Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Texas get options to have in-person visits with family members and friends provided they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission made this announcement with the rules which are effective immediately, "Safely visiting with family and friends is vital to the mental health and well-being of long-term care residents," said Victoria Ford, the department’s chief policy and regulatory officer. "We are so pleased these new rules will allow residents to enjoy in-person visits with a wider circle of loved ones."
Not only this, but the state has allowed fully vaccinated residents also to visit with two essential caregivers at the same time.
Even if there are positive cases of COVID-19 at the facility, outdoor visitors are allowed but workers will no longer escort visitors or monitor them.
Families of nursing home residents have been waiting for this news since Gov. Greg Abbott lifted COVID-19 restrictions on businesses earlier this month.
Following federal guidelines, it’s still recommended that masks be work at all long-term care facilities.