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Visitation

Individuals are encouraged to visit loved ones in nursing homes or adult care facilities. Visits may take place in the resident’s room, dedicated visitation spaces, and outdoors, depending on the facility’s structure and the resident’s needs. Nursing homes and adult care facilities adhere to infection control and prevention standards that reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

NURSING HOME VISITATION GUIDANCE

Vaccinations

Nursing homes and adult care facilities must facilitate vaccinations for all residents. All new nursing home residents and residents readmitted to the facility must have an opportunity to receive the first or any required next dose of the COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of having been admitted or readmitted to such facility, as applicable. For all adult care facility residents, within seven days of admission or readmission, the facility shall make diligent efforts to schedule all consenting and eligible new or readmitted residents for the COVID-19 vaccination.

Letter to nursing home administrators regarding vaccine requirements for residents and staff.

As of September 27, 2021, all nursing home staff must be vaccinated with at least one dose of vaccine. As of October 7, 2021, all adult care facility staff must have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Long-term care facilities are expected to adhere to the infection prevention and control standards, quarantine requirements, and testing standards set forth by CMS and CDC.

Guidance

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    Health Advisory: Revised Skilled Nursing Facility Visitation

    The information contained in this directive supersedes and replaces previously issued guidance and recommendations regarding general nursing home (“NH”) visitation and is consistent with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) memorandum QSO-20-39-NH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidelines on such topics. Nothing in this directive should be construed as limiting or eliminating a NH’s responsibility to ensure that resident and family communication is ongoing and supported by virtual visits, whenever possible.

     

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    Notification: Hospital Executive Officer and Nursing Home Administrators

    July 2, 2021 - Executive Order 202.30, as modified, which required Article 28 general hospitals to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result prior to discharge to a nursing home, as well as Dear Administrator Letters ACF #20-14 and NH #20-07, dated May 11, 2020, which extended this requirement to test patients prior to discharge to an adult care facility, have now expired.

     

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    Salon Services in Adult Care Facilities

    Adult Care Facilities (ACFs) and Nursing Homes (NH) may resume in-house salon services, provided that the facility is able to adhere to all local, state, and federal requirements as applicable, relative to hair salons and barbershops.

     

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