Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg, Pa.
Sept. 15 UPDATE:
Because of a positive test result for a staff member in the nursing care center on the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village campus, family visits are suspended in the health care center. Family visits are, however, still being scheduled in the personal care center. Please visit this website page for updates.
Family members should use this page to ...
1) Understand the policies that relate to your visit with a loved one at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village
2) Review your responsibilities when making a visit
3) Acknowledge your agreement with the policies and procedures governing the visit
Before you schedule your visit, please review this important information. You will be required to acknowledge your agreement with it. Our state-required policies are found immediately below:
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which has caused a worldwide pandemic. People infected with the virus, which is spread via droplet through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact or by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, can be asymptomatic or have mile to severe illness. Older people and those with underlying health conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes appear to be a higher risk of developing serious complications; some die as a result.
Here are important guidelines for family members or other visitors. If you refuse to adhere to these guidelines, your visit may be shortened or canceled.
- Do not visit if you are sick or exhibit symptoms of an illness.
- Follow the guidelines set forth including seating arrangements and screening process.
- Sanitize/wash your hands at the beginning and end of your visit as well as during the visit if they become soiled or contaminated.
- Wear a mask during the entire visit; your mask must cover your nose and mouth. Please bring a mask to your visit; if you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.
- Maintain six feet or greater physical-distancing.
- Do not hold hands, kiss, hug or allow any other physical contact with your loved one; at this time, the risk is too high.
- Cover any coughs and sneezes. Use tissues and discard in the trash, then wash hands immediately after use.
- Do not walk through any part of the health care center; visitors must remain in designated visitation areas.
- Do not bring pets to the visit unless they are designated as a therapy pet and appropriate documentation is provided.
- Directly supervise any visitor younger than the age of 12.
- Please allow staff members time to properly disinfect contact surfaces to avoid cross-contamination.
- Important: Download the visitation form below, print and sign it and bring it to your visitation appointment.
Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village will remain vigilant in the protection of all of our residents during the visitation program. If a new case of COVID-19 is discovered, we will take the precaution of suspending the visitation program for 14 days from the date of the latest new case. We ask for your understanding of this measure to protect our residents, staff members and families. In addition, because of Union County’s positivity rate for COVID-19, we are required at this time to test all of our employees weekly. For everyone’s clarification, if we receive a positive COVID-19 test result, the Department of Health has determined that all visitations will cease until the facility is clear to re-open again. We realize this is not an ideal situation but the safety of our residents and your loved ones must come first.
Please follow all guidelines noted above in terms of physical-distancing. No touching is allowed.
When you arrive on the Buffalo Valley campus, please ...
- Wait outside at the entrance to the nursing care center. A staff member will meet you.
- Be sure to bring masks and any other personal protective equipment with you.
- At this time, all visits are being conducted outside (see guidelines below).
Please note that the first visitations are being scheduled those residents who have not previously received Zoom or window visits. Other visits, beginning Sept. 17, will be available for those residents who have not had “potential exposure” from a recent hospitalization or medical appointment.
To schedule your visit, please call Stacy Drum, activities director, at (570) 523-4224.
- You must adhere to protocols and procedures including the use of masks, hand-sanitation and physical distancing.
- Visits occur on the following schedule:
- Mondays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 3:30 to 8 p.m.
- Saturday: 10:15 a.m. to noon.
- There is space for one visit to occur in each time slot.
- Each visit is limited to two people per resident; each visitor must wear a mask.
- Please download, print and sign the form linked below. You should bring this form to your visit and give to our staff member.
- Only outdoor visits are occurring at this time, under the front patio area, located to the left and right of the front entrance.
- No pets are permitted at this time.
- One additional caution: If, after a visit with your loved one, you experience COVID-19-related symptoms or test positive, please let us know immediately so that we can appropriately monitor and care for your loved one.
- The safety of your loved one is our primary concern; failure to follow physical distancing guidelines may limit your ability to visit.
- As noted above, please contact Stacy Drum, activities director, to schedule a time for your visit, by calling (570) 523-4224.
- Important: Please print this form, sign it and bring it to your visit. Please give it to our staff member.