Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director — 06/17/21Brandermill Woods independent living angle

Status Update from Charmaine Preiss, Executive Director — 06/17/21

Thursday, June 17, 2021

It is with great pleasure to inform you that Chesterfield County’s positivity rate on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website has decreased to 1.9% as of June 8, 2021.  

On June 21, 2021, we are implementing the following visitor protocols at The Haven, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities.

  • Visits for residents who do not share a room in our Nursing facility, The Haven, do not need to be scheduled.
  • Visits for residents in the Assisted Living and Memory Care do not need to be scheduled.
  • Only two (2) guests shall be in a resident’s room at the same time.
  • Scheduled visits are only required for residents who reside in a shared, semi-private room in The Haven. Please go to our website home page, and click the pop-up (displayed above) on the bottom left to schedule an appointment. The designated locations are the outdoor designated area or in the Florida Room.
  • Doors at The Haven and The Chesterfield will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

When you arrive for your visit, you are required to be screened before entering and must sign in on the Visitor's sign-in sheet at the Front Desk.

Please see the attached revised Guidelines for Visitation at the Health Care Community. It is everyone's responsibility to follow our guidelines for our Community to stay COVID-19 free. If the guidelines are not followed our ability to maintain the core principles of infection prevention will be jeopardized.

As circumstances change or positive cases of COVID-19 are confirmed, visitation protocols in specific areas may change quickly. We are taking many precautions and following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Virginia Department of Health (VDH). 

Brandermill Woods Management Team and all staff appreciate your cooperation as we gradually and cautiously work our way back to normal.

Guidelines for Visitation at the Health Care Community — revised 6/17/21

Please do not visit if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, the new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or other new signs of illness.

Indoor visitation privileges are contingent upon following the requirements below, which reflect the measures Brandermill Woods has deemed necessary to protect the health and safety of the Brandermill Woods residents and staff:

  • Before you participate in our visitation program, be aware of the risks associated with visitation and make an informed decision about participation. Full vaccination for visitors is always preferred, when possible.
  • Visitors should be screened and restricted from visiting, regardless of their vaccination status, if they have: current SARS-CoV-2 infection; symptoms of COVID-19; or prolonged close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone     with SARS-CoV-2 infection in the prior 14 days or have otherwise met criteria for quarantine.
  • No children under the age of 12 are allowed to visit, this includes indoor and outdoor areas.
  • Upon entering our facility, visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, should wear a well-fitting cloth mask, facemask, or respirator (N95 or a respirator     approved under standards used in other countries that are similar to NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirators) for source control.
  • Hand hygiene should be performed by the patient/resident and the visitors before and after contact.
  • Visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, should physically distance (maintaining at least 6 feet between people) from other residents, visitors that are not part of their group, and staff in the facility, except as described in the scenarios below.
  • Limit visitor movement in the facility. Visitors should be directed to go directly to resident’s room and not walk around hallways or linger in common areas or dining areas. Restrooms will not be available for visitors.

Physical distancing and mask recommendations when both the resident and all of their visitors are fully vaccinated:

  • While alone in the designated visitation area, residents and their visitor(s) can choose to have close contact (including touch) and to not wear a mask.
  • Visitors should wear a mask and physical distance from other residents/visitors/staff that are not part of their group at all other times while in the facility.

Physical distancing and mask recommendations when either the resident or any of their visitors are not fully vaccinated:

  • The safest approach is for everyone to maintain physical distancing and to wear source control. However, if the patient/resident is fully vaccinated, they can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their unvaccinated visitor(s) while both continue to wear well-fitting source control.