COVID-19 Updates

Visitor Information for Methodist Home
Visitation Policy Effective September 10, 2021

Update:

Dear Family and Designated Representative,

 

We are writing you at this time to provide you with an update on COVID-19 in the facility. We would like to notify you that we have completed the second round of outbreak testing, and we did not identify any new cases of COVID-19 among residents or the personnel.

 

The 3rd floor ONLY will remain on transmission-based precaution for at least 14 days and will be on quarantine until outbreak testing is completed and therefore only outdoor visitation is permitted. Outdoor visiting hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Outdoor visitation must be scheduled in advance by contacting Dluis@mchny.org. Residents receiving compassionate care visits can continue to have indoor visits.

 

The 4th and 5th floor will continue to have indoor visitation as previously reported during the hours of 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

 

During this time, please feel free to also schedule a virtual visit with your loved one by contacting Director of Recreation, Denise Luis-Herrera at dluis@mchny.org.

 

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 while in the facility and social distancing of at least six feet between persons, in accordance with CDC guidance.

 

Vaccination

 

We are pleased with the progress we have made with employees’ and residents’ vaccination. Our current staff’s and residents vaccination rate is above national average but we are working to achieve 100% vaccination rate in as much as possible. As you may be aware, the NYSDOH has made the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all nursing home personnel. The facility has adopted this regulation and as such, all personnel will need to get their first dose of the vaccine by September 27th and are required to be fully vaccinated by November 15th, 2021 or they will be terminated.

 

We would like to continue to encourage all visitors to get vaccinated. 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.

 

We continue to offer testing to visitors. Appointments must be made in advance by calling the front desk/reception from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Mondays through Fridays.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Elizabeth Harris, Interim Director of Social Worker at eharris@mchny.org, and or Denise L. Herrera dluis@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