CMS Releases Updated FAQ’s on Visitation Guidance

CMS Releases Updated FAQ’s on Visitation Guidance

CMS has released an updated FAQ related to visitation in a nursing home.

Nursing homes should continue to follow CMS and CDC guidance for preventing the transmission of COVID-19 and follow state and local direction. Because nursing home residents are especially vulnerable, CMS does not recommend reopening facilities to visitors (except for compassionate care situations) until phase three when:

  • There have been no new, nursing home onset COVID-19 cases in the nursing home for 28 days (through phases one and two)
  • 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 units

Read full CMS FAQ document here

.** Please note!  Residential Care Services has not yet released the Washington State plan on relaxing visitation restrictions.




Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN – Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services
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