Welcome to NOAAP - the Northeast Ohio Association of Activity Professionals

 

DUE TO THE COVID 19 VIRUS, ALL FUTURE 2020 NOAAP MEETINGS

ARE CANCELED. MORE INFO COMING!

 

Breakdown of CMS Guidance to Re-Open SNFs

Phase 1 of re-opening SNFs

All residents and staff need baseline virus testing

All SNFs that have had positive cases within the community must have a State Survey process

The community must prove that they are not suffering from staffing shortages and are providing adequate staffing for their resident populations. 

Residents and Staff will be tested weekly (14 days minimum)

There needs to be adequate amount of PPE supplies and proper Infection control policies

Communal dining can begin with 6ft social distancing with all residents

Group activities are still restricted in phase 1

All residents/staff must wear masks 

The community must be Covid free for 14 days to be able to move to Phase 2 of the reopening plan 

Phase 2

After 14 days of no new cases

Testing will continue weekly for residents/staff

The community must prove that they are not suffering from staffing shortages and are providing adequate staffing for their resident populations. 

Communal dining can continue with social distancing in place- 6 ft apart 

Some group activities may begin- residents in masks, no more than 10 people in a group- 6ft apart social distancing 

Outings out of the community may begin that are medically necessary such as Dr appts.  all must wear face masks out of the building

Screening of all healthcare professionals coming into the building

*****In order to move to Phase 3-  the community must be 28 days Covid free in Phase 2 in order to move forward 

Phase 3

No New cases or positive residents/staff- for 28 days 

Continue to screen for all symptoms

The community must prove that they are not suffering from staffing shortages and are providing adequate staffing for their resident populations. 

Adequate PPE supplies and Infection Control supplies 

Visitations can begin with screenings and handwashing at the door of the community 

Communal dining continues with social distancing 6 ft apart

Group activities – no restrictions on how many residents but must have masks and social distancing of 6ft apart

All residents must wear masks 

Outings out of the community may begin that are medically necessary such as dr appts.  all must wear face masks out of the building- must share COVID status with transport company

Volunteers and contracted vendors can come into the building- and screened at the door

COVID screenings daily 

Weekly testing 

****Every community is different and will be opening at different times for visitors 

 

 

Thank you for visiting our website where you will find a variety of information to enhance your career as an Activity Professional in Northeast Ohio.

NOAAP membership has many benefits!

Each monthly meeting provides:

 • An educational speaker

 • Tremendous networking opportunities

 • The exchanging of ideas and industry trends

 • State survey updates

• Valuable clock hours!

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Our NOAAP President Lori Presser was interviewed last week for her thoughts on Activity Professionals in nursing homes.  Here is a link:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200501/activity-directors-boost-morale-of-nursing-home-residents-staff-amid-coronavirus-restrictions

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Message from Governor Mike DeWine

Governor DeWine Institutes Limits on Visits to Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living 

At the press conference, Governor DeWine announced state-mandated limitations on visitors to Ohio nursing homes and assisted living facilities. An executive order has been signed to this effect.

As has been heavily covered, older Ohioans are those most vulnerable to the disease. Per Director Acton, among individuals aged 40-50, 1 in 250 infected will die of the disease. For those aged over 80, COVID-19 has a 15% mortality rate.

Governor DeWine and Director Acton announced that:

  • Residents will be limited to one visitor per day;
  • The visitor is required to undergo a basic health exam, including temperature testing; and
  • Facilities will have to maintain a log of visitors.

It is unclear at this time whether hospice clinicians will be counted as visitors or as necessary health care providers under the executive order.

Governor DeWine also noted that as the pandemic worsens, the Administration may ban visitors to nursing homes altogether until the threat passes. As of now, the order only affects nursing facilities and assisted living providers.

Creating a policy to limit access for individuals with deliveries is important. Nursing homes should ask suppliers to deliver supplies to a designated location, such as loading dock, without entering the building as a policy to ensure vendors and suppliers are adhering to the governor's order.

These strong mandates come as providers around the state begin to enact new visitation limitations, per guidance from CMS and CDC, and other health authorities.

Banning Mass Meetings

DeWine also stated that he is pursuing a ban on mass meetings in the State of Ohio. This would include professional sporting events, such as the Columbus Blue Jackets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and NCAA March Madness games in Cleveland, as well as smaller community events.

This order has not yet been signed but will be released in the coming days.

Providers in Ohio should consider this when holding faith services, game nights, communal dining, and other gatherings in which older adults congregate. Although engagement is critical for the health of older adults, avoiding crowds is a must for protecting the lives and safety of those whom we serve during this time.

Having activity directors and other staff work with residents on using video chat tools - like FaceTime, Skype, and more - can be a helpful substitute for family interaction during this difficult time.

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