Silver Maples’ Response to the Evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Update: June 1, 2020

Visitor Restrictions Extended

On Friday, May 29, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-108, which extends the restriction of visitors to any residential care facility (which includes Assisted and Independent Senior Living). Specifically, visitors are only permitted for the provision of medical care, the support of activities of daily living, or the exercise of power of attorney.

This Executive Order also directs Silver Maples to perform a health evaluation of all who seek to enter for any reason and must deny entry to those individuals who do not meet the health evaluation criteria, which includes symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Under this Executive Order, any staff member or visitor is required to wear a covering of his or her nose and mouth as well. This order continues until June 26, 2020.

Other Executive Orders that impact Silver Maples include:

Executive Order 2020-95, Enhanced Protections for employees and residents of long-term care facilities
• Applies to residents and staff in The Meadows Assisted Living and addresses specific rights related to diagnosis and care of any resident diagnosed with COVID-19

• Restricts all communal dining and all internal and external group activities

• Continues through June 17, 2020

Executive Order 2020-96, Temporary requirement to suspend certain activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life
• Authorizes small gatherings of 10 people or less, as long as participants practice social distancing

• Programming and events were increased at Silver Maples, along with housekeeping services and non-essential work orders

• Dining areas of 10 or fewer made available for Independent Living residents to gather with their meals (pick-up and delivery of meals only remains in effect)

• State of Emergency continues through June 19, 2020

Julie A. Deppner
Executive Director/CEO


Update: May 14, 2020

Stay Home Stay Safe Executive Order Extended and 
Silver Maples' Safe Start Plan

On Thursday, May 7, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-77, which extends the suspension of certain activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. Some of the highlights of this order that directly impact residents and staff of Silver Maples include:

Executive Order (No. 2020-77): Expires May 28, 2020
• All individuals living in Michigan are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence.

• All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons not part of a single household are prohibited.

• Any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering, must wear a mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief, covering his or her nose and mouth when in any enclosed public space.

• All individuals who leave their home must adhere to social distancing measures including remaining at least six feet from people outside the individual’s household.

Additionally, Governor Whitmer presented the Michigan Safe Start Plan. There are six phases in this plan, we are currently in Phase 3.

We have developed a Silver Maples' Safe Start Plan, which is aligned to the Michigan Plan. When we reach Phase 4, we will work to re-engage our Housekeeping services, non-essential Work Orders, Salon and Chaplain Services, Programming and Events in small groups, as well as some Dining in small groups.

I know we are all hopeful we can move to this next phase as soon as possible. In the meantime, it is so important that we ALL continue to wear face coverings, stay home, wash and sanitize our hands to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe!

***As a reminder, Executive Order 2020-72, which prohibits visitors at Silver Maples and all health care facilities, continues to remain in effect until May 31, 2020.***

Julie A. Deppner
Executive Director/CEO


Update: May 4, 2020

Recent Governor's Executive Orders - How Is Life At Silver Maples Affected

As we move into the month of May, we have all been adjusting to a new way of life, with almost 8 weeks of social distancing. It’s been fun to see each other during staff walks and “Zoom” meetings, but I know we all anxiously await the day we can converse in person, enjoy meals together and hug our loved ones! Below are a few updates regarding the recent Governor’s Executive Orders and what they mean for life at Silver Maples:

Executive Order (No. 2020-72): Expires May 31, 2020
• This order limits visitors at Silver Maples. Specifically, it prohibits entry into health care facilities, except those who are needed to:
o Provide Medical Care
o Support activities of daily living or
o Assist family due to serious critical conditions or in hospice care
• This order also requires all staff and visitors to wear face coverings and maintain six feet from others.
• Silver Maples must also perform a health evaluation of all individuals that seek entry into our community and deny entry to individuals who do not meet the evaluation criteria.

