Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director - 1/27/23Brandermill Woods independent living angle

Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director - 1/27/23

Friday, January 27, 2023

Health Care Community – The Haven, Assisted Living and Memory Care

As we come to the end of National Activities Professional Appreciation Week, we honor these essential team members that improve and enrich residents’ lives every day. Activity Professionals are tireless, and are the heart of every community. They keep the energy up, the residents smiling, and create a positive environment for all. Through this seemingly endless pandemic, especially in those early days, they were the ones figuring out creative ways to engage residents, to help them stay connected to their families, and to bring happiness to what seemed like an otherwise grim and depressing time. They give residents something to look forward to, and that’s priceless. The spirit of the Activities team is what makes Brandermill Woods feel like home for countless residents.

We had a second resident test positive for COVID-19 in The Haven. Both residents have minor symptoms and are quarantined at this time. We continue to contact trace and testing as required.  

Please continue to take additional measures to make visitation safer. This includes wearing well-fitting masks, surgical or KN95 at all times, performing hand hygiene, and practicing physical distancing. Do not mingle in the common areas of the community. Please do not visit your loved one and contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: sore throat, severe lingering headache, sinus/head pressure, head congestion, runny nose, nausea, cough, and fatigue. Visitors who are unable to adhere to our core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention that are consistent with the guidance for nursing homes will not be permitted to visit or should be asked to leave.

For further questions regarding protocols, contact: Jennifer Pitzer at 804-379-7100 ext. 187 or

Our Infection Control Preventionist contacted the Department of Health and they agreed that we are taking necessary steps at this time. We continue to follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention (CDC), and Virginia Department of Health (VDH). There was a slight increase in the COVID transmission rate for Chesterfield County to 18.85%, we are still HIGH status.

It is recommended that everyone should get “up-to-date” with their COVID-19 vaccines per Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC) recommendations. The new Bivalent Booster has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is now available at local pharmacies in our area.

Thank you for your continued support!