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WASHINGTON — It may seem like a far-fetched idea, but nursing homes in the suburbs of New York City and Long Island may soon be required to keep patients away from their beds because of a new state law.
State law requires nursing homes to treat patients in their homes with medication to help them sleep.
But nursing home advocates say the laws can be dangerous for nursing home staff and patients because they could put nursing home workers at risk.
New York state has more than 4,000 nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and many of them are in the same area.
So many of the same facilities are being used in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that many nursing homes have been forced to close.
The nursing home industry has a history of shutting down in times of health crises.
In 2012, the National Association of State Correctional Administrators estimated that more than 1,000 facilities were in the midst of closures.