Texas Program to Improve Nursing Home Visitation Sits Mostly Untapped

Image: KXAN-TV(December 4, 2020) – With nursing homes throughout the state struggling during the pandemic to facilitate visits between seniors and their families, state officials in October created a $3.5 million program to repay homes for plexiglass dividers and tents that would make visits safer. But two months after its inception, a KXAN investigation has found half the program’s applicants were denied and a fraction of the state’s homes have received reimbursement, according to state records. “Those funds aren’t doing well sitting in a bank account. We need to utilize them for patient care and services,” said Eddie Parades, Senior Vice President of StoneGate Senior Living. >> Click here to view the story.

Courtesy of KXAN-TV, a NBC affiliate based in Austin, TX.