Morris Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

INDOOR VISITATION POLICY NOV. 2021

This Fact Sheet informs you of the details for our VISITATION procedures. We ask that you continue to keep best practices in mind knowing that when out in community there may be exposure to people who unknowingly carry the virus & can pose greater risk for our residents. Our facility is committed to ensuring compliance with all CMS and NYSDOH
guidelines while continuing to mitigate the risk of resurgence and transmission of COVID-19.

CORE PRINCIPLES OF INFECTION CONTROL:

The Facility, its residents, and families must continue to adhere to the Core Principles of infection prevention practices that reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission including, but not limited to the following:

  1. Visitors who have a positive Covid-19 test, symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, will not be allowed to enter the facility.
  2. The facility will screen all who enter for these visitation exclusions.
  3. Hand hygiene at entry and frequently (use of alcoholbased hand rub is preferred)
  4. Face covering or mask (covering mouth and nose)
  5. Physical distancing at least six feet between people, in accordance with CDC guidance
  6. Visible Instructional signage throughout the facility
  7. Proper visitor education on COVID19 signs & symptoms, infection control precautions, & applicable facility practices.
  8. Cleaning and disinfecting high-frequency touched surfaces in the facility and designated visitation areas after each visit.
  9. Appropriate staff use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as applicable.
  10. Effective cohorting of residents (e.g., separate areas dedicated to COVID-19 care)
  11. Conduct resident and staff testing as per CMS/DOH guidelines.
  12. Reduced risk of transmission through the use of physical barriers (e.g. clear Plexiglas dividers, curtains as needed.

VISITOR TESTING & VACCINATION:

CMS encourages testing for visitors when substantial or high levels of community transmission is identified.

  • We will continue to offer point of care (Rapid Antigen Test) in addition to screening to attempt to minimize transmission of active disease.
  • We encourages all visitors to become vaccinated and we will continue to educate and encourage visitors to become vaccinated.
  • The Facility reserves the right to protect out residents by asking visitors if they have been vaccinated. Vaccination status will be added to our screening process.

VISITATION

Outdoor visitation is preferred (except in instances of inclement weather) even when the resident and visitor are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Outdoor visits generally pose a lower risk of transmission due to increased space and airflow.

Indoor Visitation

  • Although there is no limit on the number of visitors that a resident can have at one time, visits will be conducted in a manner that adheres to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention.
  • The Facility will avoid large gatherings (e.g., parties, events) where large numbers of visitors are in the same space at the same time and physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Visitor movement in the facility will be limited (No walking around different halls of the facility, go directly to the resident’s room or designated visitation area.
  • If a resident’s roommate is unvaccinated or immune-compromised (regardless of vaccination status), visits will not be conducted in the resident’s room.
  • If there is a roommate and the health status of the resident prevents leaving the room, we will attempt to enable in-room visitation while adhering to the core principles of infection prevention.
  • When visiting residents, who are on precautions or quarantine, visitors will be made aware of the potential risk of visiting and precautions necessary in order to visit the resident. Visitors must adhere to the core principles of infection prevention and Control.

Compassionate care visits will be allowed at all times. However in accordance with CMS regulations we believe there may be scenarios when visitation should be limited. (e.g. When a resident is severely immune-compromised and the number of visitors the resident is exposed to will be kept to a minimum).

TRANSMISSION RISK

  • Visitors must wear face coverings or masks when around other residents or healthcare personnel, regardless of vaccination status.
  • When a new case of COVID-19 among residents or staff is identified, the facility will immediately begin outbreak testing and contact DOH for guidance or direction on how to structure visitation to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission
  • While not recommended, residents who are on transmission-based precautions (TBP) or quarantine can still receive visitors. In these cases, visits should occur in the resident’s room
    and the resident and the visitor will wear a mask.

COMMUNAL ACTIVITIES& DINING

  • Communal activities and dining will continue to be provided while adhering to the core principle of COVID-19 infection prevention & Control.
  • All staff and residents must wear masks regardless of vaccination status, while in communal areas of the facility.

RESIDENTS WHO GO OUT ON PASS

  • Should a resident choose to leave, the resident and any individual accompanying the resident must follow CORE PRINCIPLES OF INFECTION CONTROL
  • Residents will be screened and tested for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon return regardless of vaccination status.
  • If the resident or family member reports possible close contact to an individual with COVID-19 while outside, the resident will be tested for COVID-19 and placed on Transmission-Based Precautions, regardless of vaccination status.
  • All residents who go out on pass will be monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 daily.
  • Residents who leave the facility for 24 hours or longer will be managed as a new admission or readmission, as recommended by the CDC and NYSDOH.

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!