The health and wellbeing of our residents, family members, and staff is of the utmost importance to us.
While we welcome the process of getting back to a post-COVID-19 “normal,” the continued health and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. We are continuing to monitor information and guidance from the CDC, CMS, our state and local public health departments, emergency preparedness officials, along RHF Corporate in our ongoing effort to prevent the COVID-19 illness from entering our community.
In response to Governor Jay Inslee’s recently announced amendments to the state’s Safe Start for Long Term Care Plan to allow for in-person visitations, Park Place has put together a set of facility visitation guidelines designed to help our residents and families mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission when visiting our community.
Washington Safe Start for Long Term Care Plan
Facility Visitation Guidelines for Park Place Assisted Living
Park Place recognizes the serious effects isolation can have on the health and well-being of its residents and will provide accommodations to allow access for visitation for all residents, even if visitation is not allowed in person due to the COVID status of an individual or the facility.
While taking a person-centered approach and adhering to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention, outdoor visitation is preferred even when the resident and visitor are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Outdoor visits generally pose a lower risk of transmission due to increased space and airflow. Therefore, visits should be held outdoors whenever practicable. However, weather considerations or an individual resident’s health status may hinder outdoor visits. For outdoor visits, Park Place has created two accessible and safe outdoor spaces to hold such visitations. When conducting outdoor visitation, all appropriate infection control and prevention practices should be adhered to. For outdoor visitations, neither the visitor nor the resident must be fully vaccinated to participate.
Park Place will allow indoor visitation, except for a few circumstances when visitation should be limited due to a high risk of COVID-19 transmission. Either the visitor or resident must be fully vaccinated for indoor visitation to occur. It is a violation of the Governor’s Proclamation for visitors to visit if they are unvaccinated and the resident is unvaccinated. Fully vaccinated refers to a person who is ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine, per the CDC’s Public Health Recommendations for Vaccinated Persons. The scenarios for limiting indoor visitation include:
- Unvaccinated residents, unless the visitor is fully vaccinated;
- Residents with confirmed COVID-19 infection, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated until they have met the criteria to discontinue transmission-based Precautions; or
- Residents in quarantine, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated until they have met the criteria for release from quarantine.
For indoor visits, Park Place has created an accessible and safe space to hold such visitations. To help maintain the core principles of infection prevention, each resident will be limited to one visitor at a time when utilizing the common area visitation space, and two visitors at a time when visiting within the resident’s apartment.
[Compassionate Care visits will be permitted at all times, including during the times outlined above when regular visitation is curtailed. Please contact a member of Park Place’s nursing team to determine when end-of-life and/or other compassionate care situations apply to your individual circumstances.]
Thank you for your support in helping to keep our residents and community healthy and safe. Please continue to visit our corporate website at www.rhf.org for periodic updates, and do not hesitate to contact a member of our leadership team via phone at 206-722-7275 or by email at ParkPlace@rhf.org with any questions or concerns you may have.
Links to CDC resource pages:
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Situation Summary
- What you need to know about 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
- What to do if you are sick with 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
- Prevention & Treatment
Link to state health department page:
Links to DSHS COVID-19 information page and Safe Start LTC Plan: