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Guidance: Waiver Visitation

On April 2, 2020, while the stay-at-home order was in effect, DODD issued guidance on best practices for family visitation. Ohio is responsibly restarting, and Ohioans are making choices to resume activities while continuing efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. DODD is rescinding that guidance and issuing the following guidance on visitation in residential waiver settings.

When people with developmental disabilities express an interest in resuming social visits in their homes, their support teams and roommates should have conversations about the appropriateness of visits at this time. Teams and roommates need to determine when and how to safely and responsibly plan for visits inside and outside of the home.

Teams should assist in making visits as safe as possible by working with the person and other members of the household to follow the public health guidelines, including, but not limited to

  • educating all residents on the risks of the spread of COVID-19 and appropriate/applicable safety precautions to take when interacting with visitors,
  • educating all families/friends of the dangers of the spread of COVID-19 and the potential health impact for not just their loved one, but all residents and staff at the home,
  • educating all residents on the importance of face coverings and maintaining social distancing from people they do not currently live with when out of the home,
  • encouraging DSPs and visitors coming into the person’s home to always wear a face covering,
  • continuing frequent cleaning and sanitation of high touch surfaces and shared bathrooms, at least several times per day,
  • continuing to encourage the utilization of technology to keep in touch with families and friends,
  • and evaluating whether outdoor visitation would be more appropriate for members of the home.