On March 25, 2021, New York State updated their nursing home Visitation Guidance. The following are visitation nuggets that we find are important in order to manage your expectations on visiting our loved one after this prolonged separation.
“While end-of-life situations have been used as examples of compassionate care situations,the term “compassionate care situations” does not exclusively refer to end-of-life situations. Compassionate care visits, and visits required under federal disability rights law, should be allowed at all times.” RECOMMENDATION: Cite this clause in order to procure a compassionate care visit based on the isolation symptoms you have noticed in your Loved One (weight loss, dehydration, despondent, eyes closed). Please note 'compassionate care visits' have NEVER been subject to ANY COVID-19 count in the Facility.
UNDER REQUIRED VISITATION
"A nursing home must facilitate in-person visitation consistent with the applicable CMS regulations, which can be done by applying the guidance stated above. Failure to facilitate visitation, without adequate reason related to clinical necessity or resident safety, would constitute a potential violation of 42 CFR § 483.10(f) (4), and the facility would be subject to citation and enforcement actions..."
Communal Dining and Activities
"Communal Dining and Activities Communal dining and activities may occur while adhering to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention. Residents may eat in the same room with social distancing (e.g., limited number of people at each table and with at least six feet between each person).
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