Disaster planning in nursing homes: The questions to ask your loved one’s facility

By Molly Peterson, Cal Matters, August 10 2020 The Oakmont of Varenna nursing home and assisted living facility in Santa Rosa on July 29, 2020. Oakmont Senior Living, the company responsible for Villa Capri and Varenna, has been accused by the state of abandoning around 100 residents the night of the Tubbs fire in 2017. Photo by Beth LaBerge, KQED This guide is part of our “Older and overlooked” series on the danger wildfires pose to California’s older population, especially during COVID-19.

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Could massive numbers of nursing home deaths have been prevented?

By Maggie Severns, Politico, August 10 2020 While the vast numbers of nursing home deaths have been the greatest horror of the coronavirus crisis, the system operated by California’s Department of Veterans Affairs has been a rare bright spot. Across the country, at least43,000nursing home residents have died of the coronavirus. In California, at least 3,400 have passed away.

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Even After Care Homes Abandoned Residents, California Still Isn’t Ready for Wildfires

By Molly Peterson, Lisa Pickoff-White, April Dembosky and Danielle Venton, KQED, August 10 2020 California is getting older faster than the rest of the country and demand for care facilities is rising. Meanwhile, critics say the laws governing emergency preparedness are weak and enforcement is lax. A KQED investigation has found thousands of these facilities are at risk for wildfire. 

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