We appreciate your patience and the sacrifice you have made to help protect our residents during the COVID-19 crisis by not visiting in person. We are pleased to report that we are now implementing a phased approach to safely reopen for visitation as directed by Governor Reynolds, IDPH, and DIA. The purpose of this phased approach is to provide as safe a pathway as possible to resident and family visits. There are three recommended phases for transitioning to reopening Each phase affects changes in each of the following areas:
Visitation - Residents will have the ability to have limited visitation.
Essential/Non-Essential Healthcare Personnel - All healthcare personnel are screened upon entry and additional precautions are taken.
Non-Medically Necessary Trips - Telemedicine should be utilized whenever possible. Non-medically necessary trips outside the building should be limited to prevent unnecessary exposure.
Communal Dining - Residents may be able to eat in the same room provided social distancing (limited number of people at tables and space by at least 6 feet) can be maintained. A limited number of individuals in a dining area at one time also has to be maintained.
Screening - Resident, staff and visitor screening questionnaire and (temperature checks) will be done every day.
PPE and Universal Source Control - All residents are to wear a cloth face covering or face mask while out of their apartment and when there is a visitor in their apartment. All visitors are to wear a cloth face covering or face mask while in the facility. All community staff and essential healthcare personnel are to wear a face mask, face shield/eye protection and lab coat. Residents who are a new admission/readmission will be required to quarantine in their room for 14 days.
Group Activities - Small group activities may occur with social distancing, hand hygiene and use of a cloth face covering or face mask with no more than 10 people per activity.
The community will continue to progress through the different phases of adjusting the restrictions unless one staff or resident is confirmed positive for COVID-19 and another has symptoms, at which time, the community will return to Phase 1 when visitation will be generally prohibited.
- Vicki Nemmers, Regional Manager, RN
Note: Article written on June 22, 2020, all information is subject to change as directed by our governing bodies.