We are making our best effort to contact all resident responsible parties by telephone to communicate this information. Please share with all friends and family of our residents. This will help us focus on keeping our residents safe and cared for during this difficult time.
I absolutely recognize how impactful it is to be restricted from visiting with your loved ones, and I am so sorry that all of us are experiencing these restrictions, but my priority is to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 infecting residents and those taking care of them: our staff.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), LeadingAge OK, Oklahoma Assisted Living Association, our Governor, and our health department all agree that visitors be restricted. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has MANDATED that visitors be barred from Nursing Homes. I have a report today that a resident in an Oklahoma assisted living facility has died from Covid-19. Most, if not all assisted living facilities have banned all but essential visitors.
Today, after much discussion and strategy with my team, we have decided to ban visitation of residents at Sommerset. We will be changing (temporarily) the entrance code to restrict visitors. Any visitors who have demonstrated to me that a resident will suffer emotional or mental distress from lack of visitors, or those visiting for end of life/compassionate visitation will be required to ring our door bell for entrance and screening. If we are not available to answer the door immediately, please call the cell phone listed at the door and wait for staff to assist you with screening. For the protection of residents and our staff, we will escort any visitor to the resident’s room, request that you stay there for the duration of your visit, and please pull the resident’s call light for escort out of the building. We want to be sure that any visitor does not interact with any other resident and keeps appropriate distance from staff. Any guest requesting end of life or emotional distress visits be cleared by the Executive Director in advance to discuss Covid-19, how to prevent transmission, and our protocols for visits.
Please remember that our motivation is only to protect our residents (your loved ones), and the staff providing their care.