One of the most difficult things about COVID-19 for LTC residents has been the prolonged separation from families and loved ones. With the virus still very much a threat in our communities, we must take careful steps in any plans to re-open our settings to visitors. 

We recognize the critical role family members and other outside caregivers, such as friends, volunteers, and private personal caregivers often have in the care and support of our residents. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has provided guidance for a new designation of an Essential Caregiver in nursing homes and assisted living.

On this page you will find links to the guidance materials from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as well as sample implementation plans and information.

If you have additional questions, contact Kierstin Reed at kierstin.reed@leadingagene.org.