Outdoor Visitation and Group Activities beginning this Wednesday, March 3rd!

Effective this Wednesday, March 3rd, Standifer Place is excited to begin offering outdoor visitation and window visits for residents who are unable to be outdoors.  Also beginning on the 3rd, our Activities staff will start offering socially distanced Group Activities for our residents.

Our Social Services staff will be contacting families by phone at the beginning of this coming week to schedule outdoor visits as early as March 3rd.  We look forward to seeing visitors on campus and beginning the steps that will eventually lead to regular visitation for everyone.    Be aware that if the weather forecast shows rain or temperature below 60 degrees, we will cancel visitation for that day.

Concerning indoor visitation, some confusion was created this week when the Tennessee Department of Health announced their removal of visitation restrictions on nursing facilities.  However, it remains the case that all nursing facilities are still required to follow visitation regulations and restrictions as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  CMS does require that the following 2 factors must be met before indoor visitation can be allowed:

  • COVID positivity rate in the community must be below 10%, according to CMS bi-weekly reporting; and,
  • The nursing facility must have gone 14 days without any new COVID-19 cases (among either staff or residents)

Hamilton County is still above 10%, and Standifer Place has had a positive case within the past 14 days.  We will continue to monitor these criteria, and we will be ready to open up for scheduled indoor visitation once the criteria are met.

Further updates will be posted here on our website, and we can be reached by phone as well.  Please keep yourselves safe by continuing to wear your mask, wash your hands, and keep your distances even as the light at the end of this tunnel gets brighter.  Your helping keep the rate down in the community has a big impact for us all!

Dave Boozer, Administrator