The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidelines on reopening nursing homes on Monday, May 18, with parameters around testing requirements and visitation — while emphasizing that nursing facilities will be among the last institutions that can safely reopen as the U.S. takes tentative steps toward moving out of COVID-19-induced lockdowns.

CMS announced that states have flexibility on deciding how the criteria in the guidelines should be implemented, given the various ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting different communities.  Please note, these guidelines apply to reopening nursing homes, not assisted living communities.

Both assisted living communities and nursing homes must allow proper communication between residents and family members even during the continued visitation restrictions.

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