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Letters from the Directors

 

We are happy to inform you that all Brightmore residents and staff have been offered the opportunity to take the COVID vaccine during our three COVID clinics. Over 90% of the resident population are fully vaccinated. Our doors are open to visitors. We ask that everyone sign in at the front desk via our Accushield system. We continue to wear masks and social distance. Numbers are no longer an issue at this time.

Our residents are excited to meet in the dining room again. On Mother’s Day one resident had family in to dine with her in the Private Dining room. She said it was wonderful that Brightmore was allowing families to be together.

For the physical fitness enthusiasts, our Wellness Program is up and running with no limitations. We are now having small group outings to different locations. The residents recently visited the Arboretum.

We are happy to do in house tours and excited to accept new residents into our community.  

Georgia Blankenship
Executive Director of Brightmore Independent Living

 

The Kempton at Brightmore is excited to see life returning to normal, residents enjoying meals in the dining room, and multiple activities taking place each day. 100% of our residents have received both vaccines.  Additionally, we have had good staff participation in the four COVID vaccine clinics the community has offered.  Vaccines have been made available to all staff at no cost to them, and financial incentives have been offered to encourage and thank staff for taking the vaccine.

We invested in the Accushield kiosk for health screening of employees and visitor management.  All employees, visitors, vendors, and residents are required to check into the kiosk upon entering the community.  The kiosk asks a series of screening questions and records the body temperature of each user.  Masks must be worn at all times in the community.

We have begun to welcome visitors back into the community.  We make appointments for visitors seven days per week.  We do require visitors to have a COVID test and pass the screening questions prior to visiting with the residents.  We are continuing to offer alternatives to indoor visits including the outdoor visitation area, Plexi-glass screen visits and Zoom meetings.  The residents have felt joy and excitement seeing their loved ones visit in their room. 

Many residents have also enjoyed going out with friends and families.  We do not require the family to be COVID tested prior to taking the resident out, but we strongly encourage the resident and family to adhere to the 3 W’s.  Upon the resident returning to the facility they are screened back in and monitored each shift for signs and symptoms of COVID. 

We are also very excited to welcome prospective residents and families into our communities.  Tours of our community are being scheduled daily.  The tours are limited to two people and proper social distancing is maintained.  All tour participants are COVID tested and screened prior to the tour. 

Two negative COVID tests are required for each resident prior to admission.  If a resident is fully vaccinated (at least 14 days have passed since the second vaccine) at the time he/she moves in, they are not required to be on isolation. 

Melissa Crouch
Administrator of The Kempton at Brightmore

 

All residents at The Commons at Brightmore have been vaccinated. We are at 100% for our residents across the board. Employees have had the opportunity to participate in many clinics to receive their vaccination at no charge to them and many have participated. The Commons at Brightmore is continuing to follow CDC guidelines. Therefore, we are allowing a two person visit for residents either in our Conference room or in special situations, their rooms. We ask that families call ahead to schedule a time and this is available 7 days a week.

We are proud of our efforts to combat COVID. “I think under stressful times of dealing with the Pandemic you guys have been stepping it up to the next level with having great care and seeing how you’ve adapted to opening back up for visitations, it’s been great being able to be with our family again,” says one resident. “I’m just happy to be able to see my mom again, to see her smiling and see how well she has been taken care of in during the hard times that we couldn’t be together,” says one resident family member. 

Our dining rooms are open to our residents and communal activities as well. We are encouraging our residents to attend daily as many are and are happy to be able to return. Our residents continue to social distance, practice good hand hygiene, and wear masks in hopes of meeting everyone’s goal to return to normal as soon as possible.

We continue to monitor and implement efforts to minimize the spread of COVID by using our Accushield screening system process, social distancing within dining and common spaces and by disinfecting our areas. Our staff continue to provide exceptional care of our residents to keep them as safe as possible at all times.

Kelly Paxton
Administrator of The Commons at Brightmore

 

WE CARE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

Here is what we are doing at our community:

We are following CDC and local Health Department guidelines for infection control and personal protective equipment for all of our staff.

