COVID-19 Notice



NOTICE REGARDING HOLIDAY VISITATION

 

 

To Our Families:

 

We know you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and how it may impact your loved ones. Ensuring our residents are in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority.

 

Per guidance issued on November 18, 2020 from the federal government agency that oversees nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), we are encouraging families to carefully consider family/group gatherings over the holidays. CMS recommends that residents do not leave the building, including during the holidays. Leaving the center could increase your loved one’s risk for exposure to COVID-19.

 

We understand this is a challenging time, and we want to make every effort to help you to connect with your loved one in safe but meaningful way, especially during the holidays. We will continue to offer and encourage you to utilize our Zoom video conferencing or window visitation.

 

 

If You Still Decide to Take a Resident Home for the Holidays

Should you and your loved one ultimately decide to leave the center despite these government recommendations, please be advised that the federal government has also directed us to take extra precautions upon your loved one’s return in an effort to keep all of our residents and staff members safe.

If you believe your loved one may have been exposed to COVID-19 while visiting with you for the holidays, please notify us immediately.

The center may implement the following actions when a resident returns.

  1. Screen and increase monitoring for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses.
  2. Test the resident for COVID-19 if:
    1. signs and symptoms are present,
    2. there was potential for exposure while outside of the center, or
    3. the resident left the facility for an extended period of time.
  3. Place the resident on transmission-based precautions (e.g., keep them isolated to their room) if:
    1. the resident is symptomatic,
    2. left the center for an extended period of time, or
    3. they may have been exposed while outside of the center.  Meanwhile, we hope that we can count on you to help us curb the spread of COVID-19, so we can better protect your loved ones and allow for more in-person visitations. Below are some suggestions on how to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.
    4. Ways You Can Help Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
    5. Please bear in mind that recommendations for infection control precautions such as those listed above may continue to change and it is important that we follow local, state, and federal guidance.
  1. Reduce the number of people gathering. Large gatherings offer more opportunity for the virus to spread from person to person, especially when a person infected has no symptoms yet can still spread the virus to others unknowingly.
  2. Ask anyone who has had contact with someone who has been ill to not join the holiday celebration in person. If they have been exposed to someone who is/was ill, they may be spreading the virus without knowing they have it. Offer alternative means to stay in touch over the holidays, such as FaceTime, virtual parties, and virtual holiday meals.
  3. Remain at least six (6) feet apart both indoors and outdoors. This reduces the amount of virus that you and/or loved ones may come in contact with.
  4. Wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors. Face coverings help protect both you and your loved ones.
  5. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
  6. Avoid touching your face or others’ faces. The virus may be on your hands and touching the face may bring the virus into the body.
  7. Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as doorknobs or countertops, often. The virus may be able to live for extended periods on certain surfaces. Cleaning of surfaces is important to reduce the risk of spread.
  8. Avoid communal service utensils, passing food/drinks, potluck, or buffet style food service. This offers lots of opportunities for the virus to be passed from person to person. Instead, stick with individually prepared plates by a single server.
  9. Whenever possible, if you are having a gathering, do so outside. When that is not an option, conduct the gathering in a well-ventilated area. This can be done by opening windows and doors, if possible.
  10. Resist the urge to shake hands or hug others. Instead, verbally greet others. Talk to children about not hugging or touching prior to the gathering.
  11. Check the local and state conditions and requirements for precautions and restrictions in place. This includes positivity rates and quarantine requirements, before crossing state lines.Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the center’s Infection Prevention & Control Specialist or me.Thank you for your commitment and dedication to our residents.  
  12. Nursing Home Administrator
  13. Sincerely,
  14. For additional information on COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
  15. As we navigate these challenging times, we express our sincere gratitude for your support in helping to protect our residents. This year’s holiday celebrations will undoubtedly be different than we have ever seen before, but together we can find safe ways for our residents to enjoy the holidays with their family and friends.

 

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING ON-SITE VISITATIONS AT OUR CENTER EFFECTIV11/20/20

 

The SHCM COVID Team has identified your Center as currently not meeting the FL guidelines to reopen for resident in-person visitations at this time.  The following message has been posted on your Centers Website COVID LEARN MORE Landing Page to help communicate this visitation reopening process to the loved ones of your residents.  You may also use this text as talking points for residents and family members who may inquire about the visitation process.

 

We currently do not meet the State Guidelines for General Visitations with your loved one at this time.   However we are still allowing Essential Care and Compassionate Care visitations. If you quality and would like to schedule a visit under one of these two categories please contact the Admissions Office to set up your visitation appointments.

 

The State of Florida has determined that the public response to COVID-19 has progressed to the point where long-term care centers can now be reopened to visitors, under carefully controlled guidelines to ensure the continued well-being of our residents. It’s vitally important that everyone carefully comply with these guidelines, both to protect the residents and to make sure no new cases emerge – a circumstance that would force us to once again close to General Visitation until we are free of new cases for at least 14-days.  The center must also have sufficient staff to support management of visitors, adequate PPE, adequate cleaning and disinfecting supplies and adequate capacity at referral hospitals for the center. 

 

Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our residents – and we know that your visits with them are important to their health and happiness. We will continue screening residents and each approved and scheduled visitor as they enter the center, and will continue testing staff weekly.  Recommendations of the governor’s task force outlined three types of visitors, how often they can visit and the rules each must follow.

In summary, three types are:

 

In addition, to help keep the doors open, visitors be required to meet the following conditions:

 

 

 

We know some of these requirements will present a challenge, but they are necessary to protect the loved ones under our care. We appreciate your cooperation in complying with the state’s requirements for visitation. Our residents, staff, and management are thrilled to welcome you back soon!

 

 

We will change this message on your Website if the visitation status of your center changes and you no longer meet the States criteria to allow family visitations and I will alert each of you via email when this occurs and what new messaging will be placed on your Website.

 

 Current
Cumulative
Residents
Current:5
Cumulative:37
Staff *
Current:0
Cumulative:43

 

* Note: Staff that test positive for COVID-19 are placed on leave and not allowed to work in the center until they have two negative tests for COVID-19 at least 24 hours apart.

 

We want to convey our sincere concern for those who have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts are with them and their loved ones at this challenging time, and our deepest condolences go out to everyone who has lost a loved one during this crisis.



COVID-19

Additional information on mitigating steps the center is taking to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, as well as cumulative information on COVID-19 cases at the center, can be found below.


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