The following guidelines apply to all visiting our Hospice Houses, and in some cases, our inpatient care centers located around the state. For our inpatient care centers located in hospitals, we will defer to the rules and guidelines in place at these locations. These guidelines may change without prior notice.
The mission of Ohio’s Hospice is to celebrate the lives of those we have the privilege of serving by providing superior care and superior services to each patient and family. We are working to do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the well-being of our visitors, patients and staff.
After careful consideration of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, we have implemented an updated visitor policy and guidelines to protect our patients, families, volunteers and staff. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
- Upon arrival to a Hospice House or inpatient care center, all visitors and guests will be asked to sign in on our sign-in sheet. You will be asked to print your name and specify the reason for visiting.
- Anyone visiting a Hospice House or inpatient care center must wear a face mask during their visit. Mask may be removed while in the patient’s room but must be worn when staff is in the room providing care. Mask must also be worn outside the patient’s room.
- Visitors will be screened at the entrance. Those who meet the established criteria will be given the patient’s room number and a “visitor badge,” which indicates you have permission to be in the building/unit and have been screened. A visitor must have a valid badge.
- We are currently limiting the number of visitors for patients. These guidelines may be amended or changed at any time based on guidance by public health officials.
Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties
- Non-COVID-19 Patients: Patients at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties will be limited to five visitors in the room at a time, from 8 am to 8 pm.
- COVID-19 Patients: Patients at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties will be limited to two visitors per patient, per day from 8 am to 8 pm. Visitors will receive one complete set of PPE, gown, gloves, face shield and mask to wear during their visit. The care team will work with visitor requests as a patient’s condition declines.
Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare Inpatient Care Pavilion
When staff enter the room for care, we can only allow a maximum of two visitors in the room at that time. All others must go out onto the patio beyond the designated 6-foot barrier or exit the building through the main entrance. Face masks must be worn in all areas including patio areas.
Licking Memorial Hospital
- Non-COVID-19 Patients: Patients at Licking Memorial Hospital will be limited to five visitors per day (one-time visit) for an unlimited amount of time.
- COVID-19 Patients: Patients at Licking Memorial Hospital will not be receiving visitors. The care team will work with visitor requests as a patient’s condition declines.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Dependent on the room in use, smaller rooms can have up to five visitors and larger rooms up to six visitors.
- Non-COVID-19 Patients: Patients at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will be limited to immediate family for an unlimited length of time and one visit by their own clergy as directed by the family.
- COVID-19 Patients: Patients at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will be limited to one visit by their own clergy.
Inpatient Care Centers Located at
- Upper Valley Medical Center
- Licking Memorial Hospital
- The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Visitors to patients at the Inpatient Care Centers listed above may be required to follow additional rules and regulations as provided by the hospital systems that are not listed in these published guidelines.
You must comply with these additional requirements (for the duration of the visit).
- Remain in the patient’s room until leaving the building.
- Wear a mask during your visit.
- Utilize the patient’s restroom.
- Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, frequently.
- You may bring food and drink with you.
- Common areas (such as community rooms, chapels, café dining areas and family gathering rooms) are shut down and are not to be accessed.
If you begin to feel ill, are exhibiting signs of illness or develop a temperature of 100.0°F degrees or higher while visiting, you will be given a standard medical mask to put on and will be asked to leave the building.
Again, we appreciate your grace, support and understanding. Please ask to speak with a care team member if you have any questions or concerns.
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