On April 6th, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the In-Person Visitation bill creating Chapter 408.823, its subject “In-person visitation”. This guarantees Florida families the fundamental right to visit their loved ones receiving care in healthcare facilities. This policy and these procedures are intended to serve in compliance with the regulations set forth in Chapter 408.823, Florida Statutes. A resident may designate a visitor who is a family member, friend, guardian, or other individuals as an essential caregiver. This policy will outline in-person visitation, screening, and sanitation for visitors upon.
The following are the procedures to be followed to identify Essential Caregivers for residents and the expectations. These procedures will be administered equally to all residents that request to have an essential caregiver. Essential caregiver visitors provide emotional support to help a resident deal with a difficult transition or loss, upsetting event, making major medical decisions, needs cueing to eat and drink, stops speaking, or end-of-life. Essential caregiver visitors may be allowed entry into facilities on a limited basis for these specific purposes. The provider must allow at a minimum in-person visitation for at least 2 hours daily under these circumstances. At Villas of Holly Brook, the 2-hour visitation will be between 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Villas of Holly Brook may make exceptions to the 2-hour visitation on a case-by-case basis for end-of-life residents.
I. For designation and utilization of essential caregiver visitors
II. To facilitate visits by Essential caregiver visitors upon a request from a resident or friend/family member:
III. When an essential caregiver visitor is scheduled to visit, the facility will:
Created: August 28, 2019
Revised: November 3, 2023
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