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From The News-Courier staff—
WICHITA FALLS—Rep. James Frank believes visitation is essential to the health and safety of those most vulnerable Texans who now are in nursing homes.
He said in a recent post that only 25 of the more than 1,200 nursing homes in Texas have met the requirements put in place by the state to allow any form of visitation since theoretically opened a month ago.
“I have been disappointed that the second step has not been forthcoming and the situation for most has not changed,” he said in a recent Social Media post. “Our office continues to receive numerous emails, phone calls, and letters daily from Texans who have loved ones in nursing homes and assisted living facilities who do not understand why no one has come to see them or why they are being so restricted within the place they live.
“Their family members and loved ones are willing to go to any lengths to do what is needed to see them. Phase 1 has done little to ease the crisis happening in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. We are losing time.”
He promised that he would continue to keep pressing the state leadership to move forward on broader visitation policy and would work on legislation in the next session.
Frank urged families to keep sharing their stories with the state’s lawmakers and with media outlets.