New Visitation Guidelines for RCFE Residents

After a year of stringent restrictions imposed because of COVID-19, the California Department of Social Services (DSS) released new guidance on March 19, 2021 significantly relaxing restrictions on visitors to Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE).  The guidance also relaxes restrictions on communal dining and group activities, and on residents returning from outings.  Set forth in PIN 21-17-ASC, the guidance is effective immediately.

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Updated Visitation Fact Sheet Released

CANHR has reviewed the various federal and California guidance regarding visitation in long term care facilities and synthesized the rules into a new fact sheet to guide residents and their families.  The fact sheet highlights the types of visitation nursing homes and residential care facilities for the elderly must provide and under what conditions as well as the infection control protocols facilities may impose during visits.   Download the Fact Sheet HERE (PDF)

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ADULT DAY PROGRAM OPERATIONS AND VACCINATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-21-ASC April 15, 2021 TO: ALL ADULT DAY PROGRAM LICENSEES Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: Kevin GainesDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: ADULT DAY PROGRAM OPERATIONS AND VACCINATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-21-ASC addresses the Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) support for Adult Day Programs (ADPs) to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides information on COVID-19 vaccinations.

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CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19): OPTIONS FOR ACCESSING THE COVID-19 VACCINE

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-20-ASC April 15, 2021 TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM RESIDENTIAL LICENSEES Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINES Deputy Director Community Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19): OPTIONS FOR ACCESSING THE COVID-19 VACCINE Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-20-ASC provides further information about how Adult and Senior Care (ASC) residential licensees, facility staff, and residents can access the COVID-19 vaccine.

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‘People are dying as we wait’: Bid to tighten California nursing home oversight sputters

By Jocelyn Wiener, CalMatters, April 16 2021 Image via iStock Lawmakers say they’ll take no action this year on a bill requiring nursing home owners and operators to get state approval before they acquire, operate or manage a nursing home. An effort to fix problems with the oversight of California’s nursing homes has stalled, sparking fears that the bill is doomed — and prompting elder care advocates to warn that even a delay jeopardizes residents’ safety.

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Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

AFL 21-22.7 From the California Department of Public Health April 16, 2021 TO: Long-Term Care Facilities SUBJECT: Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (This AFL supersedes guidance provided in AFL 20-22.6) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies long-term care (LTC) facilities of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for improving their infection control and prevention practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, including guidance for visitation.This AFL authorizes LTC facilities to temporarily modify their facility’s visitation policies in accordance with CMS and CDC COVID-19 guidance when necessary to protect the health and safety of residents, staff, and the public.This AFL provides the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH’s) visitation guidance for expanded opportunities for indoor in-room visitation and physical touch and infection control measures for fully vaccinated residents and visitors.This revision includes additional visitation guidelines for pediatric residents.  Background On March 11, 2020, CDPH issued AFL 20-22, authorizing LTC facilities to temporarily modify their visitation policies in accordance with CMS and CDC COVID-19 guidance when necessary to protect the health and safety of residents, staff, and the public.

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Temporary Waiver of Practitioner’s Order for Administration of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccine

AFL 21-12 From the California Department of Public Health April 16, 2021 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals SUBJECT: Temporary Waiver of Practitioner’s Order for Administration of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccine ​AUTHORITY:     Proclamation of Emergency (PDF), Executive Order N-27-20, Executive Order N-39-20All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies hospitals of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.This AFL temporarily waives Title 22 California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 70263(g) for administration of COVID-19 vaccinations.

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State Authorities Allowed Alleged Sexual Predator To Job-Hop Among San Diego Area Nursing Homes

By Amita Sharma, KPBS, April 14 2021 Certified nursing assistant Matthew Fluckiger left Gayle a warning — right after she says he raped her twice in one hour at a La Mesa nursing home in January 2020 — that terrified the 62-year-old almost as much as the alleged attacks. “He said, ‘I know where you and your family live, so trust me, I know you’re not going to say anything,’” said Gayle, who did not want her full name used.

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NEW BACKGROUND CHECK WEBSITE

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-05-CCLD April 13, 2021 TO: ALL CCLD PROVIDERS AND LICENSEES Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINESDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: NEW BACKGROUND CHECK WEBSITE Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-05-CCLD introduces a new website to assist with checking an applicant’s background check status. The California Department of Social Services, Care Provider Management Bureau (CPMB) is pleased to announce a new online tool, the Background Check Search website (https://search.ccl.dss.ca.gov/BackgroundCheck).

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Latest Reports Show Mistreatment Of California Nursing Homes Residents And Staff

By Manny Valladares | AirTalk | April 13, 2021 At Griffith Park Healthcare Center in Glendale, a certified nursing assistant was charged with raping a patient. The nursing home received an “immediate jeopardy” for the incident. CHAVA SANCHEZ/LAIST At a nursing home in Glendale, a certified nursing assistant was charged with raping a mentally ill patient in her room.

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