By Emily DeRuy Center for Health Journalism December 23, 2021 https://centerforhealthjournalism.org/2021/11/24/what-we-found-digging-elder-care-landscape-rocked-pandemic This post outlines initial insights into how problems with elder care in CA were spotlit by the pandemic and the Center for Health Journalism approach to covering the issue via direct person interviews. The reportage investigates the lives of seniors and their families in … Read more
We, members of the statewide and national Save Our Seniors Network, are outraged at your Oct. 7, 2021, veto of Assembly Bill 279.
AB 279 was straightforward urgency legislation to protect seniors. It received an overwhelming, bipartisan 91 “ayes” to 10 “nos” (95%) cumulative vote in the Legislature, and was determined by both the Assembly and Senate Committees on Appropriations to have negligible fiscal impact.
This bill was designed to prevent involuntary, medically non-necessary transfers of residents from an intermediate care facility (ICF) or a skilled nursing facility (SNF), and to halt significant reductions in services thereat, during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
As we approach the hearing date for AB 279 on July 15 in the CA Senate Appropriations Committee, we should be reminding members of that body that there is virtually no cost to the State for passing a piece of legislation that simply calls for an end to evictions from senior nursing home facilities and … 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
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
This issue has direct relevance to the proposed closure of Sakura ICF in Boyle Heights by Pacifica Companies. Hillside Villa renters in Chinatown have faced exorbitant rent increases, unsafe living conditions due to lack of repair work from the landlord, etc. The landlord is unfit to be an owner and Los Angeles City has the … Read more
Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi’s bill to prevent involuntary discharges during the pandemic Please support AB 279 (Muratsuchi), sponsored by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, which would prohibit certain long term care resident evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill will be heard on April 13th, so it is important to submit your letters of support no later … Read more