SAN ANTONIO – At the start of the pandemic, visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities were banned to protect those inside, and now voters in Texas have the option of not allowing this to happen again .
Voters will consider Proposition 6, which would allow residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities to designate an essential caregiver who cannot be denied in-person visitation, even in a health emergency.
The Texas Health Care Association says it supports Proposition 6.
“The association supports Proposition 6 because it recognizes the importance of in-person visits, while maintaining a facility’s ability to protect the health and safety of residents and staff,” said Kevin Warren, President and Chief from the Texas Health Care Association leadership.
If Proposition 6 passes, the legislature will create additional guidelines for facilities to establish policies and procedures.
San Antonio Metro Health Medical Director Dr Junda Woo has released the following statement regarding Proposition 6.
“As long as the proper guidelines and procedures are in place and followed by these designated facilities, Metro Health realizes the importance of allowing a designated caregiver to attend during a pandemic and supports efforts that coincide with the best interests of the individual. and public health. “
San Antonio resident Monica Alonzo is in favor of Proposition 6.
“It’s the only thing that’s right and in fact it’s a shame it wasn’t put in place before COVID,” Alonzo said.
Alonzo has not been allowed to see his mother who has been in a local nursing home for months during the pandemic.
“Not seeing her was devastating and it took a long time to remember. She has dementia, ”Alonzo said.
Alonzo could only see his mother through a window.
“My mother felt abandoned. She didn’t understand why three of her children couldn’t visit her, ”Alonzo said.
Proposition 6 could change future situations like these for families.
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