Orchard Rehabilitation in Medina welcomes back visitors for first time in 6 months

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 September 2020 at 8:06 am

MEDINA — Visitors can see their loved ones at the Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Bates Road in Medina.

The nursing home welcomed back visitors on Monday. They are limited to 30-minute visits, which must take place in either the main lobby or outdoor patio.

“This brings us great joy as we recognize that everyone misses each other,” Amanda Luckman, the admissions marketer for Orchard, said in a letter to families on Monday.

Orchard is limiting the visits to two people per 30-minute session, and they must wear masks, and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet with no hugging.

Orchard was hit hard by Covid-19, with 24 residents dying among the 58 who contracted the virus.

Orchard has been Covid-free for several weeks and has received permission from the state Department of Health to welcome visitors.

The DOH was requiring facilities to be Covid-free for 28 days before visitors could see nursing home residents. The DOH announced yesterday that beginning on Thursday that timeframe will be reduced to 14 days. The nursing homes also must have a safety plan approved by DOH before visitors are allowed.

At Orchard, the visits all must be scheduled. The visitors need to complete forms about their health and recent travel. They also must have their temperature checked.

The visit areas will be clearly marked and sanitized between each visit.

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