You, as family members and friends, have done an amazing job helping our community keep your loved ones safe and we sincerely appreciate your patience during this very unusual time. We ask that you continue to work with us as we move into this new and exciting phase of visitation.

The following rules and guidelines are applicable to all of the Elmwood Communities including the group homes.

For the safety of our residents, please do not visit, if any of the following apply:

  • Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • New Shortness of Breath
  • Not feeling well
  • Sleepier than normal
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizzy
  • Been exposed to anyone with COVID 19 within the past 14 days
  • Been at another healthcare setting that has confirmed or is being investigated for COVID-19 cases
  1. Inside Visitation will begin on October 12, 2020.
  2. Visitation is by appointment only and must be scheduled 24 hours in advance and may not exceed 45 minutes for outdoor or 30 minutes for indoor, which only includes time spent with the resident. This will give ample notice to the staff to assure a staff member is available for monitoring and check-in. Click this link to schedule your visit.
  3. Arrive to scheduled visit promptly. If early, please wait in car.
  4. Visiting is permitted in designated outside and inside spaces only and will have overhead protection from the sun and rain. Inside areas will be conducted in spaces that are not used for another purpose while visits are occurring and is separate from resident areas including the resident rooms.
  5. Outdoor visitors will be limited to 3 at one time, plus the resident, for a total of 4 people. Inside visitors will be limited to 2 at one time, plus the resident for a total of 3 people. No pets, children or any visitor that cannot follow social distancing guidelines or tolerate a facial covering.
  6. Visiting areas will be set-up ahead of time. Please do not move the chairs.
  7. All visitors must pass health screening prior to each visit which shall include temperature checks and blood oxygen levels so please do not take any fever-reducing medication within 6 hours of the scheduled visit.
  8. All outside visitors must wear a facial covering. If a visitor does not have a facial covering, one will be provided.
  9. All inside visitors must wear a surgical mask which will be provided by Elmwood.
  10. Inside visitors are to go directly to their assigned visiting area and not wonder about the facility or interact with other residents to or from their visiting area.
  11. Visitors will be required to wash hands or utilize hand sanitizer prior to and after their visit.
  12. Visitors will be asked to sign an agreement that they will abide by Elmwood’s Visitation Rules during the COVID 19 pandemic at the beginning of each visit and will be provided with a handout about precautions, prevention, risk of spread and the impact of COVID9-19 for our residents.
  13. All visitors must follow social distancing during their visit which means staying 6 feet away from our residents and refraining from hugging, kissing, handholding, shaking hands with the residents. This is to protect their health.
  14. No gifts should be given to the residents. All items must go into the tote box for 72 hours per established drop off procedure.
  15. No smoking, vaping, or chewing during the visit.
  16. Visitation may be halted if the CEO determines there is an increase in case status in the surrounding community, case status in the facility, staffing levels are not adequate, access to adequate testing for residents or access to personal protective equipment is limited or there is not adequate local hospital capacity to care for COVID positive patients.

End of Life/Compassionate Visitation in all facilities

End of life situations are defined as a substantial change of condition indicating end of life is approaching. Some indications of end of life include the following: loss of appetite (no eating or drinking), increased sleeping, delirium, unexplained agitation, mottling of skin, significant decline in cognition, or an increase in depression accompanying other indications.

Compassionate care situations mean

  • A resident, who was living with their family before recently being admitted to a facility, is struggling with the change in environment and lack of physical family support.
  • A resident who is grieving after a friend or family member recently passed away.
  • A resident who needs cueing and encouragement with eating or drinking, previously provided by family and/or caregiver(s), is experiencing weight loss or dehydration.
  • A resident, who used to talk and interact with others, is experiencing emotional distress, seldom speaking, or crying more frequently (when the resident had rarely cried in the past).
  • Other similar situations.

In an end of life situation, two visitors may visit the resident at a time and shall be screened at the door and must wear a surgical mask while in the facility. They must follow the rules as defined above.