March 16: Healthcare Visitation Update

On March 11, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provided an update and revised guidance to allow limited visitation for healthcare residents provided there isn’t an outbreak involving a resident or team member. The Chesapeake’s leadership team is pleased to report that the healthcare center will resume indoor visitation for residents tomorrow, March 17. This news comes as all test results from Friday’s required baseline testing were returned as negative.

With that in mind, the visitation guidelines below will resume tomorrow:
  • All visitors will be screened at the health services entrance/24-hour reception. That screening includes a body temperature check and a questionnaire. The visitor’s name, destination and the resident being visited will be recorded. Those who do not meet the required guidelines at the screening will not be permitted entry into the community.
  • Visitors are required to go directly to the resident’s room. Movement throughout the community and common areas is restricted.
  • Masks are always required.
  • Social distancing of at least six feet during visitation is required.
  • Hand hygiene with the use of hand sanitizer prior to the community entrance and after all visitation is required.
  • Visits will occur 9 a.m.– 6 p.m. seven days a week. Adjustments may be permitted with careful consideration of the schedule and as appropriate to best meet the resident’s needs.
  • Each visit will last for a maximum of two hours. Two visitors are permitted at a time to ensure each party can adhere to social distancing and other safety guidelines.
  • Please note the number of people in the building will be monitored to ensure safe visitor ratios
  • Please call the nurses’ station at [insert phone number] to schedule a visit.

Please note indoor visitation, communal dining and activities continue to be permitted for assisted living and memory support residents.