It has been almost a year since the initial ban on in-person visitation in nursing homes and adult care facilities, and visitation is still extremely restrictive. Residents have been negatively impacted by these restrictions, living in forced isolation and experiencing cognitive and mental decline. Virtual visitation has not been an adequate substitution to combat the…

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Hands of a senior and young person. Young person is comforting the elderly person.

submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq. Every resident living in a nursing home, regardless whether they are there for a short-term rehabilitation stay or long-term care, has the right to receive a written notice prior to being transferred or discharged to a different facility or location. While many residents voluntarily leave the nursing home, often after…

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submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. Intro: The Community Must Become Involved in the Legislative Process   The growing crisis of substandard care in nursing homes and adult care facilities is not new and has existed prior to the pandemic. New York has ignored the challenges older adults and people with disabilities have faced living in…

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submitted by Liam McMahon, Paralegal In September of this year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched a new website called Care Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/care-compare/). The website is intended to allow consumers, patients, and caregivers to make informed decisions about their healthcare based on cost, quality of care, volume of services, and other data. In…

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submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. Residents who live in adult care facilities and nursing homes (including for short-term rehabilitation stays) have the right to leave the building and access the community. Access to the community includes: medical appointments, social visits, religious services, gatherings with family/friends, and more. Both New York State (NYS) and the federal…

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submitted by Liam McMahon, Paralegal The Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ) is excited to announce the release of two new informational guides for long-term care consumers in Western New York. In October of 2019, with generous funding provided by the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Benefit Fund, CELJ began a new resident rights advocacy…

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