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COVID-19 Visitors Resources

  • AHRQ Webinar: Strengthening Families as They Reunite in Uncertain Times
    The pandemic has impacted everyone but perhaps none more than people living in long-term care and their families and friends. Our journey of recovery from this unprecedented global pandemic will involve a unique combination of trauma-informed care and disaster relief. On this webinar, we discussed the principles and interventions of moving forward while supporting ourselves and our families. We talked specifically about visitation in long-term care; as facilities transition to in-person visitation, reconnection with loved ones may present challenges.
  • CDC Guidance – Visitation – Post-Acute Care Including Nursing Homes (3/16/21)
    During the pandemic, guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has limited (except for compassionate care situations) indoor visitation for residents in post-acute care facilities when the COVID-19 county positivity rate is >10% or when there is an outbreak occurring in the facility. Relaxing current restrictions on indoor visitation might increase the risk for transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in post-acute care facilities. However, vaccination of residents and HCP can mitigate some of these risks, and expanding visitation has substantial benefits to residents.
  • CMS Letter on Revised Guidance For Nursing Home Visitation (Posted 3/22/21)
    CMS recommends continuing to take precautions to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, however, remains vitally important
  • CMS Memo on New Guidance for Visitation in Nursing Homes (Posted 3/22/21)
    Visitation Guidance: CMS is issuing new guidance for visitation in nursing homes during the COVID-19 PHE, including the impact of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Connecting While Social Distancing v1 (Released 4/1/20)
    With the spread of the coronavirus, facilities must also devote time to ensure that their residents do not succumb to the negative effects of social isolation. With this in mind, staff may consider adopting the following practices to encourage communication with residents’ family and friends.
  • Connecting While Social Distancing - Spanish v1 (Released 4/6/20)
    With the spread of the coronavirus, facilities must also devote time to ensure that their residents do not succumb to the negative effects of social isolation. With this in mind, staff may consider adopting the following practices to encourage communication with residents’ family and friends. (Spanish version)
  • Core Principles of Indoor Visitation v1 (Released 11/16/20)
    Infographics/Signage with reminders of the core principles of Indoor Visitation
  • Core Principles of Indoor Visitation - Spanish v1 (Released 11/23/20)
    Infographics/Signage with reminders of the core principles of Indoor Visitation (Spanish version)
  • Interim Guidance for Communal Activities and Visitation (Released 3/18/21)
    Recommendations for communal activities and visitation in post-acute and long-term care facilities from The Society For Post-Acute And Long-Term Care Medicine.
  • Living in or Visiting Retirement Communities or Independent Living Facilities CDC v1 (Posted 6/3/21)
    Retirement communities and independent living facilities are residential or shared housing communities that are usually age-restricted (e.g., aged 55 and older) with residents who are partially or fully retired and can generally care for themselves without regular nursing or other routine medical assistance. Many people living in retirement communities and independent living facilities are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 because: *Risk increased with age, and/or *They may have underlying health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. They also may be at higher risk of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 because of retirement community and independent living facility characteristics, such as frequent social activities, dining facilities and communal spaces, community activities, and shared transportation.
  • MDHHS Residential Care Visitation Order
    A safe plan for visitation, and continues necessary protections for residents and staff in facilities across the state fo Michigan
  • Re-entry Guidance for Medical Device Representatives (Released 4/14/2021)
    Principles and considerations presented by the AHA, AORN, and AdvaMed, intended to guide facilities, health care personnel, and medical device representatives as they adopt access policies that support safe reentry of medical device representatives into the facility.
  • Visitor Cards Core Principles Spanish v1 (Posted 5/5/21)
    Core principles for visitation on small cards.
  • Visitor Informed Consent & Assumption of Risk v2 (Revised 7/14/20)
    Policy and acknowledgment form to inform visitors of the potential exposure and accept that they knowingly assume the risk of COVID-19 exposure
  • Visitor Informed Consent & Assumption of Risk - Spanish v2 (Revised 7/15/20)
    Policy and acknowledgment form to inform visitors of the potential exposure and accept that they knowingly assume the risk of COVID-19 exposure. (Spanish version)
  • Visitor Notice for Door v2 (Updated 6/15/20)
    Notification to post of your facility's door notifying visitors of isolation practices.
  • Visitor Notice for Door - Spanish v2 (Updated 6/23/20)
    Notification to post of your facility's door notifying visitors of isolation practices. (Spanish version)
  • Visitor Recommendations v1 (Released 3/17/20)
    CMS is recommending only those needed to provide care and keep the building operating should be admitted to a facility at this time. All others and anyone with fever or respiratory symptoms should be excluded.
  • Visitor Recommendations - Spanish v1 (Released 3/18/20)
    CMS is recommending only those needed to provide care and keep the building operating should be admitted to a facility at this time. All others and anyone with fever or respiratory symptoms should be excluded. (Spanish version)
  • Visitor Sign In Sign Out Log & Policy v8 (Revised 7/23/20)
    Policy for screening anyone who enters the facility, plus a visitor sign in log.
  • Visitor Sign In Sign Out Log & Policy - Spanish v8 (Revised 7/23/20)
    Policy for screening anyone who enters the facility, plus a visitor sign in log. (Spanish version)
  • Visitation Toolkit v3 (Released 3/23/21)
    As facilities across the country begin opening up for visitation, we have a toolkit to help maintain safety.