Gardenside, Cedarwood Update Visitation Guidelines

Gardenside and Cedarwood have updated visitation guidelines to reflect current CMS guidelines, which have lightened restrictions for visitors. Please note that visitation guidelines and instructions are different for Gardenside and Cedarwood, because of their different licensures.

Guidelines for Visitation at Gardenside:

  • Gardenside will no longer limit the frequency or length of visits for residents.
  • Because of Gardenside’s space limitations and the continuing need to distance for infection prevention, we recommend no more than 3 visitors at a time. Please visit with Social Services or the Director of Nursing about larger groups if needed.
  • Appointments continue to be recommended to help Gardenside staff accommodate visits and space and maintain the core principals of infection prevention for COVID-19. Appointments can be made through SignUp Genius on the webpage, JCHealthandLife.org, locations, Gardenside; OR may be made by calling the facility at 402-729-5220. Appointments are NOT required.
  • When visitors arrive on campus they are asked to call the Gardenside nurses desk at 402-729-5220 and come to door 31 (located between Gardenside and Cedarwood.)
  • All visitors must screen at the kiosk before entering Gardenside.
  • All visitors must perform hand hygiene before entering, during the visit and prior to leaving, and any time they touch their face mask.
  • Proper face covering or mask is required for the entire visit.
  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet is required between visitor and residents and/or staff.
  • Visitors should enter and go directly to their visit. Please don’t wander the halls, stand at the nurses station or go to the day room or dining room. Please don’t get closer than 6 feet to any residents who are in the halls.
  • Visits may be held in the resident’s room if they have a private room or a semi private room with no roommate. Otherwise, visits will be scheduled in visitation rooms.
  • Do NOT enter the facility if you are ill, have a recent positive COVID-19 test, or have been asked to quarantine or isolate.
  • Residents are allowed to go out of the facility for outings with family at any time. We encourage them to avoid large gatherings. Staff appreciates a 24-hour notice to ensure proper paperwork is completed. Please contact social services at 402-729-6849 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule outings.
  • Visitors who do not adhere to the core principals of COVID-19 infection prevention (including screening, masking, hand sanitizer, distancing, etc.) they will be asked to leave the facility and prohibited from visiting.
  • Gardenside is currently working on some additional enhancements to make it more convenient for visitors to screen and enter the facility. Please watch the website for updates.

Guidelines for visitation at Cedarwood:

  • Cedarwood will no longer limit the frequency or length of visits for tenants.
  • No appointments are required.
  • Cedarwood visitors are asked to use the main entrance.
  • All visitors must screen at the kiosk before entering Cedarwood.
  • Once the visitor passes the screening, they will receive a code to press on the door entry system.
  • All visitors must perform hand hygiene before entering, during the visit and prior to leaving, and any time they touch their face mask.
  • Proper face covering or mask is required at any time the visitor is in shared spaces (such as hallways.)
  • Visitors should enter and go directly to their visit. Please don’t wander the halls. Please don’t get closer than 6 feet to any tenants or staff who are in the halls.
  • Visits are recommended to be held in the tenant’s living units.
  • Do NOT enter the facility if you are ill, have a recent positive COVID-19 test, or have been asked to quarantine or isolate.
  • Tenants are allowed to go out of the facility for outings with family at any time. We encourage them to avoid large gatherings.
  • Visitors who do not adhere to the core principals of COVID-19 infection prevention (including screening, masking, hand sanitizer, distancing, etc.) they will be asked to leave the facility and prohibited from visiting.
  • Cedarwood is currently working on some additional enhancements to make it more convenient for visitors to screen and enter the facility. Please watch the website for updates.

“Gardenside and Cedarwood are among a very small group of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state of Nebraska who have had no cases of COVID-19 diagnosed among residents or tenants,” said Laura DeBoer, Gardenside Director Nursing Services. “We have worked very hard throughout the pandemic to keep our residents and tenants safe, and we will continue to follow the guidelines that have made this possible.”

Those with questions about the guidelines may contact:

  • Laura DeBoer RN – Gardenside Director of Nursing Services — 402-587-5228
  • Raven Gerths – Gardenside Social Services Coordinator — 402-729-6849
  • Becky Bruce, LPN, Cedarwood Director of Nursing – 402-729-6883
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