We are monitoring the CDC and local Health Department guidelines and meeting with our leadership and staff to ensure that all of our employees understand and follow the latest guidelines.

We are disinfecting our facilities and offices using products approved by the CDC, we are making rounds to ensure that our spaces are clean and employees are following the infection control practices recommended by CDC.

We are keeping you updated with Ambassador calls and One Call notifications to our families.

We have set up an email for staff to email questions and concerns and leadership rounds to address questions on the spot.

We are pre-screening our employees prior to each shift using a screening tool that reflects questions that allow us to screen for exposure and temperature checks prior to each shift.

We look forward to when we may have you back in our facilities and with your loved ones. Please call us if you have questions and concerns, we are here for you!

March 15, 2021: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Visit Updates

Dear family and friends of residents at The Kempton and The Commons at Brightmore of Wilmington,
 
We recognize the psychological, physical and emotional toll that isolation has had on our residents during this pandemic, and we are excited to share that the Department of Health in the state of North Carolina has relaxed Assisted Living visitation restrictions. Our community has qualified to host indoor visits under the updated guidelines.
 
Although indoor visits are now permitted, outdoor visits remain preferred when weather permits. Please note that as a precaution, indoor visits are still not permitted if your loved one is quarantined, in isolation or if your loved one is COVID-positive and on transmission-based precautions.
 
In addition, please be aware that guidance is subject to change and is affected by county COVID positivity rates and facility outbreak status. We are excited to schedule your visit so please contact us at (910) 332-6899 or (910) 392-6899.
 
We look forward to seeing you and the smiles you will bring to our community members. We have missed you!

 

March 8, 2021: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Vaccine Update and FAQs

Brightmore of Wilmington, including The Kempton and The Commons, has currently completed five onsite COVID-19 vaccine clinics for residents and staff. With the proper documentation, all residents and employees had the opportunity to opt to receive their COVID-19 (Moderna) vaccine on these days. Please see our  COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICAL QUESTIONS  document for answers to frequently asked questions. We will keep this page updated as future clinic dates are scheduled.

The health and safety of our residents and staff members remain our top priority. We continue to follow the recommended precautions of the CDC, CMS, and the local health department. We are excited to be moving forward down the path to return to normal operations.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377.

 

January 5, 2021: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Vaccine Update and FAQs

Brightmore of Wilmington, including The Kempton and The Commons at Brightmore, has scheduled onsite vaccination clinics for January and February. 

  • Brightmore of Wilmington Independent Living 1/5/2021
  • The Kempton at Brightmore Assisted Living 1/11/2021 and 1/12/2021
  • The Commons at Brightmore Assisted Living and Memory Care 1/1/2021, 1/29/2021, and 2/26/2021

With the proper documentation, all residents and employees can opt to receive their COVID-19 (Moderna) vaccine on this day. Please see our  COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICAL QUESTIONS  document for answers to frequently asked questions.

We will keep this page updated as future clinic dates are scheduled.

The health and safety of our residents and staff members remain our top priority. Brightmore of Wilmington continues to follow the recommended precautions of the CDC, CMS, and the local health department.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377.


December 30, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Vaccine Update and FAQs

The health and safety of our residents and staff members remain our top priority. To prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19, Brightmore of Wilmington (including The Kempton and The Commons at Brightmore) is actively working to schedule an onsite vaccination clinic for both our residents and staff members.

We realize that there are a lot of questions with regard to the vaccine. Our COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICAL QUESTIONS document has a list of frequently asked questions as well as additional resources to review.

CLICK HERE: COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICAL QUESTIONS 

Brightmore of Wilmington continues to follow the recommended precautions of the CDC, CMS, and the local health department.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377.

 

December 15, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton, and The Commons, are registered to be included in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution and will be participating in the program based on prioritization guidance from state regulatory agencies.

At this time, we are still receiving information and instructions from several governing agencies, including the CDC, which will help to shape our rollout strategy and necessary procedures to administer to Residents and staff.

