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Topeka Presbyterian Manor resident passes away

An independent living resident of Topeka Presbyterian Manor who previously tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away.

It is never easy to say goodbye to a beloved resident. It’s even more difficult during this awful pandemic. The entire Topeka Presbyterian Manor family is in mourning at this time.

While we strive for transparency in what we do, please know that we are bound by federal guidelines under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects the privacy rights of our residents even into death. Our medical director follows all established federal laws in notifying families of any change in the medical condition of their loved ones.

At this time, Topeka Presbyterian Manor continues its focus on ensuring the well-being of our residents and employees. We will continue to monitor residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 on each shift, and care for those residents who are positive in the COVID-19 isolation area.

Our bi-weekly surveillance testing is done for this week. No new positive cases were detected. We will resume testing next week and will test any resident or employee with symptoms consistent with the virus in the meantime.

“We remain vigilant in the face of the ongoing pandemic,” said Heather Pilkinton, executive director.

All employees are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. We have been screening individuals as they enter the community building for a shift and before individuals have any direct contact with residents.  We educate all staff to stay at home if they are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well.

For more information about Topeka Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website,

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