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States pass laws to guarantee rights to visit patients, even during a pandemic

During the pandemic, hospitals and nursing homes imposed strict visitor bans to protect residents and patients from COVID-19. While these measures reduced infections, they also led to negative consequences such as loneliness, despair, and neglect among residents. Mary Daniel, whose husband has Alzheimer's, took a job at his facility to be with him during lockdowns. She advocated for visitation rights, leading to the passage of laws in several states guaranteeing families the right to visit even during emergencies. These laws aim to balance infection control measures with the need for family connection. However, some fear these mandates may limit facilities' flexibility in responding to crises. Meanwhile, hospitals have tried to accommodate visitors, but concerns remain about infection risks. Kevin Rzeszut, whose father died during the pandemic, regrets not being able to visit him sooner and emphasizes the importance of taking COVID-19 seriously to prevent similar situations in the future. Click here for article.

  • During the pandemic, visitor bans in hospitals and nursing homes aimed to reduce COVID-19 infections but had negative consequences for residents and patients, including loneliness and neglect.

  • Mary Daniel's experience of taking a job at her husband's facility to be with him during lockdowns sparked advocacy for visitation rights, leading to the passage of laws in several states guaranteeing families the right to visit during emergencies.

  • These laws seek to balance infection control measures with the need for family connection, but concerns exist about limiting facilities' flexibility in crisis response.

  • Hospitals have tried to accommodate visitors, but concerns remain about infection risks, especially for vulnerable patients.

  • Families like Kevin Rzeszut's regret not being able to visit loved ones sooner and emphasize the importance of taking COVID-19 seriously to prevent similar situations in the future.During the pandemic, visitor bans in hospitals and nursing homes aimed to reduce COVID-19 infections but had negative consequences for residents and patients, including loneliness and neglect.

  • Mary Daniel's experience of taking a job at her husband's facility to be with him during lockdowns sparked advocacy for visitation rights, leading to the passage of laws in several states guaranteeing families the right to visit during emergencies.

  • These laws seek to balance infection control measures with the need for family connection, but concerns exist about limiting facilities' flexibility in crisis response.

  • Hospitals have tried to accommodate visitors, but concerns remain about infection risks, especially for vulnerable patients.

  • Families like Kevin Rzeszut's regret not being able to visit loved ones sooner and emphasize the importance of taking COVID-19 seriously to prevent similar situations in the future.

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