The health and well-being of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus. We continue to follow the recommended precautions of the CDC, CMS, and the local health department.

As we finalize our procedures, will keep this page up-to-date with COVID-19 and vaccine information.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377.

 

November 20, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY GUIDANCE

CLICK HERE for information about our COVID precautions and guidance during the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus. We continue to follow the recommended precautions of the CDC, CMS, and the local health department.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377.

 

November 1, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus. We continue to follow the recommended precautions of the CDC, CMS, and the local health department.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377.


Morrison Living Safety Video

We take pride in our community’s culinary offerings. Take a look at our video that showcases the safety measures we’re taking to protect our residents and staff while we continue to deliver a quality dining experience.

 

There’s a reason behind every mask. What’s yours?

September 22, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

At this time the following safety measures are in effect:

The following apply to Independent Living Residences ONLY:

  • Our sales team is able to accommodate tours by appointment only 
  • Limited visitors are allowed into the independent living community, and must wear a facial cloth covering
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents and visitors when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • Communal dining is available with limited seating by reservation only and adhering to social distancing guidelines and CDC recommended safety precautions
  • No communal group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

The Kempton and The Commons – Assisted Living and Memory Care:

  • Outdoor visitation is permitted by appointment only and with proper screening and precautions
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents and visitors when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • Communal dining and small group activities have resumed
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

August 6, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

We appreciate the continued patience of our residents, family, and staff as we work through the latest updates with regard to COVID-19. As new information is available we will continue to update this page. 

At this time the following safety measures are in effect:

The following apply to Independent Living Residences ONLY:

  • Our sales team is able to accommodate tours by appointment only with a limit of two people from the same household in attendance
  • Limited visitors are allowed into the independent living community, and must wear a facial cloth covering
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents and visitors when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • Communal dining is available with limited seating by reservation only and adhering to social distancing guidelines and CDC recommended safety precautions
  • No communal group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

The Kempton and The Commons – Assisted Living and Memory Care:

  • Outdoor visitation is permitted by appointment only and with proper screening and precautions
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents and visitors when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • No communal dining or group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

July 10, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

Our Sales Team remains available for scheduled, virtual tours and appointments, and is available to answer your questions about Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton and The Commons.

WE CARE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

Here is what we are doing at our community:

We are following CDC and local Health Department guidelines for infection control and personal protective equipment for all of our staff.

We are monitoring the CDC and local Health Department guidelines and meeting with our leadership and staff to ensure that all of our employees understand and follow the latest guidelines.

We are disinfecting our facilities and offices using products approved by the CDC, we are making rounds to ensure that our spaces are clean and employees are following the infection control practices recommended by CDC.

We are keeping you updated with Ambassador calls and One Call notifications to our families.

We have set up an email for staff to email questions and concerns and leadership rounds to address questions on the spot.

We are pre-screening our employees prior to each shift using a screening tool that reflects questions that allow us to screen for exposure and temperature checks prior to each shift.

We look forward to when we may have you back in our facilities and with your loved ones. Please call us if you have questions and concerns, we are here for you!

The following apply to Independent Living Residences ONLY:

  • Our sales team is able to accommodate tours by appointment only with a limit of two people from the same household in attendance
  • Limited visitors are allowed into the independent living community, and must wear a facial cloth covering
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents and visitors when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • Communal dining is available with limited seating by reservation only and adhering to social distancing guidelines and CDC recommended safety precautions
  • No communal group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

The Kempton and The Commons – Assisted Living and Memory Care:

  • Outdoor visitation is permitted by appointment only and with proper screening and precautions
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents and visitors when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • No communal dining or group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

July 2, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

Our Sales Team remains available for scheduled, virtual tours and appointments, and is available to answer your questions about Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton at Brightmore, and The Commons at Brightmore.

We continue to study and evaluate what various reopening scenarios may look like for our community.  We will continue to update this page with information on any new developments and plans.

To protect the health and safety of our staff and residents in our community, we are following several recommended precautions as outlined by the CDC.

