Federal Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines vs New York State Guidance

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. On September 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new nursing home visitation guidelines that replace and supersede all previous rules pertaining to nursing home visitation. The CMS guidance was issued shortly after the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) issued its own update to…

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NYS Lifts Visitor Ban on Nursing Homes

We welcome the July 10th announcement and corresponding guidance issued by the NYS Department of Health (“DOH”) to reopen visitation to nursing homes and adult care facilities. We are pleased to see that “visitors” is not limited, and includes family members, loved ones, long-term care ombudsmen, and resident advocacy organizations. Visitors play an essential component…

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Self-Advocacy Tips for Nursing Home Residents & Families

The Buffalo News story published today, “Through the glass, laughter and tears in visit to 107-year-old mom at nursing home” highlights the resilience of residents, families, and staff as we learn how to live through our current reality. The story also highlights concerns from residents, family and staff as they grapple with isolation, staffing concerns,…

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Helping Clients Where They Are: Elder Abuse Prevention Unit Still Active & Able to Assist!

submitted by Melissa Woods During these unusual times, Center for Elder Law and Justice is maintaining normalcy in its work in the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit. We are actively accepting new cases through both individual callers and agency referrals. Unfortunately, social isolation is prevalent during the COVID-19 outbreak, inevitably leading to loneliness, depression, and vulnerability.…

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