Brighter Living Assisted Living Remains COVID-Free
A letter from our Member, Brighter Living in Hopewell:
"I feel compelled to write to you about the only Assisted Living facility in Hopewell which has remained Covid-19 free since the beginning of the epidemic, as of our latest test results received Friday December 18, 2020. I am Janet Basile Beaudet a resident of Brighter Living Assisted Living, going on 9 years. Marsha Sottung, the administrator, has successfully kept us Covid-19 free from day one. That is a remarkable achievement considering how many cases some Assisted Living facilities and Nursing homes have had. A couple days after the first shut down was announced, she had spent a lot of money and publicity and invited and had acceptances from many of Hopewell’s dignitaries and all the volunteers and everyone who had played any part in the success of Brighter Living Assisted Living, for our big 20th anniversary of the opening of Brighter Living Assisted Living celebration. I was sure she would ignore the shutdown and proceed with the celebration because too much work and money had already gone into the preparations and it was too late to cancel it. Even food preparations had begun. The decorations were up. Everything was in place for the party to begin. But much to my surprise, Marsha canceled it. This was something she was very excited about and really looking forward to hosting, but she put the safety of the residence. She has been very diligent in enforcing all regulations as soon as she received them from CDC or the Federal Government, or Governor, or the State of Virginia Health Department, or our local Health Department. We now must wear masks when leaving our own room. We are discouraged from going anywhere except Doctors and hospitals when necessary for our own care. If we do go anywhere else we must quarantine in our rooms for 10 days unless we show symptoms, then for 14 days. She has remodeled our building by moving all residents who were living upstairs, to apartments down stairs, then renovated the upstairs to be the Covid unit if anyone should test positive in order to keep them from passing it on to anyone else. We do not touch packages when they arrive. They stay in quarantine for 24 hours, then she opens the exterior package and destroys it and only brings us the clean contents from the inside. Our mail is left at the front of the building for 24 hours then delivered to our rooms. We may not have visitors. We may only have family and visitors deliver things to us on Tuesday or Thursday between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM and we are not allowed to go into the lobby or outside to personally greet them. The contents are handed to the nurses who bring them to our rooms. They do not allow the luggage carts or Food Lion shopping carts in our room. The laundry is now locked on weekends. Nurses wear masks at all times and clean gloves when physically doing anything to us. Marsha stays on top of everything. We cannot gather in large groups for activities. We do not have outside entertainers during Covid-19. Everyone is provided many bottles of hand sanitizer throughout the building and upon entry into the dining room or the building. We have a wall mounted thermometer for anyone entering to be sure they do not have an above normal temperature. We have now been tested 3 times, we have our temperatures taken frequently and are watched for any signs of sickness. She arranged for free testing on the outside for employees. She has done a remarkable job and should be given some type of recognition for the outstanding job she has done.
May God bless all of you and keep you safe and healthy and give you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Janet Basile Beaudet"