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Consumer Guide to Long Term Care

Living at Home
The Consumer Guide to Long Term Care is a resource which helps you find services you can receive in your home or community such as;
  • Skilled Nursing care
  • Rehabilitation services (physical and speech therapy)
  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living
  • Housekeeping and chores
  • Meal preparation and many more
Reported Cases of COVID-19 in Long Term Care Facilities
Maryland Department of Health displays the confirmed numbers of COVID-19 cases and/or deaths of residents and staff in Maryland nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Facilities listed report at least one confirmed case of COVID-19. These data will be updated weekly on Wednesdays during the 10 a.m. hour.

Revised COVID-19 Patient and Staff Health and Safety Standards at Long Term Care Facilities. November 17,2020
On November 17, 2020, Governor Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Health released updated COVID-19 guidelines for nursing homes. Click here to view the guidelines.

Important updates
Testing:
  • All nursing home staff, volunteers, and vendors who are in the facility regularly shall be tested at least twice a week, until further notice.
  • All residents who have not previously tested positive for COVID-19, per CDC guidance, shall be tested using a PCR assay once a week, until further notice.
  • All visitors inside the nursing home must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to their visit.
Outdoor Visitation:
All nursing homes shall follow the September 17, 2020 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance on nursing home visitation regarding COVID-19 (QSO-20-39-NH) and any additional MDH guidance. Either MDH or a local health department may direct a facility to a more restrictive set of conditions at any point.

Indoor Visitation:
If the facility is currently in outbreak status, then indoor visitation shall be suspended except for cases of compassionate care. Each facility may determine on an individual basis requests for compassionate care visitation.

Community Outbreak:
If the local jurisdiction of the nursing home is under 5% positivity, nursing homes should continue to implement CMS guidance on visitation as described in their September 17, 2020 document (QSO-20-39-NH). If the local jurisdiction is within 5-10% positivity, each nursing home shall restrict the number of indoor visitors to no more than 5% of the total residents at the facility at any one time. If the local jurisdiction is greater than 10% positivity, indoor visitation shall be prohibited, except in compassionate care situations.

Long Term Care Quick Links Updated Federal NH Visitation Guidelines (September 17, 2020)
CMS issued revised nursing home vistitation guidance in recognition of the toll that physical separation has had on nursing home residents. Nursing homes are encouraged to facilitate outdoor visitation, as it can be conducted in a manner that reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission, due to increased space and airflow.
The new guidelines also allow for indoor visitation if there has been no new onset of COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days and the facility is not conducting outbreak testing per CMS guidelines.
Indoor visitation is subject to other requirements, including state and local guidelines.
The guidance clarifies examples of compassionate care situations including:
  • End of life visits
  • Recently admitted residents struggling with adjustments to the change in environment and lack of family support
  • Residents who are grieving after a friend or family member recently passed away
  • Residents who require help and encouragement with eating or drinking who are experiencing weight loss or dehydration
  • Residents who have recently become emotionally distraught and are displaying behavioral changes

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Use Services Search to locate LTC Providers and obtain detailed information on:

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