McGuffey Healthcare welcomes the return of visitors

McGuffey Healthcare is excited to announce the return of in-person visitation for residents and their loved ones. Etowah County and our facility have met the criteria recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alabama Department of Public Health for re-opening long-term healthcare facilities to visitors.

As of Oct. 22, outdoor visits with residents will be allowed on the front porch of the building. Visiting hours are Tuesday and Thursday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All visitors must call 256-543-3467 at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a time.

Due to each resident’s specific medical needs, not all residents will be eligible for modified visitation. For example, if a resident is under isolation precautions, visits are limited to FaceTime video chat sessions until the isolation period is complete. Please contact McGuffey Healthcare to learn more.

The porch area has been specially prepared to ensure the continued health of our residents and their guests. It is important to make this process as safe as possible. Therefore, visitors should allow time to undergo required temperature checks and COVID-19 screening before their scheduled visit.

McGuffey asks that visitors with headache, fever, congestion, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, sore throat or chest pain not come to the facility while they have symptoms. Additionally, please wait 10 days after the onset of symptoms before visiting. To learn more about guidelines and what to expect during a visit, click here.

We understand the importance of in-person visits to our residents and their families. We’re looking forward to seeing more McGuffey Healthcare loved ones and friends again. We want everyone to have a great visit and we encourage gifts and care packages. They will be disinfected and delivered to the resident. Below, are a few gift ideas for residents.

Suggested gifts

  • Athletic wear
  • Cards
  • Comfortable sleepwear
  • Homemade crafts
  • Hygiene giftsets
  • Lap blankets
  • Memory boxes
  • Nonslip socks and slippers
  • Photos of family and friends
  • Snacks
  • Stuffed animals
  • Toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Undergarments