For over 200 days in 2020, the elderly and infirm were isolated from loved ones as nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Texas were closed to all visitation. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services said the restrictions were “to protect older, medically fragile individuals from COVID-19.”
Next month, Texas voters will have a chance to vote on eight constitutional amendments. Among them is Proposition 6, an amendment “establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.”
Texas Caregivers for Compromise, a group that has worked over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic to establish caregivers’ right to visit their loved ones in long-term care facilities, wants to ensure that never happens again by supporting the passage of Proposition 6.
“We are a small group but we want to make sure our voice gets out there. We are not hearing opposition, but we don’t want to take anything for granted,” Mary Nichols, who helps lead the group, told The Texan.