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SB 988: No Patient Left Alone Act
By: OurSeniors.net Magazine
Key Points to the No Patient Left Alone Act
Unless the resident, client or patient denies visitors, SB 988 will allow visitations for all of the following situations: End-of-life situations; a resident, client or patient who was living with family before being admitted to the provider's care is struggling with the change in environment and lack of in-person family support; a resident, client or patient is making one or more major medical decisions; a resident, client or patient is experiencing emotional distress or grieving the loss of a friend or family member who recently died; a resident, client or patient needs cueing or encouragement to eat or drink which were previously provided by a family member or caregiver; and a resident, client or patient who used to talk and interact with others is seldom speaking.
The No Patient Left Alone Act (https://www.flsenate.gov/
What Can You Do If You Find Violations to SB 988?
The SB 988 takes effect immediately. All hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities must adopt and post visitation policies on-site and make policies accessible on their home pages. If they fail to do so or instances of resistance to visitations under the stated situations occur, the state government recommends you immediately file a complaint with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for review. If you're unsure about the law and would like assistance before you file a complaint, you can reach out to attorneys Wendy Mara and Andrew Grant members of the OurSeniors.net Senior Transition Pro Team.
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