Visitors are now welcome again at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.
For the past year since COVID-19 first became a pandemic, the nursing home – like others – were under strict visitor restrictions in an effort to keep the residents safe from the virus.
But visitor restrictions have now been lifted – and Director of Nursing Amber Andrews says family members, friends, children and neighbors can now visit.
Nurse Educator Jolene Haas says they’ll be screening visitors at the Main Entrance on McCarren Drive.
Visitors to the Good Neighbor Society will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID – they’ll also be asked if they’ve been exposed to COVID within the last fourteen days. If they answer yes to any of the screening questions or they have a temperature of 100 or higher, they won’t be allowed in. And while the Good Neighbor Society highly encourages everyone to get the COVID vaccine when they can, visitors will not be questioned about their vaccination status.
Haas says they’re urging visitors to the Good Neighbor Home to please follow the guidelines, keep your mask on and stay in the resident’s room when visiting. They’ll be monitoring cases and vaccination rates – and if something changes in that aspect, they may need to end visits again for awhile.
It’s been a long year for nursing homes – living in quarantine and connecting with their families through video, phone calls or even through the window. Andrews says they’re just grateful to be able to offer those face-to-face visits again.
If you have any questions about the Good Neighbor Home’s new visitor policy, feel free to contact them at 927-3907.