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Visitations Now Allowed in Nursing Facilities

April 24, 2021

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Visitations Now Allowed in Nursing FacilitesA recent article by Bluffton Today titled "Visits Resume At Lowcountry Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities" reports that nursing homes and assisted living facilities will now be able to offer outdoor or indoor visitations as long as there aren't high local COVID-19 transmission rates or cases within the facility. Betty Williams, an 85-year-old resident at Ridgeland Nursing Center, had not been in the same room with her family for over a year due to COVID-19 safety guidelines. On March 25th, she was visited by her grandchildren and was glad she could see them in person and not through a window.

Although friends and families can visit residents, Ridgeland Nursing Center director Sheri Boyles says visits are currently limited to 30 minutes. Only two people are allowed at a time, and children under 12 aren't allowed to visit. Before entry, visitors must go through temperature screenings and answer COVID-related questions. Face masks must be worn at all times indoors, and only vaccinated residents can initiate physical contact. When all conditions are met, visitation can proceed, and the visitation time does not begin until both the resident and visitor are in the visitation area. If the nursing center were to have just one COVID positive case, all visitation would be paused and held until quarantining is over, with all tests coming back negative.

Hospitals have also relaxed some of their policies. Hilton Head Regional Healthcare now allows visitors of surgical or hospitalized patients. Under the new policy, admitted patients have no restrictions on the number of guests. Laboring mothers can have up to three guests, pediatric emergency room patients up to two guests, and adult ER patients will only be allowed one guest. Hilton Head CEO Jeremy Clark explained that the sustained decline in COVID cases in the community allowed to adjust the visitation policy.

For more details, head over to the article here: Visits Resume At Lowcountry Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities


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