COVID-19 Update for Patients and Families
Gilchrist is closely monitoring the coronavirus developments in Maryland. As you know, the Governor of Maryland and public health officials are urging people to practice social distancing to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Gilchrist is committed to ensuring the safety of our patients, our staff and our community while continuing to provide needed services to our patients and families.
For Home Care Families
We strongly suggest you limit the number of visitors to your home and the frequency of visits. We discourage visits with younger people, as they can be carriers, and with those who have not routinely visited in the past.
We urge you to consider using Zoom, Skype or other video conferencing tools that allow you to see and talk to friends and family without compromising your environment. We recognize that this may present some challenges but strongly encourage you to use these tools for everyone’s safety.
For Inpatient Visitors
We are following government recommendations regarding visitors to our inpatient centers – Gilchrist Center Towson, Gilchrist Center Baltimore and Gilchrist Center Howard County. We are communicating with patients and families daily.
We urge you to consider using Zoom, Skype or other video conferencing tools that allow you to see and talk to friends and family without compromising your health. We recognize that this may present some challenges but strongly encourage you to use these tools for everyone’s safety.
We are operating as usual on a virtual platform. We offer grief counseling to individuals and families, support groups, special events and pop-up breathing workshops. You can read more on our Grief Counseling page or learn more about our support group options.
We have temporarily suspended all in-person volunteer visits to our patients, families and community.
We have also postponed all grief workshops, support groups, and grief events until further notice. We have canceled this year’s Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration and changed the date of the Spring Jazz Brunch. For more information: Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration and Spring Jazz Brunch
Gilchrist COVID-19 Support Fund
As a nonprofit, fundraising efforts sustain Gilchrist’s programmatic needs. But as COVID-19 continues to impact our organization and community, a new priority has developed. A special fund has been created to allow the organization to respond to emergent needs as staff experience unexpected childcare issues or additional hardships while continuing to care for our patients every day during this crisis. The fund will also help Gilchrist purchase additional personal protective equipment and medical supplies that are urgently needed.
Click here to donate.
We will provide updates as they become available. Thank you for working with us.
For the latest updates on the Coronavirus Outbreak, please visit the CDC website.