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Bullock Directive To Allow Visitors At Assisted Living, Nursing Home

On June 24, assisted living businesses and workers asked the Montana Legislature to increase payments for day-to-day services for seniors and people with disabilities.

Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive Thursday lifting visitor restrictions at assisted living facilities and nursing homes — under strict guidelines.

Most of those visits were shut down earlier this year amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19. Facilities again allowing visitors will need to follow federal guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Bullock said at a Wednesday press conference.

“Moving forward, these facilities may allow visitors in accordance to CMS guidelines and after notifying both residents and family members,” Bullock said.

The decision was made with input from a group of health care providers, nurses, assisted living facility managers and the state health department, according to the governor.

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