Nursing homes to welcome visitors beginning Friday

WWNY Nursing homes to welcome visitors beginning Friday

LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - The new state guidelines for nursing homes go into effect Friday.

The new guidelines include in-person visitation and a broader definition of “compassion visits” for family members. That said, not all facilities can allow in-person visits.

Visitation at Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility remains on hold due to positive residents and staff. The facility must go fourteen days without a resident or staff member testing positive for COVID-19 to be eligible to restart in-person visitation.

Officials there say they’re looking forward to starting in-person visits soon and say this is a huge morale booster for the residents.

“It’s been a long time that the residents have not had a chance to see their loved ones and it’s been a decline for the residents. The family members mean a lot to the residents that are here,” said Debra Wurz, nursing home administrator.

Once facilities to reopen, there are still restrictions. Facilities can only have visitors for 20 percent of the residents at a time and residential health care will only reach that if there are no active cases among residents.

If there is a positive case, certain types of visitation will be limited to floors of the building that do not have COVID, or be relegated to another section of the facility.

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