We want to inform you about the precautions Sanctum House is taking to keep our residents, staff and volunteers safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.  We value everyone we come in touch with and are doing everything we can to keep everyone healthy. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We owe a huge thank you to our Medical Director, Dr. Jodi Flanders, for leading our team in developing our comprehensive plan COVID-19.


  • Review and update list of local organizations for assistance for information, healthcare services, support, resources
  • Stay up-to-date with current COVID-19 news and developments in the state of Michigan at
  • Create emergency contact list for each resident, employees, volunteers, healthcare providers, local health department
  • Prepare a room at Sanctum House that can be used to separate sick household members from others
  • Review handwashing guidelines (see below) and provide disposable hand towels. Residents to keep personal bath towels in their own private space


  • Wash hands with soap and warm water frequently, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw in trash; proceed to wash hands after. If no tissue, cough into upper arm
  • Use personal bathrooms rather than general bathroom
  • Clean and disinfect frequently, paying special attention to door handles and other surfaces frequently touched by multiple individuals twice daily


  • Take temperature of residents and staff twice daily
  • Isolate resident if fever, cough, or shortness of breath and contact healthcare provider for further guidance
  • Seek immediate medical attention if emergency warning signs for COVID-19 develop
  • Emergency warning signs include:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Chest pain
    • Confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • Limit close contact to others (6 feet)
  • Strict avoidance of physical contact (hugging, handshaking)
  • Review and post CDC CLEAN & DISINFECT POLICY for Coronavirus Disease 2019 at
  • Clean and Disinfect household surfaces (counters, light switches, remotes, desks, tables, hard backed chairs, doorknobs, kitchen appliances, bathroom toilets, sinks) at least daily
  • Disinfect phones, keyboards after each use
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Continue care of the mental health of residents, staff, volunteers
  • Confirm all residents have 30 days of all medications available
  • Encourage outdoor air and activity


  • Use video conferencing for meetings when possible
  • Outdoor gatherings when feasible
  • Postponement of all large gatherings until authorized by CDC, following governmental guidelines
  • Cancel all business travel
  • Limit entry to only essential staff & volunteers
  • Staff to remain home if ill, as well as staff with family member ill or in contagious condition
  • Clean hands upon entry to Sanctum House per hand hygiene protocol
  • Healthy staff and residents to conduct themselves as if they were a significant risk to residents, staff, and volunteers with underlying conditions (example but not limited to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders, lung or kidney disease)
  • Limit visitors under 18 years of age
  • Postpone all unessential resident appointments, meetings, and day passes

Sanctum House Board of Directors

Revision date: Mar 18, 2020