In April 2020, Providence Life Services announced that a COVID-19 Recovery Unit opened at the Providence Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Downers Grove.
The purpose of this Recovery Unit is to assist our local community by freeing up acute care beds in area hospitals so that they can continue to care for the sickest patients. This service sets us apart from every other skilled nursing facility in the area. Providence Life Services is doing our part in the fight against the pandemic by accepting transfers of low-acuity, COVID-19 positive, older adult patients to our facility, where they can continue to recover and receive rehabilitation before returning home. To date, we have served over 400 patients from 4 different states.
The COVID Recovery Unit is a distinct wing of the Providence Downers Grove building, which houses 14 private, isolation rooms. Most patients will arrive by ambulance after being discharged from area hospitals. Many of them will have underlying chronic medical conditions and will need additional time to recuperate, but do not require the higher level of care and resources of an acute care hospital. Patients requiring a ventilator are not candidates for the COVID Recovery Unit.
The unit has a separate building entrance, and has been sealed with a zip wall to secure the wing from the rest of the facility. A trained, designated care team including nurses, CNAs, and respiratory therapists, as well as pulmonology and infectious disease physicians will treat these patients. In compliance with all guidelines published by the Centers of Disease and Prevention Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health, all staff members will be thoroughly screened before and during each shift for COVID-19 symptoms. Providence currently has personal protective equipment (including N95 and surgical masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves) and other essential resources to care for these patients and protect our staff members.
Should the need arise, residents of Providence Downers Grove and other Providence Life Services communities will have priority access, but many patients will be residents of the community at large.
Providence Downers Grove continues to enact precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of all our residents and staff. Visitors are allowed by appointment only, and all visitors must complete a health screening upon entrance and wear a mask at all times during the visit. Meals take place in our dining room in small groups, socially distanced. And our activities and Life Enrichment programs have been modified to adhere to social distancing guidelines. We require all building staff not working in the COVID Recovery Unit to wear cloth face masks, and require our residents to do the same.
For more information about Providence’s COVID-19 Recovery Unit, please contact 630-969-2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for all of your support and prayers for our ministry and those we have the privilege to serve.