Lutheran Home, The Cottages & Presbyterian Residential Community Visitation Guidance
May 26, 2021
Dear Residents, Family & Friends,
Lutheran Home of Central New York, Lutheran Cottage, and Presbyterian Residential Community have received new guidance from New York State Department of Health regarding acceptable visitation practices at our facility.
The days of long separations from family and loved ones is hopefully behind us for good and better days are ahead. The re-opening of visitation seems to be a consequence of more people being vaccinated and also due to the increased compliance with safety mandates. Regardless, we are very happy to have residents and families together again.
One thing is certain, we must continue to follow infection prevention protocols during all visits. Part of this protocol requires us to screen all visitors at the entrance of our Adult Homes. Screening questions will be asked, temperature taken, and an optional rapid test can confirm if you are negative for COVID-19 within 15 minutes. A team member will then escort you to see your family member.
Taking Your Loved One Off Campus
In general, our residents may leave the nursing home with family and return without being quarantined if they return within 24 hours and have not been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 while out of the facility. While out of the building, residents are expected to wear a mask and minimize exposure to other people. We ask that you notify us in advance of your plan to pick up your loved one so we can have them ready to go out for the day.
We have visitation indoors and outdoors, weather permitting, in a designated area where residents and families can get together after being screened. Two visitors can visit at a time for 20 minutes. Every visitor must wear a mask while in the building, even if you are vaccinated.
Skype, Facetime and window visits are also available to families. We suggest these type of visits for residents who may prefer to visit at all hours and prefer use this type of technology.
Scheduling a Visit we then must
To schedule an indoor or outdoor visit, or to take your loved one out for the day, please call Michelle at (315) 982-2593 for the Lutheran Cottage, Amanda at (315) 794-0138 for the Presbyterian Residential Community, and Nicole at (315) 235-7143 for the Lutheran Home of Central New York.
Please be mindful that if we have a positive case identified among residents and/or staff, we then must begin outbreak testing and suspend all visitation for 14 days.
As a reminder, fully vaccinated means the resident is two weeks or more following their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks or more following one dose of a single-dose vaccine per the CDC recommendation for vaccinated persons.
Thank you for your continued patience.
Michelle Cole, RN
Dir. of Adult Homes & Assisted Living Residences