Stay-At-Home Order Extension (No. 2020-59): Expires May 15, 2020
• This order limits all non-essential business operations, but now allows for some exceptions, including lawn care and plant purchases using delivery/pick-up.
• This order also continues to limit all public and private gatherings of any number of people and requires face masks in public enclosed spaces. When this order is relaxed or lifted, we can then bring back housekeeping services and small group activities.

Enhanced Protections for Staff & Residents at LTC Facility (EO 2020-50): Expires May 13, 2020
• This order provides directives and procedures related to communication, transfers and discharges of COVID-19 affected residents. (We continue to have zero cases of COVID-19 at Silver Maples!)
• This order all specifically prohibits all communal dining in Senior Living communities.
Like you, I so look forward to getting back to our new normal. In the meantime, stay well and be safe my friends!

Julie A. Deppner
Executive Director/CEO


Update: April 17, 2020

Silver Maples Receives a Grant from the Chelsea Community Foundation

We recently learned that Silver Maples of Chelsea was among 11 non-profit organizations to be awarded an immediate needs grant from the Chelsea Community Foundation.  The CCF Board decided to proactively address the needs in the community by offering grants to non-profit organizations who are deemed essential in providing critical care and services during this pandemic.  At this time we are unsure where the shortfalls are going to come, however this generous, unexpected grant will provide breathing room for our organization and our residents down the road.  Their generosity is greatly appreciated.

Julie A. Deppner
Executive Director/CEO


Update: April 7, 2020

Face Coverings:  Requirements and Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states it is CRITICAL to maintain 6-feet social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Silver Maples of Chelsea will now be requiring our staff to wear a face covering while on-site during their work hours.

In addition, we are recommending all residents wear a face covering when out in public.  If you are an allowable visitor (providing medical care, support of activities of daily living like bathing or eating, or are providing care for critical conditions or hospice care) we ask that you wear a face covering.

We continue to have several donations of homemade cloth face coverings that are available at the main desks, as well as disposable masks.

Please assist us in keeping Silver Maples residents and staff safe.

Stay healthy and safe friends!


Update: April 6, 2020

Visitor Restrictions Have Been Extended in the Meadows and Include the Maples

On Sunday, April 5, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-37, which extended restrictions on entry into residential care facilities.

Based on this Executive Order, Silver Maples of Chelsea must prohibit all visitors, in both the Meadows Assisted Living and the Maples Independent Living, except those that are necessary for:

  • Medical care
  • Support of activities of daily living like bathing or eating, or
  • Critical conditions or hospice care

This order is in place through May 3, 2020.

Reminder, Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order #2020-21 directs all Michiganders to STAY in their homes unless:

  • You are part of the critical infrastructure workforce
  • Engage in an outdoor activity
  • Performing tasks necessary for the health and safety of yourself or your family, (like going to the hospital or grocery store.)

Additionally, all public and private gatherings of any number of people are also prohibited. This order is in place until April 13, 2020.  (Although, it is expected to be extended.)

The bottom line is no visitors, and stay home.  That doesn’t sound like much fun!!  Please be patient and know we all want to be well and safe.  And know, this too shall pass…

Julie A. Deppner
Executive Director/CEO

Update: March 24, 2020

Silver Maples of Chelsea Is Doing Our Part To Stay Safe And Save Lives

On Monday, March 23rd, Governor Whitmer signed the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order. For at least the next (3) three weeks, all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.  Michiganders must stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.

Here are just some of the ways we continue to work together to protect our community and families as we implement the new Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order: 

  • We have implemented delivery service for all of our residents for every meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Made-to-order dinners are also available for pick-up every evening.  Our Café continues to provide delicious options for our residents to purchase in-house rather than leaving our community.
  • Although public and private gatherings of any number are now prohibited, virtual activities are being planned and implemented by our creative Programming Staff. Our Assisted Living residents continue to enjoy one-on-one activities and games, as well as engaging conversation with our caring staff members.
  • We are committed to providing transportation for those essential tasks necessary for the health and safety of our residents.
  • We encourage our residents to engage in outdoor recreation, while remaining at least six feet from their friends and neighbors.
  • All of our valued staff are important to us! For the safety of our residents and our staff, we are restricting the number of workers present in-person, promoting remote work to the fullest extent, keeping employees and residents at least six feet from one another, and implementing social distancing measures at all times.
  • We continue to restrict all visitors, except those allowed for resident care, medical care and life threatening situations. We are utilizing all available staff members to help us monitor our entrances in order to keep vendors and other non-essential guests from entering our community.
  • Our care staff are implementing safety precautions on a daily basis, which include continuous hand washing, sanitizing, monitoring themselves for symptoms, and practicing social distancing in public places.

