The Baptist Home leadership has been actively engaged in daily updates from LeadingAge and McKnights, as well as weekly updates from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS). On March 10, 2021, CMS in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance on nursing home visitation.

While not a full campus reopening, we are now allowed to offer indoor visits to ALL our residents. While outdoor visits are still the preferred method of visitation to prevent COVID-19 transmission, under the new guidance, nursing home facilities can now allow indoor visitation for all residents regardless of vaccination status. This loosening in restrictions is allowed due to resident and staff vaccinations and falling COVID-case numbers in the counties where are campuses are located.

The CMS and CDC have made an allowance for residents that have been fully vaccinated in that they can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor while wearing a well-fitting mask and using hand sanitizer or handwashing before and after. Visitors must continue to socially distance from other residents and staff in the facility during their visit. 

Update on Baptist Homes Visitation Guidelines as of March 10, 2021

Compassionate Care visits are allowed regardless of resident’s vaccination status, the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate, or an outbreak. Compassionate care visits are defined as visits during end-of-life situations, visits from clergy or lay persons offering religious and spiritual support, and by family members in certain situations.

Complete CMS Visitation Guidance as of March 10, 2021
Complete DHSS Visitation Guidance as of March 25, 2021

On December 31, 2020, our Arcadia Valley campus held its first clinic for the initial COVID-19 vaccination for residents and staff. Initial clinics for our other campuses were held January 5 at Ashland, January 12 at Ozark, and January 18 at Chillicothe. Booster clinics have now been held at each campus. For more information on vaccine schedules, see the Vaccine News section on this page.

96% of residents have received their COVID-19 vaccinations. 

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The Baptist Home is anxious to expand Compassionate Care visits. Our ability to expand visitation will be dependent upon the county by county COVID-19 trends as tracked by the Federal government and Missouri DHSS guidelines. Any changes will be communicated to contact persons via email and updated on this website.

Update on Visitation Guidelines as of February 22, 2021

CLICK HERE for General Indoor Visit Guidelines

CLICK HERE for Outdoor Visit Guidelines

—Soft Campus Reopening Beginning February 22, 2021

Appointments Required

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

To schedule an appointment, please call campus directly:

Arcadia Valley (Ironton) – (573) 546-7429

Chillicothe – (660) 646-6219 and Ozark – (417) 581-2101

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On Friday, March 13, 2020, The Baptist Home leadership team met to discuss and review the latest information available by the Center for Disease Control on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The current COVID-19 outbreak situation is of great concern to The Baptist Home since studies done in China, South Korea and Washington state are showing a significantly higher mortality rate among the elderly population. Also, there is a risk that people who appear healthy may enter one of our campuses and unknowingly infect our residents.

Consequently, due to the increasing concern over the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the increasing risk of exposure, we are implementing visitor restriction protocols to help ensure the safety of our residents and staff.

To read our full response, CLICK HERE.

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“The COVID-19 crisis has impacted every aspect of our nation. As our elected officials weigh options as to when to reopen their state, Missouri has adopted a “soft approach” for returning to business as usual. Governor Mike Parsons recently observed that lifting nursing home restrictions too soon could have a devastating impact. Therefore, there are no changes to the current visitor restrictions at this time. When the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) allows this to change, The Baptist Home (TBH) is committed to removing restrictions in a responsible way. Until that time, be assured of our commitment to each resident’s well-being physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Thank you for your prayers, patience, and understanding during these uncertain times.” — Dr. Rodney Harrison, President

Rodney Harrison, President, The Baptist Home