Covid Forces Families to Rethink Nursing Home Care

By Reed Abelson, New York Times, May 6 2021 Even with vaccines, many older people and their relatives are weighing how to manage at-home care for those who can no longer live independently. Diane Nixon, 86, lives in an efficiency apartment in her daughter Heidi Dolan’s house in suburban Pittsburgh. Kristian Thacker for The New York Times At 86, Diane Nixon, living in an apartment at the back of a daughter’s house, no longer drives and has trouble getting around.

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LA County’s nursing home complaint backlog won’t end soon

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News, May 3 2021 About a quarter of “significantly backlogged complaints” that involve these facilities and are about three years old are expected to still be pending in October, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. A rise in complaints and the coronavirus pandemic are delaying resolution of a backlog of complaints involving nursing homes and other health care facilities in L.A.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Push Pack Distribution

AFL 21-13 From the California Department of Public Health April 30, 2021 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) SUBJECT: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Push Pack Distribution All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL informs SNFs that the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) will be distributing PPE push packs to SNFs beginning May 3, 2021.  PPE push pack distribution is part of California’s continued effort to provide necessary supplies, prevent the spread of COVID-19, and help ensure the health and safety of SNF residents and staff.

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Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospital Requirements

AFL 20-26.7 From the California Department of Public Health April 28, 2021 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals SUBJECT: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospital Requirements(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-26.6) ​AUTHORITY:     Proclamation of Emergency (PDF), Executive Order N-27-20 and Executive Order N-39-20 All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies hospitals of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.This AFL clarifies approval is needed if a hospital is seeking a waiver of minimum nurse-to-patient ratios.

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Members of Congress React To LAist Nursing Home Investigation: ‘Appalled,’ ‘Horrified,’ ‘Gravest Of Crimes’

By Aaron Mendelson and Elly Yu, LAist, April 28 2021 Since last spring, at least 23 residents at Villa Mesa Care Center in Upland have died from COVID-19, according to federal data.(CHAVA SANCHEZ/LAIST ) California nursing home chain ReNew Health has been responsible for repeated failures in patient care — so many that the state health department moved to block its CEO, Crystal Solorzano, from taking over nine nursing facilities last year.

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STATEWIDE WAIVER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) AND VISITATION; COMMUNAL DINING; GROUP ACTIVITIES; NON-ESSENTIAL SERVICES; OUTINGS; NEW ADMISSIONS; AND ENTERTAINMENT

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-17.1-ASC  April 23, 2021 TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM RESIDENTIAL LICENSEES Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINESDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: STATEWIDE WAIVER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) AND VISITATION; COMMUNAL DINING; GROUP ACTIVITIES; NON-ESSENTIAL SERVICES; OUTINGS; NEW ADMISSIONS; AND ENTERTAINMENT Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-17.1-ASC supersedes PIN 21-17-ASC dated March 19, 2021, continues the statewide waiver related to visitation, and provides specific updates related to communal dining, group activities, residents returning from outings, new admissions, and entertainment.

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UPDATED QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION GUIDANCE FOR FACILITY STAFF DURING THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-23-ASC April 20, 2021 TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINESDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: UPDATED QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION GUIDANCE FOR FACILITY STAFF DURING THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) PANDEMIC Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-23-ASC provides updated quarantine and isolation guidance to Adult and Senior Care (ASC) licensees with facility staff who are fully vaccinated, facility staff who wereexposed to a person with COVID-19, and facility staff who test positive for COVID-19.

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Unprotected: How Some Nursing Homes – and the State – Have Failed to Care for the Most Vulnerable.

By KPCC 89.3 Many residents of nursing homes died during the pandemic, but reports of neglect and lack of oversight happened well before the pandemic hit RESOLUTION PRODUCTIONS/GETTY IMAGES/TETRA IMAGES RF Click to listen to entire episode. IMMEDIATE JEOPARDY: DEATH AND NEGLECT IN CALIFORNIA NURSING HOMES  In this special edition of Take Two we’ll take a deep dive into the way some nursing homes are failing the most vulnerable Californians.

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L.A. County’s nursing home oversight division under scrutiny

By Brenda Gazzar | Daily Bulletin| April 19 2021 Advocates hope that attention evoked by the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in more than 3,930 COVID-19 related deaths of nursing home residents and staff in the county, will help strengthen oversight of troubled nursing homes in the region. Resident advocates have long called for reform of the Los Angeles County public health division largely in charge of regulating and overseeing local nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

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Her Son Says She Was a Victim of Nursing Home Dumping. A Court Agrees

By Jessica Ravitz, AARP, April 19, 2021  Gloria Single and her husband Bill at Pioneer House a year or two before she was kicked out of the nursing home. COURTESY AUBREY JONES The case of Gloria Single could help the battle against a growing problem in long-term care Gloria Single was 82 and had dementia when the Sacramento nursing facility where she lived with her husband, Bill, sent her to the hospital after she grew upset and allegedly threw utensils at residents in the dining room.

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