View the newly created NJ Department of Health Long-Term Care Resources Page that provides all of the recent guidance
relating to LTC visitation, quarantine protocols, the facility outbreak list, and information about vaccination programs. View Current DOH Guidance
NEW! May 12 NJ DOH Memo on visitation, outside contractors, volunteers, and communal activities and dining. View Current Guidance
May is Older Americans Month!
Each year in May, we commemorate Older Americans Month to encourage and recognize the countless contributions that older adults make to our communities. Their time, experience, and talents enrich the lives of those around them. This year’s theme,Communities of Strength, recognizes the important role older adults play in fostering the connection and engagement that build strong, resilient communities.
NEW VISITATION GUIDANCE SUMMARY
On March 22nd the NJ Department of Health (DOH) updated its guidance regarding visitation in long-term care facilities during COVID. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) and the NJ Department of Health created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to help clear up confusion about this new guidance. The FAQ can be found on the LTCO and DOH websites. You can ask facility staff to print a copy for you.
The new Visitation Memo clearly states that every long-term care resident has a right to 4 types of indoor visits: end of life, compassionate care, essential caregiver and indoor social visits.
DOH now says that you don’t have to wait until your facility is out of “outbreak status” to have indoor visits. The facility only needs to be without a positive test for 14 days.
So, a staff member or fellow resident testing positive for COVID-19 does not automatically close the building to visitation for 28 or even 14 days. If testing a few days after the first positive test shows that other areas of the facility are not affected, the unaffected areas should reopen for visitation. The affected area(s) can open again 14 days after the last positive test.
Compassionate care visits and outdoor visits continue even when there is a positive case(s) and the facility is testing.