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Legislation moves forward allowing nursing home residents to have pair of visitors

There could be some significant changes to nursing home visitation on the way for New Yorkers.

Specifically, a bill allowing limited visitations at nursing homes passed the legislature.

It would give each resident at nursing homes or long-term care facilities to have a pair of caregivers. Those individuals would be given the green light to visit whenever.


Advocates say it would prevent the kind of scenario New York saw play out over the last year in nursing homes.

Assemblyman Harry Bronson, a Democrat, sponsored the legislation.

“I was there when my mom died. I was with her. I cannot imagine what these families went through, finding out their loved one passed away, and they weren’t able to be with them,” he said this week. “This bill will allow compassionate care visitations. This bill will allow care-giving visitations, so loved ones can go in and see family members and help with their care, and merely hold their hand.”

It allows for exceptions to be made in extreme circumstances if infection rates rise.



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