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CMS Communal Dining Guidance

CMS Communal Dining Guidance

CMS updated its guidance on communal dining in QSO-20-39-NH on visitation in nursing homes. CMS continues to recommend that facilities can engage in communal activities and dining if basic infection control measures are taken, including social distancing, hand-hygiene, and source control masks. AHCA/NCAL has prepared a summary on the dining recommendations.

Providers should continue to use an infection control and prevention mindset to help keep residents and patients connected and engaged. How this is implemented should be viewed on a facility-by-facility basis depending on COVID-19 infections in the facility, facility accommodations, staff availability, and resident needs. Implementing these policies will likely require changes in staffing patterns and enlisting other staff in the facility.

AHCA/NCAL also encourages assisted living communities to adhere to state guidance at a minimum and utilize these principles as appropriate.