HHSC Long-term Care Regulation has published Provider Letter 2023-07, Temporary Closures (PDF). dated March 22, 2023. This letter provides guidance to facilities about temporary closures for ALF, DAHS, HCSSA, ICF, NF and PPECC providers due to an unexpected or unforeseen natural disaster or event. Each temporary closure is considered on a caseby-case basis.
Now, just to be CLEAR, here's what our constitutional amendment from Nov 2, 2021 re: essential caregivers says:
THE TEXAS CONSTITUTIONARTICLE 1. BILL OF RIGHTSSec. 35. RIGHT OF CERTAIN FACILITY RESIDENTS TO DESIGNATE ESSENTIAL CAREGIVER.
(a) A resident of a nursing facility, assisted living facility, intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability, residence providing home and community-based services, or state supported living center, as those terms are defined by general law, has the right to designate an essential caregiver with whom the facility, residence, or center may not prohibit in-person visitation.
(b) Notwithstanding Subsection (a) of this section, the legislature by general law may provide guidelines for a facility, residence, or center described by Subsection (a) of this section to follow in establishing essential caregiver visitation policies and procedures.
It is not tied to health emergency. You can also find the document in our web files here: