Coronavirus Fear: Several Lincoln senior centers banning visitors

If you have a loved one living in a senior center, it's best to call ahead and see how they're handling visitors.
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After the first coronavirus case in Nebraska, more and more senior centers in Lincoln are banning visitors and Havelock Manor is one of them.

The director personally called all of their 23 residents’ families on Friday, explaining the decision.

“The message that I have always promised my residents families is that I am going to take care of their loved one the same as I would have taken care of my own mother and father,” said Director of Operations Administrator at Havelock Manor, Janine Petracek.

Havelock Manor houses people who are on hospice and those with a lot of respiratory problems and underlying medical issues.

Petracek says the outcome of the virus could be very detrimental, stopping visitors from is just an extra precaution.

“For now, I would just rather do this and know that we’ve done our best to ensure their safety and wellness to try and keep them well,” said Petracek. “I will sleep better at night knowing that I’ve done my job.”

Many of the senior centers say the residents will be able to either call, email, FaceTime or Skype their loved ones. Exceptions will be made if a resident is in an emergency situation.

Havelock Manor relies on their outside agencies.

“Hospice and home health nurses are still required to come in so what we have done is we’ve done a visitor logs so we are logging in and out those people coming in,” said Petracek. “We have them come in and they have to wash their hands and we log a temperature on them.”

The time table as to how long the visitor ban will be in place all depends on the severity of the coronavirus. Whatever happens, Petracek says they are prepared.

“There’s not a panic here and it’s more like we’re going to do the best we can with the resources we have and we’re just going to up our game,” said Petracek.

So far, Channel 8 Eyewitness News found that the following 6 facilities in Lincoln have a visitor ban.

Pemberly Place, Sumner Place, Havelock Manor, Lancaster Rehabilitation Center, Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center, Inc. and Ambassador Health.

If you have a loved one living in a senior center, it’s best to call ahead and see how they’re handling visitors.


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