While the state has announced that visitation can resume at some assisted living care facilities this week, nursing homes that require a larger scope of medical care will wait until July 15 to accept visitors.
Shady Lawn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Cerulean Road in Cadiz falls into the category of facilities that will allow visitors on July 15. Marian Hayden, counsel for Shady Lawn’s parent company, said they are continuing to work on the details of the plan for opening to the public.
click to download audioHayden said the obvious restrictions such as wearing masks and social distancing will be included in the visitation plan that will be sent to the families once it is completed.
click to download audioHayden said there has been some confusion on which facilities can allow visitors, and the state has still not published the healthy at work guidelines for assisted care facilities on its COVID-19 website. A copy of the long term care facilities plan obtained by the News Edge mentions the staggering of meals in dining rooms, screening of visitors before they enter, and limiting group activities.
click to download audioIn the initial stages of COVID-19, residents of Shady Lawn were sequestered away from the others in an attempt to protect them. With no visitors allowed, employees have worked to provide residents with Skype access to families and even offered the use of their cell phones to Facetime family members. Shady Lawn has also allowed family members to come to the window of their loved ones to see them.
Hayden said it’s just a small example of how health care workers have gone above and beyond for the people they care for.
click to download audioGovernor Andy Beshear signed an order that restricted access to the state’s long-term care facilities on March 10, while declaring a state of emergency relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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