We care about our friends and neighbors at Silver Maples and will continue to be vigilant in not only providing the best care for our residents, but also putting supportive measures in place for them to be safe and well!

Julie A. Deppner
Executive Director/CEO


Update: March 18, 2020

Culinary Services Implements Pickup and Delivery Service

As we move into a new dimension of the COVID-19 virus, we want to share some additional precautions taking place at Silver Maples as the situation continues to evolve.  Our main priority is to protect the health and safety of our Residents and our Staff. The best way to weather this situation is to understand, support and adhere to these changes.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has stated the COVID-19 virus poses a health threat to our aging population, especially those with underlying health issues such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes.  They are recommending everyone to minimize their social interactions in large settings, specifically limiting gathering in groups of 10 or less.

For these reasons, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 we are discontinuing communal dining in all our dining venues (Arbor Dining Room, Trellis Dining Room and Bistro). Tray service will be offered until further notice for residents in the Maples and Meadows, pick up service is available for residents in the Villas. Specific details regarding tray service times, pick up times and locations have been communicated to residents and their families via memo and email.  Please check your email inbox for further details.

We hope this is only a temporary solution and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Thank you!

Patti Kucera                                                                                                                                                                    Director of Culinary Services


Update: March 14, 2020

Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Restrictions on Entry into Care Facilities

On Friday, March 13, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-6 to impose temporary restrictions on entry into residential care facilities.

Under Executive Order 2020-6, beginning Saturday, March 14 at 9:00AM, Silver Maples of Chelsea must prohibit all visitors, except those that are necessary for:

  • Medical care
  • Support of activities of daily living like bathing or eating, or
  • Visiting under exigent circumstances

Additionally, we must assess for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors for all individuals not under our care who are seeking entry into our organization. Silver Maples must deny entry to any individual with these symptoms or risk factors.

According to this Executive Order, these restrictions will remain in place until April 5, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Thank you for adhering to these restrictions, which have been deemed necessary in order to keep our residents safe.

Julie A. Deppner
Executive Director/CEO


Update: March 13, 2020

Governor Whitmer Declares a State of Emergency: Precautions Silver Maples Has Taken

On March 11, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a State of Emergency related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  In response to this declaration, Silver Maples has recently implemented the following measures:

  • Restricting non-essential visitors (school groups, entertainers, sales people, prospective resident tours)
  • Discouraging/limiting family and friends from visiting unless absolutely necessary
  • Conducting visitor screening
  • Re-routing vendor deliveries to the back of the community vs. entering through the lobby
  • Postponing group outings and community events held at Silver Maples
  • Placing hand sanitizing stations in the vestibules outside the main lobbies
  • Stressing the importance of hand washing, sanitation and prevention measures
  • Discouraging shared finger foods
  • Modifying programming and activities as needed
  • Waiving tray service fees for 30 days

Silver Maples is committed to supporting and protecting the health and well-being of our residents.  We continue to rely on the guidance and recommendations set forth by the Washtenaw County Health Department, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Senior Living Professional Organizations to inform our decision making during this time.

For more information from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on precautions, visit:

Steps to protect yourself and to protect others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with others (especially with people who are at higher risk of getting very sick)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a Kleenex or your sleeve
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces areas often, such as desktops, door handles, and phones

As developments continue, we will respond accordingly in order to protect our residents health and well-being.

Julie A. Deppner
Executive Director/CEO