Monday, June 29, 2020 Jeremy Lydic Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on email Share on print Updated 4:48 p.m., date of nursing home visitations corrected
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite a “significant week,” where the state saw the most hospitalizations for COVID-19 for more than two months, Gov. Mike DeWine says the state will begin allowing outdoor visits at nursing homes provided certain safety measures are met.
During his press briefing Monday, DeWine said stories of families unable to visit loved ones in nursing homes have been among the most troubling. While the original stay-at-home order was put in place to protect nursing home residents and staff, he recognizes that visits from families “adds value to life” for those residents, and the inability for visits to take place has been “gut-wrenching” for families, he said.
Starting July 20, nursing homes can begin outdoor visits as long as the nursing home meets specific safety standards, he said. A similar allowance for assisted living and intermediate care centers was put in place June 8.
When assessing their readiness to permit such visits, nursing homes should consider the number of coronavirus cases in the community as well as the case status in the nursing home itself, staffing levels, the local hospital capacity, and having adequate access to testing and personal protective equipment for staff and residents.
The state consulted with advocates and providers in the aging and developmental disabilities communities to develop the visitation guidelines, and has reviewed guidelines jointly developed by the Academy for Senior Health Sciences Inc., LeadingAge Ohio, the Ohio Assisted Living Association, the Ohio Health Care Association and […]