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Florida’s Nursing Home Visitation Rules Leave Families Confused

Bailey LeFever (PHOTO CREDIT: Dirk Shadd, Times) - Sep 20, 2020

By Wednesday afternoon, Becky Terrell was tired of calling her dad’s nursing home. Her 93-year-old father lives in a facility in Hudson that wouldn’t allow her and her sister to visit him in his room. Terrell simply wanted to hug her dad for the first time in months. On Sept. 1, Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed long-term care facilities to reopen to controlled visitation after a...

Florida Phasing Out Isolation Centers for COVID-19 Patients

Marilyn Parker - Sep 18, 2020

As positive cases of coronavirus in Florida’s long-term care facilities fade, the state is dialing back some of the measures put in place to help these facilities cope with the pandemic.   The state will no longer provide testing to the workers who staff long-term care facilities and it’s beginning to phase out so-called isolation centers, where nursing home and...

Feds Tell Nursing Homes to Open for Visitors

Andrew Soergel (PHOTO CREDIT: ZUMA PRESS, INC. / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO) - Sep 18, 2020

The federal government is urging nursing homes that aren't actively battling coronavirus outbreaks to welcome residents’ friends and loved ones for controlled reunions, with new guidelines released Thursday spelling out “reasonable ways a nursing home can safely facilitate in-person visitation.” Nursing homes in most states are already allowing scheduled visits, but...

Coronavirus Outbreak at 2 Flagler LTCFs; State Stops Testing

Nikki Ross - Sep 18, 2020

Two Flagler County long-term care facilities are now in the midst of coronavirus outbreaks, just as the state announced it is eliminating its support of every-other-week testing of workers in such facilities. The first outbreak includes 22 coronavirus positive residents and 13 positive staff members at Grand Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center, a 120-bed nursing located at...

Family Members Shocked Nursing Homes Taking COVID-Positive Patients

Tanya Eiserer and Mark Smith - Sep 17, 2020

Lori VanNess and her grandmother Doris Wiseley share a special bond. VanNess’ mother died when she was 6, and Wiseley raised her since the age of 9. Since March, they’ve been kept apart with the 98-year-old Wiseley confined to her room at Carrara, a Plano nursing home and rehabilitation center. “This is the longest I've been apart from my grandmother since I was...
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