Visitation Policy

VIRTUE SENIOR LIVING
RESIDENT CARE STANDARD
VISITATION

VSL: 735 04/30/2022

SCOPE:

Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor is excited to announce that the Governor’s office
has signed SB 988, the No Patient Left Alone Act, to guarantee Florida families the
fundamental right to visit their loved ones who are receiving care in hospitals, hospices,
and long-term care facilities.

POLICY:

Understanding the emotional toll of caring for a loved one, the residents of Hampton
Manor will be permitted visitation as described in SB 988, unless the resident objects. We
will protect and support the resident’s rights to have visitation as per regulation and the
procedures set.
At a minimum, the Community must allow an Essential Caregiver in-person visitation for
at least 2-hours daily under the No Patient Left Alone Act. The 2-hour visitation will be
between 9:00am – 9:00pm.
The Community Director may make exceptions to the 2-hour visitation on a case-by-case
basis for end-of-life situations. These exceptions will be discussed and agreed upon in
writing by the Community Director and the Resident and/or Resident’s responsible party
in advance.

PROCEDURE:

I. For designation and utilization of essential caregiver visitors.
1. Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor will provide the Agency for Health Care
Administration (AHCA) with a copy of the facility’s essential caregiver visitor’s
policy and procedure, with the initial licensure application, renewal application
and/or change of ownership application.
2. Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor essential caregiver visitor’s policy and
procedure is available on Website Address homepage.
3. Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor will designate Staff Personnel as key staff
to support infection prevention and control training.
4. Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor will set a limit on the total number of
visitors allowed in the facility at any given time based on the ability of staff to
safely screen and monitor and the space to accommodate the essential caregiver
visitors.
a.Identify locations for visitation/care to occur planning for residents in
shared spaces and facilities with minimal common space to identify
maximum time availability.
b. Provide outdoor visitation spaces that are protected from weather
elements, such as porches, courtyards, patios, or other covered areas that
are protected from heat and sun, with cooling devices, if needed
c. Create indoor visitation spaces for residents in a room that is not
accessible by other residents or in a resident’s private room if the
resident is bedbound and for health reasons cannot leave his or her room
5. All residents and/or POA/Guardian if appropriate will be asked if they want to
identify an Essential Caregiver.
6. All new residents will be asked if they would like to identify an Essential
Caregiver upon move-in.
7. All residents will be allowed to update as requested the named Essential
Caregiver of record within 2 business days of request.
8. Residents are allowed in-person visitation in all the following circumstances,
unless the resident, client, or patient objects:
a) End-of-life situations.
b) A resident, client, or patient who was living with family before
being admitted to the provider’s care is struggling with the change
in environment and lack of in person family support.
c) The resident, client, or patient is making one or more major
medical decisions.
d) A resident, client, or patient is experiencing emotional distress or
grieving the loss of a friend or family member who recently died.
e) A resident, client, or patient needs cueing or encouragement to eat
or drink which was previously provided by a family member or
caregiver.
f) A resident, client, or patient who used to talk and interact with
others is seldom speaking.
9. Maintain a visitor log for signing in and out.
10. No more than one essential caregiver visitor may be designated per resident.
11. The policy need NOT prohibit essential caregiver visitor visits, if the specific
resident to be visited is quarantined, tested positive, or showing symptoms of
a communicable disease. Visits in these circumstances will likely require a
higher level of PPE than standard surgical masks. The general visitation
requirement that the facility has no new facility-onset cases of a
communicable disease (for example COVID-19) is not applicable to visitation
by essential caregiver visitors.
12. Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor is not required to provide for “facilityprovided” COVID-19 testing if, and only if, it is based on the most recent
CDC and FDA guidance. The cost of this testing cannot be passed on to the
visitor.
13. Essential caregiver visitors must wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
per facility’s Infection Control Policies. The PPE required must be consistent
with the most recent CDC guidance for healthcare workers. At Virtue Senior
Living/Hampton Manor the essential caregiver visitors shall wear the same
PPE that staff wear to provide care or services to the resident.
14. Any changes to Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor essential caregiver
visitor policies must be promptly communicated to affected residents and
essential caregiver visitors
II. To facilitate visits by Essential caregiver visitors upon a request from a resident
or friend/family member:
1. The resident (or their representative) will read and sign the policy and
procedures. The acknowledgement of the signature represents that the
essential caregiver visitor will abide by the policies set forth in this document.
2. The essential caregiver visitor will complete training on Virtue Senior
Living/Hampton Manor infection prevention and control including the use of
PPE, use of masks, hand sanitation, and social distancing.
3. The essential caregiver visitor must immediately inform the facility if they
develop symptoms consistent with a communicable disease within 24-hours of
their last visit at the facility.
4. Essential caregiver visits may take place in the resident’s room or a designated
area determined by Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor at the time the
visitation scheduled is developed and agreed upon.
III.When an essential caregiver visitor is scheduled to visit, the facility will:
1. Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor will thoroughly screen the visitor per
the facility’s infection control policy and procedure and document the name of
the individual, the date and time of entry, and the screening mechanism used,
along with the screening employee’s name and signature. Just as with staff
entering the building, if the visitor fails the screening, the visitor CANNOT be
allowed entry.
2. Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor will ensure that the required consents,
and training and policy acknowledgements are in place.
3. Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor will ensure that the caregiver visitor has
appropriate PPE if applicable.
4. Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor will require the essential caregiver
visitor to sign in and out on the visitor log.
5. Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor will monitor the essential caregiver
visitor’s adherence to policies and procedures.
6. If the essential caregiver visitor fails to follow the facility’s infection
prevention and control requirements, after attempts to mitigate concerns,
Virtue Senior Living/Hampton Manor shall restrict or revoke visitation.
7. In the event the essential caregiver visitor’s status is revoked due to the
individual not following the facility’s policy and procedures, the resident may
select a different essential caregiver visitor who will be granted visitation
rights upon proper vetting and agreeing to Virtue Senior Living/Hampton
Manor’s policies and procedures.

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