Governor Desantis’ Order 20-009 Allows Us To Visit Loved Ones Again–And Help With The Devastating Effects of Isolation.
The pandemic has been especially hard on our special loved ones in facilities, who are missing their family and friends. The isolation is hitting those in memory care units and skilled nursing especially hard. Of course, we suffer as well with not being to hold and visit with our loved ones.
Sadly, my amazing grandmother was a victim of the isolation during the pandemic. She was 102 years young and the light of our family. My dad would visit her every day bringing her favorite snacks. When the lockdown happened and he could not see her, to hold her hand and share the day’s activities, she became reserved, depressed and sad. She eventually stopped eating and participating in activities. She withdrew into herself, not eating or speaking. She passed away in July. Isolation can be just as devastating as a medical condition.
That’s why this update is important-to know the Governor Desantis‘ Order 20-009 grants access to skilled nursing, group homes, memory care units, and assisted living facilities as of September 1. We can now visit our loved ones who need us to stay engaged and vibrant– and we need them! The Executive order also gives special access at end of life or in serious medical situations to compassionate care providers allowing physical contact and privacy for self-centered care.
We now know what continued isolation means to older, often sick loved ones, who require physical contact for signs of love and communication. And we will continue to advocate at the state and national level for all facilities to grant access for the physical and emotional health of aging adults. It is critical to their survival as we have seen in many families during the pandemic.
If you are having trouble accessing your loved ones and need help understanding what the Governor’s Order means for your situation, please call our office and we will guide you through the process.
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Shannon Miller, founder of The Miller Elder Law Firm, is a Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney practicing in Gainesville, Florida. Ms. Miller is a member of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section’s Legislative Committee, a Past President of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA), and is a frequent speaker on elder law issues. She is highly specialized in handling financial exploitation cases and recovering assets for its victims. Other practice areas include guardianship, wills and trusts, probate, estate planning, special needs planning, medicare planning and asset freeze litigation. Ms. Miller also serves as an expert for exploitation legislation impacting the state of Florida by protecting vulnerable adults.