COVID-19 Updates

Visitor Information for Methodist Home
Visitation Policy Effective July 1st, 2022

Update:

Dear Family and Designated Representative,

 

We are writing to provide you with an update on COVID-19 in the facility. We would like to inform you that we have identified two (2) employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing has been completed. All exposed residents and staff were tested and are negative. The facility will follow CDC and NYSDOH health guidelines for transmission-based precautions and testing. Please be assured that we are continuing to follow infection control guidelines and remain vigilant.

 

Please note that we have received notification from the NYSDOH that there is an increase in COVID-19 cases amongst nursing home residents and staff. To this end, we are remaining vigilant with infection control
prevention and control measures (screening, environment cleaning, masking, testing etc.).

 

All visitors must present a negative COVID test before being allowed to visit. Currently, the facility is providing COVID tests to visitors who are unable to obtain one prior to visiting. We will continue to provide onsite testing while supplies last.

 

Reminders:

  • Please do not visit if you are not feeling well, i.e. runny nose, fever, etc.
  • If you test positive, please see your doctor and do not visit.
  • Please always wear a mask when visiting, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Please use sanitizer when entering, during your visit and when leaving the facility.
  • When you visit, please go straight to the resident’s room, do not visit other units, other residents’ rooms, or offices. Please keep your masks on during your visit, especially if around other residents and staff.
  • If you are not vaccinated, as per CDC, the best way to protect your loved one is to be up to date with all recommended vaccine doses.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your loved one’s social worker and or nurse manager on the unit.

 

Visitation Policy:

Temporary Visiting Hours

 

Visiting hours will be from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. If anyone wishes to visit outside of these hours, they may do so by contacting Elizabeth Harris, Director of Social Work or Denise Luiz-Herrera, Director of Recreation. The facility must ensure that all visitors use a face mask when the community transmission rate is substantial to high. Please note that as per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Bronx County’s community transmission rate is high and therefore all visitors and residents must wear a mask at all times.

 

The facility is still required to continue screening all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, and all visitors must be screened. Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID 19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine are not permitted to enter the facility. Visitors are not permitted to walk around different halls of the facility, offices, and other units. Visitors are asked to go directly to the resident’s room or designated visitation area (GREAT ROOM-2nd floor).

 

Residents on transmission-based precaution or on quarantine can still receive visitors; however, in these cases, visits should occur in the resident’s room and the resident should wear a well-fitting facemask (if tolerated). Visitors and residents should be aware of the potential risk of visiting while resident is on transmission-based precaution and/or on quarantine. All necessary precautions should be taken.

 

Visitors can visit during an outbreak investigation. Visitors are reminded of the potential risk of visiting during an outbreak in the facility. If visitors choose to visit, residents and visitors must wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status and must adhere to the core principles of infection prevention.

 

Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention:

 

We will continue screening 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 deny entry to 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). Hand hygiene will be reinforced (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred).

 

Face coverings or masks (covering mouth and nose) are required at all times when the community transmission rate is substantial to high, while in the facility social distancing of at least six feet between persons is required, in accordance with CDC guidance. Please follow instructional signage posted throughout the facility.

 

Vaccination
As per New York State Department of Health and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, all employees are fully vaccinated.

 

We would like to continue to encourage all visitors to get vaccinated. The facility has ongoing vaccination efforts for all our residents and staff. Many of our residents and staff have received the booster. If you would like your loved one to receive the booster, please contact the nurse manager or your loved’ s one primary care physician to discuss. We must protect the most vulnerable population, especially with the increase in the positivity rate in our area. We urge you to please get vaccinated and get tested frequently before visiting.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Elizabeth Harris, Director of Social Worker at eharris@mchny.org , and/or your social worker, Sandra Diaz at sdiaz@mchny.org.

All Outdoor Visits are 1 hour long.

For Outdoor visits, our current visiting hours are:

 
Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays 
9:30am (4 slots available)
10:00am (4 slots available)
10:30am (4 slots available)
11:00am (4 slots available)
 
Tuesdays & Fridays 
1:30pm (4 slots available)
2:00pm (4 slots available)
2:30pm (4 slots available)
3:00pm (4 slots available)
3:30pm (4 slots available)

We also have additional visiting time on Mondays afternoons:

 
Monday Afternoon
1:30pm (3 slots available)
2:00pm (3 slots available)
2:30pm (3 slots available)
3:00pm (3 slots available)
3:30pm (3 slots available)

We also have visiting time on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Evenings:

 
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings
6:00pm (2 slots available)

Weekend Visitation

 
Saturday and Sundays 
9:30am (2 slots available)
10:00am (2 slots available)
10:30am (2 slots available)
11:00am (2 slots available)

1:30pm (2 slots available)
2:00pm (2 slots available)
2:30pm (2 slots available)
3:00pm (2 slots available)
3:30pm (2 slots available)

Steps Methodist Home is Taking:

The health and safety of our community continues to be our top priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Resident Monitoring:

Our clinical team are diligently monitoring residents.Our staff has been educated and trained to identify residents who might be at risk for any flu and or symptoms of COVID-19 and are prepared to take any steps necessary to keep our residents safe.

Employee/Contractor Screening:

We are screening employees and contractors for symptoms or potential exposure to COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the illness in our facility.

Facility Environment of Care:

We have increased the frequency of cleaning on high touch surfaces and high trafficked public areas with a CDC-approved disinfectant.

We realize this may seem like an extreme step, however, until we know more about this virus and the extent to which how many people are infected, we believe this is the responsible step to take. This virus seems to affect the elderly the most. Therefore, we are taking these steps to potentially prevent your loved one from catching this virus.

Please note that we are constantly evaluating our policies and protocols in view of new information and they are subject to change. We will do our best to keep you apprised by updating this notice.

COVID-19 Notice