Most exciting to Layer is that the new guidelines allow for physical contact between visitors and nursing home residents, as long as the resident is fully vaccinated and he or she chooses to have close contact, including touching, with the visitor while wearing a well-fitting face mask and performing hand hygiene before and after.
Regardless, visitors are, otherwise, required to physically distance from other residents and staff in the facility.
“I’m thrilled, because what they’re finally doing is following the science. The science in this area has never been one case is an outbreak, but that’s what the nursing home has been taking it as, and I’ve been trying to fight against the governor and the government on this for a very long time,” Layer said.
Under the new guidelines, nursing home visitations can be conducted through a variety of means based on a facility’s structure and residents’ needs. Visits can be conducted in resident rooms, dedicated visitation spaces or outdoors. They can also be conducted for circumstances beyond compassionate care situations.
Regardless of how the visitations are conducted, nursing homes will still be required to screen all who enter their facilities for signs and symptoms of Covid-19 by means of temperature checks. Staff will also question visitors about signs or symptoms of the virus.