Resources for famlies and advocates

Many of us are seeking reliable information from our rights to effective advocacy to self-care. Please review the links below and share these tools with others. We will continue to add to this list as we learn more.

Health Guidance

About Health Care Directives from the Minnesota Department of Health

Face mask guidance

Federal Regulations and Publications

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) interim rules

CMS suspension of surveys

Discontinuation of Home Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 (Interim Guidance)

Guidance for Retirement Communities and Independent Living (Centers for Disease Control)

Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities (CDC)

Minnesota Department of Health: Plans & Updates

• ​Assisted Living Indoors Visitation Guidance

• COVID-19 Situation Update  official, rolling statewide updates from MN Dept. of Health

• Long- Term Care: COVID- 19 Guidance and Resources Page rolling updates from MN Dept. of Health
• Long- Term Care COVID 19 Response Update (PDF)  published 7/28/20

Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Health Care Personnel with Potential Exposure to Residents with COVID-19 in Long-term Care, Nursing Home, and Assisted Living Settings 6/9/20

Testing recommendations for Long-term Care Facilities 6/9/20

• Commissioner Malcolm's Five Point Plan for Assisted Living 5/7/20

Minnesota Department of Health: Visitation Guidance for Long- Term Care Facilities

• Assisted Living Indoors Visitation Guidance - effective 10-17-20

MDH Long-term Care Visitation and Activities Recommendations Summary 8/10/20 (PDF)

Essential Caregiver Guidance for Long-term Care Facilities​ 7/10/20 (PDF) a framework for long-term care providers to designate people as essential caregivers, striking a balance between residents’ needs and limiting infection risks.

• Outdoor Visitation Guidance For Long- Term Care Facilities (PDF) 6/17/20

• Guidance For Window Visits at Long- Term Care Facilities (PDF) 6/12/20

Camera Placement Guidance in Congregate Living 4/6/20

COVID-19: Visitation Restriction Guidance for Residential Care Facilities in Minnesota 3/31/20

Partner Resources

SeniorLinkage Return to Community Helpline

• Taking Care of You: Caregiver tips from the National Center on Elder Abuse

• Consumer Voice webinars about COVID-19 issues.


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