Bipartisan plan implements recommendations of nursing homes task force
State Rep. Julie Calley and the Michigan House this week approved a bipartisan plan to protect seniors in Michigan nursing homes while improving their quality of life.
Calley, of Portland, said the plan implements recommendations made by the Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force, which underscored a variety of deficiencies in ongoing state-mandated nursing home policies. Calley’s focus centered on restoring safe visitation options for families. Under the legislation, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is required to implement visitation policies no later than Nov. 15.
“The prohibitions keeping families from visiting their loved ones in nursing homes has taken a toll on our seniors,” Calley said. “They’ve been isolated and alone too long, and I’ve heard from many people in our community about the detrimental effects this is having on their moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and other loved ones. This plan will put safe indoor visitation policies into place for the sake of our seniors’ mental and physical wellbeing.”
Additionally, Senate Bill 1094 and House Bill 6137 require health data reporting and a plan to implement greater testing capacity in nursing homes.
Finally, the plan aims to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes by prohibiting the return of COVID-19-positive residents to nursing facilities until they have fully recovered, unless the facility has established a state-approved dedicated area to care for people with the virus.
“The health and mental wellness of our seniors must be a priority,” Calley said. “We can improve the quality of life for our nursing home residents while still protecting them from COVID-19 by following the recommendations of the nursing home task force, which rely on doctors and data. It is my hope that the governor will soon sign this bipartisan solution into law.”
State Rep. Julie Calley this week helped lead a group of House Republican lawmakers who announced a plan aimed at giving the people of Michigan more certainty and control by allowing for data-driven COVID-19 responses that reflect conditions in local communities.
Rep. Calley, a member of the Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, says a plan unveiled Tuesday at the Capitol reflects a focus on localized approaches JSC members heard about just this week.
A group of House Republican legislators today labeled the latest emergency order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regarding indoor visitation in nursing homes as a step in the right direction, adding there is still more work to be done.
State Rep. Julie Calley today said she looks forward to a stronger partnership between representatives of the people, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration and the state’s Department of Health and Human Services to address COVID-19.