Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-02-05 17:57:06 –
Gallatin, Tennessee (WTVF) —Isolated killing. It’s a message from advocates asking for changes to visitor restrictions in long-term care facilities.
Inside the veranda ministry, a woman with dementia enjoyed decorating bloomers before Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, not all older people are sociable now.
Mary Anne Sutherly is the director of Veranda Ministries and the administrator of Tennessee Caregivers for Compromise.
“There is no medical diagnosis of loneliness, but there is failure to thrive,” Sutherley said. “For them, a year later, they say it’s just cruel.”
In some long-term care facilities, state regulations prevented residents from seeing their loved ones at all. “Isolation, especially people with dementia, is detrimental. Isolation dies,” Sutherley said.
She said people are giving up because they have no intention of living. “It’s not the staff’s fault. We’re doing what the law says, but it hasn’t changed the outcome of it. It’s still the same,” Sutherley said.
Unfortunately, due to the growing community, many nursing homes are still unable to welcome visitors. Many families thought this would change after the population had been vaccinated with COVID-19, but in most cases this was not the case.
The Tennessee Caregivers for Compromise group advocates for lawmakers to allow one caregiver to visit a loved one in isolation. “It worked in Florida,” Sutherley said.
Proponents said they had contacted several lawmakers about their concerns. On March 13th, they are planning a rally to get their attention. Visitor restrictions were first implemented after some deadly COVID-19 clusters were reported in nursing homes.
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