Friends & Family,
CMS recently issued an update to the Nursing Home Visitation guidance which relaxes their ruling from September 17, 2020. After reviewing the guidance with the Interdisciplinary Team, please note the changes below.
The guidance states that facilities should allow indoor visitation at all times and for all residents, regardless of vaccination status. However, there are exceptions when a high risk of COVID-19 transmission exists.
1,000 test kits brought to Dubuque County for long-term care facility workers
Long Term Care Facilities to remain closed to Visitors
As we move slowly forward to “normal” and in an effort to keep everyone safe, please follow these guidelines:
Visitors for Assisted Living (Dubuque and Eisleban Households) – You may now directly enter the household at the time of your visit. Staff will do a temperature check and assess for symptoms of illness at the entrance.
Visitors for Skilled and Long Term Care (Conlon and Butler Households) – Continue to enter at the main entrance to the facility. Staff will do a temperature check and assess for symptoms at the entrance. On the weekends or after business hours, ring the doorbell (located on the right side of the wall) and staff will unlock the door, and you will then complete the assessment inside of the household. Please enter the code on the keypad before opening the front door. The code and directions for entering the code are posted at the entrance.
If you are taking your loved one outside of the facility, you must sign them out in the notebook located at the nursing station.
Please consider the safety of your loved ones as well as all residents. We ask that you follow our guidance and do not visit if you are feeling ill.
Thank you, and welcome back!