No Visitors Leading to Despair and Isolation in Senior Care Homes

By Jared Whitlock, Voice of San Diego, July 28 2020 Natasha Josefowitz looks beyond her balcony at the White Sands Retirement Community in La Jolla. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz When Jan Thompson drops off care packages to her 95-year-old mom, about 8 feet separate them. It’s the closest they’ve been in a while. Her mom lives at Monte Vista Village in Lemon Grove.

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Through the looking-glass: Family members fight restricted access to loved ones in long-term care

By Barbara Feder Ostrov and Jocelyn Wiener, Cal Matters, July 23 2020 Caroline Harrison, left, Jackson Harrison Shirk, 11, right, and his mother, Virginia Harrison, far right, visit with Jackson’s grandmother, Debbie, center, at The Chaparral House, the Berkeley skilled nursing facility where Debbie has lived for the past three years. Debbie, who family members refer to as mama bear, suffers from dementia and is largely unresponsive during her family’s near-daily socially distant visits.

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Parents of autistic son beg Florida Gov. DeSantis to lift coronavirus mandate barring visitors in group homes

By Yael Halon, Fox News, July 22 2020 As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Americans are embracing a new “normal” and trying to adapt to everyday life in a time of fear and uncertainty. But for children with an autism spectrum disorder — which affects about one in 54 children in the U.S., according to federal estimates — adjusting to change presents a far greater challenge, as has been the case for 26-year-old Billy Caulley.

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From Outdoor Visits to Designated Family Caregivers, Nursing Homes Cautiously Reopen Doors

By Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News, July 21 2020 When it became apparent that COVID-19 was sweeping the country, one of the earliest major preventative steps was a move by the federal government to instate a near-total lockdown on any unnecessary visits. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the sweeping ban on March 13, which did include an exception for end-of-life visitations.

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Isolating the Elderly Is Bad for Their Health

By Betsy Morris, The Wall Street Journal, July 20 2020 Living alone without social interaction is implicated in higher rates of cardiovascular disease, worsening dementia and Alzheimer’s and shorter lives Society hasn’t figured out how to protect the elderly from coronavirus without imposing another very real health threat: isolation. For more than 100 days in some places, residents in nursing homes and retirement communities across the country have been separated from spouses, children, grandchildren and friends of many decades.

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States Allow In-Person Nursing Home Visits As Families Charge Residents Die ‘Of Broken Hearts’

By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News, July 13 2020 (Rosa Garcia/Getty Images) States across the country are beginning to roll back heart-wrenching policies instituted when the coronavirus pandemic began and allow in-person visits at nursing homes and assisted living centers, offering relief to frustrated families. For the most part, visitors are required to stay outside and meet relatives in gardens or on patios where they stay at least 6 feet apart, supervised by a staff member.

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Continued bans on nursing home visitors are unhealthy and unethical

Opinion by Jason Karlawish, David C. Grabowski and Allison K. Hoffman, The Washington Post, July 13 2020 Agustina Cañamero, 81, and Pascual Pérez, 84, hug and kiss through a plastic sheet at a nursing home in Barcelona, Spain, on June 22. (Emilio Morenatti/AP) Jason Karlawish is a professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and co-director of the Penn Memory Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

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An assisted-living facility isn’t allowing visitors. This woman became a dishwasher there to see her husband.

By Sydney Page, The Washington Post, July 13, 2020 Mary Daniel is the chief executive of a small company that helps patients with health-care bills. She just took a part-time job on the cleaning crew at an assisted-living facility — but not because she needed the money. She did it because it was the only way she could have a few stolen hours a week with her husband, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and is a resident there.

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Visits to nursing homes resume in half of US states to the relief of families

By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News, July 13 2020 (From left) Ina Barbosa, of Attleboro, Mass., and Kimberley Vann-Lites, of Norton, Mass., visit with their mother, Mary Vann, age 85, in person for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down visits to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston’s Roslindale, on June 11, 2020. (Kaiser Health News)States across the country are beginning to roll back heart-wrenching policies instituted when the coronavirus pandemic began and allow in-person visits at nursing homes and assisted living centers, offering relief to frustrated families.

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Amid pandemic, Californians can now visit loved ones in nursing homes, but few are going

By The Associated Press, July 12 2020 Chaparral House executive director KJ Page, left, hands a mask to Larry Yabroff as he sits with his wife, Mary, while visiting her at the Berkeley skilled nursing facility Friday. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press) For months, families have pined to see their loved ones who live in California’s skilled nursing facilities, which have been shut down to outside visitors to keep the coronavirus from spreading.

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