Watchdog calls for LA County nursing home crisis plan in light of ‘serious’ deficiencies, gaps

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News, February 20 2021 The Golden Cross Heath Care facility in Pasadena as it was evacuated on Friday, June 12, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) A reform advocate says the county Health Facilities Inspection Division ‘has not been up to the job of overseeing and monitoring nursing homes in L.A.’ A Los Angeles County watchdog is calling for the Public Health Department to create a nursing home crisis and response plan in light of major safety problems that surfaced during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vaccination rates rise in nursing homes, but when will families be able to visit?

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, February 20 2021 Melissa Traub hasn’t hugged her 92-year-old mom since March. Like countless others locked out of a family member’s nursing home because of COVID-19, she has spent nearly a year listening helplessly on the phone as her aging mom struggles to comprehend her isolation. “I have to hear her crying when she’s having an anxiety attack, asking, ‘Why can’t I just come live with you?’” Traub said.

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The Toll Of COVID-19 In Assisted Living Homes Is A ‘Black Hole’

By Molly Redden, Huffington Post, February 17 2021 “I don’t think we’ve really understood the suffering of our elders yet,” said a former longtime operator of elder care facilities. ILLUSTRATION:REBECCA ZISSER/HUFFPOST; PHOTOS:GETTY Uneven rules and loopholes mean dangerous health situations are falling through the cracks. When Tony Chicotel walks his dog around downtown Berkeley, he passes a nursing home and an assisted living facility.

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California nursing home workers died of COVID. The industry failed to tell state watchdogs

By Jason Pohl, Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow, The Sacramento Bee, February 18 2021 A year into the pandemic, California’s workplace safety watchdog still doesn’t know how many nursing home workers have contracted COVID-19 on the job and died, a Sacramento Bee review of state records shows. California’s health department regularly updates a list of COVID-19 infections and deaths at nursing homes.

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Some retirement communities lure new residents with promise of Covid-19 vaccines

By Sarah Kwon, Kaiser Health News, February 18 2021 Some assisted living facilities, pharmacy chains and health care providers are luring new customers with Covid-19 shots. For a decade, Jennifer Crow has taken care of her elderly parents, who have multiple sclerosis. After her father had a stroke in December, the family got serious in its conversations with a retirement community — and learned that one service it offered was Covid-19 vaccination.

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Time to Support Nursing Home Surveys and Enforcement: Response to the Position of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

Letter to the Editor, The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine To the Editor: In the tenth month of a pandemic that has dealt a lethal blow to residents of long-term care across the country, some nursing home industry advocates and even state public health authorities are urging that we retool oversight of these facilities to deemphasize strong enforcement of safety rules in favor of a cozier and more cooperative relationship between state agency surveyors or inspectors and the industries they regulate.

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Nursing-home advocates push for facilities to allow more visitors

By Erin Durkin, National Journal, February 10 2021 Groups representing residents and families claim some facilities are still enforcing restrictions on visits that don’t align with federal guidance—like prohibiting indoor visitations even when there haven’t been recent COVID-19 cases. When the pandemic started its spread across the U.S., taking a massive deadly toll on nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services immediately directed facilities to restrict almost all visitors.

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COVID vaccine: Nursing home location plays part in who is getting vaccinated

By Terisa Estacio, KRON 4 News, February 1 2021 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Advocates for long-term care residents and assisted nursing homes say after a very difficult rollout for the vaccine, progress is happening — That is the good news.   However, there is some bad news still plaguing the most vulnerable in this pandemic.    Getting vaccines into the arms of those living in skilled nursing facilities or long-term care centers has been of critical importance with the harsh reality – the pandemic has claimed more deaths among that population.  

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Covid-Hit Nursing Homes Load Up on Debt

By Eleanor Laise, BARRON’s, February 4 2021 A woman looks through a window while visiting her father at his care home in California in April 2020. Dozens of poorly run nursing homes have recently taken out cheap financing backed by a federal loan guarantee program that critics say is propping up some of the industry’s worst operators, even as Covid-19 ravages the residential care sector.  The program, which provides mortgage insurance for long-term care facilities, guaranteed about $4.4 billion worth of loans in fiscal 2020, up more than 60% from 2015.

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Vaccination plans for long-term-care facilities mired in confusion

By Erin Durkin, National Journal, January 21 2021 Nursing-home residents in line for the coronavirus vaccine at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in New York on Jan. 15. State and local health officials have been trying to get staff and residents of long-term-care facilities vaccinated rapidly to avoid more deadly outbreaks within nursing homes and other care settings.

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