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Washington State Ombudsman, Patricia Hunter, Interviewed on the Impact that a Lack of Visitation Has on Residents

December 23, 2021

Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Patricia Hunter, was interviewed by the Seattle Times on visitors returning to long-term care facilities. Visits are happening and meals in dining rooms and other activities have resumed. At one facility activities on a weekday included a morning walk, games of rummikub, and a crafts session. Patricia Hunter said overall, long-term care facilities seem to be moving in a positive direction, but she still hears complaints from residents and their loved ones about restrictions. If a facility has had an outbreak, for example, sites have to limit who comes in and out of a building. She remains concerned about the impact that a lack of visits and touch can have on residents, leaving them vulnerable to the trauma of social isolation. 

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