This question is coming across my desk a lot and the answer is yes, they can. Since our country is in the middle of a pandemic and with an unprecedented number of people currently in long-term care facilities, there are changes being made at the State and Federal level regarding. access to patients in long-term care facilities. These changes are being made to protect not only the residents but the staff that cares for the access to patients in long-term care facilities.
These changes are being made to protect not only the residents, but the staff that care for the residents, to try to stop the possible contamination of the facility from the COVID 19 virus.
There are two primary agencies that regulate long-term care facilities. The Center of Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) is at the Federal level and each State has a department that oversees long-term care communities at the State level. CMS regulates all the skilled nursing communities that accept Medicare and Medicaid. If a skilled nursing home does not accept Medicare and/or Medicaid, then they are regulated by the State. Currently, the States ae following the guidelines of CMS for all the facilities.
On March 13, 2020, CMS issued new nationwide guidelines for long-term care facilities. These new guidelines went into effect immediately and required all long-term care facilities, including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and residential care facilities to restrict ALL visitors and any professionals who are classified as non-essential health care providers. A non-essential worker is defined as any employee whose presence at work is not required to assist the community during an emergency.
There is an exception for “compassionate care” situations, such as end-of-life. In these situations, visitors will be screened for respiratory symptoms, required to use protective equipment, such as facemasks, and are limited to only the specific resident’s room. Decisions about visiting during an end-of-life situation will be made on a case-by-case basis and any individual with symptoms of a respiratory infection including, fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, will NOT be permitted to enter the facility at any time, including in end-of-life situations.
With the development of the COVID Vaccines there is hope that soon these restrictions will start to loosen up and in-person visit will be allowed. Some States have started allowing some other professionals to come in such as Hospice Nurses.
Many adult children struggle with having to place a parent in a long-term care community. Sometimes a parent has made their children promise never to place them in a nursing home years before they became ill. So, what should you do if you made such a promise?
There are times when an individual’s care needs are so great that you must place them in a long-term care community in order to get their care needs addressed. Examples of this are when a parent has dementia and is up all night, or there is a concern that they will wander off and not know how to get home. A spouse or adult child cannot remain up all night just to make sure their loved on doesn’t wander off. If the caregiver cannot get adequate sleep each night then they are not able to provide care the next day. Other medical conditions such as advanced Parkinson’s, Cancer or ALS also require the caregiver to be able to get good quality sleep and be able to have periods where they can leave to take care of their household and personal needs. If they do not have a good support system them placement in a long-term care community may be the most loving option for them to consider. I have had too many of my caregivers, particularly spouses pass away before their loved one because they did not take care of themselves.
Can a Nursing Home Restrict a Power of Attorney/Family Member from Entering a Long-Term Care Facility?
Is it wrong for me to place my parent in a nursing home?
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WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM HAVING THE ELECTRONIC CAREGIVER?
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What is the Electronic Caregiver?