Landis Communities Update Regarding All Affiliates

November 20, 2020

Updated guidance related to COVID-19 – This week the Wolf Administration has announced new measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The two that directly affect the residents and team members of Landis Communities include new travel requirements and a strengthening of the masking order.

Travel to Pennsylvania – The previous guidelines for a 14-day quarantine after traveling from “hot spot” states has been replaced with this order. It is also important to note that this new measure is not a recommendation but a requirement. The summary provided by the State of PA says, “Dr. Levine issued an order requiring anyone who visits from another state to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the commonwealth. If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. This order, which takes effect on Friday, November 20, does not apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment.”

Strengthened Masking Order – Dr. Levine first issued a masking order on April 15. The order signed this week strengthens the initial order. The highlights of the order, provided by the state are:

  •   Masks are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home.
  •   When outdoors, a mask must be worn if you are not able to remain physically distant (at least 6 feet away) from someone not in your household the entire time you are outdoors.
  •   When indoors, masks will now be required even if you are physically distant from members not in your household. This means that even if you are able to be 6 feet apart, you will need to wear a mask while inside if with people other than members of your household.

This order applies to every indoor facility, including homes, retail establishments, gyms, doctors’ offices, public transportation, and anywhere food is prepared, packaged or served.

  • Updated Guidance for Visitors –  The questions in the Sign-In book by the lobby elevator, have been updated to reflect the above changes.  Please have your visitors be sure to sign in so that we have a way to do contract tracing, should it be required. 
  • Resident Contract Tracing Log –  This might be a good time to again start charting your time outside of your apartment and “in the community” by noting the time of day and destination on a calendar.  If you or someone else at SVL tests positive for COVID-19, residents will be notified and asked to check their logs for possible contact points.     

While we are hearing some good news about vaccines and immunity this is not the time to let our guard down. As we have said since the beginning, the health and safety of residents and team members is our primary concern. You have shown incredible resilience through the past nine months. Please stay courageous in the face of fatigue. We will get through this, together.

Larry Zook President/CEO Landis CommunitiesEvon Bergey Vice President, Community Initiatives Landis Communities 

April 23, 2020 Update


April 1, 2020 Update




March 23, 2020

Landis Communities

Staffing – the plan for utilizing staff across the organization has begun.

o Due to the temporary closure of Landis Adult Day Services, team members have been re-deployed to other positions.

o Landis at Home staffing is strong. They are able to fill requests for care at Landis Homes and in the community as well as help in other areas where needed.

Client notes – a special service Landis at Home has been able to provide to clients is to hand deliver notes from family. Notes are sent electronically to team members. They print them and take them when providing care. The response has been heartwarming.

Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning®

We recognize that with more time spent at home, there a limited options for learning. Because Pathways classes are postponed until at least April 17, Anastasia Petrovskaya is reaching out to several instructors with the request to record a presentation of the course on video. The videos would then be uploaded to an online channel/source and the links shared with Pathways participants. Stay tuned for more on this.

At this time, we are offering free resources, such as online learning, virtual tours of museums and historic sites, streams of concerts, etc. A list of free online resources for all residents and clients is below. We hope you enjoy these enriching and educational opportunities to experience the world from the comfort and safety of your home.

Free Online Resources

Online Learning: more than 450 course from Ivy League Schools:


A list of US Museums you can tour online:


Article about virtual tours of US National Parks:


This article lists some great resources, including virtual tours of parks, zoos and historic places around the world, live opera streams from Metropolitan Opera and many more:


More virtual tours here: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/03/9576127/free-virtual-tours-online

Virtual Museum exhibits of the world famous masterpieces: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/19-immersive-museum-exhibits-you-can-visit-from-your-couch

Virtual concerts here:



March 19, 2020

March 19 Landis Communities Update from Landis Communities on Vimeo.

The goal of Landis Communities during this unprecedented time is to keep our residents, clients and team members safe and healthy. We continue to appreciate your support as we closely monitor the guidelines and protocols of the CDC, the State of Pennsylvania and others as we make difficult decisions. We understand you and your loved ones are impacted by these decisions so we are striving to keep you informed through the documents and videos posted on the website for each affiliate as well as at LandisCommunities.org/covid. 

