Requirements for Visitation at FCH Long-Term Care

Requirements for Visitation at FCH Long-Term Care

March 22, 21021

Dear Guardians, POAs, Visitors, and Family Members,

Washington State Department of Health has directed Nursing Homes in Washington to begin the process of opening facilities for resident visitation.  Forks Community Hospital LTC Unit has begun this process and at this time, visitation is not fully open, however, below you will find the process under which we may open our facility for safe resident visitation.

Because we have unvaccinated residents in our facility, we must follow the guidelines set forth by DSHS.

INDOOR VISITATION:

  1. Indoor visits may take place in the Patio Room if either the resident or the visitor has been fully vaccinated. The plexiglass partition will no longer be used.
  2. You must call and make an appointment as the patio room can only safely accommodate up to 3 visitors + the resident. Only one resident may have visitation at a time in the patio room.   We must allow for social distancing during the visitation.  If the resident is fully vaccinated, they can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor while wearing face masks.  Cloth masks or face masks must be worn; face shields are not allowed during this visitation.
  3. Your visit may last up to 45 minutes. This will allow everyone time to use the room for visitation.
  4. You must be screened at the Screening Shed at Bogachiel Clinic prior to entering the patio room. It is open Monday – Friday 7AM – 7 PM.   After hours, the LTC nursing staff will need to screen you prior to entry.
  5. Complete hand hygiene upon entry
  6. You must sign in upon entry to the patio room to include:
    1. Name
    2. Phone number where you can be reached
    3. Answer the COVID-19 questions
    4. Acknowledge that you have reviewed the notice about unvaccinated visitors and residents.
  7. Visitors with signs/symptoms of COVID-19 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) will be denied entry.

OUTDOOR VISITATION:

  1. May occur during periods of appropriate weather if the resident is agreeable.
  2. If the resident and visitor is unvaccinated, this is the only visitation option available at this time.
  3. You must be screened at the Screening Shed at Bogachiel Clinic prior to entering the patio. It is open Monday – Friday 7AM – 7 PM.   After hours, the LTC nursing staff will need to screen you prior to entry.
  4. You must call and make an appointment as the patio can only safely accommodate up to 3 residents with up to 4 visitors. We must allow for social distancing during the visitation.  If the resident is fully vaccinated, they can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor while wearing face masks.  Cloth masks or face masks must be worn; face shields are not allowed during this visitation.
  5. Children must be able to adhere to the standards above, including hand hygiene and wearing of face masks if older than 2 years of age.
  6. You must sign in upon entry to the patio to include:
    1. Name
    2. Phone number where you can be reached
    3. Answer the COVID-19 questions
    4. Acknowledge that you have reviewed the notice about unvaccinated visitors and residents.
  7. Visitors with signs/symptoms of COVID-19 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) will be denied entry.

These guidelines have been put in place to keep our residents safe.  Thank you for being patient with us while we attempted to keep your loved one safe from COVID-19; we have remained COVID free for 1 year.  We want you to enjoy your visitation as much as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please ask.  You may contact the unit, myself, or any member of FCH Administration.

Thank you,
Dawn Harris, MSN, RN, LTC Director
360-374-6271, ext. 110
FCH Community Hospital – LTC Unit