Having a loved one in a nursing home facility, even in normal times, can be a harrowing experience. We put our trust in others to take care of the people we love the most. But, for those with family members in nursing homes, the past year has been crazy and frustrating. The lack of contact has infuriated everyone. However, our state is now rolling back many of the nursing home visit restrictions.
The rule changes
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control changed the nursing home visit restrictions, opening up these facilities to families. This follows the federal guidance that was released last month. Specifically, nursing homes must allow visitation for all residents at all times, unless there is a high-risk situation that requires the facility to limit visitation for specific residents.
What families should do next
DHEC recommends that families contact the nursing home directly to ensure that the facility is complying with these new rules. Though, DHEC now has a dashboard that has the status of each nursing home facility throughout the state.
What if the nursing home facility still does not allow visits?
If one does not believe that the nursing home facility is following the new DHEC rules, family members can submit complaints directly to DHEC. DHEC will then follow-up directly with each facility.
However, if this does not solve the visitation issue, or if one believes a nursing home is using visitation restrictions to hide nursing home injuries or abuse, call an attorney immediately. An attorney can help Columbia, South Carolina, families that believe their loved ones experienced elder abuse.