Alaska Pioneer Homes open doors to limited family visitation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Alaska Pioneer Homes closed their facilities to all visitors back in March in order to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19.
“This was a difficult decision to make as maintaining contact with loved ones is important to the emotional and mental health of our residents,” the pioneer homes said in a statement.
Alaska Pioneer Homes say they made the decision to help reduce the risk of their residents contracting the disease.
Every resident and staff member in all six homes had to get a COVID-19 test and all test results have come back negative., according to Pioneer Homes.
Pioneer Homes say they are looking at factors before offering visitation including the amount of spread of COVID-19 in a home’s community, clusters of cases occurring near a home, and staffing availability.
To visit a home visitors need to schedule one with the home. The visit will take place in designated areas that are cleaned and disinfected between each visit and may be limited in time and frequency to allow all family and friends the opportunity to visit. During the visit, Pioneer Homes say visitors need to stay six feet of distance between themselves, residents, and other visitors. And wear a face covering at all times while in the home.
All staff will be tested every two weeks and any residents or staff member who has symptoms will be tested immediately. If at any time a positive test result is identified, all visits will temporarily stop so the home can focus on infection control.
The Alaska Pioneer Homes website has contact information for each home and the Central Office here.
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