To our residents and family members:
We understand that the past few months have been challenging due to the emergence of the COVID-19 virus and the additional safety precautions that have been put in place because of the virus, such as the limitation of in-person visits to our facility. We also understand that, although these precautions were necessary to protect the safety of your loved one, not being able to visit in person has been especially challenging. We appreciate your patience and the sacrifice you have made to help protect your loved one during the COVID-19 crisis by not visiting in person. I am pleased to report that the state of Iowa is implementing a phased approach to safely reopening long-term care facilities to visitation. The purpose of this phased approach is to provide as safe a pathway as possible to resident and family visits. There will be three phases for transitioning to reopening for visitation based on a facility’s current COVID-19 status.
At Edgewood Convalescent Home, we are currently at Phase 1 in the state’s reopening plan. This means that the following types of visits are allowed effective immediately:
- Compassionate care visits (for end-of-life and psycho-social needs) that comply with screening upon entry and take additional precautions, including social distancing and hand hygiene. All visitors must wear a cloth face covering or face mask for the duration of their visit.
- Window visits may be provided under limited and controlled conditions, coordinated by the facility, in consideration of social distancing and universal source control. Note: These limited and controlled visits are not mandated; but rather at the discretion of the facility.
- Virtual visits
The following types of visits still are NOT allowed to protect the safety of residents:
- In-person visits (other than for compassionate care).
We will continue to keep you informed as we work through this phased reopening, and we will let you know each time we reach a new phase in the process and the visitation options available at each phase.
Please contact Sara McCool at (563) 928-6461 with any questions about arranging visits during this new transition.
Sara McCool, Administrator