Bill that would allow 2 family caregivers to visit nursing home residents passes Assembly

Bill that would allow 2 family caregivers to visit nursing home residents passes Assembly Photo: File photo, News10NBC.

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Created: March 03, 2021 09:25 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A bill that will allow family caregivers and short-term compassionate care visitors to see nursing home residents has passed in the New York State Assembly.

Assemblyman Harry Bronson (D, 135), who represents the Rochester area, sponsored the bill.

It provides for up to two caregiving visitors to be exempt from nursing home visitation regulations, though still requires basic COVID-19 safety procedures to be followed.

The state recently loosened visitation restrictions, but nursing homes still need to go 14 days without a new case of COVID-19 in order to allow visitors, which means a majority are still closed.

The bill still needs to be passed in the New York State Senate before it can go to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.


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