Coronavirus Information and Precautions

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Covid outdoor visiting area

April 30, 2021

Dear Residents and Families,

We are pleased to inform you that Wellsprings Post Acute continues to remain COVID-19 free. We will continue to test our residents and staff as clinically-indicated.

All of us at Wellsprings Post Acute care deeply about the safety and well-being of our residents. Our facility has adequate staffing and an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

We are in regular communication with Los Angeles County Health and Human Services and CDPH. We continue to implement all current CMS, CDC, and CDPH guidelines regarding COVID-19.

We encourage both residents and loved ones to continue communicating with each other by email or enjoying time on Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype.

We are eager for you to visit your loved ones at our facility. We have yet to receive guidelines from the appropriate regulatory authorities which either confirm or modify CDC’s recommendations. We continuously monitor all the communication from the California Department of Public Health, County Department of Public Health, and Local Public Health authorities and will, at the very first opportunity, notify you of changes in regulation that will allow you to freely visit. We must advise you that should these flexibilities be allowed at our facility, that they are conditioned on both the visitors and residents being fully vaccinated. We shall develop policies and processes that will allow us to confirm the vaccination status of all concerned.

If you have a family member in our care and would like an update on his or her condition, please call our facility at 661-948-7501. You can also visit our website https://wellspringspac.com/ for other helpful information and links to CDC and CMS websites.

Sincerely,

Rafael A. Reyes
Administrator


Covid outdoor visiting area

Indoor Visitation Guidelines

Covid Visitation Guidelines chart

Please call 661-948-7501 and ask for Social Services. Thank you!

April 15, 2021

Dear Residents, Visitors and Staff, As Wellsprings Post-Acute Care opens up for indoor and in-room visitation, we are implementing and strictly adhering to the visiting guidelines set forth by the local, state and federal health agencies. These guidelines are specifically applicable while there is no “Outbreak” (active Covid-19 cases) in the facility. It only takes one Covid-19 positive result to place the facility in an “Outbreak” status, which will affect the indoor and in-room visitation.

It is Wellsprings’ objective to keep everyone healthy and safe from Covid-19. Let’s all team up to achieve that.

Attached is the visiting guideline for your reference. These guidelines may change as dictated by local, state, and federal health agencies.

Thank you,

Rafael A. Reyes
Administrator

Note: Facility is not in Outbreak and LA County is in Orange Tier -In-room and In-door visits are only allowed when facility is not in outbreak, and County is Red, Orange or Yellow. These guidelines are in accordance with the April 11, 2021 advisory from LA County Public Health. May be reviewed at >>> http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/healthfacilities/snf/prevention/#note-ylw-cohort-not-full-vax

Visitation Guidelines
In-Room Visits (Green Zone)
  1. Subject to availability if roommate agrees to leave the bedroom during the room visit. Other resident’s are can’t be in the room during the visit.
  2. All general visits should need to be scheduled 3 days in advance.
  3. Please keep visitation within 30 minutes in order to allow other residents to have the opportunity to receive visitors as well.
  4. All visitors need to provide their name, address, and phone numbers for contact tracing purposes, in-case the visitor or resident develops Covid-19 symptoms after the visit.
  5. Visitors need to be PCR Covid-19 tested at an outside lab 2 days prior to the visit, and present the negative results upon visitation.
  6. All visitors will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms and temperature check and hand hygiene with the alcohol-based hand sanitizer prior to entry.
  7. Visitors to wear surgical facemask during visit (provided by the facility) and to be worn during the entire visit starting prior to entering the facility.
  8. In addition to the facemask, Visitors need to wear faces-shields/goggles at all times during visit. Face-shields or goggles arepersonal items that are to be brought in by the visitor during their visit.
  9. Visitors may be asked to wear additional Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPEs) required for the area of visitation, and follow all infection prevention guidelines of the facility. Visitors who do not follow the infection prevention guidelines will be asked to leave the facility. Other PPE’s (i.e. gowns, N95 mask) may be required as needed. *Visitors should don and doff appropriate PPE according to instruction by facility staff.
  10. Visitors need to maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times.
  11. Only Fully Vaccinated visitors and residents – a brief contact with resident being visited such as a brief hug, and or hold each other’s hands. After the brief contact, hand hygiene and social distancing resume and enforced throughout the visit. Please present your vaccination cards during the visit.
  12. Visit is only for the designated resident in the designated area; roaming around the facility or use of resident’s bathroom is prohibited. Visitors restrooms are available at the front lobby.
  13. Visitors must avoid direct physical contact with staff and other residents they are not visiting.
  14. Windows in resident’s rooms need to be kept open for ventilation.
  15. Resident’s room will be cleaned and sanitized after each visit.
  16. Visitors should perform hand hygiene before entering and when leaving the resident room.
  17. All visitors should be instructed to notify the facility if they develop COVID-19 signs and symptoms and/or have a positive test within 14 days of visiting the facility.
  18. Visitors will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms and temperature check prior to leaving the facility.

