11.22.21 Updated Visitation Guidance

Updated Visitation Guidance

Revised November 12, 2021


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its guidance for nursing home visitation. Visitation is now allowed for all residents at all times, in accordance with adherence to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention and control to mitigate the risk of infection spread. Residents may continue to deny or withdraw consent for a visitation at any time.  


If a visitor, resident, or their representative is aware of the risks associated with visitation and the visit occurs in a manner that does not place other residents at risk (e.g., in the resident’s room), the resident must be allowed to receive visitors as he/she chooses.


Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine should not enter the facility. Facilities should screen all who enter for these visitation exclusions.


Please contact the facility directly for any questions or concerns.

For a complete summary of the revisions, please click on the link below:

CMS Updates Visitation Guidance (ahcancal.org)

Please see the attached link to the updated CMS REVISED nursing home visitation guidance:

QSO-20-39-NH REVISED (cms.gov)

Please see the attached link to the REVISED NYS DOH visitation guidance:

NYSDOH Visitation Guidance Revised

Please see the attached link to the facility REVISED policy and procedure:


Please see the attached link to the facility REVISED Visitation Fact Sheet and acknowledgment:




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