Poydras Home's COVID-19 Response

As a healthcare facility under the direction of the Louisiana Department of Health, Poydras Home’s mask mandate for all visitors and employees, regardless of vaccination status, is still in place both indoors and outdoors on our campus. 

Lower COVID-19 positivity rates in Orleans and surrounding parishes allow us to welcome back visitors under the age of 16 on our campus at this time. We still encourage outdoor visits whenever possible for maximum safety, however, you may visit within your resident’s room under these guidelines:

  1. All visitors must schedule their visit in advance with Social Services & Admissions Coordinator Rachel Ducote reachable at 504-897-0535 or to control the total number of visitors on campus. Please contact the Poydras Home receptionist if you need to cancel a scheduled visit.
  2. All visitors, including outdoor visitors, must complete a pre-screen questionnaire and temperature scan at the Poydras Home receptionist desk. Any visitor with a known COVID-19 exposure should not visit for 14 days.
  3. All visitors must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
  4. One visitor per resident can be accommodated inside or up to 2 visitors per resident outside.
  5. All indoor visits must take place inside the resident room. For the safety of our whole community, visitors are not allowed to attend programming or enter dining rooms where other residents will be present. We ask that visitors please refrain from interacting with other residents and proceed directly to the interior of your resident’s room for your scheduled visit or conduct your visit outdoors grouped only with your own party and resident.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, visitation may be suspended if there are two or more confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in one area of the community or suspended for a single resident if that resident is placed on isolation precautious for suspected COVID-19.

Poydras Home residents and staff were able to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine administered by CVS Pharmacy on our campus as early as December 30, 2020 followed by two additional on site vaccination clinics. 

All eligible employees of Poydras Home are required to have received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by October 1, 2021 to continue their employment at Poydras Home.

Poydras Home expects to be able to host a vaccination booster clinic on our campus in October 2021. More information will follow as it becomes available.

Read and Watch Our COVID-19 News Coverage

(Photo Credit: The New Orleans Advocate Max Becherer)

A socially-distanced car parade June 15, 2020 allowed residents to safely see their loved ones

Poydras Home Resident Family Car Parade

Poydras Home Reimagined

Green House Project Model Increases Infection Control

In 2022, upon completion of the Poydras Home Reimagined expansion, Poydras Home will become the first organization to build certified Green House Project within the state of Louisiana. The lessons learned of safely weathering a pandemic in a continuing care retirement community have also served to focus our attention on the advantages of the new physical layout of our Green House homes at Poydras Home. This close-knit, smaller scale approach to residential living increases infection control by greatly reducing the number of staff members who support each home, while also reducing the number of residents who live in close proximity to one another. With reduced rotation of staff in and out of each setting, Green House Project care model homes across the nation have had significantly lower COVID-19 infection during the pandemic. Poydras Home enthusiastically embraces this new layer of safety for our residents as we continue to prioritize their health and happiness above all else.

Learn More From Our Announcement Video

Read about The Green House Project’s success in limiting COVID within their homes here and explore research conducted by the University of North Carolina published by the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine here.

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