Admissions and the Pandemic

Angie R. Sprouse CL, RN, BSN
Clinical Nurse Liaison
Abbyshire Place Skilled Nursing & Rehab

Admitting a loved one for short term rehab or for long term care can be a difficult decision for any family during normal circumstances.  During a pandemic as we are in today, the decision can feel devastating.  With proper planning and follow through, facilities can make the decision a little easier for all.  As one of those facilities, Abbyshire Place is here to help residents and their families with transition.  The purpose of this article is to help explain the process of admissions during this scary time for all.

Abbyshire Place is fully committed to the safety of our residents during COVID.  New residents must test negative within twenty-four hours of admission.  During the first fourteen days, residents are placed in isolation and closely monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID. After admission, new residents are tested again at day five and at day fourteen of their quarantine period to ensure the safety of all residents.  Staff are in full PPE with N-95 masks while caring for new residents during this timeframe.  All staff are tested weekly to ensure resident and staff safety.  Therapy is provided in the resident’s room for this duration.  Window visits with family members are permitted and encouraged during the quarantine period.

After two weeks, residents are removed from isolation and have a little more freedom with therapy and visits.  Residents are encouraged to wear masks outside their rooms and practice social distancing during hallway activities and therapy.  When permitted by the Health Department and CDC, outdoor visits are now able to be scheduled for the resident.  Starting today, indoor visits in the front lobby will be available to be scheduled.  The practice of social distancing and masks are implemented during visitation.  We are excited that residents will be able to see their family members and visit again!

During this time in our lives, daily tasks seem so different.  At Abbyshire Place, we do everything in our power to protect new residents and current residents while still trying to provide that “home” feeling.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (740) 446-7150.  We have an excellent team of nursing and therapy staff dedicated to caring for your loved ones.  Hope you have a wonderful day and please stay safe!