COVID-19: Updates at The Cedars

Updated September 15, 2021

COVID-19 AT THE CEDARS

The Atrium independent living, Osher Inn Assisted Living, Lunder Memory Care and the Sam L. Cohen Households are currently free from COVID-19.

On September 14, we received word that a short-stay rehabilitation patient tested positive on the Leibowitz neighborhood. We have tested all residents and staff who have had potential exposure. While the results are pending, visitations have been suspended to all neighborhoods in the Hoffman Center and the Back Bay Household at the Sam L. Cohen, due to shared staffing among those areas. The exception is compassionate visits for those residents receiving hospice services. We remain committed to keeping our community updated to any changes.

Visitations:

Outdoor Visitations at The Cedars

  • The Maine CDC prefers outside visits, whenever possible.
  • Outside visits do not need to be scheduled. The outdoor spaces are available on a first come, first-served basis. In the event of inclement weather, check with the front desk on the availability of the designated inside visitation areas.
  • Visitors may take the resident outside on the facility campus.
    • Visits are not permitted on the Therapeutic Recreation patio as it is the only outside space available for resident recreation and the number of residents would be limited with the presence of outside visitors.
  • All visitors must be screened at the front desk and can then go to the neighborhood to bring your loved one outdoors.
  • If the resident is fully vaccinated, masks and social distancing are not required when outside.
  • If the resident is NOT fully vaccinated, visitors and residents must both wear face masks and maintain a 6-foot distance.
  • Eating is permitted only if the resident is fully vaccinated.

Inside Visitations at The Cedars

  • Indoor visitations will take place in either private resident rooms or designated visitation areas in the facility.
  • The maximum number of visitors who may visit a resident at one time is three.
  • All visitors must be screened at the Front Desk.
    • Visitors are required to sanitize their hands and wear a surgical mask; cloth masks are not acceptable.
  • If the resident is fully vaccinated, residents and visitors may remove their mask and have close contact in a designated visitation area or when visiting outside.
    • Visitors and residents must wear masks and physically distance from staff and other residents when outside of the designated visitation area.
    • Eating is permitted if the resident is fully vaccinated.
  • Children who are fully vaccinated may remove their mask and have close contact. All other unvaccinated children over the age of 3 must wear a mask during the visit.

Offsite Visits

  • Requests for offsite visitations are scheduled through the Care Coordinator Monday through Friday, at least 24 hours in advance of the visit.
  • If BOTH the resident and visitors are fully vaccinated:
    • Masks are not required.
    • Physical distancing not required.
    • Eating is permitted.
    • Monitor for 14 days, quarantine is not necessary upon returning to the facility.
  • If the resident is fully vaccinated and the visitors are NOT fully vaccinated:
    • Masks not required if 6-foot physical distance maintained.
    • Masking required if physical distancing cannot be maintained or if individuals are at increased risk of severe COVID-19.
    • Visit should be in a private setting with only members of ONE household.
    • Eating is permitted.
    • Quarantine is not necessary upon returning to the facility.
  • If the resident is NOT fully vaccinated, and visitors ARE fully vaccinated:
    • Masking is required if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
    • Visit should be in a private setting with only members of ONE household.
    • Eating is discouraged.
    • The resident is required to quarantine for 14-days upon return to the facility.
  • If NEITHER the resident nor the visitors are fully vaccinated:
    • Outdoor visitations are preferred, and Indoor visitations are NOT recommended.
    • Masks not required if 6-foot physical distance maintained.
    • Eating is highly discouraged.
    • The resident is required to quarantine for 14-days upon return to the facility.

 Pet Visits:

Pets may visit with resident if the pets are current with their immunizations. Please provide a copy of the immunization record prior to the visit.

Community Dining:

On Wednesday, June 16, The Cedars opened the community dining room to long-term care residents for the mid-day meal, Monday through Friday.

  • Residents who are fully vaccinated may eat together, and do not need to wear masks when at the table.
  • Residents who are NOT fully vaccinated will need to wear a mask when they are not eating and are required to remain at least 6-feet away from the other residents.

Activities:

Residents are now gathering in community areas for activities and entertainment. Residents are not required to wear masks if all the residents are fully vaccinated.

  • If a resident is present who is NOT fully vaccinated, then all the residents must wear a mask and the un-vaccinated resident must remain at least 6-feet away from the other residents.

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