The Compassionate Care Giving Bill (614-B) is an act to amend public health law and social services law, to allow personal and compassionate caregiving visitors for residents of nursing homes and adult care facilities during declared local or state health emergencies.
The amendment would require facilities to allow personal caregiving visitors and set forth procedures for the following:
- Designation of personal caregiving visitors by residents or their lawful representatives (no more than two visitors per resident);
- Changing a personal caregiving visitor;
- Set forth circumstances under which visitors may be temporarily limited or suspended;
- Require personal caregiving visitors to follow safety protocols required for nursing home staff;
- Set forth standards for frequency and duration of visits by personal caregiving visitors;
- Make appropriate provisions for compassionate caregiving and compassionate caregiving visitors.
Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services