Revision to the DOH: Health Advisory on Family Visitation for Nursing Homes

Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

NYSHFA participated today on a call with the Department of Health to discuss changes in the Revised Skilled Nursing Facility Visitation requirements announced in the September 17, 2020 Health Advisory. 

Several revisions are listed below:

  • Facilities that had already resumed visitation under previous guidance may allow visitation without the presentation of a verified negative test result for a transition period until September 24, 2020.
  • End of life and compassionate care visits are not subject to a verified negative test result but are subject to all other COVID-19 screening requirements
  • Visitors under the age of 18 are allowed but must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.
  • Current COVID-19 positive residents, resident’s with COVID-19 signs or symptoms, and residents in a 14-day quarantine or observation period are not eligible for visits.
  • Allow for students and trainees enrolled in programs to become licensed, registered, certified, board eligible or otherwise to complete a program for health care professionals to receive training and otherwise participate in duties relevant to their program of training provided the nursing home environment is appropriate to the student’s education, training and experience. Students should follow the guidelines established in their agreement between the nursing home and academic institution 

NYSHFA will provide additional updates as received from the Governor’s Office and the Department of Health.


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16