What is the long term care facility visitation ban all about? California (along with many other states) and federal guidance to long term care facilities largely prohibits residents from receiving in-person visitation due to fear of spreading COVID-19. The ban on visitation has been in place since mid-March 2020. While some facilities have been permitting outdoor or window visits, most have not. The vast majority of long term care facility residents have not seen their friends or families in person for months.
The ban on long term care visitation has caused incalculable suffering for residents and their families. Here are some of the stories of that suffering told by residents and their families. To contribute your story and (optional) photograph, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.