Release from Stonerise:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Stonerise, one of West Virginia’s leading providers of transitional and skilled nursing care, today announced new guidelines for in-person patient visits at its centers.
Skilled nursing centers can begin welcoming visitors under the guide of the infection control principles and visitation guidance contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) memo QSO 20-39. The CMS memo outlines greater visitation for patients while adhering to the nine core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention for safe visitation.
“This is a pivotal announcement for everyone in the Stonerise family, from patients and their families to our care teams,” said Larry Pack, Stonerise Chief Executive Officer. “We are approaching in-person visits with the same focus on safety and overall wellness as we have taken at every point during the pandemic so far. Everyone in West Virginia can support this progress by maintaining the safe behaviors necessary to keep county positivity rates below the 10 percent threshold to allow in-person visitation to continue.”
Effective immediately, this exciting progress follows the West Virginia Office of Health Facility Licensure & Certification’s (OHFLAC) recent confirmation that in-person visits are permitted at the state’s long-term care centers if they have had no active COVID-19 cases for at least the past 14 days and their county positivity rate is below 10 percent.
While Stonerise is actively preparing to welcome visitors back to its centers, the provider is also cautioning community members that visitation will initially follow these protocols for the protection of patients and employees:
- Patients will be allowed up to two visitors at a time.
- Visits will be scheduled by appointment only and will take place in a designated location.
- Visits will be limited to 30 minutes in order to allow as many patients as possible to receive visitors during the first week. Visit duration limitations will be eased over time.
- Visitors should enter through the main entrance where they will be screened before being escorted to the visitation location.
- All visitors must wear a mask or face covering, maintain 6 ft. social distancing and use proper hand hygiene while in the center.
Stonerise Guardian Angels have begun making personal phone calls to patients’ families to offer detailed instructions for scheduling a visitation, and hours of visitation.
For more information, please visit Stonerise.com or call your local Stonerise center.
About Stonerise: Founded in 2009, Stonerise offers innovative healthcare solutions to get patients throughout West Virginia and beyond back to health and back to life. The Stonerise Network is a network of transitional support made up of 3,000+ team members. We provide an essential and broad range of care services to 2,000+ patients in West Virginia and southeast Ohio including transitional and skilled nursing care centers, therapy, home health care, and hospice. Stonerise clinicians meet patients and their loved ones wherever they may be on their care journey and assist them in getting back to health and back to life.
A list of all 17 Transitional and Skilled Nursing Care Centers can be found by visiting: https://stonerise.com/what-we-do/transitional-care-centers/