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A Note From Jenna's Desk

EXCITING CHANGES FOR MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS & OUTINGS 

Medical trips outside the facility: 

  • Telemedicine should be utilized whenever possible. 
  • Residents that go out of the facility for scheduled health care visits (e.g. dialysis, specialist follow-up, ophthalmologist)  
  • Screen residents for COVID-19 symptoms when leaving the facility for an appointment and within one-hour of returning to the facility. 
  • Continue daily resident screening each shift thereafter. 
  • The resident must wear a cloth face covering or facemask when they leave their room and during transport.  Self-isolation is recommended but not required upon return. 
  • This does not include ER visits and hospitalizations.  These residents must still be quarantined upon return. New admissions or re-admission from hospital or ER require quarantine for 14 days. 
    • Symptomatic residents will still require a minimum of 14 day isolation depending on symptom progression. 

 For Assisted Living and Memory Care only: 

  • Non-medically necessary trips outside the building should be limited and discouraged but allowed. It is recommended tenants with high-risk co-morbidities continue to avoid non-medically necessary trips outside the building. It is encouraged that these decisions be made collaboratively by the tenant, and their representative in consultation with the tenant’s physician and the facility. 
  • Any tenant living in the facility must wear a cloth face mask while out of the building as should anyone accompanying them.  
  • To prevent potential harm to others in the facility, the tenant must also agree to current tenant screening policies practiced by the AL/MC and quarantine restrictions if there are any signs or symptoms of COVID identified. 
  • Tenants leaving the building for any reason should be observed for 14 days upon return. Depending upon the level of potential exposure encountered during on outing, a tenant may need to refrain from communal dining and group activities for a period of time as determined by the facility.  
  • This does not include ER visits and hospitalizations.  These residents must still be quarantined upon return. New admissions or re-admission from hospital or ER require quarantine for 14 days. 
    • Symptomatic residents will still require a minimum of 14-day isolation depending on symptom progression.        
    • Jenna Gardner, MA-g, MBA, LNHA | Executive Director
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