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Healthcare Facilities Set Up Outdoor Visits for Elderly Patients


By Cathy Jakicic Health Care Facilities
elderly man with mask next to window

The staff of Rome Memorial Hospital’s Residential Health Care Facility came up with a solution that satisfies state’s restrictions and helps to keep its residents connected and safe, according to the Rome Sentinel.

The nursing home arranges socially distant outside visits under the protective cover of the hospital’s Bartlett Wing.

To maintain social distancing, the staff schedules visits at 15-minute intervals with two family members at a time. Everyone is required to wear masks. 

Rockville Terrace Senior Living in California tackled the issue by installing 8-by-8-foot visitation booths with sheets of Plexiglas and slats of wood outside the facility, according to K5.

Residents’ family members can make 30-minute and one-hour appointments to use the booths, which separate residents from their guests with a Plexiglas barrier on three sides. 

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, click here.

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