Temporary Nursing Home Closures

The toll that Covid-19 has taken on long-term care(LTC) residents is staggering, from increased likelihood of elder abuse to being targets for scams related to COVID-19. The risks that COVID-19 placed on the health of older adults and the ways it swept through long-term care homes caused residents to lose many of their rights. As…

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Temporary Nursing Home Closures

Updates to CMS Guidance

Residents have rights. This is the core of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which is dedicated to advocating for the rights of residents. During this pandemic, we have seen rights in direct conflict with health and safety precautions against COVID-19. Most notably is a resident’s right to have visitors.  Since March of 2020, visitation guidance…

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Updates to CMS Guidance

VOYCE Statement on CMS Nursing Home Staff Vaccine Mandate

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued their emergency regulation requiring healthcare workers to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 4, 2022.  VOYCE advocates on behalf of residents in long-term care and we are pleased to see that this regulation not only includes long-term care clinical and non-clinical staff, but also…

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VOYCE Statement on CMS Nursing Home Staff Vaccine Mandate

H.R. 3733- Essential Caregivers Act

VOYCE’s statement on the Essential Caregivers Act: COVID-19 has caused unimaginable devastation across our nation’s nursing homes. In March 2020, long-term care facilities across the country went on lockdown, violating the resident’s rights to visitation and leaving residents to live in total isolation. For over a year, residents lived without visits from friends and family….

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H.R. 3733- Essential Caregivers Act

New Visitation Guidance

Update: CMS has released new guidance as of November 12, 2021. Read about it in our new blog post. Over the past year, people in long-term care have been more affected by COVID-19 than almost anyone else. From staff to residents to families, we have seen people pivot and completely change how they work, live,…

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New Visitation Guidance

New CMS Visitation Guidance

UPDATE: CMS has released new guidance. Read about it in our newest blog post. For a year now, residents have been separated from their loved ones. In protecting residents from COVID-19, long-term care communities have left them isolated. The mental and physical toll this loneliness has had on residents is staggering. As such, families and…

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New CMS Visitation Guidance

Advocating for Your Loved One

The past year has been difficult for all of us, but the toll it has taken on older adults, particularly those living in long-term care, has been staggering. When they needed their loved ones the most, doors have been closed. Families are desperate to help, but they don’t know where to start.  Advocating on an…

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Advocating for Your Loved One