As Priority Life Care residents and staff were prioritized for the COVID-19 Vaccine, many residents, families, and friends are wondering…now what??
Each state has its own requirements when it comes to re-opening for in-person visits. Here is an article by AARP that outlines Long-Term Care Housing status by state.
Requirements often take into account: the rate of infection in the local county to be below a certain percentage, the rate of vaccinations within the individual communities, and whether the COVID-19 virus has been present in the last 14-21 days.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continue to recommend that communities, residents, and families adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection control to provide the safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly if either party has not been fully vaccinated. You will see the CMS Core Principles outlined below continued at Priority Life Care communities.
Virtual & Window Visits – For communities who are not allowed in-person visitation, virtual and window visits are always an option and encouraged.
Outdoor Visits – Outdoor visits are the preferred option for in-person visits to limit the transmission of COVID-19 to others due to the increased space and airflow. The space should be accessible and safe for visits, such as in courtyards, patios, parking lots, etc. Outdoor visits should be scheduled with the community. CMS Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention will be applied to all outdoor visits.
Indoor Visits – As allowable, indoor visits will be allowed for all residents, as state requirements are met. It is best to call your community ahead of time to understand the community limitations based on space and time for indoor visits. Movement within the community may be limited to a designated visit area or the resident’s apartment. CMS Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention will be applied to all indoor visits.
Compassionate Care Visits – Compassionate care visits are for residents who require additional care from family or outside caregivers. These residents may be in an end-of-life situation, grieving, or in general distress. Please call your community if you feel your loved one falls into this category.
As we are ecstatic to reunite loved ones with families, we will continue to take every precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 as well as other infections diseases. It will be important for staff, residents and visitors to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic.
The vaccine was one step in the right direction to stop the spread in our seniors, but we must remain vigilant. We appreciate your ongoing patience and kindness.
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