Today’s update is intended to give you an overview of all parts of Landis Communities and how affiliates are working together. Leaders from across the organization gather by video conference each morning to discuss important issues. Larry Zook, President/CEO of Landis Communities and members of the Leadership Team, Evon Bergey, VP of Community Initiatives and Michelle Rassler, VP of Operations/Executive Director of Landis Homes have contributed to this update.

How are the Affiliates working together and supporting each other?

There are three primary areas of collaboration:

  • Screening of team members – the system for screening was developed and a process was put in place for staff to administer at all sites
  • Staffing – to prepare for staff needs moving forward, a survey was conducted with all team members. We can now cross train staff and implement a process to identify needs across Landis Communities and who is available to work.
  • Supplies – inventory has been accessed across Landis Communities.

Are there any concerns regarding supplies?

The reality is that supplies will likely be depleted. Each entity is ordering what they can and we have the information to request emergency allocations. We are also being creative. For example, at Landis Homes and Welsh Mountain Home, volunteers are helping to make masks.

What is happening at each affiliate?

Landis Homes

While only essential visitors are able to come to campus, we are trying to maintain as much normalcy for residents as possible. For Residential Living residents, The High Learning & Wellness Center continues to be a place where people can connect, while maintaining appropriate six feet social distance. Although we have postponed Pathways Institute classes, the fitness area and swimming pool are open to residents at this time (with additional safety measures and frequent cleaning). This supports residents in staying healthy and having quality of life at this difficult time. In Personal Care and Healthcare, we are helping residents to find new ways to connect with loved ones. Video messaging has begun and we are working on a plan for “outside the window” times like have been seen on the news or social media. We will reach out to families soon.

Landis at Home

Landis at Home has a strong workforce that is continuing to secure clients at Landis Homes and in the community. They are observing universal precautions.

Landis Adult Day Services

Based on Governor Wolf’s recommendation, ADS closed 3/17/2020 and will remain closed through 3/31/2020. This date will be re-evaluated as it gets closer. Team members are supporting other areas of Landis Communities.

Steeple View Lofts

Residents at Steeple View Lofts are supporting each other. Non-essential visitors are  discouraged and visitors and vendors are being screened.


Several cases of influenza have been identified at Welsh Mountain Home. Universal precautions are being practiced. Supplies are an issue but they are working with Landis Communities. At Mountain View Terrace, residents are practicing social distancing and discouraging visitors.


Classes are currently postponed until April 1. More communication will be forthcoming over the next weeks.

How is the team doing?

There are many unknowns with this virus so the team is doing all they can to prepare for what could happen. At Landis Homes and Welsh Mountain Home, through Landis at Home, and at Steeple View Lofts, team members are thinking ahead and planning. They are also carefully responding to the many questions of residents and clients. As a whole, the team is fully functioning and working at high levels. Leadership is encouraging team members to care for themselves with time off to rest and refresh.

Are there messages we have heard from Board Members or Residents?

One of our Landis Communities Board members, Dr. Dan Mast, who is a physician and also chair of the Landis Homes Board, has expressed appreciation for the way everyone has come together to prepare. Dr. Mast also shared how important social distancing is to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is essential for the health and well-being of all who are part of Landis Communities. 

Many residents, who for many years have been prayer warriors, have told us that they are praying for all residents and clients of Landis Communities and for team members. This means so much to team members as well to know they are being prayed for.

What help is needed at this time?

  • Prayers
  • Supplies – we may have some needs in the near future – please watch for communications
  • Financial support – this will be a need moving forward. We do not know the financial impact this will have across Landis Communities, but our priority is to have the team members we need to care for residents. We will share more on this soon.

One source for personal meditation and prayer is a daily meditation from Richard Rohr. This morning he shared thoughts about the current COVID19 pandemic…

“We are in the midst of a highly teachable moment. There’s no doubt that this period will be referred to for the rest of our lifetimes. We have a chance to go deep, and to go broad. Globally, we’re in this together. Depth is being forced on us by great suffering, which as I like to say, always leads to great love.”

In these uncertain times, we can be certain that we are surrounded by God’s love. Praying that we each experience this deep love today and in the coming days.

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