Reopening Nursing Homes to Visitors

July 29, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for drastic social distancing measures included banning visitors at most nursing homes throughout the U.S. in an attempt to protect some of the most vulnerable among us. That ban, however, carried with it a real emotional burden for persons served and families unable to visit their loved ones, not to mention facility staff.

In this episode, we're talking about the steps involved in reopening nursing homes to visitors. As some parts of the country continue to relax distancing rules while others are forced to reinstate some rules, we talk about the considerations for opening allowing visitors and how to do so safely when the time is right.

Learn more about how ECRI can help from our website at, where you'll find our COVID-19 Resource Center with publicly available resources to help providers across the continuum of care, including ECRI's position paper Aging Services Visitation Guidelines in the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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