California Department of Public Health Issues New Visitation Guidance

On August 25, the California Department of Public Health (DPH) issued All Facilities Letter 20-22.4 outlining some significant changes to the State’s ever-evolving guidance relating to visiting nursing homes and other health facilities during the COVID pandemic. The AFL makes clear that visitation restrictions cannot be absolute.  Facilities may not bar any of the following: Visits by Ombudsmen: Facilities must permit ombudsmen in the facility.

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Moratorium on Evictions Ending in California

The Judicial Council of California voted to end the moratorium on evictions on September 1st, 2020. Meaning that courts will be reopening and assisted living facilities and nursing homes may resume issuing unlawful detainers. If you or a loved one is facing an RCFE or SNF eviction please contact CANHR. For more information on the vote please click the following link: https://newsroom.courts.ca.gov/news/judicial-council-votes-to-end-temporary-emergency-rules-on-evictions-foreclosures-sept-1 .pf-button.pf-button-excerpt { display: none; }

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California Department of Public Health Endangers Lives and Mission of Nursing Home Inspectors

The notoriously mismanaged California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is back in the news again for all of the wrong reasons. Not only has the Department now acknowledged that it has failed to regularly test for COVID-19 the inspectors surveying nursing facilities with outbreaks of the virus, but it has embarked upon a sweeping plan to undermine the independence and reliability of its own inspection program at a time when nursing home residents need rigorous enforcement most.

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Two Studies Find Strong Connection Between Nurse Staffing and COVID-19.

Two new studies have found a close relationship between RN staffing and COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths in nursing homes.  The first study reviewed reported COVID-19 infections in California through May 4 and identified three factors associated with increased risk of COVID-19 in nursing homes: higher numbers of past health deficiencies, larger facilities with more residents, and lower federal 5-star ratings. 

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New Coalition Releases Brief to Oppose Immunity for Deadly Long Term Care

The Coalition for the Protection of Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities has issued a new brief opposing immunity for long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many states have already provided cover to facilities that neglected and abused residents during the pandemic.  Now Congress and California are considering similar legislation.  The brief lists actions Congress can take to protect, rather than forsake, long-term care facility residents.

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New Visitation Fact Sheet Released.

CANHR has reviewed the various federal and California guidance regarding visitation in long term care facilities and synthesized the rules into a new fact sheet to guide residents and their families.  The fact sheet highlights the types of visitation nursing homes and residential care facilities for the elderly must provide and under what conditions as well as the infection control protocols facilities may impose during visits.   Download the Fact Sheet HERE (PDF) .pf-button.pf-button-excerpt { display: none; }

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New Policy from Department of Public Health Restores Some Visitation Rights in Nursing Homes

On June 26, the California Department of Public Health released a new policy regarding visitation that, for the first time since March, REQUIRES nursing homes to permit visitors for outdoor and indoor visits.  Facilities MUST permit outdoor visitation unless there is a local public health order that prohibits it. Indoor visits must be permitted if a facility meets six criteria: no current COVID-19 outbreak, a decline in cases in the community, no new COVID-19 cases in the facility for the past 14 days, no staffing shortages and not using a COVID-19 staffing waiver, an adequate testing plan per AFL 20-53, and an approved COVID-19 Mitigation Plan.

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New Guidance from Department of Social Services Restores Some Visitation Rights in Assisted Living Facilities

On June 26, the California Department of Social Services released updated guidance regarding visitation in PIN 20-23-ASC that, for the first time since March, REQUIRES assisted living facilities to permit visitors under specified narrow circumstances, and permits indoor and outdoor visitation when certain criteria are met. Providers are required to follow the guidance unless there are contradictory or stricter requirements imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), or local health departments.

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LTCCC Podcast Features #VisitationSavesLives

A recent podcast from the Long Term Care Community Coalition takes on the tragedy of the visitation ban in long term care facilities.  CANHR Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel and CANHR’s #VisitationSavesLives campaign is featured in the podcast.  The episode is called “The Eyes, Ears, and Voice: Why Nursing Home Visitation Saves Lives.” .pf-button.pf-button-excerpt { display: none; }

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