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Recent Updates Regarding

COVID-19

Covid-19 Update: Safety Protocols

Message from our Administrator

The Masonic Home of Florida community is pleased to announce a more straightforward protocol that enables us to safely spend quality time with family and friends on campus and in the larger community. We are thankful to be on the other side of last year’s challenges. We are adding additional opportunities to enrich the lives of residents while continuing to be vigilant in following precautions in compliance with infection control and safety guidelines as directed by the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Visitation Guidelines (Effective May 6, 2022)

Policy Statement

It is the policy of the Masonic Home of Florida to encourage in-person resident visitation while maintaining infection control protocols. Our guidelines comply with directives from the Florida Department of Health and the CDC.

Policy Interpretation and Implementation

The Masonic Home fully supports the resident’s right to make choices regarding aspects of their life that are significant to them as an individual. All residents and visitors are advised of the risks associated with visitation and the rules associated with conducting these visits in a manner that does not place other residents at risk. A resident may deny or withdraw consent for visits at any time.

Indoor Visitation:

  1. Indoor visitation is allowed at all times for residents with no limitation on the length of the visit or the number of visitors a resident may have at one time.
    a. Due to resident care schedules and the safety of all our residents, the suggested visiting times are as follows:
    i. Monday – Friday: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
    ii. Saturday – Sunday: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
  2. Visits must be conducted in a manner that complies with COVID-19 core principles of infection prevention listed below;
    a. Visitors who have a positive COVID-19 test, symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine should not enter the home.
    b. Visitors must use hand hygiene (hand sanitizer) when entering the center and after contact with a resident.
    c. Face covering is required (covering the mouth and nose).
    d. Physical distancing of 6’ is preferred. However, consensual physical contact is allowed between a resident and visitor.
    e. A Masonic Home staff member must screen ALL visitors before visitation.

Screening Process:

  1. All visitors will enter through the front door to be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and check-in. The required screening consists of temperature checks and screening questions to assess potential exposure to COVID-19.
  2. Please report to the front door at least 5 minutes before the pre-scheduled visit to allow time to complete the required screening.
  3. Each visitor must wear a facemask. A facemask must always cover your nose and mouth while in the facility.
  4. Visitation will be refused if a visitor refuses any aspect of the screening process or refuses to wear a mask.
  5. Visitation will be refused if the individual(s) exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms or does not pass the screening.

During your visit:

  1. After the screening and sign-in are completed, the visitor(s) will utilize hand sanitizer and proceed directly to the resident’s room or the assigned visitation area.
  2. Visits to the resident room are preferred. However, common areas such as the lobby, library, recreation room, or ice cream shop are appropriate as long as physical distancing from other residents is maintained. Visitors are prohibited in the dining room, the lobbies, or any resident activities. You may visit outside on the front porch only.
  3. Visitors must use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after the visit and before and after any contact with the resident. You may hug your family member, but you must sanitize your hands before and after, and your mask must remain in place.
  4. Visitors must remain at least 6 feet away from staff and other residents during the visit. Masks must cover the face and nose at all times. If a visitor violates this requirement, any future visits may be subject to cancelation.

Post Visit:

For the protection of all our residents, all visitors must immediately inform the facility if they develop a fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 within fourteen (14) days of a visit to the facility.

Virtual Visits will continue to be offered to residents. To schedule a virtual visit through FaceTime or Zoom please contact lynsey.carlton@masonichomefl.com

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