N.J. allows family visits in nursing homes, but some say they’re still banned from seeing loved ones

Frustrated that many nursing home operators appear to be ignoring a state memo in August permitting limited indoor visits, dozens of family members pleaded with the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman Wednesday night to help them end their loved ones’ isolation that began when the pandemic struck seven months ago.

Ombudsman Laurie Brewer, the state-appointed advocate for people in long-term care facilities, said she anticipates the state Department of Health will make an announcement soon that will broaden the terms of the plan it issued in August. She just doesn’t know when.

In the meantime, she encouraged families to continue appealing to state leaders, especially with the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah holidays approaching and the threat of a second wave nearing with the colder weather driving everyone inside.

“I think it’s important that your voices be heard, with the regulators, the legislators, the executive branch. We can’t go back to a

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