The Pandemic Difference

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Pandemic Difference Many if not all Facilities won’t Allow or are still Limiting Families of Loved Ones into their Facilities. We Make the Difference at Personal Senior Care Homes!

It is official Ohio governor Mike DeWine has announced Ohio is planning to reopen nursing homes and assisted living facilities to indoor visitors next month as cooler weather approaches.

But the loved ones of nursing home residents will find their visitation looks a bit different when it starts Oct. 12, said Ursel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging.

Visits will be limited to two people at a time and to 30 minutes in a designated area of a facility, McElroy said. The designated visitation areas will need to be cleaned in between each visit.

“Indoor visitation does not signal that we can be less cautious …This is a first step of others to come as we responsibly restart,” McElroy said.

Long-term-care facilities also will be required to consider the number of cases in their community and their buildings, their staffing levels, the supply of personal protective equipment and local hospital capacity. The latter is key should an outbreak occur.

At Personal Senior Care Homes because we are a residence we do not have to adhere to these strict guidelines!

Indoor visits at nursing homes and assisted living facilities have been off limits since March when the pandemic first began in Ohio, as they have been among the deadliest locations nationwide.

Personal Senior Care Homes take the precautions and we have been successful in keeping our residents save and our visitors happy with continued access during a time when so many others have suffered alone without their family and friends!

In early June, Ohio began allowing outdoor visitation again at assisted living facilities, and in late July, at nursing homes.

However, at Personal Senior Care Homes we follow the guidelines and still allow family visitation without taking the resident outside and without a time limit. You see our size and attention to care allows us to have a 1.5 caregiver ratio that precludes limiting visit size and duration.

Gov. Mike DeWine has said it’s critical for people living in long-term-care facilities to see their families and friends. The pandemic has been “particularly hard” on older Ohioans, and the governor said Thursday’s announcement on visitation was “good news” for them and their families.

Before indoor nursing home visits begin, they’ll start again at intermediate care facilities that often care for Ohioans with disabilities. Indoor visitation will start in those buildings Monday.

“We are happy because we know this has been so very hard … We ask for patience and understanding as we try to take this next step,” said Jeff Davis, director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Thursday announced a slew of other pandemic-related changes and recommendations that the state plans to issue.

Another 991 Ohioans tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday, September 24th, 2020 bringing the statewide total to 147,744, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Thursday’s cases were just above the three-week average of 982 new cases reported per day.

More than 2.94 million COVID-19 tests have been administered across the state since the pandemic began in March.

The average positive test rate for Ohioans over the previous seven days declined to 2.8% Tuesday, the most recent day for which data is available, according to the state Health Department. That is the lowest average seven-day positive test rate in Ohio since the pandemic began.

Deaths on Thursday rose by 28, which is above a three-week average of 23 new deaths reported per day. So far, the virus has killed 4,715 Ohioans, according to the state.

An additional 74 Ohioans were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday. That’s more than a three-week average of 66 new hospitalizations a day, state data shows.

Admissions to intensive care units on Thursday increased by 10, which is one below a three-week average of 11 new ICU admissions. As of Thursday, 586 Ohioans remained hospitalized with COVID-19, including 199 in ICUs and 105 on ventilators, according to the state.

Source: Columbus Dispatch Newspaper September 24, 2020

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