TSVH Update on covid-19 (coronavirus)

We know many of you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it may impact us here at Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. At this time, we don’t have any cases in our State Veterans’ Homes or offices.

In accordance with the directive from the President and Federal health officials, Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes will restrict access to all visitors, volunteers, and non-essential vendors at all TSVH facilities. These precautionary measures aim to minimize the risk of exposure to residents, families, and staff. TSVH residents are predominantly older, and many have multiple complex health conditions, making them particularly vulnerable to infection.

Effective immediately, all four Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes will take the following actions:

  • Visitation is suspended until further notice. An exception may be made for end of life situations.
  • Facility access is restricted to all volunteers and non-essential vendors
  • Staff travel between facilities is frozen for all non-essential travel
  • Outside facility trips are cancelled until further notice
  • Access to the facilities will be denied any to individuals who screen positively for symptoms
  • TSVH will not admit any resident with known exposure to the COVID-19 virus for at least 14 days post-exposure
  • Staff will not be permitted to work if they have had a known exposure to COVID-19
  • Increased environmental cleaning, including handrails and door handles
  • Staff refresher training on hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, and infection control
  • Ensuring staff are utilizing proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when appropriate

We plan to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our residents and prevent the virus from entering our facilities. Members of the TSVH leadership and clinical teams are meeting daily to monitor the situation and any changes will be communicated promptly. We are following our internal response plan, guidance from the Tennessee Department of Health, the CDC, CMS, and the VA in order to stay consistent with our partner agencies.

Family and friends are encouraged to communicate with their loved ones via telephone, email, text, video chat or social media and our staff is happy to provide assistance.

We would like to thank our staff at each facility for their hard work to ensure we continue providing the highest quality of care to our residents. We also appreciate the patience of family members and encourage them to communicate with TSVH staff to address any concerns promptly.

For the most current information about Coronavirus or COVID-19, please refer to cdc.gov or tn.gov/health.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to our executive office at 615-898-1181.

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