In-Facility – In-door visitation

Dayroom 5 with entrance at the center parking lot beside the testing window. All rules above are applicable.

Visitor testing updates

  • For indoor and in-room visitation \A/hen the county is in Purple tier, visitors must provide proof of a negative viral test (POC antigen or PCR) on a sample taken within 2 days prior to the visit, regardless of the visitor’s or resident’s vaccination status.
  • For indoor and in-room visitation when the county is in Red, Orange, and Yellow tiers. testing of visitors within 2 days prior to the visit can be considered as an additional safety measure for residents who are not fully vaccinated regardless of visitor’s vaccination status
  • In addition, all regular visitors (essential and general) who visit the facility at least once a week or more, should be tested at the same frequency as facility staff, regardless of vaccination status.
  • All other infection prevention and control requirements, including entry screening, must be followed, regardless of negative test results and regardless of vaccination status. » The absence of test results should not prevent essential visitation.
  • Outside test results are acceptable if documentation of test date and test result can be provided.
  • If same-day on-site point of care antigen testing is utilized, please follow LA County’s SNF antigen testing guidelines, referring to the section “Use of POC Ag tests for ScreeningOnly” for asymptomatic staff: http://publichealth.lacountv.gOv/acd/ncorona2019/healthfacilities/snf/antigen/#pocscreening
  • For BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag test kits, please reach out to our local EMSA contact at laemsadutvofficer@dhs.lacountv.gov

Other visitation updates

  • Visitors, essential and general, who regularly enter the facility should be encouraged to seek COVID-19 vaccination through the resources available in their community.
  • Fully vaccinated visitors may have brief, limited physical contact with fully vaccinated residents (e.g., a brief hug, hand holding, assisting with feeding or grooming) – Direct physical contact between an essential visitor and the resident can be considered on a case-by-case basis (e.g., compassionate care visitation) with a pre-determined plan involving good infection prevention practices -wearing full PPE, minimizing total cumulative time of direct physical contact, etc.
  • Facilities could consider providing infection prevention and control education for visitors who are regularly visiting (more than one in-person visit every 7 days).
  • Duration of visits;
    – Per CDPH, visits should be minimum 30 minutes
    – No maximum time limit on the visit. Facilities should consider scheduling visits for a specified length of time to help ensure all residents are able to receive visitors; facilities can consider shorter indoor visits and longer outdoor visits.

What remains the same for visitation

  • Essential visitors are exempt from visitation restrictions, including for indoor/in-room visitation.
  • All other infection prevention and control requirements, including entry screening, must be followed, regardless of negative test results and regardless of vaccination status.
  • Outdoor setting is preferred for visitation, communal dining, group activities when allowed regardless of vaccination status

What remains the same: core infection prevention & control

  • Core infection prevention & control guidance regardless of county tier status, facility outbreak status, vaccination status of staff visitor, or resident
    – Entry screening for fever, symptoms, recent close contact
    – Universal masking – 6 ft distancing
    – Frequent hand hygiene (5 moments of hand hygiene)
    – Frequent disinfection of high touch surfaces
    – PPE use for each cohort; including eye protection (face shield/goggles) when providing patient care <6 ft for Green Cohort residents
    – Isolation guidance for confirmed COVID-19 Infections (positive viral test result) for both staff and residents regardless of vaccination status

Take-home points

  • High vaccination coverage for both staff and residents are key to protecting your staff and residents!
  • Resume visitation, communal dining, group activities safely as these are critical for the mental and physical health of nursing home residents
  • While maintaining vigilance on core infection prevention & control practices to protect nursing home residents and staff from severe infections, hospitalizations, and death related to COVID-19 infection as well as other pathogens including MDRO’s (e.g., Candida auris)