no longer active.  Active cases to date = 13  

While we are compiling a list of volunteers, at the present we are not seeking volunteer help to work inside the facility.  We only ask help in picking up and dropping off supplies, lab, or shopping from Lubbock, Plainview and Littlefield.  This will help free up our staff to assist in other departments within the facility.  

7-22-2020 COVID NOTIFICATION – Numbers to date are 44 residents, 17 staff, 6 deaths and 2 hospitalized.  We are re-testing some residents today that have requested to re-test following completion of their 17 days, to see if they are now testing negative.   

An air purification system has been set up in the facility by GENESIS AIR.  This system provides air purification through a process called photocatalytic oxidation.  Different from air filtration, this process decomposes the cells in airborne contaminates such as bacteria cells, mold spores, and viruses.  The titanium dioxide photocatalyst has been found to be more effective than any other antibacterial agent. Generally speaking, conversions by titanium dioxide are three times stronger than chlorine and 1.5 times stronger than ozone.

With many staff out, we are seeking those interested in employment or volunteering, in all departments of the facility. 

7-19-2020 COVID NOTIFICATION – Numbers to date are 42 residents, 15 staff and 4 deaths.  Of the 42 residents, 10 have gone the full 14 days and are considered moving toward recovery.  3 staff have recovered and will hopefully be back at work this week.  We have been keeping families notified of residents whose conditions are becoming more severe, but realizing that leaves many “out of the loop” if they are stable yet still actively covid.  We are trying to set up a system in which to notify families on a daily basis( if possible) of medical conditions.   Limited staff has also hampered nurses’ ability to take phone calls. We know loved ones need to know and we want them to stay up-to-date on conditions.  Bear with us.  If families will designate one member to call then forward the information to other family members, that would be helpful.  A good source of communication is also email or text.  Please call with email addresses.  God’s presence and prayers are being felt.  

7-17-2020 COVID NOTIFICATION – COVID numbers to date:  37 active; 1 recovered; 4 deaths; 10 positive employees.  As positive residents are moved to an isolation hall, visiting outside room windows is made available for families and friends.  If a resident begins to significantly decline, responsible parties and families are allowed visitation.  Visitation with a COVID positive resident, involves realizing the risks involved and is totally at the discretion of the family.  The facility will provide all necessary PPE.  All COVID positive residents are isolated to COVID-only halls with designated staff isolating to those halls as well.  Please continue to hold our residents, staff and families in your prayers. 

7-16-2020 COVID NOTIFICATION – COVID numbers to date:  23 active; 1 recovered; 4 deaths.  Testing done daily on any new suspected signs and symptoms.

7-15-2020  Region 1 Epidemiology Response Team came to the facility following the recent COVID outbreak report.  Their visit involved surveillance and response of the infectious disease outbreak for the purpose of conducting an epidemiological investigation, rapid needs assessment, as well as response training.  The facility’s infection procedures were reviewed with a detailed focus on the two isolation areas the facility has established for COVID positive residents.  The facility was very encouraged on the evaluation of steps taken.  Additional adjustments and changes are being considered on a more long-term approach of the COVID pandemic, and its affects on every-day duties and resident life in the “new normal”.  One resident is considered recovered, with 19 residents still in the active category.

7-14-2020 COVID NOTIFICATION – One resident died 7-13-20, bringing the COVID deaths to two.  COVID testing has been completed on all residents and almost all staff.  Testing provided by the Health Department for facility-wide nursing homes was provided in May, of which all tested negative.  The most recent COVID testing has been facility initiated due to two employees testing positive, which soon led to several residents demonstrating symptoms.  Our need to seek out our own testing supplies and lab was initiated by a desire to determine whether residents or staff were COVID positive.  Without that information, we could not provide the proper care for the symptoms demonstrated, as well as protection for those testing negative.  With this information in hand, we are more able to evaluate the care of each resident.  It is up to each resident and responsible party as to whether they choose to be hospitalized, or stay in the facility for their COVID medical care.  Each medical situation is different and individualized.  Each is a personal choice of which we respect and follow to the best of our ability.  We continue to have residents and staff fighting a hard battle.  Please continue to pray for them.

Full-Time Maintenance Supervisor position available.  Maintenance experience required.  Call (806)285-2677 for application or go to EMPLOYMENT section of this website and print out application.

7-13-2020 COVID NOTIFICATION – Total COVID positive residents are 22.  Total COVID positive staff are 8.  1 resident died 7-12-20.  The facility acquired Germ Blasters for facility disinfection and cleaning today.  Every room in the facility was treated including resident rooms, common areas and work areas.  A recent FaceBook post stated in error that the facility was in desperate need of hydration products.  This is not correct.  While residents are difficult to keep hydrated due to the covid disease, supplies and products are not at a shortage.  We always appreciate donations of all kinds, but please be assured we have ample supplies and will always ensure that our residents have what they need to stay hydrated.

