Visitation Resumes at Care Facilities

By Allison Shepherd, The LaRue County Herald News, July 1 2020 The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander announced Thursday that starting Monday, June 29, the state will resume visitation at assisted living and personal care homes, group activities (10 or fewer) in facilities, communal dining and off-site appointments. “Kentuckians have patiently waited since March 6 for the opportunity to see loved ones in long-term care facilities again – in person.

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North Dakota revises ‘compassionate care’ definition to allow visitation for some declining nursing home residents

By Hannah Shirley, Grand Forks Herald, Jul 1 2020  Photo by Matthias Zomer from Pexels Residents of North Dakota’s long-term care facilities who have experienced dramatic physical or mental decline due to isolation during the pandemic will be allowed in-person visits with family and loved ones. Previously, residents of locked-down nursing homes and long-term care facilities were only allowed such visits as part of compassionate end-of-life care.

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Visitations from family could help dementia patients as nursing homes cautiously reopen

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.

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State expands visitation to nursing homes

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.

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Michigan partially lifts order barring nursing home visits during pandemic

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.

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North Dakota expands indoor visitation at nursing homes, reports 38 new virus cases

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.

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New visitation guidelines allow local woman to visit mother at nursing home soon after months apart

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.

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Most Californians live in areas with troubling virus numbers

By Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press, June 29 2020 A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officer wears a protective mask as he stands guard at the front gate of San Quentin State Prison on June 29, 2020 in San Quentin, California. San Quentin State Prison is continuing to experience an outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 cases with over 1,000 confirmed cases amongst the staff and inmate population.

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Gov. Mike DeWine announces Ohio’s nursing homes can have outdoor visitation starting July 20

By WKYC Staff, June 29 2020 COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Ohio continues to reopen its economy amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, one of the last things to remain prohibited has been nursing home visitation.  That will soon be changing.  On Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that effective on July 20, nursing homes will be permitted to begin outdoor visitation, so long as all safety standards are met.

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Nursing home in Sheridan creates visitation booth for residents to have face-to-face interaction

By Gaby Krevat, KBZK7, June 29 2020 SHERIDAN — While Governor Bullock has eased up some restrictions on nursing homes and assisted living facilities, places like the Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center in Sheridan, continue to remain extremely vigilant. But they’ve come up with a creative idea to make sure residents can still see family and friends, face-to-face.

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