Senate Approves Essential Family Caregiver Bill

The Senate today (April 27) approved legislation to allow a family member or other designated person to visit and care for a long-term care facility resident during a disaster emergency involving a communicable disease, according to Senator Dan Laughlin.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many residents of such facilities have been denied the ability to see and receive care from their loved ones, causing unnecessary trauma.

Senate Bill 190 allows long-term care facilities to designate Essential Family Caregivers for regular visits.  A participating facility must follow necessary health precautions outlined by federal and state governments.

The legislation covers long-term nursing facilities, hospices, assisted living residences, personal care homes and intermediate care facilities for individuals with an intellectual disability.

This bill would not change the visitation procedures already in place. It adds an element of caregiving which was previously unavailable during the pandemic. Senate Bill 190 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

CONTACT:  Matt Azeles       

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