Thursday 4/23/20

Hello Everyone!

We are happy to report that as of today we still do not have any Covid + staff or residents/clients. Approximately 100 long-term care employees were tested on Sunday and Monday. We are hoping for additional testing times to become available and will alert staff as soon as we hear.

Thank you to BeanTowne Coffee House located in Hampstead for delivering approximately 100 meals to our staff as a token of thanks for the incredible work being done by the front line staff here.

Lauren has developed an informative video regarding mask use, please click on the link below or look on the media tab within this blog to view it. Lauren has also developed a do’s and don’ts regarding proper mask wear and storage. There are flyers available at the nursing office and we will post it here as well. Great job Lauren!

PPE Mask Use

Kathi Hayes has come up with a great idea to give back to our community through a food drive as many people are out of work and may be having difficulties feeding their families. Over the next week please consider donating food items, boxes are located in the Hilton auditorium.

PPE Update

We continue to utilize our surgical masks at a record pace. Please be mindful of proper PPE usage as we want to ensure we have enough PPE as this pandemic continues. Currently we have over 7000 procedure masks, over 1000 N95s, 200 pairs of goggles and over 200 face shields. Thank you Stacy Lane and Kim Gauthier for calling local distributors for PPE donations. Gloves continue to be ordered as available and we have a large amount available.

Thank you all for your continued efforts and keeping positive despite the stressors we are all facing daily with this Covid pandemic. We will get through these challenging times together.


Steve and Tiffany

Friday 4/17/20

Hello Everyone!

As of today, we still do not have any staff or residents/clients with Covid. We remain diligent in following all infection control policies and procedures as advised by the CDC and CMS.

All nursing home and ALF staff are able obtain Covid testing. We appreciate Governor Sununu’s forethought in seeing the seriousness in long-term care and making this testing available to all nursing home, assisted living and independent living facilities in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties. The Governor’s office did contract with Convenient MD to provide this testing. At this time we have two designated times (Sunday 4/19/20 at 0930-1030 and Monday 4/20/20 1300-1430). We do see the problem this created for our shift workers and have calls in to DHHS and the Governor’s office to facilitate additional and more convenient testing times. Please e-mail Meghan Welsh at to be added to the current testing spreadsheet. Thank you Meghan for being available over the weekend to facilitate this for our staff. Testing will be at Riverwoods, 5 White Oak Drive in Exeter, NH. Please make sure to bring your Rockingham County ID.

We did receive approval from the Commissioners that long-term care employees will be eligible to carry over up to 40 hours of minimum usage earned time until January 30, 2021.

PPE Update:

We continue to closely monitor our PPE inventory. We received 100 more cloth masks from Exeter hospital, thank you Lauren for picking these up. We received 1000 surgical masks and 20 N95s from our generous community. We have 2000 more surgical masks being delivered by So Clean this weekend from Peterborough. Also, we were able to obtain several cases of surgical masks which should be delivered to us on Monday 4/20/20 and Friday 4/24/20.

Lastly, we are working on the logistics of the state sponsored 300 dollar (150 dollar part-time employee) stipend. We are advocating this be available to all long-term care employees. More information to follow.

Everyone stay healthy and safe. We thank you for all of your continued hard work and commitment to caring for our residents/clients. This is a true team effort and we can’t thank you enough.

Have a great weekend!

Steve and Tiffany

Tuesday 4/14/20

Hello Everyone!

We currently do not have any Covid positive staff, residents or clients here at RCRNC and Ernest P. Barka assisted living which is phenomenal and a testament to everyone’s hard work. We need to stay focused with all of our infection control practices.

Please remember that we need to ensure that all residents/clients have their temperature recorded each shift. This is essential for keeping everyone safe and implementing early interventions in case someone was ill.

PPE Update

On Saturday, So Clean from Peterborough, N.H. dropped off 2000 surgical masks and 200 K95 masks. We obtained 100 cloth masks from Jo-Ann fabrics in Hooksett. It is imperative that we have the cloth masks returned at the end of each shift to ensure there is enough for everyone. We will need to start having the residents/clients wear cloth masks, as well, to best protect everyone. We are working diligently to secure more cloth masks from our community.

The policy and procedure manual for Covid is updated. Please see the nursing supervisor office for this important information. Thank you to everyone for your continued hard work and focus during this challenging time.

Steve and Tiffany


Welcome to the Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Ernest P. Barka Assisted Living news blog. Here you will find frequent operational updates and at this time a large focus on the COVID-19 crisis.

Currently, we have no COVID-19 cases among staff and residents. We remain committed to practicing under the suggested CDC and CMS guidelines to provide a safe working environment for our staff and safe home for our residents and clients that we serve daily.

Today we received 95 more cloth masks for circulation from Jo-Ann’s Fabrics in Newington. Please remember to return your soiled mask at the end of your shift for laundering so we have enough masks to keep all staff members safe during this pandemic. We also received gowns, surgical masks, and gloves from the emergency state surplus distribution center today. Thank you Lauren for working out the logistics and acquiring these supplies.

We continue to meet daily, often several times a day, as a COVID team to develop new strategies and implement new guidelines as they become available. This interdisciplinary team is made up of several members of the long-term care and assisted living team.

Lastly, we would like to thank all staff for your continued support and hard work as we face these COVID challenges together. These are complicated and scary times but we will navigate these uncharted waters together as a Rockingham County family.

Stay well,

Steve and Tiffany