EVERYONE CAN DO THEIR PART TO HELP! Prevent and Protect encourages everyone to: 

  • Practice the 3Wsand Wear a cloth covering over their nose and mouth; Wait six feet apart; and Wash their hands often. 
  • Get tested for COVID-19 and use Find My Testing Place to locate a nearby testing site. 
  • Answer the call and participate in the contact tracing process if they may have been exposed to COVID-19.  

The following apply to Independent Living Residences ONLY:

  • Our sales team is able to accommodate tours by appointment only with a limit of two people from the same household in attendance
  • Limited visitors are allowed into the independent living community, and must wear a facial cloth covering
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents and visitors when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • Communal dining is available with limited seating by reservation only and adhering to social distancing guidelines and CDC recommended safety precautions
  • No communal group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

 The Kempton and The Commons: Assisted Living and Memory Support:

  • No non-essential visitors are allowed into the community
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • No communal dining or group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

June 15, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

Our Sales Team remains available for scheduled, virtual tours and appointments, and is available to answer your questions about Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton at Brightmore and The Commons at Brightmore.

Our residents have remained active and engaged with socially distanced, out-of-the-box activities and wellness programs. Our commitment to our residents’ whole-person wellness and to the safety of our residents and staff, continue to guide each and every decision we make during this unprecedented time.

We continue to study and evaluate what various reopening scenarios may look like for our community.  We will continue to update this page with information on any new developments and plans.

The following apply to Independent Living Residences ONLY starting on June 15, 2020:

  • Limited visitors are allowed into the independent living community, and must wear a facial cloth covering
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents and visitors when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • Communal dining has started with limited seating by reservation only and adhering to social distancing guidelines and CDC recommended safety precautions
  • No communal, group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

 Assisted Living and Memory Care:

  •  No non-essential visitors are allowed into the community
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • No communal dining or group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

June 5, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

As state and local agencies look toward phase 3 of lifting restrictions, we remain cautious as we work through what reopening might look like for Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton at Brightmore, and The Commons at Brightmore. Due to the inherent vulnerabilities of the population we serve, and for the safety of our staff who support them, we will continue to follow CDC and CMS recommendations and guidelines with regard to COVID-19. We will continue to update this page with information on any new developments and plans.

At this time, all previously posted safety precautions remain in effect. These include:

  • No non-essential visitors are allowed into the community
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • No communal dining or group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus. To see some of the fun things we’re doing with our residents and staff, visit our News and Events Page (LINK HERE) and like us on Facebook (LINK HERE).

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

May 29, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

At Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton, and The Commons, life for our residents continues even as restrictions remain in place. Our Life Enrichment and Wellness Directors continue their innovative approaches to maintain social and physical engagement while adhering to social distancing and personal protective equipment guidelines. To see some of the fun things we’re doing with our residents and staff, visit our News and Events Page (LINK HERE) and like us on Facebook (LINK HERE).

We continue to study and evaluate what various reopening scenarios may look like for our community.  We will continue to update this page with information on any new developments and plans.

At this time, all previously posted safety precautions remain in effect. These include:

  • No non-essential visitors are allowed into the community
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • No communal dining or group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

May 22, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton, and The Commons continue to study and evaluate what various reopening scenarios may look like for our community.  As we proceed, we will continue to adhere to infection control guidelines from the CDC and health departments, including social distancing, personal protective equipment precautions, and proper sanitation in order to best ensure the safety of the members of our community and transition into the next phase.  We will continue to update this page with information on any new developments and plans.

At this time, all previously posted safety precautions remain in effect. These include:

  • No non-essential visitors are allowed into the community
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • No communal dining or group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus. To see some of the fun things we’re doing with our residents and staff, visit our News and Events Page (LINK HERE) and like us on Facebook (LINK HERE).

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

May 15, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

As our state and local agencies begin to reopen local businesses, our senior leadership team is in initial conversations about what reopening will look like for Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton at Brightmore, and The Commons at Brightmore. We will continue to monitor The Centers for Disease Control and The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for their strategy recommendations and guidance.

