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⭒ New Developments

Revised CMS memo declares “Visitation is now allowed for all residents at all times.”

After 20 months of often extreme isolation from their family and friends, nursing home residents have finally been given back their visitation rights by the federal government. A revised memorandum issued on November 12, 2021 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services restored each nursing home resident’s right to have visitors at all times. While core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention and visitor screening will continue, visitation restrictions will not. The memo states: “Facilities must allow indoor visitation at all times and for all residents as permitted under the regulations. While previously acceptable during the PHE, facilities can no longer limit the frequency and length of visits for residents, the number of visitors, or require advance scheduling of visits.”