According to Governor Cuomo, 100 percent of nursing home residents and staff members have been offered the vaccine. So far, 73 percent of residents have been vaccinated and because of that, more visitation will be allowed starting this Friday, February 26th.
The max numbers of visitors you can have at a facility must not exceed 20 percent of residents. The commissioner for the State Department of Health (DOH), Howard Zucker says facilities will need to create a separate space for visitors or make sure the resident are alone in their room when the visit occurs. The full DOH guidance for nursing home visitation can be found here.
Eyewitness News spoke with State Senator Joseph Griffo about his response to these changes, who has been a long time advocate for nursing homes and the families of the residents.
“I don’t want them to suggest things and then to find people having the same challenges they had over the last several months and during the last year, the industry has to be looked at as a whole and see what can be done for long-term reforms—-These residents have contributed to their families throughout their lives, their communities, they deserve the very best.” —Griffo
Not only is it important to ensure that there is adequate staff but proper training and compensation.
“We need to look at the industry regulations and what impact it has on the industry and strengthen where we need to, ensuring accountability and transparency. There’s a number of pieces of legislation that are circulating within the assembly and the senate.”
Griffo says there are many things when it comes to how they re-structure the industry to ensure they are doing everything to make a better lifestyle for those who end up in nursing homes.