Georgia House Passes Patient and Resident Representation and Visits Act | Politics

Georgia House Passes Patient and Resident Representation and Visits Act |  Politics

ATLANTA – A bill allowing certain family members to visit Georgians in hospitals or nursing homes during health emergencies such as the coronavirus was cleared in the state House of Representatives on Monday after a emotional debate.

The legislation, which passed 113-57 and is now transferred to the Georgia Senate, has been revised several times as it passed through the House Human Relations and Aging Committee to address concerns in safety issues expressed by administrators of hospitals and nursing homes.

According to the scaled-down version of the measure passed by the House, “legal representatives” appointed to make decisions – which could include a family member – would be allowed to visit an inpatient for up to one hour a day.

“Essential caregivers” – who could also include a family member – could visit nursing home residents for up to two hours a day.

From from a practical point of view, supporters have stated that legal representatives or caregivers more of a threat to the health of the patients or residents they visit than the numerous members of the staff of the establishment who regularly come to their rooms.

“If we can have the myriad of employees going in and out of these establishments, why can’t this legal representative come an hour a day… this person who can help them make decisions and understand what they are doing. live? ” said Rep Jesse Petrea, R-Savannah, Human Relations and Aging…

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