Updated Federal Visitation Guidelines

Submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney On March 10, 2021 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to their nursing home visitation guidelines. This guidance addresses the impact that the COVID-19 vaccination has on visitation. The information contained in this guidance supersedes and replaces previously issued guidance and recommendations regarding visitation.…

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New York State Department of Health Updates on Visitation for Adult Care Facilities and Pediatric Skilled Nursing Facilities

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Submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq. On September 9, 2020 the NYS Department of Health (DOH) released updated guidelines for Adult Care Facility visitation and Pediatric Skilled Nursing Facility Visitation. The major update to the visitation guidelines is facilities must have no new confirmed staff or resident COVID-19 reported cases for 14 days. (The prior threshold…

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COVID-19 Updates: Visits to Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities

The Department of Health (DOH) announced on July 10 that that outside visitation and limited indoor visitation and activities can resume in nursing homes and adult care facilities so long as the facility meets specific benchmarks.  We discuss what those benchmarks are and the limitations on visitation below. We encourage residents and families who have…

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CELJ Statement on Nursing Home Care

Recently, Governor Cuomo announced a focused effort to investigate nursing homes when they violate new requirements that impact resident safety (see https://elderjusticeny.org/new-york-state-nursing-home-inspections/). The state should focus on nursing homes that have a history of poor infection practices and insufficient staffing. In the August 2019 report from Long Term Care Community Coalition, 16 nursing homes in…

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Self-Advocacy Tips for Nursing Home Residents & Families

The Buffalo News story published today, “Through the glass, laughter and tears in visit to 107-year-old mom at nursing home” highlights the resilience of residents, families, and staff as we learn how to live through our current reality. The story also highlights concerns from residents, family and staff as they grapple with isolation, staffing concerns,…

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Hospital and Nursing Homes Staffing Levels – Your Input Needed!

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. The Department of Health is conducting a study about staffing levels in hospitals and nursing homes and needs to hear from the community! As highlighted in our comments to the Department of Health safe minimum staffing levels are essential in ensuring each patient and resident receives safe, effective, and quality…

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