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Contact: Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications
Telephone: 229.931.5925
Email: tkinslow@magnoliamanor.com
Website: www.magnoliamanor.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2021

Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update

Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, March 16, 2021Magnolia Manor President and CEO Mark R. Todd reports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday, March 10th released revisions to QSO memo on visitation (20-39-NH) incorporating vaccination status. The memo improves the ability for nursing home residents to receive visitors. CMS continues to emphasize the importance of maintaining infection prevention practices because of the continued risk of COVID-19 transmission with all changes based on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

“With this new guidance, Magnolia Manor will immediately expand our visitation guidelines for all skilled and assisted living facilities. We are excited to build on the outdoor visitation criteria already in place for all of our buildings.”

Magnolia Manor indoor visitation for our residents will be scheduled within normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. With limited staffing and infection control procedures in place it is important that qualified visitors call ahead for appointments. All infection control measures will be followed as residents and visitors will be required to wear masks at all times, perform hand hygiene at the beginning and end of the visit, socially distance as appropriate and no food or drink will be permitted during visits. The length of each visit will be determined on a visit-by-visit schedule with consideration of staff availability to monitor resident care needs and timing.

“As much as we want to go back to unlimited visitation for our residents, it is important to remember we still must follow infection control procedures and our employees are already stretched to capacity on their daily duties. We have worked hard to identify dedicated visitation spaces to create person-centered visits that consider all of our residents’ physical, mental and psychosocial well-being and support for their quality of life.”  

Magnolia Manor will be limiting the number of visitors to two per visit. Visitors will be required to sign a waiver of liability at each visit. Any visitor who exhibits signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or who have recently (within the last 14 days) been exposed to someone who tested positive shall not be permitted to visit. Visitors will be limited to resident rooms or designated visitation spaces and are not permitted to walk around the facility. Any resident or visitor who does not comply or is unable to comply with the infection prevention and control measures may not be permitted additional visits.

Indoor visitation will be allowed for all vaccinated residents unless the county positivity rate, as determined by the Department of Public Health (DPH), is greater than 10% and less than 70% of the residents are vaccinated. Visitors are encouraged to be tested for COVID-19 prior to arrival at the facility for the visit but testing is not required. We also encourage visitors to be vaccinated when vaccines are available to them but vaccination is also not a requirement for visitation. Currently children under the age of 18 will also not be permitted to visit at this time. Compassionate care visits will continue to be allowed.

 “We encourage visitors to all of our Magnolia Manor facilities to become vaccinated when they have the opportunity. It is important that county positively rates stay below 10% so we don’t have to close the buildings to indoor visitation. Please wear a mask, socially distance and use good hand hygiene to protect our residents and employees who work at Magnolia Manor.”

As a 501(c)(3) faith-based nonprofit, Magnolia Manor welcomes donations, which are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Headquartered in Americus, Georgia, Magnolia Manor is a faith-based, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization affiliated by covenant with the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Magnolia Manor was established in 1959 and employs almost 1,000 staff who serve about 1,500 senior adults daily throughout South Georgia. Services at our nine locations are open to all persons, regardless of denominational affiliation. We provide various levels of care, including Independent Living, Catered Care, Personal Care, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitative Therapy and specialized Memory Care.

 

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