Woman from Owensboro in Washington DC rallies for bill impacting nursing home residents
OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) – A woman from Owensboro rallies on the steps of our nation’s capital on Wednesday, all for a bill that impacts residents of long-term care facilities.
This is called the Essential Caregivers Act. It was featured earlier this year by New York Rep. Claudia Tenney.
It allows residents of long-term care homes to have an essential caregiver in the care facility, even during a medical emergency such as a pandemic.
Marla Carter is part of the Kentucky Community Caregivers group. She drove all the way to Washington to rally around this bill for her stepmother, who suffers from dementia.
She is also a resident of a nursing home in Owensboro. Carter says no one should have to watch loved ones from a window.
“I prayed almost daily for the opportunity to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves,” Carter said.
“Staff didn’t always have time to come in and find someone’s remote, you know, so these were things we were doing that would take the burden off the staff and allow them to do other things. things, ”Carter explained.
Carter says residents with dementia, like her stepmother, can have more difficult times without loved ones.
“A lot of residents with very severe dementia, it can be very disorienting for them to come out of their room and see their loved ones elsewhere, or even on a screen or through a window,” Carter explained.
The bill would still come with time restrictions and caregivers would provide their own PPE.
Carter says the nursing home staff need help.
“Family caregivers are extensions of the staff in many ways because the staff are busy and the added burden of COVID and all the extra things they’ve had to do has kept them very busy,” Carter said.
The bill has been approved in more than 20 states. It is still in the process of introduction for the state of Kentucky.
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