News & Updates!
June 25, 2021
Updated Guidance from
New York State Department of Health
Personal & Compassionate Caregivers
We have received new guidance from New York State Department of Health regarding Compassionate and Personal Caregiving effective June 1, 2021. 

The legislation allows residents to identify “personal caregiving visitors” to assist with personal caregiving or compassionate caregiving for the resident during a public health emergency. Personal caregiving is defined as care and support of a resident to benefit such resident’s mental, physical, or social well-being, and compassionate caregiving is defined as personal caregiving provided in anticipation of the end of the resident’s life or in the instance of significant mental, physical, or social decline or crisis. 

All residents and new admissions will be asked for their choice for up to 2 Personal Caregivers and 2 Compassionate Caregivers. Residents my choose the same two people for both. Residents have the right to change these people as often as they would like.
and last but not least.....Updated Visitation!!
Now, what you all have been waiting for!!!

Inside visitation will now be available, in resident rooms, as of July 1, 2021. These visits will still be by appointment only so we can monitor the amount of foot traffic within the building. On the day of the visit, please arrive through the FRONT DOOR of the building where you will be asked to fill out the screening form and we will take your temperature…and then you will be on your way to see your loved one!! As always, Room #1 is still available as are outside visits (just bring a chair and enjoy!).   Remember: MASKS MUST BE WORN UPON ENTERING THE BUILDING AND IN ALL AREAS EXCEPT THE RESIDENT ROOMS WHILE VISITING!
As for residents leaving the property, this remains unchanged. Should you desire to take your loved one home or out to lunch for a couple of hours or overnight, please call to schedule this at least 24 Hours in advance so that we can ensure proper medications are packed for the duration.
Regardless of how visits are conducted, there are certain core principles and best practices that reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and as such must be followed. We have developed our policies and procedures relating to visitation with consideration of how to safely permit visitation. Our policies are consistent with federal guidelines and best practices, include, but are not limited to:

  • Screening of all who enter the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., temperature checks, questions about and observations of signs or symptoms), and denial of entry of those with signs or symptoms or those who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection in the prior 14 days regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status.

  • Encourage, but not require, unvaccinated visitors to become vaccinated when they have the opportunity, as vaccination can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Hand hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred).

  • The use of face coverings or masks (covering mouth and nose) and social distancing in accordance with New York State and/or guidance consistent with vaccination status applicable guidance per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Instructional signage throughout the facility and proper visitor education on COVID-19 signs and symptoms, infection control precautions, other applicable facility practices (e.g., use of face covering or mask, specified entries, exits and routes to designated areas, hand hygiene).

  • Cleaning and disinfecting high frequency touched surfaces and designated visitation areas in the facility often, and after each visit.

  • Appropriate staff use of personal protective equipment.
As always, feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful summer and I hope to see you all real soon!!