Visitation Update 8-19-20

Your patience and care have been greatly appreciated during this COVID-19 pandemic!  Strict guidelines must be followed to minimize risk of any residents contracting COVID-19.  

The good news is that the second round of universal, baseline testing was completed as of August 10th and all results are NEGATIVE!  Valley View Rehab & Nursing Center is ready to move to the next phase of visitation guidelines.

The new date for re-opening has been set for Monday, August 24th for visits in the courtyard. Visits will be re-scheduled by the receptionist in the order that they were arranged for the prior visitation schedule.  If preferred, drive bys will be accepted as well in the same time periods.  Visitation will be every day but Sundays or holidays. Times are 10am-11:30 am and 2pm-3:30pm Monday through Saturday.

Please review and follow the guidelines listed below closely.  If you are not able to comply with these rules, your visit will not be permitted. If rules are broken during a visit, the visit will be terminated.

These new, in-person visits must be in a ?neutral zone?.  Visitors will not be permitted to go to the resident?s room or anywhere else in the facility except the outside courtyard.  If weather is severe, visits will be relocated to the lower lobby.  In order to comply with social distancing and allow time for cleaning, only two residents per time slot can be accommodated at this time.  Visits will be 20 minutes in length and scheduled in 30-minute increments so there is ample time to screen and sanitize after visits.   Our goal is to accommodate everyone, so we are allowing each resident to have one scheduled visit approximately every two weeks. Then each resident has an opportunity to see a loved one as soon as possible.  Two visitors per resident are allowed. Visitors should be of a minimum age of 18-years old.  Children under 18-years old will be considered on a case-by-case basis only.  To schedule visits, we are asking only one person per resident be the main contact to schedule any visits, the responsible party is preferred, he or she may confirm who the two visitors will be.  If the resident is capable, he or she will have to approve any visitors.  Priority visits will be given to those residents with birthdays.  For those who work or live out of the area, priority will be given for the Saturday visits.

On the day of your visit, please arrive fifteen minutes before scheduled visit to allow ample time for the screening process.  Questions about symptoms or any exposure to COVID-19 will be asked and your temperature will be taken. Restrooms will not be accessible at visits as we are minimizing surfaces that are touched, so please plan accordingly.  You must use hand sanitizer before and after your visit.  Please bring your own mask to the visit and wear it appropriately throughout the visit ? covering both nose and mouth. If you arrive without a mask, you will not be able to visit the resident. Cloth masks and surgical masks are acceptable.  You must socially distance during visits: this means no touching the resident and staying six feet apart.  All visits will be monitored by staff and volunteers of Valley View; failure to comply with guidelines will result in termination of the visit. If the visit is terminated, it will not be able to be rescheduled until all residents have had an opportunity to complete that round of visits ? approximately two weeks.  

All other previous guidelines are still being followed.  You may not give anything to the residents during a visit and no perishable items (fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods) will be accepted.  Items you would like the resident to have must be left on the cart at the front entrance and will be given to the resident in two calendar days.  There are a lot of things to consider as we follow guidelines from the PA Department of Health and do everything possible to keep our vulnerable residents from getting sick from COVID-19.

If Lycoming County would move back to the RED phase, all visitation will stop immediately.  Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time.  Any questions you may have can be answered by the reception staff when scheduling visits. 

On a great final note, Kelly the beautician is busy, and the residents are happy!