Thanks to changes in federal guidance and Alabama’s amended state health order, nursing homes are allowed to resume limited indoor visitation and continue outdoor visitation. Nursing homes and their visitors must meet certain criteria before indoor visits may take place. Outdoor visits are still preferred whenever practicable. This webpage provides information to help you prepare to visit your loved one’s nursing home.
Is your loved one’s nursing home able to offer indoor visitation?
The federal government won’t allow nursing homes to host indoor visitation if the county COVID-19 positivity rate is greater than 10%. Look at this map to see if the county where your nursing home is located can offer indoor visitation. Counties in red have a positivity rate greater than 10% and can’t offer indoor visits.
If the county is open for facility visitation, contact your loved one’s nursing home. The staff will let you know if the facility is allowing visitation or if it is closed due to a positive COVID-19 case among residents and staff in the last 14 days.
The nursing home can offer visits. What must I do next?
If the facility is open for visits, schedule an appointment to see your loved one.
Here are questions to ask the nursing home staff when scheduling your visit.
- Do I need to be COVID-tested before arriving or will the nursing home test me?
- Do I need to wear my own mask, or will the nursing home provide a mask?
- What do I need to bring?
- How long can I visit?
- Will I be visiting inside or outside?
Follow this list of do’s and don’ts when you visit the nursing home.
- Do use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before, during and after your visit
- Do wear a mask covering your mouth and nose during your entire visit in the facility
- Do maintain social distance of at least six feet from staff and residents
- Do keep out of areas that are not designated for visitation
- Don’t remove your mask while in the facility
- Don’t leave the designated visitation area
- Don’t come to the facility without an appointment
- Don’t come to the facility if you have any symptoms – coughing, sore throat, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell – even if you attribute these symptoms to some other cause (allergies or cold).