Join our #VisitationSavesLives Campaign!

Please lend your voice to restore visitation in long term care facilities!

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) is participating in a national effort to restore reasonable visitation to residents in long term care facilities.  Simply stated, the harms caused by cutting residents off from visitors have become unbearable.  Residents throughout the country are suffering profound social isolation, frustration, and neglect.  The federal and state governments locked up facilities in March and nothing has really changed for three months. 

To read more about this campaign and see how you can help, please visit our Visitation Saves Lives Website.

Latest CANHR Alerts

Great news! SB 1207 (Jackson) on Backup Power in Skilled Nursing Facilities Passes Senate by 36-0 Vote, Moves on to the Assembly!

On June 22nd the California Senate unanimously passed Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s bill, SB 1207, to help save the lives of California nursing home residents during power outages that may result from public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), emergencies, natural disasters, and other causes. CANHR and Long Term Care Ombudsman Services of San Luis Obispo County are co-sponsoring SB 1207.

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CANHR Press Conference 5-20-2020

CANHR June 29 2020 Press Conference

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) press conference at 11:00 A.M. (PST) on Monday, June 29, 2020 via Zoom to announce a June 30th Day of Action for restoring visitation rights for long term care facility residents who have not seen their family members the past three months.

Latest CANHR Press Release


CONTACTS: Patricia McGinnis, Executive Director, CANHR (415) 974-5171 patm@canhr.org Pauline Shatara, Deputy Director, CANHR (415) 974-5171 pauline@canhr.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2020 San Francisco, CA – California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform will hold a press conference at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 via Zoom to announce their opposition to proposed cuts in home and community based services, the reinstitution of draconian Medi-Cal recovery policies and  will call for reinstating visitation rights for family members of nursing home and assisted living residents who have not seen their family members for over two months.

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Contact Governor Newsom

Urge Governor Newsom to Implement CANHR’s Action Plan to Save Lives of Long-Term Care Facility Residents

Published April 10th, Introduction updated May 21st, Recommendations Updated June 24th, 2020, The last few months have been an unimaginable tragedy for many long-term care facility residents and their loved ones throughout California. Thousands of residents have died, suffered severe illnesses, or been hospitalized as COVID-19 outbreaks sweep through their facilities. Locked away from their loved ones, residents are suffering and dying alone in facilities that are not prepared or staffed to keep them safe during this pandemic.

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Latest Free Webinar Recording

COVID-19: Advocating for Nursing Home Residents – Part X

Courtesy of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care  The landscape of COVID-19 response in nursing homes continues to evolve rapidly at the federal and state levels. The webinar series from Consumer Voice, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Long Term Care Community Coalition and Justice in Aging reviews the latest updates, issuances from CMS, legislation, and strategies for advocates and families.

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Latest Media News Item

Hayward nursing home’s large COVID-19 outbreak preceded by long history of neglect and abuse, lawsuit claims

By Annie Sciacca, Bay Area News Group, July 2 2020 SAN LORENZO, CA – JUNE 28: Nancy Sanchez holds a picture of her parents Jose and Alma Sanchez on Sunday, June 28, 2020, in San Lorenzo, Calif. Jose Sanchez has joined a lawsuit against Parkview Healthcare Center alleging neglect and elder abuse. Jose Sanchez is currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

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