Governor DeWine announced this week that outdoor nursing home visitations will be restarting July 20th. Our staff is so excited to welcome friends and families back to our facility! Our residents have missed seeing all of you, so this will be a wonderful change for everyone. The Governor has not yet released the restart guidance, but we are anticipating it will feature elements from the federal Opening Up America Again plan, like the three phases President Trump and his staff developed. We also expect that some of the guidelines from the assisted living outdoor visitation rules will be included.
We are anxiously awaiting the Governor’s guidance and are already working through how we will safely welcome visitors at our facility. There will be a scheduling process and screening requirements for these visits, which we will share with you as soon as they are available. We also know that outdoor visitations will most likely depend on whether we have active COVID-19 cases in our facility. Our ongoing staff education continues, focusing on infection control protocols, the proper way to wear a medical mask and frequent hand hygiene.
While we are all eager to restart visitation, we will be carefully reviewing what the state outlines to ensure that we can accommodate visitors safely. Our goal throughout this process will be to keep our residents as safe as possible. Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to seeing you soon!