New Guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities

New Guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities
Posted on 06/11/2020
New Guidelines for Long-Term Care FacilitiesTennessee Gov. Bill Lee in coordination with his Unified Command Group will release guidance today on requirements and options permitting Tennessee’s long-term care facilities to provide limited visitation options while keeping their resident populations safe from COVID-19.

The UCG guidance is being released in connection with a forthcoming executive order and will permit new forms of visitation beginning Mon., June 15, 2020. 

Facilities that choose to re-open to visitors must first meet the following prerequisites:
• Testing of all staff and residents at least once, and compliance with applicable regulations regarding weekly staff re-testing;
• No new COVID-19 cases among residents or staff members in the previous 28 days;
• Compliance with Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities regulations and infection control guidelines;
• Overall stability of the disease burden present in the community where the facility is located.

Long-term care facilities who meet the prerequisites and allow limited visitation must follow guidelines, which include:
• Making appointments prior to visiting and limiting the duration of visits;
• Limiting the number of visitors per resident and daily visitors per facility;
• Enforcing visitor social distancing and mask requirements; and
• Screening all visitors with symptom and temperature checks immediately upon facility entry.

Long-term care facilities may utilize three options for limited resident visitation to take place:
• In an outdoor setting, weather permitting;
• Using a visitation booth or protective barrier; and,
• In a resident’s room if the visitor documents a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to the visit.

Separate provisions for visitation involving accommodations for support for residents with disabilities and other critical assistance or end-of-life care also remain in effect.