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:
- 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.
- The facility will screen all who enter for these visitation exclusions.
- Hand hygiene at entry and frequently (use of alcoholbased hand rub is preferred)
- Face covering or mask (covering mouth and nose)
- Physical distancing at least six feet between people, in accordance with CDC guidance
- Visible Instructional signage throughout the facility
- Proper visitor education on COVID19 signs & symptoms, infection control precautions, & applicable facility practices.
- Cleaning and disinfecting high-frequency touched surfaces in the facility and designated visitation areas after each visit.
- Appropriate staff use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as applicable.
- Effective cohorting of residents (e.g., separate areas dedicated to COVID-19 care)
- Conduct resident and staff testing as per CMS/DOH guidelines.
- 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.
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.
- 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).
- 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.