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Lexington long-term care facility plans for return of indoor visitation

Posted at 10:26 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 00:01:34-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Residents of some Kentucky long-term care facilities are now allowed indoor visitors after the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced an easing of restrictions.

At Sayre Christian Village, staff is working on a plan to allow indoor visitors at their qualifying facilities as soon as possible, while following all guidelines, said President Karen Venis

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services will allow each resident one visitor, or two visitors from the same household, if they can prove they've been vaccinated or had a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours.

Residents will also need to be vaccinated.

The guidance only applies to non-Medicare-certified facilities. At Sayre Christian village, three facilities on campus fit that description.

"We'll make it work and we know that our family members will make it work too because they're very very encouraged by the thought of being able to come inside the facility again," Venis said.

But for families of patients in other facilities, Venis says they expect visitation guidance to be adjusted within the next two weeks.

"We're very eager for that as well," she said.

Visits at Sayre Christian Village will need to be scheduled, Venis said. A calendar will be posted online to allow loved ones to plan their visit ahead of time.