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State releases updated guidance for visitors at nursing homes

There are new regulations for visitation at nursing homes across the state.

Earlier this spring Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law expanding visitation. For several weeks- officials and stakeholders have waited for updated guidance.

Now, designated personal caregivers and compassionate care visitors at nursing homes and facilities will be given priority- even during a public health crisis.


It essentially allows each resident at these facilities to have one or two individuals identified as a person who can visit- under almost any circumstance.

“Families have been waiting while many facilities continue to unduly restrict visitation by loved ones,” Assemblyman Harry Bronson told RochesterFirst.com. “There is no excuse to prolong this suffering.”

These facilities have to keep a written record of designated caregivers and visitors.



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