ST. PAUL – Representative Nels Pierson never wants a patient to be left alone when they are facing some of their scariest moments. As part of HF 4055, patients will be allowed at minimum, one support person while receiving care.
The “No Patient Left Alone” Act would mean that any patient of a health care facility, nursing home, assisted living facility or residential care home, would be allowed an individual necessary to provide compassionate care to the patient or resident.
“Over the past two years, we witnessed so much unethical care in the name of ‘safety,’” Pierson said. “Leaving our most vulnerable to face treatment or even death, alone, is unconscionable.”
This legislation would not require a patient to consent to a ‘do not resuscitate’ or similar order as part of the condition to receive a visit from a support person.