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Covid-19 Vaccines

Covid-19 Vaccines

A Vaccine for COVID-19 and Our Approach

COVID VACCINES

 

Each day at Woodland we have worked to provide the most up-to-date measures as recommended by CDC and the DPH to reduce the transmission of the virus. On Jan 2, 2021, we were pleased to offer the Moderna vaccine as authorized by the FDA and endorsed by the CDC as having a significant impact on reducing serious illness. We will get our second dose on Jan 30, 2021 and our pharmacy is working with us on new admissions and staff.

The care and health/safety of our residents is foremost in our minds. We believe that this vital initiative along with our commitment to transmission-based precautions, community cleaning and sanitizing, hand and respiratory hygiene, social distancing, visitation policy, and regular monitoring of resident, outside providers or visitors and staff should maximize the safety of our residents and staff.

 

Our staff is committed to helping reduce the effects of isolation but enabling small groups to social distance for a range of mind, body, and spirit activities including outdoor activities like the visit from the Varsity food truck recently in our Dreams program.  We actively assist with family connections via internet, phone, Simple C or IN2L. You can explore below some of our approaches to COVID-19- 19 and keeping our residents healthy and we are ready to help you move in safely as well.

A Vaccine for COVID-19 and Woodland Ridge Approach to Assisting in Prevention

Each day we have at Woodland have worked to provide the most up to date measures as recommended by CDC and the DPH to reduce the transmission of the virus. On Jan 2, 2021, we were pleased to offer the vaccine as authorized by the FDA and endorsed by the CDC as having a significant impact on reducing serious illness. We will get our second dose at the end of January and are working with the pharmacy to assist new admissions and staff.

The care and health/safety of our residents is foremost in our minds. We believe that this vital initiative along with our commitment to transmission-based precautions, hand and respiratory hygiene, social distancing, visitor control and regular monitoring of resident and staff per shift should maximize the safety of our residents and staff. You can explore below some of our approaches to keeping our resident safe.

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COVID-19 Visitation Guidelines

Policy:  Visitation Guidelines Policy

COVID 19 Visitation Guidelines

Under the DPH LTC Facilities reopening guidance revised on Oct 8, 2020, visitation may be conducted in the following manner based on the community positivity rates shown below:

Phase Identification Phase 1:

  • Vigilant infection control during periods of heightened community virus
  • 14-day COVID-19 county positivity classification = RED. Typically over 10%.

 

 Phase 2 upon alignment with all the following:

  • Baseline testing of residents and direct care staff has been conducted (see Section 4.0)
  • No new onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days.
  • 14-day COVID-19 county positivity classification = YELLOW typically over 5%

 

Phase 3 upon alignment with all the following:

  • Baseline testing of residents and direct care staff has been conducted (see Section 4.0)
  • No new onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days.
  • 14-day COVID-19 county positivity classification = GREEN. Typically, less than 5%

 

Procedure:

All Visits:  Must be conducted with a confirmed appointment time with our front desk personnel where the visitation schedule is kept.  Care staff does not have access to the visitation schedule and therefore cannot schedule any visits.  Visits will be made based on the availability of staff and can be canceled or rescheduled at the discretion of Woodland Ridge.  Window and porch visits may be canceled due to inclement weather.  Woodland Ridge will notify families if a need for cancellation or rescheduling of a visit arises.

covid 19 symptom checker

 

  • Visitors must check-in at the front lobby desk area to be screened prior to all visits.
    • If a visitor’s temperature is above 100.4 degrees on our thermometer multiple times over a 5-minute period, that visitor will be asked to visit at another time and must leave the premises.
  • All visitors must complete an attestation of their current COVID-19 status or possible recent exposure. All visitors must provide current contact information and agree to notify us if they test positive within 14 days of the visit.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available to all visitors upon arrival and departure. Hand sanitizer will also be available to all residents before and after visitation.
  • Masks must be worn by visitors and residents (if tolerated) and social distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained during the visit. No eating or drinking may be done during the visit.
  • All visits will be monitored by a staff member but allowing for as much privacy as possible. There will only be one scheduled visit allowed at a time due to the monitoring requirements.
  • Visitors should not engage in holding hands, hugging, kissing, or other physical contact during family visits to reduce risk of exposure. Maintain 6 feet of distance.

  • For indoor visitation only, the visitor will need provide a negative COVID-19 test within the past week or as close to the visit date as possible if results are delayed.
  • Staff will accompany residents to all visitation areas. Staff will wear a face mask and any other appropriate PPE. 
    • If the resident uses an assistive device, it will be cleaned with disinfectant upon leaving and reentering the community and prior to and completion of visitation.
  • Staff should help with residents especially memory care who do not understand window visits or reasons for social distancing who may be confused. They may provide a telephone if needed.
  • Staff will ensure cleaning and disinfection of visitation area between each use. Staff will provide handouts if requested or visual signage or assistance on proper hand hygiene with ABR, mask-wearing, cough etiquette, and other PPE as indicated.

 

Phase guidelines for visitation are as follows:

Phases 1-3:  Window visits - scheduled window visits will be allowed during all three phases at the resident’s rooms that have accessible windows.  For residents who have interior rooms, an exterior room may be utilized, if available, during all 3 phases if that resident is not COVID-19 positive or under an observation period of COVID-19 signs or symptoms or while awaiting COVID-19 test results.  Visitors are required to wear masks and maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing from the resident.

Phases 1-3:  Outdoor visits- scheduled outdoor visits in our front porch area are only for non-COVID-19 residents.  Visitors must wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of social distancing during the entire visit.

Phases 2-3:  Indoor visits- scheduled indoor visits will be made in a designated area in our front lobby with social distancing markers.  Indoor visitation is also contingent upon Cobb County’s COVID-19 positivity percentages for the previous 14 days being under 10%. Visitors must stay in the designated area.

Phases 1-3:  Compassionate Care Visits for End of Life/Failure to thrive in the resident’s room.  These visits will be limited to 2 visitors at a time.  Visitors will be required to pass screening protocols and wear appropriate PPE during the visit.  Visits will be for up to 30 minutes.  Visitors will proceed directly to resident’s room with a staff escort and return directly to the lobby upon completion of the visit.  Hand hygiene must also be performed before and after the visit and at any time that the face or mask is touched.  Woodland Ridge will assist visitors with donning and doffing of appropriate PPE if needed.

Visitation Protocol and Schedule:

  • Visitation is 7 days a week in increments separated by 10 min for cleaning/prep.
    • 10 am- 11:30 I and 2pm-4:30 pm in 20 min increments
    • Based on staff availability of staff to ensure oversight/monitoring
    • Scheduling done through front desk.
    • Window visits also must be scheduled and call ahead prior to visit.
    • One visit at time unless staff able to accommodate.
    • 2people max per a resident currently unless outdoors
    • Children under 12 and pets must have adult supervision.

 

DPH Rules for indoor visitation:

  1. Screening of all visitors will be conducted upon arrival.
  2. Visitors must wear masks and if higher PPE is needed, they will be notified.
  3. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the visitation area.
  4. Participate in active screening for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and attest to COVID-19 status.
    1. if known. Provide contact information upon signing in and notify us if you test positive within 14 days of visit.
  5. Do not engage in holding hands, hugging, kissing, or other physical contact during family visits to reduce risk of exposure. Maintain 6 feet of distance.
  6. For indoor visitation only, the visitor will need provide a negative COVID-19 test within the past week or as close to the visit date as possible if results are delayed.

This visitation policy and rules set forth will be in effect until they are revised or canceled by DPH or the Governor’s office.

 

 

 

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