The Autism Society Inland Empire is pleased to announce the new guidance just issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) now allows for a support person to accompany a person with disability when that person is hospitalized. The All-Facilities letter can be read here.
The Autism Society Inland Empire worked with our advocacy partners California to advocate for this critical new guidance. The new guidance states:
“The presence of a support person is essential to patients with physical, intellectual, and/or developmental disabilities and patients with cognitive impairments. CDPH recommends that one support person be allowed to be present with the patient when medically necessary.
For hospitalized patients, especially with prolonged hospitalization, the patient or family/patient representative may designate two support people, but only one support person may be present at a time.
All support persons must stay in the room and be asymptomatic for COVID-19 and not be a suspected or recently confirmed case. Support persons may be screened prior to entering the clinical areas. Support persons must comply with any health facility instructions on personal protective equipment.
Additionally, CDPH strongly encourages facilities, including but not limited to skilled nursing facilities, to create ways for residents and patients to have frequent video and phone call visits. If shared devices are used for video calls facilities should ensure appropriate infection control measures are in place.”
May 4, 2020
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