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”
Villa Rio Vista Assisted Living Facility developed the following policy based on this new requirement. We 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. We will make the visitation policies and procedures available to the agency for review at any time, upon request. These procedures will be administered equally to all residents that request to have an Essential Caregiver, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and transgender status), age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. The Administrator is the person responsible for ensuring staff adhere to the policies and procedures.
- Visitors are required to follow all aspects of our visitation policy denoted in this
- Visitors are not required to provide proof of any vaccination or immunization as a condition of visiting the resident.
- This policy and procedure allow consensual physical contact between a resident and the visitor.
- The Facility does not designate a maximum amount of time of visitation. The resident and/or visitor/POA will determine the length of time of the visit.
- The Facility will maintain a visitor log for signing in and out.
- The Facility welcomes visitors at any time from 9am-9pm. in accordance with Florida Statutes §400.022(1)(b) and §429.28(1)(d).
- Residents may designate a visitor who is a family member, friend, guardian, or other individual as an essential caregiver.
- Residents are allowed in-person visitation in all the following circumstances, unless the resident objects: a) End-of-life situations. b) 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. c) The resident is making one or more major medical decisions. d) A resident is experiencing emotional distress or grieving the loss of a friend or family member who recently died. e) A resident needs cueing or encouragement to eat or drink which was previously provided by a family member or caregiver. f) A resident who used to talk and interact with others is seldom speaking.
- The Facility has no limit on the number of visitors per resident.
- The Facility 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.
- Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19 or
currently meet the criteria for quarantine should not enter to the Facility.
- The Facility will provide infection prevention and control education to visitors
including proper PPE use, hand hygiene and social distancing as needed.
- 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 Facility 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 Facility may suspend in-person visitation for the specific individual.