Long-Term Care Facilities

Guidance for Long-Term Care Providers and Facilities

Managers and staff of long-term care settings, including skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes, family care homes, mental health group homes, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, should review the resources and guidance to ensure they have the latest information in how to prepare and respond to a possible COVID-19 outbreak.  

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Ongoing Testing of Nursing Home Staff

NCDHHS took additional steps to protect nursing home residents and staff by issuing a Secretarial Order requiring biweekly staff testing and announcing continued state funding for staff testing through November. The order mandates the existing recommendation for biweekly testing. Read the guidance for this order.

Visiting Long-Term Care Facilities

As North Carolina’s key metrics continue to remain stable and strong infection prevention and control requirements remain in place, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued a Secretarial Order updating visitation guidelines for nursing homes to allow indoor visitation.

Keeping Long-Term Care Facilities Safe

North Carolina took early and aggressive actions to protect residents of long-terms care facilities. Read this fact sheet to learn more about how NCDHHS is supporting our long-term care facilities.

All workers in long term care (LTC) facilities, including skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes, family care homes, mental health group homes, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, must wear surgical masks while in the facility, as long as surgical mask supplies are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I visit a nursing home or elder care facility?

Can I visit a nursing home or elder care facility?

As North Carolina’s key metrics continue to remain stable and strong infection prevention and control requirements remain in place, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today issued a Secretarial Order updating visitation guidelines for nursing homes to allow indoor visitation.