With the emotional impact Covid-19 has taken on our aging communities, we here at HHS Solutions want to remind you how to keep nursing home residents and yourselves safe during this pandemic. Every nursing home has specific rules and regulations from CMS and their local DHHS to ensure their residents are protected during this trying time. Please consult your local nursing home or the nursing home you plan to visit for their specific rules of visitation. Here are some ways to help guard your loved one(s) while keeping in touch with them during the Covid-19 pandemic:
- Skype/Facetime is an easy way to see your loved ones safely without leaving the comfort of your home!
- Writing letters is a fantastic way to keep in touch with your loved one(s)! It also helps keep our aging community safe.
- In person visits. In person visits are always the go-to when we choose to visit our loved ones. It is important to remember to be symptom free for at least 21 days prior to your scheduled visit. Remember to carry hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently!
As a reminder, please call the nursing home/LTC (long-term care) facility you plan to visit and find out their regulations and protocols before you schedule your trip. For more information please visit https://www.cms.gov/medicareprovider-enrollment-and-certificationsurveycertificationgeninfopolicy-and-memos-states-and/nursing-home-visitation-covid-19