Nursing Home Care - Resource

To Nursing Homes, Residents, and Resident Family Member(s)/Representative(s),

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE) has been one of our nation’s
greatest challenges and has especially taken a toll on the nation’s nursing home residents. CMS is committed to
protecting the health and safety of nursing home residents at all times and especially during the challenges
presented by the spread of COVID-19. We understand the emotional impact that separation from loved ones
has caused. In September, CMS provided revised guidance for how residents can safely receive visitors in the
nursing home. With the holiday season fast approaching, we understand that residents and their families will
want to spend more time together. During the holidays, facilities, residents, and visitors should continue to
follow the guidelines for visitation and adhere to the core principles of infection prevention, such as remaining
six feet or more apart, wearing a face covering, and limiting the number of visitors in the nursing home at any
one time. We also recommend that facilities find innovative ways of celebrating the holidays without having
parties or gatherings that could increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission (e.g., virtual parties or visits,
provide seasonal music, movies, decorations, etc.). Read more