Special Mother's Day Sunday Visitation!
We will be offering visitation to celebrate Mother's Day (May 9th) from 9 AM - noon and 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (slots are 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30,1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, and 5). These visits will be by appointment only. All requirements regarding masks and social distancing will still apply. Families in different households may visit on the same day but at different times. These visits will be 20 minutes long.
1. General visitation hours are Monday - Friday from 11:00 AM-noon and 1:30-4:00 PM in half hour increments. This is to give all residents the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones. (Time slots begin at 11:00, 11:30, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30.)
2. Each resident may receive 1 visit per week. To reduce confusion, the visits are to be scheduled through the Responsible Party.
3. All visitors will be required to enter through the Day Room entrance, located at the East Wing porch. All visitors will be screened upon entrance for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and any visitor exhibiting signs and symptoms will be denied entry.
4. Visitors will be limited to 2 per resident at any given time. Visitors must be from the same household. Only visitors age 18+ will be able to visit.
5. All visitors must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth (with no exhalation valve) at all times when in the facility and on the facility grounds.
6. All visitors will be required to use alcohol-based hand rub upon entry to the facility and anytime hands become contaminated.
7. All visitors must practice social distancing, allowing for at least 6 feet between individuals.
8. Facility staff will monitor visitations to ensure Infection Control standards are followed.
9. As recommended by CMS and the CDC, the facility staff, residents, and families will adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection control, including physical distancing. This continues to be the safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly if either party has not been fully vaccinated. If the resident and visitor are both fully vaccinated they can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor while wearing a well-fitting face mask. Regardless, visitors should physically distance from other residents and staff in the facility.
10. Visitors will go directly to the designated visitation area and will not enter other areas of the facility.
11. The facility will continue to provide virtual visits and window visits as requested by resident or family members while implementing In-Person Visits.
12. The facility may still restrict visitation due to the COVID-19 county positivity rate, the facility's COVID-19 status, a resident's COVID-19 status, visitor symptoms, lack of adherence to proper infection control practices, or other relevant factor related to COVID-19.
13. The facility will not restrict visitation without a reasonable clinical or safety cause.
Designated Areas for Visits
Outdoor Visitation: All visits will be held at designated areas whenever practicable as it poses a lower risk of transmission due to increased space and airflow. Weather conditions and the individual resident's health status will be taken into consideration for outdoor visitation.
Indoor Visitation: If weather and/or resident's clinical condition are not conducive to outdoor visitation, indoor visitation will be allowed given the following parameteres:
1. There has been no new onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days and the facility is not currently conducting outbreak testing.
2. The county COVID-19 positivity rate is <10%.
3. Visitors will go directly to the designated visitation area and will not be permitted in any other area of the facility.
4. Indoor visitation for un-vaccinated residents is limited to compassionate care.
Q.) What steps are The Carrington taking to protect residents from Coronavirus?
A.) We are taking all resident's temperatures daily and checking for fevers or signs of illness. Every day, all employees answer questions related to travel and illness, are washing hands immediately upon entry to the building and throughout the day, and are checked for fever. Employees who suspect they may have had any exposure to Coronavirus are prevented from entering the building until they are determined to be safe to do so. We have also implemented a visitor restriction preventing all visitors, including volunteers, from entering the facility. In addition, at this time, we have followed the CDC's recommendation to cancel group activities and communal dining.
Q.) If there is no communal dining, what about my loved one that needs assistance at meals?
A.) We are implementing space for residents who need fed or cued to have safe social distancing within the dining rooms so that they may receive the assistance that best meets their needs.
Q.) What if family has been doing the laundry? Can we come get/drop off the laundry?
A.) During the visitor restriction, The Carrington prefers to do all the laundry and will offer it to these families complementary (unless under private pay status). If there is a reason why family must do it at home (such as skin sensitivities to detergents) we will exchange the laundry at the front porch. We advise this to be done between 8-4:30 or to call ahead.
Q.) How can we connect with our loved ones during the visitor restriction?
A.) Send cards and care packages through the mail, or drop off care packages at the front door. Ask your friends and churches to send cards of encouragement. Call and ask staff to take the cordless phone to your loved one so you can talk to them on the phone. Call the activities or social service departments to schedule a time to Zoom or Face Time with your loved ones. If you would like to see your loved one through the hall window or their room window, please call ahead so staff can plan to assist you and your loved ones. The windows do need to remain closed during your visit to prevent possible exposure of COVID-19, as people may be contagious even without symptoms. Windows may only be open if both parties have been vaccinated and are wearing masks. We suggest using a whiteboard to assist in communicating with your loved ones through closed windows.
Q.) How long before the visitor restriction is over?
A.) While we hope it will not last long, it is difficult to predict exactly how long this safety measure will need to be in effect.
Q.) Will you let families know if there is a case of COVID-19 at The Carrington?
A.) Yes, we will make all necessary notifications based on current regulations.