Call to action: use your voice to implement change!

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. At the Center for Elder Law & Justice, we advocate for quality of life and quality of care improvements in WNY adult care facilities and nursing homes. Below are two advocacy actions residents, families, and their supporters can take to make their voices heard and improve the quality of life…

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Home care access – delays and complaints

submitted by Kelly Barrett Sarama, Esq.  At the Center for Elder Law & Justice, we help people navigate the complicated health care system, learn how their health insurance works, and how to access vital services such as home care. Even before the pandemic, we were monitoring the trend of a shortage in home care aides…

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Updated Visitation Guidelines for Adult Care Facilities

Submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq., Staff Attorney On March 3, 2022, NYS Department of Health (DOH) updated their visitation guidelines for adult care facilities (ACFs). These rules echo the guidelines that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released on November 12, 2021 (see previous CELJ blog post) for nursing homes. We welcome the updated…

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CMS: Visitation in Nursing Homes is Allowed for All Residents at All Times

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Supervising Attorney *UPDATE* NYS Department of Health directs nursing homes to follow CMS guidelines: visitation in nursing homes is allowed for all residents at all times. On November 16, 2021, the NYS Department of Health issued Dear Administrator Letter DAL-NH 21-27, accessed here, directing all nursing homes to immediately comply with…

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Patient Right to Access Medical Records

submitted by: Bria Lewis, Esq., Staff Attorney New York State Law gives patients and other qualified individuals (including but not limited to Legal Guardians, Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Proxies) access to medical records. You can request your medical records from your physician or a health care facility (including hospitals, home care facilities, hospices,…

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