In conjunction with CMS & NYSDOH advisory and our Covid-19 Management Plan, the following policy will be implemented for the safe return of Visitors for our Residents. The Facility will comply with all NYSDOH and CMS guidelines to ensure appropriate Infection Control measures to mitigate transmission risk.
- Facility Criteria in conjunction with DOH mandates has been met: The facility has NO new onset of COVID-19 in the nursing home as reported to the Department on the daily HERDS survey and as reported weekly to the NHSN for a period of no less than fourteen (14) days. The facility has completed the NY Forward Safety Plan, and submitted a copy of the completed plan to email@example.com . A copy of the plan is easily accessible and immediately available at the facility upon request by the Department or local health department. The Facility has entered Phase IV in the community. The Facility has been COVID-19 free for over 28 days for both staff and residents The facility has stable staffing ratios. The Facility attests full compliance with all State and Federal requirements, State Executive Orders and guidance, State reporting requirements; including COVID-19 Focus IC Survey, HERDS and staff testing surveys, as well as federally required submission of COVID-19 data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). All of our Residents are tested for COVID-19 virus, including new admissions/readmissions. All of our Staff have been tested and testing continues weekly with directives for immediate furlough for any staff members who may test positive. Staff, Residents and continue to be screened for signs and symptoms of Covid-19 virus. The facility has access to adequate testing and has executed and operationalized arrangement with a laboratory to process our Covid-19 test.
- The Facility has protocols to separate residents for presumptive cases, unknown status & cohort of positive COVID-19 cases. A negative test is required for all new admissions/readmissions, they are place on single Room until the facility obtains a negative baseline COVID-19 test. Our staff have been educated on this Policy, and CMS/NYSDOH advisory to ensure compliance and implementation.
- The NYSDOH will be notified immediately if there are any changes in our plan, i.e. positive case of COVID-19 identified, or changes in mitigation.
- The Facility has submitted to NYSDOH our specific Plan for visitors.
The Following NYSDOH Guidelines and Criteria will be followed:
Visitors including long-term care ombudsman, will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 prior to resident access. Additionally, each visitor must present a verified negative Covid-19 PCR test result within the last 7 days (7 days counts from date of collection).
Verified negative test results must be presented to front desk before screening process.
Visitation will be refused if the Visitor fails to present such negative test result, exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms, or does not pass screening questions.
End of life and compassionate care visits (ie hospice) are not subject to a verified negative test result but are
subject to all other COVID-19 screening requirements. No children under 12 years of age or pets will be allowed. Above 12 y/o but under 18 y/o must be accompanied
by an adult. Visiting will be allowed, by appointment ONLY, on a established schedule. The current schedule will be as follows:7 days a week from 11:15 to 12:00 noon,3:15 to 4:00pm; 4:15pm to 5:00 pm. Adjustments /cancellations to schedules may occur due to inclement weather, including temperatures above 90 degrees, rain as well as colder temperatures. Visitation is strictly prohibited in resident rooms and resident care areas at this time. Window visits and video calls will continue as other means of communication.
Residents are allowed with up to 2 guests at a time. We are honored to schedule at least 1 visit per week as we begin visitation, our first goal is to make sure
all residents have an opportunity to physically visit with loved ones. Each resident has 45 minutes available for each visit.
i. All chairs/other equipment will be sanitized/disinfected in between visits.
J. All visitors will be screened at the front desk for any signs/symptoms of COVID-19 which will include Temperature checks and asking screening questions in order to access visitation. Visitors will be NOT be allowed to visit if they fail screening process. The following information will be required for purposes of inspection and potential contact tracing:
- First and Last name of visitor
- Physical street address of visitor
- Daytime and evening Phone number
- Date and time of visit
- Email address if available
- All visitors are required to wear an acceptable face mask throughout their visit. Face mask must cover both nose and mouth. Face mask is also offered at the facility, it will be offered at front desk.
- Alcohol based hand rubs will be provided, we request that you use it before and after your visit. It is important that you follow the instructions for proper hand hygiene.
Visitors will be seated at designated chairs for use during visit. It will be set up by us to ensure social distancing.
NO hugging, kissing or touching is permitted during your visit. NO packages, gifts or food items are allowed to be given directly to our residents. Packages must be handed to staff to take into the building. Packages must be clearly labeled with resident’s name. Any visitor who FAILS to adhere to our procedures will be prohibited from visiting for the duration of the COVID-19 state declared public health emergency. The facility will continue our safety protocols of monitoring our residents and addressing the mildest detection of signs/symptoms and test our residents. The weekly state mandated employee testing is ongoing, as always, we continue to update and inform you of changes in our facility website. 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 which can pose greater risk for our residents. The state Department of Health can halt visitation at any time due to community or facility spread of infection or failure to comply with these requirements.
This policy is subject to changes as regulatory compliance from NYSDOH and CMS guidelines change. Free testing sites can be found at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid-19-testing.page