Nursing home, assisted living restrictions adjusted

Friday, June 26, 2020

HELENA – Nursing homes and assisted living facilities can allow some visitation under new guidelines, to protect residents and employees from spreading the coronavirus.

Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive outlining the new guidelines June 25.

"I’d like to offer my thanks to the staff of residential facilities for older adults across Montana for all they have done and continue to do to keep Montanans safe and healthy," Bullock said. "We recognize this has been a particularly challenging time for Montana’s older adults and it’s our hope that these Montanans will be able to have some social interaction in safe ways with their loved ones."

Nursing care and assisted living facilities for older adults in Montana may allow visitors after giving notice to residents and family members. Visitation should be conducted in accordance with the strict screening, physical distancing, sanitation, hygiene, testing, and other infection control protocols set forth in the CMS and CDC guidance applicable to nursing homes. Before permitting visitation, facilities should review the applicable CDC and CMS guidance and determine that they are capable of following them.

CMS guidance can be found at this link: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-30-nh.pdf .

Bullock’s April 22 Phase 1 reopening directive continued the suspension of visitation for all visitors and non-essential healthcare providers, except for certain compassionate care situations.