Today, in advance of the approaching holiday season, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is urging nursing home staff, residents, and visitors to follow established guidelines for visitation and adherence to the core principles of infection prevention. These guidelines include remaining six feet apart from individuals, wearing a face covering, and limiting the number of visitors in the nursing home at any one time. Adherence to these principles is critical in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in America’s nursing homes. While the holiday season is typically a time for family and friends to gather, CMS implores staff, residents, and visitors to exercise extreme caution this year.
November 19, 2020