On March 25rd, 2021, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced new regulations concerning visitation. View more detailed information on the DOH’s latest policy.
UPDATED VISITATION PER NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GUIDANCE
ISSUED ON MARCH 25, 2021
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued new visitation guidance on March 25, 2021. Per the guidance, Glenmere’s visitation policies are as follows, effective immediately:
- Scheduling visits with Residents is no longer required. Visitors may come to Glenmere seven days a week.
- All visitors will continue to be screened for symptoms and/or potential exposure to COVID-19, as well as have their temperature taken. All visitors will be asked to sanitize their hands upon arrival. For the purpose of potential contact tracing, we’ll also need to document the visitor’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and the date and time of the visit.
- All visitors must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose.
- Any Resident who is on isolation or observation, or with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 status, irrespective of vaccination status, may not have visitors outside of compassionate care or end-of-life situations.
- It is highly recommended that visitors be vaccinated and be tested for COVID prior to their visit if possible.
- There is a limit of two visitors at a time per Resident per visit to maintain physical distance as much as possible within the confines of the Resident’s apartment or visiting area.
- The recommended time limit for visits is no longer than 2 hours.
- Per the guidance, families may visit their loved ones in their apartments, or in sitting areas both inside and outside of our building.
- The guidance requires limited visitor movement throughout the building. Visitors must go directly to and from the Resident’s room or visiting area. However, visitors may bring their loved ones outdoors if the Resident chooses and weather permits. Visitors must go directly to the outdoor area, and then directly back to the Resident’s room.
- Visitors must maintain a social distance of six feet from anyone other than their loved one; i.e., other Residents, visitors and staff.
- If the Resident is fully vaccinated, they can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor while wearing a well-fitting face mask and performing hand-hygiene before and after. Families must ensure that their loved one is properly wearing a mask.
- Our Dining Room is not accepting visitors at this time. This has to do with the total capacity allowed in our Dining Room at any given time.
- Communal activities of small groups are allowed for Residents who are not on isolation precautions. Residents must wear masks and be socially distanced from one another.
- Compassionate care visits will be allowed at all times, regardless of the Resident’s vaccination status, the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate, or an outbreak. Again, if the Resident is on isolation precautions, visitors must wear the appropriate PPE during their visit.
- Zoom visits may still be scheduled as requested. Zoom visits should be reserved for those family members who live out of town and are unable to visit Residents in person. We highly encourage that visitors use their own technology (cell phones, tablets, laptops) to Zoom or FaceTime with loved ones whenever they wish, as well as to include out-of-town relatives during their visits. Staff resources are being re-focused on resuming small group activities.
- Window visits are available for visitors who would prefer not to come into the building. They may be scheduled on our website.
- Out of town visitors traveling from other U.S. states or territories are no longer required to test or quarantine upon arrival in New York State and may visit after April 1, 2021.
- If Residents leave the building for offsite visits with families, they will be tested for COVID upon return and four days after the visit.
- If any visitor fails to adhere to the protocol, he/she/they will be prohibited from visiting during the duration of the COVID-19 state declared public health emergency, per New York State Department of Health.
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- We are screening every employee, every shift, every day as they come to work. This includes 1) taking their temperatures and 2) having them complete a questionnaire about COVID-19 risk factors, including showing signs of respiratory illness and potential exposure to anyone with COVID-19. No one will be allowed to enter the building if they have a fever or other symptoms of respiratory illness. Employees are constantly reminded that if they are not feeling well in any way, they should not come to work.
- Universal masking policies are in place – ALL employees MUST wear masks.
- We continue to follow rigorous infection prevention and control procedures. These include handwashing and wearing gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE). As with proper wearing of masks, we are continuously reinforcing and monitoring these procedures with our staff.
- Our thorough disinfecting and cleaning processes are performed frequently, with special attention to commonly touched areas such as door knobs, light switches, elevator buttons and the like.
- Hand sanitizers have been installed throughout the building in common areas.
- We have implemented plans to limit as much as reasonably possible the movement of individuals within and throughout Glenmere.
- Social distancing of at least six feet is monitored and strictly enforced.
- We have an adequate inventory on hand of PPE and cleaning and disinfecting supplies, with ordering and deliveries occurring on a daily basis.
Glenmere continues to be sufficiently staffed in important areas such as Nursing, Dining Services, Environmental Services and Life Enrichment. Our Human Resources team has implemented several staffing strategies to build up our pool of employees and maintain the necessary staffing levels to provide care and services for our Residents.
Inventory & Supplies
We are maintaining sufficient inventories of the supplies we need, including items like gowns and gloves, cleaning supplies and food/beverages.
Glenmere’s Life Enrichment team is going above and beyond to keep our residents active and engaged.
- Traveling carts full of activities for the residents:
- A traveling wine and cheese cart
- Traveling lemonade, ice tea, and assorted cookies
- Activity cart with disposable activities like coloring sheets, colored pencils, word puzzles, jokes, trivia questions, snack items
- 1-1 visits
- Hallway Bingo
- Independent activities are also being provided, such as word puzzles and news clips
- Live chats with loved ones are continuing all day long; this is wonderful for families to see their mom, dad, or even spouse. Our residents love these chats!
- The Life Enrichment team is in frequent contact with families via email, and sending them pictures of their loved ones.
These activities are all conducted while practicing social distancing and rigorous sanitation.