During the current COVID-19 national Public Health Emergency, our staff is focused on keeping our patients, visitors, and everyone safe. Our standard procedures follow all CDC and New Jersey Department of Health guidelines to prevent the virus from affecting our patients and staff. Out of an abundance of caution we restricted visitors since the beginning of the public health emergency, but we are now allowing limited visits for safety.
We know how important it is for you to visit with your family and people who support your recovery while you are in the hospital and after your discharge.
In Person Visitor Guidelines (for Patients not under COVID/Droplet Precautions)
Visitor hours are limited from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
ONE visitor per patient is allowed per day in the patient’s room or two visitors outside.
YOU MUST PICK UP A VISITOR PASS UPON ENTERING FROM THE HOSPITAL OPERATOR AND YOU MUST RETURN THE PASS UPON YOUR DEPARTURE
- Visitors may not visit within 20 days of testing positive for COVID.
- Visitors must wear a mask at all times.
- Masks with exhalation valves, bandanas and neck gators are prohibited.
- Failure to comply – you will be asked to leave the building.
- Visitors must participate in a wellness screening including a temperature check upon entering our building.
- Visitors must wash their hands or sanitize when they enter the building and before visiting the patient.
- Visitors must remain in the patient’s room or designated areas.
- If the patient has a roommate (i.e. semi-private room), the visit will take place in the A Wing Day Room or BIU Day Room if the roommate is present in the room.
- If the second roommate then has a visitor, their visit can occur in the patient room. (visitations must occur in a location separate from their roommate)
- The visitor must wait in the patient’s room if the patient has therapy at that time.
- Visitors must quarantine appropriately as directed by your healthcare provider after an actual or potential exposure to COVID-19.
- Only visitors 18 years of age and older will be granted access.
- At this time our hospital cafeteria is not open to visitors.
- Weather permitting, patients may visit with two visitors on the front patio. **Masking, social distancing and minimum age requirements are still applicable**.
- Family/support person who participates in family training is the patient’s visitor for that day (i.e. that person can return that day to visit from 3 PM to 8 PM).
Special Considerations: At this time:
- A patient brought to the hospital in a private car or who is transported in a private car to an external physician appointment during his/her admission will be placed on COVID risk
precautions for 7 days; the patient will receive therapy in his/her room and will not have in person or window visits while on precautions. This is for the safety of the patient, and all
patients, visitors, and employees. Virtual physician appointments are recommended at this time when possible.
- A patient who is up to date with COVID vaccination including a booster who is transported to a physician appointment or dialysis by ambulance does not need to quarantine. * The CDC recommends people over 50 years of age receive a second booster to be up to date with COVID vaccination. We will assess each individual patient who is over 50 years and received one booster more than 4 months ago regarding the need to quarantine which would limit therapy to their room and restrict an in person visitor.
- Dialysis patients who are not up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations per current CDC recommendations, will be quarantined during their length of stay (i.e receive therapy in their room; in person and window visits will be restricted).
- We continue to evaluate community transmission rates and adjust our policy accordingly for safety.
- If you have a cell phone, feel free to call or FaceTime or connect with your family and friends on your own.
- If you need assistance, please ask your Nursing Assistant or Nurse. We have devices we can share, if you don’t have a cell phone or the technology to see them though a video chat.
- Your therapists will provide treatment in your room or follow safe procedures to treat you in the therapy gym. They can use the video chat technology to connect with your family and friends for family training in the techniques to help you.
- During your stay, if you have not been exposed to or tested positive to COVID-19, you can schedule a “window visit”.
- Coordinate a day and time between Monday through Friday 10 AM to 4:30 PM when you are not in therapy with your family or friends.
- Call the Director of Occupational Therapy at 609-748-5425 to schedule the window visit and confirm the appointment.
- On that day and time, your family or friends can come to the Bacharach entrance, and follow the path on the left side of the entrance to the patio.
- Your family or friends will be outside, and you will be inside the window, with a staff member, both wearing masks. You and your family or friends can see each other through the window and can talk on the phone.
- To consider patient treatment in the gym, your “window visit” may be limited to 15 minutes, but we’ll do all we can to help your visit.
- Window visits can be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 4:30 PM by contacting the Nursing Supervisor at 609-652-7000 ext. 5331.
We appreciate your understanding.
Revised/approved: 08/10/2021, 09/29/21, 10/12/21, 2/17/22, 2/22/22, 3/4/2022, 5/4/22, 8/1/2022, 8/26/22