Kentucky lawmakers concluded Friday their work on expanding a pandemic-related provision allowing designated family and friends to visit residents of long-term care facilities.
The bill passed 31-0 in the Senate, sending the bipartisan-backed measure to Gov. Andy Beshear. The bill was approved by the House on Thursday.
The goal is to prevent residents of long-term care facilities from feeling isolated from their families as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. The bill would maintain designated in-person visits to these facilities.
“Patient care is not just medical care,” said Senator Julie Raque Adams, the bill’s lead sponsor, in an earlier debate. spiritual needs.
Under the bill, residents of long-term care facilities can designate at least one “essential personal care visitor” to conduct in-person visits. Visitors can be parents, legal guardians, friends, caregivers or volunteers. Visitors should follow community or facility safety protocols.
The bill also applies to assisted living communities and mental health hospitals.
During the previous debate, Senator John Schickel called it one of the most important bills lawmakers will tackle in this year’s session.
“People in our long-term care facilities and nursing homes have suffered tremendously over the past year,” he said.