What is the Visitation Bill?

The Kasem Coalition is waging a state-by-state lobbying campaign to support the “Visitation Bill” or bills with similar components. 

ABOUT THE VISITATION BILL

1. The “Visitation Bill” provides an open path for family members to ask the court to rule on visitation without incurring the enormous expense and time that comes with a challenge to guardianship or conservatorship. At this time there are no laws protecting an adult child's right to communicate or visit with an incompetent or ailing loved one when a third party is preventing it, except to file for guardianship or conservatorship.
2. Kasem Coalition believes that isolation is the first step of elder abuse. Studies show isolation will decrease an elders lifespan by more than half when they are separated from loved ones especially those that suffer with dementia. With the epidemic increase in dementia diagnosis ( 1 in 3 people over 65 have dementia with an estimate 40% increase in the next ten years) along with the enormous amount of desperate letters from family members being separated from their ailing loved ones, Kasem Coalition was formed. Their goal is to promote legislation that provides visitation rights to families with ailing loved ones.
3. The “Visitation Bill” provides an open path for family members to ask the court to rule on visitation and gives judges a law that they can reference in order to make a ruling on what's in the best interest of the ailing loved one.
4. Elder abuse is a silent epidemic affecting thousands of people across the country and ironically, elements of the current laws support the abusers. 
5. Kasem Coalition is waging a state-by-state lobbying campaign to support the “Visitation Bill” or bills with similar components.

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