Bergen Geriatric Care’s
Covid-19 Initiative and Updates
As our state has opened up and we have experienced an uptick of the virus in our area, BGC would like to take this opportunity to assure you that ALL team members at BGC take infection precautions very seriously. We feel strongly that transparency is essential to battle the spread of the virus while continuing to care for our patients.
Our internal protocol since the uprise in cases over the last two weeks - exceeding CDC guidelines - has been for all staff to wear KN95 masks in the office and N95 masks in the field with eye protection. We practice social distancing > 6 ft at the time of patient encounters and have close contact only when conducting essential parts of the physical exam. This minimizes the risk for exposure to the patient and providers. We also use whiteboards and clear masks for patients with hearing difficulty to avoid having to pull our masks down .
In addition, all providers and staff in Bergen Geriatric Care have been conducting self-surveillance regularly since the onset of the pandemic. Everyone in the practice is tested for Covid-19 once weekly. This applies to all staff, including those who do not go into the field. This allows us to narrow down a timeframe and contact communities accordingly. We expanded our office space to allow for distancing and installed protective equipment throughout the space. Workstations are not shared and are wiped down regularly. Strict hygiene regimens are practiced.
We understand that in anticipation of the Covid-19 vaccine there will be questions and concerns. Rest assured that we are working diligently to keep up to date with the most recent recommendations and are monitoring available resources frequently specifically for the most up to date guidelines regarding the distribution and administration of the vaccine.
Below are some of the most up to date helpful links for your reference.
As we enter into the winter season, we wish everyone continued good health and well-being.
To all our patients, please take a few minutes to complete our health questionnaires for us to provide the highest level of comprehensive quality care. We care genuinely about the health and safety of our patients and take every measure available to ensuring their well being.
To become a new patient, please call the office at 201.387.2003.
Clinical Resources and Patient Education by
the American Academy of Family Physicians
Information on Antibody Tests
Official Site of the State of New Jersey
NJ Covid-19 Informational Hub
World Health Organization
Home Centered Care Institute (HCC)
Disinfectants Active Against SARS-Cov-2
Covid-19 Antibody Testing
Executive Directive No. 20-026 Directive for the Resumption
of Services in all Long-Term Care Facilities
Goals of Care in the COVID-19 Environment
Prepare for Your Care
Compassion and Choices
The Conversation Project
Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions
Planning for Future Medical Decisionshttps://www.elderguru.com/downloads/your_life_your_choices_advance_directives.pdf
Advanced Care Planning
Understandably, matters relating to end of life and incapacity are difficult to discuss, however it enables physicians and clinical care staff to provide the type of health care that an individual expresses he or she prefers. If a loved one is unable to make such decisions for him or herself, our goal is to provide care that honors the wishes our patient.
We encourage you to discuss your feelings and beliefs about these subjects with those who may become responsible for making decisions for you such as family members, friends and your physician. Advanced directives provide an important written statement of your wishes to others, but discussing your wishes with others is the key to ensuring that your wishes are understood. Candid conversation can significantly reduce the chance of disagreements occurring between those who care for you, and may relieve your loved ones of some of the heavy burdens of decision making, while lending additional assurance that your wishes will be respected.
An Advance Health Care Directive (Advance Directive) is a document in which you give instructions about your health care if, in the future, you cannot speak for yourself. You may appoint someone to make health care decisions for you. You may give instructions about the kind of health care you do or do not want.
In a traditional Living Will, you state what your wishes are regarding life-sustaining medical treatments if you should become terminally ill. In a Health Care Power of Attorney, you appoint someone else to make medical treatment decisions for you if you are unable to make them for yourself. The Advance Directive combines and expands the traditional Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney into a single comprehensive document.
POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is an approach to improving end-of-life care, encouraging doctors to speak with patients and create specific medical orders to be honored by health care workers during a medical crisis. A POLST form is a legal document for people with advanced illness that specifies the type of care that individual would like in a medical emergency.
For your reference/consideration, please download forms for Durable Power of Attorney (Health Care Proxy,) POLST and DNR (Do Not Resuscitate).
Part of optimizing preventive healthcare includes vaccinating against avoidable infections.
The following vaccines are indicated in our senior population:
TdaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
Please review Vaccination Information Statements, created by the CDC to inform patients and families of vaccination benefits and risks. These information guides can be found at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html
Although we understand that the internet may be a source of medical information, not all websites are necessarily accurate
and thus might be misleading. We would suggest the following links for your consideration:
National Institute on Aging
National Council on Aging
Centers for Disease Control
Planning for Future Medical Decisions
National Institute on Aging