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Final Text


Amend ALF Regulation as a Result of 2021 Legislation
Stage: Final
22VAC40-73-540 Visiting in the facility

A. Daily visits to residents in the facility shall be permitted.

B. Visiting hours shall not be restricted, except by a resident when it is the resident's choice.

C. The facility may establish a policy or guidelines so that visiting is not disruptive to other residents and facility security is not compromised. However, daily visits and visiting hours shall not be restricted as provided in subsections A and B of this section.

D. The facility shall encourage regular family involvement with the resident and shall provide ample opportunities for family participation in activities at the facility.

E. During a declared public health emergency related to a communicable disease of public health threat, each assisted living facility shall establish a protocol to allow residents to receive visits from a rabbi, priest, minister, or clergy of any religious denomination or sect consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and subject to compliance with any executive order, order of public health, department guidance, or any other applicable federal or state guidance having the effect of limiting visitation. The protocol may restrict the frequency and duration of visits, may require visits to be conducted virtually using interactive audio or video technology, and any such protocol may require the person visiting a resident to comply with all reasonable requirements of the assisted living facility adopted to protect the health and safety of the person, residents, and staff of the assisted living facility.