SAN ANGELO, TX – As the world continues to take precautionary measures in an attempt to slow down the spread of COVID-19, nursing homes in San Angelo are starting to follow suit.
Regency House and Meadow Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation have both taken action to restrict the access to their patients. Both centers are owned by Caraday Health.
The restriction appears to be a statewide effort to ensure that the elderly, who are identified as one of the most vulnerable populations, remains safe and healthy.
In a call to Caraday Health Headquarters an automated message relays the following information:
“We have implemented infection control policies to limit visitation at our communities to protect our residents and staff. Please visit www.caradayhealth.com for further updates.”
Outside the doors of Regency House a sign currently reads:
“Effective Immediately: Due to State Guidelines and the COVID-19 Virus we are unfortunately not allowing any outside visitors at this time until further notice. Please ring doorbell for assistance and further information or guidance, please contact the Administrator.”
A family member who was attempting to visit a patient at Regency House was told she would be unable to see her loved one. As of this time only staff members will be allowed to access the facility. Regency House informed her that the order to restrict access had just been sent from their headquarters in Austin.
This was of grave concern to the family member as she was essentially told she would not be able to contact her family member until further notice. Regency House currently does not place phones in resident’s room and they did not provide any immediate answers as to how family members can contact patients during this preemptive quarantine.
San Angelo Live contacted Regency House and in a brief statement Administrator Shelia Chambers stated they were “restricting access” and following “state and federal guidelines.” She declined to speak any further on the issue.
San Angelo Live was contacted by a concerned family who reached out to Meadow Creek and was told that they were also restricting access to their patients. According to the staff at this nursing home the new guidelines are coming from the CDC and will be implemented in all nursing homes and hospitals in San Angelo.
This is a developing story.