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. 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. Essential Care Visitors are family members, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, hired one to ones from an agency, mothers, daughters. We roughly estimate essential care visitors are about 10-`20% of the visitor population in a residential facility. Pre-pandemic, these essential care visitors provided integral care support sustaining a resident's life.
Essential Care Visitors are an Essential Part of the Care for a Vulnerable Total Care Resident. Not everyone has an Essential Care Visitor. However, the spirit of an Essential Care Visitor is such, that often the care visitor has a mindful watch on other residents in the community, too.
We dreamed of a day when the Essential Care Visitor check box is on the Nursing Facility Admission Paperwork and Resident Chart has come - and as of March 29, 2021 - in New York State - each Resident is regulated to have
(2) Personal Caregivers listed by their name in their chart. Our DAY ARRIVED!!!
Essential Care Visitors save lives, falls, illness and provide preventive care with in partnership with the care staff in Nursing Facilities.
The current New York State Personal Caregiver Bill was passed on the State Legislature Floor, both through the Senate on February 22, 2021
and the Assembly on March 2, 2021.
The Personal Caregiver Bill was signed into Public Health Law on March 29, 2021.
This unprecedented Bill will help Family Caregivers now and in the future,
to be never locked out again ~ and our Loved Ones will not needlessly suffer from receiving their bridgecare.
There is an ADDENDUM
to the Personal Caregiver Bill that needs passed in our
New York State Legislature so that our essential caregiver can continue to serve their loved ones
in collaborative care models for our vulnerable in long term care facilities.
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 Nursing Home's Administration practices.
The CMS came out with updated guidelines on March 10, 2021, and each State now has to develop their guidelines to be congruent with the Federal CMS recommendations.
New York State finally updated their Nursing Home Visitation guidelines. They are linked here:
We are finally able to see our Vulnerable Loved Ones!
Should you have any questions about these guidances, and need help with your Family Visitation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help you!