RCS Provides Holiday Visitation Guidance for LTC

RCS Provides Holiday Visitation Guidance for LTC

The holidays are approaching, and we want to be sure you have the information you need related to visitation and communal dining in long-term care settings during the holidays.

For the health and safety of all residents and clients, you must follow the requirements in the Safe Start Plan applicable to your setting type (links provided below). The Safe Start Plans include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) guidance related to wearing face masks in congregate settings.

According to DOH guidance, all people in congregate settings must wear face masks. CDC guidance requires masks be worn in areas of substantial or high transmission. This includes congregate care settings such as long-term care facilities and homes.

Following these requirements to wear face masks means there can be no visitors allowed in communal dining in long-term care settings, even in resident rooms, at this time.

However, residents are not restricted from leaving the facility or home to spend time with family and friends during the holidays. Should residents choose to do this, providers must follow their applicable Safe Start Plan related to residents taking trips outside the facility or home. This includes completing a risk assessment of the resident prior to and after returning from an offsite visit.

 Thank you for your continued commitment to resident health and safety. If you have any questions, please send an email to the RCSPolicy@dshs.wa.gov.

Safe Start for Long Term Care (AFH / ALF / ESF)

Safe Start for Long-Term Care (NH / ICF/IID)

Safe Start for Long-Term Care (CCRSS)




Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN – Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services
c: 425-231-4804