DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BRPROUD)- According to the Louisiana Department of Health, nursing homes can now allow in person visitation.
According to federal guidance, nursing homes can allow visitors regardless of the residents or visitors vaccination status.
However, they can not allow guest where the positivity rate is greater than 10 percent and less than 70 percent of residents in the facility are fully vaccinated. Visitors are also not allowed if the facility has positive cases for COVID-19.
LA Planation in Denham Springs is reuniting families face-to- face after almost a year.
“I am over joyed,” said Byron Nichols, visiting his mother at LA Planation. “She is happier. I think it’s going to make a big difference for all of the residents.”
Nichols family members are able to hug his mother again after months of talking to each other over the phone.
“It’s just good to be able to see her face to face,” he said.
LA Planation is working towards reopening the residential home back to what was once normal.
“Since the residents and our staff have been able to get vaccinated. We have been able to resume communicable dining where they can gather together for meals in the dinning room. We have been able to incorporate more activities, more chances to engage them, and here shortly we will start taking them out into the community again,” Malayne Sharp, LA Planation director said.
50 percent of LA Planation staff is vaccinated for the coronavirus and 96 percent of the residents have received the vaccine.
During visitation guest are encouraged to practice COVID-19 mitigations like wearing a face mask and limiting capacity is small spaces.
More information on the new guidance is available here.