Latest California State Visitation Guidelines

On June 26, the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Social Services released updated policies and guidance related to visitation in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.

Please read our summary of the new Department of Public Health policy regarding Nursing Home visitation rights HERE.

Please read our summary of the new Department of Social Services guidance regarding Assisted Living Facility visitation rights HERE.

CANHR has reviewed the various federal and California guidance regarding visitation in long term care facilities and synthesized the rules into a new fact sheet to guide residents and their families.  The fact sheet highlights the types of visitation nursing homes and residential care facilities for the elderly must provide and under what conditions as well as the infection control protocols facilities may impose during visits.  

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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 federal and state governments locked up facilities for over 100 days and are just now beginning to ease the visitation ban.

The new California state policies outlined above may have been partially motivated by the #VisitationSavesLives campaign.  Now that residents are having some of their rights restored, this campaign will now advocate for better state enforcement.


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.