Alabama nursing homes limit restrictions for visitations
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, older adults in assisted living were especially vulnerable to serious illness or death from the virus.
For months, loved ones weren’t able to visit nursing home residents.
However, Alabama Nursing Home Association worker John Matson said visitation is nearly back to normal.
“We encourage family members to visit their loved ones in the nursing home,” said Matson. “We’re not fully back to normal yet, but we’re much better off than we were in early 2020. The federal government recommends visitation right now and it encourages nursing homes to do everything in their power accommodate to those visits. However, you’ll still probably have to be screened when you arrive at the front door and continue to wear a mask.
Matson said 77% of nursing home employees have been fully vaccinated while 85% of residents have been as well.
More information on nursing home visitation can be found here.