Infection Control

In addition to a SNF's regular infection control policies and procedures, specific protections are needed to respond to COVID-19 and limit the spread of infection. These COVID-19 infection control policies and procedures may be used to address the particular risks and procedures needed to respond when residents and staff test positive for COVID-19, in accordance with applicable CDC guidelines.

COVID-19 Testing
Infection Control

This sample policy outlines protocols for contact tracing and testing of residents when there is a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case...

COVID-19 Infection Control – Staff
Infection Control

This sample policy identifies infection control measures relating to COVID-19 and staff, including screening procedures for staff members...

COVID-19 Infection Control – Residents
Infection Control

This sample policy outlines additional precautions for COVID+ and suspected COVID+ residents.

COVID+ Residents: Screening & Management
Infection Control

This sample policy outlines infection prevention and control and isolation procedures to be maintained when providing care for residents...

What if a resident wants to leave the nursing home against medical advice?
CMS FAQ

It is unlawful for a facility to detain and stop a resident from leaving the facility if the resident wishes to leave...

What type of health care workers are allowed to enter a nursing home?
CMS FAQ

The CMS memorandum (QSO-20-14-NH (Revised)) states that health care workers who do not work in a nursing home, such as hospice workers...

Can residents leave the nursing home for an appointment or outside activity?
CMS FAQ

Facilities should consider the necessity of the appointment to the resident’s health, and whether it is critical for the resident to...

Communal Dining: Are all residents forced to eat in their room?
CMS FAQ

Residents are not forced to eat in their rooms. Residents may still eat in dining rooms, however, nursing homes should adhere to social...