UPDATED CAREGIVER/SUPPORT PERSON GUIDELINES – ADULT PATIENTS
Effective July 16, 2020, the following adult patient caregiver/support person guidelines will take effect:
For patients admitting to our LTACH and Acute Rehabilitation programs on both Lincoln and Omaha campuses:
- One (1) adult caregiver/support person age 19 or older will be allowed onsite between the hours of 3 and 6 pm daily (including weekends)
- Up to two adults (2) caregivers/support persons can be designated per patient, but only one (1) adult is allowed entry per day. Case management will verify the two (2) designated caregivers after admission to Madonna, and further changes will not be allowed during the patient’s stay.
- Caregivers/support persons will be screened and temperatures will be taken at the main front entrance of the building
- Caregivers/support persons with fevers 100 F or greater, symptoms of illness, or who have a pending COVID test will not be allowed entry.
- Caregivers/support persons will be required to wear masks the entire time they are at Madonna, masks will be provided to individuals who need them at time of entry.
- Caregivers/support persons must go immediately to their loved one’s room and remain there while in the building.
- Caregivers/support persons are asked to leave the hospital promptly at 6 p.m. daily.
UPDATED CAREGIVER/SUPPORT PERSON GUIDELINES – PEDIATRIC PATIENTS
Effective immediately, families on our pediatric unit:
- May identify a maximum of 2 adult caregivers/support people, one of whom will be allowed on campus at any given time.
- The individuals listed as the approved caregivers/support people at the screening station will be allowed entry (contingent on successful screening)
- Caregiver/support person COVID-19 testing prior to entry is not required
- Caregiver lists may be amended by contacting case management, but only one revision will be allowed in a 24-hour period.
- Case management will furnish an updated list of caregivers to the screeners at the entrances at 2:00 p.m. each week day, so any revisions must be made before that time. Revisions made after 2:00 p.m. on Friday afternoons will not be processed until the following Monday. Weekend revisions will not be accepted.
- Once a caregiver is successful screened and verified, they may stay with their loved one for a maximum of 24 hours, after which point they must be re-screened. We ask that caregivers complete this screening by 10:00 a.m. daily.
- If both caregivers plan to be on campus on the same day, caregivers that are leaving for the day should plan to leave by 10:00 a.m. or when the other caregiver arrives, whichever is earlier.
The following expectations are still in place for all caregivers on the pediatric unit:
- Caregivers/support persons are required to put on a mask immediately following screening; the mask must remain on the entire time they are in the hospital; masks will be provided to individuals who need them at the time of entry
- Staying in room is recommended, if families choose to be outside of the room, they must maintain six feet of distance from others.
- Caregivers may request that a meal tray be delivered to the patient room, but may not eat in the cafeteria areas.
We strongly believe that caregiver involvement is an important part of the rehabilitation process. Because of this, we are addressing alternative options for families to remain in touch with their loved ones despite the current restrictions. Our staff will work collaboratively with patients to support their abilities to call, FaceTime, or complete other methods of regular contact with their loved ones.