My husband is in a memory care community. The community has had extremely limited visiting (on some weeks, not all) during Covid.
Family can sign up, in advance, for one 15-minute visit per week. The visits are held in the open-sided parking garage, where a PVC framework has been built. The resident and visitor have to sit on opposite sides of a plastic curtain, and wear masks - with absolutely no touching or passing of objects.
While I respect the precautions, my husband does not retain that there is a pandemic. He wanders, and is very often insisting that I pick him up and take him home.
I feel that the strangeness of this visitation would upset, rather than comfort, him. I strongly believe he would simply walk out of the garage and look for the car to go home, and therefore the visit would become a major upset.
He has only been in the community since late November, and I have thus far simply “visited” him via zoom - and not in person.
(The director is adamant in her weekly email that they will make no exceptions to the current visitation policy).
The community has had one vaccine clinic, and the second is scheduled. I have been told that they will look at easing restrictions after the second vaccine, but no specifics.
I am concerned that residents and staff have been given the option of whether or not to vaccinate. Since there will likely be residents who are unvaccinated, I fear this will mean a continuation of not allowing visitors in the community.
What are my husband’s, and our family’s, rights to in-community visitation in this unprecedented time?