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Visitation in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

Image shows to individuals siting at an outdoor table. They are both wearing face coverings and there is a clear plastic screen between them.

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Department of Health Director's Orders regarding access to Ohio's nursing homes and assisted living facilities were rescinded.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 March 10, 2021 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) remain in place. Revised QSO memorandum 20-39-NH expanded visitation opportunities for residents and their loved ones. County positivity rates are one of the criteria facilities should use to evaluate the safety of opening for indoor visitation. Compassionate care visits are allowed regardless of the county positivity rate.

Contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program with assistance with visitation questions. 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.