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HEALTH ALERT: Important Coronavirus Update

HEALTH ALERT: Important Coronavirus Update

HEALTH ALERT

Important Coronavirus Update

Inpatient Rehabilitation Program:

As of August, 19 2020, we will now allow patients at Bluebonnet Rehabilitation Hospital to have one family visitor during their stay. This visitor will be allowed to choose from three different visitation blocks: Morning, afternoon or evening. They will be allowed to visit 7 days/week during this block of time.

Important information:

  • During the referral process, the liaison and/or admissions specialist will inform families of the visitation procedure and determine who will be the designated visitor for that patient.
  • Upon admission, the patient’s case manager will have the visitor choose from the following 3 visitor block options:
    • Morning block – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Afternoon block – 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • Evening block –  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • The blocks will have no more than 15 visitors for each block of time.
  • This list will be maintained by the nursing department, driven by case managers, charge nurse, unit clerk and given to the screener.
  • Any patient requiring a visitor for caregiver training, end of life, age, etc. will require pre-approval.
  • The visitor must remain the same designated person throughout the patient’s stay. Any change in visitor must be pre-approved with the same process as an exception approval.
  • The visitor will obtain a visitor badge from the screener on the first visit with a color indicating which visitor block they are assigned to. This badge must be on and visible at all times while visiting. Visitors are expected to keep their badge for the duration of the patient’s stay and bring it each time. They must have their badge to enter.
    • Family Visitor Block colors are:
      • Morning block: red badge
      • Afternoon block: blue badge
      • Evening block: green badge
    • The screener will check that the family visitor is on the approved visitor list, is visiting in the correct block, and is wearing their badge.
    • The screener will screen the visitors with the screening questionnaire and temperature and give the visitor a wristband showing they have been screened.
    • Visitors must wear a mask at all times.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this change.

Inpatient Post-Acute Brain Injury Program:

As of October 3, 2020, we resumed visitation at our Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program.

Visitors must follow the following guidelines:

  • Visitation will occur on Saturday and Sunday, between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, with a two hour slot for you and your loved one. The day and time selected will stay the same throughout the patient’s stay.
  • Visitors must provide a negative COVID-19 test, and the test must show a date within the last 14 days prior to the patient’s admission/visitation beginning.
  • One family member or friend (who is 18 years of age or older) will be selected to visit; this person will remain the “primary” visitor through the patient’s stay.
  • If you wish to change your “primary” visitor, you must submit a request.
  • Visitors must wear a face mask at all times.
  • The patient and family member must stay in the patient’s room at all times. If a staff member is needed, the call light must be utilized.
  • Our Program Manager or Case Manager will walk you and your family members through this process at admission and schedule a visitation time slot. Please reach out to any staff for more information, if you are a current patient or family member or a potential patient or family member, or call us at 512-444-4835 today.
  • We will also continue to offer virtual family visits with Zoom video calls and outside family visitation.

Outpatient:

As of June 8, 2020, the Bluebonnet Medical Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic will re-open to full capacity. We will still offer telehealth services if the patient prefers this option.

Visitors are still not permitted in the Outpatient Clinic, unless a caregiver has to be with the patient for assistance and/or training with the therapist.

Everyone entering the Outpatient Clinic will be screened, which will include a temperature check and completion of a screening questionnaire. All patients are required to wear a mask.

We thank everyone for their patience and understanding at this time as we do everything we can to keep everyone safe. We look forward to treating your patients again!

If you have questions, please call: 512-472-6790
Please fax or email referrals to: 512-462-6791 or [email protected]

As leaders in healthcare, we are making every effort to avoid inciting unnecessary panic or anxiety among our clients and families, and we are taking every measure to protect them – along with our employees – during this dynamic situation. We are closely monitoring information provided by key government, regulatory and local entities. If you develop a fever or cough or have difficulty breathing, or have had close contact with someone who has had a presumptive positive or confirmed COVID-19 test result, please seek medical attention. For more information regarding the coronavirus, learn more from the CDC website.

Facility Services and Programs

  • Our facility is fully operational. We are monitoring for symptoms in patients and staff. We are taking proactive steps to keep our patients and team members safe while serving the needs of our community. We are actively monitoring and responding to all recommendations made by the CDC and our local regulatory and health authorities.
  • Community education programs may be cancelled/postponed; please see event details and follow us on Facebook for updates.
  • We have implemented additional training for all employees on handwashing and hand sanitization, and strict employee and client compliance with washing/sanitizing hands thoroughly and often.
  • We have increased the frequency of the required cleaning and sanitization of our facility, including intake rooms, surfaces and common areas.

We are Accepting Donations!

Our staff of healthcare providers is currently equipped to keep patients and our workers safe. However, it is expected that over the next few weeks, we will experience a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). If you are interested in providing items (donated or hand-made) to our Facility, kindly follow the user-friendly instructions here. We thank you for your generosity and your time.

Prevention

The CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60–95% alcohol.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms.

Thank you for your cooperation and for being an advocate for the health of your loved ones and all patients in our care.