Morris Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

INDOOR VISITATION POLICY MAR. 18, 2021

VISITING HOURS:

We have reopened and designated the main dining room as place for visitation. It will be scheduled 7 days a week at the following times

9:00am to 9:30am; 11:00 am to 11:45 am,3:15 pm to
4:00 pm, and 4:15 pm to 5:00pm.

  • Visitation appointments are first come first serve.
  • A tight schedule is critical so please make sure you arrive 15 mins earlier to complete screening and testing procedures.
  • Window visits and video calls will continue as other means of communicating with your loved ones.
  • You are allowed 2 visits a week, 2 guests at a time
  • Visitors under 16 y/o must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.

SCREENING REQUIREMENTS/ACCESS TO VISITATION:

  • We will use the CMS COVID-19 county positivity rate guidelines, found on the COVID-19 Nursing Home Data site to comply with testing requirements.
  • You will be screened at the front desk for any signs/symptoms of COVID-19 which will include temperature checks and answering screening questions in order to access visitation.
  • Visitors must either present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from within the past seventy-two hours (72), or utilize the facilities rapid testing to meet the testing requirement.
  • Visitation will be refused if the Visitor fails to present negative PCR COVID test result, fails rapid test, exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms, or does not pass screening questions.
  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
    The current information available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with COVID-19 includes the following the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or dyspnea, fever, chills, myalgias, headache, sore throat, poor appetite & loss of taste or smell.
  • For inspection purposes and potential contact tracing, you are required to provide the following information:
    1. First and Last name of visitor
    2. Physical street address of visitor
    3. Daytime and evening Phone number
    4. Date and time of visit
    5. Email address if available
  • End of life and compassionate care visits compassionate care situations will be considered by the facility on a resident specific basis. Testing is required and facilitated wherever possible.

FACE MASK/FACE COVERING

  • You are required to wear an acceptable face mask throughout your visit. Face mask must cover both nose and mouth.
  • Face mask is also offered at the facility which you can avail at front desk.

HAND HYGIENE

  • Alcohol based hand rubs will be provided, we require that you use it before and after your visit.
  • It is important that you follow the instructions for proper hand hygiene.
  • Hugging, kissing, touching, including hand shakes are not permitted during your visit

SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • You will be seated at designated area with chairs for use during visit.
  • It will be set up by us to ensure social distancing.
  • Please do not move chairs to other sitting areas or get close to one another.
  • Rest assured all chairs & other equipment will be sanitized after each visit.

GIFTS/PACKAGES/FOOD ITEMS

  • NO packages, gifts or food items are allowed to be given directly to our residents as they must be handed to staff to take into the building.
  • Please make sure packages are clearly labeled with resident’s name.

TESTING RESIDENTS/STAFF

  • We will continue our safety protocols of monitoring our residents and addressing the mildest detection of signs/symptoms and test our residents.
  • Employees will continue to be tested weekly.
  • Our website is updated daily to inform you of any changes in our facility.
  • Free testing sites for families/visitors can be found at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid19-testing.page

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SOMMER LEE ESPINO, RNC, DIRECTOR OF NURSING

MISSION: Lead, educate, and evaluate all nursing operations and collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to ensure efficient and compassionate delivery of resident care.

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Oversee every detail of nursing to make sure you get the care you need.

 

BACKGROUND: Bachelor’s in Nursing with a postgraduate degree in Maternal & Child Health. Over 30 years of experience as a nurse (more than 20 years in long-term care!) Certified in PRI, MDS, ACLS/BCLS, and Infection Control.

 

I TAKE PRIDE IN: my leadership skills. An effective leader adapts to each person’s needs — directing, teaching, supporting, and delegating, depending on each staff member’s level of competence and commitment. Most importantly, an effective leader communicates, making sure the listener hears them by speaking in their language.

Working in this setting has made me realize this is where I belong. As a nurse, nothing is more fulfilling than seeing your patient heal and improve, day by day. In long-term care, residents come to us in their most vulnerable state and stay for a long time. This gives us a chance to build meaningful relationships with them so that when they’re ready to leave, they’ve become our family.

KRUNAL BHATT, PT, MS, DIRECTOR OF REHAB

MISSION: Manage all aspects of the rehabilitation department. Coordinate with all therapy disciplines to ensure superlative delivery of care.

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Ensure every patient gets a customized, effective rehab plan that works.

 

BACKGROUND: Bachelor in Physical Therapy. Masters in Sports Science. 8 years experience in skilled nursing facilities, providing therapy to patients with a wide range of diagnoses.

 

I TAKE PRIDE IN: my ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Honestly, Morris Park feels like a second home. The staff is very close-knit, and we share a common goal: make the facility feel like home for our residents.

Jasmine Torres, DIRECTOR OF HOUSEKEEPING

MISSION: Assess proposed admissions for appropriate placement, consulting with nursing, administrative, and therapy personnel as needed. Provide facility tours for prospective clients and families.

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Make your transition to Morris Park as smooth and comfortable as possible.

 

BACKGROUND: Extensive experience in concierge services for seniors.

 

I TAKE PRIDE IN: my professionalism and broad knowledge base in my department. I am always willing to go the extra mile.

It’s a pleasure being part of Morris Park’s success. Seeing our residents transition in such a positive way fills my heart with joy.

ANGELA VITACCO, DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES & CORPORATE COMPLIANCE

MISSION: Hire & retain exceptional staff members, oversee their training and quality scores, and cultivate an overall culture of cooperation and respect.

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Develop and implement smooth processes so all you notice is the harmony of a well-oiled (and completely compliant) team. Create and nurture an environment where staff, residents, and the community at large work to understand each other, despite our differences.

 

BACKGROUND: MS in Human Resources Management with 25+ years of human resources experience in a variety of industries (media & entertainment, healthcare and pharmaceutical).

 

I TAKE PRIDE IN: my ability to listen. Facts are important, but sometimes it’s more important to listen and try to understand what someone is feeling in order to help them find the best possible solution.

I love being a resource and safe space for employees. Knowing I can make a difference, provide comfort or simply put a smile on someone’s face makes it all worthwhile. It’s more than simply leading; it’s leading with heart. My door is always open. Stop by anytime!