Long-term care facilities adapt as Covid-19 cases decline
Long-term care facilities adapt as Covid-19 cases decline

Long-term care facilities adapt as Covid-19 cases decline

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – There are still important guidelines to follow if you are planning to visit family or friends in a nursing home or nursing home. The decline in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has made nursing home staff optimistic, but between state mandates and policies adopted by facility managers, they are still on guard to keep future waves out.

Greg Chambery and his staff at Maplewood Nursing Home in Webster have not had much of a break over the past two years. At the height of the Omicron, they realized that testing was their best weapon.

“We just went to test,” Chambery told us. “The state relied on the test to keep Omicron out of facilities, and so did we. It was very effective in helping us keep it away from our residents.”

Despite the fact that masks are no longer mandatory in schools or most public places, all visitors and staff must wear one in nursing homes and nursing homes. You should also answer health questions and be screened for symptoms. Also, show proof of a negative Covid test before going to a nursing home.

“Masking in nursing homes has not changed in the last two years, and I do not see it falling apart for a long time,” Chambery explained. “We are completely masked at all times. Everyone who comes in and out of the facility is masked. Everyone who is a visitor entering the facility must be tested within 24 hours of the visit.”

“We are open to visitors; they need to be screened, ”added Village at Mill Landing General Manager Christine Hill. “When they enter the community, they must be disguised as our staff.”

Those like Christine Hill, who runs the village at the Mill Landing Assisted Living facility, are optimistic that normality will also slowly return to their environments. But already allows residents to gather back to cafes to eat together and play games or hold activities outside the rooms.

“Life happens here,” Hill said. “This is our resident’s home, and it’s about quality of life. So our activities are in full swing. Our society at this point looks like it did before Covid. ”

Masking and negative Covid testing policies will not change until the State Department of Health decides the trends are low enough to lift them. Facilities we have spoken to do not expect this to happen in the near future.

The National Board of Health reports show 95% of elderly residents in our area living in long-term care facilities are fully vaccinated. In some cases, these sites may require you to present proof of vaccination before entering.

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