According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of May 3, 2021 the number of confirmed nursing home resident cases has fallen to 0.99 cases per 1,000 residents. This is compared to the 30.89 cases per 1,000 residents reported at the end of December 2020.
Given this positive trend, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised its expanded guidance for visitation in nursing homes that was originally issued on March 10, 2021, which confirmed that all nursing home residents should be allowed to have indoor visitation.
Part of the Center for Medicare Advocacy’s (Center) mission is to ensure that the rights of older adults and people with disabilities are protected and known. We have created this Factsheet to outline CMS’s latest guidance, along with caveats regarding where and when indoor visitation could be curtailed by a nursing home. In the event that a nursing home refuses to open its doors to visitors, the information in this Factsheet could be used to help navigate resident visitation rights.