Update from Gary Blair, Superintendent, Texas Masonic Retirement Center
March 23, 2021
We’re very happy to announce the Texas State Health Department has made changes to ease restrictions for visitors to the Nursing Care Area of Texas Masonic Retirement Center
Here’s the quick good news—
- Residents may enjoy visits from friends and family—not just Essential Caregivers!
- 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!
Should an outbreak of COVID-19 occur on our campus, ALL visitation to the Nursing Care Area will cease until further notice, except for Essential Caregivers and end-of-life visits.
Indoor and Outdoor Visits – Family & Friends
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 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
- 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 an outbreak occurs or 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
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.