Florida announces it will lift ban on nursing home visits

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that he will lift the state’s ban on visiting nursing homes that has cut off vulnerable seniors from family since mid-March over fears of spreading the new coronavirus. With his voice cracking at times, he wondered aloud if his actions might have contributed to suffering in his state. At one […]

Task force plans to propose nursing homes visitation road map

The Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities met Tuesday to discuss guidelines allowing visitors to return to long-term care facilities in the state. Many families and residents of long-term care facilities have missed spending time together since the pandemic began. Now, state officials met to look at ways to […]

Task force on the limited reopening of long-term care facilities to hold meeting

The Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities met Friday. There is finally hope for people not allowed to see their loved ones living at a nursing home or assisted-living facility. “This is incredibly difficult for me,” caregiver Mary Daniel said. From the start, Daniel urged everyone to move quickly. […]

Floridians encouraged to submit comments on reopening long-term care facilities

Florida’s Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities is scheduled to meet Friday. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. and will be streamed by the Florida Channel. Floridians are encouraged to submit ideas regarding the safe and limited re-opening of Florida’s long-term care facilities. Public comment will be available after […]

SWFL woman speaks out about COVID-19 restrictions after losing her husband to cancer

A Southwest Florida woman is speaking out after losing her husband to cancer. She says COVID-19 restrictions played a role in his death. “It’s probably the saddest and the most helpless feeling that you can have because your husband is in a place where you cannot touch him you cannot hug him,” Mary Schouw said. […]

AARP fights to bring visitation back to nursing homes

Luann and David Flammia haven’t seen their mother in five months. “Being in memory care we know that we only have so much time before she forgets who we are, so, really, it’s like were having time stolen from us because it’s been almost six months, five months,” David said. Their mom is in a […]

Families separated from loved ones in Florida nursing homes for past three months

Monday marks three months since families have been cut off from visiting their loved ones in nursing homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. We first shared Tammy Baker and her mother’s story out of Charlotte County in April. Baker’s mom lives in a long-term care facility in the county. Like many families of nursing home […]

Number of COVID-19 tests keeps state senior homes from reaching deadline

Friday was the state’s deadlines for all nursing homes in the state to have staff and resident tested for the coronavirus. But we learned that goal has not been reached. “Today was the goal to get all long-term care facility residents and staff tested,” said Kristen Knapp, the director of communications at Florida Healthcare Association. […]

How to protect your loved ones in long-term care facilities during pandemic

According to the latest report released by Florida Department of Health, there are more than 1,300 nursing home residents statewide with coronavirus cases. We looked at what you can do to keep loved ones safe if you have a family member or loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility. The first thing […]