Resident Screening In Place

March 26, 2020 – All residents are now required to pass through screening before entering the Friends House common areas.

Screening sites are located at the side entrance to the Health Care Unit (along the Ring Road), Assisted Living, and at the main entrance to the Lobby.

The doors to the lobby will be locked, so ring the doorbell and a staff member will come to conduct the screening. The process consists of taking your temperature, checking for signs of acute respiratory distress, and answering a few questions. During off hours, the only screening stations that will be open will be the side of the Health Care Unit and Assisted Living.

Once you pass screening, you will be given a sticker to wear throughout the day showing you have passed. If you are in a commons area and do not have a sticker, you will be asked to visit a screening station.

We thank you for your understanding and compliance in our efforts to keep a safe, sanitary and Coronavirus-free campus.

Temporary Change to Housekeeping Services

March 23, 2020 – In order to provide more disinfecting of common areas and high touch surfaces throughout the campus, we will need to allocate more resources toward this effort. As a result, we will be providing housekeeping services to individual apartments BY REQUEST ONLY, until further notice.

We realize that this is yet another inconvenience and sacrifice, and we ask for your understanding, patience and cooperation as we try to maintain a Coronavirus-free campus. Our number one priority is to keep the residents and staff healthy by reducing risk of exposure.

If you would like to request housekeeping services, during this indefinite period of suspension, please call or email Emele Vere, at the front desk 573-4500, or Mathew Petersen, Executive Assistant 573-4504.

Change to Visitation

March 20, 2020 – Per California Department of Social Services, ALL visitors are restricted from the Friends House campus, including family members. Private duty caregivers are permitted contingent upon being screened before entry. The screening station is located at the left side of the building on the Ring Road.
We encourage you to visit your loved ones by phone, video or online. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

An Update to Our Community, Families and Friends

March 19, 2020 – Friends House has organized a task force consisting of staff and residents to implement the instructions from the California Department of Public Health, the Dept. of Social Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Centers for Disease Control.

At this time, we are instructed to restrict visitors to enter our Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living facilities, except in end-of-life situations. Visitors to residents in independent Living are strongly discouraged, and restricted if symptomatic of respiratory illness or fever. If one must visit an Independent Living resident, a six-foot-distance rule is in effect and all visitors must check in at the lobby for screening. If you do not pass the screening requirements, you will not be permitted to enter the facility.

Independent Living residents are encouraged to stay home and to avoid crowds and public places. Meals for IL residents are being provided in our café and are available for pick-up and delivery. Shopping for groceries, prescriptions and other essentials will be handled by staff and delivered.

All outings are canceled on the Friends House bus except for doctor’s appointments. Residents are encouraged to keep a safe, six-foot-distance from each other, especially when holding small gatherings and in common areas. It is recommended that gatherings of no more than 10 residents take place so adequate physical distancing can be maintained.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this time. Thank you and stay safe and healthy.

In the meantime, the County of Sonoma has a wealth of information and resources for those aged 60 and older and vulnerable populations at its website here.

Group Events Canceled

March 13, 2020 – All group activities for the week of March 15-22 are canceled. Please observe the six-foot social distance rule when dining in the café. This also goes for Silent Quaker Worship in the Library on Sunday and the upcoming cluster meetings. Please do not attend if you have symptoms of respiratory distress – coughing, sneezing, fever, etc.

Quaker Tea Canceled

March 12, 2020 – It is with sadness that we report our annual Quaker Tea scheduled for April 25 has been canceled. All activities featuring guests from outside of our campus have been suspended until the potential spread of the Covid-19 virus decreases in severity. We ask that you please refrain from entering Friends House if you are experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness, such as a cough, fever or difficulty breathing. If you do visit, please take a minute at the hand sanitizing station before you enter. Thank you and be safe.

Covid-19 Response and Resources

Here at Friends House, we are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and developing protocols based on current information. We recommend the following sites for resources on the latest information and appropriate responses:

Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings

Sonoma County Department of Health Services

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

California Department of Public Health

Friends House is currently complying with the County’s shelter-in-place ordinance, and all visitors to our Independent Living, Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living facilities are restricted.

May 24, 2020 – The Friends House Car Caravan went off once again without a hitch on Saturday! Our residents have orchestrated this parade for the last several weeks as a way to buoy the spirits and add a little color to their day. The Caravan takes place each Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with a few trips around the ring road and neighborhood streets. Horns were honking, music was playing, and our residents and neighbors popped out to their porches to wave and hoot.