Avoid Long Term Care Facilities with Restrictive Visitation Policies

Despite plummeting rates of COVID infections and deaths in nursing homes and the lifting of public health-oriented restrictions, long term care facilities throughout the state are still limiting visits from families and friends to a measly 30 minutes per week.  Other facilities, in stark contrast, are permitting extensive daily visitation.  The wide range of visitation policies among facilities has been enabled by the State’s continued waiver of laws that normally require broad visitation access for residents.  

Potential residents and their loved ones are strongly encouraged to speak with the managers of facilities they are considering and ask for written copies of their visitation policies.  Facilities that are not willing to share their policies in writing or those that have restrictive policies should be avoided.

Some facilities are not going to allow more visitation until it starts costing them customers.

Please see CANHR’s updated How to Choose a Nursing Home fact sheet for more information. 

Join Us!

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) is participating in a national effort to restore reasonable visitation to residents in long term care facilities. Simply stated, the harms caused by cutting residents off from visitors have become unbearable. Residents throughout the country are suffering profound social isolation, frustration, and neglect.

The current California state policies may have been partially motivated by the #VisitationSavesLives campaign.  This campaign now advocates for better state enforcement.

“By The Window” song written by Holly Ann Lewis and used here with her kind permission.


Voices from the Inside: What It’s Like to Live in a Long-Term Care Facility During COVID-19 Pandemic

Courtesy of The national consumer voice for quality long term care


Join CANHR by posting a picture or video on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and telling us why visitation is important to you. Use the hashtag #VisitationSavesLives and tag or email key policy makers. Have a look at our Social Media Toolkit.

Open nursing homes for visits from loved ones! Please read and share this important message from @ConsumerVoices on behalf of residents and families in nursing homes. https://theconsumervoice.org/uploads/files/issues/Visitation_letter-recommendations_to_CMS_3-3-21_FINAL.pdf #COVID19 #ExpectExcellence #OpenNursingHomeDoors #VisitationSavesLives

Five ways to open Michigan #nursing homes for visits during #COVID | Bridge #Michigan #VisitationSavesLives https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-health-watch/five-ways-open-michigan-nursing-homes-visits-during-covid

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