by Jocelyn Wiener April 6, 2021, Updated April 16, 2021 As COVID-19 has transformed many nursing homes into death traps, the role of state regulators has become even more critical in protecting some of California’s most vulnerable residents.Since the pandemic began, state records show, more than 9,000 nursing home residents have died of the virus … Read more
https://laist.com/special-reports/nursing-homes-renew.php By Elly Yu and Aaron Mendelson Published Apr 6, 2021 Immediate Jeopardy: Death And Neglect Inside A Troubled California Nursing Home Chain “California has, in a sense, rolled out the red carpet for bad providers,” Tony Chicotel, an attorney with California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, recently told LAist. “It doesn’t matter if you’re … Read more
Pandemic Exposes Need for Improvements in Staffing, Oversight, Accountability https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/03/25/us-concerns-neglect-nursing-homes “Even before the pandemic, the US government failed to ensure that nursing homes were adequately staffed and regulated,” said Laura Mills, researcher on older people’s rights at Human Rights Watch. “The huge number of deaths in nursing homes from Covid-19 and emerging reports of neglect … Read more
https://economichardship.org/2021/04/longest-80-miles-how-nursing-home-evictions-tear-families-apart NURSING HOMES ARE BUSINESSES, but they’re also meant to be homes where many people spend the last years of their lives, often with diminishing capacity. People who live in nursing homes are referred to as residents rather than patients. It’s this idea that’s at the heart of the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act, a … Read more
‘In many cases there were real lapses of oversight,’ says a director on GAO’s health care team Almost no nursing home in America was safe from COVID-19, federal study finds The Sakura Intermediate Care Facility in Boyle Heights has been kept 100% COVID-19 free. We are not yet out of the pandemic. There is no … Read more
Laguna Honda’s COVID-19 Outbreak Offers Lessons for Other Long-Term Care Homes This week San Francisco health officials have begun testing everyone at skilled nursing facilities for COVID-19, beginning with the county-run Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, where an early outbreak has amassed 21 cases of the virus among patients and staff. It could have … Read more
Nursing homes across the country are kicking out old and disabled residents and sending them to homeless shelters and rundown motels. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/21/business/nursing-homes-evictions-discharges-coronavirus.html SOS Network comment: The fight to help residents of Sakura ICF to stay in their homes is part of a nationwide fight to defend senior rights, but it is exacerbated by the discriminatory … Read more
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tackles this national crisis facing senior care.