HRH EXTENDED CARE ALTERS VISITATION POLICY DURING FLU SEASON
January 03, 2013
Holy Rosary Healthcare Extended Care has altered the visitation guidelines due to an increase in respiratory illness symptoms in the area. Visitors under the age of 12 and individuals of any age with flu symptoms or those exposed to flu or flu-like symptoms within the last seven days are asked to please avoid visiting the Extended Care. These alterations have been implemented to adhere to national healthcare guidelines during the peak infectious season. All area healthcare organizations have seen an increase in patients with flu and flu like symptoms.
Kathryn Larsen, Infection Control RN at HRH, states, "Visitation guidelines have been put in place at HRH Extended Care for the health and safety of our residents. These are provider supported policies to ensure that we are providing the best and safest care."
With the new visitation guidelines, the following are asked to please avoid visiting the Extended Care:
- Children ages twelve and under
- Any individuals with flu or cold symptoms, such as cough, fever, body aches, and/or headache, please avoid visiting the Extended Care.
- Any individuals exposed to someone with flu or flu-like illness within the last seven days.
When coming to the hospital or Extended Care to visit loved ones please use frequent hand washing before and after visiting. Hand sanitizer and masks are available at all entrances to help prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses.
In addition, the following guidelines are recommended related to personal interactions and "hygiene etiquette" outside of the hospital:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands.
- Be sure to wash your hands often.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
- Don't go out into public, to work or school if you are ill.
For questions regarding visitation restrictions in HRH Extended Care, please call 233-2789.