VISITING OUR COMMUNITY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Per CMS guidelines, without prior notification, visitation will be restricted if a resident or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. Prior to resuming visits, all residents and staff must be tested and there must be no new positive cases.
Residents and/or staff will be tested if symptomatic or if there is a new positive COVID-19 case in the community. Baptist Homes updates and modifies its visiting hours and visitation policies based upon current recommendations by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies. We strive to keep our doors open to family and friends in a safe and responsible manner, and thank you for your patience as we continue our diligence to prevent the COVID-19 virus from affecting our community, while providing residents with the highest quality of living possible.
GUIDELINES FOR SKILLED NURSING VISITATION
Visitors to Newly Admitted Vaccinated Residents and Residents Residing in the Green Zone
Visiting Hours: Between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Visiting Hours are over at 8:00 PM.
Masks and Social Distancing: Masks must be worn by visitors at all times. Social Distancing should be maintained also.
Age of Visitors: All visitors must be 18 years of age or older.
Number of Visitors: Only two visitors per resident at any given time.*
Check In: All visitors must enter Baptist Homes through the 1st floor Ambulance Entrance. At the Screening Desk they must check-in, have their temperature checked and complete the screening questionnaire.
Length of Visit: We have no time limit for visits. Visits are over at 8:00 PM. Visitors are asked to be sensitive of the resident’s condition and the roommate’s condition. At all times, our Nursing Supervisor has the right to terminate a visit.
Dog and Cat Visits: Companion dogs and cats of the resident can visit with supervision. All dogs and cats must be on a leash and have their shots up to date. Proof of compliance may be requested.
Assisting with Meals: Family members assisting with meals must remain in the room during the meal.
NOTE: These Rules do not apply to visitors to newly admitted unvaccinated residents and residents in the Yellow and Red Zones. Compassionate visits are allowed for visitors of residents in these categories. Compassionate visits must be approved by our Director of Nursing, Rossella Minniti, RN at 412-572-8239 or her assistants, Pamela Lunn, RN, at 412-572-8202 or Cynthia Roche, at 412-572-8212.
*In rooms where there are two residents, only one resident at a time can have visitors. The first visitors to arrive have the right to visit with the resident in the resident’s room. Visitors arriving later to visit with the roommate, must visit in the Visitors Lounge or our outside Courtyard. Kindness and consideration of others exhibited by the visitors will go a long way in resolving any conflicts.
AT ALL TIMES, OUR NURSE SUPERVISOR WILL RESOLVE ANY CONFLICTS.
GUIDELINES FOR PERSONAL CARE VISITATION
Visitations will be available daily during the normal visiting hours. No overnight visits.
Visits may occur outdoors or in the resident’s room.
The resident must wear a mask during the entire visit whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. The mask must cover their nose, mouth and chin.
Only two visitors in the resident’s room at a time, including couple suites.
No visitors under the age of 18 at this time. No animals at this time.
Residents in isolation due to testing positive for COVID-19 or in quarantine for possible COVID-19 infection are unable to have visits until they are out of isolation/quarantine.
Please call 412-572-8213 or 724-448-6128 for questions regarding visitation.
GUIDELINES FOR OUTINGS WITH FAMILY MEMBER
COVID-19 can cause serious health complications, including hospitalization and possibly death. It is strongly recommended that if you take your family member out of Baptist Homes for an outing or visit, that you continue to adhere to good infection control practices.
On return to our skilled nursing community, let staff know if your family member was exposed to anyone that tested positive, or is in the process of being tested or has symptoms of COVID-19.
On return from their outing, your family member WILL BE REQUIRED TO QUARANTINE. For skilled nursing residents, being placed in quarantine will require your family member to move to another room or unit.
Vaccinated residents will be required to quarantine for seven days and will be tested for COVID-19 on Day 5. Unvaccinated residents will be required to quarantine for 14 days.