By Barbara Feder Ostrov, Cal Matters, July 15 2020 State health officials took control of the Legacy and Rose Garden Healthcare nursing homes in Pasadena after learning that the home’s operator couldn’t pay rent or staff, as the coronavirus pandemic loomed. Photo by Karlene Goller for CalMatters Once a rarity, state takeovers of on-the-edge nursing homes are expected to become more common as the pandemic tips facilities further into chaos.
The Coalition for the Protection of Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities has issued a new brief opposing immunity for long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many states have already provided cover to facilities that neglected and abused residents during the pandemic. Now Congress and California are considering similar legislation. The brief lists actions Congress can take to protect, rather than forsake, long-term care facility residents.