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Chatuge Regional Nursing Home

Overview of Visitation Types

Outside Visitation 

Outside visitation is an option and the preferred form of visitation when the family and/or resident are unvaccinated. 

Here are some general facts regarding outdoor visitation
  • Outdoor visits generally pose a lower risk of transmission due to increased space and air flow
  • Infection control practices still should be followed for outdoor visitation 


Indoor Visitation 

Indoor visitation is always permitted for all residents. No appointment needed. 
The number of visitors, frequency of visits, or length of visits is no longer restricted. 
Here are some general facts about indoor visitation
  • Face coverings are still required
  • Core Principals of Infection Control must be followed 
  • Isolated residents may still receive visitors (not recommended)


Compassion Care Visit 

Compassion care visits are allowed at all times, there are no restrictions.

Core Principals of COVID-19 Infection Control 

The Core Principals of COVID-19 Infection Prevention is a best practice published by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The core principals are outlined below. It should be noted, visitors that cannot adhere to the Core Principals of COVID-19 Infection Prevention will not be permitted to enter Chatuge Regional Nursing Home. 

Core Principals of COVID-19 Infection Prevention 
  • Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, should not enter the facility. Facilities will screen all who enter for these visitation exclusions. 
  • Hand hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred)  
  • Face covering or mask (covering mouth and nose) and physical distancing at least six feet between people, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance 

Business Office Department

The Business Office includes admissions, insurance billing, personnel and all financial aspects of the Nursing Home. 

Clinical Department

The Nursing department provides skilled care to 112 residents. We have just recently gotten a deficiency free State Survey. This reflects the excellent care provided to our residents. We pride ourselves in being a family oriented facility.

Activity Department

The Activity Department at Chatuge Regional Nursing Home provides a wide variety of recreation and leisure programming for residents.  Programs are designed to enhance social, memory and cognitive skills, range of motion, spiritual needs and creative expression. 

Upon admission, a thorough assessment is completed to identify each person's needs.  Treatment goals are then developed to address those areas.

A strong emphasis is placed on improving the quality of life for people who reside at Chatuge Regional Nursing Home.  Each individual was once a contributing member of the community with hobbies and interests. Due to natural process of aging, an individual's level of interest in activities that they once enjoyed may decline.  Activity staff and volunteers work together in an attempt to restore a person's interests.

Dietary Department

The Dietary Department provides high quality, well-balanced meals and nourishment to residents as ordered by their physician. Guest trays are provided to family members and visitors upon request. Dietary staff strives to provide an at-home atmosphere during meal time and order any special request items residents may have. The Dietary Department also assists with a variety of special functions such as holiday parties, family cookouts, and singings. Our Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietary Manager perform nutritional assessments and make needed recommendations on residents as part of the Care Plan Team.

Housekeeping and Laundry

Maintaining an environment that our residents and families feel comfortable and secure in is an integral part of our facility's ideology. The Housekeeping Department strives to keep all areas of our facility tidy, clean and disinfected to ensure optimum health and environmental benefits to our residents.

Ensuring that resident's appear clean and well-kept is also of top priority when facility goals are considered. The Laundry Department seeks to ensure that resident's personal clothing is properly laundered so that residents can maintain the self-esteem that comes with looking good.

Social Services

The Residents of Chatuge Regional Nursing Home are very important to our staff. Residents deserve to have optimum care, where this care is consistent with needs delivered through a personalized psychosocial approach. The Social Services Department reminds staff that all residents are individuals who have led and continue to require life enriching experiences. Our residents enrich our lives every day. The Social Services Department works hard to ensure all residents have access to all necessary resources and that they are happy and content in our facility environment.

MDS/Care Plan Department

The MDS and Care Plan Department is responsible for managing the facilities standardized assessment process. This includes setting up the assessments, building and evaluating care needs beginning from admission and continuing till discharge. We include the residents and encourage family members or significant others to optimize meeting a mission of our nursing home which is to provide high quality and cost effective health care.

Mike Kephart
Chatuge Regional Nursing Home Administrator

Chatuge Regional Nursing Home
386 Bel Aire Drive
Hiawassee, Ga 30546
(706) 896-2231