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What to Expect When You or a Loved One is Admitted to an iCare Center Today

The conditions and rules related to COVID seem to evolve and change almost every day. This is especially true in skilled nursing care centers across the State and country. However, it is important to note that the COVID infection rate in Connecticut nursing homes is LESS than the infection rate in the general population. Skilled nursing care centers are a safe place to receive the care you or your loved one need at this time.

At iCare we are working closely and continuously with the Department of Public Health (DPH), taking guidance from the CDC and others, to make our care centers as safe, comfortable, welcoming and effective as possible. We modify and augment our extensive response guide and refine our policies whenever new information becomes available.

So what can you or your loved one expect if you are admitted to an iCare center for skilled nursing care today?

  • Outdoor visitation with residents has been in place for quite some time at all iCare centers. These outside visits are available seven days a week and include social distancing and the use of face masks at all times for safety. 

  • Indoor visitation is available at all iCare Health Network centers with some caveats. Click here for details on indoor visitation….

  • Staff members and visitors continue to be screened upon arrival for signs and symptoms of COVID and travel to any restricted areas.

  • Residents are cohorted (grouped together) by their COVID status to prevent or contain the spread of infection should a new case arise. Currently the basic cohorts are negative/naive residents who have never been infected and vaccinated and recovered residents as well as a separate and distinct cohort for new residents under observation. 
  • Newly admitted, unvaccinated residents will be re-tested for COVID upon arrival and be treated with full infection control precautions for 14 days.
  • Ongoing COVID testing of residents and staff will continue with a frequency set by CDC and DPH guidelines and based on a number of prevalence factors. 
  • Residents and family members can expect a clear, obvious and persistent use of personal protective equipment and COVID testing to continue for the health and safety of all.