HEALTH AND SAFETY
39-9803. right to essential caregivers. (1) A patient or resident has the right to in-person visitation from an essential caregiver while receiving assistance or health care services at a facility, even if other visitors are being excluded by the facility. However, the essential caregiver must follow safety and other protocols imposed by the facility, and a facility may place reasonable restrictions as to where and when the essential caregiver may visit and the number of essential caregivers who may visit at the same time. For purposes of this subsection, a restriction is reasonable if the restriction:
(a) Is necessary to prevent the disruption of assistance or health care services to the patient or resident; and
(b) Does not interfere with the patient’s or resident’s general right to visitation by essential caregivers.
(2) A facility that provides or intends to provide health care services or assistance must:
(a) When practicable, notify a potential patient or resident of the right to designate essential caregivers prior to admission to the facility;
(b) Provide each patient or resident an opportunity to designate essential caregivers; and
(c) Accommodate a patient’s or resident’s request to have essential caregivers visit within the limits prescribed by this section. If the patient or resident is a minor or incapacitated, visitation requests must be approved by a person with legal authority to make decisions on behalf of the patient or resident, such as a parent, guardian, or conservator.
[(39-9803) 39-9703, added 2022, ch. 134, sec. 1, p. 500; am. and redesig. 2023, ch. 218, sec. 12, p. 615; am. and redesig. 2023, ch. 300, sec. 1, p. 910.]