| Covid-19 | Jun 26, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Nursing Home Visitation

CMS issued FAQs regarding nursing home visitation policies. CMS does not recommend reopening facilities to visitors except for compassionate care situations until:- There have been no new, nursing home onset COVID-19 cases in the nursing home for 28 days – The nursing home is not experiencing staff shortages- The nursing home has adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and essential cleaning and disinfection supplies to care for residents- The nursing home has adequate access to testing for COVID-19- Referral hospital(s) have bed capacity on wards and intensive care unitsThe FAQs also clarify the compassionate care situations for which visitations may be permissible prior to these criteria being met. Additionally, CMS indicated that nursing homes may allow outdoor visitation sessions for residents to meet with loved ones and communal recreational activities with residents who have not tested positive for COVID-19.