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We truly appreciate all the hard work you and your teams are putting in to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in your facilities. Please take note of the following two updates:
Important Note on Competing Guidance, Orders and Regulations on Limiting Visitors
There is a growing confusion among long term care providers, the media, and surveyors about all the guidance from states, CMS and AHCA/NCAL on limiting visitors and other individuals from entering the building.
All this various guidance is trying to accomplish the same thing—prevent COVID-19 from getting into the your facility. This is best accomplished by limiting individuals entering the facility to those who are absolutely necessary such as immediate family members in end-of-life situations or when it is medically necessary for a resident.
We understand that most family members are grateful for the measures you are taking. There are others that are concerned or even angry. We recommend you identify the main family contact and get them to commit to being the main point of contact for that resident in an attempt to consolidate communication through one family member.
More information is available here.
Steps You Can Take Now to be Prepared For a COVID-19 Case at Your Facility
Given the rapidly evolving situation concerning COVID-19 and the uncharted territory that we all are in together, it is important that long term care providers plan ahead and are fully prepared to tackle situations in case things escalate at your facility.
The impact of COVID-19 is hard to predict, but there are things that all long term care providers should be planning for now in case one of their residents tests positive for the virus in the coming future.
Be cognizant of COVID-19 testing timeframes
Activate your emergency communication plan
Prepare your facilities for isolation rooms and units
Continue to protect and support your staff
Prepare your facilities with ample medical supplies and plan for judicious allocation of resources
Prepare for non-communal food service to prevent the potential spread of germs.
Please contact Lori Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need assistance.