How to have a safe visit
To protect our residents, the Good Samaritan Society implemented visitor restrictions early on in the COVID-19 pandemic. While safety remains our priority, the precautions we’re taking allow our residents to have in-person visits.
Safe visit requirements are in place at all Good Samaritan Society nursing homes.
- Upon arrival for a visit, all visitors are screened for symptoms and potential exposure to COVID-19.
- Visitors are required to wear a facemask that covers their nose and mouth at all times.
- Visitors are required to wash or sanitize their hands before their visit and encouraged to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
- Visits take place in designated visitation areas. When circumstances allow, the first option is to hold visits outside.
- Visitors must maintain a distance of at least six feet from their loved one, staff and other residents.
- Each location determines the number of visitors allowed per resident per day, as well as the total number of visitors allowed at the location at one time.
- After a visit, you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Contact us if you develop any symptoms or if you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days.
If you would like to visit one of our locations but are unable to follow these requirements, we ask that you schedule a virtual visit or window visit instead.
For more information, read our safe visit guidelines.
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Do these visitation guidelines apply across all care and service settings?
The safe visit requirements are mandatory in all nursing homes. If you would like to visit a loved one in an assisted living or senior living apartment, please call the location to ask about visitation guidelines.
How do I schedule visits with my loved one in nursing homes or assisted living buildings?
Please contact your local Good Samaritan Society to schedule a visit.
Are there any situations when in-person visits will be restricted?
Most locations restrict in-person visits if the county has a COVID-19 positivity rate of 10% or higher, or if an employee or resident has a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Guidelines may vary by state.
If it’s not safe to visit in-person, do I still have options to stay connected with my loved one?
Please contact your local Good Samaritan Society to set up a virtual visit or window visit. We are here to help you stay connected with your loved one, even if you are unable to do so in-person. You may also send a message online to any resident or employee through our Send-A-Note service.
Is there anything I can do to keep in-person visitation open?
Our opportunity to allow in-person visitation is directly related to the level of COVID-19 transmission in the community. You can do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene, social distancing and staying home when you’re sick. Additionally, following our safe visit guidelines will protect our residents and employees from infection during a visit.
Are long-term care residents able to have off-site visits with family and friends?
Any interaction with members of the community can increase a resident’s risk of exposure to COVID-19. We do not recommend off-site visits, but know that some residents have important medical needs and appointments that cannot be ignored.
By following our safe visit guidelines, you can keep your loved one and our Good Samaritan Society family safe during your visit.
Safety is our priority.