Friday, January 27, 2023

New York nursing homes now have to inform residents about infections and prepare

NEW YORK — Gov. Cathy Hochul signed a law Wednesday that would require nursing homes to notify residents, as well as their family members and guardians, if an infection is detected inside the facility. Facilities are also required to have a plan to accommodate exposed or infected residents to prevent the spread of infection.

“New Yorkers who live in nursing homes deserve the highest quality care, and their families deserve to know that their loved ones are safe,” said Governor Hochul. “With this legislation, we will ensure that all facilities are prepared to protect residents from risk after infection is detected, as well as improve communication to ensure that residents and family members Be informed of the situation in a timely manner. This is an important step taken to ensure that nursing homes take the right steps to protect the most vulnerable New Yorkers.”

The legislation would expand an existing pandemic emergency plan to improve communication by requiring nursing homes to notify residents and their loved ones about an infection. Facilities will also be required to develop a plan or procedure for resident housing during an outbreak of an infectious disease that will help ensure that each nursing home can effectively respond to an infection for your safety and the safety of others. Can prepare residents from

“The COVID-19 pandemic taught us many necessary, but painful lessons. As a direct result of our 2020 hearing on nursing home safety, this legislation will ensure that these facilities are prepared for future infection threats and our Empower the families of the sick and elderly.” State Senator James Skuffis said, “to make informed decisions about their care. We should never allow our residential care facilities to be so shocked again.”

In other prior actions, in December 2021, the governor also signed a package of four pieces of legislation to support long-term care facilities and provide aid to the system. The legislation directed the health commissioner to implement an infection inspection audit and checklist in nursing homes, enacted a series of reforms to the state’s long-term care ombudsman program, and related measures to increase access for residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities. Program,

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