This curated news feed of stories related to nursing home and long-term care around the country includes articles and reports from media outlets and press releases from Families for Better Care.
Texas Elder Care Visitation Rules Relaxed
Jill Ament and Terri Langford - Sep 21, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott relaxed state visitation to nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term facilities. The new visitation rules start on Thursday. Since March, many families have been unable to visit their loved ones who live in group care facilities, to keep the coronavirus from spreading. In August, the rules were relaxed to allow visitors to facilities that did not have anyone who...
Covid-Only Nursing Homes Cited for Infection Control Problems
John Pacenti and Holly Baltz (PHOTO CREDIT: Thomas Hardy, The Palm Beach Post) - Sep 21, 2020
In the days before COVID-19 pounded Florida with the power of Thor’s hammer, Gov. Ron DeSantis repeatedly bashed New York for sending elderly coronavirus patients from hospitals back to nursing homes. DeSantis’ touted the state's own solution back in May to relieve hospitals: Seniors who still tested positive for the novel coronavirus but were well on the road to...
Florida’s Nursing Home Visitation Rules Leave Families Confused
Bailey LeFever (PHOTO CREDIT: Dirk Shadd, Times) - Sep 20, 2020
By Wednesday afternoon, Becky Terrell was tired of calling her dad’s nursing home. Her 93-year-old father lives in a facility in Hudson that wouldn’t allow her and her sister to visit him in his room. Terrell simply wanted to hug her dad for the first time in months. On Sept. 1, Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed long-term care facilities to reopen to controlled visitation after a...
Florida Phasing Out Isolation Centers for COVID-19 Patients
Marilyn Parker - Sep 18, 2020
As positive cases of coronavirus in Florida’s long-term care facilities fade, the state is dialing back some of the measures put in place to help these facilities cope with the pandemic. The state will no longer provide testing to the workers who staff long-term care facilities and it’s beginning to phase out so-called isolation centers, where nursing home and...
Feds Tell Nursing Homes to Open for Visitors
Andrew Soergel (PHOTO CREDIT: ZUMA PRESS, INC. / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO) - Sep 18, 2020
The federal government is urging nursing homes that aren't actively battling coronavirus outbreaks to welcome residents’ friends and loved ones for controlled reunions, with new guidelines released Thursday spelling out “reasonable ways a nursing home can safely facilitate in-person visitation.” Nursing homes in most states are already allowing scheduled visits, but...