O’Neill Healthcare is excited to reopen visitation to loved ones! Recently, state and federal agencies announced that visitors are allowed to come inside long-term care facilities to visit residents. Jason Jacobs, Director of Ancillary Services, looks forward to seeing families again, knowing that visitation “will positively affect our residents. With the difficulties we’ve all experienced this past year, having family and friends back in the buildings will uplift both residents and staff.”

Four people sitting on couches talking. all are wearing masks.

Welcome back family!

Jason Jacobs, Director of Ancillary Services sits with resident Deloris Bohn, her son Andrew Bohn, and her granddaughter Rachel Moore.

Visitors are allowed in the building between 9:30 am and 7 pm to visit their loved ones in private rooms or common areas. This update comes after the significant decrease in COVID cases in the state and O’Neill Healthcare’s rigorous testing schedule, allowing the company to stay vigilant in controlling possible COVID transmissions.  Cases have also dropped due to a high percentage of staff and residents opting to be vaccinated. This year, all six O’Neill Healthcare locations hosted vaccine clinics with plans to host clinics in the upcoming months, when supplies are available. Visit our COVID-19 page for the latest updates. 

With the high number of vaccinated residents in the facilities, group activities and dining resumed in February. “The mood and mental health of residents has greatly improved with group activities beginning again and will only get better with family visitation,” states Jacobs. Although nursing homes across the country had to pause group activities, Jacobs notes the creative ways staff brought entertainment to residents’ rooms. “Activity staff created carts with crafts, games, and snacks, then went room to room so each resident could participate.” In addition, residents were assisted with iPads and laptops to visit virtually with their loved ones. In praise of the staff, Jason said that everyone “pitched in to go above and beyond to connect and interact with our residents during this difficult time.

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