New visitor guidance from CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) was distributed to facilities on 11/12/21 which eliminates some of the previous visitation restrictions.
Visitation is now allowed for all residents at all times. The frequency and length of visits, the number of visitors, and advanced scheduling of visitation has been eliminated but visitors must still follow the Core Principles of Infection Control when in the facility.
- Visitors who have had a recent positive viral test for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine (due to exposure or travel) should not enter the facility.
- Visitors will have their temperature taken and a healthcare screening will be performed. Upon completion, all visitors will sign the visitor log and receive a visitor sticker.
- After completion of the screening process, visitor’s will be directed to the resident’s room. If the resident’s roommate is immunocompromised or unvaccinated, you may be asked to visit in an alternate area.
- Visitors are not permitted to stroll throughout the facility, as per Infection Control directives.
- Visitors are encouraged to become vaccinated and should bring their vaccination card with them. Visitors who are unvaccinated are encouraged to obtain a negative test prior to visitation.
Please adhere to the following Infection Control Protocols during your visit:
- All visitors must wear an appropriate facemask or facial covering at all times when on facility premises. Families are encouraged to arrive with their own facemask. Residents shall also wear a facemask or facial covering.
Additional PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) may be required for COVID positive or suspected residents
- Unvaccinated visitors and/or residents shall maintain social distancing (6 feet) during the visit.
- Visitors will be required to sanitize their hands with facility provided hand sanitizer before the visit begins and upon conclusion of the visit.
Visitation During an Outbreak:
- It is safer for visitors not to enter the facility during an outbreak investigation, but visitors will still be permitted. Visitors will be notified of any outbreak and will be made aware of the potential risk of visiting during an outbreak investigation. Adherence to recommended Infection Control Protocols and Practices is essential.
Leaving the facility for visitation:
- Residents may leave the facility for visitation and must be signed out on the unit and at the front desk. Infection Control Practices should be followed even outside the facility-mask/face covering, social distancing, and hand hygiene by the resident and any contacts.
Residents out of the facility over 24 hours or longer shall be generally managed as a new admission or readmission, and may be subject to quarantine.