New nursing home task force

Dana Kennedy, Arizona state AARP Director; Julia Colangelo, Executive Director of Quail Park at Morrison Ranch

COVID-19 has had many impacts on families, one being limitations on visiting family members in nursing homes and assisted living. Governor Doug Ducey announced this week a new task force to create guidelines on how families can visit their loved ones. We spoke with the Arizona state director of AARP, Dana Kennedy, and the director of a senior living facility about what this new task force will look like.

The new task force is being called the “Task Force On Long-Term Care”. The group will focus on developing recommendations for long-term care facilities on how and when visitation can be safely resumed.

For the past several months, long-term care and assisted living facilities have strictly limited visitation to help stop the spread of COVID-19. While the limited visitation requirement has helped protect the most vulnerable during these times. It has also impacted a loved one’s ability to stay connected. The group looks to give out recommendations in the coming weeks.

Furthermore, you can learn more about the task force here.

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