Lucido’s bill to protect elderly’s ability to be visited by loved ones becomes law

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Peter J. Lucido’s bill to safeguard the ability of elderly and otherwise incapacitated persons to be visited by their friends and family has been signed into law.

“Until now, a person who is incapacitated and under the care of another could be denied visits from friends and family by their caretaker,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “But not anymore — this bill provides a legal avenue for visits to be granted even if the caretaker says no.”

Senate Bill 110 allows a court that determines it is in the best interest of the incapacitated person to receive such visits to appoint a limited guardian to supervise access to the person by relatives and friends who wish to visit.

Previously, a caretaker, guardian or conservator of an incapacitated person had unchecked control of visitation and contact, which could lead to arbitrary and harmful denial of the person’s ability to maintain relationships and communication with loved ones.