Updated (Again) Guidance Related to Visiting, Communal Dining and Activities
The latest updated guidance, as of March 24, 2021 Provider Guidance: Phased Reduction of Restrictions for Long-Term Care Facilities clarifies a few items, namely:
- On page 3, a visitor is defined as "a person of any age who is not a resident, staff member or staff-extender; including a volunteer or private sitter."
- On page 4, under Off-Site Travel, the last sentence, "Otherwise, the Provider should attempt to facilitate safe off-site travel" has been added.
- On page 5, under Staff should, exception (#2) (Essential Medical Appointment) now reads that "Frequent off-site visits by a resident receiving ongoing care outside the LTCF (e.g. renal dialysis). These individuals do not WARRANT (instead of require) 14-day quarantine if there is confidence in adherence to the Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention (see Definitions, p. 2) during transport and the visit.
- On page 5, under Indoor Visiting, example scenarios have been added (note the "AND" between #1 & #2).
- On page 6, "Compassionate care visits, and visits required under federal disability rights law, should be allowed, regardless of a resident's vaccination status, the county's COVID-19 STATUS (instead of incidence rate), or an outbreak.
- At the bottom of page 9, under Communication considerations, a reference to the sample attestation form on page 9 has been added.
- On page 9, the Sample Visitor Screening and Attestation Form now includes a reference to "an accompanying minor or guardianship individual."
The guidance references the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services memo, originally dated September 17, 2020 and revised March 10, 2021. Click Here to read that memo and to gain further clarification of the guidance.
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