Update from Gary Blair, Superintendent, Texas Masonic Retirement Center
Sept. 10, 2021
For now, we discourage visitors to the TMRC campus. We have zero COVID-19 cases in the Nursing Care Area and we want to keep it that way. We currently have nine COVID-19 cases among our fully-vaccinated independent living residents and have changed many policies to fight any further spread.
Summary of Nursing Care Visitors Policy
- Although discouraged at this time, residents may have visits from friends and family—not just Essential Caregivers
- Although discouraged at this time, two Essential Caregivers may visit a resident at the same time
- COVID-19 tests are NOT required prior to visits
- Visits may be in a resident’s room or outdoors
- End-of-life situations now offer much more flexibility for multiple visitors
Indoor and Outdoor Visits – Family & Friends – Discouraged at this time
Please review all information described below for requirements before and during your visit to a Nursing Care Area resident. Family and friends may visit if the resident has a negative COVID-19 status. Should an outbreak occur in the nursing care area or if the resident has a positive COVID-19 status or is in quarantine, visits will not be allowed except by Essential Caregivers.
We will make every accommodation possible to allow unrestricted visits to a resident experiencing an end-of-life situation. This includes residents on hospice care or whose prognosis does not indicate recovery—regardless of the resident’s COVID-19 status. Visitors to these residents must follow all policies for visitation described below for preparations before the visit, scheduling, and onsite rules.
Essential Caregiver Summary
- Although discouraged at this time, essential caregivers may visit a resident in an indoor or outdoor setting even if an outbreak of COVID-19 has occurred on our campus and regardless of a resident’s COVID-19 status. Family and friends cannot visit if the resident has a positive COVID-19 status or is in quarantine.
- TMRC residents may name up to 2 people as “Essential Caregivers.”
- This is a permanent decision and should not be changed unless there are major changes in the caregivers’ status.
- Residents have been given forms to complete for naming “Essential Caregivers.”
- Visitors cannot visit more than one resident at a time, even if they are deemed an “Essential Caregiver” for more than one resident.
- Must complete 15 minute advance training on wearing mask (bring your own), protective equipment, infection control, hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette.
- Essential Caregivers must follow policies described below prior to a visit and upon arrival.
Schedule Your Visit – Discouraged at this time
Although visits are discouraged at this time, you may schedule your visit in advance with TMRC staff by calling 817-275-2893 ext. 36.
- Monday through Friday from 7am to 4 pm
- Other visiting times may be scheduled on a case-by-case basis.
- At our sole discretion, we may limit the number of visitors, frequency, and/or duration of visits in an effort to allow all residents to receive visitors and provide for the health and safety of the staff and other residents.
Upon Arrival at TMRC
- Arrive at rear entry employee entrance — Take first right after entering campus. Drive around to the employee parking lot. Enter at check-in area at employee entrance.
- Visitors must wear a mask (bring your own).
- Present a photo ID.
- Allow screening for any sign and symptoms of COVID-19 or respiratory illness.
During the Visit
- Visitors must maintain at least 6 ft of distance between themselves and staff or residents other than those they are visiting.
- Visitors cannot interact with any other resident.
- Visits must take place in the resident’s room or in an outdoor area. Common areas cannot be used for visitation.
- Visitors cannot participate in any community activities like meals, bingo, or other events.
- Visitors and fully vaccinated residents may choose to have close or personal contact during an indoor or outdoor visit. Fully vaccinated residents must wear a well-fitting face covering or facemask during close contact. No close contact allowed for unvaccinated residents and visitors.