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CANHR Posts California Nursing Home Specific Vaccination Rates

CANHR is posting nursing home COVID-19 vaccination rates so residents, prospective residents, and families can finally see the percentage of staff and residents who are vaccinated in each facility that is reporting data.  The rates come from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and are reported weekly by nursing homes.  The data reported to CMS includes scores of categories.  CANHR has stripped the categories down to just those that identify the facility, the number of residents and staff, and the percentage of residents that are fully or partially vaccinated. DOWNLOAD EXCEL FILE HERE

Avoid Long Term Care Facilities with Restrictive Visitation Policies

Despite plummeting rates of COVID infections and deaths in nursing homes and the lifting of public health-oriented restrictions, long term care facilities throughout the state are still limiting visits from families and friends to a measly 30 minutes per week.  Other facilities, in stark contrast, are permitting extensive daily visitation.  The wide range of visitation policies among facilities has been enabled by the State’s continued waiver of laws that normally require broad visitation access for residents.  

Potential residents and their loved ones are strongly encouraged to speak with the managers of facilities they are considering and ask for written copies of their visitation policies.  Facilities that are not willing to share their policies in writing or those that have restrictive policies should be avoided.

Some facilities are not going to allow more visitation until it starts costing them customers.

Please see our updated How to Choose a Nursing Home fact sheet for more information. 

CANHR Zoom Town Halls

COVID-19 Vaccinations in Long Term Care Facilities

On January 15th CANHR hosted a Zoom town hall for California residents of long term care and their families, friends, and advocates to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in nursing homes and other long term care facilities.

Speakers included Dr. Jonathan Evans, Mike Dark and KJ Page. Dr. Evans is the former President of the American Medical Directors Association and addressed the clinical side of the vaccine, including safety and effectiveness. Mike Dark is a staff attorney for CANHR and a member of the California Vaccine Community Advisory Committee. KJ Page is the Administrator of Chaparral House in Berkeley, and spoke about what the rollout of the vaccine at an actual Long Term Care facility has been like.

Resident Rights: Voting, Visitation, and More!

On October 13th at 11:00am CANHR hosted a town hall for California residents of long term care, their families, and their friends, addressing key developments including voting rights during the pandemic, rights to visit and to exit facilities, and how to craft effective complaints to regulators to safeguard these rights.

Speakers included CANHR Executive Director Pat McGinnis, CANHR staff attorneys Tony Chicotel and Mike Dark, and CANHR Program Director Julie Pollock.

Material Download:

Presentation slides (PDF) 

Useful Links:

CANHR’s Visitation Rights Fact Sheet

Looking up Facilities Approved for Indoor Visitation

Find your local Ombusdman Program office

California Department of Social Services Public Information Notice regarding Influenza, Pneumonia and COVID-19  

California Department of Health All Facilities Letter regarding Influenza

Organizing Family Councils

Senior Scams During the Pandemic

Hosted by CANHR Senior Attorney Prescott Cole. During this pandemic, scams targeting seniors are increasing at an alarming rate. Criminals have latched onto COVID-19 as a way to steal money from seniors. In this townhall, we go through several scenarios where con artists use COVID as a pretext to defraud seniors, sometimes costing them their life savings. The information in this townhall is meant to help you and your loved ones protect yourselves from the scam artists taking advantage of seniors’ concerns and fears about the COVID-19 virus.

Materials Download:

Introductory slides (PDF)

Useful Links:

Report Identity Theft

Charity Watch

CANHR Consumer Publications Downloads

California State Controller – Defer Property Taxes

Free Credit Reports – Now Weekly Through April 2021

Report Online Vendors Selling Fake Products

IRS Coronavirus Stimulus Payment FAQ

Eldercare Locator – Report Phone Scams

Report Fradulent Email and Fake App Scams

Reverse Mortgage Fraud Bulletin

Getting Good Long Term Care in a Pandemic

Hosted by CANHR Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel.

Good long term care should not be a casualty of COVID-19; in fact, it has never been more important.  But how can residents and their families ensure that good care is being provided when so many rules have been waived and accountability is missing?  In this townhall, we reviewed the state of long term care, including visitation, understaffing, and evictions, and then answer questions about the best way to ensure residents are safe and well cared for during the pandemic.

Materials Downloads:

Introductory slides (PDF)

CANHR’s Visitation Rights in California Long Term Care Facilities During the COVID-19 Emergency Fact Sheet (PDF)

California Department of Social Services COVID-19 in RCFEs Data  < – To view RCFE data, go to the link on the right side of the page entitled “COVID-19 Positive Cases in Adult and Senior Care Facilities.”

Latest California State Visitation Guidelines

#VisitationSavesLives

Avoid Long Term Care Facilities with Restrictive Visitation Policies

Despite plummeting rates of COVID infections and deaths in nursing homes and the lifting of public health-oriented restrictions, long term care facilities throughout the state are still limiting visits from families and friends to a measly 30 minutes per week.  Other facilities, in stark contrast, are permitting extensive daily visitation.  The wide range of visitation policies among facilities has been enabled by the State’s continued waiver of laws that normally require broad visitation access for residents.  

Potential residents and their loved ones are strongly encouraged to speak with the managers of facilities they are considering and ask for written copies of their visitation policies.  Facilities that are not willing to share their policies in writing or those that have restrictive policies should be avoided.

Some facilities are not going to allow more visitation until it starts costing them customers.

Please see our updated How to Choose a Nursing Home fact sheet for more information. 

Latest Free Webinar Recordings

What to Look for and Questions to Ask as You Resume Visits in a Long-Term Care Facility

Courtesy of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Title: What to Look for and Questions to Ask as You Resume Visits in a Long-Term Care Facility Guest:  Steven Levin, Michael Bonamarte, Levin & Perconti Date: October 21, 2020 Listen on iTunes and SoundCloud Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted residents of long-term care facilities and their families.

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Latest Media News Item

Controversial Nursing Home Mogul Faces Hearing Over Disputed Facilities

Aaron Mendelson, LAist, July 19 2021 Solorzano photographed in 2018 with Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose campaign ReNew supported with $20,000. Newsom donated $10,000 of that to charity after our investigation was published in April.(Screenshot from ReNew’s Instagram account/California Secretary of State) The letters from the state’s public health department to nursing home mogul Crystal Solorzano were blunt: “You have not provided evidence satisfactory to be licensed.” Solorzano, whose Southern California-based ReNew Health is connected to nursing homes throughout the state, had applied to acquire nine additional facilities in April 2020.

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