Restrictive Visitation Policy and Safety Mandates at Bethesda – an Update

Bethesda Health | August 3, 2020

Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities

Although restrictions regarding visitation and gatherings of 10 or more may have softened and some businesses have been allowed to open per St. Louis County official announcement, no such allowances are being made for skilled nursing (nursing homes) or assisted living communities, per the order issued on June 15, 2020 by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

Additionally, Bethesda continues to adhere to the communication from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the subject of “Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes,” and is still restricting all visitors (except for end-of-life and compassionate care resident visits) to its skilled nursing and assisted living communities until otherwise indicated by CMS.

Therefore, the current restrictive visitation policies in all Bethesda skilled nursing and assisted living communities are still in place, and will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

To review the order, click here.

Individuals wanting to conduct an end-of-life or compassionate care visit must be willing to submit to a temperature screening and able to answer “NO” to the following CMS-recommended criteria before they will be allowed into the skilled nursing or assisted living community:

Virtual visits (Skype, Zoom, etc.) with residents and patients continue to be coordinated by the Life Enrichment/Activities Directors at each skilled nursing or assisted living community. For those skilled nursing or assisted living communities whose campuses provide an opportunity for outdoor visits, arrangements can be coordinated by contacting the facility.

Independent Living/Retirement Communities

Effective Monday, July 6, 2020, Bethesda is softening the restrictions regarding external visitation to our independent living (retirement) communities. Per the July 1, 2020 order issued by leadership from St. Louis County and St. Louis City, all residents and visitors are mandated to wear masks throughout a visit, regardless of whether the visit occurs in a the resident’s apartment or villa home, or outdoors. Please check with the General Manager at each location for specific details about visiting within the building.

To review the St. Louis County order mandating the wearing of masks, click here.

Individuals wanting to visit in an independent living (retirement) community at Bethesda must be willing to submit to a temperature screening and be able to answer “NO” to the following CMS-recommended criteria before they will be allowed into the community:

The following restrictions also are in place:

We appreciate your understanding and compliance with these restrictions regarding visitation and entering these resident communities. If you have any further questions, please call the management of the resident community in which you seek information.

To review the CMS recommended guidelines regarding visitation restrictions at skilled nursing and assisted living communities, click here.

To review the CDC recommended guidelines regarding limiting visitation in independent living communities, click here.

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