TWO NURSING HOMES CLOSE AND MAY SIGNAL A TREND
They outlasted COVID-19 but are shuttering amid rising costs and limited funds. Some expect this to be the start of more closings .
After 83 years as a nursing home that filled a unique cultural niche in Emerson, Bergen County, the Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center closed its doors on Easter Sunday, a victim of a changing industry and the coronavirus pandemic.
Isolated over a year, reunions now allowed in long-term care
Hug the family. Share a smile. Residents at facilities that bore the brunt of COVID-19 now allowed visits.
After 14 months in various stages of lockdown, residents at long-term care facilities in New Jersey can once again hug their friends and relatives who come to visit. They can even remove their masks if everyone involved is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Elder advocates and long-term care leaders welcomed the policy change, included in guidelines released last week by the New Jersey Department of Health that also addressed coronavirus testing and visitor-screening protocols. Until then, residents were required to wear masks and maintain distance and, except in rare exceptions, family visits were highly restricted indoors — regardless of immunization status.