Long-Term Care Visitor Requirements: Updated 4.8.2021
- On entry to building, sign visitor log and provide required information. You must complete a symptom screen and have your temperature checked. If you are sick, you will be asked to postpone your visit. Either visitor or resident must be fully vaccinated for an indoor visit to occur.
- PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) refers to gloves, gowns, eye protection, and face coverings. The correct order to put on PPE is gown, mask, eye protection & gloves. The correct order to remove PPE is gloves, gown, eye protection & mask. Wash your hands after touching or removing PPE.
- At a minimum, a face mask is required to be worn in the building and at all times during your visit. Eye protection may also be required, depending on community COVID-19 transmission rates. In some circumstances, you may be asked to wear a gown and/or gloves. Your face mask must be worn correctly – completely covering your mouth & nose. Do not place a mask on a child younger than 2 years old.
- Wash your hands on entry to building, you may use alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) or soap & water. Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands often – after touching personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or surfaces in the building. Wash your hands when exiting the building.
- Please go directly to your designated visitor area – limit your movement throughout the building and avoid touching high-touch surfaces.
- Please maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet between you and the resident you are visiting. If the resident is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they may choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor while wearing a well-fitting face mask and performing hand-hygiene before and after.
- If you develop symptoms of illness during your visit (i.e., headache, chills, body aches, cough, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea), please end your visit immediately and check out at the front desk. You may follow-up with the Josephine Caring Community Infection Control Nurse at (360) 629-2126.
- Please follow the guidelines required to slow the spread of COVID-19 (i.e., masking, handwashing, physical distancing,) while in the community. If not already vaccinated, consider receiving a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to you.
Updated Visitor Policy 3.19.2021
We are excited to announce that we are able to start making appointments for indoor visitation.
*Please call the front office to schedule these appointment times.
*Appointments will be limited to one visitor per resident.
*The visits will be no longer than one hour.
*Please note that masks and eye protection must be worn. These can be provided by the facility or you may wear your favorite cloth masks. Masks must be worn properly over your mouth and nose.
*Either the visitor or the resident must be fully vaccinated to participate in indoor visits. Fully vaccinated meaning 2 weeks after final dose. It is a violation of the governors proclamation for an unvaccinated visitor to visit an unvaccinated resident.
*Please don’t visit if you are sick/have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection in the prior 14 days.
We are excited to start this new process and are looking forward to seeing you all.
Update: Governor Inslee has announced a Safe Start 4-phase program for long-term care facilities to offer restricted visitation and other activities. You may read the announcement here: https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-guidance-long-term-care-facilities
Josephine Caring Community is now in Phase 1, which allows for supervised outdoor visits. We will follow a strict protocol of screening and sanitation measures to ensure the safety of our residents, families and staff.
While, we look forward to your visit, there are some restrictions you need to be aware of:
- Outdoor visits must be scheduled ahead of time through the Activities Department. Please call (360) 629-2126 and ask to speak to activities regarding an outdoor visit.
- All visits must take place outdoors, in the specific location determined ahead of time by the Activity Department. (No window visits, no front lobby visits, etc.…)
- To reduce exposure, we are limited to; 2 visitors, per resident, per visit, per day.
- To help us accommodate everyone eager to visit their loved one, please restrict your visit to one hour, maximum.
- We ask that all visitors sign-in, provide contact information, and be screened for symptoms of illness prior to the visit. (Visitors with symptoms of illness will be asked to postpone their visit.)
- Visitors must wash their hands-on arrival, wear a mask, and remain a minimum of 6 feet apart – physical contact is not permitted at this time.
- Residents who are ill or who are on quarantine precautions are not eligible for visits until they are no longer infectious or off precautions.
- All visits must be supervised by Josephine Staff.
We understand these restrictions are challenging. Please be patient with us as we ease into this Safe Start, 4-phase program. We are counting on everyone to help make the outdoor visitation program a success!
If you are unable to visit in person, we encourage you to stay in touch in other ways. Phone calls, Zoom, cards and small individually wrapped gifts really lift spirits during this time of quarantine.
The residents, families and staff of Josephine Caring Community grieve for those lost to COVID 19 and look to the days ahead as a time to heal together. We are so grateful to the many families and friends whose love and support has been a bright spot during this challenging time.