Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, visitation to NJ long-term care facilities has been severely restricted. The NJ Department of Health has issued guidance that allows LTC residents to have limited visitation in very specific circumstances. In addition, the NJ DOH has issued visitation guidance for the holiday season. General visitation and testing guidance was issued on October 20, 2020. (See page 22.) Holiday visitation guidance was issued on November 16, 2020. If If you have questions or concerns about visiting long-term care facilities, contact the NJ LTCO.
N.J.A.C. 17:41 Appx. A Appendix (2015)
In New Jersey, persons over the age of 60 who reside in licensed facilities are fortunate to have an individual appointed by the Governor whose responsibility it is to promote, advocate and ensure the adequacy of care and quality of life you experience. This individual is the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. One of the Ombudsman’s role is to investigate complaints of abuse and exploitation. Should such a complaint ever arise, this form gives you or your judicially– appointed guardian the power to authorize the release of any findings of any investigating of this nature to the person (s) you or your guardian choose.
In the event of an investigation by the Ombudsman relating to my care, I hereby authorize the Ombudsman to release the results of such an investigation to the following person(s):
1) Name: __________________________________________________________
(2) Name: __________________________________________________________
The Ombudsman shall not be required to disclose the results of any investigation to any person other than me, a guardian appointed for me by a Court, a duly authorized holder of a power of attorney for health care, or the person(s) named on this consent form.
Signed:________________________________ Date: ________/________/________
Note: This form is to be completed ONLY by the resident or a judicially‐appointed guardian of the person of the resident. Neither a “responsible” party nor a holder of the resident's financial power of attorney has legal authority to complete this form.