The Bureau of Assisted Living has posted new expanded guidelines for Safer Visits in Assisted Living for assisted living facilities that determine they can effectively mitigate the risks associated with relaxed visitation restrictions.
As the pandemic is affecting communities in different ways, facilities should regularly monitor local disease activity as a consideration when implementing visitation practices, but these should not be the sole factor in determining whether visits can occur. Resources for monitoring local disease activity levels include:
If there is not an outbreak in the facility, or if the outbreak is limited to a single unit, floor, or wing, the facility may allow visitation to a non-affected unit, or within a wing or floor where an outbreak was identified if the outbreak is contained, and interventions are in place for continued containment.
The guidance includes preventive measures to reduce the chances of the introduction of COVID-19 into the facility, while mitigating the unintentional consequences of social isolation from family and other loved ones.
Please visit the COVID-19: Assisted Living webpage‘s section on Safer Visits in Assisted Living Facilities – Relaxing Restrictions for more information.
WHCA/WiCAL Director of Quality Advancement and Education was a member of the group that worked with representatives from the Bureau of Assisted Living, the Ombudsman, LeadingAge Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council to develop a framework that will assist assisted living facilities in provider safer visitation.
Please contact Pat Boyer with any questions.