Call to Action: Safe Visitation for Nursing Homes & Adult Care Facilities

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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Resident Right to Access the Community during the Pandemic: Holiday Guidance for Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities

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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Protecting Long Term Care Residents’ Right to Vote in the Time of COVID-19

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submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq. The 2020 Presidential Election is fast approaching and many long-term care residents are at risk for not being able to cast a vote. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused nursing homes and adult care facilities to have strict visitation policies. Therefore, family members, Ombudsman representatives, and other visitors that would assist…

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Call To Action & Guide for Nursing Home and Adult Care Facility Providers

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. and Liam McMahon, Paralegal Call to action: use your voice to improve long-term care! There have been longstanding issues with transparency and communication on the guidance issued to nursing home and adult care facility providers by New York State and the New York State Department of Health. To assist the…

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Residents Rights during COVID-19

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. While the ban on visitors has turned nursing home and assisted living residents and their families lives upside down, we want the following to be clear: residents still have rights. It has come to our attention that some nursing homes have been attempting to involuntary discharge/transfer residents to shelters, different…

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