Phoenix, AZ, Jun 27, 2020 — LaTribuna Christian Publishing CEO Chaplain Paul Vecsio is quoted saying, “Most people do not know what to do if they have a loved one in a nursing home, care center, medical rehab or hospital and are being denied visitation. Most people including myself think that when these things happen, we have to go out and find a high-priced attorney in order to resolve the issue.
Right now most healthcare providers are not allowing visits by family members or by members of Clergy. This has added unnecessary stress onto the patients and their family members. As a Volunteer Community Chaplain, I have also been locked out of the facility where I serve our Lord. I began to investigate what my options where concerning these matters.
I contacted the Arizona Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division and was able to talk with a Civil Rights Compliance Officer. The officer whose name is Jessy was very helpful and informative. Jessy explained that it is indeed a violation of a patient’s civil rights when certain requests have been denied, such as receiving visits by members of Clergy for bedside prayer and receiving last rights. If a family makes these requests for their loved one who may be incapacitated that is also a violation of their civil rights.
LaTribuna Christian Publishing CEO Chaplain Paul Vescio