7-10-20 COVID NOTIFICATION – 2 additional residents have tested positive, bringing the total to date to 20 residents, with positive staff remaining at 7.  30% or residents and 7% of staff have tested positive for the covid-19 virus. Responsible parties have been notified. 

Monday, an environmental infection control contractor will come to disinfect the entire facility.  This will be done in shifts, taking residents out of their rooms for approximately 30 minutes while their rooms are disinfected.  Common areas and staff work areas will be disinfected as well. 

7-9-20 COVID NOTIFICATION – Total residents to date is 18, with 7 direct-care staff;  4 of those residents remain asymptomatic.   We have re-arranged the facility to create a wing for strictly covid residents with care provided by covid assigned staff.  Our goal is to contain the virus to one area and protect those residents testing negative.  I would like to thank the staff!  So many have stepped up to the challenge and are going above and beyond!  Also, all those working the covid area volunteered for the position.  High praise also goes to our county’s Emergency Management team that have provided N95 masks, gowns and face shields!  Proforma had donated 1,000 N95 masks early during the pandemic, which certainly helped us get past the first 100 days without infection!  We feel fortunate to not have run out of PPE supplies at any time during this crisis.  We are currently awaiting covid testing results of the remaining 25 residents in the facility.  Results are not expected to be in until Friday morning.  Responsible parties will be immediately contacted if any of those should test positive. 

7-7-20 COVID NOTIFICATION – As of 5pm today, the facility has 13 additional residents testing positive and 3 employees, bring the total of positive COVID-19 cases to 5 employees and 14 residents.  Responsible parties have been notified.  Due to the rapid rate of infection, we will be testing the remaining facility residents and staff to determine where to better focus the isolation and spread of the infection, and due to the asymptomatic properties of the infection.  I have been asked how the community can help.  As of today, we are still fully staffed and able to maintain the level of care necessary.  However, I would like to be prepared for future days, in the event more staff become sick and we become short staffed.  I would like to develop a list of potential volunteers, should staffing become overburdened and resident care be compromised.  Duties can be anything from passing meal trays to assisting in housekeeping, laundry, dietary or resident care.  We will fit the task to the volunteer’s comfort and skill level.  Hopefully – this avenue will not be necessary but it would be nice to have a potential list to relieve the anxiety of potential future concerns.  Thank you community, families and friends.  You have always been our solid rock and we appreciate your continued prayers.  —-Sincerely, Dona Kelley Thompson, Administrator

7-3-20 COVID NOTIFICATION – This post is to serve as official notice that Runningwater Draw Care Center has a second employee that received a positive COVID-19 test and notified the facility at 5:30pm on 7-2-20.  The employee lives in Plainview.   The facility has one resident, a secured unit (Periwinkle) resident, that has tested positive for COVID today. Their responsible party has been notified.  All residents in the Periwinkle secured unit are isolated to the unit and will be monitored for signs and symptoms.  We have increased isolation procedures, as well as staffing strictly to the unit and not co-mingling staff with the rest of the facility.  Please continue to keep our residents and staff in your prayers during this time.  We will continue to use this site to keep everyone updated.  VISITATION by way of window and tent are still being offered and scheduled for residents not in the secured unit, by calling                    806-240-5469.

7-2-20 COVID NOTIFICATION – This post is to serve as official notice that Runningwater Draw Care Center has an employee that received a positive COVID-19 test and notified the facility at 4pm 7-1-20.  The employee wore a mask the entirety of their last shift worked on 6-28-20, but did provide direct care to residents during that shift.  The employee does not live in Olton.  We will continue to follow all infection control procedures as well as monitor residents and staff for signs and symptoms.   

6-30-20 – VISITATION

We are trying to create an area where families can visit with residents with ease of hearing and seeing, yet remain 6 feet apart.  Due to COVID restrictions as well as recent positive cases in Olton, we are still not allowing visitors in the facility.  We will begin scheduling an area, using an empty resident room, a screened window with 6′ distance barrier and shaded area for visitors.   Visitors will need to wear a mask, check in and be screened at the front door. 

Guidelines are as follows:

*Call (806)240-5469 starting July 1st.  Phone-in scheduling will be available 7 days a week from 9am-5pm. 

*Masks must be worn the entirety of the visit by all visitors.  

*No limit to the number present to visit at any one time.

*Time of visitation limited to not longer than 1 hour.    

*Call the number listed above for more questions.   

Thank You    

6-26-20

Our facility has been experimenting with different ways to provide visitation of residents that will still keep everyone safe.  We will be opening up one area for visitation starting July 1, with different ideas coming later.  For those interested, it requires you schedule a time to visit.  Starting Wednesday, July 1st, please call (806) 240-5469 for scheduling.  Visitation will be 7 days a week from 9am-5pm.  The new phone line will not be available until Wednesday morning on the 1st. 

