By Matthew Conlen, Sarah Mervosh and Danielle Ivory, New York Times, February 25 2021 Throughout the pandemic, there has been perhaps nowhere more dangerous than a nursing home. The coronavirus has raced through some 31,000 long-term care facilities in the United States, killing more than 163,000 residents and employees and accounting for more than a third of all virus deaths since the late spring.
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.
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.
By Matthew Cunningham-Cook, The Intercept, February 20 2021 The family of Hortensia Sosa, who died from Covid-19 while at Redwood Springs Health Center’s nursing home, stands at her grave at Smith Mountain Cemetery in Dinuba, Calif., on May 3, 2020. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images Just two nursing home executives have been indicted for Covid-19 deaths, while the industry showered millions on candidates, PACs, and lobbying.
By Annie Sciacca, Bay Area News Group, February 19 2021 Medical personnel bring a person from an ambulance into the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward, Calif., on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The Alameda County District Attorney’s office is now investigating after thirteen patients have died and a total of 66 people have contracted the coronavirus at the facility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.