At this time, all previously posted safety precautions remain in effect. These include:

  • No non-essential visitors are allowed into the community
  • Mandatory screening activities conducted for approved visitors
  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and facial cloth coverings for residents when in community areas or while with any staff member
  • No communal dining or group activities
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines at all times

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus. To see some of the fun things we’re doing with our residents and staff, visit our News and Events Page (LINK HERE) and like us on Facebook (LINK HERE).

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

May 8, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

All of us here at Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton at Brightmore, and The Commons at Brightmore are making the best of the situation by working through COVID-19 TOGETHER! We have embraced our new normal and continue to engage residents in activities that adhere to social distancing. Visit our News and Events Page (LINK HERE) and like us on Facebook (LINK HERE) to see how our residents and staff are thriving during COVID-19.

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus.  We continue to follow safety precautions and screening activities for residents and staff members in our community based on recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and both state and local health departments. All previously posted safety precautions remain in effect at this time.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

May 1, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

At Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton at Brightmore and The Commons at Brightmore, we continue to invite our residents to engage in activities that adhere to social distancing in order to support the quality of life we are committed to providing. Our website’s News and Events page, as well as our Facebook Page, are updated regularly to share the exciting things going on within the community.

Recognized as a Great Place to Work March 2020 – 2021, The Communities on the Brightmore of Wilmington Campus also celebrate our amazing team of workers. We recognize that a great place to work is a great place to live, and the team members here are proof of that fact.

Our family of residents and staff are getting through this TOGETHER, and we want to show you how! Visit our News and Events Page (LINK HERE) and like us on Facebook (LINK HERE) to see how our residents and staff are thriving during COVID-19.

As indicated above, the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus.  We continue to follow safety precautions and screening activities for residents and staff members in our community based on recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and both state and local health departments. All previously posted safety precautions remain in effect at this time.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

April 24, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

General Announcements

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus.  We continue to follow safety precautions and screening activities for residents and staff members in our community based on recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and both state and local health departments.

Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton at Brightmore and The Commons at Brightmore continue to follow all of the CDC recommendations as mentioned in previous updates*. These include the following:

  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and healthcare workers
  • In hallways and other areas used by more than one individual, as well as in the presence of staff, residents are to utilize cloth facial coverings to prevent the spread of the virus
  • Group activities and communal dining have stopped
  • Adhering to social distancing precautions, structured life-enrichment activities and wellness programs continue for our residents

*For additional details please see our previous updates below.

Our onsite life-enrichment and wellness teams continue to implement innovative ideas and activities that engage our residents while adhering to social distancing. Now more than ever, we aim to virtually keep residents connected to each other and to their loved ones outside of the community.

Visitation and Communications

Healthcare: Assisted Living and Memory Care

  • We continue to be closed to all non-essential visitors. We do not know when this restriction will be lifted.  All approved visitors will be screened upon arrival to the community.
  • We ask family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with residents such as phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype, Duo, etc.
  • We strongly recommend the community provides laundry services for your loved one.

Independent Living

  • We continue to be closed to all non-essential visitors. We do not know when this restriction will be lifted. All approved visitors will be screened upon arrival to the community.
  • We ask family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with residents such as phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype, Duo, etc.
  • We encourage all Priority Partners and customers to connect with the Sales staff via phone, email, texts or video chats.

All precautions and measures mentioned above have been implemented in response to the recommendations of The CDC. More detailed information can be found on The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

April 17, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

General Announcements

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus.  We continue to follow safety precautions and screening activities for residents and staff members in our community based on recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and both state and local health departments.

We have been practicing social distancing for just over a month and continue to focus on helping residents stay engaged intellectually, socially and spiritually. Even though current restrictions result in physical separation, we are working hard to keep residents virtually connected to their families and their neighbors.

Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton at Brightmore and The Commons at Brightmore continue to follow all of the CDC recommendations as mentioned in previous updates*. These include the following:

  • Utilization of universal mask precautions for all staff and healthcare workers
  • In hallways and other areas used by more than one individual, as well as in the presence of staff, residents are to utilize cloth facial coverings to prevent the spread of the virus
  • Group activities and communal dining have stopped
  • Adhering to social distancing precautions, structured life-enrichment activities and wellness programs continue for our residents

*For additional details please see our previous updates below.

