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COVID-19 & Texas Law

This guide is updated to reflect information pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information in this guide is subject to change at any time.

Nursing Homes

Family Visitation for Long-Term Care Residents

Texas Law

In November 2021, Texas voters approved Proposition 6(Senate Joint Resolution 19), a proposal to amend the Texas Constitution.

The amendment allows residents of long-term care facilities like nursing homes and assisted living centers to choose an "essential caregiver." The caregiver may not be denied in-person visitation under most circumstances.

This constitutional amendment also allows the Texas legislature to create guidelines for essential caregiver visitation policies for these facilities.

State & Federal Guidance

Per state and federal guidance, long-term and assisted living facilities cannot restrict in-person visitation for residents.

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