Great News: With the new CMS Regulations that came out on September 23rd regarding nursing home visitations, ICMCF has many of its practices related to visitations. Below are the changes that have been implemented. :
- Visitors no longer need to be screened. Instead, it is recommended that visitor postpone their visits if they have any one or more of the following, in order to help prevent the introduction or spread of COVID-19 to our vulnerable population and employees:
- Current COVID-19 infection
- Signs or symptoms of an infection
- Been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the past 10 days
- Visitors are asked to continue to log in and out of the facility. The visitor log is located on the desk in the front office.
- Visitors are to wear a mask while in the facility. It is permissible to remove the mask when alone in the room with the resident and the door closed, and the resident (if own decision maker) or the resident’s legal representative does not object.
- Face shields are available for visitors to use to protect themselves if they so choose to wear one, but they are no longer required to be worn.
- Maintaining a 6-foot physical distance from others is still the safest practice for decreasing the risk of getting COVID-19 or spreading it. Six feet physical distancing should be practiced during busy times and in group settings.
- Visitors should read all signs and notices and abide by them. Signs will remind you of times visitation is not recommended, what protective equipment is recommended or required, and other important information.
- Visitors are not allowed to eat in the CAFÉ yet, as staff eat in there and do not wear masks. This is rule is in place to protect our staff and residents in this area.
- Frequent hand hygiene is still recommended.
- It is recommended that if a resident is on transmission -based precautions (isolation) that visitors postpone their visit for their own safety. When visiting a resident who is on precautions, please talk to the nurse regarding required personal protective equipment that you should wear during your visit.
- Visits will typically occur in the resident’s room, if the resident resides in a private room or a large room with a curtain divider. When a resident resides in a smaller room with a roommate, visits will typically be held in another location, so a 6-foot physical distance can be maintained between visitors and residents. If a resident and/or the roommate cannot be moved to another area, nursing and/or infection prevention will help ensure all infection prevention guidelines are able to be followed during a visit. Please ask for assistance.
- Window visits and visits via Facetime, Zoom, etc. are still possible. If interested in arranging for one of these types of visits, please call Diversional Therapy to make arrangements. We are very happy to assist you with these visits.
- Following your visit, we ask that you monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and notify us if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 during the 14 days following the visit.
- Those unable or unwilling to adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention may be asked to leave and future visitation options such phone calls, window, or virtual visitation may be utilized.