Wednesday, March 25, 2020

CDC Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Retirement Communities and Independent Living

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance for retirement and independent living communities, including assisted living communities that do not provide medical services. AHCA/NCAL has learned that the CDC will be releasing guidance for assisted living communities in the coming days. Until that guidance is published, we strongly recommend that members follow AHCA/NCAL’s previously issued recommendations on visitors, communal dining and events. 

The CDC guidance for retirement communities and independent living is similar to AHCA/NCAL’s guidance in that they suggest canceling all public or non-essential group activities and events, cleaning and disinfecting all areas, screening visitors when appropriate and possible and posting information related to COVID-19.

In recognizing the home-like environment of these residences, the guidance also highlights asking residents to self-monitor, asking residents to ensure they have needed medications, etc. The guidance also recommends that providers work with the local department of health if a positive case of COVID-19 were to be found in the building. It is key to note that the guidance covers retirement communities, assisted living communities that are a less medical model, and CCRCs. Again, we recommend that members utilize AHCA/NCAL’s more robust guidance as well. 

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