However, the state says these guidelines don’t apply to nursing homes specifically; they still require 28 days without cases before visitors are allowed. “We’ve seen a lot of depression in older people, a lot of isolation, and we’re really afraid, come the winter, it’s going to get worse again, so we were excited to see some facilities are going to be able to open their doors and let family members in again,” said Lisa Schule, director of the Broome County Office for Aging. Experts told 12 News in-person visitation is crucial for the mental health of elderly residents who feel isolated. The New York State Department of Health just released new guidelines for visitation policies in these facilities. From mid-March when the pandemic hit until early July, no visitors were allowed at any longterm care facilities in the state. Beginning July 10, visitors were allowed only outdoors if the facility went 28 days without any new cases of the coronavirus. Now, that waiting period has been cut in half to 14 days. (WBNG) — If you have loved ones in assisted living facilities, you may be able to visit them sooner than you thought.