An Essential Care Visitor is a Family Caregiver, a partner in care with a nursing facility who directly cares for their loved one in collaboration with the resident's interdisciplinary care team in a long term care facility. Sometimes, an Essential Care Visitor feeds their loved one and assists with their Activities of Daily Living - and sometimes, the Essential Care Visitor executes integral parts of the medical and clinical care tasks that Insurance / Medicaid / Medicare does not cover in the institution ~
or that staff cannot get to because of systemic staffing shortages.
Essential Care Visitors might spend 1-7 hours a day in a nursing facility. Often, they interact with their Loved Ones' resident mates, and provide social and emotional nourishment for other Facility residents too.
These Essential Care Visitors are an Essential Part of the Care for a Vulnerable Full Care Resident.
We dream of a day - when the Essential Care Visitor check box is on the Nursing Facility Admission Paperwork and have the same protections and privileges of the Staff that they support as bridge care in the nursing facilities.
Essential Care Visitors save lives, falls, illness and preventive care with in partnership with the care staff in Nursing Facilities.
The current New York State Personal Caregiver Bill on the State Legislature Floor is a promising bill that we worked
so hard in partnership with our State Leaders to curate ~ and is on the
New York State Legislature Floor the week of February 22, 2021.
The Personal Caregiver Bill will help Family Caregivers in the future, so that in Public Health Crises,
we are never locked out again ~ and our Loved Ones will not needlessly suffer.
We are ECSTATIC to report the Personal Caregiver S614B Bill passed through the Senate on 2/22/2021.
Now, we await the State Assembly's moving.....
Understand visitation guidance and mandates will vary state to state and facility to facility. The variance has to do with COVID-19 infection rates, each state level Visitation mandates and each Facilities' Administration.