Outings & Quarantining for Nursing Facility & Assisted Living Residents
Guidelines address the residents' right to leave a facility and quarantine requirements upon returning to the facility.
(information subject to change)
Residents' right to leave a facility:
A nursing or assisted living facility resident has the right to leave a facility for an outing. The facility must explain to the resident the risks and benefits of leaving for outings, including the risk of being exposed to COVID-19. If a resident chooses to leave the facility, the facility must educate the resident and persons going on an outing with the resident about infection control and prevention procedures, including:
wearing a face mask or face covering, if tolerated by the resident
friends and family wearing a face mask when with the resident
performing hand hygiene
practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette
physical distancing (maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and others
being aware of others who may potentially have or had COVID-19
Quarantine upon returning to the facility:
A facility must have justification to quarantine a resident upon the resident's return to the facility. Before the resident goes on an outing, the facility must inform residents about what situations would require the resident to quarantine upon return to the facility.
A resident does not need to be quarantined upon return to the facility unless:
the resident was gone overnight
the resident was exposed to COVID-19 or
the facility cannot get enough information about the outing and has infection control concerns
To determine if a resident should quarantine upon return, facilities should ask questions to the resident about the outing. A friend or family member who went on the outing can also answer on behalf of the resident. Questions the facility should ask are:
Were you in any crowded spaces?
Were you unable to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from someone who was not wearing a face mask?
Did you encounter anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
Did you encounter anyone who was exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19?
Resource: Texas Long-Term Care Ombudsman. (2020, Nov. 18). Outings and Quarantining Upon Return for NF and ALF Residents.
Local Ombudsman Return
Ombudsman of the DETCOG Area Agency on Aging is slowly returning to nursing and long-term care facilities. COVID-19 has prevented the Ombudsman and families of residents within these facilities from visiting. However, on October 21, 2020, local Ombudsman Tonya Jackson-Simpson and Merline Lott met with a Neches House resident’s family to re-enter the senior living facility for their first visit in seven months. “Many people do not know that they have the right to advocate for visitation into these facilities,” stated Tonya when asked if more families had scheduled visits.
The videos below document Peggy, Carol, Roslyn, and Lawrence as they re-enter Neches House to visit their mother after seven months. The AAA Ombudsman obtained permission to post these videos as the family hopes to raise awareness about visitation rights and the impact of not being able to visit loved ones.
To learn more about Ombudsman and how they can help you advocate for your right to visit nursing and long-term care facilities, please contact the DETCOG Area Agency on Aging at 409-384-7614 or 1-800-256-6848.