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Important Notice for COVID-19

COVID-19: Coronavirus - Information Update

At Grane Hospice, we have continued our efforts to keep our patients and families safe throughout the COVID-19 health crisis. In efforts to minimize exposure and spread of COVID-19, we have implemented the following procedures:

  • We have implemented a daily screening process that takes place daily for our employees to decrease risk of transmission of the disease.
  • Grane has secured the necessary supplies for infection control practices and we continue to monitor and acquire more supplies to keep our stocks replenished.
  • We have revised and implemented new ways to communicate among all staff of the company to keep any and all important information distributed, reviewed, and acted upon in a timely manner.
  • For our patients being treated in partner facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing facilities, we have implemented these procedures:
    • Grane Hospice has begun using remote visits for our social worker, chaplain, and bereavement visits. These visits are performed via cellular device to connect with patients, families, caregivers, and, if in an assisted living facility, the representative at the facility that can provide information to collaborate on the plan of care.
    • The patients, families, caregivers, and the hospice care team are uniformly updated of any changes to the frequency or type of services we are allowed to provide at this time. 

We remain focused on your care during the health crisis

Our dedication to our patients, families, and staff remains our focus during this time of need. Please contact your Grane Hospice location to let us know if we can assist in any way during this time.

Frequently asked Questions that families are asking hospice agencies during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:

We do accept patients diagnosed with COVID-19 as long as they have a qualifying terminal illness with a prognosis of 6 months or less.

Should the skilled nursing facility where your loved one resides find positive cases of COVID-19 within their facility, you will be notified by the facility. The skilled nursing facility will also let you know what they are doing in response to the outbreak.

Grane Hospice is adhering to CDC guidelines and recommendations put in place by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH). Additionally, Grane Hospice is adhering to the guidelines set forth by each skilled nursing facility within which our patients reside to ensure the safety of all patients and staff. Should your loved one’s visit frequencies be modified due to COVID-19, our team will communicate any changes to the patient’s primary caregiver.

As previously mentioned, our primary focus is on our patients and staff—to ensure that all are kept safe.  Precautions include following CDC guidelines, recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH), and ensuring that we appropriately utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) in situations where it is necessary. We are also continuing to monitor our patients for exposure risk and potential symptoms.  Our staff are receiving regular temperature checks and are being monitored by clinical managers for any possible symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, and/or loss of smell or taste. Our staff continue to take all necessary precautions and are prepared to care for your loved one during this challenging time. 

Visiting a hospice patient that resides in a skilled nursing facility may be limited or not permitted at this time. If a visitation restriction is in place where you loved one resides, our hospice team can coordinate a virtual visit or meeting using approved telecommunication applications. 

Each skilled nursing facility sets their own policies and procedures. It is best to contact the facility where your loved one resides to find out when facility visitation may resume. In the meantime, Grane Hospice staff are happy to coordinate virtual visits so you can see and talk to your loved one under our care.

Hospice care is considered an essential medical service. We are continuing to provide premier hospice services to all of the communities that we serve. While restrictions are in place, visit frequencies may be impacted; however, we are working diligently to ensure that your loved one continues to receive the highest level of comfort care possible.

Caregivers at home can ensure the safety of hospice patients by practicing good hand hygiene and cleaning high-touch surface areas. If guests enter the home to see the hospice patient, we recommend they wear a mask during their visit and practice good hygiene upon entry in the home. Additionally, visitors should ensure that they do not have an elevated fever, any COVID-19 symptoms, or known exposures to individuals with the virus within the last 14 days.

COVID-19 Resources

For more information about Stay-At-Home Orders and Re-opening phases for PA:

PA Department of Health FAQs and Fact Sheets relating to COVID-19 Health Crisis:

Active Number of COVID-19 Cases in Pennsylvania:

Johns Hopkins University Global COVID-19 Tracker:

World Health Organization, COVID-19 Health Topics:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, COVID-19:

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