Thank You

4-6-20

CMS guidance issued Apr. 2 states that for the duration of the state of emergency all

NF personnel should wear a facemask while they are in the facility.

 

3-30-20

For safety and prevention of COVID-19, our facility will keep the doors locked to anyone entering.  Vendors and others needing assistance can call or use the door bell for assistance.  Only essential staff will continue to work and be screened at the beginning of all shifts.  Screening involves questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms and exposure, as well as temperatures.   

Families and friends – please stay in contact with residents through Skype, FaceTime, Facebook, Duo or other social media sources.  We can assist if you need help setting up your phone with the appropriate app to be able to do so.   We can also assist in you seeing and visiting between closed glass windows and doors.  Just let us know and we will help set that up.  Cards, letters and art work are also appreciated. 

Thank you for helping us with supplies.  At the present, we have what we need and have found sources that hopefully will be helping us re-stock within the week.  We appreciate all you do for our residents and our staff!  Stay safe Olton!

3-20-20

Our facility is requesting supplies from anyone that may have extras.  We have not been able to restock due to the shortages.  We are not out yet – however see that restocking as soon as needed probably will not occur.  If anyone has the following, we would appreciate it.  We can purchase items,  and of course we appreciate all donations:  

Masks   *  Rubbing Alcohol 60% or greater   *   Aloe Vera   *   Hand Sanitizer   *   Clorox Wipes   

  • Nursing homes have now limited visitors to only those of residents at the end-of-life.
  • Communal dining has been discontinued.
  • Group activities have strict guidelines and limited numbers in a group at any a time.
  • Any residents going out-on-pass will not be allowed back into the facility until a 14-day self quarantine has occurred (specific exceptions may occur due to medical necessity)

Residents are NOT being isolated in their rooms yet.  We are hoping this will not become necessary.

Thank you for your help.

 

3-15-20

RDCC will be hiring or accepting volunteers for the position of Door Monitor starting Monday 3-16-20.  Beginning Monday, call (806)285-2677.  You may also fill out an application on this site – under the EMPLOYMENT category, then fax to (806)285-2176 or bring by the facility. 

3-13-20

While our facility is temporarily not allowing visitors at this time, there will be exceptions.  Family and/or Responsible Party are allowed visits for a limited time, when the following exist:

  • A resident is experiencing a significant medical decline;

  • A resident has been newly admitted within the last week ;

  • A resident has returned from a hospital stay within the last week; or

  • Psychosocial family visitation for residents that have potential for decline in that area.

The facility discourages residents going out on pass.  If they or their responsible party choose to do so, they are encouraged to avoid large crowds or areas where the general public go – home visitation being safer than public areas.  Please be aware of those individuals you are in contact with while out, and to what extent they are subject to potential exposure from the public .

We will try and keep this site updated as changes occur.

Thank You again, and feel free to call or email for concerns or questions.

phone: (806)285-2677         email : admin@runningwaterdraw.com

Dona Thompson, Administrator                              Marisa Eubanks, Director of Nurses

Please check CDC website for Coronavirus information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

 

3-12-20

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PROCAUTIONARY PROCEDURES IMPLEMENTED

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid and CDC have released information specific to nursing homes and assisted livings for protection from the coronavirus, COVID-19. 

The At-Risk population is 65 years and older and/or have underlying medical problems.  Prevention is most critical.  All nursing home and assisted living residents are considered HIGH-RISK.  For this reason, the following has been implemented:

  • No visitors.

  • Vendors will be screened prior to entering the facility.

  • If you have questions, call (806) 285-2677 or email admin@runningwaterdraw.com

 Thank you for your consideration and protection of our residents.

A non-profit nursing and rehab facility.

 

800 West 13th St. / PO Box 409
Olton, TX 79064
(806) 285-2677
(806) 285-2176
admin@runningwaterdraw.com

BOARD MEMBERS
Dewey Hukill, Chairman
Danny Byers, Vice Chairman
Fran Ramage, Secretary
Ashley Cox
Alan Debnam
Anita Mandrell
Mac McGill
Mark Parish
Pam Roberson
Mozelle Trotter

Services and Amenities Offered:

  • Skilled Nursing & Rehab Care
  • Long Term Care Through Medicare, Medicaid, Private Pay and Insurance
  • Sandhills Village Assisted Living – across the driveway
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapies
  • Secured Dementia Wing
  • Hospice Services
  • Auxiliary Volunteer Organization
  • Beauty and Barber Services on the premises
  • Transportation & Support Staff to and from all medical appointments
  • Housekeeping and Laundry Services
  • Private and Semi-Private Rooms