Elmhurst, The House of Friendship Receives Deficiency-Free Rating From West Virginia DHHR – Wheeling Intelligencer

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Sep 4, 2021
Photo Provided Jamie Crow, executive director of Elmhurst, The House of Friendship (seated) celebrates the assisted living residence’s deficiency-free rating with members of the nursing staff. Standing at left is Janice Bippus, RN, director of nursing, and Kathy Boehm, RN.
Elmhurst, The House of Friendship, a senior assisted living residence in Wheeling, recently earned top marks from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification.
According to Elmhurst Executive Director Jamie Crow, the residence received a deficiency-free rating for 2021.
“We are extremely pleased to once again receive high marks following this intensive survey,” Crow said, “especially as we continue to exercise all protocols to protect our residents during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.”
Elmhurst, a non-profit, licensed assisted living residence, has 131 years of service to older adults. The deficiency-free rating was awarded Elmhurst following a two-week licensure survey conducted by representatives of the state agency earlier this month.
Crow saluted her nursing staff for receiving stellar comments from the surveyor.
“Every department staff goes above and beyond in their efforts to maintain a high degree of cleanliness in order to protect the residents, themselves, and our visitors,” Crow explained.
“We have returned to a cautious sense of normalcy, but have safeguards in place,” she added. “Visitors must wear a mask, social distance, and have their temperature taken upon entry into the building. We also have a survey that they must fill out prior to that time.”
Although many annual activities have been cancelled again in 2021, Crow said the program staff have provided new twists on some traditional activities, including the annual friends and family picnic that usually draws up to 400 people to the front lawn in August.
This year, she said, a picnic for residents only was held on the massive front porch. The Elmhurst grill provided hot dogs and hamburgers as the main entrees to an old-fashioned picnic menu, Crow said. A festive décor featured red, white, and blue balloons festooned to the porch railings, checkered tablecloths, live music from crooner Gregg Molnar, and a basket auction.
“We were thrilled with how enthusiastic our residents were during the porch picnic. It was better than ever considering the circumstances. It was spectacular,” Crow said.
Future annual events will be canceled later this year, including the annual open house and vendors sale, Crow explained.
“We will wait and see what the future brings based upon the guidelines we receive from our governing agencies,” she said.
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