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Regulatory Requirements

Our Facial Coverings Policy

The use of facial coverings

MARINA ISLE is required by Florida Statute 408.824 to post a policy for the use of facial coverings in the Community. The policy includes procedures for Residents, Staff and Visitors as well as procedures for opting out of facial coverings under certain conditions. 

Face Mask

MARINA ISLE requires Residents to wear a mask when the resident is in a common area and is exhibiting signs or symptoms of or has been diagnosed with an infectious disease that can be spread through droplet or airborne transmission. 

A common area is an area within a health care facility where residents are not treated, diagnosed, or examined. Residents must be permitted to opt-out of wearing facial coverings. 

MARINA ISLE requires Visitors to wear a facial covering when the visitor is: 

(1) exhibiting signs or symptoms of or has been diagnosed with an infectious disease that can be spread through droplet or airborne transmission, 

(2) in a sterile area or an area where sterile procedures are being performed, 

(3) in an in-resident or clinical room with a resident who is exhibiting signs or symptoms of or has a diagnosed infectious disease that can be spread through droplet or airborne transmission, or 

(4) visiting a resident who has been determined to have a compromised immune system increasing their risk of infection or whose practitioner has determined a mask is necessary for the resident’s safety. Visitors must be permitted to opt out of wearing a facial covering. 

MARINA ISLE requires Staff to wear to wear a facial covering when the staff is: 

(1) exhibiting signs or symptoms of or has been diagnosed with an infectious disease that can be spread through droplet or airborne transmission, 

(2) in a sterile area or an area where sterile procedures are being performed, 

(3) providing care in a resident or clinical room with a resident who is exhibiting 

signs or symptoms of or has a diagnosed infectious disease that can be spread through droplet or airborne transmission, or 

(4) visiting a resident who has been determined to have a compromised immune system increasing their risk of infection or whose practitioner has determined a mask is necessary for the resident’s safety. Visitors must be permitted to opt out of wearing a facial covering. 

MARINA ISLE encourages all residents, visitors and staff to follow the policies for facial coverings. However, state regulations allow Residents, Visitors and Staff to opt-out of wearing facial coverings. Residents are permitted to opt-out of wearing a facial covering as per the Department of Health Regulation F.S. 381.026, The Patient Bill of Rights which includes consideration for: 

(1) the resident’s right to make decision in an informed manner, 

(2) the resident’s right to have their individual dignity respected, and their responsibility to respect the reasonable and responsible expectations of the provider or facility. 

(3) The resident’s right to file a complaint with the appropriate agencies. 

MARINA ISLE posts a complaints poster in the common area and is included in the admission package. 

MARINA ISLE offers alternatives to facial coverings may include social distancing, outdoor visitation, transparent physical barriers, or other alternative types of facial covering. 

MARINA ISLE allows Staff to opt-out of wearing a facial covering unless they are: 

(1) conducting sterile procedures, 

(2) working in a sterile area, 

(3) working with a resident who has been determined to have a compromised immune system increasing their risk of infection or whose practitioner has determined a mask is necessary for the resident’s safety, 

(4) with a resident on droplet or airborne isolation, or 

(5) engaging in non-clinical potentially hazardous activities that require facial coverings to prevent physical injury or harm in accordance with industry standards. 

At times there may be circumstances which restrict Resident visitation, such as pandemic flu or presence of infectious diseases which may require isolation. Florida Statute 408.823, the “No Patient Left Alone Act” requires Marina Isle Waterfront Assisted Living Community to implement policy that allows a Resident to have in-person visits by an Essential Caregiver during these circumstances. 

No Resident Left Alone Assisted Living Visitation Policy

The visitation policies and procedures required by this statute must allow in-person visitation by Essential Caregivers in all of the following circumstances, unless the resident, client, or patient objects: 

  1. End-of-life situations.
  2. A resident, client, or patient who was living with family before being admitted to the provider’s care is struggling with the change in environment and lack of in-person family support.
  3. The resident, client, or patient is making one or more major medical decisions.
  4. A resident, client, or patient is experiencing emotional distress or grieving the loss of a friend or family member who recently died.
  5. A resident, client, or patient needs cueing or encouragement to eat or drink which was previously provided by a family member or caregiver.
  6. A resident, client, or patient who used to talk and interact with others is seldom speaking.


Marina Isle Waterfront Assisted Living Community Assisted Living requires the following procedures to comply with the statute. Before in-person visitation, all Essential Caregivers must adhere to the following procedures:
 

  1. Sign in upon entering the facility and before interacting with any staff, residents, family members or friends.
  2. Comply with the Infection control and education policies for visitors. Infection Control policies may require a visitor to wear Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including properly wear a face mask and other necessary PPE and perform hand hygiene. Staff will provide directions on the proper use of PPE.
  3. The Visitor shall sign this policy acknowledging an understanding of visitation policies. Failure of visitors to adhere to the policy shall result in suspension of in-person visitation.
  4. Submit to a Screening which may include temperatures and/or a questionnaire about health status.
  5. Visitation hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as per FS 429.28 (1)(d). Any visitation outside of those hours will be considered upon request to the Administrator. During these hours, in-person visitation by the essential caregiver is allowed for at least 2 hours daily in addition to any other visitation authorized by the provider.
  6. While minimizing physical contact and social distancing may be encouraged to limit exposure, consensual physical contact between a resident, client, or patient and the visitor is NOT prohibited.
  7. A resident, client, or patient may designate a visitor who is a family member, friend, guardian, or other individual as an essential caregiver.
  8. This section does not require an essential caregiver to provide necessary care to a resident, client, or patient of a provider, and providers may not require an essential caregiver to provide such care.

 

Marina Isle Assisted Living Community Assisted Living takes our commitment to the wellbeing of our Residents seriously, and this includes a resident’s right to visitation with their family. If you or your loved one have been met with resistance from a hospital, hospice, or long-term care facility, when attempting to visit with loved ones, you may file a complaint with the Agency for Healthcare Administration for further review and action. 

Submitting this complaint online may assist the Agency in expediting review with the goal of swift resolution. If you prefer to make this complaint via phone, the Agency has established a dedicated phone line for visitation related complaints 888-775-6055. The link to the complaint portal is HCF Complaint Form | AHCA – Health Care Facility Complaint Form (myflorida.com). 

If you have questions or comments regarding this policy, then please contact the Administrator of Marina Isle Assisted Living Community Assisted Living at 407.499.7300.