Visitation and Communications

Healthcare: Assisted Living and Memory Care

  • We continue to be closed to all non-essential visitors. We do not know when this restriction will be lifted.  All approved visitors will be screened upon arrival to the community.
  • We ask family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with residents such as phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype, Duo, etc.
  • We strongly recommend the community provides laundry services for your loved one.

Independent Living

  • We continue to be closed to all non-essential visitors. We do not know when this restriction will be lifted. All approved visitors will be screened upon arrival to the community.
  • We ask family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with residents such as phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype, Duo, etc.
  • We encourage all Priority Partners and customers to connect with the Sales staff via phone, email, texts or video chats.

All precautions and measures mentioned above have been implemented in response to the recommendations of The CDC. More detailed information can be found on The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377

April 10, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

General Announcements

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus.  We continue to follow safety precautions and screening activities for residents and staff members in our community based on recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control and The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Per the recommendations of the CDC and CMS, group activities and communal dining have stopped in all 3 communities on campus (Brightmore Independent Living, The Kempton at Brightmore, and The Commons at Brightmore).  Our life-enrichment and wellness directors are finding innovative ways to engage residents while adhering to social distancing guidelines. The teams are working hard to preserve the residents’ lifestyle and maintain a sense of community while coping with these unprecedented constraints.

The CDC has updated the guidelines with regard to personal protective equipment inside communities. As a result, the staff and healthcare workers at Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton and The Commons will follow universal mask precautions in all areas or the community. When possible, all residents, whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or not, should cover their noses and mouths when staff is in their room. Residents can use tissues for this. They could also use cloth, non-medical masks when those are available. Residents should not use medical facemasks unless they are COVID-19-positive or assumed to be COVID-19-positive. The bullet points below regarding cloth face coverings are directly from the CDC’s website.

  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Medical face masks are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by the CDC.
  • The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • CDC continues to recommend that people try to keep about 6 feet between themselves and others.

We do not want residents and family members to be alarmed at this time.  This is a precautionary measure. The safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff are our number one priority and we will continue to monitor and implement CDC guidelines as updates are released.

Visitation and Communications

Healthcare: Assisted Living and Memory Care

  • We continue to be closed to all non-essential visitors. We do not know when this restriction will be lifted.  All approved visitors will be screened upon arrival to the community.
  • We ask family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with residents such as phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype, Duo, etc.
  • We strongly recommend the community provides laundry services for your loved one.

Independent Living

  • We continue to be closed to all non-essential visitors. We do not know when this restriction will be lifted. All approved visitors will be screened upon arrival to the community.
  • We ask family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with residents such as phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype, Duo, etc.
  • We encourage all Priority Partners and customers to connect with the Sales staff via phone, email, texts or video chats.

All precautions and measures mentioned above have been implemented in response to the recommendations of The CDC. More detailed information can be found on The CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377.

April 1, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

General Announcements

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus.  We continue to follow safety precautions and screening activities for residents and staff members in our community based on recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control and The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Per the recommendations of the CDC and CMS, group activities and communal dining have stopped in all 3 communities on campus (Brightmore Independent Living, The Kempton at Brightmore, and The Commons at Brightmore).  Our life-enrichment and wellness directors are finding innovative ways to engage residents while adhering to social distancing guidelines. The teams are working hard to preserve the lifestyle and maintain a sense of community while coping with these unprecedented constraints.

The CDC has updated its guidelines with regard to personal protective equipment inside communities. In response to this update, all staff members in Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton at Brightmore and The Commons will be following universal mask precautions when in resident/patient care areas. We do not want residents and family members to be alarmed as this is a precautionary measure at this time. The safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff is our priority, and we will continue to monitor and implement CDC guidelines as updates are released.

