Visitation Rights Almost Back to Normal

The end of California’s vaccination/testing requirement means that residents should have the broad access to visitors that has long been protected by law and regulations. Prior orders from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the state Department of Public Health (DPH) have:

  • Restored residents’ rights to outdoor, indoor, and in-room visitation;
  • Ended facilities’ ability to limit the length or duration of visits;
  • Ended facilities’ ability to limit visitation to prescribed or pre-approved times beyond what the law provides;
  • Clarified that residents’ rights to visitation include robust availability of virtual visitation options

Residents should now have access to visitors seven days a week – and when it comes to family members in nursing homes – 24 hours a day.

See CANHR’s recent front page Advocate article for additional information about these updated visitation changes.


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