Despite plummeting rates of COVID infections and deaths in nursing homes and the lifting of public health-oriented restrictions, long term care facilities throughout the state are still limiting visits from families and friends to a measly 30 minutes per week. Other facilities, in stark contrast, are permitting extensive daily visitation. The wide range of visitation policies among facilities has been enabled by the State’s continued waiver of laws that normally require broad visitation access for residents.
Potential residents and their loved ones are strongly encouraged to speak with the managers of facilities they are considering and ask for written copies of their visitation policies. Facilities that are not willing to share their policies in writing or those that have restrictive policies should be avoided.
Some facilities are not going to allow more visitation until it starts costing them customers.
Please see our updated How to Choose a Nursing Home fact sheet for more information.