Assemblywoman Buttenschon (D, I-Utica/Rome) announced that Adult Care Facilities (ACFs) and Nursing Homes (NH) may resume in-house salon services beginning Friday, November 6, 2020.

After months of advocacy from the Assemblywoman and nursing home resident advocates, the New York State Department of Health is finally allowing nursing homes and adult care facilities to resume in-house salon services.

“I have been advocating for the return of in-house services for our residents for some time,” Assemblywoman Buttenschon stated. “Many nursing home residents are used to getting their hair done weekly, and the cessation of these services during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unnecessary mental anguish according to both residents and their families. It’s something that makes residents feel special and taken care of which is incredibly important during this time to support mental health. I have the utmost confidence that our facilities will be able to use this guidance to provide salon services in a safe manner.”

The NYSDOH guidelines, which include minimum requirements and are based on current best-known public health practices, state that facilities must stay current with any updates and incorporate any hair salon or barbershop operation into their Safety Plan.

Please see information at the following link for updated guidance related to salon services in ACFs and nursing homes: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/11/salon-services-final-11-4-2020.pdf