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Visitation in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

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LTC Ombudsman meets with assisted living residents outdoors

On June 18, 2021, the Ohio Department of Health Director's Orders regarding access to Ohio's nursing homes and assisted living facilities were rescinded. Some visitation safety precautions remain the same, including the requirement that visitors are screened at the door, and wear masks. 

For nursing homes, guidance issued November 12, 2021 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emphasized that visitation is allowed for all residents at all times. See QSO memorandum 20-39-NH for details about visitation. 

Contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program with assistance with visitation questions in any long-term care setting such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities. For specific health questions, call the Ohio Coronavirus Call Center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.