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POLICY/PROCEDURE

SUBJECT:   Visitation

DATE:     11/21/2022    

PROCEDURE:

  1. This facility will permit residents to receive visitors of his or her own choosing at the time of his or her choosing  and for any length of time at his or choosing, subject to the resident’s right to deny visitation when applicable, and in a manner that does not impose on the rights of another resident.  There are no restrictions on the number of visitors that a resident may receive. 
  1. The facility will provide immediate access to any resident by:
    1. Any representative of the Secretary of HHS;
    2. Any representative of the State of Florida;
    3. Any representative of the Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman;
    4. The resident’s physician;
    5. Any representative of the protection and advocacy systems, as designated by the State of Florida, and as established under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of rights of 2000;
    6. Any representative of the agency responsible for the protection and advocacy system for individuals with mental disorder as established under the Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals Act of 2000;
    7. The resident representative; or
    8. Immediate family and other relatives of the resident, subject to the resident’s right to deny or withdraw consent at any time.
  1. The facility will provide infection control and education policies and other infection control protocols to all visitors.
  1. Each resident and/or resident representative shall receive a copy of this facility’s policies and procedures for visitation.
  1. Each resident will be informed of the right, subject to his or her consent, to receive visitors whom he or she designates, including, but not limited to, a spouse (including a same sex spouse), a domestic partner (including a same sex domestic partner) a family member, or a friend and the right to withdraw consent at any time.
  1. This facility will not restrict, limit or otherwise deny any visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
  1. Visitors are prohibited from bringing illegal substances into the facility and or providing these substances to the resident or other residents residing within the facility. Whenever there is a suspicion that this practice is occurring, it will be reported to law enforcement.
  1. Visitors are to adhere to core infection prevention and control practices to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens in assisted living facility.  Anyone who is unable to adhere to these practices may be asked to leave and may not be permitted to visit in the future.
  1. Core infection prevention and control practices for visitors include the following:
  1. Completing a screening;
  2. Education on performing hand hygiene with alcohol-based hand rub at a minimum before and after visits;
  3. Wearing a well-fitting facemask over your nose and mouth; 
  4. Identification of posted instructional signage in the facility to educate on the prevention of transmission of infectious diseases as needed; and
  5. Cleaning common visitation areas after each visit.
  1. Indoor visits may occur in designated visitation area or in the resident room.
  1. When visiting a resident in their room, it is preferred that the roommate not be present.  If the roommate is present, ensure social distancing is maintained and masks are worn. 
  1. Visitors are asked to go only to the location of the visit and not into other parts of the facility.
  1. Visitor may not be compelled to show vaccination or immunization status.
  1. Visitors and residents may choose to remove their masks when visiting in a private area away from others, such as a resident’s room when the roommate is not present.  If a resident’s roommate is present, visitors must keep their masks on since the resident’s choices cannot put other residents at risk.
  1. Residents are permitted consensual physical contact between resident and visitors.
  1. Visitors may eat with a resident if the resident (or representative) and the visitor are aware of the risks and adhere to the core principles of infection prevention. Eating in a separate area is preferred, however if that is not possible, then the meal could occur in a common area as long as the visitor, regardless of their vaccination status, is physically distanced from other residents and wears a mask, except while eating or drinking. If the visitor is unable to physically distance from other residents, they should not share a meal with the resident in a common area. Visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks and physically distance from other residents and staff when in a communal area in the facility.
  1. In rare circumstances when an outbreak may be uncontrolled and the facility has been working with the local health department to stop the outbreak, visitation may be paused at the direction of the health department. If the outbreak is severe enough to warrant pausing visitation, it would also warrant a pause on accepting new admissions (as long as there is adequate alternative access to care for hospital discharges). 
  1. The visitation policy allows in-person visitation in all of the following circumstances, unless the resident, client, or patient objects:

A. End-of-life situations.

B. A resident, client, or patient who was living with family before being admitted to the provider’s care is struggling with the change in environment and lack of in-person family support.

C. The resident, client, or patient is making one or more major medical decisions.

D. A resident, client, or patient is experiencing emotional distress or grieving the loss of a friend or family member who recently died.

E. A resident, client, or patient needs cueing or encouragement to eat or drink which was previously provided by a family member or caregiver.

F. A resident, client, or patient who used to talk and interact with others is seldom speaking.

  1. Responsibility: The Administrator is responsible for ensuring that staff adhere to the visitation policies and procedures.

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