By Rolly Hoyt, KTHV CBS 11, June 30 2020 ARKANSAS, USA — From the very start of the pandemic, our elderly loved ones have been the most at-risk and nursing homes needed to be protected at all costs. With hundreds of long-term care facilities cleared to open to limited visitation Wednesday, a cautious risk-benefit analysis is going on because of one hidden cost.
By Jan Greene, Crain’s Detroit Business, June 30 2020 Michigan has expanded the reasons for visitation at long-term care facilities to include family members or friends who assist residents with activities of daily life such as eating, bathing or dressing. People have been able to visit residents who are in serious or critical condition or in hospice care under previous state emergency orders if they follow guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, June 30 2020 After more than three months of waiting, families and friends of some residents in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will be able to visit their loved ones in person. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon signed two orders Tuesday that provide for expanded visitations at group facilities, including nursing homes and facilities for youths who are in child care institutions or juvenile justice facilities.
Courtesy of Justice in Aging The COVID-19 pandemic presents difficulties and great risk for older Americans and people with disabilities who rely on hands-on assistance from others. Since early March, nursing home residents and others in congregate care settings have faced infection, injury, death, and relentless isolation. Home and community-based services (HCBS) programs have struggled to maintain services at necessary levels.
By Bilal Suleiman, The Bismarck Tribune, June 30 2020 North Dakota expanded visitation at long-term care facilities to allow for more family indoor visits with nursing home residents in declining mental or physical health stemming from coronavirus pandemic restrictions put in place three months ago. Separately, state health officials reported another 38 coronavirus cases Tuesday, with half of the new cases coming from the Bismarck-Mandan area.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 29, 2020 Contact: Governor’s Press Office (916) 445-4571 SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed the 2020 Budget Act – a $202.1 billion spending plan that strengthens emergency response, protects public health and safety, and promotes economic recovery while closing a $54.3 billion budget shortfall caused by the COVID-19 recession. “In the face of a global pandemic that has also caused a recession across the world and here in California, our state has passed a budget that is balanced, responsible and protects public safety and health, education, and services to Californians facing the greatest hardships,” said Governor Newsom.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Contact: Governor’s Press Office (916) 445-4571 SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order extending authorization for local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, through September 30. The order also addresses a variety of issues in response to the pandemic, by extending provisions in earlier orders which allow adults to obtain marriage licenses via videoconferencing rather than in-person during the pandemic; waive eligibility re-determinations for Californians who participate in Medi-Cal, to ensure they maintain their health coverage; suspend face-to-face visits for eligibility for foster care; and permit In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program caseworkers to continue caring for older adults and individuals with disabilities through video-conferencing assessments.
By Steven Albritton, WLWT5, June 30 2020 Ohio finally has its return date to allow visitors to nursing homes. On July 20, visitors of those with family will be allowed to schedule outdoor visits but will have to follow guidelines established by the state. Bridgette Lajoye’s mother, Pat Bendel, has been in a nursing home since 2015 and is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s.