Visitation Guidelines - Assisted Living

The facility will follow the guidelines set forth by Florida Statute 408.823 and other applicable State regulations. 

The designated facility Infection Preventionist/Nurse will be the person responsible for the ongoing adherence to policies and procedures related to Infection Control and will provide infection control education as needed to staff, residents and visitors.

Each resident will be allowed to receive visitors as he/she chooses; however, the facility will adhere to at all times to Core Principles of Infection Control Prevention which includes providing:

  • Hand hygiene (use of alcohol-based rub is preferred)
  • Instructional signage throughout the facility and proper visitor education signs and symptoms of communicable diseases, infection control precautions, other applicable facility practices, (e.g., use of face covering or mask, specified entries, exits and routes to designated areas, hand hygiene)
  • Appropriate staff use of Personal protective Equipment (PPE)



  1. Visitations will be person centered, consider the residents’ physical, mental and psychosocial well-being, and support their quality of life.
  2. The facility will allow visitation between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm at a minimum.  
  3. Upon request, the facility will make provisions to extend visiting hours for caregivers and out-of-town guests, and in other similar situations. 
  4. The facility will provide education as needed about infection control measures.  Visitors who are unable to adhere to the core principles of infection prevention will not be permitted to visit and may be asked to leave.
  5. Visitors will not be required to be tested or vaccinated or show proof of such as a condition of visitation. 
  6. Residents may have unrestricted, private interactions with visitors and any consensual physical contact will be allowed. 
  7. Compassionate care visits are allowed at all times.


Each resident will be allowed to receive private unrestricted communication to include: To make and receive private phone calls and to have privacy in sending and receiving mail and email.

Hawthorne Inn of Brandon Assisted Living Visitation Policy

License #9949 – Updated 6.20.23

Visitors are not required to submit proof of vaccination or immunization.

Consensual physical contact is allowed between a resident and visitor.

This Visitation Policy is designed to promote resident, visitor and employee safety and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. This community does Not restrict visitation.



 AS per Florida Statute 408.823, the ALF Administrator is responsible to ensure that Visitors and Staff adhere to these policies and procedures.

General Guidelines

If the individual is a first-time visitor, offer them the Infection control Training and education.

Screening Process/personal protective equipment and infection control protocols. 

1) Ensure hand sanitizer is available for staff, visitors, and residents throughout the community.

2) Screenings are no longer required for entrance to the community.

3) Face mask use for residents and visitors is optional, regardless of vaccination or immunization status, unless the resident or visitor is ill or symptomatic.

4) Residents can visit with any person of his or her choice at any time between the hours of 9am and 9 pm @ a minimum.

5) There is no minimum on the number of visitors allowed per visit.

6)  The ALF Administrator is responsible for ensuring that these policies and procedures are adhered to.

7)  Visitors are not required to provide any proof of vaccination or immunization.

8)  Consensual physical contact between a resident and visitor is allowed.

9) Each resident will be allowed to receive private unrestricted communication to include making and receiving private phone calls and to have privacy in sending and receiving mail and email.


Special Circumstances: In the event a State Agency might require restriction, the Essential Caregiver will be allowed in all the following circumstances, unless the resident objects.

1)    End of Life Situations

2)    A resident who was living with a family before moving into the community is struggling with the change in environment and lack of in person family support.

3)    The resident is making one or more major medical decisions.

4)     A resident is experiencing emotional distress.

5)    A resident is grieving the loss of a friend or family member who recently dies.

6)    A resident needs cueing or encouragement to eat or drink which was previously provided by a family member or caregiver.

7)    A resident, client or patient who used to talk and interact with others is seldom speaking. 

8)    Each resident will be allowed to receive private unrestricted communication to include making and receiving private phone calls and to have privacy in sending and receiving mail and email.

 Essential Caregivers

A resident or responsible party may designate anyone they choose as an Essential Caregiver. There are no limits on the number of identified Essential Caregivers chosen.

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Community Access Procedure

 * Upon arrival check in and out at the front desk

* Sign in on the Visitor log

* New visitors will be instructed & given the Visitation / Infection Control / Standard Precautions guidelines.

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