Alf Visitation Policy 2023
The Club at Boynton Beach Assisted Living
STANDARDS & GUIDELINES
Assisted Living Facility
May 1, 2022
Purpose: In-Person Visitation bill has been signed into law, creating Section 408.823, Florida Statutes titled In-person visitation, and may be cited as “No Patient Left Alone Act.”
The Club at Boynton Beach developed the following policy based on this new requirement. The Club at Boynton Beach will provide the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) with a copy of the facility’s visitations policy and procedure with the renewal application and/or change of ownership application. The Club at Boynton Beach will make the visitation policies and procedures available to the agency for review at any time, upon request. The Visitation Policy and procedure is available on The Club at Boynton Beach website.
The Club at Boynton Beach will designate the Administrator as the person responsible for ensuring staff adhere to the policies and procedures.
Safety-related policies and procedures are not more stringent than those established for staff of The Club at Boynton Beach and visitors are not required to provide proof of any vaccination or immunization. This policy and procedure allows consensual physical contact between a resident and the visitor.
The Club at Boynton Beach recognizes residents may designate a visitor who is a family member, friend, guardian or other individual as an essential caregiver. The Club at Boynton Beach will allow in-person visitation by the essential caregiver for at least 2 hours daily in addition to any other visitation authorized. The Club at Boynton Beach does not require an essential caregiver to provide necessary care to a resident. The designated essential caregiver will be documented in the resident’s electronic medical record and updated upon the resident’s request.
Residents are allowed in-person visitation in all the following circumstances, unless the resident objects:
A resident who was living with family before being admitted to the provider’s care is struggling with the change in environment and lack of in-person family support.
The resident is making one or more major medical decisions.
A resident is experiencing emotional distress or grieving the loss of a friend or family member who recently died.
A resident needs cueing or encouragement to eat or drink which was previously provided by a family member or caregiver.
A resident who used to talk and interact with others is seldom speaking.
The Club at Boynton Beach has no limit on the number of visitors per resident. The Club at Boynton Beach may limit the total number of visitors allowed in the facility at any given time based on the ability of staff to safely screen and monitor the space used to accommodate the visitors, and based on adherence to the infection control protocols of physical distancing.
The Club at Boynton Beach welcomes visitors at any time. General visiting hours are between 0800-2100. After 2100 visitors should coordinate with staff for access. There is no limitation on the visitation length.
The Club at Boynton Beach will screen the visitor per the facility’s infection control policy and procedure via Accushield and will document the name of the individual, the date, and time of entry. Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19 or currently meet the criteria for quarantine should not enter The Club at Boynton Beach.
Infection Control Education for Visitors:
Visitors will be provided education on COVID-19 signs and symptoms and The Club at Boynton Beach’s infection control precautions.
This policy does not prohibit visits if the specific resident to be visited is quarantined, tested positive, or showing symptoms of a communicable disease. Visits in these circumstances will require a higher level of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) than standard masks. PPE will be provided to the visitor and will be in accordance to the most recent CDC guidance for healthcare workers.
The Club at Boynton Beach does not require visitors to agree in writing to follow the visitation policies and procedures. However, if the visitor has violated the policies and procedures, The Club at Boynton Beach may suspend in-person visitation for the specific individual.