On Friday, January 8th, The Wayne County Health Department hosted two COVD-19 Pfizer vaccine clinics at our Oakmont Northville and Oakmont Livonia communities. The culmination of months of planning, the groundwork of hosting these clinics began back in late 2020 when the State of Michigan announced their Vaccination Prioritization List for distribution of the newly approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Because Oakmont Communities are home to a large group of seniors, both Oakmont Livonia and Oakmont Northville were included in Vaccination Prioritization Group 1A – the first such group to be targeted for inoculation in the state-wide vaccination campaign.
As two of the first senior communities to be selected for a scheduled vaccine clinic conducted by the Wayne County Health Department, Oakmont staff at the community and corporate level mobilized quickly to distribute and disseminate information, confirm eligibility, and educate our residents and staff on what to expect as the day of the clinic approached.
Both vaccine clinics were conducted with maximum efficiency and efficacy to ensure all residents and staff members who were due to be inoculated were comfortable, safely socially distanced, and ready to receive the vaccination when it was their turn. Residents and staff were arranged in small groups based on their apartment location in the building and brought to our largest common area, the dining room, in staggered time slots. This allowed residents to remain seated and comfortable while waiting in line for their names to be called.
Once called to the front of the line by volunteers from Balanced Home Care, The Weston Group, and Oakmont, residents and staff were taken to a private nursing station where either Amy or Kim, two exceptional nurses from the Wayne County Health Department, consulted each vaccine candidate on a few questions about past experience and allergies. Once it was confirmed that it was safe for the vaccine to be administered, Amy and Kim did so with compassion and skill – ensuring all vaccinations were quick and relatively painless.
After being inoculated, all residents and staff were monitored for a period of 15 minutes to confirm that no side or ill effects from the vaccine would come to light. Tables were arranged in a socially distanced manner with individual timers, refreshments, and volunteers on hand to see to any need that may have arisen. Monitoring locations were also sanitized between every use. Once it was confirmed that there were no adverse reactions, residents were allowed to return to their apartments.
The vaccine clinics at both Oakmont Northville and Oakmont Livonia were a rousing success. More than 200 residents and staff received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with very few noticeable side effects. A second dose will be administered in a similar fashion in three weeks. This effort is the first in a process that will see the entire state, and one day, the entire world protected from a virus that has already impacted the lives of millions of Americans across our country.
To our residents, staff, and volunteers; to the Wayne County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; to the many scientists and doctors who made this life-saving venture ready in record time, we say a heartfelt “Thank You.”
Wishing all extended members of our Oakmont Family a very happy, safe, and joyful new year. Though 2020 presented all of us with some unprecedented challenges, we couldn’t be prouder of the efforts of our residents, families, staff, and community members to keep each other safe and well. Here’s to a wonderful 2021 together with those we love!
URGENT RESPONSE REQUIRED – TIME SENSITIVE
To our Residents and Staff:
To continue preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our building, Oakmont Northville has worked quickly to secure on-site lab tests for every resident and member of our staff.
Beginning tomorrow morning, licensed representatives from our third-party care provider Balanced Home Care will start administering private, in-room tests for each resident to identify any potential asymptomatic carriers of the virus. These tests are 100% covered by any type of insurance with all other costs of the procedure covered by Oakmont.
To make this testing process as easy as possible, we are asking all residents to immediately provide a copy of their insurance card and driver’s license/state ID through one of the following ways:
Though it is a fast timeline, we are asking that all insurance information is submitted through one of the above channels no later than 8 am on Tuesday, November 24th. If there is some reason this information cannot be submitted in a timely fashion, please reach out to our front office.
Thank you for your continued assistance as we work to keep our residents, staff, and community safe.
November 16, 2020
To Our Residents and Families:
In response to the steadily rising transmissions of COVID-19 in Metro Detroit and following the guidance of our state government and health officials, Oakmont Parkway will be temporarily adjusting our building visitation, departure, and activity protocols to best support continued health and safety measures within our community.
For the next two weeks (including the Thanksgiving holiday), residents will only be permitted to leave and return to our building for essential medical appointments. If you believe you have an appointment that qualifies as essential, please inform a member of our management team at least 24 hours before the appointment. Any resident who leaves the building for other reasons will be subject to a 14-day SMP quarantine upon their return.
Similarly, in-person visitation will now be limited to pre-approved medical, service, and caregiving staff only. Residents and families are still welcome to visit by utilizing one of our outdoor spaces by appointment only.
Effective immediately, all group activities will also be suspended. However, our activities and management staff will continue to keep our residents engaged. Our socially distanced dining protocols will be unaffected. These changes will be rescinded or reassessed on December 1st.
Thank you for your help, concern, and patience as we do all we can to make sure our buildings stay free of communicable disease and our residents stay safe. If you have any questions or concerns about this new policy, please do not hesitate to speak to your Executive Director
Oakmont Senior Communities