As Arizona nursing homes reopen to visitors, state guidelines cause confusion

Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Arizona reopened to visitors earlier this month after being closed to most outsiders for months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Visiting elder loved ones in care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic



But rolling out the welcome mat has been anything but smooth.

Senior advocates and operators of long-term facilities say guidelines issued by Arizona Department of Health Services are causing confusion, with some managers incorrectly interpreting the guidelines to limit visits to only 15 minutes.

a bedroom with a bed and desk in a room: Abuse or neglect in nursing homes can have serious consequences for seniors.

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Abuse or neglect in nursing homes can have serious consequences for seniors.

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Other requirements — such as proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours and quarantining before each visit — make scheduling indoor visits difficult or impossible for working families.

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AsLouisiana nursing homes reopen to visitors: ‘We very much hope this is the first of many visits’ | Coronavirus

Leslie Alley lives about 20 minutes from her mother, Glenda Thorne, an 84-year-old resident of Poydras Home. But in six months, the closest contact she was able to make was waving through a fence when her mom went on daily walks around the grounds of the Uptown New Orleans retirement home.

On Thursday, however, under the shade of a gazebo on the grounds, mother and daughter sat within a few arms’ lengths for the first time since March. Poydras Home reopened its doors to visitors this week for the first time since a statewide lockdown closed Louisiana nursing homes at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.


Poydras Home assisted living resident Glenda Thorne sits with her daughter Leslie Alley for the first time in months after coronavirus restrictions were relaxed at Poydras Home in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. 

“I absolutely understand why

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