Residents in long-term care facilities benefit from the physical, emotional and spiritual support they receive through visitation with family and friends. The COVID-19 public health emergency has greatly impacted the ability of families to spend time with their loved ones in nursing homes and other long-term care settings.
Governor DeWine has announced that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can begin allowing indoor visitation on Monday, October 12, 2020. This date was selected to allow adequate time for the facilities to prepare their physical plants, adjust staffing levels, update visitation policies, and communicate expectations with residents and families.
As visitation resumes, families may use a Long-Term Care Facility Visitation Dashboard to access facility-specific visitation information.
The visitation dashboard allows you to view and sort information by facility type, county, visitation status or by a particular facility. A Long-Term Care COVID-19 Dashboard also allows users to view current and cumulative case counts among residents and staff reported to the Ohio Department of Health.
Indoor visitation at nursing homes and assisted living facilities should only resume if certain safety standards are met. These standards are outlined in a public health order.
The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman advocates for resident rights and is a resource to you at OhioOmbudsman@age.ohio.gov or 1-800-282-1206.