The pandemic changed life for everyone. But Nursing home residents took an especially hard hit. The pandemic caused many resident of care facilities to be essential locked away from family and friends. Not allowed to have visitors or even leave the facility. A recent news article form USA Today entitled “After pandemic ravaged nursing homes, new state laws protect residents” looks at changes being made to the law in Connecticut to protect the elderly.
According the article, under new enacted Connecticut law, care facility residences can now designate an “essential support person” who will be able to come the facility and help provided care and support the resident even during an public health emergency. Not only that but, the article states that Connecticut has ruled the residence of care facilities will also be given free internet access and digital devices to allow the residents to have virtual visit with their families and friends, while also allowing for video cameras to be placed in the rooms of care facility residences to allow their loved ones to monitor the resident’s well-being.
These changes will help to make care facility resident a lot more connected, even if the doors to their facilities become barred again.
Reference: Jaffe, S. (2021) Kasier Health News. USA Today. “After pandemic ravaged nursing homes, new state laws protect residents”. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/08/17/new-state-laws-spurred-covid-aim-protect-nursing-home-residents/8161942002/