March 12, 2021
Dear Residents, Families, and Friends,
I hope this letter finds everyone in good spirits, health, and faith. We at Alpine realize that this past year has been extremely hard on everyone that has a loved one in a skilled nursing facility. In fact, Covid19 has posed hardships on almost everyone in every community and in almost all aspects of our daily lives. Over the past month, we have hosted several vaccination clinics. A large percentage of our residents have been given two rounds of vaccination. We still have a small percentage that have refused the vaccine. Staff have also been given the opportunity to be vaccinated as well, and many of them have completed the two-step vaccination process. Each month we continue to have the vaccination available to us by our pharmacy for new staff and residents if they so choose to be vaccinated. I would like to ask that you continue to encourage your loved one in our facility to take the vaccination if they have not. This is one way you can help us speed up the process for allowing visitation indoors again.
Visitation has been a hot topic over the last week as our state and federal government have made significant changes to visitation guidelines. In fact, some facilities have already begun allowing visitation in their facilities. After two months of no new cases, we recently went back into outbreak status. Due to this status, we cannot open the doors for indoor visitation quite yet, except for “compassionate care visits. As a reminder, we are still encouraging online visits and outdoor visits. They can be scheduled by calling our receptionist between the hours of 8:30AM – 5:00PM, Monday thru Friday.
We will notify you once we are out of outbreak status and indoor visitation is allowed. Indoor visitation will have a few adjustments to accommodate such as:
- Temperature Screening upon entrance
- Questionnaire to complete regarding symptoms and exposure.
- Hand hygiene
- Face covering will be required at all times in the facility.
- Accommodations in centralized locations to prevent further spread.
- Limits to the number of visitors for each resident per visit
These are just a few examples of what indoor visitation will look like in the near future. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at 336-629-1447. Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in our facility soon.
Chip Lacy-Sellers, LNHA
Alpine Health and Rehabilitation of Asheboro