What happens when a nursing home goes dark? August 12, 2021 August 12, 2021 admin

New Jersey’s governor and two Democratic state senators have filed legislation that would allow nursing homes to close during the holiday season if they cannot meet the standards of the state’s new standards for public safety.

The legislation would let the state legislature, which passed the legislation this month, enact a state law requiring all public health care facilities to have “zero-tolerance” for neglect and abuse.

The proposal also would allow a nursing facility to close and close within 72 hours if its staff is not present for the duration of the holidays.NJCLICK HERE to get local news delivered to your inbox.

“It’s been a difficult year for nursing homes and we need to give people the time they need,” Cuomo said during a press conference Friday afternoon.

“And when we can, I think it’s best to close.”

Nursing home closures would be limited to five days during the month of December.

The legislation would also allow for a 24-hour emergency notification system and a statewide curfew.

The governor’s bill, Senate Bill 1660, would require the state to monitor all nursing home closures, with the goal of preventing harm to patients, staff and the community.

In January, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill that would require nursing homes in New Jersey to be closed during the holidays if they have not met the state standards.

The bill, House Bill 3333, would also require nursing facilities to notify patients and staff within 72-hours if they do not have the appropriate level of staffing to provide basic health care services to the residents of their facility.NJCHANNEL 5 reporter Sarah B. Davis contributed to this report.