Visitation and Communications

Healthcare: Assisted Living and Memory Care

  • We continue to be closed to all non-essential visitors. We do not know when this restriction will be lifted.  All approved visitors will be screened upon arrival to the community.
  • We ask family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with residents such as phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype, Duo, etc.
  • We strongly recommend the community provides laundry services for your loved one.

 Independent Living

  • We continue to be closed to all non-essential visitors. We do not know when this restriction will be lifted. All approved visitors will be screened upon arrival to the community.
  • We ask family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with residents such as phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype, Duo, etc.
  • We encourage all Priority Partners and customers to connect with the Sales staff via phone, email, texts or video chats

March 27, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

General Announcements:

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus.  We continue to follow safety precautions and screening activities for residents and staff members in our community based on recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control and The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Per the recommendations of the CDC and CMS, group activities and communal dining have stopped in our community. Life-enrichment and wellness directors are finding innovative ways to engage residents while adhering to social distancing guidelines. The teams are working hard to preserve the lifestyle and maintain a sense of community while coping with these unprecedented constraints.

Visitation and Communications

 Healthcare: Assisted Living and Memory Care

  • We continue to be closed to all non-essential visitors. We do not know when this restriction will be lifted.  All approved visitors will be screened upon arrival to the community.
  • We ask family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with residents such as phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype, Duo, etc.
  • We strongly recommend the community provides laundry services for your loved one.

 Independent Living

  • We continue to be closed to all non-essential visitors. We do not know when this restriction will be lifted. All approved visitors will be screened upon arrival to the community.
  • We ask family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with residents such as phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype, Duo, etc.
  • We encourage all Priority Partners and customers to connect with the Sales staff via phone, email, texts or video chats.

March 20, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

General Announcements

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remain our priority as we work through the newest updates regarding the COVID-19 virus.  We continue to follow safety precautions and screening activities for residents and staff members in our community based on recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control and The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Visitation and Communications

 Healthcare: Assisted Living and Memory Care

  • We continue to be closed to all non-essential visitors. We do not know when this restriction will be lifted.  All approved visitors will be screened upon arrival to the community.
  • We ask family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with residents such as phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype, Duo, etc.
  • We strongly recommend the community provides laundry services for your loved one.

Independent Living

  • We continue to be closed to all non-essential visitors. We do not know when this restriction will be lifted. All approved visitors will be screened upon arrival to the community.
  • We ask family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with residents such as phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype, Duo, etc.
  • We encourage all Priority Partners and customers to connect with the Sales staff via phone, email, texts or video chats.

March 12, 2020: Brightmore of Wilmington COVID-19 Update

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread and concerns continue to grow, Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton at Brightmore and The Commons at Brightmore have decided to take precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our residents, family members and staff. Much about the virus is still unknown, but we do know that the population we serve is at greater risk for the most serious impacts associated with this new strain of virus.

Based upon revised recommendations of The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), Brightmore of Wilmington, The Kempton at Brightmore and The Commons at Brightmore will prohibit unnecessary visitors to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and welfare of our residents. We encourage loved ones to forego in-person visits and communicate with our residents by video chat, telephone, or through social media. These precautions are vital to helping us avoid and minimize the possible spread of this virus internally and throughout the community at large.

We are also educating staff, residents and our families on symptom awareness for COVID-19 and infection control best practices. We have clear protocols for staff to stay home and not come to work if they are ill or symptomatic. Plans are already in place to handle a wide range of emergencies and are being updated and evaluated as we receive new information. We are working closely with other health care providers in our community to help ensure the health and safety of all.

We will stay up to date with the latest information from the CMS and CDC. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our residents and those who care and support them each and every day. We will continue to work with state and local public health and emergency preparedness officials to protect our residents and the community in which we live.

Given that this is an evolving situation, we will make every effort to provide timely updates regarding any changes in practices and circumstances in our community.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenge and remain focused on providing exceptional care and services for our residents.

Brightmore of Wilmington

2324 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

910-350-1980

The Kempton

2298 S 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

910-332-6899

The Commons

2320 S 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

910-392-6899