Stonerise Healthcare Limits Visitation Within Skilled Nursing Facilities to Better Protect Residents
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 12, 2020) – Stonerise Healthcare LLC announced today a limitation on visitor access beginning March 13, 2020 at 8 a.m. within its 17 skilled nursing facilities across West Virginia due to concerns regarding the Coronavirus spread (COVID-19).
“We made this decision, in part, following review of the situation outside Seattle, where the virus spread through long-term care facilities very quickly and proved devastating to the senior population,” said Larry Pack, Chief Executive Officer at Stonerise.
Limited visitor access means no individual, regardless of reason, will be allowed to enter a facility, except under specific circumstances. Visitors should be aware of the following guidelines:
- Only employees, individuals directly providing end-of-life care to a resident, family members of a patient that is experiencing a life-threatening health condition or an unexpected change in health condition, or individuals providing essential services to the skilled nursing facility are permitted to enter the facility.
- If an individual falls into one of the four groups above, but is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or has a high risk of exposure to COVID-19, as determined in accordance with guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control, that individual will not be permitted to enter the facility.
- All visitors will be escorted to and from patients’ rooms and must wash their hands upon entry.
- All visitors will enter facilities through one locked point of entry and exit.
“We understand the significance of limiting visitor access because we treat our centers like patients’ homes, but we believe this precaution is absolutely necessary at this point,” Pack said. “Our ultimate goal is the safety and health of our residents and employees and we are working to be as vigilant as possible to do what is best for those we serve.”
The visitor restriction will be in effect until March 27, 2020 and be evaluated on an ongoing basis based on the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
About Stonerise Healthcare: Founded in 2009, Stonerise Healthcare LLC offers innovative healthcare solutions to get patients throughout West Virginia and beyond back to health and back to life. Through its 17 skilled nursing facilities, nine Stonerise at Home locations, Stonerise Therapy line and more than 3,000 employees, the company helps the patients it serves restore their health and get the most out of their lives.